Introducing Haven Resort, A New Adults-only Resort in Cancun

Adult-only Haven Resort

Introducing Haven Resort, A New Adults-only Resort in Cancun

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Spanish hotel group Hipotels will introduce the first of its Haven Resorts & Spas later this October. Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport, provides easy access to a luxury stay in the Caribbean.

The adults-only beachfront resort will offer one main and four a la carte restaurants. Options include a Mexican steak house, an Asian fusion restaurant, a Mediterranean eatery and more. Three snack bars and a coffee shop are also available.

Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa will provide nine bars, two of which will be swim-up. Guests looking to relax in the water can visit the property’s giant Jacuzzi or its three pools. The resort also features 88 swim-out suites.

The luxury resort offers 333 suites. The spacious rooms provide customizable mini-bar, pillow and aromatherapy menus. Every suite includes either a terrace with a plunge pool or a whirlpool tub.

Elite guests can choose one of the 109 oceanfront Serenity Club Oceanfront Suites. Guests staying in one of these rooms receive access to the Serenity Club lounge, a private gym, butler services and other VIP benefits.  Expected to open in October, the new Cancun resort will be adults-only, all-inclusive luxury hotel in Cancun Mexico.   Learn More…..

Royalton Resorts

Royalton Helps Travelers Stay Fit on Vacation

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Royalton Luxury Resorts has expanded its All-In Luxury program to include fitness and wellness.

After finding that more and more guests placed an emphasis on health and wellness while on vacation, the resort company decided to enhance its all-inclusive experience to include a wide variety of classes taught by professional and certified instructors.

The new Royalton Fit program offers more than 500 fitness classes with nearly 120 each week at each of Royalton’s resorts in Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Saint Lucia.

Fitness classes are offered at every level and include popular fitness trends such as Aqua Fit, Cross Fit, TRX, cycling, yoga, Zumba and more. Guests can also take advantage of their resort setting, partaking in beach boot camps and sunrise yoga.

Royalton Fit was developed by George and Belinda Kiriakou, the resort company’s award-winning team of fitness and health experts.

George Kiriakou has more than 25 years of experience as a bodybuilder, a professional wrestler, a professional fighter, a fitness instructor and a fitness entrepreneur and now leads the sports and fitness program at Royalton Resorts.

Belinda Kiriakou is a fitness cover model and a weight loss and lifestyle coach as well as Canada’s Champion IFBB Pro Bikini Athlete. She focuses on strength training movements and yogic flows to complement higher intensity workouts that provide quicker recovery and effective muscle building.

Their most recent offering is the Boga Fit Mat classes at Royalton Riviera Cancun. The class was launched by the Kiriakous and uses a mat that floats on water, adding difficulty to yoga, Pilates and kickboxing.

Royalton’s fitness program will extend beyond the gym to its culinary offerings. The resorts are also introducing vegan options to all of its menus and dedicating a section of the buffet, Gourmet Marche, to include vegan items, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options.   Learn More about Royalton Resorts.

New Orleans Vacation

Hilton Announces ‘Navigate New Orleans’ Experience

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With influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, as well as the city’s own indigenous people, there are few places in the world like New Orleans.

The southern city is overflowing with culture, history and adventures for everyone from the foodie to the nature lover.

And this year, the 300-year-old city is celebrating its tricentennial with special events all year long, so it should come as no surprise that The New York Times has named New Orleans one of the top places to visit in 2018.

With that in mind, the Hilton New Orleans Riverside has just announced a new Navigate NOLA package to help visitors explore all that the city has to offer.

The package includes exclusive offerings and authentic experiences around New Orleans, serving as something of a private concierge to the city’s best attractions all summer long.

Highlights of the new Hilton package include:

  • A coupon book worth more than $200 filled with exclusive Hilton discounts at the city’s top attractions including Bayou swamp tours, Jazz cruises aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen, kayaking on Bayou St. John, live music at the House of Blues and behind-the-scenes tours of Mardi Gras World.
  • $30 on-property credit for each night to use on self-parking, cocktails, massages, breakfast and more
  • Rates starting at $142 per night

Amenities at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside include a 100,000 square-foot health club, salon, business center, riverfront location and indoor connection to an outlet mall.

Among the events taking place in New Orleans during the remainder of the summer is a running of the bulls race on July 13; Tales of the Cocktail in the French Quarter from July 17 through July 22 and the Satchmo Summerfest music festival from August 3 through August 5, also in the French Quarter.  Explore New Orleans today!

