A Champagne Shimmer Spa Treatment for Travel Tuesday

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How does a Champagne & Shimmer Body Treatment sound? You can try one of these and more in downtown Los Angeles’ only full-service luxury spa, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles, launches a redesigned menu this month featuring leading spa company ESPA’s line of synthetic-free products. I absolutely love all of Espa’s products! The Spa’s new services feature ESPA’s results-driven formulations and include a few of these below:

  • Ultimate Detox Treatment, beginning with a detoxifying salt scrub exfoliation applied with a combination of iced and warm mitts and paired with a deep massage to stimulate circulation
  • Expanded massage options, including the Naturally Nurtured Massage, ideal for expectant mothers after the first trimester; Stress Relief Massage for reviving fatigued muscles; and the Men’s Massage, a facial massage followed by a full body massage with heated stones and finished with a soothing scalp massage
  • Red Carpet Radiance Facial, comprised of a deep brush cleanse, skin radiance mask, age-defying crystal massage, professional lifting mask, and non-surgical sculpt and contour for immediate results

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The Spa will continue to offer its classic signature treatments, comprised of the Garden to Glamorous Seasonal Scrub utilizing fresh, seasonal ingredients, Champagne & Shimmer Body Treatment, and the updated Romance of Hollywood, an awesome couples’ experience with a synchronized massage followed by a fragrant bubbling spa bath complete with Champagne. Sounds amazing, right?

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6 Reasons to Visit New Orleans This Winter

Why to Visit New Orleans This Winter

New Orleans is a city known for its celebrations, and winter is no exception. From unique holiday traditions and special deals on hotels, cocktails and cuisine, to playing host to citywide celebrations, New Orleans is sure to delight guests of all ages. Below are six reasons to experience New Orleans this winter:

1. Traditions
New Orleans is known for remaining true to its courtesies and traditions. This year, the city encourages visitors to start a new tradition of their own by inviting them to “Follow Your Joy.” From Caroling in Jackson Square, to the lighting of the bonfires along the Mississippi on Christmas Eve to light the way for “Papa Noel,” visitors are sure to experience the holidays in a way they never have before in New Orleans. Take the red streetcar down Canal Street to City Park where the centuries-old oak trees shine bright with twinkling lights as part of the park’s annual Celebration in the Oaks, through Jan.

2. New Year, New NOLA
There’s no better place to ring in the New Year than in the Big Easy! Don’t miss New Year’s Eve in New Orleans, where spectators watch a giant fleur de lis drop from its perch on top of Jax Brewery, followed by a magnificent fireworks show on the mighty Mississippi River. Then, start the party all over again as the city plays host to the Allstate Sugar Bowl where Ole Miss and Oklahoma State University will compete on New Year’s Day. And don’t miss the free and fun performances leading up to the big game at Fan Fest, December 30 – 31.

While in town, break the mold and try something new in New Orleans. From fresh food markets like St. Roch Market and Dryades Public Market, featuring up and coming chefs; to South Market District, home to Willa Jean, a contemporary bakery by John Besh; and other New Orleans mainstays like Company Burger and Magasin, guests are sure to experience the latest and greatest the city has to offer through their eyes and stomachs. While in the area, walk or take a short cab ride to The National WWII Museum to view their newest exhibit, Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries, open December 12.

3. Greatest Party Ever
Don’t miss out on America’s greatest party! Fat Tuesday (a.k.a. Mardi Gras Day) falls on February 9, but the celebration starts more than four weeks out. Choose from a variety of parades in the French Quarter or Uptown, starting as early as January 6.

Take in the sights as a number of krewes, a term for Carnival organizations in New Orleans, amaze in beautifully decorated floats through the streets of Uptown and by foot in the Vieux Carré. Don’t miss the all-female Krewes of Muses and Nyx, known for throwing beautifully decorated shoes and ornamented purses, respectively. For the entire parade schedule, click here.

