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When exploring Florida's coastline, there are definitive contrasts between the sugar-soft sands of Clearwater Beach; historic streets of St. Augustine; and the ever hip South Beach, shaped by Art Deco architecture, galleries, and clubbing. Florida's Gold Coast, a special stretch from Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale is defined as much by waterfront mega mansions as by small walk able towns anchored by beach front parks perfect for pickup volleyball and reveling in the wide open Atlantic.

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9008977288?profile=originalVacation … we dream about it when we’re working. Time to relax, to unwind, to stop the “fast-paced rat race” and just enjoy.

But how many of us find ourselves finally on vacation and not really relaxing out of our frenetic pace until mid-way through or nearly the end of our holiday?

There is no better quick entry into that unstressed relaxation mode on vacation than getting a massage or spa treatment. It really is amazing how 60 or 90 minutes of making your muscles and body relax can instantly pro

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Hidden deep inside another one of French designer Phillipe Stark’s hotels is the Spa at the Fasano Hotel. This hotel, built with core materials such as wood, glass and marble overlooks life-guard stand Posto 8 on Ipanema Beach. With its spirit of sophisticated casualness- in Havaiana flip-flips or Kenzo espadrilles- you will fit in no matter what your footwear. 

Albeit it is a warm 77F (25C), autumn is full swing here in Rio de Janeiro. I enter the lobby of this beachfront property after a morni

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“I walk on, once again, down these corridors, through these halls, these galleries, in this structure of another century, this enormous, luxurious, baroque hotel…”

That line, from French director Alain Resnais’ 1961 film classic Last Year at Marienbad, reintroduced many in the West to the magnificent Belle Époque spas enjoyed by the European élite in Bohemia (which then became the Czech Republic between World Wars I and II) before it fell under the shadow of Nazi Germany, then the Soviet Un

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“My mother is Riki Opolski, the famous Israeli,” said Adam  Opolski when we met him in the streamlined and sparkling spa on the ground floor of Tel Aviv’s Sheraton Hotel. “She always worked in hotels so I knew them  from the time I was born.”


Unlike most of his contemporaries, Adam, who is still in his  20s, decided not to go off to India after his army stint, but to open his own spa instead. “I’m not part of the hotel; I rent this space,” he said. But they 

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If you were lucky, you went to a terrific summer camp when you were a kid. Well, now you are all grown up, and your luck is holding up – because we have found the adult luxury equivalent of your bygone summers. So come with us and relive those halcyon days of yesteryear at the Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, Pennsylvania.

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We found the Lodge at Woodloch during our writing swing through luxurious vacation destinations in the northeast Appalachians, which in

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Bohemian Rhapsodies Outside Prague

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It’s true that Prague, with its ravishing Old Town, bangin' nightlife, and other allures, is enough to hold any visitor spellbound for an entire vacation and then some. But much of the essence of the Czech Republic flows from the cities, towns, and countryside outside the capital. Many visitors don’t make it out here, but there are some marvelous rewards easily reachable in day trips or overnights (in some cases you can even fit two spots in a single day, since they’re fairly close together).

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I had to pick my time carefully to visit the city of Bath. I wanted to go before the bulk of the tourists came, but after the rush of Christmas crowds around the many shops. But, that’s the way it’s always been, for visitors have been coming to Bath since before the Romans came, over 2,000 years ago.

 

9008888289?profile=originalBath is the only place in Britain with natural hot springs. They aren’t of volcanic origin; they are heated by water passing over the limestone of the nearby Mendip Hills. Ask any American soldier …

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South of Bangkok on the Gulf of Thailand, the Holiday Inn Regent Beach Resort offers days of lazing in the sun and walking on the beach but the best relaxing can be had at the hotel’s Tea Tree Spa. Pamper yourself with one of their therapies that will relax the body, soothe your soul and lift your spirits. Their Tea Tree Signature treatment offers the ultimate experience creating a new zest for life.  An exfoliation will cleanse and leave your skin ready to receive the maximum benefits of one o

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Kenya is original home of Safari. It is among the best wildlife safari destination in the world. Kenya is home to the only wildlife park near the city. We are soon becoming the Kenya is original home of Safari. It is among the best wildlife safari destination in the world. Kenya is home to the only wildlife park near the city. We are soon becoming the only country with a geothermal Spa resort adjoining a national park. Ever thought of a Spa Safari? Hells gate national park in Kenya will be a sou

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Spend It Like Beckham: Why Men Need Spas, Too

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Back in 2004, the movie Cellular featured a character --  a cop --  who was about to retire.  Was he going to spend his newly-found free time hunting, fishing, or traveling the world?

