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Kickstart Your Resolution to be Healthy in St. Lucia

December 31st, 2013 | By admin | Posted in Luxury Vacation Travel | Leave a comment
Kickstart Your Resolution to be Healthy in St. Lucia

So you've made your New Year's resolution to live a healthier lifestyle. However, overhauling your diet or changing your ways can be pretty challenging to do without some drastic measures. Surrounded by the same temptations, in the same setting & with the consistent everyday stressors that might trigger bad habits, it's easy to get derailed.

That's where a luxury vacation to St. Lucia comes in. While you may not initially think that jetting off to an exotic island will help you stick to your new resolution, a trip here can definitely offer you a fresh perspective. Not only will you clear your mind & focus on your goals, but you'll recharge your energy, discover new kinds of healthy cuisine & be on a better track for success with your goals.

Ready to vacation your way to a better you? Whether you're planning a trip solo, coming with a friend or taking your significant other, here are some tips for your trip:

Stay
Your get-fit getaway starts with a resort that can cater to all your needs, whether it's embracing a new kind of exercise or adhering to your own established regimen. Sandals Regency La Toc offers an endless variety of activities to keep you moving, no matter your interests or preferences. The fitness center has a vast array of state-of-the-art equipment, & even offers exciting Aqua-Fit & Aerobics classes to keep you motivated. If you're looking to step outside your comfort zone in the gym, however, this resort also provides a bevy of land & water sports that are bound to pique your interest. Go windsurfing, snorkeling or scuba diving or even hop on a hydrobike & ride around in the crystal clear Caribbean waters. Of course, you could also play a round of beach volleyball or engage in an exciting tennis match by night at the on-site court.

A big part of realizing your healthiest self is detoxification. So be sure to take advantage of the rejuvenating treatments at Sandals Regency La Toc's Red Lane Spa. The Caribbean Sea Mud Wrap sloughs off the top layer of your skin while infusing it with micronized seaweed for maximum hydration. Then, you'll be wrapped in thermal blankets to seal in moisture & draw out the toxins & impurities in your system.

Eat
There's no shortage of spectacular restaurants in St. Lucia, & some of them provide a healthy approach to cuisine that will help you stay on track with your diet. Stop by the laid-back Café Olé in Rodney Bay to fuel up in the morning with a fruit parfait with Greek yogurt & granola, or hang here for a light lunch, like a Mediterranean bean salad with rocket. Don't miss the delicious array of all-natural smoothies & fresh-pressed juices. The breakfast vanilla protein smoothies are both satiating enough to be a meal, & the vitamin booster juice is packed with fruits & vegetables that will give you energy for the entire afternoon.

When it comes time for dinner, consider making a reservation at The Coal Pot, a chic restaurant right on the water across the bay from Castries. All of the entree fish dishes, such as dorado, snapper, kingfish & barracuda, come with fresh vegetables, salad & your choice of flavorful sauces, but the ginger & lemon garlic are highlights. 

A visit to the elegant Dasheene at the Ladera Resort is also a must for a romantic dinner, with awe-inspiring views of the Pitons & an innovative menu. Authentic dishes like Caribbean lamb salad & roasted conch with vegetables in a yam basket are hearty & healthy, & all of the ingredients have been sourced from local farms & plantations.

Total Bliss for Two at the Azul Beach Hotel

December 30th, 2013 | By admin | Posted in Luxury Vacation Travel | Leave a comment
Total Bliss for Two at the Azul Beach Hotel

Sometimes all it takes is a little oceanfront dining, sunbathing & swimming in an exotic destination to relight the fire in a relationship. If you're looking to reinvigorate your romance, the Azul Beach Hotel on Bahia Petempich in Mexico is an ideal spot for a couple's luxury vacation. With freshly renovated rooms, all of which are a stone's throw from the beach, you're in the perfect spot to enjoy a tropical drink or a gourmet dinner right under the stars.

Here's a look at what your getaway would be like:

Luxurious rooms
There are a multitude of options when it comes to the accommodations, depending on your tastes. The Azul Suite has a Caribbean vibe with a canopy bed & you may have trouble leaving the room considering it comes with its own private terrace & Jacuzzi. You could also book the Royal Suite if you want to take the luxury up a notch. These rooms include a separate living area & liquor dispensers. Of course, the Royal Swim-Up Suite is also a good option if you plan on spending a lot of time poolside.

