6 Last Minute Labor Day Escapes

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Labor Day is just around the corner, only three weeks away. Whether you are looking for an adventure, relaxation or fun with the family, find amazing deals at 6 of my favorite resorts from Arizona to Jamaica–the perfect Labor Day escapes. Who wants to go?

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Naples, Florida

Deal: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples is running a great Summer Beach Package with a 30% savings compared to normal summer rates. I was there in April for my honeymoon, and it is beyond incredible in every way!

  • The package starts at $229/night and includes:
  •  Overnight accommodations
  • $50 nightly dining credit toward lunch or dinner in Terrazza at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (beach resort) or dinner in Lemonia at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
  • Daily American breakfast for two
  • Use of two beach chairs and one umbrella at Vanderbilt Beach
  • Valet parking
  • Shuttle to-and-from the beach and golf resorts
  • In-room wireless internet access
  • Guests have full access to all amenities available at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (beach resort).

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2. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana

Deal: ‘Paris without the Jetlag’ package

Paris without the jet lag this summer in a city with a vibrant and rich culture at the iconic Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. La Nouvelle-Orléans more commonly known as New Orleans is a destination infused with cultural influences of the French from the cuisine, architecture, and art.  Located on the edge of the French Quarter in the 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is a temptation of senses offering guests personalized experiences with the touch of it’s lively and unique surroundings (it’s an amazing location, and one of my favorite places to stay in New Orleans). Venture outside the hotel into the French Quarter to iconic New Orleans establishments such as Café du Monde and sip café au lait blended in New Orleans style while eating fresh beignets and feel transported to another world. ‘Paris without the Jetlag’ package includes:

  •      Deluxe room accommodations
  •      Two welcome cocktails from the Davenport Lounge
  •      Discounted Valet parking for $29/night
  •      Starting rate of $199 USD per night

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3. Tanque Verde Ranch Tucson, Arizona

Deal: Kids Stay Free (What a DEAL!)

Tanque Verde Ranch is offering families a “Kids Stay Free” package that is perfect for last-minute Labor Day travel plans. This package allows families, friends and loved ones to take on glorious adventures, relaxation, authentic Southwestern cuisine and ultimate family time without breaking the bank. Tanque Verde Ranch’s all-inclusive rates offer deluxe lodging in expansive accommodations, three daily hearty meals, a supervised and fun-filled children’s program, horseback trail rides and lessons, fishing, guided hikes, mountain biking, nature programs and much more. Book a minimum of 3 nights and 2 children from ages 4 – 11 can stay for free. This package is available from May 15 – September 16, with rates starting as low as $550/night.

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4. Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa  Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Deal: Wyoming on the Fly

Fall is legendary for fly-fishing in Jackson Hole. Whether a seasoned angler or a novice, you’ll be dazzled by the scenery as you float on the clear waters of the Snake River along the dramatic Tetons. Your seasoned guide will take you to their favorite honey holes where a native cutthroat trout is waiting for your caddis.

  • 3 Nights at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa
  • Half Day Private Guided Fly Fishing for Two
  • Welcome Amenity Fly Box w/ Select Flies for Snake River Success
  •  Beer Sampler of Our Local Snake River Brew

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5. Half Moon, A RockResort Montego Bay, Jamaica 

Deal: Natural Harmony Package

Half Moon offers luxury accommodations with a view, signature oceanside dinner at Seagrape Terrace, one 30-minute massage remedy and daily internet access in guest room with a starting rate of $189. Valid from September 1 – 30, 2015.

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6. Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa Henderson, Nevada

Deal: “Escape to the Lake” Package

With rates starting at $109, this package includes overnight accommodations and daily American breakfast at Rick’s Cafe. Retreat from the neon lights of the Las Vegas “strip” to a lakeside paradise where guests can unwind with the sights and scents of northern Africa at the Moroccan-inspired Spa Moulay, discover what drives them on the newly restored Jack Nicklaus signatures golf course, or indulge at the Japanese cuisine at the signature restaurant, Marssa Steak & Sushi. Guests can begin their weekend retreat with an outdoor activity, such as kayaking across beautiful Lake Las Vegas and exploring the hidden coves. Experience the brand new Family Fun Zone on the patio at Rick’s Café, where guests can play fun games such as Ping Pong or giant chess. Relax in the Arabesque Lounge listening to soothing piano music while sipping on delicious cocktails, or join the beach party on Las Vegas’ only white sand beach and listen to live DJ music with a bonfire, s’mores and fun family games! Last, but not least, when the sun sets, but the evening is still warm, guests will have the opportunity to relax on a “floatie” in the amazing pool and watch a favorite family movie at the Dive-in Movies (how fun).

Luxurious Winter Spa Treatments


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.


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!


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


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.