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The Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa in Northumberland England

December 18, 2014 by  

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Conjuring up images of English countryside is something we do as children. Wide open spaces, gorgeous forests, winter walks, howling wind and typical English mansions. I wasn’t thinking of my teenage years reading Mansfield Park and watching Poirot and Jonathan Creek. While they had their fair share of English mansions, I wanted some relaxation for my return to England after a stint in Edinburgh, Scotland. When reality of these English countryside resorts hits you though – they are exactly what you expected. I had already stayed in another countryside manor — the Clumber Park Hotel and Spa in Nottinghamshire — and so was now ready for The Doxford  Hall Hotel and Spa in Northumberland England.   Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa in Northumberland countryside. After Edinburgh, I needed a rural stop over and this did the trick. My Stay in the Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa in Northumberland, England. Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa is set in a somewhat isolated yet beautiful spot. When I arrived at Doxford Hall (an hour earlier than planned) I was in for a treat. Reception at Doxford Hall. Here…

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A Very Therapeutic & Ayurvedic Massage in India

December 14, 2014 by  

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I’d heard so much about Ayurvedic massage in India, with many locals telling me the herb- and spice-rich Kerala — the state I was traveling through — was the best place to do it. Sumptuous images of being wrapped in turmeric and covered in lemongrass while a gentle-handed masseuse massaged my aching muscles (I was traveling India by bike, you know) filled my mind. And when I found out a 60-minute Ayurvedic massage with head, face and scalp at a non-touristy centre — I wanted a true cultural experience in line with my bus-free through Indian trip — was only 1000 INR (about $16 USD), I had to try it.

What Are Ayurvedic Therapies?

Ayurvedic therapies are natural and holistic, and look to prevent disease and cure it at its roots. It’s also about life balance, and believes different people are prone to different habits based on their natural constitution, which falls into specific doshas. These doshas then affect everything from our diet to our emotions. Ayurvedic therapies work to heal and balance the body without disturbing a person’s natural intelligence. There are a number of benefits believed to come from Ayurvedic treatments,


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Curaçao’s “On-the-Ocean” Color of People Spa

December 11, 2014 by  

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As we ramp up our Spas Section leading up to 2015, I’ve been on the hunt for unusual spas, sustainable spas, life transforming spas or frankly any spa that does things just a little different. Of course, the Caribbean is a region of the world that would come to mind when you think of luxury spas although frankly, I haven’t explored much of the Caribbean, which is one reason I ended up in Curaçao recently, in an attempt to learn more about what the islands have to offer. By the second day, I could hardly breathe – my chest was constricted and my energy level was at an all time low for such a leisurely trip. I’ve never been one to take a back seat and relax when I’m sick — type A personalities have a hard time with this concept. That said, with my entire system zapped of energy, I held back while my colleagues went snorkeling in the north of the island. Frustrated that I had to miss beautifully colored fish, the caves and crystal blue waters, I tried to distract myself with a relaxing walk along the beach where Curaçao’s Hilton lays sprawled from east to…

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Al Capone’s Two Bunch Palms, A Sustainable Wellness Getaway

December 8, 2014 by  

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“Qigong is the practice of mindful of your body, mind and breath,” explains Michael, my Tai Chi instructor for the morning. “If you’re mindful of your breath and body but not your mind, you’re not doing Qigong.” two bunch palns Healing waterfall at Two Bunch Palms. Photo courtesy of Two Bunch Palms. It’s a sunny morning, although I’m not sure a place called Desert Hot Springs experiences anything else. The grass is wet with morning dew, which trickles down my bare feet and refreshes me, along with the focused breathing and stretching of the Tai Chi class. We awaken our chi, the natural energy of any living thing, by lifting our arms open palm toward our chests, then pushing down toward the ground. We rock forward and backward, “holding the sun” in our outstretched palms, increasing the flow of serotonin. We reach to the ground, to the side, up and back like an slow-motion windmill, working our back’s flexibility. Despite the session’s 8am start time, by the end I feel completey awake. two bunch palms My room at Two Bunch Palms. I’m currently staying at Two Bunch Palms,…

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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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