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 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.

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.

Friday Thoughts

After a really rough week (with some exciting things happening and bad news too), I am thrilled for opportunities such as this one in the photo above. I love travel, and I thank my lucky stars every day for the gift of travel. My mom used to tell me (when she was still alive), that “you must travel once a month”. She traveled the world with my dad. I definitely think she passed down the travel bug. Mom, you would be very proud (I miss you)! Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Being Green Juice for St. Patricks Day

St. Patrick’s Day is widely known for being one of the most fun, spirited holidays of the year but often leaves partygoers feeling like they overindulged the next day. Whether you’re looking for a healthy (but still celebratory) alternative to the typical St. Patty’s adult beverages this year or preparing an evening cure for your day drinking hangover, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has created a juice to help folks join in the holiday spirit and feel like they have the luck of the Irish in beating .

Being Green Juice is a nutrient-rich mixture of cucumber, celery, spinach, kale and lemon that’s  packed with  iron and Vitamin K to provide the much needed energy boost to either join in the festivities with fellow revelers or nurse your body back to health after a long day of celebrating. Kimpton is the first hotel brands to offer a fresh juice menu companywide and will offer this healthy perk at all properties by the end of 2014. I love them!!!

3 Family Getaways for March from London to Beverly Hills

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Family vacations are a special time to grow closer and create everlasting memories together. I love traveling with my 3 children, especially in March for Spring break. Here are 3 amazing family getaways where you will find family bonding at its best.

Little Kings Celebrate Carnival at Le Meurice
The year 2014 honors the 50th anniversary of the formation of Sino-French diplomatic relations, marking half a century of friendship between the people of France and China. To celebrate the joyous occasion, Le Meurice invites families to take part in its animated and vibrant Children’s Carnival celebrations on Sunday, March 9, 2014. The event is sure to radiate joy to children of all ages; filled with noisy farandoles, tricolor costumes and Chinese folklore. Join the magic and art movement with balloons, make-up and funny tattoo workshops to get into the spirit of the day! The young prodigies from the prestigious Stanlowa School of Dance will perform an enchanting and mesmerizing show, and parents can watch their children parade at this dazzling affair. And what better way to end the fun than with an abundant buffet of sweets, deliciously crafted by Pastry Chef Cédric Grolet.

The Little Legends “Best Guest” Package at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Young guests will experience their “15 minutes of fame” and feel like real child star for a day with this whimsical package. It includes a special red carpet photo opportunity taken in front of the hotel’s “step and repeat” wall, personalized chocolate star amenity, miniature gold awards statuette, Little Legends t-shirt, choice of an ice cream sundae or milkshake in the Fountain Coffee Shop, and a VVIP Beverly Hills Hotel card that can be redeemed for complimentary sodas and juices throughout the hotel. Recommended for children 5 – 10 years, but this is available to “children” of all ages.

A London Family Getaway at 45 Park Lane
45 Park Lane provides the perfect setting for families to enjoy the many activities that London has to offer. Located directly opposite Hyde Park, the hotel is close to the city’s most popular attractions such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. 45 Park Lane also offers a private media room with ten large and comfortable armchairs, perfect for screening the latest blockbuster or a collection of personal memories for a family reunion. The media room features state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen equipment including a 103 inch BeoVision 3D television, 3-D glasses and surround sound solution. Sounds too amazing for words!

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.

Friday Finds

Happy Friday! Here are a few of my favorite Friday finds that make me smile! Have a great weekend!

Spring Spa Hot list from my post at Huffington Post

Mason Jar Cocktail Kit and Bag via Pinterest

Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas from How Sweet It Is

Gorgeous Kitchen from Veranda House

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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).

Train with an Olympian in Saint Lucia

Can’t make it to Sochi this year?  Saint Lucia is your next best option!  At The Body Holiday, Saint Lucia’s health and wellness resort, you can personally train and get back in shape with three top former Olympian athletes for a full week!  Their Well Fit Retreats, a mini-version of an Olympic training camp, is returning this spring.  From Monday, March 31 to Friday, April 4 and Monday, April 7 to Friday, April 11, the special program, designed by twice Olympic gold medalist Daley Thomson, will have you toned in no time – long before the summer hits!

 

Former Olympians Danny Crates, Sharron Davies, and Ayo Falola are hosting this year’s retreat and will be on-property to lead activities including a daily boot camp class, hosted dinners, group breakfast with a resident nutritionist, and complimentary BMI and blood pressure readings. Programming will include organized activities that blend cardio, strength training, core strengthening, fitness yoga, running, flexibility, obstacles, and more.

Danny Crates  (3/31 – 4/4)

Paralympic gold medalist, World champion, European champion, Paralympic World Cup winner and world record holder and, most recently host of his own BBC radio show and the face of Channel 4′s athletics coverage at the London 2012 Paralympic games.

 Sharron Davies (3/31 – 4/11)

Sharron Davies is an immensely successful British swimmer and broadcaster who occupies a position as one of the UK’s best known and most popular women since she burst onto the scene as a 13-year-old Olympian in 1976. Sharron has represented as a British Olympic Ambassador in London as well as pool side getting Michael Phelp’s first interview after becoming the world’s most decorated Olympian.

Ayo Falola  (3/31 – 4/4)

Ayo has been coaching for over fifteen years upon retiring himself from his sprinting career.  His pedigree is evident by the illustrious list of athletes he has coached during that time, most notably Danny Crates; Paralympic Gold Medalist in 2008, Paralympic Bronze medalist in 2004, medalist at World Championships, European Championships and World Record Holder, Donna Fraser;  4 time Olympian and 4th place at 2000 Olympics, medalist at World, European and Commonwealth levels, Vernicha James;  World and European Junior Champion, Marilyn Okoro; Olympian, medalist at World and European Championships, Jo Fenn; Olympian and World Indoor Medalist.

 

The Body Holiday, St. Lucia’s premiere all-inclusive resort dedicated to health and well-being, re-opened its doors in October 2011 following a $20 million renovation that touched on nearly every aspect of the property.  The 154-room all-inclusive wellness resort sits directly on a private bay and is surrounded by 42 acres of lush tropical gardens. Inclusive rates include daily spa treatments and a variety of on-site activities, including fencing, archery, yoga, Pilates, and scuba diving, wakeboarding, and T’ai Chi.