The Spa At Coworth Park Launches ‘Perfect Peace’

April 18, 2014 on 10:54 am | In London, Spa Resorts, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Find ‘Perfect Peace’ just 45 minutes from London at The Spa at Coworth Park. Surrounded by Royal Berkshire Parkland, the luxury spa at Dorchester Collection’s country house hotel Coworth Park is offering a tranquil mid-week escape from city life.

The minimalist two-level spa is created exclusively from UK-sourced materials and British-made furnishings, including original works from contemporary British artists. On arrival, refresh with a swim in the indoor pool with underwater music, relax in the steam room and experience shower with five waterflow settings, or re-energise at the gym equipped with top-of-the-range Technogym equipment, and afterwards recline outside the pool. For the ultimate escape, enjoy a picnic in the wildflower meadow and explore the stunning grounds which inspired John Lennon to write ‘Imagine’.

The new Perfect Peace mid-week getaway from The Spa at Coworth Park includes:

Luxury accommodation for two at Coworth Park
Country breakfast for two
Two classic Massages (50 minutes), with the option of a couples treatment room
Exclusive use of the small relaxation room
Two fruit smoothies and a pot of estate grown Meadow Tea served in the Spatisserie
‘Digital Detox’ – guests can hand in mobile phones and iPads for the duration of the stay
From £415 including VAT per night. Package valid Sunday to Thursday until 31 December, 2014

Editor’s Notes

Coworth Park is a 70-room luxury country house hotel and spa set in 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland just 45 minutes from central London and 20 minutes from Heathrow airport. Its location, unrivalled in the UK for the ease and convenience of its transport links, is also enhanced by its own helipad. The estate includes an eco-luxury Spa with indoor pool and three restaurants including the Spatisserie, relaxed dining in The Barn and fine-dining in the Mansion House. The only UK hotel to feature its own polo fields as well as an exceptional equestrian centre, current facilities include stabling for 30 horses together with self-contained accommodation for grooms and a full programme of polo tournaments. High resolution images can be downloaded from:leonardo.com/dorchestercollection

Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company’s mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.

The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Eden, Rome, Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; 45 Park Lane, London; and Le Richemond, Geneva. www.dorchestercollection.com


Soul Adventures Presents… ‘Vibrate At Your Highest Frequency’ Kundalini Yoga & Healing Retreat

April 16, 2014 on 11:41 am | In Beachbooker, Spa Resorts, Spain, Webbandstand | Comments Off



We are pleased to announce the second ‘VIBRATE AT YOUR HIGHEST FREQUENCY’ kundalini yoga and healing retreat of 2014, held in Ibiza from 3rd – 10th May, presented by Trish Whelan of Soul Adventures.

Trish specialises in helping people re-connect to their bliss and this 7 day immersion is a totally transformational retreat which relaxes, restores and rejuvenates so you will reach your highest vibration on all levels – and therefore feel your best.

The main focus of the week is working on a chakra (energy centre) a day with 2 Kundalini Yoga and Meditation sessions morning and evening and also supported by sessions of Reiki and Shamanic Healing.

The wellness experience is further enhanced with each day’s macrobiotic influenced menu designed around the chakra of that day and using the finest organic and local produce to create super tasty and nutritious vegetarian meals.

The exquisite Soul Adventures Retreat House is a truly luxurious retreat space ideally located on the island surrounded by 7 acres of private forest and lots of space to relax and really enjoy the process as you start to feel more vital, brighter and more radiant.

Held throughout the year from March to October, these powerful transformational retreats will fast track you to reaching your highest vibration and touching your bliss.

“Make yourself so happy so that when others see you they become happy too”
Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga

“I have been to a few yoga retreats before but never to a kundalini yoga one. Without doubt this has been the best retreat I have been to because there was a great mix of yoga, meditation and down time. The food was divine and I walked away feeling spiritually enlightened and content. I would highly recommend Trish’s retreat to others. Thank you Trish and to the rest of the group for a very special week. Waheguru Satnam!” Sabi Phagura, Fitlass/LuxuriousMagazine/MSN


2for1 Horse Riding, Yoga And Photography Holiday In Greece

April 16, 2014 on 8:57 am | In Adventure Travel, Greece, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Divine Retreats are offering an exceptional launch deal at the Horse Riding Centre Kamatriades, on the stunning island of Evia, Greece, to launch their very own Yoga centre (Yoga and horse riding centre Kamatriades).

