New Year Healthy Travel Finds

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Welcome to 2016 with some New Year Healthy Travel finds! If you’re not aware, I publish Healthy Travel Magazine which I’ll hope you will start to follow here for the latest and greatest news in wellness travel. The new year presents an opportunity to treset intentions for a healthier, happier year ahead. Kick off 2016 on the right foot with wellness getaways, ranging from meditation-inspired spa treatments to luxury fitness retreats. Here are some of my top recommendations:
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Special Packages & Retreats
The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas in Bali, Indonesia has recently launched a new lifestyle wellness program that is the perfect experience for those looking to head into 2016 with a clear mind and body. The program includes personal attention, luxury amenities, and a myriad of activities that embrace fitness, sensible dining and holistic achievement.  Travelers and yogi enthusiasts alike can recharge, rebalance and explore their yoga practice within the beauty of the gentle Balinese culture at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas. Located on the majestic coastline of Nusa Dua, the full-day (five to six hours) or half-day (four hours) wellness program features a specially designed wellness menu and training regimen that is designed to nurture and restore well-being.
Full-Day or Half-Day Lifestyle Wellness Program includes:
  • Full-day (five to six hours) and half-day (four hours) options
  • Option to experience wellness program from one to seven days
  • Customized Healthy Dining Options
  • Yoga Stretching Class
  • Aqua Aerobics Class
  • Signature treatment options including facial treatments and a blend of unique massage techniques
  • Access to the signature Wellness Suite including Asia Pacific’s only Ice Room
  • Visits to the local temples, walks on the white sand beach, and experiencing the picturesque sunsets
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Miami helps its guests stay healthy in 2016 with the “Wonderful Wellness” package. All tension will melt away with a deep tissue massage, followed by some pampering with a classic pedicure. To really round off a complete wellness experience, guests will receive a personal training session with an expert trainer to refine their workout routine, and can partake in their choice of a group fitness class.
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L’Auberge de Sedona Sedona, Arizona
L’Auberge de Sedona is a wellness seeker’s dream come true, set among enchanting Red Rock formations that offer a peaceful and stunning backdrop for yoga and mediation, as well as experiencing the region’s famous energy vortex centers. In 2016, travelers are invited to take advantage of L’Auberge de Sedona’s Red Rock Renewal package, which has been designed to provide guests with a chance to disconnect and take time to recenter for the new year. As part of this two-night stay, guests will be treated to a 60-minute Forest Bathing session, or opt for a private yoga or meditation session instead. The package also includes a dining credit and $300 spa credit, which can be used towards the resort’s signature Quiet Mind spa treatment, which teaches guests meditation-inspired breathing techniques to help them shut off their thoughts and enjoy the present moment.
 
The Red Rock Renewal package includes:
  • 2 night stay
  • Private 60 minute yoga, meditation or Forest Bathing session for up to 4 guests
    • Forest Bathing, also know as “Shinrin-Yoku,” draws on the traditions of mindfulness and is rooted in a range of transcultural practices that recognize the benefits that time in nature can have a positive and healing effect on human health and happiness. Guests will find a true sense of connection with the earth that will not only deepen their relationship with nature, but with themselves as well.
  • $300 credit at the Spa at L’Auberge, to experience the Quiet Mind massage or another treatment of their choice
    • Inspired by the Quiet Mind flower essence blend from Lotus Wei, the Quiet Mind treatment is designed to assist guests in learning to turn off their mind and fully experience their massage. The flower essences include Geranium, Bird of Paradise and Passion Flower, to support the guest in letting go of distraction and dissolving muscle tension. Guests will learn simple guided breathing techniques while the therapist attunes facial acupressure points. As the mind calms the guest will experience a deeply relaxing massage, without their mind interrupting.
  • $80 credit at L’Auberge de Sedona’s new restaurants, Cress on Oak Creek or Etch Kitchen & Bar
  • Daily wellness activities including hiking, GM-led jogs, morning stretching, meditation, and more

Rancho Valencia

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa San Diego, California

Spanning 45 lush acres of gardens, trails, olive groves, casitas and more, this Mediterranean inspired, all-suite property offers the finest accommodations, service and programming that San Diego has to offer. Every detail at Rancho Valencia is meticulously tailored to create the ultimate destination for wellness and tranquility, starting with the basics like freshly-made organic fruit and vegetable juices to a Yoga Pavilion, Pilates studio, advanced exercise programs, and fitness sessions hosted by top-tier wellness professionals. Rancho Valencia is the perfect place to resent in the new year with The Stay & Play Spa package. With a variety of unique therapies and treatments, guests will find a soothing balance for the mind, body, and soul. The Stay & Play Spa package offers a $175 spa credit per guest, perfect for a massage or a rejuvenating facial.
 
