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Health and Wellness Travel: Top 8 Spas


Wellness tourism is a rapidly growing travel niche and it’s no surprise.  As more Americans understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, self care is on the rise.

And what better way to show self love than a spa getaway?

Yes beloved, with 4 months left of 2017, there’s plenty to do and prepare for.  A spa getaway would melt away the stress and give you something to look forward to.

Call your girl friends and get out your calendars because there’s a list of the top 8 spas to visit from Travel Agent magazine July edition.

International Health and Wellness Spas

Budapest, named the “City of Spas” since the 1930s. Its wellness culture history spans as far back as the Roman era. The Ritz-Carlton Budapest, which opened in March offers a steam room, sauna, a glass enclosed pool and a 24hr fitness center. Try the Serenity on the Danube or The Royal Ritual spa treatments for a personal Hungarian experience.

The new Oberoi Marrakech, a destination spa, is located on a private island sprawling across a lake within a citrus orchard. Amenities include swimming pools, hammams, yoga in the garden, a fitness center, and treatment rooms. You can choose between Ayurvedic and Moroccan- inspired treatments or Balinese, Western and Oberoi signature rituals.

The Heavenly Spa, in The Westin Golf Resort and Spa, has six treatment rooms including hydrotherapy rooms, saunas, hot and cold whirlpools and a relaxation room. This spa offers couples massages and bridal party buyouts of up to 12 people.

Health and Wellness Spas at Sea

Silver sea’s Silver Discoverer has complimentary wellness-themed on expedition voyages to Micronesia, Melanesia, and Australia. The complementary program includes stretching, yoga, Pilates classes, daily lectures, cooking demonstrations, gym session with a personal trainer and a choice of 1 spa massage treatment.

Star Clippers Royal Clipper round trip cruises from Barbados offers complementary yoga, meditation and fitness classes.

Domestic Health and Wellness Spas

You don’t have to leave the U.S. to keep up with your wellness regimens. New York’s 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which debut in February is home to Bamford Spa, a nine treatment room facility. There’s also a fitness center, a yoga and barre studio.

The Confidente Miami Beach Hotel might suit your taste. The oceanfront hotel has recently launched a monthly Spa Nights experience. Guests and locals are invited to the rooftop Spa at The Confidante after hours to enjoy music, complimentary glass of champagne and s 15% discount on the spa menu.

The Ritz-Carlton Denver recently added a “babymoom” overnight package and a collection of pre-natal spa treatments for expanding families and moms to be. Packages include facial, manicure, pedicure, sparkling cider, and a rubber ducky and baby bib of choice.

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Top Travel Destinations For Fall Foliage

With the end of summer fast approaching, it’s time to embrace the crisp weather and dazzling foliage the fall season brings.
Autumn foliage is a great reason to explore your surrounding areas. For me, there’s no better way to spend a lazy Sunday then to drive through the country side enjoying the refreshing fall air and admiring the glorious yellows and blazing oranges of fall.
If you enjoy the smell of burning leaves, and the vibrant colors of the autumn season as I do, here’s a list of special places to visit.

New York

Duchess County in New York’s Hudson Valley has some of the most beautiful land you’ll ever set your eyes on. New York’s Hudson River Valley is a popular location for leaf peepers and once you visit, you’ll know why. With sinuous roads, sweeping vistas, elevation changes, and miles of farm lands, you’ll fall in love with the scenery. Late October and early November is the best time to visit.

Connecticut

Blessed with rolling forested terrain and quaint towns accentuate the leaf-peeping experience. The top places to visit for the best colors are Litchfield, and the eastern Mystic region. The Connecticut Wine Trail welcome guests to wineries and vineyards that host harvest season events and tastings. Hartford has a beautiful city park, Bushnell Park, and the rugged East Rock Park. Visit in October to view brilliant colors and join the festivities.

North Carolina

Yes, North Carolina has amazing fall foliage! Mt. Mitchell and the surrounding Pisgah National Forest has vast expanses of deciduous trees. Plan your trip for mid to late October and hike the trails in Pisgah National Forest to take in the wonderful view.

Ohio

Just 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland is Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a 33,000-acre preserve. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad chugs past heron and bald eagle nests and offers ghost train rides in autumn. Ashtabula County, home of 17 historic bridges offers spectacular autumn colors and festivities. Plan your visit for mid-October and bring the whole family!

Wisconsin

Visit the picturesque Marinette County’s Waterfall Tour and marvel at a series of 14 waterfalls and cataracts throughout this 125-mile loop tour. Adventurous foliage peepers can whitewater paddle on the Pike, Peshtigo and Pemebonwon Rivers. Lake Geneva boasts wonderful fall foliage you can take in ziplinning through the woods or a boat tour on the lake. Autumn colors peak in early to mid-October.

Kansas

*See Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa from a viewing platform in the little town of White Cloud, 85 miles northwest of Kansas City, Missouri. The town, on the bluffs of the Missouri River, lies at the northern end of the 63-mile Glacial Hills Scenic Byway. Plan your trip for mid-October.

Washington

Washington is a wonderland of fall foliage! The Japanese Garden at Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle is a must visit and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness has spectacular mountain scenery with vibrant yellow Alpine larch trees in the central Cascades. Early October through early November is a great time for leave peepers to visit.

Leaf peeping is serious business in many states, so expect crowds on peak weekends. To by pass crowds, plan your trip in advance and go during the week.

Enjoy the fall season!

 

*John Briley Travel Channel article, Fall Foliage Road Trip

 

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