Luxurious Winter Spa Treatments

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With the colder months upon us, what better way for travelers to warm up and replenish their dry skin than with enriching spa treatments. From a sugar polish in Hawaii to seasonal spa treatments found around the world, here are some of my top recommendations for luxury winter spa treatments:

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay, Lana’i, HI

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay recently unwrapped a new look earlier this year with the refurbishment of all treatment rooms and great room featuring a clean, contemporary design incorporating natural wood found throughout the islands materials reflecting the hues and tones found on Lanai, anchored by distinctive Hawaiian artwork. A new menu just launched last month highlights a number of Hawaiian influenced treatments as well as a new range of well-being sessions, including the Macadamia Sugar Polish, a body scrub of ground macadamia nuts, grown abundantly on the Hawaiian islands, blended with pure Hawaiian cane sugar. Dull skin is gently exfoliated, releasing a glow that is felt both inside and out. Then, complete the experience with a virgin coconut oil full-body massage. 80 minutes | $240.

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Chill Spa at Hotel Terra

The elegant, intimate Chill Spa floats six floors off the ground, on the top floor of Hotel Terra Jackson Hole.  Designed with crisp fresh colors and light airy textures, Chill Spa includes six treatment rooms with vaulted ceilings, including a couples treatment room with a picture window, a deep soaking Jacuzzi and gas fireplace. This winter, guests can enjoy these festive treatments to celebrate the holiday season.

Organic Cranberry & Chocolate Hydrating Body Wrap 50 Minutes/$140

Enjoy an a festive cranberry sugar scrub to kick winter skin and indulge with a hydrating chocolate wrap.

Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating Facial 80 Minutes $220

See anti-aging results with an enzymatic exfoliation and a natural peel featuring a powerful blend of arctic berries. Naturally-derived peptides finish the treatment with an illuminating glow!

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Solitude Spa at Teton Mountain Lodge

Named after one of Grand Teton National Park’s most spectacular high alpine lakes, Lake Solitude, Solitude Spa offers a great selection of experiential spa services to delight the mind, sooth the soul and enliven the spirit. With its tranquility lounge, steam showers, hot tubs and state-of-the-art fitness center, Solitude is a great place to indulge in their two winter exclusive spa treatments.

Solitude Spa is hosting a holiday celebration filled with champagne, complimentary skincare solutions featuring Naturopathica, giveaways, retail discounts, complimentary facility use, and Farm House Fresh Foot Massages on December 13 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.

Gingerbread Body Scrub 45 Minutes $145

Your body will be treated to an intoxicating brown sugar polish to exfoliate and revive winter skin leaving the scent of gingersnap-bourbon behind.  The treatment is concluded with a thorough skin quenching house made product.

Vanilla Peppermint Mani Pedi Service

Enjoy a dreamy dip into a whole milk soak infused with chicory root and sweet almond oil followed by an invigorating vanilla peppermint salt scrub to buff away winter woes.  Once polished and smooth, enjoy a velvety buttercream shea butter massage finished with a color of your choice.

Manicure 45 Minutes $60

Pedicure 60 Minutes $8

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L’Auberge de Sedona – Sedona, AZ

Guests and spa lovers alike can warm up and ward off the winter blues with the Winter Blessings Body Scrub at L’Apothecary Spa, a newly designed space for hotel guests and Arizona visitors to blend their own custom body care products and experience spa treatments that draw upon the destination’s rich bounty of healing botanicals, fragrant herbs and flowers. With Orange Peel, Cedar Leaf, Cinnamon, Cloves and a choice of either Clove or Tangerine Essential Oil, the Winter Blessings Body Scrub will keep colds away with antiseptic properties as well as many antioxidants to help boost the immune system.

