A little bit of exclusive access can go a long way in a vacation, opening a window to a part of a foreign culture that you wouldnâ€™t otherwise see. This is exactly what GHMâ€™s new Art of Design program of art-themed packages was created to do. At each of its five resorts, the luxury hotel and resort group has created a special package that pairs indulgences like in-villa meals and Ayurvedic massages with an art-focused experience unique to the locale.
At the Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland, a father-and-son team from a family with a renowned heritage in masonry teaches full-day workshops on how to carve soapstone. Glamping excursions at the Chedi Muscat in Oman take guests into the Wahiba Sands desert to meet traditional Bedouin weavers, and at the Nam Hai Hoi An on the eastern shores of Vietnam, local artist Linh Ho sends guests home with a personal portrait painted in his spontaneous-realism style. And at its two properties in Bali, there are painting classes taught by a rotating series of notable Balinese artists at the Chedi Club Tanah Gajah in Ubud, while the Legian Bali in Seminyak has collaborated with luxury silver jeweler John Hardy for an exclusive tour of its workshop including its design center and jewelry archive typically off-limits to the public and lunch with the designers and management team. Packages vary in length and price, beginning at US$2,550 for three nights at the Nam Hai.
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