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Anantara Quy Nhon Hillside Pool Villa

Anantara Quy Nhon Villas to Open in November in Vietnam

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Adding a third property to its portfolio of luxury resorts in Vietnam, Anantara Hotels and Resorts has announced its newest villa retreat is scheduled to open in late November. Located in a secluded bay in south central Vietnam, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas will comprise 26 one- and two-bedroom ocean-facing villas set among nearly 18 acres of tropical gardens.

Anantara Quy Nhon is designed to blend into the environment. Locally sourced materials, traditional craftsmanship and regional influences are also incorporated into its contemporary design. For instance: The villas will have sleek timber and granite sundecks, minimalist plunge pools and extended low-overhang roofs.

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Each villa will come with dedicated butler services and a range of customizable luxury amenities, such as preferred room scent (ranging from lemongrass to green tea), Anantara’s signature soap collection and in-villa wine cellar.

The dining outlets at Anantara Quy Nhon will offer local seafood and regional flavors. At Sea Fire Salt, the all-day dining restaurant, “Salt and Wine Gurus” elevate the dining experience with expert advice and guided tastings. At the ocean-facing swim-up bar, guests can enjoy premium cocktails, Vietnamese craft beers and Cuban cigars. In-villa dining can include gourmet breakfast in bed, fully catered poolside barbecues and a luxury Vietnamese street food concept. Anantara’s Dining by Design offers “Castaway” island picnics and fishing trawler expeditions.

Set on the hillside overlooking the bay, Anantara Spa will have nature-inspired treatment suites with double massage beds and oversized bathtubs (try the coconut milk soak!). Anantara Quy Nhon will also have a range of fitness options. The Masters of Wellness visiting practitioner calendar allows guests to book private sessions with expert holistic therapists.

Binh Dinh province, of which Quy Nhon is the capital city, is well-suited for families, couples and groups of friends. Local cultural attractions include the relics of Champa civilization and centuries-old Buddhist pagodas.

The resort is a 50-minute drive from Quy Nhon Airport (Phu Cat Airport) and only a 20-minute drive from downtown Quy Nhon. Daily flights into Phu Cat Airport are operated from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Breathless Resorts & Spas

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Enjoy savings up to 40%, plus receive up to $200 in resort coupons

Unlimited-Luxury® awaits at Breathless Resorts & Spas: the ideal adult-only escapes in spectacular beachfront settings, for sophisticated and social singles, couples, and friends. Breathless offers the best of everything—from delectable gourmet cuisine at specialty themed restaurants, to curated cocktails at chic lounges, to excellent pool and beach wait service, 24-hour room service, and more! Live big with endless entertainment, and breathe deep with a treatment at the world-class spa or a euphoric yoga class on the pier. Experience the perfect balance of excitement and relaxation, only at Breathless Resorts & Spas.

Book now through 7/16/2018 for travel through 12/22/2018. Enjoy savings of up to 40%, and receive up to $200 USD in resort coupons for spa treatments, private dinners, and more! Call 1-888-963-8986 for more details. Learn more about Breathless Resorts…..

AmaWaterways Expands Wellness Program Fleetwide

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AmaWaterways is expanding its Wellness Program, bringing activities to benefit the mind, body, and spirit to its entire fleet.

Making its way across the fleet in Europe and Southeast Asia in 2019, the Wellness Program is led by a dedicated Wellness Host on each ship who will lead guests in activities such as group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, stretching, and resistance band training, plus lectures and discussions on topics related to holistic wellness. On shore, guests can take part in active excursions like guided hiking, biking, and running outings.

“The Wellness Program is very close to my heart, as I believe so strongly in the importance of integrating regular exercise and healthy eating into our day-to-day lives, and it shouldn’t have to stop while having fun on vacation,” said Kristin Karst, executive v.p. and co-owner of AmaWaterways, in press materials.

The Wellness Program made its debut onboard AmaLyra in 2017 after years of AmaWaterways already offering complimentary bike rentals, fitness facilities and a walking track, plus a massage room and hydration station available 24 hours a day for the health-conscious travelers. This year, the Wellness Program added six new Wellness Hosts, and it will continue to expand in 2019 and beyond, according to Karst.

