La Jolla – A Rejuvenating Spa Getaway

October 21, 2014 on 4:04 pm | In Beachbooker, California, San Diego, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowWith an alluring seaside setting of sparkling beaches and warm ocean breezes, San Diego’s La Jolla is a paradise for rekindling the soul and pampering the body. La Jolla boasts a world-class collection of spas with top-of-the-line treatments, first-class services and indulgent amenities. These luxurious retreats can be found throughout the region from La Jolla Shores and the dramatic Torrey Pines coastline to the charming La Jolla Village.

The following are a few of the splendid spa experiences guests can find in La Jolla to soothe their senses and invigorate their spirit.

SEASIDE SANCTUARIES

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is home to the 9,500 square-foot Spa at Torrey Pines, ranked a “Four-Star” spa by Forbes Magazine (2013). Many of its therapeutic treatments utilize marine and botanical-based products like the signature Coastal Sage Scrub, reflecting the resort’s seaside location next to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The spa also offers an extensive menu of massages, facials, rituals, body wraps, hydrotherapy, manicures and pedicures, as well as facilities for dry saunas, herbal-infused steam baths and aromatherapy inhalation.

Located near the coastal cliffs of La Jolla and inspired by its serene natural surroundings, the 7,000 square-foot Spa at Estancia in Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is a garden oasis where California flair combines with Mediterranean and Asian influences. Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top spas in the world (2012), the spa’s signature treatments include botanical body treatments, Hanakasumi Body Ritual inspired by Japanese traditions, a SeaCreation Facial utilizing exclusive extracts of deep sea microorganisms and green algae, and a Couple’s Bungalow Escape and massage in a private bungalow complete with a deck, fireplace and whirlpool. Additional spa amenities include an outdoor relaxation area, meditation garden, saltwater whirlpools and soothing eucalyptus steam rooms.

The in-house body and skin care specialists at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines’ Pure Body Spa offer a tranquil spa experience for guests, including individual and couple’s massages and facials. Treatments are offered poolside, in the privacy of a guestroom or in the hotel’s spa treatment room.

With the calming sound of ocean waves outside, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club offers rejuvenating massage services in two on-site treatment rooms. Signature massages include the Jewel Massage, combining techniques from Eastern and Western traditions, a sports massage and pregnancy massage for mothers-to-be. Other specialized treatments include a reviving facial massage, deep conditioning scalp massage and popular foot massage. The Club recently won a gold medal for Best Massage by the La Jolla Village News Readers Choice Awards.

GUESTROOM OASES

The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla Village creates spa experiences for guests in the comfort and privacy of their room with aromatherapy, calming music and heavenly massages. Featured massages include Swedish, hot stone and shiatsu, plus packages combining massage, aromatherapy, body scrub, wrap, hand and foot reflexology, and cupping therapy with heated glass cups applied to the skin to stimulate circulation.

The landmark La Valencia Hotel offers guestroom massage services in an idyllic Mediterranean-like setting. The sound of gentle ocean waves and flower-scented breezes blend beautifully to create a sense of well-being. La Valencia’s Fusion Experience combines a relaxing choice of bodywork, including Swedish, deep tissue/neuromuscular, acupressure or shiatsu massage, tailored to a guest’s individual needs.

The guestroom can also become a relaxing oasis at La Jolla Shores Hotel where massage treatments similar to La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club – its sister property – are offered to guests in-room. Signature massages include The Jewel and sports massage, with specialized treatments such as the face and foot massages.

DAY SPA RETREATS

Several day spas in La Jolla Village offer visitors blissful beauty and bodywork treatments to enhance their vacation stay.

Nautilus Wellness , known for its natural approach to beauty, specializes in nutritional care, cupping therapies, natural face-lift, body contouring and a variety of massage and reflexology treatments enhanced by signature touches such as Ayurvedic blended oils, aromatherapy, fresh herbs and ocean air.

Providing a relaxing medical spa environment, DermaUtopia features personal service from head to toe including hair, nails, waxing, microdermabrasion, peels, Tai Chi and Zen meditation.

The Secret, a specialty clinic for medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of problematic veins, also offers aesthetic services such as facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

The award-winning La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic individually designs a variety of skin care programs including facials, peels, microdermabrasion, body contouring, skin rejuvenation and wrinkle correction with a particular expertise in the delicate areas of the face and eyes.

For relaxation, Equanimity Massage offer guests an extensive selection of massages including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sports and facial.

Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on La Jolla, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org/lajolla  or call 619-236-1212.

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Spafinder Wellness 365 Welcomes New Spa Partner, Aqua Bathhouse & Spa At Mondrian London

October 21, 2014 on 11:18 am | In Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowSpafinder Wellness 365 ™ has announced the latest in a series of new spa partnerships including Morgans Hotel Group, which has recently revealed agua Bathhouse & Spa set within Mondrian London at Sea Containers. This intimate bathhouse, which opened on 30 September, embraces the Hollywood glamour and charm associated with the aspirational Mondrian brand, while offering personalised treatments, a diverse range of therapies and an original selection of skincare.

The treatment menu has been created with young spa visitors in mind, offering affordable treatments that have been specially designed for every age and gender. Introducing its new concept, the Spa Playground, agua at Mondrian London promotes a social, multi-sensory experience that encourages both individual treatments and fun with friends, inspired by the spirit of Roman spa communities. The spa will serve guests Champagne, freshly prepared drinks and cuisine including a guilt-free raw menu, or indulgent vintage style deserts.

