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Head to Newport’s Retreat at Castle Hill For Upscale Pampering

September 25, 2016 by  

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Set in a landmark Victorian mansion on 40 acres of waterfront, Newport’s Castle Inn is 1.3 miles from Brenton Point State Park and boasts breathtaking views of the ocean on all sides. What’s nice is that the property is on the outskirts of town, so it oozes with tranquility and serenity inside and out. Outside, it’s about as majestic as it gets and during warmer months, you can dine on the patio or simply have drinks. This upscale traditional boutique property has rooms in the mansion as well as beach houses and cottages with kitchenettes. Amenities vary, but may include fireplaces, ocean views and/or 2-person soaking tubs. Full breakfast and afternoon tea are complimentary. Oh so decadent!  Also part of the property and an integral part of its luxurious offerings is their spa, The Retreat at Castle Hill, which uses all natural Farmaesthetics products. Farmaesthetics founder Brenda Brock started selling her skincare products in 1999 at an organic farmstand in rural Rhode Island. A noted trailblazer in “green” and herbal skincare, her traditional herbal recipes retain 100% natural status and apparently compare in effectiveness with leading dermatological brands and today, are being sold across…

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Pure Radiance and More at the Four Seasons’ Ava Spa in Prague

September 22, 2016 by  

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Set in a historic neo-Classical building overlooking Prague Castle, the AVA Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Prague is all things decadent.  You might think that the spa offerings would be not unlike what you’d find at any Four Seasons spa around the world, however given the historical connection to thermal baths in Karlovy Vary, a great wellness travel escape less than two hours from Prague, the AVI Spa offers thermal baths as part of their spa offerings. AVA features five treatments rooms, including a couple’s suite, spa bath and a vitality pool in addition to separate steam and sauna rooms and a lounge area. They use natural water and mineral rich products, offer exclusive facial and body treatments with moor muds, and use three cosmetics lines: Omorovicza, Sodashi and Swiss Perfection. Since I went for a massage over the Mandarin Hotel Spa and had tried the classic thermal baths at the Imperial in Karlovy Vary, I decided to opt for a facial, a great choice I felt given their wide variety of anti-aging choices and products. From the oh so luxurious and elegant lobby area, it’s not as easy as you’d…

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Pamper Yourself at August Moon Spa in the Heart of the Finger Lakes

September 19, 2016 by  

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On the same premises as La Tourelle Resort, which is nestled on very pretty rural settings just outside the center of Ithaca New York, you’ll find the luxurious French-influenced August Moon Spa, which offers all the services you’d expect from a destination spa, plus two Tranquility Rooms where you can relax and enjoy any of the offerings from the on-site restaurant The Bistro. Above shot taken of the outside of the resort — photo credit: La Tourelle Above shot taken from our room which overlooks the peaceful grounds – you can see just how green it is; there are areas to sit and relax amidst a large lawn surrounded by trees… I spent more time in the spa’s tranquility room with the fireplace, however the room pictured below is even more calming with lit candles, wooden statues, comfy pillows and soft lounge chairs. There are tea and water stations in both relaxation rooms where you can breathe it all in before or after your treatment. Even if you don’t have a treatment, you can enjoy their on-the-premises sauna and steam rooms which I wished I had more


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AgeLess Spa in the Finger Lakes for a Whole Lotta Pampering

September 14, 2016 by  

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If you’re heading to the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York, I’d strongly recommend booking a few spa treatments — after all, the region makes for a great romantic and leisurely relaxing getaway with its stunning views at every turn and there’s no shortage of great wines and microbrews to taste along the way. While Corning New York might be most known for its famous Corning Glass, it also has some great eateries, cafes, bars and yes, spas. We tried something new this time around with the AgeLess Spa at the Corning Radisson. For those of you who have experienced a couple’s massage in the same room, AgeLess Spa’s BLISS for 2 takes it a step further by giving you a more customized treatment for an even deeper and relaxing experience over the course of around two hours. The BLISS for 2 involves one person receiving a massage while the other gets a facial in the same room and then you switch so both of you get to experience a whole lotta pampering from the neck up and the neck down – BLISS is the right name for this unique one-of-a-kind treatment! Leaving with the feeling of…

