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3 Top Luxury Resorts in the Caribbean For Your Bucket List

March 17, 2014 by  

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For luxury accommodation planning purposes, put these three luxurious properties on your list when planning a trip to Barbados, St. Barts and Anguilla in the Caribbean islands. Sandy Lane, Barbados Sandy Lane has been around since 1961. It is the ultimate beach, spa and golf getaway for people who are all about luxury and style.  Apparently it draws a lot of the British celebrities as well so it makes for great people watching as well. Think style baby style. Golf lovers will also be all over Sandy Beach as there are three to choose from, the best being The Green Monkey, its so called crown jewel.  Sandy Lane conjures up images of serene style in an idyllic resort setting. Luxury orchid suites are two-bedroom garden suites in the Orchid Wing which are romantically set within the tropical flowers and fauna at Sandy Lane. Each offers a stylish living area, patio with dining area and master bedroom with an elegant bathroom. The second bedroom has its own bathroom and private balcony. Eden Rock, St. Barts Where do you go when extravagant just isn’t enough? Check yourself into one of 

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The Viceroy’s Sugar Beach Resort & Rainforest Spa in St. Lucia

March 15, 2014 by  

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Head to St. Lucia for a whole lotta luxury at one of the Viceroy’s property – Sugar Beach Resort, where you can choose from Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms, Luxury Villas, Luxury Beachfront Bungalows, and Residences, all of which have spectacular views of the Pitons or the Caribbean Sea. Offering space enough for families and honeymooners alike, Sugar Beach, St Lucia is the premier choice among Soufriere hotels for discerning travelers seeking seclusion and tranquility amid unsurpassed natural beauty. The spacious Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms and Superior Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms are located close to the heart of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort with expansive views of the resort’s tropical gardens and palm lawn. Each room has a private walled garden and plunge pool and boasts the same plantation elegant styling associated with the resort’s luxury villa category. The 11 Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms and Superior Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms are within easy reach of the resort’s Great House, the swimming pool and the white sands of Anse des Pitons. The majority have lovely views of Gros Piton across the waters of the Sugar Mill lily pond and the ruins of an 18th century sugar mill. The…

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The Amanyara Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands

March 13, 2014 by  

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Set on the beautiful island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Amanyara Resort is a secluded haven embracing the untrammelled elements of the Caribbean. Bordering the pristine reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park, acclaimed for some of the world’s best wall and reef diving, the resort draws its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and yara, the word for ‘place’ in the language of the Arawak Amerindians. Offering 40 timber-shingled Guest Pavilions tucked along the coast and a number of Aman Villas, the resort enjoys a contemporary layout and design, open to the sights and sounds of the turquoise sea. Imagine that your backyard is a secluded white-sand beach, the setting is prestine all the way, on the complete opposite side of the development on the eastern side of the island. Transfer from the international airport on Providenciales is 25 minutes along a coastal road that rises to a hill and then falls away into a flat plain covered with native bush. This road passes through the picturesque fishing village of Blue Hills with its brightly-coloured Caribbean houses and beachside cafés.  Entry to the resort…

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The Brooks Lake Lodge and Spa in Wyoming’s Rocky Mountains

March 10, 2014 by  

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Located in the Rocky Mountains near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks one mile from the Continental Divide and within a short drive of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Brooks Lake Lodge and Spa awaits. Their style? Where Luxury, Adventure and Classy Rustic meet.  Below, a 35 foot river rock fireplace is flanked by huge picture windows framing magnificent views of Shoshone National Forest. It’s all about tranquility here in this peaceful gathering room, which is where guests can read, relax or meditate. When you visit Brooks Lake Lodge and Spa you are following in the footsteps of generations of adventure seekers. In other words, they tout a whole lotta history. The Lodge, which is listed on the National Park Services Register of Historic Places, was built in 1922. Known at the time as the Two-Gwo-Tee Inn, the Lodge first served as a stopover for vacationers headed to Yellowstone National Park. Soon thereafter, the Two-Gwo-Tee Inn was converted into a dude ranch, renamed The Diamond G Ranch, and became a vacation destination in its own right–serving well-to-do Easterners in search of a Western-style vacation. They obviously attract a lot of California residents as well since its such a short…