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Twin Farms – Barnard, Vermont

As the cold winter months approach,Twin Farms, the only five-star resort in Vermont, offers guests the perfect escape and spa treatment with a new Winter Wellness Package. Set amidst 300 acres of meadows and woodlands, the all-inclusive Relais & Chateaux property will provide guests who purchase this specialty package daily yoga classes, group hike/snowshoe trips, cooking demonstrations with award-winning Executive Chef Nathan Rich, breakfast juice bar and healthy in-room amenities. Twin Farms will be providing each guest who books the Winter Wellness package with a pair of “winter wellies,” complimentary Hunter Boots in their requested color (red, black, navy or green) and size in-room upon arrival to explore around the expansive property. Guests who reserve one of Twin Farms whimsical cottages tucked away in the property’s secluded woodlands can choose from a private yoga session or a Tata Harper facial in addition to the other wellness offerings. The Winter Wellness Package is offered during the following selected dates: (1/4-1/13, 2/1-2/10, 3/1-3/17). All-inclusive package rates start at $1,450/night.

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Paresa Resort – Phuket, Thailand

Paresa Resort, the hideaway-style luxury pool villa and pool suite resort perched on the cliffs of Kamala amongst a lush tropical forest in Phuket Thailand, is the perfect destination to reset the mind and body. Paresa boasts breathtaking views of the dramatic indigo Andaman sea, embracing the exclusivity of its natural surroundings. A world-class sanctuary inspired spa provides the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation with unique and regionally-inspired experiences for ultimate restoration and purification of the senses. Paresa Resort offers a winter spa treatment, Dead Sea Salt Scrub, to remove the dead skin cells from the harsh winter climate to reveal younger looking, smooth skin and improve skin hydration by nourishing the skin with the essential minerals. The treatment lasts 45 minutes and is 2,300++THB.

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Half Moon– Montego Bay, Jamaica 

Half Moon is a 400-acre luxury resort located on Jamaica’s North Coast, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The resort features two miles of private, white-sand beach with 197 spacious rooms and suites. The AAA Four-Diamond resort has the only overwater bungalows in Jamaica; here, guests can get a couples massage looking out in to the ocean. It’s an incredible view and the sounds of the waves is really special.

The multi-award winning Fern Tree Spa, offers the perfect winter spa treatment, to hydrate and rejuvenate dry skin. The Coconut Milk and Honey Wrap uses intense hydrating coconut rich in vitamin E combined with the healing power of honey to nourish dry and chapped winter skin to leave skin with a healthy glow.

New Kids Spa Program in Puerto Rico

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Catering to its youngest spa go-ers, El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort and Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, both in Puerto Rico, introduce “Ki’ Spa,” a kids spa program designed specifically for children featuring signature spa offerings and new kid-friendly products.  Derived from the Taino word meaning “Earth Spirit,” the Ki’ spa program introduces children to healthy living practices, while pampering them with the freshest products and local ingredients.

Children’s spa offerings available now at the resort include:

  • My Time! – A 25-minute signature massage using a special blend of massage oil containing coconut oil, avocado oil, and Vitamin E. The massage focuses on the back, neck and shoulders to help relax the body. Afterwards, children are treated to a 25-minute signature facial using Eminence Organic Skin Care.
  • I Am Glowing! – A mini-version of the resort’s most popular Tropical Spa Ritual – the Coconut Sugar Scrub, featuring a sweet sugar scrub with cold pressed coconut oil to buff and polish the skin’s surface. Followed by a 25-minute signature massage using the resort’s very own blend of massage oil containing coconut oil, avocado oil, and Vitamin E.
  • Mommy or Daddy & Me Luxury Time! – Parents can share the fun experience of the spa with their children by selecting from the ‘My Time!’ or ‘Am Glowing!’ packages above to be enjoyed together at the same time in the same suite.

In addition to new spa offerings, Ki’ Spa presents two new kids collections of spa products –Essence for Life Kids and Tai Kids. With products such as “Triple Chocolate Layer Soap,” “Banana Massage Lotion,” and “Orange Swirl Massage Oil,” children can pamper themselves to products designed to treat common skin conditions, such as dry patches and boo-boos as well as allergies and colds. They can also select from aromatherapy roll ons, which are ideal for daily use before bed, and before or after school.