John Bevan, Managing Director of Spafinder said, “We are delighted to extend our partnership with the Morgans Hotel Group and have eagerly await the opening of agua Bathhouse & Spa at Mondrian London. The spa is beautifully designed with a fantastic forward thinking concept and I believe this will be a huge hit with our customers, both from within London and further afield.”

Renowned designer Tom Dixon, has created agua Bathhouse & Spa, embracing the theme of underwater tranquillity with water projections and lighting effects. With six treatment suites, spa and glamour lounges and steam baths, agua pays homage to the senses. The spa is home to a Tom Dixon commissioned nude ‘Renaissance Man’ sculpture, based on a Neo Classical Roman bust, exploring agua’s new ‘rebellious’ playground concept.

Exclusive collaborations include Soveral, Dr Jacksons Natural Product, Estelle & Thilde, Glamglow, Natura Bisse and Ciate. agua at Mondrian London also boasts a Glamour Room, a sophisticated space in which guests can choose from a variety of girly packages, putting the fun back into the spa experience. Treatments include GLAMGLOW Mud parties© for up to eight guests, and the Stiletto Smoother, a booster that combines Soveral foot massage techniques to release tension, warm the muscles and increase circulation with a CIATE pedicure.

Jacqueline Kneebone, Regional Director of Spa and Retail at Morgans Hotel Group says: “We’re so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with such a range of experts on this project, from design to brand collaborations, and we are really looking forward to the public reception of our spa playground concept.”

Spafinder Wellness currently offers the only spa and wellness gift vouchers on sale in over 7,500 retail outlets in the UK, including WH Smiths, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Boots and 70,000 outlets worldwide. The vouchers are also available online and are featured in numerous corporate incentive and rewards programme. As well as accepting the Spafinder Wellness gift vouchers, spa and wellness partners also get a profile on the spafinder.co.uk website, which acts as a comprehensive resource for wellness products and services in both the UK and worldwide.

For more information about Spafinder Wellness 365, please visit http://www.spafinder.co.uk / or call 0870 121 6066.

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The Post-Christmas Juice Detox Plan By Simply Healing

October 20, 2014 on 2:47 pm | In London, Spa Resorts, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today Show“Start The New Year As You Mean To Go On, Feeling Really Positive And Looking Great!”

Simply Healing, one of the UK’s leading Detox Retreats, is delighted to announce details of their Post-Christmas Juice Detox Plan.

Proving that you don’t need to travel abroad to find an expert detox programme, the retreat will take place at Simply Healing’s detox centre in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, just an hour’s drive from London.

The programme runs from 27th – 31st December 2014, a time of year when the body and mind often need a boost after the excesses of the Festive Season. The programme promises to help the body re-energise and build vitality for the year ahead, whilst giving the mind a chance to unwind and relax, as well as producing serious benefits in terms of long term health.

Treatments such as the Holistic Massage are used to help the body recover from the often overwhelming pressures of modern life. The warm organic oils used during the massage are designed to keep colds and flu at bay, whilst the specially chosen combination of exotic juices containing figs, pomegranates and spices, help kick start the metabolism. In addition, guests are able to enhance the benefits of their detox and further personalise their experience by choosing from a range of extra treatment ‘bundles’; all of these are specially designed to complement their individual detox programme whether it be to lose weight, tackle bloating, improve energy levels or address on-going unexplained health issues.

“There’s no better time than the present to do a detox,”, says owner-operator Vivien Kay. “However, we know that for many of our guests, Christmas represents a really good opportunity to take time off. A serious detox offers a valuable reason, if not excuse, to also carve out some much needed personal space during a time that for many can be incredibly demanding both mentally, physically and emotionally. We say, just relax, get yourself into tip top condition, both inside and out, and start the new year as you mean to go on, feeling really positive and looking great!“

With prices starting from £1350 (inclusive of VAT) per person, based on two people sharing, The Simply Healing Five-Day Essential Juice Detox Plan includes:

5 nights luxury accommodation in a beautiful Manor House
1 Colonic Hydrotherapy Treatment
1 Colon Massage
1 Deluxe Detox Foot Treatment
1 Full Body Salt Scrub
1 Thai Foot Massage to stimulate energy levels (all treatments are approx. one hour)
Freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juices throughout the day, specialised detox soups and potassium broth
Colon Cleansing Herbs and supporting suppliments
Bentonite Clay and Psyllium Husk
Caffeine free detox teas, freshly made herbal teas and mineral water
One hour guided country walk, subject to weather conditions
Full use of the house and extensive grounds
Meditation and relaxation sessions
Nutritional Group Talk
Chi Machine – Use of Toning Plate
All rooms with CD, TV and DVD players
Dressing gowns/towels/hairdryers provided

Guests can then add on ‘bundles’ from a menu of treatments including Lymphatic Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Detox Fitness Wrap, Phyto-cell Facial, Holistic Manicure & Pedicure and Hypnotherapy to name just a few.

For further information and rates, please call Simply Healing on 01403 822117 or visit www.simplyhealingcentre.com

Notes to Editor:

Simply Healing specialises in delivering personalised detox programmes which focus on improving the health of the whole person, and has dedicated weight-loss, fertility, and menopause detox programmes.

Simply Healing is owned by Vivien Kay, a renowned healer with years of health and wellbeing experience, and an early advocate of detox in this country. Vivien is as passionate today about Detox and natural health as she was when she first started welcoming guests over 13 years ago.

Situated in eighteen acres of land in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the ten-bedroom, 19th century manor house, overlooks the South Downs in West Sussex and is surrounded by woodland walks. Nearby there is an area of great historic interest which dates back to Norman times.

Holistic in approach, Simply Healing prides itself on providing guests an enjoyable, warm and nurturing space where they receive the highest quality treatments offered by caring, experienced therapists.

