What’s New in Nantucket

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I have never been to Nantucket, but I know where I want to stay! The Nantucket, the island’s only luxury all-season destination resort which in January 2015 will unveil an entirely new wing of five Cottage Guest Suites.  The new wing suites, designed by Kevin O’Brien, will have a glamorous yet breezy coastal living vibe- the inspiration is a classic and aspirational beach home but with a twist.

The hotel is very geared up to wellness and will shortly launch The Art of Cabin Fever later this month until Spring 2015 – designed to bringing mind & body together through a cozy hunker down and hibernation program including everything from specially tailored massages in the boutique spa, mediation classes, daily yoga, heated outdoor hot tub with detox cocktails, healthy fondue by the outdoor fire pits, a fully stocked library in each room with specialist book recommendations, luxurious Marine Mer Sea bath experiences, an appointment with a nutritionist etc. It’s a unique take on the ever popular digital detox, perfect for guests to contemplate the year ahead and for mastering the art of mindfulness!

Lastly Spring will see the launch of “Sea For Yourself”- a one-of-kind island hopping experience for guests between The Nantucket hotel and the sister island resort (same owners) on Martha’s Vineyard, Winnetu Oceanside  – so guests can visit both properties and islands within the one trip.

This week is the famous island Christmas Stroll (Dec 4-7). With it’s seasonal fall and winter activities, off season is the ideal time to visit Nantucket free from the crowds and at a great price – discounted rates start at $175/night on weekdays and $350/night on weekends. While the exterior is classic Nantucket 1891, the nautical chic interiors feature all the modern conveniences to enjoy breezy coastal living.

Inspired by Wimbledon? Fabulous Tennis Hotels

 

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The start of Wimbledon this month is sure to see many tune in to see fellow Brit Andy Murray try to retain his coveted 2013 Championship title after becoming the first British man to win the tournament in 77 years. The Wimbledon Championship, held annually at the All England Club in London since 1877, is the world’s oldest tennis tournament and widely considered the most prestigious. It is one of four Grand Slam tennis events, along with the Australian, French and US Open, and is the only Major still played on grass, the game’s original surface.

The tournament is a highlight in the British sporting calendar. Every year the nation embraces the Wimbledon spirit, whether it’s queuing for hours to get a ticket for ‘Henman Hill’, eating strawberries and cream or dusting off rackets and hitting some balls in the park. Whether it’s a week’s private tuition, the chance to go head to head in tournaments, or to simply enjoy a few friendly games in the sun, venture further than a local tennis club this summer and book a holiday inspired by its tennis.

Sani Beach Club, Halkidiki, Greece

The new sports complex near to the Sani Beach Hotel features six floodlit clay courts and qualified tennis instructors who offer professional coaching for groups and individuals, as well as organising guest tournaments and equipment hire. There is the option to buy partner courses or family packages and for children there is a teen programme and a kids camp.

 The five star Sani Beach Club. The price starts from £1,579 per family of three. The offer includes a complimentary upgrade to full board, an exclusive free child place and seven nights in a Garden View Bungalow, based on a departure date of 20 October 2014. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick with Easyjet, airport lounge access and private resort transfers.

Sheraton Algarve Hotel, Albufeira, Portugal

The Sheraton Algarve Hotel is home to the Pine Cliffs Tennis Academy which features five floodlit courts located in beautifully landscaped grounds of the hotel. The Academy is run by a team of qualified tennis professionals who can arrange matches for solo players as well as clinics for guests of all ages and skill levels. All players are offered a free consultation on the right equipment for their style of play and stringing services are available.

Sovereign is offering a saving of up to £483 on a holiday for two to the five star Sheraton Algarve Hotel. The price starts from £999 per person for seven B&B in a Deluxe Room, based on July 9th departures, and includes a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate coated strawberries and an exclusive 20% accommodation discount,  return flights from Manchester with Monarch, airport lounge access and private resort transfers. 

InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort, Paphos, Cyprus

The InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort is home to the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, which has nine floodlit tennis courts and offers a range of private coaching and group lessons to suit adults and juniors of all levels. The pro shop stocks the latest equipment and apparel from sponsors Nike and Wilson and there is a 24 hour re-stringing service

Sovereign is offering a saving of up to £1,276 on a family holiday to the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort. The price starts from £3,845 per family of four and includes an exclusive free child place, a complimentary upgrade to half board, a second child stays free offer (3-17 years), UK airport lounge access, private resort transfers and seven nights in a Junior Suite. Based on 26 August 2014 departure, the price includes return flights from London Gatwick with Thomas Cook

Hotel Jardin Tecina, La Gomera

This five star luxury hotel features four floodlit tennis courts which can be reserved for guests by the hour. The hotel also offers professional tennis courses for adults and children for those who fancy working on their serve. Sovereign is offering a saving of over £330 and a complimentary upgrade to half board on a holiday for two to the five star Hotel Jardin Tecina. The price starts from just £895 per person for seven nights, based on a departure date of 14 September 2014 and includes ferry transfers from Tenerife, return flights from Birmingham with Thomson, airport lounge access and private resort transfers.

