Sonoran Oasis - Montelucia Resorts & Spa - Situated at the foot ofCamelback Mountain, InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa is designed along the classic lines of an Andalusian oasis: geometric stone and masonry facades in pastel shades, gently lapping pools and fountains, everything to emphasize the serenity of a desert retreat in southern Spain.
Where Heaven Meets Earth - I visited Miraval because I heard it was a spa experience unlike any other. It not only had awesome spa treatments but each activity taught their guests how to achieve a life in balance. With two teenage children, a husband, and a high powered executive position, I desperately needed to find ways to unstress and bring my chaotic life back into some semblance of balance and order.
The Alisal Has It All - The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang, California is a rare place in our world where you can enjoy a vacation adventure exploring the coastal hills of central California in the luxury of a quiet cottage surrounded by ten thousand acres of the greenest, plushest countryside you could ever imagine. The resort takes you back to a time where you rode high in your saddle, cowboys strummed their songs around campfires, and families shared stories.
Palm Springs Caravanserai - Riviera Resort & Spa - Picture this; two longtime girlfriends rolling down a deserted Southern California highway, bags in tow, looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a weekend getaway. Attired in sunglasses and sundresses, we rolled down the windows to get a little wind in our hair and check the temperature; right around 100 degrees. Perfect!
The Costa With The Mosta - La Costa Resort & Spa - Rumor has it that three “Hombres”, from Carlsbad, Chicago and Vegas in the early 1960s, went horseback riding along the Southern California coast and dreamed up this hideaway and included every amenity imaginable.
Boots, Saddles, & Spa at Macarthur Place Country Inn - In the heart of Northern California wine country, just forty-five minutes north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, is the historic town of Sonoma. And here, just off Broadway at MacArthur Street, you’ll find a historic inn set on a country estate of six acres featuring lush landscaping, rose gardens, ponds and water fountains. This is MacArthur Place Country Inn & Spa, recently awarded AAA’s prestigious 4-Diamond rating.
Love Points to Paradise Point - Paradise Point Resort is a place where everyone is able to experience the pleasures hidden in a well kept secret. These pleasures are so extraordinary that only those who visit this 44-acre private island, tucked away on the gentle Mission Bay will get to enjoy.
Manscaping At The Beach at Le Merigot Spa - Okay, I admit the spreading crows feet around a sun bleached face comes from years of adventure travel, and with the new trend of males appearing at spas, it was time to check into Le Merigot Beach Hotel and Spa for a treatment.
Love Is In The Air at Rancho Valencia Resort - This magnificent resort is imbued with LOVE from the second you step onto the property. Set amidst 40 acres of hills and orange trees north of San Diego, it’s minutes away from the scenic beaches of La Jolla and the thrilling excitement of the Del Mar Race Track.
Claremont Resort and Spa's Healthy History - Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous architect, called The Claremont Resort "one of the few hotels in the world with warmth, character, and charm." The Claremont Resort continues to charm visitors from all over the world.
Surf & Sand & Spa & Splashes - The Surf and Sand in Laguna Beach, California has achieved legendary appeal for those fortunate enough to have stayed there during its 55 years of operation. Located at 1555 South Coast Highway, it was built in 1948 as a beach side motor lodge with 26 rooms. Artists discovered Laguna Beach and over the years made it a premier vacation destination.
A Beautiful Day Spa in Hawaii - A Beautiful Day Spa is located near Kea’au in the district of Puna on the Island of Hawai’i. Which means it’s in the jungle. When I drove in, I could see that I had arrived in a place that worked in harmony with nature. Cherie had just planted a dozen new banana trees along her driveway. The tropical flowers, pineapples and graceful coconut palms had me already feeling very peaceful.
Grounds For the Royal Treatment - Mauna Lani Resort and Spa - Visiting the Big Island of Hawaii is a once-in-lifetime experience for many people. Whether you are visiting for your only time or you are a Big Island regular, treat yourself to the Mauna Lani Resort, one of the grand dames of the hotel strip along the Kohala Coast, north of the Kona airport.
Elect The Senator Your Maine Therapy -
The hot spot in Augusta, the capital of Maine, is the 124-room Best Western Senator Inn and Spa, the perfect resort for a weekend away. From the very start of my stay there, every detail was geared to my comfort and enjoyment and not a thing was overlooked.
Between A Rock and a Soft Spot - Take a spa stay in the high desert town of St. George, Utah, with stars that never seem to dim, and with the coyotes howling in the lava fields; you are certain to feel spiritual.
Spa Break at Cedar Breaks Lodge - The Cedar Breaks Lodge is a year round resort with 200 hotel rooms as well as time-share accommodations.
Hot Stones and the Moon People - We arrive at the Salish Lodge & Spa, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, just in time for afternoon tea in the Asahel Curtis Library. With its oak plank floor, overstuffed leather loveseats, games tables, and heap of logs next to the stone hearth, the library is a peaceful respite.
Living Well at Vida - Pan Pacific Seattle - Vida Wellness, which has developed a comfortable niche at a trio of luxury hotels in British Columbia, recently opened within Seattle's new South Lake Union complex.
Selva and Seacoast - Paraiso Found - A member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World, Virtuoso, and the only five-diamond resort in the Riviera Maya, the Paraiso de la Bonita Resort & Thalasso Spa has been home away from home for Dustin Hoffman, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, John Galliano, and Raquel Welch.
