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OFFERING unique and unconventional gourmet activities on the Tea Horse Road in China and across the Indian Ocean in picture-perfect Maldives and Mauritius, guests at LUX* Resorts & Hotels (luxresorts.com) can look forward to a festive family vacation in majestic locations.

1. Fun Family Bonding at LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives

LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives

The four-day Chinese New Year programme (US$1,180 per night on complimentary Half Board upgrade in a Water Villa, all taxes included) takes families on a Noodle Making workshop, Chinese Latte Art session and exhilarating Chopstick Competition. Little ones can also enjoy activities such as Cake Boss and Red Lucky Envelope art and craft workshops. To celebrate the upcoming Year of the Rat, a series of themed games such as Catch the Rat’s Tail and Find the Rat Hole will bring the Zodiac spirit to life. Families can learn more about marine creatures through a multitude of sea-based activities such as the Dolphin Cruise, Sea Turtle and Manta Ray Discovery Snorkeling session.

2. Wellness Retreat at LUX* North Malé Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives

LUX* North Malé Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives

A week-long festive extravaganza with delectable meals and wellness activities from Jan 24 till Jan 31 (US$2,116 per night on Bed&Breakfast basis in a Deluxe Water Villa, all taxes included). From Savasana Meditation classes to Ariel Yoga at LUX* Me Spa, guests are treated to a plethora of wellness activities in between New Year feastings. Those looking for a relaxing cardio session can join the ICI Bicycle Hour Around the Island and enjoy the beautiful Maldivian beaches. Unique culinary activities include the Chinese Cocktail Masterclass, Dilmah Chinese Tea Mocktail Class, Pizza and Cake Making Workshops, Sandbank Picnic, and Chinese New Year Gala Dinner at Glow restaurant.

3. A Taste of Chinese New Year with LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas, Mauritius

LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas, Mauritius

Presenting an eclectic three-day itinerary (US$280 per night for a double occupancy on Bed & Breakfast basis) for Chinese New Year, the resort will be offering epicurean experiences and traditional festive activities to celebrate the turn of the year. Expect daily gourmet surprises from an innovative Chinese Reunion Dinner at Le Tastevin with wine pairing by the resident sommelier to a dumpling making demonstration where guests can learn the delicate ways of creating this time-honoured Chinese dish. In between indulgent Chinese spa treatments and lazy afternoons on the beaches of Mauritius, guests can also take partin a Chinese floating lantern workshop or try their hand at mahjong, held in the spacious Wanderlust Library. Ending the celebration on a high note will be a Lion Dance and Chinese Culture Show on the last day of the itinerary to usher in an auspicious new year.

4. Re-discover Chinese cuisine and landscapes along the LUX* Tea Horse Road (Lijiang, Dali and Benzilan Retreat, China)

LUX* Tea Horse Road (Lijiang, Dali and Benzilan Retreat, China)

Experience a full immersion into Chinese history and traditions with LUX* Tea Horse Road’s festive celebrations (US$170 per night on Bed & Breakfast basis).Happening on Jan 24, 2020, the eve of Chinese New Year, LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan will host the annual God of Fortune welcome and blessing as well as a classic New Year’s Eve reunion dinner, cultural performances and spectacular fireworks to usher in the new year. Guests will have the rare chance to join the local community in their observance of this annual festival. In a guided visit to the historic Tibetan or Lisu villages, experience the authentic way the locals celebrate this important holiday. A tasty treat of uncommon local fare ends the cultural immersion.

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