6 Mothers Day Spa Getaways

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With Mother’s Day around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of the most relaxing Mother’s Day spa getaways to indulge and treat herself to the ultimate spa treatments to celebrate her special day. From Mexico to Vermont, please find suggestions below.

1. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa  San Diego, CA

This Mother’s Day, moms can get pampered at The Spa at Rancho Valencia with a unique spa treatment, The Sixth Sense Ritual, the resort’s signature body ritual beginning with a soothing bath soak to relax the body and mind, muscles and joints. A massage of mom’s choice follows including a Harmonizing Scalp Massage with organic Mediterranean Myrtle, Juniper, and organic Jojoba, Avocado and Olive Oils. The experience culminates with a hand and foot paraffin treatment, providing softer, more youthful skin.

In addition, Moms can also get pampered at Rancho Valencia with a special spa treatment offered throughout the month of May. The Spa at Rancho Valencia is offering a Essential Summer Prefix

Detoxifying back treatment facial (60 min), a Ladies bikini wax (30 min), and complete with Rancho Valencia’s signature Pedicure (60 min). As moms are getting ready for summer, this back treatment gives instant radiant-looking skin tone and finished with a soft hydrated foot treatment ready for sandal season.

2. Rancho La Puerta Tecate, MX

Rancho La Puerta is the original “fitness resort” and spa 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 romantic escape for women and men offering over 80 fitness classes including TRX, yoga, pilates and advanced hiking trails as well as spa treatments and therapeutic sessions. In addition to fitness and spa experiences, the Ranch offers daily lectures and workshops to inspire guests. Each week the Ranch has 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. This Mother’s Day, moms can relax and rejuvenate with Rancho La Puerta’s special Head-to-Toe Candle Oil Massage, which uses the warm, scented oil from a just extinguished massage-oil candle, then employs a gentle form of massage that involves long strokes from scalp to toes, administered with a deep, caring awareness of comfort. Soon, moms will unwind, de-stress, and feel warm and revitalized by improved blood circulation.  

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3. The MODERN Honolulu is a lifestyle hotel conveniently located at the edge of Waikiki where polished sophistication and laid-back luxury combine to create an ideal resort getaway for Mother’s Day. The 353-room urban resort is noted for its chic not overdone design, friendly service and unparalleled guest experiences near Hawaii’s most popular destination, Waikiki. The Modern Honolulu provides a relaxing island getaway for mom with a special spring spa treatment that will provide ultimate relaxation. The Spa at The Modern Honolulu is offering a unique Spring Retreat Package, which features a special 80 minute Enzymatic Facial and 50 minute rejuvenating massage package. This dynamic duo offers the best of both worlds and puts the mind and body in a renewed state for a new season ahead.

4. Topnotch Resort  Stowe, Vermont

Located in the charming village of Stowe, VT, Topnotch Resort, which boasts an award-winning 35,000 square foot spa with over 100 treatments is the perfect retreat for mothers who do it all! Mothers can fully relax and unwind at this peaceful and iconic New England resort. In celebration of Mother’s Day, Topnotch will be offering complimentary decleor hydrating eye treatments with all facials reserved on that Sunday and offering a complimentary keratase deep conditioning hair treatments at the end of all massage services scheduled.

5. Rancho Bernardo Inn  San Diego, CA

The award-winning Spa at Rancho Bernardo features an outdoor spa garden and patio area with treatment casitas in which guests can receive treatments outdoors. A saline Spa Pool is adjacent to the garden area and features seven cabanas for relaxation. In 2008, readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted it the best resort spa in North America. This Mother’s Day, guests can indulge in the bounty of spring with the seasonal “Citrus Cherry Bliss” Made Fresh Daily Treatment, which incorporates specially selected scents and ingredients that complement the seasons of the year. Each Made Fresh Daily experience includes a body wrap, scrub and massage as well as a food and beverage offering and a take home recipe to recreate the spa experience at home.

