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Maui’s Unique Spa Adventures

Award-winning spas offer ancient rituals with indigenous products. Surrounded by breath-taking mountains, soothing ocean breezes and a relaxing calm that permeates the island culture, a visit to Maui is not complete without indulging in at least one rejuvenating spa treatment. The word maui actually means “life, alive, to live” in the Hawaiian language. To the early peoples of Hawaii, the earth, the sea, and the mountains were all intertwined with a person’s health and well-being. Embracing that same philosophy today, Maui’s spas offer many indigenous treatments that have been passed down from generation to generation. The Spa at Travaasa...

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Penthouse Perch: Uncommon Luxury at Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, NM

Named for the historic Loretto Chapel that shares the grounds with this luxe hotel property, Inn and Spa at Loretto offers Santa Fe’s only penthouse. The lavish rooftop penthouse in the heart of Santa Fe delivers spectacular panoramic views of the historic New Mexican city from five separate terraces. Your own private elevator whisks you like a rock star away from the groupies into the spacious two-story suite. You arrive at lush living and dining areas that are decorated in understated southwestern elegance and designed to enhance the natural and cultural setting of the distinctive space. The fully appointed...

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Philanshopit: Where Fashion Meets Philanthropy

Aubrey Cox and Hanna Koch hope to revolutionize the way people shop through their online storefront, Philanshopit.  Launched this November, Philanshopit offers a beautifully curated collection of apparel, home decor, accessories and jewelry. What separates Philanshopit from traditional shopping websites is a commitment to selling products from partners who “have a clear social impact statement in their mission.” Born from an idea that came to Aubrey while still in college, Philanshopit’s mission is to “provide socially responsible items without asking consumers to sacrifice style.” As companies with powerful movements such as TOMS continue to thrive, the goal of Philanshopit...

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Wines from Moravia and Bohemia

No Longer the Czech Republic’s Secret by Maralyn D. Hill and Norman E. Hill These are wines that will be soaring to the top for those who want some of the best. When we visited the Czech Republic in 1999, we really didn’t know about its illustrious history of winemaking. In 2012, when Maralyn returned on her own, she started to realize some of the wine-related history. In the fall of 2013, we were invited to a preview at the Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale for the Vino z Czech, to sample a selection of wines from South Moravia, the...

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Dripping in Luxury – Sarasota Resorts Offer a Taste of the Good Life

Photography by Dale Sanders Is this a dream?  I would pinch myself to find out but at the moment my hands are a little busy floating in the shallow end of one of the most magnificent bodies of water I’ve ever dipped in.  No, it’s not the beach, or even one of those fancy showers with ten thousand jets.  This, friends, is the mac daddy of architectural feats in terms of pools.  A subtle, soft, sand-like entrance that envelops my soul and tempts me to linger in the shallow end way longer than I thought I’d be there.  And,...

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CLEAR Could Help You Get to the Spa Faster

CLEAR-ly this smart woman is a CLEAR customer What can you do in under five minutes?  Put on mascara and run a comb through your hair, microwave popcorn, run a tenth of a mile, speed through airport security … say whaaaat? Yup, you read me correctly. CLEAR is a fantastic program that lets you zip through airline security faster than a speeding bullet or, at the bare minimum, in under five minutes. This is the hottest thing to hit travel since wheels on a suitcase. When you join CLEAR you’ll laugh like a crazy person when you arrive at...

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