Decadent eats
The Azul Beach Hotel offers a Gourmet Inclusive concept, meaning nearly all of your epicurean adventures are incorporated into the stay at no extra charge. Head to Blue for a casual ambience but a delectable range of international dishes. Health-conscious couples will love the Wellness Menu, while vegetarians will delight in the fact that they have their own separate menu as well. When you're craving Asian fusion fare, Tainan is guaranteed to please your palate with its heaping portions of Wok dishes, sushi & sashimi, all of which is made using fresh & authentic ingredients.

Cocktails galore
Whatever your drink of choice, you can have it at the Azul Beach Hotel. Sip on a tropical cocktail without even leaving the water at the Bubble Swim-Up Bar, or right on the sand at the Chil Bar. You'll definitely want to try one of the 30 different tequilas on the list at the Agavero Tequila Lounge, which can be served straight, mixed or frozen. By night, the Aquanox Bar is hopping with patrons lounging on the hanging beds & savoring a drink while watching the sun set over the Caribbean waters.

Pampering & play
The on-site world-class Vassa Spa has an atmosphere that evokes total tranquility, & includes a steam room, dry sauna, whirlpool & cool-lagoon for ultimate relaxation. You won't want to miss the beauty salon & fitness center, either, for some much-needed TLC.

Once you're feeling recharged &  rejuvenated, unwind while watching a performance at the resort's Mood Evening Entertainment Theater.

Total Bliss for Two at the Azul Beach Hotel

December 30th, 2013 | By admin | Posted in Luxury Vacation Travel | Leave a comment

Sometimes all it takes is a little oceanfront dining, sunbathing & cocktail sipping in an exotic destination the relight the fire in a relationship. If you're looking to reinvigorate your romance, the Azul Beach Hotel on Bahia Petempich in Mexico is an ideal spot for a couple's luxury vacation. With freshly renovated rooms, all of which are a stone's throw from the beach, you're in the perfect spot to enjoy a tropical drink or a gourmet dinner right under the stars.

Here's a look at what your getaway would be like:

Luxurious rooms
There are a multitude of options when it comes to the accommodations, depending on your tastes. The Azul Suite has a Caribbean vibe with a canopy bed & you may have trouble leaving the room considering it comes with its own private terrace & Jacuzzi. You could also book the Royal Suite if you want to take the luxury up a notch. These rooms include a separate living area & liquor dispensers. Of course, the Royal Swim-Up Suite is also a good option if you plan on spending a lot of time poolside.

Decadent eats
The Azul Beach Hotel offers a Gourmet Inclusive concept, meaning nearly all of your epicurean adventures are incorporated into the stay at no extra charge. Head to Blue for a casual ambience but a delectable range of international dishes. Health-conscious couples will love the Wellness Menu, while vegetarians will delight in the fact that they have their own separate menu as well. When you're craving Asian fusion fare, Tainan is guaranteed to please your palate with its heaping portions of Wok dishes & sushi & sashimi, all of which is made using fresh & authentic ingredients.

Cocktails galore
Whatever your drink of choice, you can have it at the Azul Beach Hotel. Sip on a tropical cocktail without even leaving the water at the Bubble Swim-Up Bar, or right on the sand at the Chil Bar. You'll definitely want to try one of the 30 different tequilas on the list at the Agavero Tequila Lounge, which can be served straight, mixed or frozen. By night, the Aquanox Bar is hopping with patrons lounging on the hanging beds & savoring a drink while watching the sun set over the Caribbean waters.

Pampering & play
The on-site world-class Vassa Spa has an atmosphere that evokes total tranquility, & includes a steam room, dry sauna, whirlpool & cool-lagoon for ultimate relaxation. You won't want to miss the beauty salon & fitness center, either, for some much-needed TLC.

Once you're feeling recharged &  rejuvenated, unwind while watching a performance at the resort's Mood Evening Entertainment Theater.

