- By Jessica Colley Clarke The New York Times
A range of activities that allow female travelers to connect are being offered free of charge at hotels in celebration of International Women’s Day, on March 8. At hotels both American and international, fees are being waived for female guests to participate in activities like clay pigeon shooting, golf lessons, snorkeling and cocktail mixing classes.
At the Barnsley Resort in Georgia, 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, female guests can choose between a free 90-minute small group clay pigeon shooting clinic (normally $75 per person) or a one-hour golf lesson at the Fazio Course with a focus on putting and driving (a $50 value per person).
A complimentary sunset sail excursion is available at El Mangroove, a boutique hotel in Costa Rica. The three-hour sail (normally $99 per person) will include snorkeling off Panama Beach and sunset views plus complimentary wine and snacks. In-room hammocks provide a cozy place to keep the relaxation going after the sail.
Women interested in learning to make the perfect margarita can sign up for a free two-hour class (normally $80) at the Marriott Cancun Resort. This outdoor afternoon class will include a cocktail mixing lesson with a hands-on component for making your own margarita.
Elsewhere in Mexico, at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, Audrey Formisano, the hotel’s tequila sommelier, will lead a free tequila tasting (normally $26 per person). The tasting will include four different samples — including a tequila that the hotel produces with agave grown on-site — each paired with a snack.