6. Laniwai, the Spa at Aulani  Ko Olina on Oahu, Hawaii 

Laniwai is a place where moms can experience wellness along with their family. One of the only true luxury, family wellness retreats, Laniwai offers spa, relaxation and spectacular Hawaiian experiences for ages newborn and up. The Hawaiian word laniwai (lah-nee-vai) means “freshwater heaven,” and the spa lives up to its name with more than 150 treatments, including the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on the island of Oahu. With 18,000 square feet indoors and 5,000 square feet outdoors, the area includes a 2,000-square-foot Lift Fitness Cardiovascular Center, 15 treatment rooms and a full-service salon for hair, makeup and nail services.

Laniwai offers 15 treatment rooms including a couples room and a flex room for treatments for two-plus guests, including families. Treatments include body polish, vitality baths, massage, body treatments, facials, outdoor treatments. Signature therapies include Lomilomi massage incorporating lomilomi “pressure point” sticks and warm river stones; and Kilikili, including exfoliation and massage with coconut oil under streaming jets of warm waters.

Experiences that children can delight in include the ‘Ohana: Designed for 3 to 6 family members, this experience utilizes the healing touches of lomilomi (ages 5 and up) and The Makana: During this soothing therapy for parents and their infants (one-year-olds and under), one parent enjoys a treatment while the other learns the art of baby massage from a certified practitioner.

Moms and their and children will also enjoy the The Pulu Bar, which allows guests to create their own signature body polishes and scrubs by blending authentic Hawaiian fragrances, sugar cane sugar, sea salt and oils, like macadamia, kukui, and jojoba.Parents can relax in O’ahu’s only outdoor hydrotherapy garden – Kula Wai at Laniwai. Kula Wai features herbal pools, reflexology path, six rain showers, cold and hot whirlpools, as well as “Nature’s Soaks,” 25-minute vitality baths infused with flowers, fruits, herbs and oils. Let’s go!

3 Family Getaways for March from London to Beverly Hills

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Family vacations are a special time to grow closer and create everlasting memories together. I love traveling with my 3 children, especially in March for Spring break. Here are 3 amazing family getaways where you will find family bonding at its best.

Little Kings Celebrate Carnival at Le Meurice
The year 2014 honors the 50th anniversary of the formation of Sino-French diplomatic relations, marking half a century of friendship between the people of France and China. To celebrate the joyous occasion, Le Meurice invites families to take part in its animated and vibrant Children’s Carnival celebrations on Sunday, March 9, 2014. The event is sure to radiate joy to children of all ages; filled with noisy farandoles, tricolor costumes and Chinese folklore. Join the magic and art movement with balloons, make-up and funny tattoo workshops to get into the spirit of the day! The young prodigies from the prestigious Stanlowa School of Dance will perform an enchanting and mesmerizing show, and parents can watch their children parade at this dazzling affair. And what better way to end the fun than with an abundant buffet of sweets, deliciously crafted by Pastry Chef Cédric Grolet.

The Little Legends “Best Guest” Package at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Young guests will experience their “15 minutes of fame” and feel like real child star for a day with this whimsical package. It includes a special red carpet photo opportunity taken in front of the hotel’s “step and repeat” wall, personalized chocolate star amenity, miniature gold awards statuette, Little Legends t-shirt, choice of an ice cream sundae or milkshake in the Fountain Coffee Shop, and a VVIP Beverly Hills Hotel card that can be redeemed for complimentary sodas and juices throughout the hotel. Recommended for children 5 – 10 years, but this is available to “children” of all ages.

A London Family Getaway at 45 Park Lane
45 Park Lane provides the perfect setting for families to enjoy the many activities that London has to offer. Located directly opposite Hyde Park, the hotel is close to the city’s most popular attractions such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. 45 Park Lane also offers a private media room with ten large and comfortable armchairs, perfect for screening the latest blockbuster or a collection of personal memories for a family reunion. The media room features state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen equipment including a 103 inch BeoVision 3D television, 3-D glasses and surround sound solution. Sounds too amazing for words!