The Stay & Play Spa package includes:
  • $175 spa credit per person, to use as you please
  • Fresh orange juice, milk and morning paper delivered to your suite daily
  • Complimentary use of the tennis courts, fitness center, yoga pavilion and all fitness classes
Year-Round Wellness Offerings
Gurney's New Queen Guestroom
Situated on Montauk’s most pristine stretch of oceanfront real estate, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is a Hampton’s institution and the only four-season resort in Montauk. Gurney’s has partnered with Wellthily, NYC’s premier healthy hospitality company, to help redefine the the health scene in Montauk. The collaboration will deliver fitness classes to Gurney’s from New York’s top fitness trainers to guests, locals and visitors to the Hamptons. Fitness programming will include classes and retreats throughout 2016 such as Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Cyc Fitness Indoor Cycling, Elements Fitness Barre Fitness and Exhale Spa Core Fusion Barre. All of this will be in addition to Gurney’s own fitness schedule, which will still be offered daily. Following your workout, relax at The Seawater Spa, featuring Roman baths, Finnish rock sauna, fitness center, and a world-famous indoor sand-filtered, ocean-fed, heated seawater pool – the only one of its kind in North America. All with stunning, panoramic views of the ocean.
Rancho La Puerta
Rancho La Puerta  Tecate, Mexico
Meditation & Expert Therapeutic Sessions
Rancho La Puerta is the original “fitness resort” and spa that welcomes some 140 guests each week to its 3,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows in Baja California, Mexico. All facilities and land are for the exclusive use of guests who come for an entire week, Saturday to Saturday, or partial-week stays of three or four nights. It’s a unique reawakening and spiritual mental escape for women and men offering space to breathe freely amidst nature and to relax, renew, reflect and redirect one’s longer-living life for a complete mind, body, and spirit balance. In addition, the Ranch offers over 80 fitness classes including TRX, yoga, pilates and advanced hiking trails as well as spa treatments, therapeutic sessions and daily lectures to inspire guests to leave with a recharged sense of being. Specialty weeks at the Ranch are offered year-round, featuring visiting guest speakers, talented performers and workshop leaders—authors, politicians, musicians, artists, MDs and other leaders in their fields — to present afternoon learning experiences and evening lectures.

 

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Mountain Trek Nelson, British Columbia
Escape into pristine nature among the scenic mountains of British Columbia while experiencing Mountain Trek’s all-inclusive luxury fitness and health spa retreat to reset habits and begin the journey toward a healthier lifestyle in 2016. Set in spectacular natural landscapes, guests are treated to an ultra personalized program where time is spent focusing on activities including hiking, yoga, massage and detox treatments, and a variety of fitness and nutrition classes including: lectures on stress management, nutrition, sleep health, metabolism, detoxification, goal setting and personal will power. A true backcountry experience where guests get back to basics, Mountain Trek’s wellness retreat immerses guests in scenery you cannot find near most urban cities, while taking a holistic approach toward resetting individual’s metabolism, and providing a every guest with the opportunity for hormonal rebalance, and mind, body and spirit renewal.
Below, are expert tips from Lead Guide and Program Director, Kirkland Shave, on how to keep resolutions:
  • Weave subtle changes into daily life to create long lasting change, and reward yourself with each step
  • Make healthy food visible by keeping a fruit bowl on the counter and chopped veggies, such as carrots, in a bowl of water in the fridge. This way when you go to open it to grab something, the first thing you’ll see are beta-carotene rich, crispy carrots.
  • Focus on providing yourself with adequate sleep. Do so by exercising after sleep rather than before (when you wake up in the morning is best), and powering down computers, phones, TVs, and bright light exposure prior to sleeping, and relaxing with an epsom salt bath before bed.

Where to go Now: Grand Hotel Tremezzo

 

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

I just back back from Lake Como, Italy, and my oldest son, Alec, asked said… “Mom, I know you have been to some amazing destinations and resorts. Is this one of the most incredible place you have ever been?” I replied, “Yes, without a doubt.” I have received so many text messages, emails, social media questions asking all about my trip to the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Email me or message me, and I would love to tell you all about it. Here’s a quick look at the dramatic beauty of this amazing resort destination. See my video below where I have incorporated some of my pictures of my favorite moments.

Where Kids Can Ski for Free

Monarch

In Colorado Ski Country USA, getting kids on the slopes for free is more than just child’s play, it’s evidence of resorts commitment to providing an exceptional and affordable family ski vacation. From waiving a lift ticket fee for kids under a certain age, to offering free lift access to kids as part of a promotion or package, Colorado resorts strive to provide the opportunity for families to have a well-priced, hassle-free, and enjoyable ski vacation. Kids under five or six years of age can ski for free at many Colorado resorts. Children five and under ski for free all season long at Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, Loveland, Ski Granby Ranch, Steamboat, Sunlight Mountain Resort, Telluride, Ski Cooper, and Winter Park. Children six and under ski for free all season long at AspenSnowmass, Crested Butte, and Monarch.

