With experiential travel and learning holidays an increasingly popular trend for travellers today, luxury all-inclusive hotel brand Velas Resorts is now offering a series of new immersive photography tours, enabling guests to develop a skill for life, while enjoying the luxury amenities of their Riviera Maya resort. The three Photo Safari packages recently launched by Grand Velas Riviera Maya include a range of transformative experiences, immersing guests in the destination and equipping them with the tools to effectively capture their discoveries. With the “Instagram Effect” reported to be responsible for the growing interest in experiential travel, the Photo Safari itineraries will expose guests to authentic destination experiences ensuring they learn a new skill as well as getting under the skin of the diverse Mexican culture.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya is embracing this growing educational travel trend by offering photography training through diverse and exciting tours. A break from the traditional classes offered by all-inclusive resorts, the Photo Safari tours involve exploration of the surrounding area, with the luxuries of gourmet picnics and a World Class Spa to return to at the end of the day.
In partnership with Bushman Photography, the workshops feature a mix of cultural, wildlife, landscape, portrait and architectural photography. In the Zen Wild Safari, guests will explore highlights of the resort and its jungle, such as ceiba and chaka trees, cenote, and mangroves. A model accompanies through the same locations during the Zen Fashion Safari to offer guests the experience of how professional photographers perform lifestyle photo-shoots. A third option takes guests off property and through the rich biodiversity and ecosystems of the Yucatan peninsula. Photography locations include the Mayan ruins of Coba, age-old caverns within a cenote, native Mayan village, and Punta Lagoon, home to a sanctuary for spider monkeys. Inclusive of a professional photographer guide, all of the workshops are designed for both experienced and beginner photographers, with a focus on putting one in the right place at the perfect moment to capture pinnacle photographs. A Canon DSLR Reflex camera with 2 lenses is supplied for each guest to use during the workshop while a memory card captures the shots to take home.
In case guests don’t want to miss out on the resort’s gourmet cuisine when outside of the resort, Grand Velas Riviera Maya packs a basket of carefully selected gourmet foods. The to-go picnic includes a bottle of red or white wine, four varieties of salads with house-made dressings, smoked salmon, French cheeses and charcuterie, fresh baked artisanal baguettes, and a selection of fresh roasted turkey breast, roast beef and duck terrine made from a special recipe of Michel Mustiere, Executive Chef and MaÎtre Cuisinier de France. And, of course, there are all of the condiments and nibbles to start off, including olives, capers, pickles and grapes. Dessert options to vary based on daily chef creations.