Why to Travel to Travel Malia: Travel Tuesday

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Malia is one of the most popular destinations in Crete, and this charming town is situated at the base of Mount Selena. Malia holidays are all about having fun and partying in a beach setting. This part of the world is blessed with endless sunny days, perfect for summertime.

Beautiful beaches

Sun worshippers will find plenty of stunning beaches to choose from in Malia. The main beach is very close to the heart of the town, while several high end hotels and resorts also line the golden sand. Sun Beach is another popular stretch of sand that features plenty of amenities including a children’s pool. Other gorgeous stretches of sand in and around Malia include Potamos Beach and Tropical Beach.

 Historical attractions

Malia boasts a large number of interesting historical attractions that are just waiting to be discovered. The historical church of Agioi Pantes is set on and islet near the town and can be reached by boat from Malia’s main beach. Visiting this charming church is an experience that should not be missed, while the boat trip offers visitors the opportunity to see Malia in a different way.

The town also features a large archaeological site, which is situated near Potamos Beach. This ancient site features several collections of ancient artefacts as well as displays that offer an insight into the area’s rich history and culture. Old Town is packed with buildings that date back several centuries and wandering along the narrow lanes that wind their way through Old Town is an enchanting experience.

Vibrant nightlife

Visitors who really want to let their hair down after dark will find plenty of places to play in Malia. Traditional tavernas are great places to warm up at the start of the evening before heading to Dimokratias Street. This vibrant street is malia’s main nightlife hub and visitors will find a large selection of different types of venues here from trendy cafes to local bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Of course, this is just a small selection of what Malia has to offer. The setting here is extremely romantic, which makes Malia a popular destination among couples on their honeymoon. The area boasts several luxurious resorts where visitors can unwind in style.

(This post is in collaboration with Julie Brooks)

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!

Where to Find My Royal Detox in Paris

Paris anyone? At Le Royal Monceau Rafflesm Paris it’s not a question of drastic diets, or exhausting gym programs – the word is wellbeing, energy, and gentleness. The “My Royal Detox Program” at Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris is tough to beat. Also check out their Easter holiday in Paris special by clicking here. I want to go! BUCKET LIST!

DAY SPA PROGRAM: MY ROYAL DETOX

–          Detox Breakfast Buffet in the Michelin starred restaurant La Cuisine OR lunch at the Long Bar with a My Blend by Olivier Courtin-Clarins salad and a Royal Booster smoothie

–          Pilates class OR Yoga class with private teacher (1 hour)

–          Exotic Cleansing Body Wrap at the Spa My Blend by Clarins with a private therapist (45 min)

–          Day membership to the gym and the swimming pool of the Spa My Blend by Clarins

–          Offer valid from 7am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, and from 7am to 5pm on Fridays (not valid at weekends).

 

OVERNIGHT STAY: MY ROYAL DETOX

–          One night in a Studio room for two people

–          Detox Breakfast Buffet in the Michelin starred restaurant La Cuisine for two

–          Pilates class OR Yoga class with private teacher (1 hour)

–          Exotic Cleansing Body Wrap at the Spa My Blend by Clarins with a private therapist (45 min)

–          Unlimited access to the gym and the swimming pool of the Spa My Blend by Clarins

–          Complimentary Wifi

Location

Located on the prestigious Avenue Hoche, only steps away from the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and elegant Parc Monceau, Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris is ideally located for guests to fully experience the rich and vibrant atmosphere of Paris. Let me know if you get there before I do! Also, if you want to go, I can book this trip for you! Message me for details. Big news coming…

10 Fitness Finds in Aspen

Aspen is a fabulous ski town, but be sure to also check out these 10 fitness finds not to be missed:

1. Leave your cars behind and take one of the favorite day trips in Aspen to cross country ski to and from Pine Creek Cookhouse for lunch in a spectacular log cabin where amazing views and food graze your table.

2. Head to yoga at O2, or on top of Aspen Mountain (yoga for skiers inside during winter, outside in summer with incredible views these classes are free but you must purchase a ticket to ride up gondola). Also, try hot yoga and Bikram classes in town at Arjuna.

3. Skin up Buttermilk Mountain (and take the lift town for free)

4. Hike up Smuggler Mountain for an amazing view of town (this can be done year-round).

5. Ski on the first run of the day with First tracks on Aspen Mountain

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6. Rent Fat Bikes for a cruise around town. The Limelight Hotel has Fat Bikes you can use for free if you’re staying at the hotel. You can also rent them from various local shops in town

7. Take a snowshoe tour with ACES at the historic Ashcroft ghost town or on top of Aspen Mountain. Hire a naturalist guide or try a group tour.

8. Learn how to skate ski on the Aspen Golf Course with Ute Mountaineer

9. Go Ice climbing. Head to the ideal spot for first timers that Aspen Expeditions can take you to just 10 minutes from Aspen.