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Why to Travel To Keystone Colorado

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As the snow continues to melt and spring fades into summer, Keystone Resort officially kicks off the season June 13 with a variety of outdoor adventures designed for families and friends who want an authentic Rocky Mountain getaway. With temperatures rarely exceeding 75 degrees and opportunities for summer entertainment available around every corner, guests at Keystone Resort can play, stay and explore while enjoying an effortlessly healthy and active vacation. Here are just a few reasons to travel to Keystone Colorado this summer:

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Active Outdoor Activities

Planning a vacation that gets family and friends moving is easy at Keystone. Whether guests are ready to tackle a 2000 calorie burner hike or seek new adventures with a “Bike 101 Downhill Mountain Bike Clinic,” active adventures are available daily on-and-off the mountain. Also, with two world-class golf courses, indoor and outdoor tennis facilities and challenging mountain roads perfect for running, walking or biking, Keystone offers outdoor pursuits designed for any active lifestyle. I am ready!!

Serenity in the Mountains

For those looking to escape the hectic pace of everyday life, Keystone offers a variety of peaceful wellness opportunities devoted to mind, body and spirit. Whether partaking in a mountaintop yoga class at 11,640’, stand-up paddle boarding on Keystone’s five-acre lake, horseback riding through the Arapahoe Nation Forest or hiking among aspen groves, the resort’s breathtaking mountain vistas and pursuits are meant to inspire and excite while guests connect to the more important things in life. Sounds so amazing!!

Indulge and Refresh

After a long day of fast-paced adventures or channeling ones inner Zen, Keystone guests can visit the resort’s spa featuring over 10,000 square feet of amenities including a relaxation room, an outdoor heated pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a eucalyptus steam room and a dry sauna, providing hours of peaceful serenity. Also, treat deserving muscles and melt stress away with specialized treatments such as a bliss facial and massage journey or coco-luscious body wrap with the Keystone Spa’s professional and experienced staff. Yes please!

Food to Nourish and Invigorate

After a day well-spent participating in a number of health-minded activities, prepare to sit back and enjoy a signature cocktail or health-conscious meal. Boasting three AAA four-diamond rated restaurants, award winning chefs and après decks with spectacular views, Keystone offers culinary experiences that are the perfect complement to any activity-filled day. Plus, Keystone’s Chefs are proud to provide meals that utilize locally-sourced proteins, fresh produce and are always created with the finest natural ingredients. Whether enjoying Colorado brews on the Village patio of 9280’ Taphouse, cocktails and appetizers river-side at the quaint Ski Tip restaurant, which ranks among Open Table’s Top 100, or savoring a local game-inspired meal at the historic Keystone Ranch, the resort’s culinary offerings are a palate enticing experience. And with such action-packed days, savoring a delicious dessert can be a well-deserved treat.

Rest and Relax at an Affordable Rate

With more than 800 accommodation options, Keystone offers lodging for every size group and budget. Reconnect in a comfortable condo with the “Rocky Mountain Getaway” package and receive incredible rates when staying five or more nights, or create new memories with friends and family when booking the “Choose Your Own Adventure” package for discounted lodging and à la carte activity options—perfect for shared experiences and individual adventures. Whether staying in the heart of River Run Village, or escaping to a creek side condo, guests will enjoy amenity-packed options complete with full kitchens, barbecues, decks, balconies and hot tubs with mountain views. Plus, with any two or more night stay Keystone lodging guests will receive “Play for Free,” including free scenic lift tickets for children 12 and under, a free guided hike, a free yoga class and free nine holes of golf after 4 p.m.

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5 Unexpected Spa Experiences

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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.

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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.

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!

Cool New Spa Treatments at Miraval

I am always looking for new trends in spa treatments, and Miraval Spa, in Tuscon, has some spectacular new experiences that are incredible healing emotionally and physically. Check out these 4 cool new spa treatments on my wish list:

Himalayan Sound Bath:

This new groundbreaking sound therapy treatment will tune your body into its natural state and create balance emotionally, mentally, and physically as the sound from these ancient healing bowls radiates profoundly through the water. This treatment will increase mental clarity, relieve stress, and decrease anxiety as you float effortlessly in the warm water of the therapeutic pool and surrender to the healing vibrations. You will feel more grounded and connected to the world around you.

