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!

Courtesy of Mia Taylor

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.

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.

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

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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Unlimited Spa at Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos

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Situated on one of Mexico’s most spectacular white sand beaches, this luxury adults-only brand, Le Blanc Spa Resort, welcomes you to perfection. Your heavenly guest room offers an ocean or lagoon view and beckons with luxurious amenities like butler service. Soak up the sun by one of three shimmering pools, including two infinity pools. Dine on haute cuisine in five distinctive restaurants and complement your meal with our extraordinary collection of highly rated wines from around the world. Unwind at Blanc Spa and experience the sanctuary of tranquility and peace. And for a memorable wedding celebration or honeymoon, Le Blanc is the perfect start.

Experience a new frontier of opulence presented by the people who brought you the #1 rated all-inclusive Cancun resort on TripAdvisor. Meet Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos. Here, the all-inclusive experience only gets better with UNLIMITED SPA where you can use all of your Resort Credit toward Blanc Spa.  Learn more about Le Blanc Spa Resort in Los Cabos.

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Booking Window: Now – April 30, 2018

Travel Window: Now – December 23, 2018

Terms & Conditions

Applicable for new reservations only. Reservations with overlapping dates qualify. Only dates within promotion can be considered for discount. Minimum night stay requirement per property must be met in order to qualify. Reservations of less than three (3) nights will not qualify for promotion. Applicable in all room categories except for Presidential Suites. Applicable to social, leisure, and wedding groups. Not applicable to reservations with employee rate, FAMS, complimentary, or compensatory stays. This promotion is not transferable to guests in other rooms. Promotion is subject to change without prior notice. We reserve the right to discontinue the promotion at any time. If Spa goes unused during stay, it can not be refunded, exchanged for other services or applied to a future stay and will be forfeited. 16% service taxes and fees will apply for Spa Services. These taxes and fees can be paid with cash, credit card or other authorized means.Other terms and conditions apply.

Emerald Waterways Announces First Ocean Cruise

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Emerald Waterways is heading into the world of ocean cruising with the announcement of a brand-new yacht sailing itinerary along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.

Set to launch in 2019, the Islands of Dalmatia cruise will be Emerald Waterways’ first ocean cruise. The itinerary invites guests aboard the 18-cabin MV Adriatic Princess II, a newly commissioned yacht designed to navigate the small ports of the Dalmatian Coast. Highlights of the 8-day itinerary include visits to Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Sibenik, one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic Coast; and Krka National Park, known for its waterfalls and lavender fields.

The Islands of Dalmatia itinerary will sail April through October 2019, and Emerald Waterways is currently accepting pre-bookings with a refundable $250 deposit.

Introducing: The New All-Fun Inclusive Hotel Xcaret Mexico!

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Five miles from Playa del Carmen in the heart of the Riviera Maya, a new hotel concept is born: Hotel Xcaret Mexico, a natural haven by the Caribbean Sea and the mystic jungle—inspired by the warmth of true Mexican hospitality, full of both tradition and modernity. Enjoy the best of Mexico, with unlimited access to Xcaret parks and tours: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xoximilco, Xenses, Xenotes, and Xichen; with transportation included and a meal plan offered by each attraction. The ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE® program transforms the traditional all-inclusive into a unique experience!   Learn More…..

BodyHoliday Adds Five Wellness Retreat Options

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BodyHoliday, an all-inclusive health and wellness resort in St. Lucia, is expanding its wellness program with the addition of Villa Firefly and five retreats for mental, physical, and emotional rejuvenation.

Ayurvedic medicine, one of the oldest holistic healing treatments, is at the heart of the program. Dr. Samantha Mahalingam leads the program under the belief that optimum health and wellness is achieved through balance between the body, mind, and soul.

The retreats are hosted at the resort’s new Villa Firefly, a four bedroom, two suite, luxury villa in the tropical gardens of the resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The villa can accommodate up to 10 guests with the option of booking the hotel room adjacent to the villa. With this, the retreat at Villa Firefly can host a total of 12 guests.

Each retreat offers specially designed daily programs and custom treatments and activities. Rates start from $550 per person per night, with a supplementary cost applied for individual retreats.

The Vedic Retreat

 

This retreat is for guests who are mentally, emotionally, or physically drained by a demanding work or home life. Using a 360 degree approach, guests take part in authentic, dosha specific treatments, food, and a variety of activities to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul.

Cleanse & Detox Retreat

 

The cleanse retreat is designed to reduce toxins and boost the optimal functionality of both mind and body. It uses organic juicing, special teas, and broths, as well as Yoga, Tai-Chi, and other purifying activities. The retreat includes a Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Bolus Bag, Far Infrared Sauna and Thalassotherapy to assist with the elimination of toxins, boost vitality, and promote skin health, while also acting as a kickstarter for weight loss.

Mindfulness Retreat

 

Built to retrain the mind, this retreat uses a variety of meditation techniques to reduce brain clutter and bring guests closer to appreciating the “here and now.” The objective is to gain mental focus, regulated emotional reactivity, lower stress levels, and improved sleep.

Yoga Retreat

 

Great for yoga lovers from beginner to advanced, this retreat uses a range of styles include Hatha, Yin / Yang, Vinyasa, Sivananda, Pranyama, Ashtanga, and Yoga Indra. Daily workshops are built around proper breathing, yoga philosophy, and yogic food classification. Guests will leave with improved flexibility, muscle tone, strength, posture, and an increased knowledge of the many aspects of yoga.

Weight Loss Retreat

 

Led by the resort’s nutritionist, exercise physiologist, team of fitness specialists, and wellness chefs, this retreat is a holistic approach to weight loss and weight management. The program not only focuses on diet, but nutrition, exercise, and food preparation as a whole. Guests receive pre-arrival consultation and DNA analysis which allows the team to build a personalized plan.

(Courtesy of the Luxury Travel Advisor)