Top luxury learning holidays for the ultimate personal treat

Sometimes we have a reason to splurge, sometimes the splurge is the reason! Just because you’re turning your holiday into a learning experience, does not mean you have to pass on all of the comfort and luxury typically found on cruises and beach resorts.

Our hosts are not your typical B&B owners – they go out of their way to set up unique, intimate and interesting holidays where they pick up on the details of the experience you’re really after.

Whether you need to refine your skills, meet a goal, or just set off an have a damn good time where you need to worry about nothing, search no more…. these hosts have you covered (and spoiled).

Fitness, wellbeing and weight loss retreat – Koh Samui, Thailand

I cannot get the extra stone off of me to save my life. It is awful, I hate the gym, I love my carbs, and I constantly find myself lost in the wine aisle. But I think – no, I know – that I could shed a few if I were to, I don’t know, end up in Thailand, where all gorgeous healthy Thai food is brought to me 3 times a day, in between time in the infinity pool, or lying on the beach sweating off those calories in the sun.

Just maybe I would be able to drag myself to the fitness or yoga classes, in between 1 of my 7 massages. Also, Pilates and core sessions I am sure are more bearable when it is followed by some time in the steam room. Seeing that I can join any fitness classes I fancy throughout my days, I am sure I will be encouraged to just to get some time in the air conditioning in the studios after falling asleep on the beach.

And after 8 nights in a luxury superior Moroccan-inspired room with a balcony, I will still have my personalised workout program to take home, to keep me going to continue the weight loss.

Outside retreat in Thailand at night with pool and mountains in view

Fitness and wellbeing holiday accommodation in Koh Samui

Painting holiday – Beziers, France

It is very easy to see why people go to France for their painting; inspiration is around every corner and can be found in the natural landscapes, medieval villages and cities, as well as through the colourful people and divine cuisine.

Your hosts on this painting holiday in the beautiful Languedoc region have thought of everything, to bring you the best of France in a week long holiday to inspire you and capture everything in paintings and sketching. You will be right at home in your own private air conditioned room, with the heated pool and plenty of outdoor areas and verandas for you to take in the surrounding area.

Stroll into the medieval village and take in some of the slow paced village life, explore Montpellier on your free day, or spend some time in the studio to finish a piece to take home with you. You don’t have to bring any art supplies, it has all been taken care of for you; and you experienced art tutor will accompany you daily to gorgeous new sights to paint en plein air.

Let’s not forget the meals; all are included (aside from lunch on your free day so can sample a restaurant), and of course are served up with regional wine and other treats. After your champagne reception on your first evening to mingle with your fellow painters, you will see just how easy it is to slip into this charmed life…

Paint stunning scenery ‘en plein air’ near Beziers

All inclusive wine tasting weekend – Provence, France

Hills in the distance, lavender, olive and cherry trees, orchards, miles of vineyards, stones verandahs and a pool, the Auberge and its hosts are poised, ready to spoil you. If you are short on time and looking for a unique getaway where you don’t have to plan a thing (and of course, if you’re a lover of fine food and wine) this is the break for you.

All meals are included, along with trips to various vineyards, tours, tastings, and charming towns, all of which you will be driven to. Your 3 course dinners will of course be served up with the best accompanying wine of the Rhone region, and you will come home full (perhaps with a case of great wine, whoops), and all of the wine knowledge needed to be the envy of friends who were left behind.

wine weekend accommodation in Rhone France with pool

Stunning accommodation on wine weekend in Provence

Tuscan fitness holiday – Tuscany, Italy

Although it says fitness, rest assured that this is fitness the Italian way! Get fit while hiking the glorious hills of the region, meet new people during Barre, yoga, and HIIT sessions, and plunge into the pool whenever you feel it calling you. Then re-energize at the gorgeous onsite restaurant has a menu full of Tuscan delicacies, and 3 meals a day are included, just simply walk in and say what you’re in the mood for.

The space here has been created to allow you to live like a local; filled with beautiful verandahs and places to lounge in the great outdoors. The rooms are rustic and charming, and you will probably get the best sleeps ever after your busy days of hiking, working out and swimming in the Tuscan sun.

Did I mention the included wine and olive oil tastings? Don’t forget to bring some spending cash; you may want to borrow a horse for a day, get a massage, join in a wine tasting, or hit the local thermal spas – they have your whims covered!

yoga with a view of Tuscany

Practise yoga overlooking the Tuscan hills

Photography Hero holiday – Charente, France

With your accommodation in a restored barn on the beautiful grounds of a medieval convent house, this very special photography holiday only has up to 6 guests at a time, so you get the most out of your tuition and studio time.

With your own, private ensuite room, pool and grounds made for relaxation, and all meals included, it can be easy to forget you are here to work and greatly refine your craft. You will get very personalized tuition throughout 6 hours a day, exploring the region for breathtaking shots, and have a fully equipped studio with state of the art software and computers for you to learn the art of post editing.

In addition to your welcome dinner on your first night, all meals are included throughout your stay, with a menu prepared by your hosts to make sure you’re very familiar with the regional specialties of the region and paired with the perfect local wines by the time you leave. To complete your photography holiday, your tutor will be helping you finalize your best 5 pieces of the week to print out and take home with you. Ideal souvenirs of a very special creative holiday.

restored barn house with pool and deck chairs in France

Beautiful restored barn where you’ll stay in France

Luxury French cookery break – Loire Valley, France

Calling all foodies and Francophiles, we have the holiday for you. This 4 (or 5) day course is set on a countryside estate in an 18th Century chateau, surrounded by woodlands and everything else you may find in a storybook.

By day, with wine in hand, you learn passed down recipes, cook to your heart’s content, and explore what the local markets and vineyards have to offer, all in the company of your wonderful cook and host, Mary. By night, you’ll enjoy your 4 course meal in front of a roaring fire and by candlelight, and afterwards, relax with cocktails and chocolates, and never ending bottles of regional wines.

This is the perfect course for one who wants to true chateau life, spending plenty of time in the kitchen so that you will be able to replicate the good life back at home. Everything else on this course is pure luxury, with Mary catering to your every need.

cooking guests in aprons sit outside chateau in France

Cookery guests outside the chateau in France

If any of these lovely holidays have caught your eye or you have any questions, please feel free to get in tough via [email protected] Or continue to browse our other learning holidays.

We’d love to help you plan that well deserved indulgent break.