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Excess Baggage: Unusual Hotel Services

Locations in this article:  Berlin, Germany

If you’re one of those people who prefers an active vacation to sitting on the beach and sipping pina coladas—why not try something a little more unique?

There are unusual experiences all around the world where you can follow your passion—or learn something entirely new.

At the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Rai, Thailand, you can ditch your yoga mat and work on your poses on the back of elephant.

You can do more than just sing in the shower at the Hotel nhow Berlin in Berlin, Germany. You can record your own song in one of its two in-house recording studios. But you’ll have to bring your own backup singers.

Here’s another unusual hotel service. When the classic Baronet Theatre closed in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The Asbury Hotel salvaged the sign and and turned the hotel’s roof into a space for movie nights–seven nights a week.

If getting to your hotel by rental car or taxi is just a little too mundane for you, how about arriving James Bond style? You can paraglide along with a professional guide into the Six Senses Zighy Bay Hotel in Dibba, Oman.

And if you’re really serious about trying to improve your backhand, try the tennis courts at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui. The hotel is the only one in Hawaii where cameras record and analyze your game in real time through PlaySight.

By Peter Greenberg for