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Spa Treats Good Enough to Eat! Breeze Spa introduces special honey treatments

October 20, 2014 on 8:40 am | In Asia, Beachbooker, Qatar, Spa Resorts, Thailand | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowBuzzing into Breeze Spa this fall are two new treatments incorporating the very first Plan BEE honey harvest. Infused with Plan BEE’s organic raw honey, these invigorating guilt-free treatments can be enjoyed at all Breeze Spa locations in Thailand. Guests can now indulge in the luscious Almond Milk Honey Body Scrub and the scrumptious Oat Honey Cookie Body Mask.

Packed full of natural goodness, Plan BEE honey contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes from the nectar gathered by bees from the region’s wildflowers. These natural components enhance each treatment with nourishing properties. Combined with honey, the Almond Milk Honey Body Scrub works to cleanse and moisturise, with almond milk being smoothly applied across the skin. This is followed with a sprinkling of crushed almonds and rice to create a scrub, which leaves the skin feeling soft and renewed. Praised for its healing properties, the oats in the Oat Honey Cookie Body Mask will help to revive the skin after being exposed to the harsh summer sun. Applied over the body, the blend of oatmeal, honey, brown sugar, safflower oil and yogurt will give the skin a healthy glow with a delicious fragrance of honey.

Plan BEE is a part of ONXY Hospitality Group’s CSR initiative focusing on the preservation of local biodiversity through the protection of the Asian honeybee, which is under threat of extinction. Introduced in 2013, the project established a rural bee farm in the southern seaside province of Krabi, where the local community in Baan Kao Kram was given specialised training from an experienced beekeeper and the start-up tools for beekeeping. Surrounded by the lush natural forests of the region, the bees will help promote local biodiversity whilst providing the local community with an additional source of income.

The Plan BEE Breeze Spa treatments are available from today onwards with prices starting at 1,650 THB. Breeze Spa Thailand locations can be found in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Phuket, Pattaya, Krabi and Koh Samui. For more information, please visit www.breeze-spa.com.

About Breeze

Taken from the premise that happiness is a key foundation for wellness, Breeze is the spa that puts a bounce into guests’ steps and smiles on guests’ faces. Determined to be positive, friendly, caring and fun, Breeze always provides guests with a comfortable and approachable experience and the energy boost that will prepare them to take on the world when they leave. Breeze is currently available in seven locations throughout Thailand and also in Doha, Qatar. Visit www.breeze-spa.com

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Hotel Galvez & Spa in Galveston, TX At-A-Glance

October 20, 2014 on 8:32 am | In Beachbooker, Spa Resorts, Texas | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe Galvez Experience

The Queen of the Gulf (1911)

A group of businessmen pooled their resources after the 1900 hurricane and opened the Hotel Galvez in 1911 as a symbol that Galveston Island had not only withstood the devastation of the Great 1900 Storm, but had returned to its pre-hurricane glory. This elegant beachfront hotel was immediately proclaimed “Queen of the Gulf” and deemed the “best arranged and most richly furnished seaside hotel in America” by Hotel Monthly. The hotel has undergone several restorations including a $900,000 renovation to its lobby, bar and restaurant completed in May 2013 and $11 million makeover for the hotel’s centennial celebration in 2011. It remains the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast and is rated four diamonds by AAA. Hotel Galvez & Spa®, a Wyndham Grand® Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America, is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family and part of Mitchell Historic Properties.

The 224-room historic hotel includes six suites. All suites and sleeping rooms flaunt views of the Gulf of Mexico or the historic city. Guest rooms offer a modern feel while the lobby maintains the classic feel of historic hotel. All meeting rooms have been renovated and feature Wyndham ClearAir™ allergy-friendly air purification system. The hotel’s tranquil pool features a saline conditioning system and offers a swim-up bar and hot tub providing the perfect escape for relaxing, sunbathing or enjoying cocktails. The Spa at Hotel Galvez is a nearly 10,000 square foot, multi-million dollar luxury spa with accompanying salon and fitness center that offers a number of luxurious services.

In celebration of its centennial, the hotel added a permanent Hall of History display on the lower level of the hotel. The exhibit features informative panels as well as unique items such as dishes and collectibles displayed in three cases. The Hall of History is open to the public. The hotel also offers a history and ghost audio tour which is available through an iPhone and Android App.

Hotel History

For nearly a century, this elegant hotel has been the choice of notable guests including Howard Hughes, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. It served as a temporary White House for the staff of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his 10-day fishing trip to the island, and was the site for his first meeting with newly elected Congressman and future president, Lyndon B. Johnson. President Dwight D. Eisenhower also attended a reception at the hotel. The hotel functioned as a working facility for the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, and in 1944 the hotel was awarded an “honorable discharge” from its duties.

In the early 1920s, families across the country began flocking to Galveston’s original beachfront hotel. “Moving in” to Hotel Galvez for the summer was a common trend among wealthy families, many of whom spent from six weeks to six months in the hotel, paying two dollars a day for luxurious accommodations.

The hotel provided such amenities as a barbershop, laundry, writing room, and tailor, as well as easy access to the bathhouses and entertainment along the beachfront.

Between 1920 and 1932 Hotel Galvez served as headquarters for the Pageants of Pulchritude, the beauty pageants that were predecessors to the Miss Universe Pageant. This tradition now continues through the Galveston Island Beach Revue held annually in May and now sponsored by Hotel Galvez & Spa®.

The hotel was also the venue for many debutante balls, as well as social activities for the University of Texas Medical Branch fraternities throughout the 20s, 30s and 40s. Through the years, various entertainers who performed at the famed Balinese Room were frequent guests of the hotel.