Shuniya Sound Ceremony:

Shuniya Sound Healing Ceremony is a full body session that transforms your state of being emotionally, physically and spiritually. The ancient healing arts of Tibetan bowls, Kundulini yoga gong baths and tuning forks are masterfully combined with traditional Thai massage, Chi nei tsang and Shiatsu. Infused with sound and vibration, your body will become energetically balanced as the spirit is harmonically brought into a deep state of healing. This ceremony creates an anchor to the memory of well-being, initiating a deep inner stillness and reconnecting the mind, body and soul. This deeply centering experience will help you attain optimal health, clarity and serenity.

Tibetan Chakra Balancing:

This session will surround you with the healing sounds and vibrations of the Tibetan bowls and the cleansing power of the symphonic gongs. Master Practitioner, Pamela Lancaster, brings the ability to hold sacred space including a heightened level of consciousness and spiritual awareness of self. Through this experience, you learn to live with a deeper wisdom and reconnect with your true nature.

Floating Meditation:

Enjoy the pleasure of being suspended from the ceiling in a nurturing yoga hammock while your mind is gently guided into a relaxed state. Experience the calming benefits of induced meditation while you are gently rocked to the soothing vibrations of crystal bowls. Release your mind’s stress, tension or worry while you “float” weightlessly in a silk hammock. See more on Miraval. Phone number is (800) 232-3969.

Treatments are by Pam Lancaster who has over 18 years of experience in the fields of holistic healing, spiritual counseling, and integrative medicine to her practice. She brings forth a newfound sense of self-awareness in each client, empowering others to heal disconnections, traumas or blocks that are impeding the highest expression of their soul and personal well-being. This healing approach guides you to reclaim the truth of your body and awaken its innate healing abilities.

Love and Chocolate At Viceroy Zihuatanejo

Love and chocolate are everywhere this Valentine’s Day at Viceroy Zihuatanejo – at the beach, the spa, and the La Marea
restaurant. Lovers can escape to Zihuatanejo together for sexy and sensual options to their heart’s content. I want to go! Don’t you?
“We are creating a Valentine’s Day vibe at Viceroy Zihuatanejo where couples can live their passion, re-ignite the fire in their relationship, or even ask for her – or his – hand,” said General Manager Martin Kipping. Here are some of the fabulous options:
  • Valentine’s Day ‘Chocolate Dinner’ at La Marea: The five-course dinner features chocolate in each course, welcome cocktail, live saxophone music and Wish Lanterns.
  • Valentine’s Day Dinner in a Private Beach Cabana: Enjoy a private cabana with your Valentine on the resort’s beautiful La Ropa Beach for the evening, a special four-course menu and welcome drinks
  • ‘Sense of the Night’ Lounge with Chocolate Buffet: A romantic open-air lounge by the sand with a Chocolate Buffet of passionate treats including Chocolate Fondue, White and Dark Chocolate Covered Fruits, Chocolate Cupcakes, Chocolate with Marshmallow, Chocolate Bonbons, Fruit Brochettes and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
  • Sea of Love Experience at the Spa:  A sensual duet for couples that starts with an Earth and Sea Salt scrub, made with pure salts harvested around the globe, followed by a massage with aphrodisiac essential oils, plus a take-home spa gift. 80 Minutes.
  • The A Romance Remembered package includes a spacious suite with a private plunge pool, breakfast daily for two, romantic plunge pool turndown, and two of the special Valentine’s Day experiences described above: Dinner in a Private Beach Cabana and the Sea of Love Experience at the Spa.
Tell your favorite person, you now know what you want for Valentine’s Day!!

Saint Lucia “Health and Wellness Retreat”: Travel Tuesday

How awesome does this look? I want to go to “Elevate Yourself” the 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Retreat” in Saint Lucia on October 4th-7th, 2012.  Leading experts will offer tips and advice during wellness seminars, beachside fitness clinics, healthy cooking demonstrations and even sunrise mediations.