A week of horse riding, yoga and photography explorations, over May Bank Holiday (28th April – 4th May):
Bring your friend for free! 2 for the price of one, for two friends sharing a room.

And for who wants to have time for self, we are offering a massively reduced single rate of £ 495 (down from £795).
This offer includes daily horse riding, yoga, photography sessions, yoga or photography one2ones, accommodation, breakfast and dinner (or lunch, depending on the day’s programme).

This is an easy-going, relaxed retreat/holiday , ideal for beginners, but all levels are welcome.

The programme will be tailored to the group’s needs and wishes.

Please go to http://www.yogaandhorseridingingreece.com/yoga-weeks.html  for more info.


Loews Hotels and Exhale to Launch New Miami Spa

April 15, 2014 on 8:56 am | In Beachbooker, Florida, Miami, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Just in time for summer, Loews Miami Beach Hotel is proud to announce the launch of a luxurious new spa with exhale on 1 May 2014, which will bring award-winning treatments and therapies to the heart of MiamiSouthBeach.

Located in the hotel’s beloved 790-room historic St. Moritz tower, the spa will be exhale’s third location within a Loews Hotel (after Loews Atlanta and Loews Hollywood), and its 23rd location overall.

The new spa will feature 16 spa therapy rooms, large changing rooms with a steam room and whirlpool, a mani-pedi lounge and an expansive gym with a ‘mind body’ studio where guests can experience award-winning Core Fusion programmes for the ultimate full body workout. Focusing on core strength, Core Fusion is a heart-pumping, energy-inducing fitness programme allowing participants to strengthen and lengthen their bodies, while refocusing the mind. Breath and movement are integrated in exhale’s signature Flow yoga class, an uplifting yoga experience.

To get travellers bikini ready for the summer, exhale will also host weekly outdoor classes on the beach. One of the latest therapies, a slimming and toning body therapy called Deep Detox is also available to those looking to trim off the last few inches before hitting the beach.

A full menu of spa therapies on offer at the new spa includes signature restorative massages, award-winning and rejuvenating facials, nail care, waxing and Eastern healing therapies. For those enjoying the sun at Loews Miami Beach, exhale will perform cabana and poolside therapies and can tailor select facials and massages for post-sun relief.

“The opening of exhale South Beach gives guests the opportunity to further enhance their resort experience, whether part of a group programme agenda, a vacation indulgence or a local resident coming to take a class,” said Alex Tonarelli, Managing Director of Loews Miami Beach Hotel. “We’re pleased to welcome exhale as our spa partner and look forward to introducing their renowned mind and body programmes to our guests.”

To find out more about Loews Miami Beach Hotel and the new exhale South Beach, visit www.loewshotels.com/Miami

About Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Located in the heart of SouthBeach, the iconic Loews Miami Beach Hotel boasts 790 recently renovated luxury guestrooms, situated directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel features a palm tree lined promenade, oceanfront sparkling pool, the St-Tropez inspired, state-of-the-art SOAK Cabana Deck featuring private rooftop terraces, the new exhale Spa and 65,000 square feet of meeting and function space. Guests can indulge in seven restaurants and bars including Sushi SoBe, Preston’s and Scoops, in addition to the hotel’s newest dining concept – the first outpost of New YorkCity’s beloved Lure Fishbar – located in the hotel’s historic St. Moritz building. Additional amenities include SoBe Kids’s Camp, a fitness center and premium shopping at Splash and Splish retail boutiques.

About exhale

Founded in 2002, exhale has earned a position as the leading lifestyle brand in the spa and wellbeing sector through award-winning mind body fitness classes, and best in class spa and healing therapies. Guests transform both mind and body with exhale’s exclusive yoga and Core Fusion programs including Core Fusion Barre, Barre+Cardio, Boot Camp, Cardio, Extreme, Sport or Yoga. A suite of 11 Core Fusion DVD’s allow guests to experience the power of exhale while they are at home or on the road.