Ghost of Hotel Galvez

The colorful and sometimes tragic history of Galveston Islandmakes it the permanent home of many ghosts and Hotel Galvez has its own ghost stories to add to the mystic. Several hotel guests have personal stories of encounters of the ghostly kind. Legend has it that the fiancé of a seaman checked in to Room 501 while her love was away at sea. While awaiting his return to marry her, she discovered that his ship had sunk. Legend has it she was so grief-stricken, she took her own life in desperation and her spirit haunts Hotel Galvez to this day. It is believed that her ghost and others roams the halls at night. The hotel concierge conducts ghost tours by appointment. The hotel also offers public ghost tour dinners during the month of October.

Engaging Accommodations

224 Rooms, Including Six Suites

The 224 rooms, including six suites, serve guests with a combination of modern day luxuries and the grace and charm of yesteryear. As part of its centennial in 2011, all of the guest rooms were updated with a more modern feel while the public areas continue to reflect a historic ambiance.

Grand Suites

Suites on the seventh and eighth floors feature two 46–inch, high definition, flat-screen televisions, Italian bedding, Simmons® HealthSmart™ mattresses, and soothing colors.The hotel’s private party entertainment area on the seventh floor, available exclusively to suite guests, features travertine floors, wet bar, pool table and lounge with a 46-inch, flat-screen television, small library and sound system. Rooms are stocked with spa robes and iHome radios compatible with iPodTM players.

Spa Inspired Suites on Sixth Floor

Hotel Galvez unveiled spa-inspired sleeping rooms on the sixth floor in February 2010. These rooms are Wyndham ClearAir™ allergy friendly rooms. Following a system designed by New York-based PURE Solutions NA, the rooms undergo a multistep cleaning process designed to remove up to 98 percent of allergens. These spa inspired rooms feature a rain shower, Simmons® HealthSmart™ mattresses, Italian bedding, 46-inch, high-definition, flat-screen television, and a personal refrigerator. Rooms are stocked with spa robes and iHome radios compatible with iPodTM players.

Standard Guest Rooms

In conjunction with the hotel’s centennial in 2011, hotel owners George Mitchell and the Mitchell family completed an $11 million renovation updating all the guest rooms with a new décor. Standard guest rooms feature a soothing neutral palette, plush carpeting, Simmons® HealthSmart™ mattresses, 40” high definition, flat screen televisions, custom headboards and contemporary lighting. All rooms feature nature inspired aluminum prints by Kayla Mitchell, granddaughter of the late George Mitchell. The hotel also replaced its Gulf facing windows with new divided light windows reminiscent of the hotel’s original design. All rooms are stocked with Wolfgang Puck® Coffee and Teas and Gilchrist & Soames® Bath Products.

Complimentary Amenities

Hotel Galvez & Spa offers several complimentary added amenities for guests. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in their rooms and in the lobby area and complimentary bicycles with helmets for cruising on the island. The hotel also has a courtesy shuttle that is available to transport guests to The Tremont House located in the historic Strand District and to Harbor House located at Pier 21. Hotel Galvez also offers a free multimedia tour app for iPhone® and Android® smartphones. The free Hotel Galvez app provides a 25-minute history tour and a 20-minute ghost tour with scrollable images, numeric keypad entry and a keyword search function.

Gulf Coast Cuisine

Galvez Bar & Grill offers casual dining with regional Texas fare for lunch and dinner, featuring local Gulf seafood, steaks, burgers, salads and a children’s menu with complimentary selections for children 12 and younger. Appetizers and bar food items include gourmet tenderloin sliders, shrimp sliders and buffalo chicken sliders as well as flatbread pizzas and Campechana (Mexican seafood cocktail). The grill section of the menu offers Angus steaks, fresh seafood, and grilled vegetables. The restaurant features daily Galveston Fresh Fish Special bought locally from Pier 19 fish markets.

Memorable Meetings

13,231 Sq. Ft. of Function Space

A multitude of services make the hotel the optimum site for holding meetings and gatherings. State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, catering capabilities and full-service meeting and catering staff allow for successful events in a historic setting.

* Music Hall (4,550 sq. ft.)

With welcoming grand arches and high ceilings, this open space can host receptions for up to 500 guests.

* Terrace Ballroom (2,501 sq. ft.)/Veranda (2,500 sq. ft.)

The Terrace Ballroom opens up through French doors to a beautiful Veranda overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and the hotel’s Oleander Garden and pool. This combined space can host receptions of up to 500 guests.

* East & West Parlors (2,624 sq. ft. total)

Ornate moldings make these rooms the perfect space for accommodating more intimate gatherings, each seating 60 guests.

The hotel offers a total of nine meeting rooms ranging from 300 to 4,550 square feet for hosting various sized events, the. Each of the meeting rooms is wired for high-speed Internet access.

Weddings

Hotel Galvez has a long-standing reputation as the premier wedding hotel in Galveston. Brides and grooms from the finest Texas families have celebrated their special days at the Galvez’s fine facilities. The “Queen of the Gulf” invites couples to say “I do” on the beach or standing on the Veranda overlooking the Gulf, exotic pool and gardens. Guests can also select a specially created outdoor wedding in the Oleander Garden, complete with water wall, lush flowers and vegetations to complement any wedding décor. The hotel’s Centennial Green is 9,328 sq. ft. venue that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. The space has a classic pergola on the far end and is bordered by four small fountains. When it’s not in use for special events, the park’s Adirondack chairs give guests a beautiful spot for morning coffee or wine during sunset. Receptions for 50 or 500 guests come to life in the hotel’s charming outdoor venues. Catering, including staff, is available on site.

