Offbeat Hotel Packages

written by | Posted on July 24th, 2013

Gateway Canyons Resort in Colorado.

Gateway Canyons Resort in Colorado.

Out-of-the-ordinary packages from hotels around the world allow your clients to be a spy for a day, learn how to be a DJ or step into the world of “Downton Abbey.”

At Gateway Canyons Resort in western Colorado, guests can choose their own adventure with the Spectators Not Welcome package.

Guests can choose the type of luxury accommodations they would like—either at the Kiva Lodge or Kayenta Lodge—and will receive a $150 resort credit per night for an activity or excursion. On the 6,000-acre property, guests can choose from rafting IV rapids, mountain biking through Aspen groves and Ponderosa pines, rappelling or horseback riding through the Unaweep Canyon.

Rates start at $649 per night. The package is available through Oct. 31. For more information, visit gatewaycanyons.com.

For those interested in being a spy for a day, Capella Washington D.C. is offering The Spy Who Loved D.C. package arming guests with everything necessary.

The package includes passes to the International Spy Museum and the Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains exhibit; a Ferrari or Lamborghini for the day or chauffeured transfers from the museum to the hotel; signature martinis at the hotel’s Rye Bar; a complimentary bottle of champagne on the rooftop or in-room; a his or her spy mission kit from Saks Fifth Avenue, complete with a Burberry Brit trench and Oliver Peoples glasses; and a “spy mission” either at the museum or with a Geo-Cobra GPS device around D.C.

Rates start at $4,950 for a 2-night stay in a Capella suite. The package is available through Dec. 20. For more information, call (855) 922-7355 or visit capellawashingtondc.com.

Brown's Hotel in London

“Downton Abbey” fans who can’t wait until Season 4 can have their own Downton experience in London with Brown’s Hotel’s Vintage British Summer Suite package.

The 4-night package includes suite accommodations at the Brown’s Hotel, which celebrates its 175th anniversary this year; complimentary 1-way airport transfer in a vintage Daimler limousine; and daily breakfast for two at HIX Mayfair. Rates start at $770 per night dbl. The package is available through Sept. 8.

In addition, the hotel is offering the Highclere Castle Vintage British Summer Day package, starting at $1,100 per night for two people. The package takes guests to Highclere Castle, the setting for the series, with a choice of transportation, including the Rolls Royce from the show. After a day of Downton-inspired activities, guests can enjoy an exclusive 175th anniversary cocktail (Chase Elderflower liqueur and William Chase gin topped up with English sparkling wine)

at the hotel and a complimentary copy of Lady Carnarvon’s Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey.

For more information, visit brownshotel.com.

Meanwhile, Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman is offering the ultimate DJ retreat with DJs Matty Wainwright, Brendon P and Stephen Day.

The Middle Eastern resort, located about two hours from Dubai, is giving guests the tools to learn how to DJ with 1-on-1 sessions and group events. In addition, guests will have access to the property’s steam, sauna and ice cave; complimentary use of tennis, jungle gym, beach volleyball and petanque courts; daily mixology courses; and will arrive by paraglide.

Guests can choose from the 4- or 6-night retreat running Sept. 20-27 and Dec. 6-13, with accommodations in the Omani-style villas with a private pool. The 6-night DJ Dispensary Retreat starts at $6,018 and includes daily morning group tutorial with DJ Dispensary; daily afternoon 1-on-1 sessions with DJ Dispensary; live recording and online streaming of each guest’s final DJ mix performance at the Farthest From Earth event on Sept. 27; daily sunset session catch-ups; professional photographs; a sunset mix Dhow cruise; a Deep House Hot Rock massage; a DJ Dispensary goodie bag with a tote bag, T-shirt, CD wallet, headphones, course handbook, X-mini speaker and a copy of the book Last Night a DJ Saved My Life.

For more information, visit sixsenses.com/resorts/zighy-bay/destination.