REST AND RE­CRE­ATION

Ho­tels are of­fer­ing far-out ex­pe­ri­ences to draw well-heeled trav­ellers.

The Peak (Singapore) - - The Brief -

It used to be of­fers of muay thai lessons, cook­ing classes and reef snorkelling. But, with al­most US$500 bil­lion (S$624 bil­lion) spent on lux­ury travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion by the wealthy last year, the pres­sure is on for ho­tels to pro­vide ever more ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ences for worldly guests. One of the most ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to pop up: a Ro­man “death match”.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of its his­tor­i­cal set­ting, and evok­ing the swords-and­san­dals flicks that have been mak­ing their rounds in pop­u­lar cul­ture, The Rome Cava­lieri, which is un­der the Wal­dorf As­to­ria Ho­tels and Re­sorts group, is of­fer­ing glad­i­a­tor train­ing, all in the good hands of train­ers from Rome’s Gla­di­a­to­rial School.

Over the course of two hours in the ho­tel’s pri­vate park, par­tic­i­pants will learn hand-to-hand com­bat, as well as the his­tory of an­cient Rome and its glad­i­a­tor cul­ture.

“The par­tic­i­pants go away with a bet­ter level of self-es­teem,” says in­struc­tor Piero Giusto. “They gain aware­ness of skills they didn’t re­alise they had or to which they never gave im­por­tance in the past.”

Train­ing is with wooden swords, says Giusto in an in­tro­duc­tion video. “We give them a tu­nic and then they have to sweat, sweat, sweat.”

We as­sume that means the six-pack abs of Spar­ta­cus and com­pany don’t come easy. rome­cav­a­lieri.com

TAK­ING FLIGHT

The Bun­yip Scenic Rim Re­sort in Queens­land, Aus­tralia, will see you soar 1,300m in the re­sort owner’s sleek fi­bre­glass glider.

Not only will you be able to bask in the mag­nif­i­cence of the arc of moun­tains known as the Scenic Rim, you will also have a shot at fly­ing the glider yourself. bun­yip­scenic rim­re­sort.com.au

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