Breaking the Mould: Women Inspiring Transformational Travel Experiences

This International Women’s Day, taking place on 8th March 2024, Avani Hotels & Resorts salutes the women who inspire guests through their courage and creativity.

 Guests can join them on four transformational travel experiences, led by women who have carved their own paths in the worlds of ballet, craft beverages, weaving and gastronomy. Whether it’s learning ballet in the Maldives, discovering Cambodian botanicals through gin, supporting female weavers in Sri Lanka, or making new friends at a supper club in Milan, these unique journeys lead guests to return home with a new skill and a newfound sense of purpose.

Raising the Barre with Karis Scarlette at Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort

A former Royal Ballet dancer who overcame a career-ending injury, Karis Scarlette is an inspirational artist who travels the world sharing her love of ballet with people of all ages and abilities, from beginners to professionals. Her exclusive ballet retreat is returning to Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort from 11th – 24th November 2024, bringing the graceful and elegant movements of classical ballet to the resort’s breezy dance studio. Popular programmes include the kid-friendly “Tutus & Twirls” where storytelling meets interactive props; “Sunrise Serenity” that blends stretching, mobility and mindful breathing; and one-on-one sessions focusing on perfecting posture and alignment, mastering footwork and improving strength and confidence. Guests can experience the unique benefits of ballet, while surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Maldives.

Sampling Pari Sophary’s Cambodian Craft Gin at FCC Angkor by Avani

Pari Sophary, the founder of Herbal Kulen, is a woman on a mission. As a champion of sustainability, she uses local botanicals from the foothills of Kulen mountain to ensure her products are organic, fair-trade and eco-friendly. In an industry dominated by men, Pari has made her mark with her expertise for botanicals and relentless drive to put Cambodia on the global craft gin map. Gin-curious travellers can try Herbal Kulen at the historic Scribe Bar at FCC Angkor by Avani, where skilled mixologists use it as a base in such cocktails as Cambodian Negroni and Apsara Sour, both carefully crafted to represent the spirit of Cambodia in a glass.

Supporting Female Artisans of Sooriya Weaving with Avani Kalutara

In Sri Lanka, where only about 35% of women participate in the labour force, Sooriya Weaving is a rare example of a successful female-centric enterprise. Founded in 1976, the family-led company produces high-quality fabrics and garments, employing women weavers, some of whom have been working there for over 40 years. Sooriya Weaving is also dedicated to reviving and preserving the Sri Lankan traditional handloom industry, using 100% virgin cotton and natural dyes. From their base at Avani Kalutara guests can visit Sooriya Weaving to tour the largest handloom factory in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, meet the skilled women weavers, and have the chance to try their hand at weaving their own piece of fabric, choosing from a vibrant range of colours and patterns.

Supper Club with Valentina Mazzi Cugusi and Avani Palazzo Moscova Milan

With her powerful presence, Valentina Mazzi Cugusi knows how to entertain and cook up a storm. Along with her husband Marco, she runs the supper club for guests of Avani Palazzo Moscova Milan, where the dynamic duo showcases organic wines and niche products from small artisanal producers. As they prepare and serve a delicious Italian meal using seasonal and local ingredients, they also share entertaining stories from the regions where the products come from, such as Cinque Terre and Sardinia, suggesting tips on how to experience Italy like a local. Valentina has carved her niche with her supper club concept in the largely male-dominated restaurant industry.

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