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24 February 2021

Local Experiences

Enriching Travel Experiences

Even the most popular places can offer unique experiences when you approach it through a local lens. With DISCOVERY’s Local Experiences, travellers can connect to the people, places, and things that make a destination truly unique. Rewarded to Platinum and Black level members, Local Experiences give access to thousands of curated experiences from cooking lessons to fitness classes.

If you’re looking for more than what’s recommended in the guidebooks, check out these experiences we’ve put together to inspire your future trips. For more Local Experiences, explore here.

Sunset Cenote
Viceroy Riviera Maya

This is a half day trip where you can have the opportunity to discover and explore the most beautiful flooded cavern system in the world. Cool down and enjoy snorkeling in the cenotes. Recommended for people looking for adventures in the Mayan jungle. Float in and out of enormous columns made up of stalactites and stalagmites, gaze around and explore as you appreciate nature’s amazing creations.

Bollywood Film City Tour
The Leela Mumbai

Your visit to Mumbai is incomplete till you have had a taste of Bollywood. Take a guided tour of Film City in Mumbai which is one of the largest indoor shooting facilities in India. Witness what goes behind the scenes of Indian cinema and gain a deeper understanding of all the nuances involved in the filmmaking process.

Dolphins Of Zanzibar Safari
The Residence Zanzibar

Launching from The Residence Zanzibar, enjoy an exciting visit to the Dolphin Bay along the Zanzibari coast to the most popular dolphin spotting location in Zanzibar. Capture both the bottle-nose and humpback dolphins in the shallow coastal waters around Kizimkazi village, while discovering the beautiful coral gardens where you may let loose and snorkel. Get set to experience the beautiful underwater world of the Indian ocean.

Muay Thai Experience
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Koh Samui

Begin your Muay Thai VIP experience with a private session with a local muay thai trainer at Nikki Beach Resort and Spa, you can designate the time of day you prefer. In the evening you will be transported to the Muay Thai Arena where you will sit ringside and see the professional martial arts action up close! Next day follow up your training by relaxing your muscles with a soothing 1 hour thai oil massage in the tranquility of Nikki Beach Spa.

Austrian Heuriger Specialties
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Discover the traditional way of dinner in Austria: the cold snack with bread, sausage, cheese and pickled vegetables. On our "Heurigen Plate" you will find fine bacon and ham specialties, a variety of cheeses and delicious side dishes, served with fresh, crispy bread. Like traditionally in the Heurigen wine taverns, you will also be served a glass of white wine.

Mleiha Archaeological Center
Mysk Al Badayer Retreat

Enjoy entry to Mleiha Archaeological Centre where the whole family can learn about life in the region in years gone by as well as take a closer look at the wide variety of artefacts on display. Designed with the local environment in mind, the centre has been built with consideration to its environmental and archaeological context. Mleiha Archaeological Centre is a visitor centre and exhibition based around the history and archaeology of the areas surrounding the village of Mleiha in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates. Built around a preserved Umm Al Nar era tomb, the centre details the excavations and discoveries made over the past 40 years at Mleiha and surrounding areas, particularly the important Faya North East find, which provides evidence that 'anatomically modern humans' were in the Mleiha area between 130,000 and 120,000 years ago.

Vietnamese Cooking Class
Anantara Hoi An Resort

Step behind the scenes of Vietnam’s exotic culinary culture, renowned for its enticing blend of Chinese and Asian spices, as well as the ingredients and traditions of classic French gastronomy. Visit the local market before mastering the five fundamental taste elements of sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty, as you learn to cook a series of authentic dishes in a professional chef cooking class. Dine on your creations for lunch.

28 January 2021

Tips and Ideas

Fun Things To Do On Valentine's Day

Although Valentine’s Day is going to look much different this year compared to the previous ones, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate February 14th in a fun and special way. Whether you have a special someone or you’re single, there are lots of things that you can do to make the day extra special for you and your loved ones. We’ve put together five fun things that you can do to make the sweetest holiday of the year extra memorable.

Create Your Own Spa Day

Spending some relaxing time together at the spa away from the stresses of everyday life is one of the best things you can do this Valentine’s Day. If the spas are closed in your city or town, you can create your own blissful experience at home. Check out this article from Meritage Collection​ for details on how you can curate the perfect spa day at home for your loved ones and yourself.

Play Fun Games At Home

If you’re planning to stay at home during Valentine’s Day, you can take the opportunity to connect with your special someone over simple yet fun games, from Monopoly and Pictionary to Uno and charades. Check out this article​ from The Leela​ and try your hand out at these games to make the loveliest day of the year ​ more exciting and fun.

Go Stargazing

Few sights are more magical than a sky full of stars, and there’s nothing lovelier than stargazing with your partner. So why not create the perfect date with your sweetheart under a sparkling sky and discover the wonders of the universe together. For some inspiration on your next stargazing escapade, check out this experience​ from Anantara.

