DIning at Sandals Resorts

5-Star Dining with Sandals Resorts

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Just because you’re in the Caribbean doesn’t mean you can’t dine around the world.

Sandals Resorts is always innovating the all-inclusive experience, and they know how important food is to their guests.

You can find all you can eat style food seemingly everywhere in the Caribbean, but the 5-Star Global Gourmet dining program from Sandals is on a completely different level.

It is, after all, the number one all-inclusive dining experience.

With up to 16 inimitable restaurants per resort and as many as 21 unique culinary concepts, travelers can truly treat their taste buds to an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy a level of quality, variety and creativity that is unrivaled anywhere in the Caribbean. Plus, you can dine anytime and anywhere you want at the resort. The perks of feasting at an all-inclusive resort sure are good.

Sip on drinks with premium-brand spirits and exclusive Robert Mondavi Wines at no extra cost as well. Sandals has as many as 11 bars per resort, so you’ll never go thirsty!

Enjoy barefoot dining on the beach, on an offshore island or in an overwater bungalow.

Private fine dining in one of the world’s most romantic places is definitely a fantastic way to celebrate a honeymoon or anniversary.

Do you love Italian, Asian, French, Caribbean, Indian, or British pub style food?

What about fresh seafood from a seaside restaurant?

Or perhaps you prefer a meaty steak?

Sandals has it all.

The 5-Star Global Gourmet dining program is designed to give Sandals’ guests the best food experience possible.

So, if you want pizza late night after partying on the beautiful beaches of Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Bahamas, Antigua or Grenada, they’ll make it happen.

Another amazing feature of this dining program is that they cater to guests with food allergies and or special dietary requirements as well.

If you need gluten-free food or are lactose intolerant, the team at Sandals will work to make sure all your food is safe for eating.

It all goes back to ensuring guests are treated well throughout the duration of their stay. And treating your taste buds to unique and delightful flavors from around the world is an absolute must.

Share foods with your friends and family and create lifelong memories over meals you’re guaranteed to talk about long after you leave.

Delicious, unparalleled dining with incredible Caribbean views await travelers at Sandals Resorts. What are you waiting for? Give your taste buds a delectable vacation. Discover Sandals Resorts.

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…..

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…..

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.

All-Inclusive Sustainable Resorts in Mexico

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Mexico knows the importance of being eco-friendly. Many hotels and resorts understand how vital it is to protect the environment, as does Travel is SWELL.

They provide a number of vacation packages all over the world, including to environmentally friendly destination. Consider these six sustainable resorts for your next getaway to Mexico.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Hotel Xcaret is pure Riviera Maya. It is the first in Mexico and the first in the Americas to receive the EarthCheck Certification in Planning and Design, meaning it met all the standards before, during and after construction. Hotel Xcaret is a nature-inspired resort that blends perfectly into Riviera Maya.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a family-friendly resort that made it’s own Sustainability Development Department to help compost food waste, recycle properly, conserve water and so much more. It’s also the first Hyatt property to become certified for their sustainable operations and management by Green Globe.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

This stunning gem is Travelife Gold certified, which means you can feel great about staying here because Sandos takes care of the environment. They take part in recycling, composting, conserving water, environmental education, organic gardening and so much more.

Royalton Riviera Cancun

Royalton Riviera Cancun has been doing its part to care for the environment since opening in 2014. Not only do they recycle and use solar energy, they also compost on site, which has kept tons and tons of waste out of local landfills. Because of all their hard work, they were awarded the Travelife Gold certification.

El Dorado Royale

This resort has a Rainforest Alliance Certified greenhouse farm that produces fourteen tons of vegetables per month. The Gourmet Inclusive experience means you’ll be dining extremely well. And the staff at El Dorado Royale all do their part to ensure the resort follows Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

Iberostar Playa Mita

Iberostar Playa Mita is a Green Globe Certified resort on the west coast of Mexico. They heat half their hot water via solar energy, and they have a Think Green program that ensures the property is all about sustainability. Be sure to join in for the International Coastal Cleanup and support their sea turtle conservation program as well.

5 Reasons to Come to Miraval this Summer

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SUMMER AT MIRAVAL

1. Incredible Full Moon Experiences
Tucson is the star gazing capital of the country and nowhere do the stars or full moon shine more brilliantly than at Miraval. For a one-of-a-kind celestial experience, enjoy special featured activities like Twilight Zip Line or Zodiac Star Gazing, only offered throughout the summer.