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New York City’s Nina’s Day Spa

February 18, 2014 by  

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I’m pretty loyal when it comes to my massages, but in all honesty, trekking down to New York City’s Chinatown in this bone-chilling cold just isn’t happening for me.  A friend recommended Nina’s European Day Spa, centrally located on 35th and 5th, and promised it would live up to my high standards of DEEP-deep tissue.  (I mean, I have a ridiculously tight back under normal circumstances, but the Polar Vortex conditions are magnifying that by a bijillion.  Just saying.)  Anyhow, Jess was impressed. I started off with a facial, including cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, massage, AND a mask (when in a day spa, eh?), and particularly loved how the esthetician Natalie didn’t try to up-sell at all during the process.  Any other place in the city I have tried has always done this (NO, I don’t want gold flakes rubbed into my face, thank you very much!), and I really feel it takes away from the whole relaxing experience.  I was super pleased that there was none of this involved, along with the fact that I was left in my cozy cocoon to nap under the hot steam for a pleasant amount of time, warding off the chill…

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Vermont’s Exclusive, Romantic & Charming Windham Hill Inn

February 15, 2014 by  

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The Windham Hill Inn in Southern Vermont is one of the most charming inns I’ve come across. Set amongst the rolling hills of the Green Mountains, the Inn enjoys spectacular undisturbed views down the West River Valley. In addition to the 160 acres of property, meadows and woodlands, their grounds include a network of hiking and skiing trails, a heated swimming pool, tennis court, gardens and many places to lounge and relax in the main house and the nearby barn, which has been renovated. Below is one of the lounge areas in the main house and yes, the black bear is as big as he looks.   Traditionally decorated in true New England style, it’s as if you travel back in time as you meander from one room to the next. As they say, it’s all in the details and the team at Windham Hill Inn have mastered it. The Inn is part of the exclusive Relais & Châteaux collection, which as luxury travel buffs know, is a directory of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in the world. It…

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Caesar’s Palace Qua Bath & Spa in Las Vegas

January 29, 2014 by  

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The Qua Bath & Spa in Caesar’s Palace along the Las Vegas strip has been ranked 28th in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2013 Reader’s Poll of the top 100 Resort Spas in the U.S., which is up from a ranking of #51 in 2012, making Qua Baths & Spa the top ranked resort Spa in Las Vegas! A traditional bathing ritual revered by Roman society, Qua’s signature Roman Baths offer peaceful gathering spaces in private men’s and women’s areas. Featuring three pools of distinct temperatures, mineral-enriched waters help to restore natural elements of the skin while hot and cold water therapy work to improve circulation, remove toxins and reenergize the body. The Tepidarium pool has warm mineral-enriched waters, which helps to restore natural elements of skin; the Caldarium pool features hot mineral-enriched waters to release tension and soothe muscles and the Frigidarium pool offers icy, mineral waters to help to invigorate and detoxify. Alongside the ever so cool Roman Baths, they offer a number of traditional massages and facials as well. Additionally, a few noted treatments include the following which jumped out at me as being unique in the traditional…

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Burke Williams, The Largest Day Spa in San Francisco

January 26, 2014 by  

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Burke Williams Day Spa is more than just a spa, it is a relaxing yet invigorating experience that is worth taking an entire half day. As the largest day spa in San Francisco, the spa offers massage therapy, body wraps, facials,manicures and pedicures, baths, and an array of signature spa services. Each Burke Williams Spa is equipped with a large co-ed lounge for socializing and sitting by the fire, seasonal teas, refreshing waters, and fresh fruit. Aside from my treatment, which was truly the best facial I’ve had in over a decade, my favorite part of the spa was there massive hot tub which sits in the middle of the women’s locker room. Its size means that you’re never without your own jet and only a minute from the steam room should you decide to go back and forth. In addition to the steam room and whirlpools, they also have a dry sauna, cool misting room and a cold deluge. San Francisco is the newest addition to the Burke Williams family, located in the heart of the city at the Westfield Shopping Centre. This spa pays homage to the grand city of Paris with its striking black and…

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