Cruising

Hotel Galvez offers a convenient choice for cruise ship passengers. The hotel’s Park and Cruise Package offers free valet parking and round-trip transportation to the cruise ship terminal. Guests booking through a third-party website, such as Expedia or Travelocity, can pay a one-time $15 valet fee and receive courtesy round-trip transportation.

Gracious Galveston

Galveston Island, Texas

Tucked away off the southeast corner of Texas, this island city is named after Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish Colonial governor who ordered the first survey of the Texas Gulf Coast in 1786.

Galveston Island is the No. 2 tourism attraction in Texas for in-state and out-of-state travelers. Galveston is a historic beach town located just 50 miles south from Houston, Texas – the fourth largest city in the U.S.

A diverse cultural town, Galveston Island is a unique destination offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions and resorts, one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country and Texas’ premiere cruise port.

The Port of Galveston and cotton brought the city its early prominence and wealth. In September 1900, a hurricane that still reigns as the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, struck the island, killing more than 6,000 people in Galveston alone and destroying many of the buildings in town. Following the tragedy, citizens showed courage, determination and an indomitable spirit of survival as they set about to rebuild their island. Nearly every structure left standing in the city was raised and sand filled in beneath them raising the grade of the entire city. In addition, a 17-foot seawall was built to protect the island from future tidal surges.

Area Diversions

32 miles of sparkling Gulf Coast beaches, public beach is across the street

The Historic Downtown Strand District for shopping and dining, 1.3 miles from hotel

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, 4 blocks from hotel

Schlitterbahn Water Park, 5.5 miles from hotel

Pier 21, 1.4 miles from hotel

Texas Seaport Museum, home to the famous 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, 1.4 miles from hotel

Galveston Harbor Tours aboard the Seagull II, 1.4 miles from hotel

Postoffice Street Arts and Entertainment District, 1.1 miles from hotel

Four Historic House Museums

Lone Star Flight Museum, 5.5 miles from hotel

The Grand 1894 Opera House, the Official Opera House of Texas, 1.1 miles from hotel

Galveston Railroad Museum, 1.7 miles from hotel

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, 1.4 miles from hotel

Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast and Haunted Mayfield Manor, 1.4 miles from hotel

Moody Gardens, 5.5 miles from hotel

Tanger Outlets, 21.7 miles from hotel

Year-round birding sites

Temperatures

Average annual high80-89˚F (summer averages)

Average annual low 50-58˚F (winter averages)

Getting Here

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), 45 Minutes Away

Daily service via AirTran, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Branson AirExpress and Southwest. Private airport shuttle service begins at $35 per person.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), 75 Minutes Away

Daily service via AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Frontier, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar, Singapore Airlines, TACA Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and VivaAerobus

Reservations

Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77550

(409) 765-7721/(800) WYNDHAM

www.WyndhamHotelGalvez.com

www.Facebook.com/HotelGalvez, www.Twitter.com/HotelGalvez , Hotel Galvez Video

The Spa at the Hotel Galvez

(409) 515-2100, www.TheSpaAtTheHotelGalvez.com

www.Facebook.com/GalvezSpa

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MONASTERO SANTA ROSA HOTEL & SPA TURNS UP TURN DOWN

October 17, 2014 on 8:18 am | In Italy, Rome, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowLike all the luxury amenities at the fabulous Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa (MSR) on the Amalfi Coast, the turn down is not your cookie cutter turn down of rose petals or chocolate. Each night guests receive a different, useful bedtime goodie.

The first night it’s a sun visor, appropriate to shield heads and faces from the rays of the Italian sun.

The second night it’s a magnet – a mini memory of languid days spent at MSR.

The third night is a package of a brand-new pasta shaped like a snowman or a shmoo (or other bottom-heavy creature or top heavy if you want to look at it flipped over). It comes with a recipe created by MSR’s executive chef Christoph Bob, “Campotti with Shrimps, Spinach and Lemon-Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil”. It’s easy to make and even easier to eat.

The new pasta shape is the creation of food designer Mauro Olivieri and was commissioned by Pastificio dei Campi (the factory not far from MSR in Gragnano that produces the pasta). Chef Christoph Bob is the exclusive ambassador of this pasta shape. No wonder – he was the first chef to make recipes with it and the first to start incorporating it into signature dishes at the Monastero Santa Rosa Restaurant.

Pasta from Gragnano is unique in flavor, texture and aroma. It is made of the best Italian durum wheat, remains “al dente” after cooking, and is the first to be completely traceable from the fields to the table. The symbol of Gragnano is Via Roma, a street purposely created for drying pasta because it’s favored by the sun and by breezes from the Gulf of Naples. Vintage photos from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s show the street full of poles holding spaghetti out to air dry!

Guests who make the Campotti when they return back to the States can keep their memories of Monastero Santa Rosa fresh and flavorful.

Contact: flavioc@monasterosantarosa.com; or Visit: www.monasterosantarosa.com

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Ila Launches First Ila Only Spa At Raas Jodhpur, India‏

October 15, 2014 on 6:51 am | In Adventure Travel, Asia, India, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowBeyond Organic British beauty expert ila is delighted to unveil its new brand of ‘ila only’ spas with the launch of ila only Spa Raas Jodhpur – an inspiring blueprint for the heartfelt, healing havens to follow.

Evolved from years of experience creating, growing and supporting some of the world’s most inspiring spa success stories, ila only spas are extraordinary soulful spaces where therapists trained in mindfulness and heart consciousness pave the way for transformative healing. Resonating excellence at every level, they help guests to reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them – combining the purest of intentions with the highest levels of natural and ethical integrity to create success both commercially and authentically.