2. It’s Not as Hot as You Think
Think about it… 85 degrees and 85% humidity? Or 100 degrees and 12% humidity? You’ll be surprised at which is more comfortable. Outdoor adventure programs are offered in the cool early mornings and afternoons are spent in the pool, spa or in an air conditioned activity room.

3. Take The Plunge with Water Experiences
Miraval offers a refreshing array of unique activities and spa services that take place in our three on-property pools. Experience our new Boga Board classes, Aqua Zen, Vasudhara (a new Miraval exclusive spa offering blending Thai massage and pulsating underwater surround sound, or the Water Lotus Ceremony featuring Tibetan Singing Bowls.

4. Witness a Miraval Monsoon
If you’re lucky, you’ll experience Tucson’s Fifth Season, the summer monsoons. They often roll in late afternoons where you can take in the renewal and beauty of nature’s unique spectacle.

5. The Lowest Rates of the Year
The Summer Experience package offers great rates and includes complete access to Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa, all healthful meals and unlimited participation in daily yoga, meditation, fitness classes, outback hiking, challenge courses, group photography classes and healthy living lectures by Miraval well-being specialists, and much more.

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Stay Active at Couples Resorts

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Just because you or your client is on vacation doesn’t mean the workout routine should suffer.

At Couples Resorts, guests can indulge while also finding numerous ways to remain an active lifestyle. These all-inclusive luxury properties in Jamaica feature stunning views as well activities to keep you moving.

Whether you’re staying at Couples Negril, Couples Swept Away, Couples Tower Isles or Couples San Souci, here are some fun ways to stay active.

Stay Fit

Couples Resorts feature fully equipped fitness centers, as well as land sports like tennis and golf.

For the major fitness lovers out there, Couples Swept Away in Negril, Jamaica has a 10-acre sports and fitness complex, complete with tennis courts, squash courts, racquetball courts, a basketball court, a fully stocked gym, a 25-meter lap pool, an outdoor jogging track and more!

Lessons and training sessions are included, so be sure to let Couples know how important fitness is to you or your client.

Water Activities

Another great way to stay active is through watersports.

Guests can swim laps in the pool, try their hand at kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing or pedalos, which is a two-person paddle boat.

You can always run along the beach for a great workout while your partner is out in the water if watersports just aren’t your thing.

Excursion Tours

Stay active while you explore Jamaica with one of the many excursions Couples Resorts offers. You don’t have to stay at the resort just to remain active.

Try zip-lining through the rainforest or go horseback riding along a mountain trail or along the beach.

Other fun excursions include swimming with dolphins, riding 4×4 vehicles and the ultimate kayak tour, which includes kayaking, hiking and zip lining.

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A Healthy Stay At Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas

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A stay at an all-inclusive beach resort doesn’t need to be something your body hates you for the week after. We all know the deal. All you can drink. All you can eat. Minimal exercise. Maximum tanning. But the Caribbean Tourism Organization is trying to change that in naming 2018 the “Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation”.

“For those who focus on renewing body and spirit, the options are virtually endless; from beachfront workouts and yoga retreats, to wellness resorts and spa treatments, the notion of being rejuvenated in the Caribbean is one more reason to let us pamper you in 2018,” said Hugh Riley, Caribbean Tourism Organization secretary general, during a press conference announcing the campaign.

In conjunction with this campaign, whose efforts include showcasing why the Caribbean should be travelers’ number one choice of destination for wellness and rejuvenation, Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas hosted its first ever on-site Wellness Week this pas April.

In partnership with Crunch Fitness and Dr. Rachel Goldman, a licensed psychologist specializing in health and wellness, Breezes Bahamas encouraged its guests to embrace healthy living through complimentary daily exercise classes, workshops, cooking demonstrations and more.

Led by encouraging, high energy certified Crunch Fitness instructors, classes ranged from relaxing and meditative to intense and heart pounding. In the latter category were classes that included Rainbow Meditation which encourages guests to find inner peace inspired by the chakras (energy centers) of the body and their related colors and Rise & Flow Yoga, a class incorporating sun salutes geared toward bringing energy into your day.