Fathers Day at Whiteface Lodge

Looking for a Father’s Day getaway? I have a great idea! Head to Whiteface Lodge, a perfect spot nestled in the great Adirondack Mountains to take Dad fishing. Families can test the waters with the resort’s own fully stocked catch-and-release rainbow trout pond complete with five casting lessons at no charge, then book a private full- or half-day fishing trip with a guide through Whiteface Lodge’s concierge or head to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center, which offers public fishing access. After a day of fishing, Dad can relax at the award-winning spa with treatments tailored specifically to men, have a cigar, or hang out with the family making s’mores during the nightly bonfire.

 

If fishing isn’t Dad’s thing, he can relax with a prix-fixe brunch at Kanu, Whiteface Lodge’s fine dining restaurant. With menu options including cooked-to-order Grilled Strip Steaks, Beer Battered Haddock Fillets, Pineapple Chipotle Slow-Roasted Baby Back Ribs, Crème Brûlée French Toast and Honey Cured Bacon, Dad is sure to enjoy his special day.

 

Whiteface Lodge is the only all-suite property in the Adirondacks, offering 94 luxurious guest accommodations, a three-story great room, three restaurants, and a spa. I want to go, don’t you?

 

Summer Travel Family Traditions at St. Regis Aspen

I have a great idea for summer travel! The St. Regis Aspen introduces a unique Family Traditions program, offering thrilling, adventure-packed family “experiences”, and a variety of family-friendly amenities and services. The St. Regis Aspen’s Family Traditions summer program features three seasonal “experiences”, comprised of captivating outdoor activities and adventures in the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado wilderness, to engage children and parents alike and creating everlasting memories and traditions to come. I want to go!

Summer Family Traditions Experiences Include:

  • Backcountry Sunset Jeep Dinner: Explore the great outdoors on a four-hour, off-road Jeep tour to the historic Burlingame Cabin on Snowmass Mountain, featuring a fun-filled campfire BBQ with live music and singing at the destination.
  • Fly Fishing: Escape to the valley’s gold medal trout waters for a day of private fishing, equipped with Aspen Outfitting Company’s extraordinary certified guides and gear.
  • Rafting: Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the Colorado, Roaring Fork and Arkansas rivers—from float trips to Class V rapids, half days and whole days. YES PLEASE! This is summer travel at its best!
Upon arrival, each child is greeted with a tasty welcome amenity, such as fresh fruit and gummy worms hidden in chocolate “dirt”, as well as housemade lollipops. Turndown amenities prior to departure include rich hot cocoa, marshmallows, chocolate coins and cookies. My kids would love this!

During their stay, children can enjoy special access to The St. Regis Aspen’s esteemed culinary team, as well as access a newly-created children’s library. I love this idea!

Children’s Programs Include:

  • Budding Chef Program: Aspiring young chefs are invited to partake in culinary fun alongside The St. Regis Aspen’s impressive culinary team with a one-hour cupcake and cookie decorating class and a one-hour vegetable art class.
  • Children’s Library: Children can check out story books to read at bed time, alongside a warm glass of milk and honey.

About The St. Regis Aspen Resort

The St. Regis Aspen Resort has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as a leading destination resort and has been named aPlatinum Choice Award Winner by Smart Meetings magazine. With elegant décor, unrivaled luxury and the trademark bespoke service for which The St.Regis group of hotels is known, guests enjoy an unparalleled experience at this quintessential mountain retreat. Resort amenities include the newly opened Trecento Quindici Decano restaurant, Shadow Mountain Lounge, Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE, Remède Spa, an outdoor heated pool, fitness center, world class resort concierge services and 25,000 square feet of meeting space.  For reservations or more information, call 1.888.454.9005 or 970.920.3300 or visit the website at www.stregisaspen.com.

