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Category: Spas & Wellness

Spring on the Spa

Few things herald the arrival of spring like young shoots pushing through the soil, buds coaxing their way into bloom, and skin that hasn’t seen the light of day since fall emerging from layers of winter clothing. To help get those newly exposed limbs ready for prime time, we’ve curated a selection of treatments from top resort spas in the U.S. that will leave skin rejuvenated and glowing just in time for the warmer weather. Put your best foot forward in the Adirondacks: As winter snow turns to spring thaw, hikers can once again hit the Adirondack trails surrounding...

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Namaste at a Dude Ranch

Whereas it used to be a time to simply kick back and relax, many of today’s travelers are using vacations as a time to continue their normal health and fitness routines, or perhaps even try something new. Yoga, in particular, has never been more popular: since 2012, the number of practitioners in the U.S. has increased by 50 percent to over 36 million. More and more people are realizing the benefits of yoga, which range from stress relief to flexibility to overall well-being. Whether you are one of the 80 Americans that say they are likely to try yoga...

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Spectacular San Diego Spas

The Ocean Crest Spa in Carlsbad Driving up to the coastal inspired three-story Cape Rey Carlsbad, you can see the 215-room hotel is directly across the street from the legendary Ponto surf break and Pacific Ocean. This elegant property attracts families, girls getaways, weddings and surfers. The Ocean Crest Spa offers 5,700 sq. ft of serene spa experiences, including a spacious couples suite with a tub and private outdoor relaxation area. There are separate men’s and women’s locker rooms. Across from the spa is a 24-hour fitness center with views of the pool and ocean. The spa decor features...

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Elegant Pink Moments at Ojai Valley Inn

After about a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, tourists arrive in laid-back Ojai to relax and seek wellness. Locals claim that the East-to-West Valley situation has a magical vortex, similar to that in Sedona, Arizona. Among an endless expanse of blue sky, palm-fringed streets and red-tiled Spanish Revival architecture, the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa is an ideal location to witness a pink champagne glow on the Topatopa Mountains at dusk. The  308-room Ojai Valley Inn & Spa was originally designed by esteemed architect Wallace Neff. There is a pleasing smell of rosemary and lavender throughout the 200-acre property. Here are...

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Perfection at the Adler Thermae Resort

There’s a famous quote that says, “Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy.” I tend to agree. I found it hard to resist the emotional pull of the wondrous Duomo in Florence, Rome’s ancient Coliseum or the colorful row of houses on the tiny island of Burano. Italy’s towering mountains, sunny landscapes and rustic charms accompanied by fabulous food and wine and Italian hospitality make it one of the finest travel destinations anywhere. The abundance of Renaissance art alone made my head spin. I found myself mesmerized by my surroundings,...

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Discovering Nevis, Loving The Four Seasons Resort–and Finding Alexander Hamilton

The flight from New York was long but the arrival at the St. Kitts airport was painless. No crowds, no fuss. As soon as I disembarked from the plane, I was transferred to the luxurious and private YU lounge, where I received a cold drink from an open bar and a warm welcome. I sank into a comfy couch while I awaited my luggage and while immigration and all the arrival protocols could be done. (The cost for this experience is $300 round-trip.) My bags were carried to a waiting ferry, where I was again treated to cold drinks...

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Aja Malibu: A Holistic Mountain Retreat

If you’re looking for a luxurious, peaceful getaway where you can re-center yourself, look no further than Aja Malibu. The spa opened in June 2016 and this retreat promises the opportunity to explore your inner self and the “magick” all around you. Located in the Malibu Mountains on 23 ocean-view acres, Aja Malibu is a luxury-boutique mountain retreat for the health and wellness-seeking connoisseur. Aja incorporates deep earth wisdom with ancient wisdom teachings from around the world to create its signature residential programme, “The Magick Process. ™” This immersive mind-body-spirit tune up and restorative cleanse is designed to support the re-alignment...

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Mandarin Oriental Paris: An Oriental Ode to Paris

Who’d have imagined that what was at nascence a medieval nunnery would  attain the apogee of luxe parisien, conferred the ultimate and uniquely parisian designation “Palace Parisien.” Notwithstanding, the Mandarin Oriental, a precious stone’s throw away from Place Vendôme necklaced in haute joailliers, is so discreet you could slip past it on designer-boutique-streamed Rue St Honoré. And yet, the MO has stamped itself reverberatingly on the Parisian luxury circuit Sensationalism isn’t emblematic of brand Mandarin Oriental, but the check-in at MO Paris is nothing if not sensational. “What would you like to drink?” you’re asked. Your “welcome drink” might...

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Elegant Hideaway at La Quinta Resort

In the early 1920s, wealthy San Francisco businessman Walter H. Morgan purchased over 1,000 acres of land from the native Cahuilla Indians in the desert of Southern California. He hired the architect/designer Gordon Kaufman to design 20 Spanish Colonial Revival casitas with fireplaces as a retreat. Each unit was made from hand-formed adobe bricks and locally fired clay roof tiles. There is a plaque on the lobby wall of the hotel stating that the lobby was made from 100,000 adobe bricks and that the total construction of the resort cost $150,000. La Quinta translates in English to The Villa. With...

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Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort, Review: Defining Relaxed Luxury in the U.A.E.

The Ajman Saray, A Luxury Collection resort, is a special property dedicated to providing a memorable and delightful vacation experience to the discerning guest. This is relaxed luxury set on a beautiful beach in Ajman in a hotel that provides the finest of accommodations, service, dining, and pampering perfect for the couples looking to get away, reconnect, and rejuvenate.

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Chickens and Chi

I confess I’ve never been a fan of chickens. They always seem like nervous, high strung birds, and their pecking and quick movements are unsettling to me. I would never have imagined that these creatures could be used in the realm of animal-assisted therapy. Dogs, yes. Horses, sure. But, chickens? They couldn’t possibly bring a sense of calm and comfort to people. Then I was introduced to Blanco and his gang and something special happened. At newly-opened Sunrise Springs Integrated Wellness Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico, sister property to the venerable Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa, animal...

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The Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa: Singapore’s tropical retreat

For honeymooners, couples looking to reconnect, or families or the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa is a good option. This is a sanctuary of peace and calm in a tropical setting. The nearby beach, excellent dining, amazing Allieron workout experience, and the Spa Luna ensure a holiday of full of wonderful memories to cherish for many years.

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