Below are some kids ski free packages and promotions currently available at some Colorado resorts.

Arapahoe Basin

Kids Ski Free

Kids up to and including age 14 can ski or snowboard for free at Arapahoe Basin all day, any day from November 30 through December 19, 2014. There is no adult purchase requirement, nor a minimum stay requirement, and there is no limit to the amount of times children can ski or snowboard for free during this time period. Guests simply stop by the A-Basin ticket window with their kid to pick up their free lift ticket. Additionally, during the same time period, all class snowsports lessons (adult and kids group lessons) are discounted $10, and all kids tees and sweatshirts in the Arapahoe Sports Retail Shop are 20% off. For more information please visit: http://www.arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/tickets/kidsskifree/default.aspx

AspenSnowmass

Kids Ski, Stay, Rent, Dine Free

At AspenSnowmass, kids ski and stay free in March and April with a minimum 3-day purchase. Kids ages 7-12 ski and stay for free with the purchase of a comparable adult three day or longer lift ticket. Additionally, kids ages 7-12 rent equipment for free with the purchase of a comparable adult rental. This package must be booked by February 19, 2015 and is only valid March 15-31, 2015. The package must be booked with lodging experts at Stay AspenSnowmass. More information can be found here: http://www.aspensnowmass.com/plan-your-vacation/deals/kids-ski-free-in-march-and-april

Copper Mountain

One. Two. Free!

Copper’s One. Two. Free! Package features a third night free on lodging, a third day free on lessons, and kids aged 12 and younger ski for free. This package also includes a 33 percent savings on tubing sessions and Woodward Copper freestyle lessons. Copper is so confident that this lift and lodging package is at the lowest price available that they will honor a lower price found. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/CopperOneTwoFree.

Crested Butte

Kids Ski Free

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is currently offering a kids promotion where all kids aged 12 and under ski for free until December 18, 2014. For more information, visit www.skicb.com/.

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort

Kids Ski Free Package

Durango Mountain Resort’s Kids Ski Free package invites guests to enjoy four nights of lodging, three days of lift tickets for mom and dad, and kids’ lift tickets are free. The package includes 25 percent off on lodging. Guests can book by calling 800-525-0892 or online at http://www.durangomountainresort.com/lodging/winter-packages/.

Loveland

Loveland

Free Season Pass

Loveland’s 3-Class Pass for Kids is for all children, ages 4-14, of all abilities. When guests pre-purchase or complete three full-day lesson packages, they can receive a free unrestricted season pass to keep practicing their skiing or snowboarding skills for the rest of the season. Children’s full day lesson packages include the lesson, lift access, equipment rentals (ski or snowboard) and lunch. Guests may also pre-purchase the three lesson packages and enjoy the season pass all winter long. More information can be found by visiting http://www.skiloveland.com/skischool/3_class_pass.aspx

Steamboat

Kids/Grandkids Ski and Rent Free

Steamboat’s Kids Ski Free and Grandkids Ski Free programs enable children 12 years of age and under to ski free the same number of days as their parents/grandparents when parents/grandparents purchase a 5-or-more day adult lift ticket. Seniors (ages 70+) must purchase an Adult ticket to be eligible for this program. Each qualifying purchase allows one free child per paid parent/grandparent. Kids also rent free when their parent or grandparent rents equipment for 5 or more days. For more information on Kids Ski and Rent Free visit http://www.steamboat.com/tickets-and-passes/kids-ski-free.aspx

Free Season Pass

Additionally, one child (12 and under) is eligible to receive a free season pass when a parent or legal guardian purchases an adult Steamboat Season Pass. Each additional child or teen in the same family can purchase a special priced Family Season Pass. Details can be found at http://www.steamboat.com/tickets-and-passes/kids-ski-free.aspx

Sunlight Mountain Resort

Ski Swim Stay

When guests book Sunlight’s Ski Swim Stay package, kids 12 and under can ski for free. More information and details can be found by visiting http://www.sunlightmtn.com/ski-swim-stay.

Telluride

Kids’ Discovery Week

This is a time for families with children to experience Telluride in a value-conscious way.  From January 31-February 7, 2015, kids 5-14 ski for free, stay for free, and receive free lessons. Based on two adults and two children ages 5-14 in a junior suite at the Inn at Lost Creek, this package is a savings of $100 per person, per night. Based on availability; some restrictions apply. For more information, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.