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Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort, Great For Luxury Family Travel

November 26, 2014 by  

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The Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa recently partnered with The Moms to invite a group of lifestyle bloggers to tour Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa in Mexico. The trip, called “The Moms Escape,” was a wonderful escape to the beautiful Mexican Caribbean. While I had traveled to Cancun years ago, this is the first time I had toured an all-inclusive resort open to adults and kids. Although we spent time touring the resort, we also had time to unwind. It was during those quiet times wandering around the resort that I had to chance to take in the beautiful surroundings while enjoying quiet places to sit on the beach, bask in the sun and listen to the ocean. As a busy mom with three boys, just finding a quiet hammock by the beach put me in vacation mode. Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa “Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is a luxurious getaway for couples, friends and families designed to reflect the charm of the Mexican Caribbean. Surrounded by glistening pools, lush tropical gardens and a palm-studded beach, this 486 all-suite resort defines Unlimited-Luxury with an array of amenities for every age…

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5 Transformative Stays in the Land of Jordan

November 23, 2014 by  

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For those traveling to Jordan, there are an array of experiential hotels that allow visitors a glimpse into local culture in an eco-friendly way. Your accommodation is one of the most influential parts of your vacation, with the potential to enhance your experience in a profound way. To help you plan your trip, here are my top suggestions based on my trip to Jordan. jordan hotels

1. Captain’s Desert Camp

Located in Wadi Rum is Captain’s Desert Camp, an upscale camping accommodation that allows you to experience authentic Bedouin culture. Bedouins are known for being nomadic desert dwellers living in woven goat-hair tents. Campers will be able to stay in these tents immersed in the dramatic scenery of the Wadi Rum desert. Because there is no electricity, candles light pathways and rooms while food is cooked in a zarb(underground pit) in traditional Bedouin fashion. A large pit is dug into the ground where a fire is made, with trays of meat and vegetables placed above it. From there, it is covered in foil and sand to trap in heat, leading to a juicy, flavorful meal. This ended up being one of my favorite meals in Jordan. At night,

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The Charming Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa in Windsor

November 19, 2014 by  

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It was another inspiring journey as I left behind the lights of crowded London for a night of relaxation and luxury by the River Thames in the town of Windsor in Berkshire, England. While I took in the sites of Berkshire, I stayed in the exquisite and elegant Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa. The Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa is a luxurious 4 star hotel on the River Thames and its benefits range from a great central location to design, history and architecture to food, events, romantic getaways and weddings. The hotel is situated overlooking the River Thames, which makes for excellent views, quiet strolls and a decent place to watch sunrise or sunset. Sunset at the River Thames by the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa. From the outside: The Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa in Windsor, Berkshire. A standard room… My room. My bathroom. amazing hotel windsor From the moment I stepped in the door, Natasha at reception and the managers and…

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A Spa Experience in Macau That Explores Your Elements

November 16, 2014 by  

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Macau has been on my calendar for months now and I was really excited to visit another destination on the other side of the world. Upon arriving to the 5-star Sheraton Macao, I learned that my spa appointment later that day might be heavily determined by my “element.” Shine Spa I was so intrigued before, during and after the process that I took screenshots of the iPad app that determines your Major and Minor elements. The first question was pretty easy. I entered my birthday and “Tiger” popped up. I already knew this but I loved seeing it laid out on a screen. I’d later learn that this first question primarily determines your Major element and that your Minor element is your emotional state at that very moment. This was a tough one because I love all colors, even black (everyone wears black in New York). I ultimately went with Blue. What would you have chosen? My favorite season has definitely changed since I was a child though. I used to prefer summer best, probably because I was off from school. Then I went through a Spring stage until I discovered I had horrendous allergies but today, it is Autumn.…

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Get Bathed in White at Le Royal Monceau Luxury Spa in Paris