For more information, call 1-888-963-8986

Learn More About AMAWaterways Wellness Commitment

Canyon Ranch Spa

Transformative Tucson: Renewal in the Sonoran Desert

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Tucson is an attractive destination for wellness-focused travelers because of our spectacular location in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, great climate including more than 330 sunny days per year and easy access to outdoor activities and healthy, local foods.

The Sonoran Desert is known for its restorative powers, so it’s no surprise two of the top destination spas in the world—Miraval and Canyon Ranch—are located there.

Sunny days, gorgeous scenery and clean air inspire visitors to explore our many hiking and biking trails, play a round of golf or marvel at the starry nights.   Further adding, “UNESCO recently recognized Tucson as a City of Gastronomy which has led to more heritage ingredients and locally-sourced foods to appear on restaurant menus.

Miraval

This Arizona refuge, a place where the sun always shines, welcomes guests to escape, renew, improve and connect. Located on 400 acres of desert, this property offers a wide array of wellness experiences from their renowned equine therapy to immersive experiences and retreats designed with a purpose.

Perfect For: individual’s seeking to live a life in balance.

Classes & Services: Miraval offers more than 150 complimentary wellness activities, lectures and fitness classes weekly.

A Typical Day: Start your day with an intention and take time to slowly walk the labyrinth. Fuel up with a healthy breakfast and then head outside while it’s still cool. Take a two-hour hike, a challenge course activity, Go Mountain biking, running, or take an easy walk. After recharging with a hearty lunch, take time for introspection. Later, learn ways to boost your emotional IQ with facilitates like Tim Frank, Brent Baum, Tony Redhouse, and Rebecca Saxon. Rehydrate with a drink from Palm Court smoothie bar and then head to the Life in Balance Spa for Naga Thai or Deep Tissue Massage. Unwind with a creative cocktail at the Brave Bill Lounge. Savor a four-course dinner in the Cactus Flower Restaurant. Slow down, relax, and sleep well.

Most Popular Weekly Package: Miraval 5th Night Free Package: Includes a $175 nightly resort credit and unlimited outback hiking, mountain biking, group fitness classes, group photography classes, challenge activities, climbing wall and more. Rates start at $698 nightly, per person.

Insider Tip: Try Vasudhara, a unique service embracing the weightlessness of water and the deeply relaxing stretches of Thai massage. Eyes are shielded to block all light. Suspended and adrift in darkness, this is an opportunity to let go of all that binds you. Floating in heated water, powerful underwater speakers bathe your senses in vibration and relaxing sound. Muscles lengthen, joints open, as the traditional movements of Thai massage and the weightlessness of water take you more deeply into stretches than you expect. (50 Minutes: $285). Want to become a more conscious eater? Sign up for Conscious Cooking where you will learn to use leftover pieces of vegetables, fruits, and animals, to cook creatively and reduce food waste. (60 Minutes: $35)

Canyon Ranch Tucson

Canyon Ranch Tucson is a luxury vacation destination dedicated to life enhancement. Located on 150 acres In a lush desert landscape of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains, the property features an 80,000-square-foot spa complex with an exercise and weight training gyms, squash and racquetball courts, a yoga/meditation studio, indoor cycling studio and spacious Pilates studio. There are also seven lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, three outdoor pools and an 11,000-square-foot Aquatic Center with an aquatic therapy pool, whirlpool, a cross-training pool with conditioning equipment and three Watsu® pools.

Perfect For: restoration and transformation. Canyon Ranch is more than just a place to relax or focus on fitness; it’s a place to make transformative life changes that last beyond the vacation.

Classes & Services: There are 50+ classes for guests to choose from as well as close to 200 wellness and spa services. At the Health + Healing Center, guests may select a number of science-based services including bone density assessments, physical examinations, lifestyle counseling (including stress reduction, weight management, and smoking cessation), nutrition, movement therapy, sleep assessments and services related to hormonal health, optimal performance or longevity and lifestyle medicine.

A Typical Day: Start the day in the stunning Sonoran Desert with a group hike or walk. Refuel with breakfast at the historic Double U Café. Try something new such as aerial hammock yoga. Gain insight into individual genes and learn how to create an eating lifestyle that works with your DNA. After lunch, meet with a board-certified physician. Spend the afternoon exploring the grounds and walk the labyrinth or visit the Meditation Garden. Enjoy dinner in the Canyon Ranch Grill and end the day with a night walk. Learn how to use night vision technology to explore the desert and the night sky.