“We have long wanted to develop a range of bespoke spa environments that remain true to their surroundings, hold the essence of wellbeing, and deliver way beyond guest expectations,” explains ila’s Founder, Denise Leicester. “ila only Spa Raas Jodhpur couldn’t be a more energising start to that story.”

Raas Jodhpur is a luxury boutique hotel located within Jodhpur’s ancient city walls, in the direct gaze of the 500-year-old Mehrangarh Fort. Restored with 21st century verve, its heritage buildings embrace a contemporary approach that remains true to ethics and authenticity. Intelligent design-led interiors fuse antiquity, innovation and sustainability. Outside, the Blue City twirls in a kaleidoscope of colour and creativity, music and dance, literature and love, inspiring ila only Spa Raas Jodhpur’s altogether different artistic immersion: into India’s healing arts.

Within the spa, marma massage, yogic healing and energy work combine with the region’s most profound natural products: blissfully nurturing Rajasthani damascena rose otto; sensual raat ki raani (tuberose) from Himachal; sacred sandalwood from Mysore; balancing Keralan Jasmine; and the healing energy of Himalayan salt crystals – the remains of an ocean trapped over 250 million years ago.

The heavenly Raas Rose Bliss signature treatment captures the romantic exoticism of Jodhpur, combining nurturing Indian damascena rose otto with the sweet headiness of jasmine in a scrub, massage and facial. Intensely soothing and moisturising, it helps balance the hormones, alleviate stress and promote feelings of deep calm.

“ila only Spa Raas Jodhpur is an blissful haven in the most unexpected and enthralling setting,” continues ila’s Founder, Denise Leicester. “To have this lovely little spa nestled just a stone’s throw beneath one of India’s largest fortresses, drawing off all the raw energy that it exudes, yet cocooned in the city’s most intriguing luxury boutique hotel, is about as exciting an alignment as we could have envisioned for our first ilaonly Spa.”

Raas’s charismatic co-owner, Nikhilendra Singh, echoed the sentiments in his summary: “I feel ila’s roots are in India so I see our partnership as ila ‘coming home’; I’m delighted that the first ila only spa will be housed at RAAS.”

Ila Only Spa treatments at Raas Jodhpur start from £28 / 2,800 INR

Nightly rates at Raas Jodhpur are available from £205/ 20,500 INR per room per night for two people sharing including breakfast. For further information please refer to www.raasjodhpur.com

*Prices in Pounds Sterling correct to today’s exchange rate

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Complimentary spa treatments for two‏ at Belmond La Samanna

October 14, 2014 on 11:25 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Escape to pure bliss beside one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches. Gloriously refreshed and ready for the season, Belmond La Samanna on St Martin reopens on November 2. Book two or more nights and enjoy a complimentary spa experience at our oasis of calm. Drift away to the rhythm of the waves as you are pampered with a scrub, reflexology and body, face and cranial massages. Book before December 1, 2014 to take advantage of this Belmond Bonus.

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Pumpkin Spa Treatment and Thanksgiving Penthouse Package at Trump SoHo‏

October 14, 2014 on 10:53 am | In New York City, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowIt’s autumn in New York City and Trump SoHo, the neighborhood’s only AAA five-diamond property, is welcoming the season with a new Pumpkin Body Polish Treatment at The Spa at Trump SoHo, as well as an over-the-top Thanksgiving Penthouse Experience for holiday travelers looking to enjoy a decadent gathering with friends and family.

Pumpkin Body Polish Treatment

To pamper travelers and locals alike, The Spa at Trump SoHo has unveiled a luxurious Pumpkin Body Polish Treatment to perk up tired and dry winter skin. For the face, the anti-aging Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Mask – featuring 15 percent pumpkin extract, vitamin A, and hyaluronic acid – instantly detoxifies, decongests, and refines the skin’s texture to reveal a smoother, softer complexion.

The Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish for the face and body offers dual exfoliating properties with powerful pumpkin enzymes, crushed bamboo, and jojoba micro beads. Followed by the application of nourishing body creams, skin will be soft, smooth, and glowing. The 60-minute treatment is available for $195 on weekdays and $215 on weekends. Please call The Spa at Trump at (212) 842-5505 to reserve a treatment.

Thanksgiving Penthouse Experience

Trump SoHo invites guests to transform their Thanksgiving from ordinary to extraordinary this holiday season with a luxe holiday gathering to remember. Travelers can take it all in from the Big Apple where the holiday season kicks off with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Black Friday shopping specials abound from the trendy boutiques of SoHo to the posh department stores of Fifth Avenue. Travelers who book the Thanksgiving Penthouse Experience will enjoy an exclusive culinary evening by Executive Chef Desmond Lee, who will customize a private dining experience for up to 10 people with a custom Thanksgiving menu based upon guests’ favorite family traditions and recipes. Sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of the city skyline will serve as guests’ backdrop as they enjoy a decadent feast fit for New York’s finest in a festive penthouse decorated by Trump SoHo’s seasoned events team.

Located on the top floors of the 46-story Trump SoHo, the spacious penthouse suites command expansive floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan or the Hudson River with open floor plans that are perfect for entertaining. The penthouses range from 1,600 to 2,300 square feet, including the premier Duplex Penthouse that features two 46-inch Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 10 televisions and the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9 sound system for those who can’t miss out on a hearty helping of Thanksgiving Football.