No.  He was going to open a day spa.

That character was way ahead of his time.  Spa treatments for men were popular back in 2004, but today, in 2012, men comprise 30% of all American spa go-ers, says Lynne McNees, president of ISPA, the International Spa Association.  “We’ve been tracking men’s visits to spas, and

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When in Seattle, Relax at the Vida Spa

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When in Seattle, Washington stay at the luxurious Pan Pacific Hotel and after a day of work or sightseeing head across the courtyard to the Vida Spa to revitalizes your external sense of well-being while restoring your internal sense of vitality and energy. Each treatment is as unique as your needs. So your body, mind and spirit can all be brought into perfect harmony. Vida offers 17 treatment rooms, three couples treatment rooms, four side by side pedicure lounges and two manicure areas. Vida’s

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Tips for Destinations Seeking Medical Tourism

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Tourism and health have taken on two new meanings. Health tourism can be broken down into two components, people who travel to a particular spot for medical reasons, such as cancer centers or for specific operations such a coronary bypass, and people who travel to a location for medicinal reasons such as rest and relaxation.  Medicinal tourism caters not to the sick but to those who seek new levels of wellness.  Examples of medicinal tourism are spa or centers that cater to non-essential cosm

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Medical Tourism in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a longstanding tradition of attracting holidaymakers around the world. Most of them have a craving for green, relaxing and adventure. However, people have recently discovered the undeniable fact that it has also become much more than an ecotourism destination.

This country is nowadays a location where you can find proficient consultants than can provide you with high quality medical care at a small portion of cost than other places (e.g. United States, Canada and Europe). Year afte

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On my most recent visit to Iberostar’s ginormous Playa Paraíso spa facilities on Mexico’s Riviera Maya below Cancun, I decided to take a more in-depth look at the modern, elegant spa used by guests at all five resorts here. Situated at the back of the quaint town-plaza-style resort shopping center, it’s an impressive two-story affair open 365 days of the year, with 25 shower-equipped treatment rooms, each of which is identified by a mysterious-sounding Maya name (don’t worr

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High above the 
Rhone Valley, I tried not to look as the bus driver deftly navigated the monstrosity around hairpin turns ever climbing. But there’s a thing about precipices where only a 2 foot high metal guardrail separates you from a vertical drop hundreds of feet into a rock encrusted ravine…it’s terrifying but ever so scenic! In this way, terror and enthrallment propelled my journey ever upward…how far was anybody’s guess…through the clouds? At 4593 feet, I reached 
Leukerbad, a Swiss villag

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Getaway at the Claremont Resort & Spa

Sometimes, we all need an escape from the big city. Cross the Bay Bridge from San Francisco and enter another world. The home of the University of California at Berkeley is more than just a college town. For a perfect getaway head to the Claremont Resort and Spa in the Berkeley Hills, but actually situated in Oakland, on the Oakland, Berkeley boarder.

 

 

The historic hotel opened in 1915 and is known as one of the top ten spas in the U.S. and a great place to

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The beautiful Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort just outside of Kota Kinabalu has an incredible spa. CHI, the Spa at Shangri-La draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. CHI offers a unique spa design concept. It is a stand-alone "spa village" connected to the hotel via a private causeway.  Each of the eight villas has its own herbal steam room, spacious relaxation area and private changing room.  A private yoga pavilion with

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After a long flight to Hong Kong take the free shuttle to the SkyCity Marriott just a few minutes from the Hong Kong airport on Lantau Island. Make an appointment at the Marriott’s Quan Spa for a Foot Reflex Massage to get the circulation back in your legs after the long flight.  Have a great meal in one of their fine-dining establishments and a good night’s rest then reserve one of the spa’s other therapies. Then you will be ready for all that Lantau Island and Hong Kong have to offer.

 

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