Improve your health
MacArthur Place, a boutique hotel in Sonoma, northern California, usually hosts a weekly yoga class in its grounds. Right now, however, some replacement vinyasa flow sessions, aimed at all levels, are available to stream at facebook.com/macarthurplacehotelandspa. Aiding your alignment and breathing is Andrea Bogart (pictured), who is also an actress and was recently seen in TV series Hawaii Five-0. Elsewhere, spa-focused hotelier Six Senses’ new online wellbeing videos cover home treatments, sleeping tips and mindful stretching (sixsenses.com/en/ at-home-with-six-senses).
Go to cookery school
Massimo Bottura is normally busy heading up Osteria Francescana, his three-Michelin-star restaurant in northern Italy. During quarantine, however, the superstar chef has instead been streaming an Instagram series called Kitchen Quarantine featuring lots of simple dishes to concoct at home — ragu from leftovers, say, or mac cheese. A new instalment broadcasts most days at 6pm (instagram.com/massimobottura). Culinary inspo also awaits on Belmond’s IGTV channel, with Raymond Blanc among the A-List tutors (instagram.com/belmond). London school Bread Ahead also has daily sessions at 2pm (breadahead.com). While, again in Italy, specialist operator Tuscany Now & More (below) has hour-long chianti tasting tutorials (instagram.com/tuscanynowandmore).
Mix it up in cocktail classes
Luxury hotels are putting their champion mixologists to work in the form of online demos. Among London’s leading instructors are Ryan Chetiyawardana (instagram.com/lyanessbar), the maestro in charge of Lyaness, an opulent basement joint in Sea Containers London, and staff from The Langham’s Artesian bar, who have already ticked off negronis, cosmopolitans and Americanos (instagram.com/langham_london). Also jumping on the libation train is the Conrad New York, whose Mixology Monday updates pledge easy recipes using minimal ingredients (instagram.com/conradnydowntown). Should healthy mocktails be more in order, Soneva Fushi’s Facebook page includes the recipe for an Ayurvedic-inspired immunity booster (facebook.com/discoversoneva).
Stay home, get fit
Olympic rower Katherine Copeland leads HIIT workouts in yet another of Airbnb’s Online Experiences (£15, for more, see below) but those are far from the only travel-brand fitness workouts going toe to toned toe with Joe Wicks. A multi-sports facility within Portugal’s Quinta do Lago resort, The Campus, has previously helped the likes of Rio Ferdinand to train. During the lockdown, it’s streaming barre and core conditioning routines for homebound athletes (instagram.com/thecampusqdl). Back in the Big Apple, the fitness-led Equinox Hotel has free morning and evening ritual videos to follow, both designed to bring clarity and calm (equinox-hotels.com/nyc).
Airbnb’s online experiences
Temporarily replacing its physical counterparts, Airbnb’s new range of more than 50 Online Experiences cost from as little as £1 and allow hosts to continue earning some precious income. Each is available via Zoom. Among the most exciting are a one-hour coffee masterclass for £3 with Ricardo Lopez, a professional judge in Mexico’s national java competitions, and virtual group bike tours (£50) led by Olympian Alistair Brownlee — who will answer questions after each 40-minute session. Costing £15, a further option involves the chance to pick up tricks from Guinness World Record-breaking magician Martin Rees. See airbnb.co.uk/s/experiences/online
Fun for kids
To aid your kids’ continued education, Chilean tour operator and Latin American Travel Association-member Cascada Expediciones has produced a free-to-download colouring book allowing juniors to learn about seven animals in Patagonia. Find it at ecocamp.travel/blog. The hotel chain Jumeirah (above) is giving expert tips for distraction via Facebook with temptations such as Lego-building challenges and mocktail-making (facebook.com/jumeirah). And over on Chester Zoo’s website, kids can cut out animal masks or find out how to build hedgehog houses (chesterzoo.org).
Home and away: Fuel your wanderlust by giving your pad a travel-themed facelift
■ Red Candy Arrivals & Departures coconut husk doormat, £20, redcandy.co.uk
■ La Montaña Siesta lavender-scented candle (inspired by rural Spain), £36, lamontana.co.uk
■ Geodesis Japan sakura cherry blossom room spray, £25, souschef.co.uk
■ Seletti globe notepad, £18, madeindesign.co.uk
■ Globe pen pot, £10.99, amazon.co.uk
■ La Redoute map wall clock, £61, laredoute.co.uk
■ Relaxdays world map shower curtain, £31.90, manomano.co.uk
■ Half A Donkey Africa tea towel, £7.75, amazon.co.uk