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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Falling in Love with NYC

A trip to New York City is an iconic vacation for many, and where you stay can make a big difference in the experience you have in the city. New York can be chaotic, confusing and stressful, especially if you stay in the touristy area of Midtown. I used to make that mistake every time I came to the city and consequently never loved New York. All that changed when I started staying in the many neighborhoods of New York. It was my most recent trip, staying at Ink 48 in Hell’s Kitchen, where I finally fell in love...

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Live it up in Lake Tahoe

Come in summer or come in winter; regardless of season there is a multitude of ways to live it up in Lake Tahoe. The first thing that strikes me about Lake Tahoe is that it’s not how I pictured Nevada or California. The landscape here is pure Colorado meets Pacific Northwest and just looking at it is like ingesting a chill pill. It may not be right on the lake, but the most luxurious hotel in an area dominated by casino hotels and cheapie motels is the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe. And skiers, it has ski in/ski out at Northstar...

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Houston Culinary Scene

Austin may be quirky and Dallas may have the Cowboys, but Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, is the culinary capital of Texas.  As a hub of oil and gas, international business dominates the city, and with a whopping 90 plus languages peppering the dialect, it’s safe to say whatever type of ethnic cuisine you desire can be found in the snarled maze of the city’s notorious 12-lane mega highways. There is a dizzying array of award-winning chefs and restaurants that one could highlight in Houston, but I decide to focus on something old and something new....

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Techie Trek To Palo Alto

Silicon Valley is the hub for business on the West Coast, so it’s no surprise that travel to the area is booming.  While much business travel is pretty mundane, it doesn’t have to be.  When you want to add a little pizzazz to your trip, Palo Alto is the place to do it. In the heart of the action, Palo Alto is the ideal hub, whether your business takes you to LinkedIn, Google, Facebook or the thousands of tech companies that dot the San Francisco hills. While most business travelers are members of a car rental company’s frequent renter...

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Beer Town USA Goes Upscale

Milwaukee — It’s long held the reputation as Beer Town, and today, even though the city shines with a Calatrava art museum, funky converted warehouse districts, trendy restaurants and chic boutiques, beer still is an iconic part of the city for travelers. Just as the beer culture has changed from Milwaukee’s Best to craft brews like Lakeshore and Sprecher, the hotel scene has morphed from Holiday Inn to independent, boutique properties like the Brewhouse Inn & Suites. And yes, this year and a half old hotel is in the old Pabst Brewery.  How’s that for getting your beer in a...

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The Art Of Spa In Santa Fe

Santa Fe, the second oldest city in the land, is known as an art Mecca. All the walking from gallery to gallery on iconic Canyon Road, coupled with visits to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and the Museum of International Folk Art, will have your back and tootsies screaming for relief.  Now it’s time to experience the “art of spa.” La Posada Perhaps the most logical place to begin is at The Spa at La Posada.  La Posada, which just became a part of the Luxury Collection of Hotels, is known as the art hotel.  This historic property has its...

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