As travelers seek new, authentic, deeper and more meaningful experiences, travel companies are spreading their wings to meet the demand.
COMO Hotels and Resorts has launched COMO Journeys, to do just that, and recruited two-time kitesurfing world champion, Youri Zoon to help.
He will lead a kitesurfing retreat at COMO Cocoa Island, a private resort island in the Maldives, from May 30 to June 4.
A COMO Journeys spokesperson explains: “The advanced course will enable kitesurfing aficionados to perfect their technique with twice daily classes aimed at picking up speed, tackling tricks and extending airtime atop the tranquil Indian Ocean.
“Participants are also invited to join Zoon for an intimate COMO Conversation – a talk surrounding his passion for the sport and the challenges of overcoming injury to reach his goals.”
The guests can also join yoga classes and get wellness therapies at the island’s extensive COMO Shambhala Retreat, while staying in an overwater villa designed in the style of a traditional Maldivian dhoni fishing boat.
It is a good example of COMO Journeys’ collection of one-off retreats, aimed at helping guests learn a new skill, or taking their interests further under the watchful eye of professionals and experts.
The spokesperson explains: “COMO Journeys span active, adventure, creative and culinary experiences, bringing together like-minded individuals including solo travelers.”
As part of the initial launch, COMO Journeys also has these retreats, in Australia and Thailand:
COMO The Treasury, Perth
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape from August 26 to 28 aims to lift the mind, body and spirit. It has been created in partnership with Megan Larsen, the founder of natural Australian skincare brand, Sodashi. It includes Ayurveda “rain melody” meditation, an oil blending workshop, chakra balancing, sound healing and face zone therapy, all aimed at giving guests the tools to incorporate what they’ve learned in their day-to-day lives. It also includes a 60-minute spa treatment with a choice of either a signature COMO Shambhala Massage or Sodashi Pure Radiance Facial. Menus have been curated by Megan and the hotel’s executive chef to ensure a nurturing experience inside and out. It is from $ 3850 in a Heritage Room based on two people sharing, including two nights accommodation, tailored meal experiences, wellness workshops, one spa treatment, gift set and a copy of Start-ups and Self Care by Megan Larsen.
COMO Point Yamu, Phuket, Thailand
From June 24 to 26, the Women’s Wellness Weekend with Ai Jerome and Renata Citrons is designed for women aged between 35 and 50. Yoga teacher, sound healer and art therapist Citrons will be joined by nutritionist Ai Jerome for a weekend of learning about and embracing changes in womanhood.
The spokesperson explains: “Activities include a sound healing workshop, slow and steady yin yoga and therapeutic mandala painting, plus talks on the role of nutrition throughout the stages of the female cycle, and the importance of diet plays on strength and satisfaction.”
Guests will dine on COMO Shambhala Cuisine with dishes designed to maintain the nutritional integrity of their original ingredients’ enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
It is from about $ 1615, single occupancy including two nights accommodation, one-hour pre-retreat consultation, access to three-day wellness itinerary and post-retreat consultation.