Best Travel Finds for National Girlfriends Day

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With National Girlfriends Day right around the corner on August 1, 2015, the award-winning properties of Enchantment Group offer the following activities for the ultimate Girlfriends Getaways this season. Imagine snorkeling along the pristine Caribbean shores of The Cove, Eleuthera, sailing at Tides Inn near the Chesapeake Bay, learning the art of travel journal sketching amidst the stunning red rocks of Boynton Canyon at Enchantment Resort, enjoying a journey of pampering at Mii amo, a destination spa in Sedona, or partaking in a scenically spectacular round of golf at Seven Canyons Golf Club, these resorts cater to every type of girl’s vacation.

The Cove, Eleuthera

For a flawless Bahamian getaway with the girls, opt for the luxurious 3-bedroom villa with stunning ocean views and a personal plunge pool. Soak up the sun by the ocean-front infinity pool and sip on an array of the resort’s signature cocktails including The Green Iceberg and Caribbean Julep. Arrange a private morning yoga session on the beach followed by an afternoon of snorkeling on The Cove’s private boat, paddle boarding, or kayaking. End the evening with sunset views at The Point Bar, followed by dinner in the Freedom Restaurant or sushi bar.

Enchantment Resort

Enchantment Resort

Enjoy more than 100 weekly activities inclusive of endless outdoor excursions, fitness classes, educational workshops, and more at Enchantment Resort. Girlfriends can make memories together by taking the Travel Journal Sketching class, new to the property this summer, where the resort’s resident artist teaches the fundamentals of travel journal illustration. After exploring the red rock trails by mountain bike with the Diamonds in the Rough women-only excursion, girlfriends can sip on a signature Prickly Pear Margarita at View 180 before enjoying a stellar meal at Che-Ah-Chi and ending the night with an unforgettable star gazing experience beginning at twilight.

Mii amo - spa treatment

Mii amo, a destination spa

Indulge in the ultimate spa-cation experience by embarking on an all-inclusive Mii amo package with the girls. Designed to nurture the mind, body, and soul, girlfriends can embark on this 3, 4 or 7 night escape together for a true restorative experience. Start the day by partaking in the Morning Ritual, held in Mii amo’s soothing Crystal Grotto, where friends can set their intention for the day. Enjoy a fresh pressed juice poolside while awaiting the Aura-Soma Relationship Reading or Sedona Clay Wrap experience.

Seven Canyons

Seven Canyons Golf

For those gal pals looking to unleash their inner golf diva, Seven Canyons Golf offers an unparalleled golfing experience with breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding red rock canyon. Enjoy lunch at the recently debuted golf clubhouse, complete with a gastro pub-themed restaurant and large outdoor patio, perfect for enjoying a cocktail while overlooking the golf course and stunning Sedona vistas.  (Must be registered guests of Enchantment Resort to book golf at Seven Canyons).

Tides Inn

Tides Inn

Explore the surrounding Chesapeake Bay via bicycle or spend the day tasting Virginia wines along the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. Harvest Chesapeake oysters with a local waterman and enjoy them alongside some bubbly while taking in the breathtaking evening views at the property. For the adventure-seekers, set sail on the Rappahannock River or learn the ropes at the resort’s on-site sailing school for a firsthand experience. The group can complete their stay antiquing with the girls in town, followed by an afternoon of relaxation at the spa at the Tides Inn.

5 Unexpected Spa Experiences

L'Apothecary

Looking for new spa experiences in your travels? Resorts are getting more creative and offering unique new spa menu items to promote healing, personal growth, relaxation, balance and even life challenges. From New York to Thailand, here are 5 unexpected spa treatments that will keep you wanting more than a massage or facial.

1. Cornelia Spa at The Surrey, New York, NY
The long and frigid winter has begun to weigh on our minds and bodies as we wait for Spring. Rise out of this seasonal blue spirit with energy healer Diane Goldner at Cornelia Spa at The Surrey. Goldner is part of the spa’s innovative Experts in Residence Program, bringing celebrated experts in varying field into the spa in early April. A master in her field and handpicked by Cornelia Spa, Goldner brings exclusive New York access to her highly regarded services to address issues associated with insomnia, chronic illness and life challenges which are commonly flared up during the colder seasons. Together with the guest, the healer will set an intention for healing and gently run healing energy into the body. Guests also have the option to add-on a Cornelia treatment to extend the healing experience with Goldner.