4. Romantic Getaway
Elegant hotels, gas lamp-lit streets and intimate restaurants make New Orleans a perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day. With history and charm around every corner, it won’t be difficult to find a place to steal a kiss from a Valentine, but just in case, here are some suggestions on 10 great places to kiss in New Orleans. After dinner, enjoy some of the best music around.

For a list of some of the city’s most romantic restaurants, cocktail bars, accommodations and attractions, click here. My favorite hotel at the moment for luxury and location is the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans.

5. Mild Climate to Enjoy The Great Outdoors
Recently voted in the top three best cities for outdoor enthusiasts, the Crescent City is home to the country’s largest urban wildlife refuge, Bayou Savage and one of the nation’s oldest urban parks, City Park. Plus, the mild winter weather in New Orleans makes outdoor fun enjoyable year-round.

For those looking to experience the real wild side of New Orleans, make a date with Canoe & Trail Adventures for an up close and personal look at the many surrounding swamps and bayous…and yes, real alligators!

Looking to explore the city in a different way? Known for its walkability, another mode of transportation that is a favorite among visitors and locals alike are the bike tours. Choose a tour based on neighborhoods, such as City Park, Mid-City, the Garden District and Vieux Carre, courtesy of Free Wheelin’ Bike Tours.

6. Budget Friendly
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit New Orleans, especially for travelers seeking value and fewer crowds. Each year, more than 50 hotels throughout the city offer rates up to 25 percent off through January, referred to as Papa Noel rates, named after the Cajun Santa Claus. So pack a bag and take advantage of the special rates while they last. A little secret, the best deals are usually found early to mid-week, Sunday through Thursday.

And no trip to New Orleans is complete without hopping on one of the city’s famous streetcars, decked out for the holiday season, of course! Catch the Canal Street, Riverfront or St. Charles Avenue lines, which will connect explorers to a number of the city’s beloved restaurants, neighborhoods, attractions and events for just $1.25 each way.

Where to go Now: Grand Hotel Tremezzo

 

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

6 Reasons to Visit Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

With the changing of leaves, crisp Rocky Mountain air, and undeniably breathtaking alpine surroundings, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch invites guests to celebrate a sensational season of culinary offerings and outdoor experiences this fall. Foodies can rejoice with new offerings, while outdoor enthusiasts can explore the wonders of the Rocky Mountains. Here are 6 reasons to visit The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch this fall.

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1.  Zero Calorie Desserts at Bachelors Lounge

The resort’s exclusive speakeasy-like cigar lounge, Bachelors Lounge, introduces the ultimate zero calorie dessert with their innovative Vaportini cocktail, allowing guests to consume the alcohol vapor through a straw. This fanciful take on classic beverages provides a new and innovative way to indulge with the debut of new delicious flavors such as Apple Pie and Chocolate Truffle. Guests can enjoy their guilt-free desserts on the heated patio or cozy interior of Bachelors Lounge.

2. Pizza & Pinot at Spago

Guests can indulge in a sommelier-selection of pinot wines alongside their expertly crafted wood fired pizza for just $19 daily between 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Enjoy Chef Jared Montarbo’s Spago specialties like the Prosciutto pizza made with palisade peaches and aged balsamic and the Smoked Salmon pizza topped with dill crème Fraîche and domestic caviar.

3. Buffalos, Burgers & Beers

Choose from all burgers and sandwiches on the menu and add any glass of draft beer for just $18! Known for its famously delicious Bison Burger, Buffalos offers rustic cuisine created from locally, farm-source ingredients. Guests can enjoy a selection of Colorado craft beer on draught and by the bottle in a soothing, low-key environment.

4. Autumn Hiking

Experience the magic of fall with a self-guided hike immersed in the golden glow of the Aspen leaves and surrounding fall foliage. Bring your four-legged friend along and explore the variety of hiking trails available right in the resort’s very own backyard.