Read Loews’ “Wish You Were Here” Blog at www.loewshotelsblog.com

To find out more about Loews Hotels & Resorts, visit www.loewshotels.com


Sparty’s Summer Season starts 19th April at the Széchenyi Baths

April 15, 2014 on 8:47 am | In Hungary, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Budapest’s popular party nights or ‘sparty’s as they are known, have been taking place in the city’s historical thermal baths for 16 years. This year they are launching their summer series of sparty’s early, on 19th April in the spacious Széchenyi Baths in the City Park. The weekly sparty kicks off at 10.30pm and includes special DJ-sets, mind-blowing laser and smoke-formations, bars full of liquid and edible delicacies, and an international crowd of sparty-goers.

The dress code is swim-suit and flip-flops and tickets can be booked in advance, online (www.spartybooking.com) or personally (in Café Hütte or cash desks of Széchenyi Baths), or on the door. Single ticket price is €25


Refurbishment of the Aquaticum Thermal Spa in Debrecen is complete

April 15, 2014 on 8:45 am | In Hungary, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



The Aquaticum thermal spa complex, located in Debrecen and part of the four star Aquaticum Debrecen Thermal and Wellness Hotel, has just undergone a refurbishment programme to its indoor thermal spa facilities. There are three medicinal water pools of different temperatures, a swimming pool, a contrast bath and steam chambers in the domed pool hall. There is also an open-air pool with medicinal waters that operates year-round. The indoor and outdoor pools are equipped with water massages and mushroom showers can be used to complement the medical treatments with medicinal water massage.

There is direct access from the thermal baths to the Mediterranean Pleasure Baths via a glass-walled corridor. This area, complete with tropical plants, is great for families and includes a wave pool, children and baby pool, 12 slides, a climbing wall, slow-river corridors, water massage jets, mushroom and neck showers, cave pools, pleasure paths and water choppers. At the complex there is also a Mediterranean Restaurant, Thai Massage Centre, as well as a Sauna Centre equipped with a Finnish sauna and steam chambers. For more information visit www.aquaticum.hu

Debrecen, in the east of Hungary is easily accessible by WizzAir flights from Luton Airport, 7 times a week. For more information visit www.wizzair.com


Health and Wellness Travel in Hangzhou, China‏

April 14, 2014 on 1:25 pm | In Asia, China, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Relax the Mind, Restore the Body and Revive the Spirit with
Health and Wellness Travel in Hangzhou, China

Travel Agents and Tour Operators Embrace Travelers’ Desire for Wellness-Themed Vacations

Hangzhou, China — The path to enlightenment has been paved with the picturesque lakes, luxurious spas and ancient temples of Hangzhou, home to some of the top health and wellness retreats in China.

Described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and splendid city in the world” for its ancient temples and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed West Lake, Hangzhou is one of the oldest capital cities in China with a rich history dating back 5,000 years.

With more than two-thirds of North Americans wanting a health and wellness-themed vacation, travel agents and tour operators are increasingly adding Hangzhou to tourist’s China travel itineraries. The destination has options for travelers in search of a physical and spiritual escape to the pagodas and gardens around the city’s lakes, the spas and springs of its luxury hotels and the teachings of its diverse temples.

Below are the best ways to a healthy mind, body and spirit in Hangzhou:

Mind:

mind

West Lake: With a mixture of islands, pavilions, villas, courtyards, arched bridges, monasteries, lagoons and tea plantations, West Lake Scenic Area is bound to quench a traveler’s thirst for pure relaxation and transcendent contemplation. Combining sublime natural beauty with ancient Chinese culture, a visitor will feel immersed in nature, and at the same time feel like they have left the current century and gone back in time hundreds of years. Put simply, a walk around West Lake or a nap on the banks of a secluded inlet can clear the mind of most anything.

Tianmu Mountain National Nature Reserve: Travelers looking to experience mindfulness and enlightenment as Buddha once did can walk Tianmu Mountain, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. The mountain boasts a sub-tropical climate surrounded by negative oxygen ions that are said to positively stimulate the nervous system and blood flow. The mountain is also home to 39 endangered animal species, over 2,000 plant species, the 87-foot “Giant Tree King,” a Japanese Cedar named by the emperor of the Qing dynasty, bamboo shoots, waterfalls and ancient temples.