Learn How To Hula

This Valentine’s Day, why not spice up your celebration by learning something new like the hula dance. More than just about swaying hips, elegant hand gestures and lithe feet, hula embodies the history of the Hawaiian islands. To learn more about this lovely dance, check out this beautiful article​ from Outrigger Resorts.

7 October 2020

Travel Advice

Guide To Planning Your Future Holiday

The need to take a vacation, to relax and recharge, feels more necessary now than ever before. Before you start planning that much-needed trip, you must keep in mind that in the new world of travel, health and safety should always come first—for yourself, your travel companions, and the people at the destinations you plan to visit. Here are some tips and guidelines to consider as you sort your travel in the world of COVID-19.

Know the Entry Requirements for Your Destination

While planning your trip, try to avoid destinations that are considered to be hotspots for the Coronavirus. Make sure to consult a regularly updated map of global travel restrictions to know which destinations are open for travel. Take note of each country’s developments in entry requirements, check whether quarantine on arrival is in place, and what documentation you might be required to present upon arrival.

Keep in mind that some destinations require arrivals to present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19. Others require all entrants to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival while some require proof of travel insurance with complete coverage from each visitor. Being aware can make or break your travel experience. Be flexible with your itinerary and be prepared to make any necessary changes.

Choose Remote Locales Over Crowded Ones

Wherever you choose to go for your getaway, you’ll want to be sure to avoid crowded places. Try to maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others if possible. Social distancing is much more difficult in an urban locale compared to a place with significant geographic sprawl where you can easily explore from area to area. To ensure social distancing, choose a location that has plenty of outdoor spaces and activities.

Stay Safe When You Travel

Consider your mode of transportation and learn how to protect yourself and others from the virus when you travel. If possible, take short-distance road trips that allow you to have more control over your surroundings. Avoid transportation where you directly breath the same air as strangers. If you are flying, make sure to know your airline’s in-flight policies as well as cancellation and booking policies.

Opt for Outdoor Activities

When planning your itinerary, choose outdoor activities over attractions that might be closed or unsafe right now such as popular landmarks, restaurants, and other indoor destinations. In general, activities such as running, walking, and biking can be done with less risk of catching or spreading the virus. Try to avoid sports that are performed in groups and those that involve a lot of physical contact.

Bring A Pandemic Essentials Bag

Before you travel, don’t forget to pack your pandemic essentials for your travel bag. Stock up on such items well in advance, in case there are shortages in the destination where you are going. Make sure to include the following in your pandemic essentials: face masks, latex gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, a thermometer, hand soap, and health insurance cards.

31 August 2020

Take A Joyride

Fun Things To Bring On A Road Trip

Imagine rolling down the windows of your car, enjoying the fresh breeze as you enter a new destination full of new experiences and discoveries. There’s truly nothing quite like a road adventure, and it’s a great way to explore parts of your own backyard that you haven’t seen yet.

If you’re planning for your next road trip and you want to ensure that it’s going to be a memorable journey, here are some fun things to bring to make your adventure extra awesome.

Music On The Road

Good music can keep you alert and smiling if you’re behind the wheel. A variety of music from country and classic to pop and upbeat tunes can keep the whole car happy. Create a playlist that you can download onto your device so you can play them even without an internet connection.

Road Trip Games

If you want to keep the little ones and even adults away from the “Are we there yet?” blues, then definitely make sure to add some travel-ready games to your road kit. From card game favourites to fun toys the choices are endless to keep everyone entertained. A road trip is also a great time to connect with your fellow travellers, using game cards with light-hearted and thought-provoking questions as conversations starters.

Homemade Healthy Snacks

Looking for a delicious way to stay healthy on the road? Why not prepare some homemade treats that are easy to munch while travelling. You can create your own trail mix of nuts and dried fruits and portion them into individual servings in small bags to make them easier to grab. Another healthy snack idea is homemade energy bars—here’s a great recipe​ from Divani Collection Hotels.

Pillows, Blankets, and Cozy Flip-Flops

When putting together your road trip packing list, don’t forget to bring these essentials to make your travel as comfortable as possible. A pillow is useful for those times when it’s not your turn to drive, when you need some shut-eye. If the air conditioning is too much to handle, a blanket provides a quick comfort. Keep your feet feeling relaxed the entire trip with a comfy yet stylish pair of flip-flops.

High Quality Camera

Make sure to keep a good quality camera on hand to capture all the exciting experiences, wonderful moments and incredible destinations you visit. Moreover, taking photographs and videos with a great camera can add a whole extra dimension to your adventures, helping you look at the world with a unique perspective. Get inspired to take great pics with this curated photography experience​ from Capella Hotels & Resorts.

Your Ultimate Travel Tool: DISCOVERY App

There’s no better way to get to the heart of your destination than with your DISCOVERY Loyalty App, the one travel tool you can’t miss on a road trip. With it, you can bring all the benefits of your DISCOVERY membership, manage your account, book your next stay and redeem Local Experience awards from the convenience of your phone. Learn more by exploring the different features of the app here.