Priced at US $750 per person, daily spa treatments, classes, receptions and transportation from select hotels are included. Several area resorts are also offering specially priced packages starting at US $75 per night.  For a complete schedule and more information visit www.stlucianow.com/hw

The diverse program will be led by renowned experts in the wellness field. Here’s the lineup:

·         Joy Bauer, nutrition and health expert for The Today Show, will present her top ten tips for “Losing weight and keeping it off’” and share information on how to find the fountain of youth in your grocery cart.

·         Lindsay Wagner, actress and best-selling co-author of The High Road to Health, will lead a sunrise group meditation and teach how to “Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart” by releasing thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs of negative emotions.

·         John Schumacher, founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center and one of only 13 certified advanced lyengar yoga teachers in the U.S., will lead daily yoga sessions on the basic postures and breathing exercises that energize and center the body.

·         Dr. Stephen Brewer, medical director at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts in Tucson, AZ, will speak about the “Optimal Wellness” -achieving health through exercise, nutrition, behavioral modification and mental awareness.

·         Dani Devaux, creator of Blood, Sweat and Tears fitness program, will lead multiple sunset beach boot camps based on her high intensity interval training program, designed for all fitness levels.

Each day guests will find a choice of seminars, activities such as guided Rain Forest hikes, beachside Tai Chi and Yoga, and healthy cooking demonstrations.  Also included are daily spa treatments at participating resorts, including the newly relaunched Body Holiday – Le Sport among others, as well as the opportunity to indulge in the natural therapeutic benefits of Soufriere’s mineral and mud baths.

Special hotel packages include breakfast and are available at the following participating properties:

·         Bay Gardens Resorts rates start at US $150 per night for a deluxe pool view room

·         BodyHoliday-LeSport all-inclusive, per person rates start at US $275 per night

·         Cap Maison rates start at US $230 per night for a one-bedroom studio

·         Coco Palm rates start at US $75 per night at the Coco Palm Kreole Village

·         Sandals Grande Beach Resort & Spa start at US $350 per night

·         The Landings St. Lucia rates start at US $269 per night for a one-bedroom Harbor Suite

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia call 1-800-456-3984, or visit www.saintlucianow.com or become a fan at www.facebook.com/SaintLuciaTouristBoard

 

Travel Tuesday: Spa Hot List: Sandpearl Resort’s Spa in Clearwater

“The true purpose of recreation should be not merely to amuse, not merely to afford pleasure not merely to kill time, but to increase fitness, enhance our usefulness, spur achievement.  Any form of recreation that impairs either physical or mental efficiency, does not recreate. Real recreation quickens aspiration.” B.C Forbes (from the spa at Sandpearl Resort)

Recently, I had the amazing pleasure to head to Clearwater, Florida to the Sandpearl Resort. It was my first time in Clearwater and at the Sandpearl, and it definitely won’t be the last.

Before I arrived, I studied up on the Sandpearl Resort’s Spa menu for quite some time. So many of their services intrigued me such as water therapies, touch therapies and even their spa kids services. Lucky for me, I had the pleasure of meeting the inspiring Spa Director, Maureen Vipperman. Her wisdom in health and wellness was passionate and on the cutting edge. I loved listening to her, and I knew this resort and spa is one that needs to be seen and heard.

From restorative treatments, water massage therapies and special indulgences, this spa’s menu has it all and is done to its finest. Maureen suggested I try a treatment off the “mind, body, spirit” menu called “Clear Mind” after I told her about my mom being ill. It started with my feet being soaked and rubbed in an olive paste followed by a refreshing yet soothing experience for my mind, body and soul.

Before my treatment, the massage therapist told me to choose from a bucket of pebbles. She told me that each one had a word on the back side of the pebble, and I could look at it and keep it after the treatment is completed. Mine said “healing” which I thought was so ironic (given my situation at home). As many of you know, my mom passed away, and I have been carrying it around ever since.