Sol, Sand, and Mexican Soul Therapies - For vacationers seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of their daily routine, reduce the stress of the work machine or simply take time out to reflect on their lives, Mexico offers various mind-clearing and soul-refreshing retreats that are sure to invigorate and revitalize the spirit.
SPECIAL HEALTH FEATURES
MAGICAL PASSES FOR HUMAN ENERGY
Enter the world of shamanistic healing. You will be taught in the same spirit as the shamans over 25 generations in the healing powers of Magical Passes. You will be asserted, affirmed, and explained in every nuance of this heightened awareness and knowledge that was never invented, but passed down through the generations. You will experience exceptional sensations of well being through specific body movements, yielding tremendous results in mental and physical prowess, without aerobics or hard to achieve body strain.
Milked Back to Health at Fordoun - I am heading to Nottingham, not for the Sherwood Forest, but for a blissful stay at Fordoun Boutique Hotel and Spa, located along the Nottingham Road in KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa.
Historic Grapes at Vineyard Hotel and Spa in Capetown - There is no better location for discovering the Cape’s vintages than from the Georgia-style Vineyard Hotel and Spa, which was the wine estate of Lady Anne Barnard, which was built in 1799 and then turned into a luxury hotel during the Victorian age, the third oldest hostelry in the Cape, and the sister property to another famous wine lands hotel in the Stellenbosch area, the d'Ouwe Werf Hotel (the oldest hotel in all South Africa).
Luxury On The Half Shell , Oyster Box Hotel and Spa - Oysters are a health food and with modern refrigeration they can be eaten year around. But for truly fresh oysters check yourself into the Oyster Box Hotel and Spa on Lighthouse Road above the Umhlanga Rocks 15 miles east of downtown Durban, South Africa.
Leading Luxury Indicator - The Saxon Hotel Spa and Villas - There will be no argument from me as a luxury indicator The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas, and Spa in Johannesburg is leading the way to superb suburbian relaxation; the resort has been voted the world's leading boutique hotel every year since 2001, and it is a member of the elite Leading Small Hotels of the World.
Carte Blanche in Capetown at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa - If there had been 13 Apostles God would have had to add an additional peak to the World Heritage Site of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, and the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa would have to change its appellation to 13A.
Sheraton Senggigi Resort and Spa, Lombok - Our ground floor room had sliding glass doors that opened up to the Indian Ocean breezes. I eyed the modern furniture and famous Sheraton “Sweet Sleeper” bed.
Plush and Lush at Laguna Resort and Spa - Entering Nusa Dua you could see right away that it is a master planned resort area. There are many properties in this area including The Laguna Resort and Spa-Nusa Dua.
GRENADA & The Grenadines
Spice Isle Oasis - LaSource Grenada - LaSource is a breathtaking beachfront property located on the Caribbeanisland of Grenada.(on the island's West Coast). Facing Pink Gin Beach and surrounded by forty acres of lush tropical garden and a golf course, the resort is all-inclusive with multi-generational appeal.
Heaven & Earth Spa at Calabash - The newly completed Heaven and Earth Spa is set against a hillside at the end of L’anse aux Epines Beach and facingPrickly Bay. I am told that the stairs edging up the hillside, designed with an architect’s eye towards modern art, signals something both different and original.
Inward Bound Yoga Retreat at Round Hill, Jamaica - “Yoga begins where there is no critical voice and no competition,” Jane Fryer reminds her Inward Bound yogis. “The theme for this week is there is nothing to achieve, because we’re already there,” she encourages.
Best Jamaican Spa - Round Hill Resort - Azure waters, pristine beaches, immaculate lawns and impeccable service combine to make Round Hill in Hanover Parish, Jamaica, not only a world class destination, but one that raises the bar in so far as resorts are concerned.
Captain Bligh's Bloody Breadfruit - The Mutiny On The Bounty was only one violent tale in the long history of the infamous captain. He actually lost more ships than the Bounty. This Blue Mountain tale recounts hot baths, breadfruit gardens, runaway Maroons, and British history on the island of Jamaica. Yah, mon, and pass the sky-juice!
Ex Pats In Panama's Paradise - Panamonte Inn and Spa - The Panamonte Inn & Spa is a place of stories from a century of travelers going back almost to the founding of Boquete itself in 1911. It tells of visits by American Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, the Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, actors Sean Connery and Ingrid Bergman.
Soothing Roman Bath - “Bath is the finest place on earth, for you may enjoy its society and its walks without effort or fatigue,” wrote 18th century Scottish essayist James Boswell of this English town that dates to Roman times.
Tuscan Terme Town - Montecatini - During the Belle Époque age Enrico Caruso soaked and sang here; Giuseppe Verdi came here for 19 years beginning in 1882; Teatro Verdi in the town square is named after him, and still delivers his outstanding compositions. Other notable cultured guests included Giacomo Pucini, Arturo Toscanini, Gioacchinio Rosini, and Pietro Mascagni. I am in the Tuscan Terme Town of Città di Montecatini, Italy.
Castello Del Sole - The Italian Switzerland - I rattled out of the Italian Alps from the village of Domodosolla on the swaying rack-and-pinion mountain train; jack pines gave way to palm trees, but I wasn't heading back into Switzerland just for the semi-tropical climate. Locarno gleamed in the distance on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore, in the lowest and hottest and oldest Swiss canton Ticino, for my Swiss facial.