All About Provo: The Center of Luxury in Turks & Caicos

December 27th, 2013 | By admin | Posted in Luxury Vacation Travel | Leave a comment
All About Provo: The Center of Luxury in Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos as a whole is a pretty stunning place, but Providenciales - or Provo as it's known by locals, brings the glam factor up a notch. With lavish 5 star resorts & pristine beaches, this is the perfect place for a luxury vacation when you're looking to travel in style. So, it's no surprise that this island has been ranked "Best Beach" by Condé Nast magazine for several years in a row, according to the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board. Whether you're interested in shopping, sightseeing or simply sunbathing on the white sand, Provo is the place to get a taste of the luxe life.

These are just a few of the area's must-see spots & attractions:

To see
Stunning stretches of sand & breathtaking views of the ocean are everywhere you look in Provo. However, Grace Bay is especially notable, with incomparable sunsets that look like something you'd see on a postcard. This is definitely the beach to come to for photo ops & long walks, but if you get bored, there are also plenty of activities to keep you busy. From parasailing & kayaking to paddleboarding, you'll definitely find some aquatic excitement.

To do
History buffs will rejoice in Provo. While not all of the island's ruins are accessible to visitors, Cheshire Hall cotton plantation is a fascinating place to explore in itself. Some of the original plantation's buildings from the late 1700s still stand, & you can wander through the great house, kitchen & even observe the antique machinery up close. 

If you'd rather spend your time playing craps than in a cotton plantation, Provo has a few casinos worth visiting. The Casblanca Casino has a low-key vibe, which means you can play blackjack, slots & other games without any pressure.

To eat
Dining may very well be the highlight of your trip to Provo. While there are a multitude of quality restaurants, you should definitely stop by Coyaba for innovative & delectable cuisine in a relaxed environment. Right off Grace Bay Road, this establishment is a foodie's dream. The menu consists of Caribbean fusion fare, like adobo marinated maple leaf duck, & a 12-hour merlot braised conch Bolognese. For a romantic meal, don't miss Magnolia, which is situated on a hill that overlooks the charming Turtle Cove. As you sit on the wooden deck & look out over the light-rimmed balcony, you can savor dishes like pistachio-crusted chicken breast or bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with a sweet chorizo stuffing. You might not be able to resist the restaurant's signature dish, though: a sesame-crusted rare seared tuna with jasmine rice & soy ginger sauce.

4 Reasons to Pick Mexico for Your Destination Wedding

December 27th, 2013 | By admin | Posted in Destination Weddings | Leave a comment
4 Reasons to Pick Mexico for Your Destination Wedding

Once your heart is set on a destination wedding, the first crucial decision to make is where you'll be tying the knot. The location you select for your big day will have a major impact on the vibe & experience for both you & your spouse-to-be as well as your guests, so it requires some serious consideration. If you're on the fence about where to say "I do," you might want to give Mexico a deeper look. In fact, this country tops the trending U.S. searches for destination wedding locations, according to CNN. Whether you decide on Cancun or the Riviera Maya, there are plenty of perks to having your destination wedding here.

These are just some of the advantages of destination weddings in Mexico:

Something for everyone
The best part about Mexico is that it has a little of everything, from breathtaking beaches, to fascinating archeological sites & Mayan ruins, to luxurious 5 star resorts. That means that no matter their interests, your guests will have plenty to do during their stay. Imagine taking a ride through scenic Los Cabos, sunbathing along the Yucatan Peninsula & then sightseeing in Puerto Vallarta. Of course, golf enthusiasts will relish in the impressive courses found along the Pacific coast.

Pampering for all
A destination wedding in Mexico isn't just a dream come true for you & your fiancé – it'll also provide an excuse for a much-needed getaway for your attendees. Consider a resort with an on-site spa & your big day will ultimately guarantee your guests a relaxing, memorable vacation. Think of it as a thank you for the effort they made to see you tie the knot.

Stay for your honeymoon
Many couples choose Mexico for their wedding because it's also an ideal place to honeymoon, making for a convenient transition into marital bliss. If you stay at a luxury resort like Azul Sensatori, which has dedicated honeymoon suites with enormous wrap-around balconies, you can seamlessly begin your honeymoon right after the ceremony is over. You should also consider resorts like Generations Maroma, which provides packages that can help you to cut costs considerably. This boutique beachfront hotel, which is set right on the famous Maroma Beach, features intimate seaside chapels for a whimsical wedding you'll never forget. Additionally, the resort offers unparalleled Gourmet Inclusive service for weddings, meaning you & your guests can have your fill of delectable fare without worrying about the bill.

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