Whether they want to refine their brush strokes, take sun salutations or get snap happy on holiday, it pays to take note of your clients’ special interests, says Abra Dunsby
The diminutive Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is a lesser-known alternative to India for a yogic retreat. Its quiet beauty “naturally lends itself to introspection and meditation,” says Rishi Sharma, Bhutan project manager for andBeyond, which has added a new small-group yoga retreat and tour there. Guests will take daily two-to-three-hour yoga sessions, trying out a variety of styles from Yin Yang to Vinyasa and Hatha to Nidra. The lessons are often held in spectacular outdoor settings and are led by “healing facilitator” Zoe Nash, who ensures that each participant gets plenty of individualised attention. The tour also explores monastery-dotted Thimphu and Gangtey, the fortress city of Punakha and the architecture of Paro.
Book it: andBeyond’s 10-day Bhutan Yoga Retreat costs from $10,933pp based on two sharing including accommodation, some meals, transfers and flights, with a May 11 departure. andbeyond.com
The Killing, The Bridge, Borgen... we Brits love the thrill of a Nordic Noir. Danish TV drama Ride Upon the Storm is set to be the next big thing, written by Adam Price of Borgen fame, and airing on Walter Presents – Channel 4’s foreign language drama service – at the end of the month. Clients who can’t get enough of these Scandinavian tales of murder and intrigue can book themselves on to a day tour with Nordic Noir Tours, a Danish DMC that specialises in walks in Copenhagen and Malmo that pay homage to the genre. They’ll get to experience locations used in the TV series, with expert guides on hand to share stories and facts.
Book it: Nordic Noir Tours offers a The Killing/The Bridge in Copenhagen tour, taking place on Saturdays at 4pm, priced from £24pp for a group of six, or £48pp for two people (tour must be pre-booked; private tours can also be arranged). nordicnoirtours.com
If your clients like to flex their vocal chords on holiday, a Run by Singers trip might suit. “Most of our regulars are in established choirs and choral societies – we put on serious concerts, often with orchestras and professional soloists,” explains co-founder Nick Couchman. The operator often links the music to the destination visited, with classic pairings including singing Faure in Paris or Vivaldi in Venice, while lesser-known destinations with a strong choral tradition – such as Riga, Tallinn and Evora – are also proving popular. New for 2019 is a Bach pilgrimage tour of Saxony and Thuringia, where clients can discover where the composer lived and worked, with chances to sing at iconic venues.
Book it: Run by Singers’ Bach Pilgrimage starts from £1,395pp based on two sharing, with nine nights’ accommodation and eight group meals included. runbysingers.org