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A+ Travel: Best-in-Class Learning Experiences Gives Gold Star to Top Hotel, Resort & Cruise Classes

Portsmouth, NH-(September 2013)-School's back in session, but kids shouldn't have all the fun. "As we studiously explore the world, we often discover a boutique hotel, resort, or cruise line that offers unforgettable learning experiences worth traveling for," says Mike Thiel, Founder/President of Hideaways International™ Inc. ( "So pack your hunger for knowledge-after all, you're never too old to learn a new trick."'s Top Hotel, Resort & Cruise Classes

Here are Mike's "Cliff Notes" on the A+ learning experiences offered at each hideaway.

Hotel Rio Sagrado , Cuzco, Peru

Children of all ages will enjoy the hotel's Ceramic Workshop-visit artist Pablo Seminario's studio, learn about pottery production, then design and paint your own one-of-a-kind tiles.

Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco, Peru

Become a Chef For a Day-visit Cuzco's famous market with the hotel chef, select fruits and veggies, then return to the hotel for an interactive cooking class using your market produce.

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge , Cuzco, Peru

Bring your camera for the Orchid Tour-join the Lodge's gardener for an introduction to more than 100 endemic orchids, some so tiny you'll inspect them with a magnifying glass.

Palacio Nazarenas , Cuzco, Peru

Pack your appetite for the Market Tour and Cooking Class-start with a guided shopping trip to a market, return to the hotel to cook with the chef, and then savor your creations.

Alila Villas Soori , Bali, Indonesia

Go Back to School-learn how to mix, mash, and muddle some of your favorite drinks, all while gnoshing on the chef's selection of snacks and listening to the soothing waves roll in.

Alila Villas Uluwatu , Bali, Indonesia

Take a Journey of Gastronomy-get to know local ingredients, local dishes, and local cooking methods with a market tour, hands-on cooking class, and lunch you made yourself.

Paresa Resort , Phuket, Thailand

Become a culinary artist at Phuket Cooking School of Thai Culinary Arts-embark on a journey of Thai cuisine, learn its evolution, then cook and savor the result of your efforts.

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons , U.K.

Earn culinary credit at The Raymond Blanc Cookery School-harvest herbs and veggies from the organic gardens, learn how best to cook them, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Guana Island , British Virgin Islands

Pack your lab coat for the 30th annual Science Month this October-track and tag iguanas, go bird-watching, and participate in a lecture or dinner discussion with renowned scientists.

Cruising, Worldwide

On-board classes turn at-sea days into at-school days. On Oceania Cruises' Riviera, roll up your sleeves at the Bon Appétit Culinary Center, the only hands-on cooking school at sea.

BONUS: Napasai, Thailand

Tailor-made for thirsty minds, this hideaway offers scores of classes to tempt an array of interests, including Thai Dancing, Thai Boxing, Thai Sweet Cooking Class, and more-like the Explorer Tour, where the Chef/Gardener introduces you to the hotel's livestock (including two water buffalo) as well as the flora and fauna of the surrounding countryside.

"Banish boring travel souvenirs," encourages Mike. "Instead, travel to one of these best-in-class hideaways, take a class, then return home with a new skill or a new dish you can prepare to impress your friends."

About Mike Thiel
Mike Thiel founded Hideaways International™ Inc. in 1979. Over the last three decades, he has traveled the world sampling its best lodgings and travel experiences, and has become a sought-after guest on radio and television news and talk shows across the country.

To arrange an interview with Mike Thiel, contact Gail Richard at 603-430-4433, ext. 112, or

About Hideaways International™
Hideaways International™ Inc., which operates the Hideaways Aficionado® Club, has been seeking the best-of-kind and the out-of-the-ordinary for its savvy, discerning, and well-traveled members for more than three decades. Members, who hail from around the world, range from notable celebrities, musicians, publishers, authors, captains of industry, and politicians to ordinary folks with extraordinary taste. All are part of this lively community with a passion for travel away from the madding crowds.

For more information, visit or contact Gail Richard at 603-430-4433, ext. 112, or

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