Arizona Biltmore for Mother’s Day

Moms who’d love to escape but can’t make a kid-free getaway will find the ideal Mother’s Day package at the historic Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. I was just there over spring break with my daughter, Leigh, and we absolutely loved it!  The Spring Escape All-Inclusive Package, starting at $359 on Mother’s Day weekend, includes an array of amazing extras:

– Kids meals:  Up to two kids 12 and under eat free for breakfast and dinner
– Breakfast for two in Frank & Albert’s or The Café (includes gratuity)
– Dinner for two  (includes gratuity, excludes alcohol)
– $100 Spa Credit  on any spa treatment of your choice
– Self Parking
– Resort Charge
– A bottle of wine delivered upon check-in
– 20% off retail shops
– Arizona Biltmore History book
  • The Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort is a favorite spot for Mother’s Day.  Moms enjoy strolling the beautiful flower-filled gardens, soaking up the historic ambience, taking advantage of special discounts on treatments at the spa, and indulging in the mouth-watering holiday dining choices. At the Arizona Biltmore Spa, moms will enjoy 20% off four popular treatments:  Dreamcatcher Aromatherapy Massage, Restorative Anti-Aging Facial, Ultimate Manicure and Ultimate Pedicure. Find more at Arizona Biltmore

Home2 Suites by Hilton for Tuesday Travel in Charleston

I have a travel tip. Have you heard of Home2 Suites by Hilton? I have been telling friends about a hip, cool new hotel that I stayed in Charleston a few weeks ago. Check out a great place to hang out (above). Home2 Suites by Hilton is a new mid-tier, all suite, extended stay hotel chain that launched in 2009. It’s one of the first new brands introduced by Hilton Worldwide in 20 years. They are developing new hotels in the U.S, Mexico and Canada, but they currently have hotels in Nashville, TN, Charleston, SC, Baltimore, MD, San Antonio, TX and more. So what’s so great about it?

-Suites provide separate living and bedrooms pace and a flexible working and media space. I am obsessed with the desk chair and still hoping to order one.

-They fully accessorized kitchen includes place settings for 6 and a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher and microwave. I love the European touch and all of the “green” themes.

-The Oasis is an expanded community spot that provides room for individual work as well as social gathering.

A combined laundry and fitness area, Spin2 Cycle, allow for multitasking: working out while you do your laundry. What a clever idea. I would totally use this!

The “Inspired Table” (below) is a great setting to eat breakfast and work at the same time with chargers readily available on the table. All containers in the breakfast area are made of recycled glass and renewable bamboo. Also, healthy breakfast options are offered.

I loved the feel of the Home2 in Charleston, and I look forward to checking out others too. If you haven’t been to Charleston, you must go. Its beauty, character, food and people make it an incredibly romantic or family getaway destination.

Kid’s Cooking Class at Park City Mountain Resort

Last week, I spent spring break in the incredibly beautiful Park City, Utah. I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to teach a Kid’s Healthy Cooking Class at Park City Mountain Resort making Apres Ski Snacks.

The kids had a blast making four recipes starting with Mini Banana Bread Loaves made with Greek yogurt and ground flaxseed.

I loved working with the staff at the Park City Mountain Resort. They made it so easy for me even though sometimes it’s tough working back in a big resort kitchen. I was looking for a masher for our banana bread, and this is all I could find.

I do appreciate all of wonderful help from Krista, Mike and Deirdra. Y’all are the best, and I had such a great time working with you!

Since it was St. Patrick’s Day, we also made a healthy Herb Dip appetizer that the kids devoured.

They also especially loved preparing the Homemade Granola Bars. It was one of the more difficult recipes, but definitely worth it.

The kids also made homemade make-your-own pizzas. Everyone used their own unique touch. When the food came out of the oven, everyone was ready. They were happy (and hungry) to eat all of their healthy homemade snacks, especially after a long day of skiing.

Be sure to check out Park City Mountain Resort and Snowmama’s the next time you’re thinking about a wonderful family vacation. My kid’s had never skied before, and they were off and running after a day of lessons from the wonderful instructors here. We all had a wonderful time and can’t wait to go back!