Baishui Gully: Dotted with 108 lakes, cascading waterfalls and a stunning primeval forest, the gully is sure to create an out-of-body experience for all travelers. The gully’s annual Spring Bamboo Shoot Festival offers the option of digging up bamboo shoots and sampling prepared dishes of the healthy veggie known for medicinal benefits.

Body:

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Amanfayun: Mirrored as an ancient Chinese village, there are a myriad of sites within this resort in which to restore the mind, body and soul. The Aman Spa consists of five separate buildings surrounded by bamboo groves, tea bushes and Magnolia trees, tThe Reception and Reflexology House offers traditional foot and hand reflexology and the Bath House contains treatment rooms equipped with a circular wooden soaking tub, a rain shower, a steam room and double-seated showers. Other locations offer anything from Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, pedicures, massages, aromatherapy and Asian healing therapies.

Banyan Tree Spa: Guests can experience the tranquil Banyan Tree Hangzhou, a resort located at the edge of Xixi National Wetland Park. Offered are Gui Shi Hot Stones massages, said to promote the flow of qi, and the Oriental Bath Experience, which offers a choice of yin (cold) or yang (warm) body scrubs derived from indigenous materials such as longjing tea.

Tuankou Radon Hot Spring: While residents were aware of the hot springs hundreds of years ago, they have only recently become a popular site for locals and visitors alike. Radon, a colorless, odorless element is meant to stimulate cell tissue for a revitalizing experience. Tuankou Radon Hot Spring is the biggest spring in East China, covering 18,000 square meters and with a capacity to hold over 1,700 people.

Xin’an River Sulfur Hot Spring: This is the only hot spring in Zhejiang Province that naturally contains sulfur, which is reputed to protect against toxins. The spring was discovered in 1987 by oil exploration workers. They didn’t find oil but they struck the sulfur-rich spring 700 meters below the surface. In 2009, Xin’an River Hot Spring bubbled to life as a tourist attraction. Some of the smaller springs include Chinese herbs, rice wine or coffee, each offering varying therapeutic effects.

Spirit:

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Lingyin Temple: This “Monastery of Soul’s Retreat” stands out as one of the largest and most influential Chan monasteries in China. Travelers can meditate, pray, or simply soak up the temple’s serenity to achieve Nirvana, a transcendent state free from suffering and from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth. As one of the top 10 Buddhist temples in China, temple has been welcoming souls for over 1,700 years.

Baopu Taoist Temple: Situated on Geling Hill, Baopu Taoist Temple is, without question, the best place to savor Taoism in Hangzhou. Because its off-the-beaten-track and relatively hidden amid a dense forest, this is a place for quiet observance of spirit. The temple is named after an alchemist who lived on Geling Hill – his life’s work was to create the elixir of life.

Hangzhou’s Yoga Summit: A Qing-style building at the top of Wu Hill, this yoga center overlooks West Lake for ultimate serenity. The center offers morning, evening and full-day sessions of all types of yoga. The mindset of the summit is that the location itself is “heaven” overlooking West Lake. Visitors can become one with themselves and with nature through the practice and harmony of yoga.

For more information, visit www.gotohz.com

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About Hangzhou

Hangzhou is one of the six oldest capitals in China and an integral part of the world’s sixth largest economic center – the Yangtze River Delta. Offering 5,000 years of rich culture, it was established as an important city in Chinese civilization by 221 BC. When Marco Polo visited 800 years ago, he declared it “the finest and most splendid city in the world.”

The city is located on West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Grand Canal, the world’s oldest and longest man-made canal, begins at Hangzhou and ends at Beijing and incorporates 132 heritage sites (seven of which are in Hangzhou). The city has a well-known heritage in the production of fine porcelain, silk and tea, and tourists may visit museums dedicated to each and learn how these skills have impacted civilization generally.

Hangzhou is at the centre of stunning natural landscape with the West Lake encompassed on three sides by hills. The lake, a fusion of culture and nature, has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. Ten scenic sites have been given poetic names such as Autumn Moon, Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds, etc. There are two causeways and three islands with picturesque pagodas, pavilions, lush gardens and historic temples. Hangzhou is the political, historical and cultural center of Zhejiang Province on the southeast coast of China, only 45 minutes from Shanghai on the bullet train. To facilitate connectivity within the city, use of bicycles is encouraged as a means of transportation and may be rented by the hour.