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5. Bachelor’s Lil Campers

Designed for children ages 5 to 12, Bachelor’s Lil’ Campers package brings the fun and excitement of a camping experience to the comfort of guest’s rooms. This in-room camping experience includes:

  • 5’x 5′ teepee complete with Ritz-Carlton linens and featherbed
  • Survivor kit including a lantern, head lamp and a S’mores kit that can be enjoyed by the whole family around the Fire Pit
  • Stuffed ‘Bachelor’ dog, bandana and children’s book

6. Spa Specials

Enjoy your choice of a 60-minute Massage or Facial at The Bachelor Gulch Spa with a special price of $99 for one treatment, or $189 for two. This Forbes Four Star-related spa draws its inspiration from the resort’s rustic surroundings, utilizing natural ingredients including alpine berries, Douglas fir and blue spruce sap to help soothe the mind a body after an afternoon of mountain hiking or rigorous day on the slopes.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

The grand lodge architectural style of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch exudes authentic Rocky Mountain luxury and captures the essence of the surrounding national forest. Consistently recognized as one of North America’s top hotels, the year-round destination resort in Colorado offers limitless outdoor adventure, Ritz Kids experiences, an array of dining options, and a “Rocky Mountain speakeasy” at Bachelors Lounge.  The Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton features a 21,000 square-foot spa and fitness center features 19 treatment rooms, a co-ed rock-lined grotto, an integrated wellness program, and both Pilates and yoga studios. Designed by world-renowned hospitality designer Tony Chi, Spago by Wolfgang Puck opened at the resort in late 2007 as the only Colorado outpost of his legendary Beverly Hills restaurant. All four-legged guests are welcomed to ‘Bachelor’s Pack’–helmed by the hotel’s resident canine ambassadors, Bachelor and Belle –with a host of premium services and amenities.

Beer Festival at the Beach: Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort

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How does pure white sands, craft beer tastings and a walkabout beer bingo sound? This weekend, the charming Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort will host the 7th Annual Beer Festival, known as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast.” Can you say beer and beach?  You’ll have opportunities to discover and sample specialty beers from around the nation. The Baytowne Beer Festival will feature a wide range of beers varying in strength and style. From light pale ales and rich dark stouts to a number of bottled and yet-to-be-released fall beers – beer aficionados and novices will be able to savor the best in sudsy selections.

New This Year

  • A Beer Bingo event on Friday evening in the Village.
  • A VIP event will take place Saturday, Oct. 18 prior to the tasting.
  • New craft beers and different selections from past years will be featured at the Grand Beer Tasting.

When: Friday-The first ever Beer Bingo takes place at the Village from 6-9:30pm. Join the fun by visiting merchants until you have a completed BINGO card. At 9 p.m. all cards will be turned in for a chance to win great prizes; such as, a custom YOLO board, Grizzly cooler, free fly board session from Power Up Sports, Adventure Zone gift card and more!

Saturday-  This festival features 40 on-site craft brewers, more than 200 domestic and international beers, seminars and samplings and live music. Beer novices to beer lovers will be able to sample domestic and international options, including specialty, seasonal and not-yet-released beers. Native Run, who recently toured with multi Grammy award winning Lady Antebellum, will provide live entertainment from the Event Plaza from 4-6 p.m. The Owlsley Brothers will take the Village stage from 2-4 p.m. Visit www.BaytowneBeerFestival.com.

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Sandestin offers nearly 1,300 accommodations from the beach to the bay. The resort features a winning combination of accommodations, events, activities, dining and shopping, unmatched by any other vacation destination. To thoroughly enjoy the events surrounding the Baytowne Beer Festival, stay steps or a simple tram ride away when you book now. Discounts for advance tickets and accommodations are available (Code: BEER14). Visit www.sandestin.com/beer or call 866.91.BEACH for more information.

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Saturday’s Beer Tasting tickets are on sale for a reduced price of $25 per person until Oct. 17 and VIP tickets are on sale for $55. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $30 and special pricing for groups is also available. Guests are advised to purchase tickets early, for the event has sold out in past years. All ticketholders will be provided a Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival tasting glass for sampling.

