Top-end hotels competing to provide the same degree of luxury risk creating a sense of homogeny – Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurants, infinity pools and marble bathrooms are all well and good but with service, amenities and decor often standardised frequent travellers might sometimes question whether they're in Tokyo, Turin or Tulum. To provide a sense of distinction and lure discerning customers to their property, a rising number of hotels are introducing experiences and excursions that offer a sense of place and insight into their locality. Peninsula Hotels exemplifies the trend, with each of its hotels offering a range of location-appropriate experiences through the Peninsula Academy programme. Guests at its Tokyo property can visit a sake brewery – drinks and designated driver are included; in Hong Kong, guests can visit the few remaining artisans practising traditional crafts such as paper tearing or qipao button-making; in Los Angeles visitors can have a private "behind-the-scenes" tour of film and television sets at the Warner Bros studio. Aman Resorts have introduced similar initiatives at a number of their properties. At Amangalla in Galle, guests wishing to try authentic Sri Lankan cuisine escort the hotel's chef (or one of his team) to the local market to select ingredients, before travelling to the village of Yatagala. There a local will teach them how to cook a traditional curry in clay pots. At Amandari in Bali, guests are led on a tour of the galleries and studios found in the boho village Batuan, and taught about Balinese art, by local artist Bruce Granquist. Get the full story at the Telegraph