Most Popular Weekly Package: During the week-long Life Enhancement Program®, guests meet with physicians, nutritionists, life management experts and exercise physiologists to adopt a healthier lifestyle in order to achieve optimal health through long-term change. This program allows guests to focus on their unique interests, concerns or intentions. Rates start from $7500 per person, per week. *Prices and packages subject to change.

Insider Tip: Canyon Ranch recently added a selection of aesthetic treatments including injectibles, fillers, and eyelash enhancements as well as micro-needling, derma-planing, and chemical peels to enhance beauty.

Yoga Adventure

Backroads Introduces Trips with Yoga

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We’re excited to announce that we’re adding the option of yoga to a selection of our  Backroads Biking, Walking & Hiking and Multi-Adventure Trips around the world. Starting in 2019, daily guided yoga will be offered as an optional morning or afternoon activity in 14 of our destinations including Tuscany, Mallorca, Costa Rica, Maui and Santa Barbara.

Yoga sessions will be led by a Backroads Trip Leader certified in yoga*, and will complement our other active pursuits and cultural excursions – it’s fun, designed for all levels and completely optional. Yoga will be offered mostly in the morning as an enjoyable way to prepare for an active day of biking or hiking, or occasionally in the afternoon to stretch out and unwind. Call 1-888-986-8986 for more details.

*95% of our instructors are yoga certified

Frontiers International Offers Yoga Retreats in Kenya

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In honor of National Yoga Day on June 21, Frontiers International Travel and Great Plains Conservation have announced two new Wild Studio Yoga retreats in Africa. These four-night retreats will take place on the edge of the Chyulu Hills in southern Kenya, where guests will enjoy sunrise and sunset meditation and yoga sessions with views across the wildlife-filled plains to Mt. Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak. Trips are scheduled for November 30 – December 4, 2018, and December 4 – 8, 2018. The yoga packages include internal flights, the yoga program, accommodations at ol Donyo Lodge, meals, drinks and activities. No single supplement charge applies.

Guests will enjoy luxury accommodations, guiding, service and cuisine at the ol Donyo Lodge. A member of both Relais & Chateaux and National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the sustainable lodge offers seven suites built into the rock of surrounding volcanic lava flows, each with private plunge pools and rooftop star beds.

The retreat program will include sunrise yoga, workshops that further guests’ yoga knowledge, sunset meditation and/or restorative yoga practice. Sessions will be led by Binita Shah, a conservationist and yoga teacher who has been practicing for over 10 years. Shah currently runs Hatha yoga classes for adults as well as therapy yoga covering back pain, stress and anxiety. Each class is planned so that the student understands the benefits of yoga postures and walk away with new information.

In between these yoga sessions there will be adapted activities that the lodge normally offers, including silent, guided walking safaris, horse riding, cycling and exploration of lava tunnels. Day and night game drives are also available. Guests can add on a safari, gorilla trek or beach holiday in East Africa that will allow further exploration of the cultures, wildlife and landscapes of this part of the world.

Non yoga-participating partners are also welcome and can enjoy any of the lodge activities and can dip into or out of any of the activities the yoga group will be doing.

(Courtesy of Frontiers International Travel)

Chileno Bay Resort Launches New Wellness Initiative

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For your health-conscious clients heading to Los Cabos, the new Baja Balance program at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auger Resorts Collection will make sure they don’t skip a beat in reaching or maintaining their fitness and wellness goals.

Baja Balance is a resort-wide wellness initiative optimizing health for the mind, body, and spirit through instructor-led weekend retreats and ongoing programming and activities focused on fitness, culinary, and spa experiences.

“Our new Baja Balance program was a natural progression of what the resort has been doing since day one, bringing together Cabo’s natural energy with the active lifestyle that is at the core of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences,” said Eliezer Quinones, general manager of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, in press materials.

Baja Balance introduces a new wave of fitness offerings at Chileno Bay Resort including group workout classes such as TRX, yoga, Zumba, spinning, and a beach boot camp. Healthy culinary options are another key component of Baja Balance, which offers an array of fresh and locally sourced food options that are available at TnT and COMAL, two of the onsite restaurants. The program also offers wellness-focused children’s activities, to allow all members of your client’s family to stay on track during their vacation.  Learn more about Chileno Bay Resort & Residences.

 

 

Article by: Jessica Poitevien