If this back-to-school season marks the first days of your empty-nest status, now is the time to plan a festive holiday. Travel is the perfect opportunity to open a new chapter in your life. Help restore a coral reef, explore ice caves in Antarctica or go kitesurfing, pickleball, surfing or hot yoga – you name it, there’s a destination out there that has it. The empty nest is sad, but it is also an opportunity, a chance to travel for your interests and to make each trip an opportunity to learn something new. Newlyweds get ‘honeymoon’, new parents get ‘baby moon’ and now empty nests get ‘new moon’.
Explore Antarctica with White Desert: This premium luxury tour operator offers extraordinary (but still luxurious) Antarctic adventures, complete with fabulous meals and luxurious accommodations. You’ll sleep in your own tastefully appointed heated polar capsule and spend as much of your 24 hours of sunshine as you like – visit the South Pole, climb the ice, hike the ice waves, explore the ice tunnels or simply admire the spectacle of 28,000 emperor penguins.
Restoring a Coral Reef at Grace Bay Club in Turks & Caicos: The island’s first luxury resort has a cool partnership with the Turks & Caicos Coral Reef Fund, where guests can learn about near-extinct corals and gift their vacation time to support the Turks’ coral reefs. The full-day eco-adventure includes work to restore living populations on the reefs and a visit to the nursery where TCRF genetically preserves the most affected species for future restoration. Of course, you can end each day with a legendary Turks and Caicos sunset, which is quite nice.
Croquet Master at Beaverbrook Estate in Surrey, England: A Victorian mansion-turned-chic county mansion is the setting for your first Croquet Masterclass. Martin Dock, Beaverbrook’s croquet coach and member of the High Wycombe Croquet Club, will teach a masterclass in the best tips, tricks and techniques for a lively game of croquet. After that, book one of the Aston Martin DBX resorts for an afternoon roaming the countryside and even a chance to pop into Windsor Castle for a tour of the Great House and its grounds.
Make mozzarella at Baglioni Masserie Muzza in Puglia: Hikers, kayakers, and cheese lovers should make this effortlessly luxurious hotel their base camp for exploring one of Italy’s less touristy regions. Let them organize great day hikes in the nature reserve of Alimini Lakes and Baia dei Turchi, or organize a kayaking adventure along the pristine coast of Otranto. They also offer guided experiences to witness the timeless craft of mozzarella and burrata production in nearby Alberobello. End the day with ocean views and a meal of authentic Puglia cuisine at one of the resort’s three restaurants.
Hit your round of golf at Sensei Porcupine Creek in Rancho Mirage, CA: Opened in November 2022, this private 230-acre estate in the Santa Rosa Mountains in Rancho Mirage, California is a top choice for golf and tennis enthusiasts looking to improve their game. world class, they offer spa, nutrition, movement and other wellness and sports programs. The retreat features a state-of-the-art diagnostic center, yoga and fitness pavilions, a relaxing pool, and the culinary delight of Sensei by Nobu.
Start surfing at Rivera Nayarit at Punta Mita Mexico: This ultra-luxury 1,500-acre resort is home to Sergio Gonzales, a local surfer and director of Punta Mita Ocean Sport. Gonzales leads the surf instruction and surf program, which is suitable for all skill levels. Book a stay at one of Punta Mita’s five-star resorts — I suggest the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita or the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort — and retreat to the pool after a demanding day of surfing.
Brush up on your wine and spirits knowledge at Auberge Resort Esperanza in Los Cabos, Mexico: Hone your wine and culinary skills with one of this resort’s offerings. Sommelier Christian Moya will take you on a wine tasting journey to explore the best wineries in Mexico. Learn the best way to prepare Baja seafood with a private or semi-private cooking class, or take masterclasses specializing in Mexican spirits. Unwind in the spa or contemplate your next meal poolside in the luxurious embrace of Auberge hospitality.