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Refuge’s Thermal Cycle Spa in Relaxing Carmel-by-the-Sea

August 4, 2016 by  

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Refuge is no ordinary spa. Located in the ever so relaxing town of Carmel, California, a lovely relaxing getaway option around an hour and a half from San Francisco, it is focused on what they refer to as Thermal Cycle: a hot and cold water process mixed with relaxation in between. While they do offer massages, don’t expect pedicures, facials or other traditional spa treatments at this fabulous discovery, a must visit for anyone interested in wellness and mindfulness. First of all, it’s a quiet sanctuary, which means no cell phones or talking – YAY! Secondly, it’s co-ed, so you can experience it with your significant other if you wish.  While it’s all about relaxation and shutting your mind down for awhile, there are apparently significant health benefits to the process. The Refuge experience helps to eliminate toxins from the body and improve your circulation, something I definitely need. (I’m always cold!). If you have high blood pressure, a heart condition, are pregnant or are under the care of a physician for any condition, they suggest checking with your physician first before going to Refuge.

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Puerto Vallarta’s OHTLI Spa Boasts 22K Square Feet of Pampering

July 7, 2016 by  

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On a recent getaway to Puerto Vallarta, I had an opportunity to soak up some R&R time at Puerto Vallarta’s Ohtli Spa (be sure to read the write-up on my STAY).  With more than 22,000 square feet of space, Ohtli is slated to be one of the best spas in Mexico. They have Aromatic showers, steam and sauna rooms, dipping pools, a relaxing lounge area with cucumber and lemon infused water and teas, robes and an indoor relaxing pool area where you can also swim laps. One of the more unusual therapies they offer is Rebirth Therapy, which is performed in water, and entirely focused on meditation and relaxation. Your therapist will guide you through a series of rhythmic movements that relax your mind, muscle tissue and joints, allowing you to gradually drift into a meditative state. With regular treatments, you should experience improved flexibility and a strengthened immune system. Yelapa-Reiki Touch Therapy is another service they offer, which is worth mentioning. It’s a light touch therapy that integrates Huihol Shamanistic meditation with western polarity therapy. As the rich scent of copal incense fills the air, your therapist guides you through conscious breathing and into deep relaxation. I…

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Wellness Travel: Meditation & Spa Culture in Prague and Beyond

May 25, 2016 by  

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You’ve probably noticed that we’ve been writing about wellness travel more and more, and even have covered a few yoga retreat opportunities and getaways (my latest one being Jamaica). I believe in the power of yoga, the power of meditation, the power of stillness and the power of finding a space away from your technology and your daily grind where you can pause, reflect and get yourself back to center. You know…..the life balance thing.  It’s vital to you thriving in the world and it’s integral to the core of We Blog the World is all about — Transformative Travel. While India, Bali, the Caribbean and the South Pacific may be high on your list for trips of this nature, yoga retreats, meditation centers and R&R getaways are cropping up around the world. Eastern Europe is one such region where we’re starting to see a lot more emphasis on wellness travel. With that in mind, join me on a journey to Prague and the Czech Republic countryside.

Spa Culture in Prague

If you want to stay in and around Prague, the Lily Wellness & Spa Center in the Hotel Hoffmeister is a real gem. This incredibly elegant hotel is…

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The Pavilion Grand Hotel, a Luxury Family Stay in the Heart of Saratoga

April 4, 2016 by  

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I’m not a newcomer to Saratoga Springs New York, home of the infamous race track and spring water. In fact, I grew up in the Adirondacks as regular readers of this site know, so truth be told, I am biased (in a positive way) about the area. I know how locals think, tick, create, cook and sleep. As much as I understand upstate New Yorkers, I’ve never known or looked at Saratoga through editorial eyes. When I was a little girl, my Uncle Mel and Aunt Betty used to pick me up not quite an hour away and drag me to the race track in August, which Saratoga is most known for. My uncle was always dressed to the nines in his vibrantly colorful checkered suits — sometimes bright orange, other times, green, or more often than not, a combination of several wild colors no one else dared to wear. Aunt Betty was always adorned in traditional floral dresses, which seemed to be influenced by her Eastern European heritage.  On the way to the track, my Uncle Mel always had a lesson he “needed” to teach me; some of it was related to how to pick horses, but most of…

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