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

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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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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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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.

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.

Where is Pixie Tangerine Month

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This April, Ojai celebrates Pixie Tangerine Month with a host of happenings dedicated to the sweet and seedless tangerine that is unique to the Ojai Valley. Native to the Central California Coast, Pixie Tangerines have existed since the 1920’s and were originally bred out of a tangerine called the Kincy. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the Ojai Pixie Growers discovered that the temperate, Mediterranean climate of the Ojai Valley was the ideal place to grow these tiny tangerines. Amazing!

Today, there are over 25,000 Pixie trees in Ojai tended by more than 40 tangerine growers. The entire community has embraced the season and many of the restaurants, shops, hotels, and businesses are offering specials featuring this favorite fruit.

For the Active:

Enjoy a sightseeing adventure that celebrates Pixies with tours of the famous Ojai citrus groves with Cloud Climber Jeep Tours:

The Mob Shop is offering a special biking package including a tour of citrus groves throughout Ojai.

Take a Ojai Pixie Squeeze Cooking Class at Inn and learn how to incorporate Ojai Pixies into every course in a meal using simple recipes

For Culinary Enthusiasts:

Pixie flavored frozen yogurt available through April at Bliss Frozen Yogurt

A local favorite, Feast Bistro, will feature a warm feta, Pixie and kalamata olive spread, and a mozzarella flatbread with Ojai Pixies and caramelized onion throughout April

At the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa enjoy a three-course Pixie-inspired menu curated by Executive Chef Georg Paulussen available throughout March and April. Highlights include the Trilogy of Pixie desserts: grilled Pixie ice-cream; rice pudding spring rolls with Pixie and mango coulis; and tequila Pixie chocolate truffles

The Perfect Pixie Martini available at Maravilla throughout April

Pixie flavored ice cream available through April at Ojai Ice-Cream:

Zhena’s Tea is offering specialty formulated teas featuring Pixies will be offered through April

Where to Stay:

Lavender Inn will have Lavender Pixie muffins provided for guests every morning, and Pixie Tangerine mimosas available during Sunday brunch.

Relish in the exclusive Pixie seasonal scrub as a complimentary spa treatment at the Oaks at Ojai.

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…

Wellness Travel Blogger at Huffington Post: Tuesday Travel

BIG NEWS!!! I am still Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Healthy Travel magazine, and we are continuing in 2014! YAY! I also have some other news. I am now a Blogger at Huffington Post, a Wellness Travel Blogger. It’s been a blast so far. See my recent posts on 6 Best Beach Workouts in Cabo and 5 Summer Travel Destination with Kids. For more information, See Huffington Post Bio. And yes! ALSO, I am still developing recipes and doing food and travel spokesperson work and media for Ingredients, Inc!

What’s New in Santa Fe: Travel Tuesday

Santa Fe may be a 400-year old city, but this beautiful and unique travel destination always has new and exciting offerings. Santa Fe was named “Best Food Town in America” in this summer’s Best of the Road competition. Here are a few latest happenings in restaurants, business and recreation. Photo credit (above) Daniel Nadelbach.

RESTAURANTS

La Casa Sena, located in a historic building and romantic courtyard, has made several changes this summer. There is a new outdoor bar on the shady patio and the informal La Cantina has opened for lunch. The indoor restaurant has an updated, more contemporary look and chef Patrick Gharrity redesigned the menu to feature new American West cuisine. www.lacasasena.com

Evan Doughty is the newly appointed Chef de Cuisine at The Old House, the signature restaurant at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa. Evan is a CIA grad who was chef and co-owner of Feast in Florence and worked throughout California. He is sure to bring his own touch to the Contemporary Global Cuisine this posh restaurant is known for.www.eldoradohotel.com.

Galisteo Bistro offers wine tastings from Oregon vineyards on August 9. Owner/chef Robertt Chickering will prepare special menus on both evenings and the tastings are complimentary. www.galisteobistro.com

Casa Fina – named for the Fina gas station that was in the same location – is a new casual café serving contemporary comfort food for breakfast and lunch. The out of town location is just off I-25, the main highway to Santa Fe. Owners Murphy and Annamaria O’Brien bring years of Santa Fe restaurant experience to their new enterprise. The outdoor kids play area is especially popular. www.cafefinasantafe.com

BUSINESS

Santa Fe Spirits has released its first premium sipping vodka, Expedition American West Vodka. The new spirit is made from 100% maize and Sangre de Cristo Mountain water and is hand bottled. Santa Fe Spirits makes limited release specialty products that are available through distributors and at their distillery and tasting room.www.santafespirits.com

The Santa Fe School of Cooking has begun the transition to its new and much larger location at 125 N. Guadalupe Street. The popular Market, featuring all kinds of ingredients and cooking tools is already open. Classes are being taught at a variety of venues until the renovation is complete this fall.www.santafeschoolofcooking.com

RECREATION

The La Tierra Trail system just got much easier to use for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders. The 25 miles of trails have new signs, a detailed map, and more parking. The trails are a big draw for the International Mountain Bicycling Association which holds its annual summit in Santa Fe this October. www.imba.com

For further information about visiting Santa Fe and for a complimentary Santa Fe Visitors Guide, call the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-777-2489 or visit www.santafe.org  Photo Credit (above) Chris Corrie