Marilyn Monroe™ Spas Opens Spa in Hyatt Times Square New York

April 10, 2014 on 8:56 am | In New York City, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Marilyn Monroe’s glamorous legacy provides the inspiration to transform the spa experience

New York, NY – – Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, the company bringing a fresh new approach to resort spas, day spas and nail boutiques under the iconic Marilyn Monroe brand, today announced the opening of Timeless, a Marilyn Monroe™ Spa in Hyatt Times Square.

Marilyn Monroe™ Spas is infusing the iconic star’s glamorous legacy and engaging personality into new, modern spa concepts that will set new standards for service, environment, product quality and overall value in the resort and day spa industry. The guest experience is vibrant, playful and social, delivered by an engaging staff providing unmatched levels of service. Marilyn Monroe’s statement: “I just want to be wonderful” defines the company’s standard for how guests should feel after every visit.

In New York, Marilyn Monroe™ Spa’s menu of services will include indulgent massages, body treatments and facials as well as manicures and pedicures. Featured services include Marilyn’s Signature Fassage™, an effective lifting and relaxing facial massage, and Marilyn’s Must-Have featuring Steamy Wonderful™. Additional glamour services, such as hair styling and makeup, will be added in the coming months.

“We are delighted to bring Hyatt guests, area residents and visitors to New York a new and different spa experience that has been many years in the making and will transform the spa industry” said Gordon Tareta, Chief Operating Officer – Hotels and Resorts for Marilyn Monroe™ Spas. “We believe our guests will immediately feel the difference in atmosphere, service, products and overall value – feeling wonderful with each and every visit.”

“It’s fitting that we have brought a Marilyn Monroe™ Spa to New York – one of Marilyn’s favorite cities, “ said Marco Palta, General Manager of Timeless, a Marilyn Monroe™ Spa at Hyatt Times Square. “Much like New York, she is legendary and, certainly, timeless.”

Marilyn Monroe™ Spas’ exclusive line of signature products that include body care, facial care, hair care, nail care, makeup, and spa lifestyle products are available at the Marilyn Monroe™ Spa in New York and at www.MarilynMonroeSpas.com  Wherever possible, Marilyn Monroe™ Spas’ products are made with the finest, certified natural organic ingredients available. Others, such as nail polishes are vegan and free of Formaldehyde, DBP and toluene. Marilyn Monroe™ Spas facial and body care products undergo rigorous third-party testing, support global fair trade farming and sustainability practices, and are cruelty-free.

Timeless, a Marilyn Monroe™ Spa is located in Hyatt Times Square, 135 W. 45th Street, New York, NY 10036-4004 and is open Monday – Friday 9am to 9pm and from 9 am until 8pm on Saturday and Sunday. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 646-640-3830 or by visiting www.MarilynMonroeSpas.com  The Spa’s general manager is Marco Palta.

In addition to Timeless, the company has also opened a Marilyn Monroe™ Spa in Monterey, California and Marilyn Monroe™ Nail Boutiques in Orlando and Miami, Florida. Over the next several months Marilyn Monroe™ Nail Boutiques, Glamour Rooms and Spas will be opening in Maui, Atlanta, Phoenix, and San Diego, with other cities to be added later in 2014 and beyond.

Marilyn Monroe™ Spas exclusive use of the Marilyn Monroe name to operate in the spa, salon, nail and health and wellness categories is through a licensing agreement with Authentic Brands Group, a leading intellectual property licensing corporation representing the estate of Marilyn Monroe.