Sweat-inducing classes featured the popular TRX® session with ropes to push, pull, lift and lower your body through Spiderman moves for a total body suspension workout and POUND, a class that’s a fusion of movement and music where you drum along to beats with Ripstix™—weighted drumsticks designed to transform drumming into a rock star work out.

One of my favorites of the week? Silent Disco! Using silent disco headphones, you’re set to dance the night away to either ZUMBA®, Pop Dance Project or Hard Knocks (hip-hip and kickboxing fusion) while instructors lead fun workouts that get you sweating.

When guests weren’t working out, they were participating in cooking demonstrations led by Breezes Executive Chef Nigel Clarke and wellness workshops led by Dr. Rachel on topics such as mindful eating and stress reduction.

In addition to the Wellness Week, Breezes Bahamas offers a whole bunch of adventurous land and water activities available to all guests for free. Water activities include ocean paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking. For those who rather stay dry, on-site is a beachside jogging track, tennis courts, sand soccer field, rock climbing, and flying trapeze.

Of course, for those that want to simply relax, Breezes Bahamas is, after all, situated on a 1,000-foot stretch of Cable Beach. Powdery white sands and clear turquoise water makes it an ideal beach getaway destination.

Within two towers are 391 air-conditioned guestrooms including five suites, 28 Ocean Front rooms and eight Beach Front Patio rooms. Moreover, the resort features a piano bar, Blue Mahoe Spa, four restaurants and option for private beach dining, four bars, a fitness center and three freshwater pools.

A stay at Breezes Bahamas means you’re going to be entertained from sun up to sun down, and well after. Once the sun sets, the fun gets started with live entertainment including dance performances, comedy and talent shows and signing. Also on the property is the Hurricanes Nightclub, for anyone who wants to dance all night long.

For those interested in getting off the Breeze Bahamas property, the town of Nassau is easily accessible by bus. Head over to Twin Brothers for their famous daiquiris or my personal new favorite drink, sky juice—a mix of gin, coconut water and condensed milk. For food, make sure to get some authentic Bahamian specialties such as conch fritters, cracked lobster and peas n’ rice.

Itching to do some shopping? Walk over to the renowned straw market on Bay Street in downtown Nassau, a massive open-air market where you can find traditional Bahamian crafts, gifts and souvenirs. Just don’t get overwhelmed and be sure to negotiate prices!

Rates at Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas start at $296, depending on the season.

Top 10 Wellness Retreats in Mexico for Travelers

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For those seeking a vacation that emphasizes healthful activities, Mexico is an ideal spot. Many visitors travel to the country to stay at the different wellness retreats that have been designed to improve physical and mental well-being. These 10 retreats each offer a unique experience that will kick start a client’s journey to better health.

 

Yoga Retreat
Located on 12 acres of wild land and just five minutes by car from Sayulita, Haramara Retreat is a luxurious yoga retreat on the Pacific Coast just north of Puerto Vallarta focused on detoxification and relaxation. Guests stay in palm-thatched huts that feature ocean views and are surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, and the property includes two yoga pavilions, an infinity pool and an open-air spa. In order to minimize environmental impact, there’s no electricity, aside from inside the restaurant and yoga studio.    www.haramararetreat.com

 

Seven-Day Detox
Baja Cleanse takes place in a private beachfront home between Los Cabos and La Paz, where a raw-food chef prepares organic meals and fresh juices daily. Guests receive nutritional counseling and meet with experienced therapists who provide treatments such as massage, acupuncture and holistic facials. The seven-day program is meant to clear the mind, body and spirit of stress and toxins, and includes meditation, yoga, breath work and other outdoor activities.    www.bajacleanse.com

 

Ancient Sweat Lodge
Experience the traditional Mexican ritual steam bath known as temazcal — an ancient practice that’s used for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual purification. Cancun Temazcal is located in the jungle of Colonia Doctores, just 10 minutes away from Cancun. An expert guide leads participants through a campfire ritual and temazcal session; afterward, they are treated to a refreshing outdoor shower, a facial mud mask and natural snacks.    www.cancuntemazcal.com

Zen Escape
Nestled between the jungle and the beach in Chacala, in the state of Nayarit, lies Mar de Jade — a unique property that offers a multitude of yoga and meditation retreats throughout the year. Its Silent Zen Meditation Retreat occurs twice per year and is led by a well-known Buddhist priest. The retreat includes daily vegetarian meals, sitting and walking meditation, Buddhist teachings and a private session with the teacher.    www.mardejade.com