10. Try a Backcountry hut trip with 10th Mountain Hut Division, Aspen Expeditions or Aspen Alpine Guides

Note: Aspen Winter X Games are also free to the public.

Ski into Spring at Fairmont Hotels

I have been fortunate enough to ski in Banff and Aspen in the past few months, but if you’re looking for other options for great ski trips, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts invites families and friends to hit the powdery slopes to take full advantage of exclusive ski packages ideal for a spring break getaway. With properties located in some of the best mountain destinations in North America, including the stunning peaks of the Canadian Rockies, the elite mountains of Colorado, and the charming villages of Quebec, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts offers ski enthusiasts a variety of locales and authentic experiences to choose from. Perfect for “après ski,” Fairmont guests can enjoy world-class dining, shopping, spa experiences and tailor-made excursions, leaving them refreshed and rejuvenated this spring. I want to go, don’t you? Check out these awesome spring ski specials:

The Canadian Rockies

  • The Fairmont Banff SpringsThe Luxury Ski the Canadian Rockies Package includes accommodations, self-parking for one vehicle, a total of two tri-area ski passes per room, per night (valid at Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Ski Banff at Norquay), shuttle service to the ski hill, daily à la carte or buffet breakfast, a daily access pass to the Willow Stream Spa and complimentary ski and snowboard storage as well as all gratuities. Available through April 30, 2014, rates start from $499 CAD.
  • The Fairmont Chateau Lake LouiseThe Lake Louise Family Ski Experience Package includes deluxe accommodations, two lift tickets, one in-room movie, and a $25 Deli credit for treats. Complimentary transportation between the ski hill and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is also included. Available through April 20, 2014, rates start from $359 CAD per night.
  • The Fairmont Jasper Park LodgeFamilies can hit the slopes with the Family Ski Experience. Package includes accommodations in a Fairmont Room, transportation to and from the ski hill, as well as family ski lift tickets for two adults and one child. Available until May 4, 2014, rates start from $339 CAD per night.

Quebec

  • Fairmont Tremblant: Families can enjoy Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains with the Family Ski Experience Package, which includes accommodations, one ski lift ticket per adult and $50 CAD food & beverage credit per day through April 12, 2014 starting at $357 CAD.

The Ultimate Tremblant Ski Package offers ski-in/ski-out access, as well as an array of activities for all ages. The package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast, and one ski lift ticket per adult through April 12, 2014. Rates start from $409 CAD per night.

  • Fairmont Le Château FrontenacThe Family Ski Experience includes accommodations, full buffet breakfast for two adults, two adult one day ski lift tickets for either Mont Sainte-Anne or Stoneham, one in-room family movie rental and a special in-room delivery of popcorn and juices. Available until April 26, 2014, rates start from $429 CAD
  •  Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu: Families can take on The Charlevoix Family Ski Experience, including accommodations, ski lift tickets for two adults and two children at Mont Grand-Fonds, cookies and milk, and an in-room movie per night. Available until March 23, 2014, rates start at $289 CAD.

For those looking for an adrenaline rush, the Ultimate Le Massif Ski Package offers accommodations and ski lift tickets for adults at Le Massif, which has the highest vertical drop in Eastern Canada. Available until March 23, 2014, rates start at $299 CAD.

Whistler

The Fairmont Chateau WhistlerThe Ultimate Ski Experience package provides ski-in/ski-out access to the famous Whistler Blackcomb, co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The offer includes mountainside accommodations (with a two-night minimum) and one Whistler Blackcomb dual-mountain ski resort lift pass per adult, per night. Available through April 21, 2014, rates start at $283 CAD.

Colorado

Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge: The Franz Klammer Family Ski Experience includes accommodations in a two or three-bedroom residence, children’s welcome amenity, two adult lift tickets daily (excluding arrival day), complimentary ski valet, complimentary airport transfers from Telluride or Montrose airports, and complimentary valet parking. Available through April 6, 2014, rates start from $475 USD per night (four night minimum).

Wanderlust Oahu: Travel Tuesday

I know it’s not winter yet, but….. Are you looking for the perfect getaway to escape winter’s freezing temps? How does four full days of yoga, music, and mindful relaxation in one of the most awe-inspiring locations in the world sound? Good huh? After a successful debut in Oahu last year, Wanderlust Festival, the world’s fastest growing yoga and music celebration, will bring back its extended weekend wellness affair at the Turtle Bay Resort February 27 to March 2, 2014. This wellness affair is set to welcome local and international yogis for an unforgettable Hawaiian experience filled with yoga, meditation, music, food, surfing, and much more. Not only do guests get to soak up the North Shore sun, they can practice with the top yoga instructors Seane Corne, Ana Forest, and Baron Baptiste and jam with musical guests MC Yogi, DJ Drez and DJ Hy-Fi. For more information see Wanderlust Oahu. I want to go! How about you?

 

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