About Marilyn Monroe™ Spas
Marilyn Monroe™ Spas’ is working to transform resort and day spas and revolutionize nail boutiques worldwide under the iconic Marilyn Monroe brand by providing an experience superior to current standards of service, products, customer environment and value. Marilyn Monroe™ Spas consistently fulfills its clients’ desire to “be wonderful” in a fun, social and glamorous environment through its Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, Marilyn Monroe™ Glamour Rooms, Marilyn Monroe™ Nail Boutiques, and Marilyn Monroe™ Spas’ exclusive line of beauty products. For more information about Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, to book an appointment at one of our locations or to purchase Marilyn Monroe™ Spas beauty products, please visit www.MarilynMonroeSpas.com

Marilyn Monroe™ Spas is led by Niki Bryan, CEO and Founder, and Al Weiss, Executive Chairman. Niki Bryan has spent over 30 years as an active leader in the spa, beauty and fitness industries, consistently driving higher standards and innovations in the spa facility design and services. Through Niki Bryan Spas, she re-introduced and elevated the definition of Resort Spas and Health Clubs in the 1980s with companies such as Ritz-Carlton, Walt Disney World, Marriott and Hilton Resorts. Al Weiss is recognized among the resort and hospitality industry’s most successful leaders, who prior to joining Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, spent 40 years with Disney. Under his tenure as President of Worldwide Operations, Al oversaw $12 billion+/95,000 employee Walt Disney Parks and Resorts business, including the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Resort Paris, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club and “Adventures by Disney.”

About Authentic Brands Group, LLC
Authentic Brands Group, in partnership with Leonard Green & Partners, is an intellectual property corporation with a mandate to acquire, manage and build long-term value in prominent consumer brands. Headquartered in New York City, ABG’s mission is to further enhance brand equity through partnering with best-in-class licensees and retailers. ABG brands include Marilyn Monroe® , Muhammad Ali® , Elvis Presley®, Juicy Couture®, Judith Leiber®, Adrienne Vittadini®, Taryn Rose®, Misook®, Hickey Freeman®, Hart Schaffner Marx®, Palm Beach®, Bobby Jones®, Spyder®, Prince®, Ektelon®, Viking®, TapouT® and Sportcraft®.


The Westin St. Francis Launches Year-Long Wellness Program

April 7, 2014 on 8:47 am | In California, San Francisco, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Introducing the Westin Well-Being Movement,
featuring New Partnerships, Programs and a Dedicated Council of Wellness Experts

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 3, 2014 – Strengthening its historic commitment to health and wellness, The Westin St. Francis proudly announces the launch of a year-long comprehensive wellness program. As part of the global Westin Well-being Movement, a $15 million campaign designed to enhance the well-being of guests and associates around the world, innovative partnerships and programs have been implemented to illustrate Westin’s six brand pillars: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well and Play Well.

“The Westin St. Francis recognizes the importance of health and wellness, and is dedicated to providing useful tools and resources for our guests to feel their best,” says General Manager Jon Kimball.

As part of the new Westin Well-being Movement, guests of The Westin St. Francis can enjoy can the following healthy options:

EAT WELL – 
helping guests enjoy healthy dining options, The Oak Room Restaurant and Caruso’s both feature SuperfoodsRx meals, pairing whole foods rich in antioxidants and low in calories. A sampling includes blueberry banana smoothies and wraps with scrambled eggs, turkey and cheddar. There is also a wide selection of gluten free items for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

PLAY WELL – located in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square, The Westin St. Francis provides the ideal location for guests to get out and explore the area. Through a partnership with AFAR Magazine, local writers provide suggestions and tips for the best places to enjoy around The City, from outdoor yoga and walking tours to some of San Francisco’s top restaurants and bars. To help the weekend last even longer, Westin Weekends provides late checkout on Sundays until 3 p.m. and extended breakfast hours.

SLEEP WELL – there’s nothing more heavenly than waking up refreshed after a great night sleep, and Westin’s iconic Heavenly® Beds are sure to do the trick. For guests who wish to bring home this slice of heaven, the plush, pillow-top mattresses, sumptuous hotel linens and lofty pillows, duvet and blankets are available for sale.

MOVE WELL – guests can stay healthy and fit on the road with Westin’s Gear Lending program, providing fresh, clean New Balance shoes and clothing delivered in-room for use during their stay ($5 fee). The WestinWORKOUT® Gym features the finest exercise equipment from world-class brands for all levels of performance. For those who wish to get in a run while seeing the city sights, The Westin St. Francis offers guided runs every Tuesday at 6:30 am as part of RunWESTIN℠PROGRAM. Meet under the clock in the Landmark Lobby.

