Author: Dena Roche

Jamaica Offers Pampering Resort Wellness and Retreats with Local Flavor

With palm ferns rustling in the wind, the hypnotic sound of lapping waves and balmy ocean breezes to chase away the heavy, hot air, Jamaica is like a Hollywood stage set for wellness. The only challenge is to script and cast your perfect escape. Jamaica offers pampering resort wellness and retreats with local flavor.  Resort-Hopping If you like your Namaste to come with added niceties, then a resort wellness getaway featuring pampering and Pranayama is the way to go. I start my island wellness tour at one of Negril’s newest properties, The Cliff Hotel. As the name suggests, the...

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UNICO 20ºN 87ºW Changes the All-Inclusive Game in Mexico

The all-inclusive concept isn’t new, but a luxury, adults-only property where spa treatments, golf and excursions are part of that inclusion is. Opened in March 2017, 20N 87W Unico is changing the all-inclusive game in Mexico. Like traditional all-inclusive properties, UNICO 20˚87˚, located on Riviera Maya, includes room, meals, drinks and on property entertainment and water activities, in addition to the unexpected inclusions. Spa divas will find a multitude of treatments available for nothing more than a gratuity. Classics like the Swedish massage or the age-defying facial or more exotic offerings like The Shaman Wrap or the Volcanic Stone massage,...

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Switzerland is Bursting With Countrywide Wellness Experiences

With its crisp mountain air, focus on outdoor sports and overall healthy lifestyle, Switzerland is bursting with wellness experiences. In a country slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey, there are a whopping nine designated wellness areas in this alpine paradise. My first stop is to explore the Weggis Vitnau Rigi region, which has six wellness hotels including my hotel, the Park Weggis, a member of the prestigious Swiss Deluxe Hotel network. The five-star Art Nouveau hotel is located on the shores of iconic Lake Lucerne and has private access to a park and beach. The 52-room...

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Redesign of London’s Athenaeum Hotel Unveiled

London has no shortage of luxury hotels, but when a classic five-star property, and one of my favorites in the city, gets ready to unveil a whole new look, it’s big news. The Athenaeum, perfectly located on Piccadilly across from Green Park in Mayfair, debuts its redesign in late June. The new look is evident in all of the public spaces of the hotel. The hotel’s ground floor, façade and entrances are being transformed with large, double-height floor-to-ceiling windows that will fully take advantage of the hotel’s enviable and pretty location. Kinnersley Kent Design, one of Britain’s most prestigious...

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British Food Grows Up

In the past, British food has been the butt of many jokes. But today celebrity chefs elevate cuisine throughout London and beyond. And when French chef, Joël Robuchon, who holds more Michelin stars than any other, declares that London trumps Paris for food, it’s time to investigate. Like British food, hotel food also has had a bad reputation as a place to eat–and only if you have to. That all changed when many celebrity and Michelin-starred chefs began affiliating with luxury hotels. On a recent trip I had a chance to check out some great hotel eats in both...

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