Trump SoHo’s Thanksgiving Penthouse Experience includes:

· Overnight accommodations for 4-6 guests in a spacious penthouse suite

· Gourmet, customized Thanksgiving meal prepared by Chef Lee

· Seasonal décor adorning the penthouse

The Thanksgiving Penthouse Experience is available for stays from November 27-30 at a starting rate of $7,000 per night, excluding food and beverage costs, which will be booked separately through the hotel’s catering team. Guests must prepay and book at least two weeks prior to arrival. To reserve, please call 212.842.5500 or email TrumpSoHo@TrumpHotels.com.

Please let me know if you would like more information or hi-res images. For additional information about the hotel, visit www.trumpsohohotel.com  Thanks in advance for considering!

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Pumpkin Season Along the Half Moon Bay Coastside, CA‏

October 13, 2014 on 2:52 pm | In Beachbooker, California, Festivals, San Francisco, Spa Resorts, Webbandstand | Comments Off




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Enjoy a World-Renowned Pumpkin Festival, Pumpkin-Inspired Dishes, Spa Treatments and Festivities Throughout the Season

HALF MOON BAY, CA – SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 – There is no better place to celebrate the wonders of the fall season than along the Half Moon Bay Coastside. Fondly regarded as the pumpkin capital of the world, this beautiful coastal region, located approximately 35 minutes south of San Francisco, produces more than 3,000 tons of pumpkins every year. Visitors will delight in the area rich with brilliant orange-pick-your-own-pumpkins and a scenic backdrop of fall colors. The local menus are brimming over with pumpkin-inspired delights such as pumpkin risotto, pumpkin cheesecake, and even pumpkin beer on tap! Those seeking an unforgettable seasonal indulgence can experience the merriment with specialty pumpkin spa experiences.

Below is a summary of pumpkin-related events, dining experiences, spa treatments and more along the Half Moon Bay Coastside. To plan a trip, visit www.visithalfmoonbay.org and also download iCoastside to access information on the region’s cozy inns and luxury coastal resorts, renowned restaurants, farm visits, golfing, wine tasting, fishing, whale watching, surfing and much more.

Special Note: All locations are in Half Moon Bay unless otherwise noted.

- EVENTS -

Half Moon Bay “Husk to Harvest Farm Dinner”
September 28, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Half Moon Bay Coastside will celebrate its plethora of local chefs, farmers, fisherman and ranchers at the inaugural “Half Moon Bay Husk to Harvest Farm Dinner.” Hosted by the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Bureau, guests will gather on the magical grounds of La Nebbia Winery to honor the food grown on the coast at a five-course feast served al fresco. Price per person: $150; includes a special commemorative basket filled with seasonal produce and local artisanal treats. La Nebbia Winery, 12341 San Mateo Road on Hwy. 92. To purchase tickets, call (650) 726-8380 or visit www.hmbchamber.com

Pumpkin Sunday Brunch at Navio
October 5, 12, 19 and 26
The fine chefs at Navio know how to create an unforgettable brunch experience and their upcoming Pumpkin Sunday Brunch is no exception. The line-up includes taste-tempting dishes such as pumpkin soup, pumpkin risotto, and pumpkin desserts along with other sweet and savory selections. Brunch is $105 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Seating times are at 11 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. One Miramontes Point Road, (650) 712-7000, www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowHarvest Pumpkin Dinner
October 7, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Celebrating the abundance of the outstanding farms and breweries along the San Mateo County coast, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is excited to announce their inaugural Harvest Pumpkin Dinner. This four-course feast prepared by Executive Chef Gaston Alfaro will include pumpkin in every course paired in palate-pleasing harmony with an assortment of pumpkin beers. Head Brewer Shane Aldrich and Brewmaster James Costa’s hand-crafted Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale and Imperial Pumpkin Ale will be on the menu as well as special pumpkin brews from San Francisco breweries Almanac Beer Company and 21st Amendment. Reservations required as space is limited to 40 people; tickets are available for purchase at this link.

; vegetarian options are available and those with questions may call 650-728-2739. $75 per person including tax and tip. Event will be held at Mavericks Event Center, 107 Broadway.

Fifth Annual Hand-Blown Art Glass Pumpkin Patch
October 11-13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Half Moon Bay Art Glass will transform the grounds of La Nebbia Winery into a glistening glass pumpkin patch featuring the work of artist and glass blower Douglass C. Brown. This artistic installation will feature over 1,000 one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins available for purchase, each one personally handcrafted by Brown, who works year round to create this spectacular display.

In addition to browsing this amazing pumpkin patch, visitors will be able to enjoy a range of other activities over the weekend and there will be 50 free gifts given away each day. La Nebbia Winery will be open for guests to partake in wine tasting and to purchase bottles of wine. Bocce ball courts will offer fun for everyone, and Brown will provide hot glass demonstrations for visitors to get a firsthand look at how the pumpkins are created. La Nebbia Winery, 12341 San Mateo Road on Hwy. 92, (650) 283-5626, www.hmbartglass.com

41st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
October 13, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
No weigh. Weigh! Superstar Gourd Growing Greats and their hard-to-believe, titanic orange orbs gather for the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, CA. A special $30,000 bonus mega-prize will be awarded to any grower that breaks the world record at Half Moon Bay, considered the “Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs.” Defending Half Moon Bay champion Gary Miller, of Napa CA, obliterated the formidable field of heavyweight contenders at last year’s Half Moon Bay weigh-off with his mind-blowing 1,985-pound mega-gourd. Miller is expected to return along with a host of accomplished, veteran growers to contend for the $30,000 world record prize and thousands in additional prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner will take home a hefty $6 per pound for the champion mega-pumpkin. The grand champion gourd (along with the top five overall) will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street. IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, (650) 726-9652, www.miramarevents.com Media Contact: Tim Beeman, (650) 726-3491, tim@miramarevents.com.