FEEL WELL – upon arrival, guests will be welcomed by the hotel’s light, refreshing signature scent throughout the lobby. Upon retiring to the guestroom, the Heavenly Bath, with a therapeutic spa shower and luxurious bath amenities, is sure to provide relaxation. For those who wish to unwind with a massage, body treatment or facial, the St. Francis Renewal Spa has a wide range of options offering a relaxing respite from the rigors of travel.

WORK WELL – Meeting attendees can recharge their body and mind with delicious SuperFoodsRx™ Meeting Breaks, designed to provide focused energy.

For more information on the Westin Well-being Movement and The Westin St. Francis, visit www.westinstfrancis.com and www.facebook.com/WestinSF and follow the property on https://twitter.com/westinstfr.

About The Westin St. Francis
Opened more than a century ago on March 21, 1904, The Westin St. Francis still today maintains its preeminence as San Francisco’s center of social, theatrical and business life. Renowned for luxury accommodations and excellent service, The Westin St. Francis continues to preserve its rich history and elegance while enhancing the guest experience with fresh, innovative concepts. The only hotel located on San Francisco’s famous Union Square, The Westin St. Francis is just steps from world class shopping, dining, theatres and art galleries. For reservations and more information, call (415) 397-7000, toll free (800) 917-7458 or visit www.westinstfrancis.com.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services – like the Heavenly Bed®, delicious SuperFoodsRx® and WestinWORKOUT® studio – have been designed with the guests’ well-being in mind. Westin hotels, with more than 190 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries, and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com


Star Clippers to Feature Two Yoga Sailings in 2014‏

April 3, 2014 on 10:39 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Cruise Boats, Florida, Miami, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



There’s no more relaxing environment than beneath the billowing sails of a tall ship while out at sea, and Star Clippers is taking advantage of this by offering free yoga and meditation classes on two sailings in 2014.

Guests on Star Flyer’s Aug. 2 Balearic Islands voyage and Royal Clipper’s Nov. 6 trans-Atlantic crossing will have the opportunity to enjoy complimentary yoga lessons by qualified instructors.

“The trans-Atlantic crossing and gorgeous Balearic Islands provide the perfect backdrop for relaxing yoga classes out on deck,” said Mark Carlson, director of marketing for Star Clippers. “The yoga sailings have been extremely popular in the past, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer this experience to our guests once again.”

On Star Flyer’s Aug. 2 Balearic and Spain cruise, guests can learn Ishta-style yoga, focusing on asana, meditation, anatomy and yogic and tantric philosophy under the instruction of Raphaella Rose. Australian-born Rose currently is based in Barcelona, Spain, and promotes friendly and accessible yoga. She has practiced yoga for 16 years and taught classes in the U.S., Great Britain and Spain, running regular retreats alongside her class schedule.

Yoga expert Christel Vollmer returns to Royal Clipper on the Nov. 6 trans-Atlantic sailing. She will hold daily sessions of Astanga yoga, also known as power yoga, on deck in the fresh morning air, with a second session just before sunset, including meditation. She also will give lectures on the philosophy of yoga and advice for practice at home.

Both sailings will offer twice-daily yoga and meditation on the open deck. In addition to practice, the instructors will lecture on the health benefits of different styles of yoga — from slimming effects to back care. All classes and lectures are optional, and additional ship activities will be offered as part of the standard daily program. The classes are suitable for all levels and no prior experience is required.

Fares for Royal Clipper’s 16-night sailing departing from Lisbon, Portugal, for Barbados Nov. 6 begin at $2,783, per person, double occupancy, including Advance Purchase Discounts and a trans-Atlantic air credit; port charges are additional.

Star Flyer’s seven-day itinerary calls at Valencia, Spain, and the four Balearic islands that make up the beautiful archipelago off the coast. Fares start at $1,550 per person, double occupancy, including Advance Purchase Discounts and a trans-Atlantic air credit; port charges are additional.

Star Clippers recently was named among the Top Small-Ship Lines in Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards as well as Top Small-Ship Cruise Lines in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2013 World’s Best Awards.

To request a brochure, call toll-free 800-442-0556 or email brochures@starclippers.com . To make a reservation, contact a travel professional. For information, call Star Clippers at 800-442-0551 or visit www.starclippers.com  to view a video about the line or take a virtual tour of the Star Clippers ships.

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