Nestled within a natural arena of vermillion-colored rock formations, the Enchantment Resort
has a sense of rugged beauty about it from the surrounding Boynton Canyon
in Sedona Arizona
, yet is loaded with 5 star luxury on its grounds in a myriad of ways. The architecture is infused with nature, putting you in just the right mood to lap up a l’il pampering. Within those natural yet luxurious tentacles lies its on-site spa, Mii Amo
, which has all the extras and trimmings you need to relax and get rejuvenated.
Even if you opt out of a traditional spa treatment, you can enjoy the spa area, which is surrounded by an indoor pool area, and relaxing cushions facing windows to the mountains, where you can take a nap, sip lemon water or tea and read a novel.
The waters are heated and….relaxing and all the amenities you could ever hope to need or want, are at your disposal.
Inside, the treatment rooms race Boynton Canyon, so you can never escape from the healing nature of the red rock formations that make Sedona such a healing center.
Touted as the home of the world’s only hot springs with four kinds of mineral waters, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa Resort
is roughly 31.7 miles from Abiquiu, New Mexico, off what locals refer to as the Low Road (opposed to the High Road, which is the route we took to get to Taos Ski Valley – be sure to read my article on that stunning drive, which is packed with tons of great photos).
Set in a 1916 mission-style building, the property’s simple hotel rooms offer en suite bathrooms (without showers). While the rooms may be somewhat basic, they do have balconies and you can get some rooms (and suites of course)
that have access to a private Kiva soaking pool. The hotel rooms however are not your primary reason for staying at Ojo Caliente.
The views are spectacular regardless of what time of year you’re there (we were there in January)
and the place is a blend of a spiritual and wellness retreat and a resort getaway in the mountains.
While the property is somewhat remote on the end of a side road which almost feels like a…
When you think of Arkansas
as an avid traveler, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t luxury spa treatments. Since we were already planning to spend time in Hot Springs Arkansas
, which has a rich historical past and boasts an entire drag dedicated to thermal water bathhouses and spas, we learned about the Mountain Harbor Resort and Turtle Cove Spa
from locals, roughly an hour and a half leisurely drive away.
For nature lovers who also like to dip their toe in luxury from time-to-time, this is the perfect oasis to spend time on your alone for pure relaxation, as a romantic getaway or with your family — they cater to all three.
The spa itself sits on one side of the massive property and is surrounded by luscious forest and a gigantic lake where you can boat or swim. It has its own parking and entrance area, which is a lovely blend of rustic and luxury combined. Depending on the season, you could be greeted with flowering trees as well, as you walk through its welcoming entryway that is coated with green ivy.
Here, they have thought of…
Driving through America’s middle allows you to take several routes, the classic Route 66 being one of those. Given that it was winter, we geared our journey a little further south than we otherwise might knowing that I wanted to hit Arkansas on the way. Why? I have always been intrigued by Arkansas and figured it would be a blend of midwest and southern hospitality, which frankly was a fairly accurate experience of our time there.
I learned about Hot Springs not from online research, but from looking at an old fashioned map we got from AAA. My priority was finding foodie hot spots or places that focused on wellness and Hot Springs fell into the latter category. The town is known for its traditional hot springs bath houses, Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
, being the oldest known one in the city and where we stayed for a few days while in Hot Springs.
The Arlington is also the largest hotel in Arkansas with almost 500 rooms and suites. In existence since 1875, think old classic style buried deep in history, with chandeliers in the lobby and hotel rooms, a baby grand piano in the dining room and live entertainment on some…
If you have Nashville Tennessee
on your travel bucket list, chances are you are either a country or rock music fan or a Southern food aficionado, or perhaps a combination of both. I probably fall into the former category more than the latter, and while I’d argue that I subscribe to the general foodie tribe, I have never been a Southern cuisine expert. Nashville was about to change that. The historical city was also about to teach me a bit about Southern hospitality, service and luxury.
The glorious and posh Omni Hotel
in downtown Nashville, boasts a number of decadent events throughout the year – there was a local soiree happening the evening I hung out at its local bar, which drew local politicians, entrepreneurs and music celebs. Three hours earlier, I was upstairs at the Mokara Spa
getting a treatment, which was sure to put me in the mood for a night of relaxation and fun.
Like most spas, they offer traditional treatments like Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Maternity massages, but they also offered a massage called the classic Mokara Massage. Here, you can customize depending on your specific needs, whether you are…
As part of our Omni Homestead
experience in Hot Springs Virginia
, we headed to the nearby Jefferson Pools
in Warm Springs
(just down the road
), which is a mystical and magical place where you can soak in naturally warm waters. It’s more than a soaking bath however as it boasts so much history that you’ll feel as you’ve gone far, far back in time.
The Jefferson Pools are actually part of the Omni Homestead although it’s roughly a 15 minute drive to get there from the main resort. Two major springs from the Allegheny Mountains flow through the property which feed the Jefferson Pools; the springs are naturally heated and do not require any chemical treatments.
Unaffected by changes of the seasons, the waters remain at a natural body temperature all year and flow at the astounding rate of 1,700,000 gallons per day. The waters have an unusually high level of mineral content and are sulfur based, unlike the Omni Homestead pools, which are magnesium based. The water is so crystal clear that a book can be read through them.
What makes them so historical and legendary…
Driving into rural Virginia
after the long haul from the cloudy and traffic-ingested Bronx
was a welcome retreat. It was a cold January day and the only thing to kick our trip into gear were the two piping hot cups of coffee from the Bruckner Boulevard Dunkin Donuts, the very last stop before we said adios to the Big Apple.
After four smokestack sitings from factories along the way in Newark and Covington and serenly beautiful skies in Maryland and West Virginia as the sun began to set, the rolling hills and loveliness of Virginia presented themselves to us. Alas, we were getting close. Hot Springs Virginia couldn’t have been a more perfect choice for the first stop on our treasured cross country trip from New York to California. It is surrounded by healing baths and hot springs, rolling hills where deer and horses graze and illuminating skies.
In the heart of it all is the classically traditional Omni Homestead property, which lies sprawling across a few hundred acres.
Historically rich in every way, most notably in its antiquated southern decor, you can almost feel Thomas Jefferson emanating through the walls. It…
Some people’s idea of the perfect vacation involves sea, sun and beach life. Others prefer culture; cities, dining and museums. Still others live for adventure travel, abseiling and white water rafting their way through the world.
But one of the most rejuvenating kinds of vacation is one focussed on relaxation, on calming the mind and centring the body. You’ve probably read about the many yoga retreats available around the world, but have you ever thought of paying visit to an ashram? While the term once referred only to a spiritual retreat or monastery, the term ‘ashram’ is now used for a range of Hindu or Buddhist cultural centers where you can study and practice meditation, yoga and music. These oases of meditation and spirituality are a balm for the mind, body and soul.
Here are ten of the world’s best ashram experiences:
Photo courtesy of Sacred Earth Journeys.
1. Explore Sacred South India
Venture into the lush, colorful lands of Southern India with this 15-day Sacred Earth tour. Blending yoga, spirituality and sightseeing, the trip features a visit…
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