When I did my scouting of upstate New York gems for the summer, I ran across Whiteface Lodge
in Lake Placid
and could have sworn we had dinner there many moons ago as a child. It could be that there was a lodge with a similar name but the truth is, the lodge hasn’t been around for that long.
Above, private access to Lake Placid via their Canoe Club, a five minute drive from the hotel property – courtesy of the hotel.
It was originally created to be provide that upscale feel in the heart of an old Adirondack town with great skiing nearby. The upscale, all-suite lodge is only one mile from the shores of Lake Placid which is fabulous for summer and fall visitors and 22 miles from the ski slopes of Whiteface Mountain
. Well positioned in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains
and tucked into the picturesque woodlands of the town that was once home to two Winter Olympics games (1932 and 1980), the latter of which I came as a child to see a bobsledding race.
With a 5-6 hour drive from New York City or Boston, it’s not…
We had an incredible stay at Mirror Lake Inn
this past summer and during that stay, I tried out their top notch spa in the middle of paddle board and kayak spins on the lake. The resort faces the glorious Mirror Lake
which is serene even when it’s windy out, so much so that you’ll find yourself having one meditative moment after another. Combine a warm and classic meets rustic and luxury inn with stunning views of a calming lake and you have a perfect wellness travel escape in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.
This AAA Four-Diamond property gets many of its kudos no doubt for its stunning views of the lake, but rest assured that their exceptionally friendly service and the fine touches inside the rooms deserve a huge call out as does its spa which is on the ground floor of the inn, below the lobby area where you can get warm homemade cookies and tea anytime of day.
Above photo credit, Mirror Lake Inn.
There are a variety of treatments you can choose, from body wraps and massages to facials and customized deals. All treatments include exclusive use of their…
Who doesn’t love a luxurious spa treatment from time-to-time? And, truth be told, body work is something that your body craves — touch is essential to a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Massage moves toxins through our bodies and a pampering environment and ambiance helps us to relax and forget about our stresses for awhile. What a better place to get a l’il pampering than a Four Seasons property? On an East Coast jaunt last month, we had the opportunity to experience the Four Seasons Baltimore
, which sits on the fabulous harbor, all of which boasts glorious views. (be sure to read my write-up
As part of that experience, I had a spa treatment while on-site, which couldn’t have been a perfect way to wind down the day. Since it was summer, we spent a lot of time on the water, whether that be on a harbor cruise, a sailboat or in the pool (the Four Seasons has a fabulous outdoor pool and jacuzzi btw), so given the circumstances, it didn’t make sense to have a facial. Since I’ve been testing out a number of massages lately (from east coast to west coast of the states, the…
Who doesn’t want to lap up a l’il luxury when they’re on vacation? One of the things I love about the Northeast is its tradition and the fact that so many of the luxury hotels and establishments are housed in historical brick buildings and have a sense of grace and charm that so many modern hotels lack. We were fortunate enough to spend time at The Rittenhouse Hotel
on a recent trip East where we not only dined well (Lacroix is suburb) and slept well (decadence at its best), but was rejuvenated at their luxury spa.
The hotel and spa is located on a square, which was named after celebrated Philadelphian David Rittenhouse
, and its modern layout was completed in 1913 to the design of Beaux-Arts architect Paul Cret although I’d call it an updated classic look, where you still feel East Coast elegance all around you. Apparently, the Academy of Notre Dame was also established there. Imagine a spa among such history?
The Rittenhouse Spa & Club
is its official name and beyond their luxurious spa and spa services, they have a gym and health club stocked with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, a range of top-tier cardio machines…
I’ve had plenty getaway experiences, whether they were for pure adventurous fun, to merrily eat and drink all weekend long, a romantic escape on an island or a wellness retreat. For those of you who are keen on a holistic approach to wellness, and therefore your life, keep reading, since this is one of a series of posts we’ll be writing in the coming weeks and months ahead that will be focused on what wellness really means philosophically and in the context of an experience….shall we say, a transformative one. This post focused on a transformative spa experience, et hem, the way every spa experience should be in our opinion.
When you head off to a spa, whether it’s the luxury one at home you splurge on every month or when you’re on vacation, it needs to be more than just luxurious and pampering. Pampering goes without saying, but imagine a whole lotta pampering and service, but surrounded by remote desert tranquility where the environment itself supports your system in a nurturing and balanced way.
You may recall that we had a very integrative experience at the El Conquistador Spa
in Puerto Rico recently, which…
I first experienced Sun Valley Idaho
15 or so years ago during a memorable Idaho – Montana – Utah
trip. Who knew about Idaho? I guess that’s one of the reasons that while Sun Valley might not quite a ‘kept secret’, it still gets more attention from Hollywood types, those who have second homes there and well, ski-aholics. The truth is that Sun Valley has a totally different vibe from Tahoe, Aspen and Vail, which all have exclusive resorts and plenty to do on or off ski season.
Above, The Sun Valley Lodge
Forward wind the clock to last year, my first return to Idaho since that road trip so many years ago. It started in Boise where I got to visit an old friend who moved there from Phoenix and wound up in Sun Valley, where the DENT Conference
was being hosted for its second year, an event which has not only grown on me, but its community integrates you in a way that feels like family, all while educating you and leading you through the world of technology and innovation. Read my write up on last year’s DENT Conference
is a rarity among European hotels in that it is a “certified”
organic hotel, along with other things, houses vegan and vegetarian restaurant Bardot Bistro
on the ground floor. As you enter, you feel as if you’ve entered a romantic and dreamy lounge of sorts, not necessarily a hotel and suddenly you find that you want to bury yourself in one of their comfy chairs behind one of their white sheer curtains so you can get lost for awhile.
Behind the scenes, the raison d’etre for this property is all about wellness and clean living despite the fact that its home is in the Friedrichshain district of East Berlin, which is central to the artistic funky side of Berlin more than the yoginis. That said, I was astonished how many yoga studios, or at the very least, signs, I saw throughout Berlin, both east and west.
The concept started as far back as 2004 when Naturalis GmbH was founded as a health education-training centre in Berlin. Branches were later established in Munich (2006), Frankfurt (2008), and Hamburg (2010) and with its 2012 expansion, Almodóvar Hotel was launched. Another cool factoid about the hotel is that of a…
After a week at the El Conquistador Resort
in Puerto Rico
, I wasn’t quite ready to come back to reality. While this Waldorf Astoria
property does have a top notch spa with a myriad of services available, the ‘spa experience’
extends far behind the spa. The resort embraces wellness, from it’s salad and juice offerings on their restaurant menus to the yoga classes you can do on-site.
What’s so lovely about the yoga classes is where they hold them. When I was told to meet across from the spa for our class in the Casita Garden
, I didn’t realize that the class would be set up just above the driving range of their stunning award-winning par 72 Arthur Hills
golf course. In addition to yoga, they have programs and fitness services, including Circuit Training (there’s a gym with equipment on-site)
, a fitness assessment, cycling, synrgy, TRX anti-gravity training, and meditation.
Happy feet after a fabulous yoga session in the Caribbean sun. For those who love yoga, you might also be interested in their wellness retreats, which include a Silent Meditation Hike in El Yunque Rainforest,
Paddle Board Yoga…
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