Moonlit horseback rides, yoga classes and spa treatments are just a few of the nighttime activities hotels are offering.
While hotels have long offered daytime activities to introduce guests to local experiences, a number of properties are now staying up much later.
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany has moonlight horseback rides, with the option to stop at an osteria or farmhouse for Tuscan delicacies (about $210 per person with a guide, including dinner).
For guests who want to stay fit, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is offering an LED HoopFit class, with glowing hoops in a twilight outdoor workout ($55 per person).
W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island in Puerto Rico offers free weekly glow-in-the-dark yoga classes, complete with body paint, fluorescent black lights and glow bands.
The Costa Rica Marriott in San Jose recently introduced a Candlelight Experience at its Kuo Spa, with massages that involve substances like volcanic ash. These are set in the property’s 30-acre coffee plantation beneath Arabica trees (the Candlelight Experience costs $50 with the purchase of any spa treatment).
In St. Lucia, Capella Marigot Bay offers lunar-based spa treatments during the full and new moon cycles ($210 for two hours).
The One&Only resort in the Wolgan Valley, Australia, has an after-dark bush trip in which guests can see possums, wombats and gliding marsupials, and observe the nocturnal behavior of kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos ($30 per person).
To encourage after-hours creativity, Kimpton’s Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Florida, has partnered with Delray Beach-based Vino Van Gogh for a night of painting under the stars ($50 a person).
Bjorn Hanson, clinical professor of hospitality and tourism at the Tisch Center at New York University, says travelers want to pack more activities into a 24-hour period, adding: “Activities that have the drama of after-hours lighting or ambience can be more desirable than the same types of programming offered during the day.”