2. Regent Palms, Turks & Caicos
Regent Palms Turks & Caicos is home to an award winning Spa at Regent Palms, named World’s Best several years in a row, with 18 treatment bungalows and innovative East meets West inspired treatments. For spring, Regent Palms unveiled its new Bath Room. This never-before-used-room features a deep soaking tub with mood music and lighting that rhythmically dances alongside the music for a meditative experience. One new treatment in the Bath Room is the Detox Seaweed Leaf Bath: This seaweed bath utilizes organic hand-harvested seaweed by Voya to moisturize the skin, increase circulation and promote healing.

3. L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona, AZ
In May 2014, L’Auberge de Sedona will be debuting L’Apothecary at the spa, a place for guests and Arizona visitors to draw upon the destination’s rich bounty of healing botanicals and fragrant herbs and flowers. L’Apothecary will offer the ingredients and supplies for guests to concoct and design their own bath salts, body scrubs, oils and masques with an abundant offering of elements found in Sedona, including rosemary, clay, piñon pine, juniper and more.

4. Royal Palms Resort & Spa, Phoenix, AZ
The Dehp ® Enrichment Spa Experience at Alvadora Spa is a unique spa treatment, which unlocks your bodies, own innate intelligence to process and integrate stored experiences, promotes a sense of deep well being, and assists you in your personal growth and development. The session is delivered in a luxury spa room/suite which includes the Dehp ® integrative technique, balancing massage and essential oils. The Dehp® Experience brings relaxation to a whole new level, allowing guests to reflect upon their experience in a luxury spa room/suite following their treatment, and will leave them will a sense of clarity and balance.

5 Paresa Resort, Phuket, Thailand
The Spa by PARESA in Kamala offers a heavenly sanctuary inspired by Thai ancient healing. The Paresa Spa features 5 double treatments suites with soothing baths and steam showers and after treatments, guests can spend time relaxing on their private balconies over looking the sunset on the Andaman Sea. As an alternative to the treatment table, former Buddhist Monk and celebrated wellness mentor Nikorn Banjerdlert offers the following services at The Spa by Paresa:

Reiki & Energy Healing – By combining the universal energy of Reiki Healing together with the intuitive skills and direct methods of energy healing, Nikorn channels a powerful healing effect into the energy bodies of your being. No discussion of symptoms or ailments is needed as the Reiki energy naturally flows to where it is needed, activating the body’s innate ability to self-heal. Through the simply laying-on of hands, Reiki Energy Healing will help to harmonize body, mind and spirit and is a powerful tool to allow our bodies time to tune in, relax and heal, leaving you with feelings of profound peace and well-being.

Meditation and Mind Detox – Nikorn will share his knowledge and experience of this secret which has existed for over 2,500 years from the foundation of Buddhism. With exercises and techniques which are applicable to everyone, from any religion and any cultural background, Nikorn will help you to go within in order to find ultimate truth and clarity.

“Fix Me” – Simply tell Nikorn how are you feeling and he will do the rest by combining all the therapies and tools he has learned over the years: meditation, reiki, energy healing, affirmations, visualization and self-help techniques.

Shrimp Alfredo Pizza

So Sorry I have been MIA since last week. I had Healthy Travel Magazine layouts due for our July issue, Fit & Well Birmingham copy due for our June issue and my latest and GREATEST new client for my media business! Not to mention, I have 3 kids, single mom, lower back disk issue, you get the drill…. Forgiven yet? I did get the amazing opportunity to go to Sedona to experience the amazing Lauberge De Sedona this weekend (typing on my flight). I slept 11 hours the first night and 12 hours the next. The spa was AMAZING!!  I’ll tell you more in in the Sept issue of Healthy Travel magazine. Now..to the SHRIMP ALFREDO PIZZA recipe! It is AWESOME and SO easy! My 3 teens devoured it! Try it and you’ll LOVE it! Happy last week of school for us! LOVE Y’ALL! Alison