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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Danny Mynar Named General Manager of Travaasa® Hana, Maui


HANA, MAUI, HAWAII (April 9, 2012) Travaasa® Experiential Resorts has announced the appointment of Danny Mynar, a third generation Hana resident, to general manager of the 70-room Travaasa® Hana, Maui, the AAA Four Diamond hotel on Maui’s secluded eastern shore. He succeeds Mark Stebbings, who is being promoted to managing director and will move to Travaasa ’s corporate office in Denver. The appointments are effective April 9, 2012.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Mynar. “I’m proud and privileged to have the honor of managing this iconic hotel that has been at the heart of the Hana community and my family for generations. As a boy, I would come here to watch my mom sing and entertain guests, so this hotel has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.”

Mynar was most recently assistant general manager at Travaasa® Hana, Maui. He joined the property in 2002 as housekeeping manager and was later promoted to rooms manager.

He spent the early part of his childhood growing up in the old plantation camp, now the site of the hotel’s Sea Ranch Cottages. His grandfather worked on the old sugar plantation and later transferred to the hotel as groundskeeper. His grandmother, a native Hawaiian, worked as a housekeeper at the hotel, and his mother entertained guests and served in the food and beverage department for 29 years.

“Mark Stebbings has been a great leader and mentor to me and I look forward to continuing our rapport in his new position,” said Mynar. “As general manager, I plan to use my local knowledge and relationships to further enhance the Travaasa® experience for guests, employees and the community.”

Mynar has extensive experience working at luxury resorts on Maui, including management positions at the Grand Wailea, Hyatt Regency Maui, and Fairmont Kea Lani. Prior to working in the hospitality industry, he served in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer.

Mynar attended Hana High School and earned a B.A. in Business from New Mexico State University. He currently serves on the board for Hana Maui Trust, and volunteers with Feed My Sheep, a partner agency of Maui United Way. In his leisure time, he enjoys fishing and other outdoor pursuits. He and his wife, Joyce, reside in Hana with their 11-year-old son, Darius.

During his three years as general manager, Mark Stebbings successfully oversaw the transition of the property from Hotel Hana-Maui to Travaasa® Hana, Maui.

Travaasa® Hana, Maui is located at the end of the famous Road to Hana. The original property opened in 1947 and became a favorite retreat for generations of travelers seeking barefoot elegance, unspoiled natural beauty and a Hawaiian sense of place. Travaasa® Experiential Resorts’ philosophy is to provide an escape for those looking to experience something new, enrich their lives and immerse themselves in local traditions, which pays tribute to the hotel’s original intention.

The AAA Four Diamond hotel was recently rated the No. 1 Hawaii Hotel and No. 58 in the world in the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Poll. The Spa at Travaasa® Hana, Maui was named the No. 1 Resort Spa in Hawaii by Condé Nast Traveler in 2011.


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