 

Sun, Surf & Sand
At Las Olas Surf Safaris in Puerto Vallarta, an all-female crew of instructors teach women how to hang ten in a relaxed and supportive environment. A typical day includes morning yoga, multiple surf sessions, a fun activity such as margarita-making or Spanish lessons and three balanced meals.   www.surflasolas.com

 

Bikini Bootcamp
Popular with celebrities such as Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz, Tulum’s Bikini Bootcamp is a weight-loss vacation combined with a yoga retreat that helps tone the body and center the mind and spirit. This six-day program provides daily beach walks and workout classes, yoga, healthful meals, spa services and tours.   www.bikinibootcamp.com

Relaxation Ranch
Designed to strengthen the body and enrich the mind, Rancho La Puerta in Baja encourages integrative wellness by offering fitness classes, wellness workshops, educational lectures and holistic therapies. Unique class offerings include chanting/crystal bowls, sound healing, acupuncture, water dance and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. Its Executive Wellness Program is a weeklong experience that begins with a comprehensive wellness exam and features one-on-one meetings with a nutritionist and exercise specialist.   www.rancholapuerta.com

 

Mind and Body Wellness
Yaan Wellness in Tulum hosts Open Moon Temazcal Ceremonies led by a Maya healer during the monthly moon cycles. These sessions enable participants to cleanse and heal as they are guided through the four doors of a pre-Hispanic sweat lodge ceremony. Treetop yoga and meditation classes are offered daily, and the spa has purified crystalline water pools; energy healing; an Aztec chakra massage treatment; and herbal and flower baths in copper tubs.      www.yaanwellness.com

 

The Works
A variety of retreats and workshops are offered year-round at Present Moment Retreat — a private boutique resort situated on a peaceful beach in Troncones, near Zihuatanejo. The diverse monthly retreats include self-care for women, yoga and wellness, guided meditation, chakra balancing, dancing and more. Present Moment also recently opened Lake Zirahuen Mountain Retreat Center in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains, which offers corporate and group retreats, silent and guided meditation, qigong, tai chi and more.    www.presentmomentretreat.com

 

Holistic Healing
Sanara Tulum is home to a world-class wellness center that provides guests with alternative treatments, including nutritional consultation, crystal healing and aromatherapy. In addition to a la carte healing therapies and spa treatments, Sanara offers Cleanse & Heal — a three- to seven-day wellness program that includes a juice cleanse; consultations and treatments at the wellness center; and counseling and motivational support.        www.sanaratulum.com

The Importance of Wellness on a Vacation

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It’s getting harder and harder to make time for wellness in daily life. Demanding jobs and busy schedules leave little time for self-care. So if your clients are planning a much-needed vacation, why not inspire them to fit in a little “me time”?

Another reason to motivate your clients to enjoy some relaxation time on their vacation is to avoid the dreaded “I need a vacation from my vacation!” feeling. Planning a vacation, traveling there and then actually being on vacation can feel a little crazy. And while it’s great to get out and do things like boat cruises and sight-seeing, recommend a spa day to your clients so they can actually wind down and relax while they’re away.

 


Hotels and resorts are making it easier than ever for travelers to incorporate wellness into their vacations and there’s no better example of this than Beloved Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group.

The Beloved Playa Mujeres was recently named “Best All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico” by TripAdvisor and it’s easy to see why. Set in an oasis on the mainland sheltered by Isla Mujeres, Playa Mujeres feels wonderfully remote yet is conveniently only 25 minutes from the Cancun International Airport. Its award-winning Beloved Spa is surrounded by water, making it an island of relaxation, wellbeing and inner peace. Guests will experience total renewal in the spa suites created especially for couples, where private luxury and relaxation come together with a dedicated spa menu for couples full of experiences to share, connect and remember.

From April 28 to May 1, you can experience Beloved’s “A Beloved Life” wellness week, a week of total wellness that includes complimentary activities for all guests to enjoy like early morning meditation, different types of yoga or fitness activities, to rituals and workshops, focusing on culture, wellness and wellbeing.  Learn more about The Beloved Hotel.