While the timing of this trip was difficult for me personally, I am so glad I had the chance to experience the Sandpearl Resort. I can’t say enough about this destination. I can’t wait to go back and take my kids. They will love the beautiful beaches filled with beautiful sea shells everywhere. I have to take my my daughter, Leigh, for an “Ice Cream Pedicure”, try the “sunrise yoga”, hang with the kids at “Family S’mores Night”, indulge in the spa again, and take a walk on the beach. This is a fabulous couples or family getaway, just a short drive from the Tampa airport. Check out the Sandpearl Resort out as soon as you can. It’s currently on my “Hot List”.

Travel Tuesday: 10 Reasons to Visit Rosemary Beach

For those of you who have heard or been to Rosemary Beach, you know that everything I am about to stay is so true. For those of you who asked on twitter, “Is that near parsley beach”, and had no idea where and what it was, please keep reading. My friend, Candace, who was in Rosemary Beach, recently told me she had told her father, “Rosemary Beach is in my heart.” I can totally relate.

Located in the northwest panhandle of Florida, Rosemary Beach is a neo-tradional beach town located on the eastern end of Scenic Route 30A that was founded in 1995. Rosemary incorporates “green” concepts into the design and function of the entire community.

1. The Accommodations: The homes and architecture are breathtaking, and the decor is described as “New Orleans meets West Indies, Charleston and the Caribbean.” More than 100 rental accommodations are available, and guests can choose from cozy studios, to one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes, lofts, flats and cottages that are gulf-front, gulf-side, park-side, and park-views. Rosemary is a wonderful place for romantic getaways, weddings, snowbirds, family or to work, live and retire.

2. The Restaurants: Rosemary Beach is filled with shops and restaurants. Restaurants in Rosemary Beach are dedicated to the “green living” theme. The Amavida Coffee, a family owned business, motto is “Love for Life”. It produces 100 percent natural Fair Trade Certified Coffee. Restaurant Paradis, Onano, Edwards and Summer Kitchen use locally grown ingredients and fresh Gulf seafood. Cowgirl Kitchen is perfect for the kids, and a great spot for lunch off the beach and to take food to-go. All of the restaurants get high accolades from me. You honestly never have to get in your car. 

3. The Shopping: From antiques and interior design shops to children’s and women’s fashion, the shopping in Rosemary is always a must. Some of my favorites are: Tracery (interiors), Willow (designer clothing for women), Rosemary Beach Trading (gift shop), Bombora Sun & Surf (beach apparel), Moonpize (ladies shoes), and Gigi’s (fabulous kids fashion and toys).

4. The Beauty: The walkways and gardens are picturesque and unique. The arrangement of homes, boardwalks, pedestrian lanes, and footpaths all lead to the amazing town square, tennis courts, swimming pools and the beach.

5. Fitness Activities: Rosemary Beach has an incredible fitness  center, biking and running paths, lap pool, yoga, as well as its amazing tennis facility, The Rosemary Beach Racquet Club. I can’t say enough about the tennis pros, tennis clinics, pro shop and eight wonderful clay courts. If you’re a tennis player, you will spend a great deal of time here.

6. The Pools: Rosemary Beach has four unique pools on the property. The Coquina Pool (pictured above) is a negative-edge pool meant for lounging and relaxing, The Cabana Pool, a family friendly pool area with a Mediterranean design, The Sky Pool, which is the lap pool heated for warm or cooler weather, and The Barbados Pool, designed in French West Indies architectural style. With such different character and design, it is absolutely worth spending time at all of them.

7. The Gardens: Common “green” areas are located throughout Rosemary Beach. Various gardens exist featuring children’s park space, fountains, sitting areas, herb gardens and a butterfly garden.

8. The Spa: Every resort area must have a day spa, and Vivo Spa Salon is located in downtown Rosemary Beach featuring an Aveda hair salon and makeup services, massage, skin care, body treatments and nail service. All services are offered in a “Bali” inspired tropical setting.

9. The Beach: The beauty of the beaches at Rosemary speak for themselves. Feel free to enjoy the umbrellas and chairs, cabanas, hammocks, kayaks, catamarans, surfboards and sea school which offers children classes on surf, sail, kayak and skim boarding.

10. The Views: This view speaks for itself. The beauty here in Rosemary Beach is almost unreal to see with your own eyes and undeniable.