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,250 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel style accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with shopping, dining and nightlife. Visit www.sandestin.com or follow Sandestin on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information and events. Sandestin is offering a wide variety of discount accommodations and overnight packages for the Baytowne Beer Festival. Visit www.sandestin.com or call 1-866-91-BEACH for information.

Saint Lucia Hosts November Health and Wellness Month

Caribbean; St.Lucia uncrowded expanse of beach, Pigeon Island

Saint Lucia invites travelers to experience new levels of rejuvenation and adventure this November during the island’s annual Health & Wellness Month. Inspired by the vast array of wellness-related activities, Saint Lucia’s leading hotels will offer value-added packages and discounted rates. Those seeking quality time with the great outdoors can fly through the rainforest canopies and zip-line with Rain Forest Adventures, explore Saint Lucia’s pristine coral reefs by SNUBA, cruise the rugged trails at Anse Chastanet on a jungle bike, and hike forested paths leading to the peaks of the iconic Piton Mountains. Basking in the ocean spray, yoga on white, sandy beaches, luxurious spa treatments, and the naturally healing Sulphur Springs mud baths will leave you completely refreshed. Here are 4 resorts and offers I recommend checking out:

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1. Jade Mountain – Soufrière

“Tropical Tranquility”

·         Receive a fifth night free in the Sky, Star and Moon categories

·         Five night package rates start at US$6,876 per couple in a Sky Jacuzzi Suite; additional nights can be added at US$1,564 per couple per night in Sky accommodations

·         Includes breakfast and dinner, all tax and service, airport transfers both ways, welcome cocktail, drinks package in room fridge, tropical fruit display, an escorted walk of Anse Mamin Plantation, two one hour classic spa treatments per person, sunset celebration (bottle of champagne with appetizers delivered to guests room once during stay), two Anse Chastanet handmade bathrobes, usage of tennis court and equipment, watersports equipment and complimentary resort water taxi to Anse Mamin beach

·         Book by November 30, 2014 for travel from November 1 through December 19, 2014 and January 5 through December 19, 2015

·         Visit www.jademountain.com for resort information; call 1-800-223-1108 or emailjademountain@ansechastanet.com for Health & Wellness offers

2. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort – Soufrière

“Linger Longer 5”

  • Stay four nights and receive the fifth night free for a total of 20 percent savings
  • Rates start at US$385 per night for a Luxury Sugar Mill Room
  • Includes complimentary breakfast for two daily
  • Available now through December 18, 2014
  • Five night stay minimum required; offer available in all room categories
  • Visit www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/sugarbeach for resort information; call for Health & Wellness offers

3. The Landings – Rodney Bay

“Body & Soul Wellness Package”

·         Rates from US $325, for savings of up to 45 percent

·         Includes US$100 spa treatment credit, healthy recipes booklet, daily beachfront yoga, guided hike to Pigeon Island National Park, windsurfing, sailing, kayak and tennis instruction

·         Book by September 30, 2014 for travel from September 1 through November 30, 2014

·         Website Booking Code:  BODYSOUL

4. Anse Chastanet – Soufrière

“Tropical Tranquility”

·         Receive a fifth night free

·         Five night package rates start at US$3,924 per couple in superior accommodations; additional nights can be added at US$826 per couple per night

·         Includes breakfast and dinner, all tax and service, airport transfers both ways, welcome cocktail, drinks package in room fridge, tropical fruit display, an escorted walk of the Anse Mamin Plantation, two one hour classic spa treatments per person, sunset celebration (bottle of champagne with appetizers delivered to your room once during stay), two Anse Chastanet handmade bathrobes, usage of tennis court and equipment, watersports equipment, and complimentary resort water taxi to Anse Mamin beach

·         Book by November 30, 2014 for travel from November 1through December 19, 2014 and January 5 through December 19, 2015

·         Visit www.ansechastanet.com for resort information; call 1-800-223-1108 or emailansechastanet@ansechastanet.com for Health & Wellness offers

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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:

Women Mountain Biking at Keystone

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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