Daily Archives: February 8, 2012

Travel Tidbits – New airfare pricing rule challenged in Congress

China’s Lantern Festival
China celebrates the Lantern Festival, marking the end of the Lunar New Year festivities… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

 

 

America’s Best Cities for Dating
Look for love in all the right places, because these 10 U.S. cities rank tops for their dating-friendly credentials… Yahoo Travel News

 

 

Best unromantic places around the world
Tired of thinking about romantic places to go for Valentine’s Day? Here are some unromantic locales to take your mind off of love… LA Times

 

 

A leisurely cruise down the Danube
This decidedly contemporary little adventure proved there’s plenty more to the Danube than ornate campaniles and schmaltzy music… Telegraph (London)

 

 

New airfare pricing rule challenged in Congress
Airlines are fighting the federal rule that requires them to quote airfares that includes taxes and fees, and their allies in Congress have introduced a bill to scuttle the requirement… Seattle Times

 

 

Hyatt plans six more hotels in Saudi Arabia
The Hyatt Hotels Corp. is gearing up for a major expansion in Saudi Arabia… USA Today

 

 

 

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Travel Tidbits – 10 Incredible new adventures of 2012

Last month San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens a yoga studio. In efforts to make air travel less stressful and more enjoyable.

 

America’s top roadside attractions, including Oklahoma’s Pops in Arcadia.

Fred Olsen brings back Belfast in 2013

Neighborhood tours in big cities such as Chicago, New Orleans, NY, etc…

 

 

 

 

Insiders guide: The best of Rome – The best pizza and cool attractions that aren’t the Colosseum – Italy in one weekend.

101 Great Dates Around the World

10 Incredible new adventures for 2012 Cycle Southern Iceland, Best of Burma, Sea of Cortez Family Base Kayak Trip… by USA Today Travel

 

 

 

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The Good Old Brooklyn Bridge…

Marina Chetner

… sang Frank Sinatra in the 1940’s black & white film, It Happened in BrooklynThe Brooklyn Bridge  is such a beautiful song.

If someone asked you to name New York’s top three iconic landmarks, I am sure that the Brooklyn Bridge would make the cut. It’s inspired so many films, poems, stories, and life moments.

From this architecturally stunning structure, an open-air viewing deck grant visitors unobstructed New York views, unlike those seen from the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges. (NB: The Bridge is undergoing renovation at this time so there is scaffolding on part of the way from Brooklyn towards its centre).

On the Brooklyn Bridge, everyone shares the same path, which means mayhem. Although a dividing line maintains some order, it doesn’t succeed given the throngs of tourists descend on the bridge daily. Walkers brush shoulders as the stroll from Manhattan to Brooklyn, or vive…

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Soak up the Perfect Blend of Relaxation and Outdoor Enjoyment in a Desert Paradise – Palm Springs, California

One Year of Travel!

We Flew with the Other Eagles, Over the Grand Canyon, with Papillion Helicopter Tours

Sweet Relief – Top 10 global spa trends for 2012

As a massage therapist for over 20 years I always love hearing the spa trends for the year. I am hopeful that more people will learn the health benefits of massage and not see it as a luxury item. All people from all walks of life benefit from massage.

Let’s explore some of the different spa trends for 2012:

1. Feet Focus – Reflexology – Foot Massage

On the rise are multi-treatments focused on the feet. Specific work on the foot due to high-heel pain.

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas offers a Shanghai foot massage.

La Costa Spa now has a Reflexology Path at their Carlsbad Resort in San Diego.

2. Cold & Ice – Icy therapies & cold experiences are hot!

Great for inflammation and pain reduction.

QUA Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas now has an “Arctic Ice Room”

Sparkling Hill Resort & Wellness Center offers a Cold Sauna (Cryotherapy) Treatment in Vernon, BC Canada

You might start getting facials and noticing that there are more icy masks and cold applications being used.

Austrian spa designer Thermarium is expected to launch a “snow shower” this year. You will be able to choose between a light snow, medium snowfall and a blizzard.

 

3. Wellness & Beauty Coaching – Helping people make long-term life changes

You may find that some spas will now have more “fitness coaches” available to work with you on your fitness and health.

Canyon Ranch Resort & Spa in Miami

Deerfield Spa with Dr. Brad as your life coach

 

4. Online Wellness Gaming – Gaming your way to health & wellness

The world-renowned Mayo Clinic’s “Games as Life-Changers”, Clarins “Spa Life” on Facebook and Deepak Chopra’s meditation game “Leela”

RealNetworks Data projects that Wellness gaming will generate $2 billion in revenue by 2015.

 

5. The Ultimate Connoisseur Experience -Pairing fine dining with spa experience. Healthy Hedonism.

Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo with chef Joel Robuchon, Yoga Retreat for Foodies with David Romanelli, and Ritz Carlton’s “Blokes & Beer” spa package in Toronto

 

6. Spas are picking up on “Good Vibrations” using Vibration, Sound, Music, Light and Color

QUA Baths & Spa offers Aura-Soma Color Reading

Acqualina by ESPA in Miami uses red and blue LED to repair/renew skin cells.

Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona offers the “Taiz Sensorium” with full -sensory immersion.

AlphaSphere Mind melting spa designed by Vienna artist sha

 

7. The Glam Factor – grooming and beauty – blow-dry bar

Guerlain Spa  – NYC

Hershesons – London Blow-dry bar

Blushington – Makeup and Beauty Lounge in West Hollywood

 

8. Spa Evidence – Scientific Proof of Wellness

Hospitals (e.g. UCLA Medical Center) are now offering Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Integrative Therapy.

Hospitals are starting to offer Eastern healing approaches which include massage, acupuncture, reiki, music and art therapies.

 

9. Spas are becoming a family affair – The Kinder-Spa Craze.

The Enchanted Lagoon Kids Spa in Gurnee, Illinois

Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel – Israel

Klafs – Germany

Aulani Disney family spa – Hawaii’s newest Disney Resort

10. Spas going for the “WOW”

‘The Nest’ at Coqoon Spa at the Indigo Pearl in Thailand

 

 

 

New York Spa Castle 

Bota Bota Spa-Sur-L’Eau in Montreal

Amusement Park Spas, Water Park Spas, Tropical Garden Spas and spas with a full range of Classical music  and Jazz concerts. Many of the spa-parks are geared towards children and their parents. These are some of the spa experiences trending for 2012.

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