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October Wellness Fest at Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort

This October, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, located on the beautiful coast of Kassandra in Halkidiki, Greece, has launched the new October Wellness Fest programme. Designed to detox, de-stress and promote relaxation in line with the resort’s wellness philosophy, throughout the month of October, guests of Miraggio will be granted free entrance and unlimited access to the Myrthia Thermal Spa and are invited to join the 5-day ‘Discover The Myrthia Thermal Spa’ programme. Miraggio’s Wellness Director, Victoria Yanakova, was kind enough to share with us the idea behind this month-long wellness celebration and some of the benefits of the thermal...

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Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa: A Celebrity Hideaway

According to the latest TomTom Traffic Index report, “Los Angeles is the most congested city in North America. On average, journey times there take 33 percent longer than when traffic in the city is flowing freely and 77 percent longer during evening rush hour. Rounding out the top 10 most congested cities are Vancouver, Miami, Seattle, Tampa, Fla., San Francisco, Washington, Houston, Toronto and Ottawa.” No wonder you want to flee the maddening crowds, including the hoards of international tourists dashing to the US for cheap deals on everything from hotels to haute fashion brands. Shopping in the US...

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Vive Cal A Vie! A Hilltop French Country Retreat

If you are seeking an escape to the French countryside but don’t want to travel overseas, this is the perfect petite retreat. Conveniently situated a couple of hours south of Los Angeles, this hideaway haven is only 40 miles from San Diego. In this era of ‘chaotic’ travel, it is stressful to fly across the country, and many are cautious to go anywhere overseas. However, if you are yearning for an authentic taste of Provence, without a passport, then this is your slice of heaven.

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Seeking Soul in Bali: A Balinese Purification Ceremony

By Karryn Miller We leave the Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud as the sun is still rising, before the heat of the day settles over Ubud, and while good spirits are lingering still in nearby temples. Holy beings, I gather, aren’t big on the heat or the sun. As we drive, shuttered shopfronts give way to rice paddies and traditional villages. The streets are empty but already there’s a buzz of activity by each local temple. Within 15 minutes we’re in Pejeng Village, to the east of Ubud. Gerhana, my driver and guide who has been at the Chedi...

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Beverly Hills’ Pretty Woman: The Beverly Wilshire Hotel And Spa

Remember the movie, Pretty Woman and its scenes from the world famous Rodeo Drive? Those same haute couture salons and ateliers are still just as fashionable and exclusive today as they were when the film was first released. And down the street in this mecca of wealth and glittering storefronts sits the swanky and  landmark Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) and its prestigious spa. This hotel is the epitome of class and refinement, with an old world design and feel. Many episodes of HBO’s Entourage have been filmed here, and fans of old Hollywood will love that Elvis...

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Omni La Costa Petal to Plate Specials

Checking into the Omni La Costa Spa, I met a friend for a Petal to Plate lunch at the Spa Cafe before my scheduled facial. The Petal to Plate Spa Day lunch menu offers healthy and light fare for guests to enjoy before and after their treatments. They also make signature Spa Bellinis and flavorful cocktails that includes a blood orange infused margarita to help one relax, unwind and enjoy their spa moment. While receiving a Rose and Neroli facial at the Omni La Costa Spa Day, my aesthetician applied all-natural skin care oils and products to reduce inflammation and...

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3 Things You Should Know Before Having Plastic Surgery

In 2017 17.5 million Americans had plastic surgery. If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, nose job or another cosmetic procedure, you’re not alone. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently released its annual survey that reveals how many people are undergoing plastic surgery and what kinds of procedures they are seeking. The report showed a 2 percent increase in the number of surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2017 as compared to 2016. “For some people plastic surgery probably still has a stigma attached to it, but millions more realize that improving yourself is okay and...

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Is the Pampering Experience the Height of Luxury?

There are many ways to experience luxury through first-class travel, fine dining, five-star hotels and designer products, but could the most luxurious experience of all be the pampering? Spending time and money on your body and mind, being totally self-indulgent and having yourself massaged and cleansed from top to toe with the most exclusive spa treatments? There can’t be many experiences more satisfying than having nothing to do but relax and enjoy the benefits of professional therapists, beauticians, and hairdressers while being waited on hand and foot. Is this your idea of bliss, and what separates a regular spa...

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The Sanchaya Introduces Mindfulness Retreat With An Indulgent

The Sanchaya near Singapore believes mindfulness need not always be accompanied by abstention. So much so, I’m writing today about the estate’s new retreat that balances morning beach boot camp sessions, meditation workshops and afternoon yoga and pilates with delectable spreads from the resort’s kitchens, premium vintages from its cellars, European cheese and rarified conversation. While most practitioners of mindfulness retreat to the pagoda and the sanghafor space and community, The Sanchaya is stepping up as an alternative venue for a retreat that indulges silence and calm, to be sure, but great food and fine wine, as well. The 10-hectare beachfront...

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AYANA Unveils Redesigned Luxury Villas at its Famed Spa on the Rocks in Bali

AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI, Bali’s premier oceanfront resort, set on 225 acres of property overlooking Jimbaran Bay and home to the only Thermes Marins Spa in Southeast Asia, announces the completion of its two newly renovated state-of-the-art Spa on The Rocks Villas. AYANA’s Spa on the Rocks Villas allow guests to experience world famous spa treatments while being fully immersed in nature; surrounded by the Indian Ocean on three sides, each of the two treatment villas offers an immersive sensory experience and utmost seclusion and privacy. The AYANA team worked with critically acclaimed interior design firm P49 to re-imagine its two treatment villas, introducing fresh design elements to the most exclusive treatment facilities on property...

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Interview Exclusive: Living Your Best Life with Dr. Mylaine Riobe

We sat down with Dr. Mylaine Riobe, a Board Certified Medical Doctor with over 15 years of experience and the Director of the Riobe Institute of Integrative Medicine. The author of two books, has a passion for medicine and health, so we asked Dr. Riobe on her tips for living your best life.​ How did you become involved in medicine? I grew up in a “medical” family.  My mom is a nurse and my dad is a dentist.  My grandparents all worked in hospitals, so I was always surrounded by medicine in some way.  My grandmothers introduced me to...

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Four Seasons Westlake: So Near, Yet So Far From LA

The Southern California Four Seasons Westlake is a great halfway spot between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. From Los Angeles it’s about a 40-minute drive north, if you time the traffic right. Owner billionaire American businessman and philanthropist David Murdock built the resort was after losing his mother and later his wife Gabriele to cancer. Murdock focused on helping researchers find a cure for the disease, while extending life through wellness and nutrition. He  established the Dole Nutrition Institute, and in 2006 opened the California Health and Longevity Institute and Four Seasons Westlake. Walking inside, one feels as if they...

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