October 29, 2014 by  

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A temple of well-being and contemporary beauty, Le Royal Monceau, a Raffles Spa in Paris, was a godsend stop on the tail end of my Normandy tour this past September. You’re bathed in all white from the moment you enter its doors. Imagine 1,500 square meters of space under one roof, including a 23-meter infinity pool, the largest ever built in a Paris luxury hotel. On the same floor are the exclusive treatment rooms, where you can get everything from a pedicure, manicure or body wrap to a facial or more traditional massage. There’s also hammam, laconium room and sauna, a gym and dedicated fitness coaches. What else is cool is that you can access the spa from every floor regardless of where you’re staying in the hotel. The experience was nothing short of 5 star and for those who travel a lot, you know that a 5 star spa experience in Paris is a notch above what you’d find in New York, Miami or Vegas. My favorite? Beside the fabulous facial that is, I’d have to vote for the incredibly luxurious and…

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Under the Umbrian Sun: Roccafiore Country Chic Resort & Spa

October 25, 2014 by  

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Whilst in Umbria, Roccafiore is what the locals call da vedere….which means it’s a must see. An even greater compliment to Roccafiore is that you’ll find locals dining at the table next to you and ordering their wine from the cantina. What often starts as just lunch at Roccafiore turns into hours under the Umbrian sun dining al fresco with sweeping views of Todi, a hilltop medieval town, visiting Roccafiore’s lavender gardens, organic wine tasting in their cantina, sunbathing by their luxurious pool or indulging in a day pass at the Wellness Center. Or just give in and stay the night in one of Roccafiore’s 13 luxurious rooms. Then you can wake up and do it all over again. Even picnic in the surrounding Grechetto vineyards. My love affair with Roccafiore began with lunch last year. An exceptional white tablecloth fine dining affair at their Fiorfiore Restaurant, I was spoiled with unparalleled farm-to-table dishes on their seasonal menu like the Torretta: eggplant with bufala mozzarella, tomatoes and oregano, Chianino beef: with froth of parmesan cheese, salad and toasted almonds and homemade strangozzi pasta: with sausage, lemon and anchovies.  …

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Serenity, Wellness & Charm in Spades at Upstate New York’s Old Stone Farm

October 17, 2014 by  

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I randomly discovered Old Stone Farm and Restaurant in upstate New York’s Staatsburg, a stone’s throw from Rhinebeck New York where I visited godparents a few times at their farmhouse in the warmer months as a child. They lived on some rural dirt road in what appeared to be in the middle of nowhere to a 12 year old despite the fact that I was used to the remoteness of the Adirondacks. My recollection is that they had a jeep and we used it often to get around and even as a child, I couldn’t help but remember its serenity and peacefulness, where bird calls were more prevalent than the sound of cars. It was an easy place to get lost and the trees seemed to keep their colors in the fall for longer than further north where the seasons passed more quickly and it was already chilly by mid-September. It was late September when we ventured north to Staatsburg, getting lost on a few side streets to marvel at the nearby farms. It had my first return to the area since I was a teenager, so I was mixed with positive and warm emotion as we drove…

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6 Places to Lap Up Luxury, Culture & Spa Treatments in Zurich

October 16, 2014 by  

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Lap up the luxury at The Dolder Grand in Zurich Switzerland. The 5 star luxury property touts 176 luxurious rooms and suites, exquisite cuisine, a spa covering 4,000 square metres, generous banqueting and seminar facilities and a remarkable art collection. The original “Curhaus” dating from 1899 presents itself as the luxury-class City Resort. The hotel’s elevated location, between the pulsating life of the city and a refreshingly natural green zone, provides a magnificent view of the city of Zurich, the lake and the Alps. The rooms are oh tres modern and have stunning views of the rest of the property as well as the city. Details: www.thedoldergrand.com.  For the chic and healthy among you, check out the B2B Boutique Hotel & Spa which is located inside Zurich’s old Hurlimann Brewery. The rooms are quaint but funky and two key reasons to stay include the on-site spa which touts all things wellness and the historical 36 foot ceiling library lounge which has an astonishing number of books, 33,000 last we checked. Details: www.b2boutiquehotels.com If you have an artsy and creative bent to you, try

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