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Hands-On Cooking with Chef Ben Baker

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, learning is always something on the menu with Travaasa® Austin’s hands-on culinary classes. Guests can get acquainted with basic knife skills or refine more advanced techniques with instruction from Executive Chef Ben Baker. A sample of the culinary experiences include:

Appetizer 101: A fantastic opportunity to learn different appetizer recipes while incorporating knife skill techniques. This class offers tips to help take the stress out of party prep and makes hosting your next get together fun, easy and impressive!

Fish 101: Welcomes guests into our industrial kitchen to learn different fish cooking techniques and recipes. This class makes the often-intimidating fish preparation a simple process. After the class is complete, participants dine on their catch on the Mesquite Patio.

Once you master the cooking portion, take your gourmand training to the next level with our wine pairing classes. For more information on Travaasa® Austin’s Culinary experiences, visit our cooking demonstration page.

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Man Month at Travaasa® Experiential Resorts

This June, in honor of Men’s National Health Month, the teams at Travaasa® Austin and Travaasa® Hana, Maui have designed a series of signature programs and activities to celebrate all things men, offering male guests experiences that focus on their physique, pastimes and palates. Each destination has added its own local flavor into the program and will also be introducing a new menu of signature men’s spa treatments.  Some of the can’t miss, manly highlights include:

Hanging in Hana
Machete Madness Coconut Husking
Private Surf Lessons
Martial Arts Conditioning (Lua)
Chief’s Archery experience
Throw Net Fishing Tour
Masters of Mixology Class

Male Bonding, Texas-Style
Beer Tasting 101
Grilling and Smoking with the Travaasa Culinary Team
Beer Tasting Experience
Discover your Six Pack: Core Fitness
Conquer the Prickly Pear Challenge Course
Introducing: New Men’s Spa Menu and Line of Products

To treat the males in your life to any of these experiences or book the ultimate guys’ getaway, please contact Travaasa® Austin or Travaasa® Hana, Maui at: 1-855-TO-TRAVAASA.

 

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Travaasa® Experiential Resorts Announces Kristine Huffman as Brand Experience Director

Travaasa® Experiential Resorts, proudly announces the appointment of Kristine Huffman as Brand Experience Director. Specializing in locally infused, experiential travel in spectacular natural locations, the brand’s portfolio currently includes two properties: Travaasa® Austin, opened in May 2011, and Travaasa® Hana, Maui, opened June 2011.

As Brand Experience Director, Huffman will oversee the development and implementation of each property’s diverse activity offerings, echoing the brand’s five pillars: adventure, culinary, culture, fitness and wellness. She will ensure customers receive extraordinary service in every aspect of their stay, while delivering unique programming that leaves guests feeling both refreshed and inspired.

Prior to her role with Travaasa® Experiential Resorts, Huffman founded The Peak Performance Practice, which provided consulting, coaching and counseling to hospitality and care organizations such as Miraval Resorts and Maine General Health Systems.  She also served as Executive Director of Health and Healing at Canyon Ranch Resort. During her tenure there, Huffman helped develop the wellness program at Canyon Ranch: Lenox. Her extensive expertise in hospitality consulting ranges from wellness-based spa developments to sales training and operational growth of facilities.

“We’re thrilled to expand Kristine’s role at Travaasa® Experiential Resorts,” said Chris Manning, president of Travaasa® Experiential Resorts.  “Her wealth of experience and passion for her work will aid in her ability to create a unique calendar of classes, activities and unforgettable travel experiences for our guests,” he continued.

 

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