44th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
October 18-19, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous heavyweight champion pumpkins, three stages of stellar live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade (Oct. 18 at 12 noon), a bone-chilling Haunted House, harvest-inspired crafts, home-style foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting a monster 1,200+ pound pumpkin, photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun, and much more. With so much to see and do, visitors can use iPumpkin, the official mobile application of the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, to navigate their way through the festival. Admission is free. Main Street, (650) 726 -9652, www.miramarevents.com. Media Contact: Tim Beeman, (650) 726-3491, tim@miramarevents.com.

Pumpkins Take Over the Pescadero Farmers Market
October 16, 3 – 7 p.m.
Local favorite Pescadero Farmer’s Market plays host to the Pescadero Pumpkin Festival where attendees will be able to purchase Pescadero-grown pumpkins while enjoying games, light refreshments and more. 251 Stage Road, Pescadero, (650) 879-1691, www.pescaderogrown.org.

Pumpkin Run
October 19, 8 a.m.
With a route that winds up the beautiful Coastside trail, the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Run is one of the most picturesque in California. This event is a great way to get some exercise, fresh air, and an early start on this year’s Pumpkin Festival. Choose a 5K/10K run, a 5K walk, or bring your children to the Kids Fun Run! Registration cost is $20 – $30 and depends on age and race selected. The run starts and ends at Hatch Elementary School, 490 Miramontes Road. To register go to www.seniorcoastsiders.org  or www.active.com.

Coastside Brewfest
October 25 1-5 p.m.
In celebration of the plethora of amazing breweries in the Bay Area and on the Coastside, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is hosting the Inaugural Coastside Brewfest in the expansive waterfront parking lot of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Some of the best breweries of the Bay Area will be there offering tastes of their favorite brews including Mavericks Brewing, Hop Dogma, Highway 1, Drakes, Marin Brewing Company, Moylans, 21st Amendment, Cellarmaker, Heretic, Faction, Devil’s Canyon and others. Off the Grid food trucks will be in attendance with a wide variety of local specialties for purchase. The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will also be open for business for those who are interested in sustainable coastal cuisine. In keeping with the Brewing Company’s ongoing philanthropic initiatives, a portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Coastside Hope. 390 Capistrano Rd. (650) 728-2739,www.hmbbrewingco.com. Media Contact: Caitlin Sandberg, (530) 400-9207, caitlin@ellipsespr.com.

- LOCAL RICHES -

Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Patches
An autumn visit to the pumpkin fields around Half Moon Bay is a popular annual tradition for many families. Spread out along Highway 92 and Cabrillo Highway (Rt. 1), visitors will discover pumpkins in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes in beautiful rural settings. Below is a selection of local pumpkin farms open to visitors:

A. Repetto Nursery- at this pumpkin patch, visitors can choose from more than 30 different pumpkin varieties, meander through a corn maze and go for a hayride. 12331 San Mateo Road, (650) 726-6414.
Arata Pumpkin Farm – in addition to pumpkins, this family-friendly farm features pony rides, a haunted barn, a petting zoo, a hay maze and more. 185 Verde Road, (650) 726-7548, www.aratapumpkinfarm.com.
Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm – life-long farmers Farmer John and his wife Eda grow more than 60 varieties of pumpkins and squash. Visitors can also check out an authentic Native American Teepee and take a ride on a vintage tractor. 850 North Cabrillo Highway, (650) 726-4980, www.farmerjohnspumpkins.com
Lemos Family Farm – this family farm specializes in year-round activities for children such as pony rides, tractor/train rides, petting zoo and more. 12320 San Mateo Road, (650) 726-2342, www.lemosfarm.com
Pastorino Gifts & Plants – this family-run farm boasts hayrides, train rides, ponies, pet and feed farm animals, giant slides, and on the weekends there’s a haunted house and face painting. 12391 San Mateo Road, (650) 726-6440, www.pastorinofarms.com
Tom & Pete’s Produce – celebrating 50 years since its inception in 1964, the produce stand will have pumpkins for sale during the month of October. 270 Main Street, (650) 726-7500.

Glass Blowing Classes
This fall, Half Moon Bay Art Glass will be teaching and demonstrating the ancient craft of glass blowing. Watch glass artist, Douglass C. Brown and staff make glass pumpkins, fruits, vegetables along with a large variety of sea life. Student will have a chance to blow glass in a safe, friendly and encouraging environment. Classes start at only $59 during the fall months. The studio is open extended weekends Friday to Monday 10am – 5pm. Located at La Nebbia Winery, 12341 San Mateo Road on Hwy 92, (650) 283-5626, www.hmbartglass.com

- ACCOMMODATIONS -

Celebrate Pumpkins at the Beach House Hotel
The luxuriously appointed New England-style Beach House Hotel is celebrating the pumpkin season in style throughout the month of October. Guests will enjoy pumpkin muffins served each morning with the hotel’s continental breakfast. In addition, festive pumpkin gourds will adorn each room and the front desk will offer complimentary maps to the area’s many pumpkin patches where guests can pick their own pumpkins. For an extra $25, guests can enjoy story time for kids with a seasonal favorite hardback book (October’s selection features pumpkins), plus a snack and juice, all made for enjoying the season. The special Story Time amenity will continue in November during Thanksgiving and holiday books, as well as books featuring the ocean throughout the year. 4100 North Cabrillo Hwy, (800) 315-9366, www.beachhouse.com. Media Contact: Marje Bennetts, (310) 802.4101 marje@beach-house.com

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