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From Wine Bottling to Gladiator Training: 12 Hilton Hotel Experiences That Redefine “Out of the Office”

Last year, people around the world unexpectedly found themselves working from home due to COVID-19 lockdowns, with many engaging in daily conference calls and meetings from their living rooms. Because of this, the line between “work” and “home” has never felt so blurred, which can make it challenging to unplug and relax, now more than ever. 

Luckily, many Hilton-owned properties around the world are ready and waiting with experiences and activities that take travelers off-the-grid and out for fun. From tours that delight the tastebuds to themed fitness classes, here are just 12 Hilton offerings that definitely take guests out-of-the office.

Experiences in the Americas

Explore Nature with a Diamondback Gulch Pink Jeep Tour Package – Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock - Arizona

Immerse yourself in nature’s beauty with the Diamondback Gulch Pink Jeep Tour & Stay Package offered at Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. This two-and-half hour experience brings the Arizona high country to life through an off-road Jeep adventure, traveling from Verde Valley to the red rocks of Coconino National Forest. Along the way, guests (two max) can expect to see the Thunder Mountain rock formation, Diamondback Gulch ravine and so much more.

Glamp in Joshua Tree at La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Palm Springs, California

Reveling in the splendor of nature—with style—is the goal of the Camp’d Out Joshua Tree Experience at La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Palm Springs. Guests spend the second night of their three-night package stay in a luxurious camp setup, where they can enjoy dinner and s’mores under the stars. They can further enhance their outdoor experience by adding on a private chef to prepare a delicious fireside dinner.

Plunge into Mermaid Fitness at Hotel Del Coronado – San Diego, California

Guests can up their fitness game (and celebrate their inner mermaid) with Mermaid Fitness at The Del at Hotel del Coronado. Held at the hotel’s Cabana Pool, these creative classes combine swimming with core, cardio and strength training sets.

Mix Up Smoky Cocktails at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort – California

Guests staying at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort can get professional mixing tips in the resort’s Fire & Smoke Cocktail Class at Enclave Beach Club Bar. These cocktails use smoke to coat the inside of a glass with flavor, which eventually mixes with the liquor and changes its taste. The resort’s head mixologist teaches guests how to make three different Fire & Smoky Cocktails. Guest can stay after the class to enjoy the Enclave Beach Club.

International Experiences

Train Like a Gladiator at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel - Italy

Guests can jump into ancient history at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel with Gladiator Combat class. Here, instructors from Scuola Gladiatori Roma teach Gallus, Thracian and Provocatores combat techniques in a class that takes guests from novicius (novice) to tiro (first level gladiator). A full gladiator kit accompanies the training and includes a traditional tunic, Roman sandals, belt, protective gloves and a rudis (wooden training sword).

Bottle Wine at Conrad Algarve - Portugal

Visitors staying at Conrad Algarve can bottle their own blend at the nearby Quinta dos Vales wine estate. The four-hour Winemaker Experience lets wine enthusiasts explore the grape varieties that are unique to Portugal, such as the Touriga Nacional, before putting their tastebuds to the test in to creating a bottle that reflects their own palate preference.

Turn Artisan Shoemaker at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel – Italy

Fashion-forward travelers can “step” into the role of shoemaker at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, with the resort’s artisan shoemaking experience. Guests can head inside a traditional workshop—where generations of cobblers have practiced their art—and learn how to craft their own pair of Italian leather sandals. 

Level Up Cooking Skills at Shillim Cooking School and Farm – Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa – India

The Shillim Cooking School and Farm is located within the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa and offers classes for cooks of all levels of experience. Menus are inspired by the farm’s seasonal produce and class participants are even encouraged to handpick their own ingredients.

Cruise Through Cuisine at DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront – Australia

The Taste of Swan Valley river cruise is a roundtrip tour from Perth to the Swan Valley that’s full of sights and sips. Foodies first enjoy tea and a Western Australia wine tasting onboard the boat. Upon arrival in Sun Valley, they board a coach for lunch at Homestead Brewery and experience various tastings at Lancaster Winery, Margaret River Chocolate Company and Providore Swan Valley. Their return cruise back to Perth features afternoon tea, an open bar and live entertainment.

Go Crabbing & Cooking at Hilton Goa - India

The Nerul River Boating Experience at Hilton Goa takes visitors on the scenic Nerul River for a chance to lay crab nets and fish with bamboo sticks. Anything caught during the journey can be cleaned and prepared by the hotel upon return.

Alpaca Camping at Conrad Hangzhou Tonglu - China

Conrad Hangzhou Tonglu is located by the beautiful Tianxi Lake, which makes it the perfect location for camping. Now through June 30, guests can book a camping experience that includes outdoor accommodations, afternoon tea, playtime with Issac and Isabella (the hotel’s adorable alpacas) and an evening barbecue.

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