Category: Travel

Son Brull Boutique Hotel & Spa, Mallorca Spain

 

Located at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains in the northern part of Mallorca, Spain, sits Son Brull Boutique Hotel & Spa. Where to begin? Let’s start with the stunning, massive glass entry door. Now that is an entrance! The intimate lobby is more understated chic living room/library.

Located in a former eighteenth century Jesuit monastery, the owners dedication to preserving a sense of authenticity is clear. Son Brull is design-driven but heritage and tradition are clearly important. The original (and massive) stone machinery used in the olive oil making process fits seamlessly within the bar/restaurant area, which leads out to the pool area. There are actually two pools — one indoor and one outdoor — a huge plus in chillier months. (The hotel is closed for three months: December though February.)

Swimming pool at Son Brull, Mallorca

And, then there’s the spa. Again, that sense of intimacy. Cozy treatment rooms with charming therapists. Wonderful sauna and steam room as well. What makes Son Brull special is that you feel like you are at someone’s fantastic villa off in the hills. Well, someone who also has a Michelin-starred restaurant — along with an organic garden! Standout memories for me: fresh oranges from the property’s grove, lingering in the sauna (with fresh lemon water after), one of the best roasted vegetable dishes ever, relaxing in my large, bright (Mallorca has 300 days of sunshine on average per year), airy room. So well-appointed with design details that mixed modern (stunning concrete floors) with warm woods and textiles. Think luxe rustic. I can still smell that orange…

Son Brull Boutique Hotel & Spa

Majorca Yoga Retreat, June 10 — June 17, 2017

Brought to you by the team at NYC’s SKY TING yoga. I love Majorca’s beauty — lush, rustic, and dry heat. Heaven after a long winter. Led by SKY TING teacher Krissy Jones and Love Yoga’s Kyle Miller, you will enjoy staying in a beautiful villa in an old Monastery. The setting is beyond! (Look at the photo!) This will be a small group with a lot of individual attention to students. Count on a yoga program tailored to each student’s needs. Then there’s private chef Mallory Wedding ready to prepare delicious, healthy meals for you. Program includes yoga, pranayama, and meditation twice daily, light breakfast, six brunches and four dinners (with private chef) — other meals with be out and about in Majorca. And, let’s not forget the on-site masseuse ready to work out any “issues” or to just deepen your sense of bliss.

Find out more details about SKY TING’s MAJORCA RETREAT here.

Baja, Mexico Yoga Retreat With Liz Arch

Yoga Journal just came out with their list of fantastic yoga retreats for 2017. I will share more, but thought I would start with this one to Baja, Mexico! Here’s YJ’s information:

“Purple Dot Yoga Project with Liz Arch

Where: Baja, Mexico
When: March 25–April 1, 2017

Looking for a way to give back? Sign up for Liz Arch’s Baja retreat. Proceeds will benefit Purple Dot Yoga Project, an organization aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence through yoga. Then enjoy ocean-front eco-lux accommodations and specialty workshops focusing on challenge poses like the inversions and arm balances that have been eluding you.

From $2,095, Thetravelyogi.com

Can’t make it? Practice with Liz Arch in our Challenge Poses online course.”

 

Half Moon – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Jamaica. It’s my favorite island for so many reasons. I’m part Jamaican and it feels nice to come “‘home.” BUT, every time I go, it’s always about the people. Their warmth, kindness, killer sense of humor, and, yes, a little bit of attitude to keep it real. This trip was no different. Put that with beautiful weather, lush surroundings, good food, and some ‘essential-listening’ reggae? Done. This year I tried a different place. I had heard of Half Moon many times and all reports were great. Scratch that. Pretty fantastic, actually. Somehow I never made it. I always go through that mental back and forth of “easy resort. Ahhh.” vs. “shouldn’t we be doing something more rustic and authentic?” Then I factor in traveling with my husband (“beach is non-negotiable”), daughter (“activites!”) and this year my mom (“just put me somewhere warm and I’m happy”), and I figured let’s go easy and not stress. We all loved it.

The property is literally 10 minutes from the airport, but when you enter, it’s a different, hushed, beautiful world. I love a good entry — you need to set the right visual tone immediately — and the lobby’s sweeping, open-air views of the ocean are wonderful. I would call the decor “modern colonial.” Elegant wood furniture with soothing tropical (not crazy primary colors) patterns. Tasteful. Chic. Before I move on, I would say the one cloud over our experience was the reception staff’s handling of our check-in. The issue could have been handled better — and without us even knowing. Execution and consistency are so important in hospitality. Okay, moving on to the good! There are many different accommodations to choose from. Beach front cottages, single rooms, suites, split-level cottages, and private villas that are located further in on the property. (While biking, I craned my neck more than once to get a glimpse of the villas, which look amazing.) We chose a garden villa suite. Well, actually it was chosen for us as we made a late reservation and that’s what they had left for the Christmas week. When I say ‘late’ I mean August! It all worked out though. We were steps away from the beach, palm trees, and fresh coconut water every day. There are three pools, and two main beaches. I preferred the one further away from the main building as it was like a private beach with a great snack bar/bbq.

There are dedicated programs and facilities for tennis, horseback-riding, and a renown golf course. We tend to be slackers in this department, but I’m happy these amenities are here. Future aspirations? Maybe! Their yoga pavilion is wonderful. Actually, there are two. One at the Fern Tree Spa (great!), and one on the beach. Literally on stilts over the ocean. Special. I had, ‘Gabi,’ a german transplant as my teacher and she was a perfect mixture of no-nonsense/soulful/warm/fun. Very much like Jamaica itself.

 

Half Moon

Muji.com for Travel Supplies

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This is one of my favorite stores. Ever. When I’m in a MUJI store, I get that same gleam in my eye that my father would get in a serious hardware store. I love to explore every department. And every time I marvel at how such simple design can be so insanely cool AND functional. This is my go-to place for cosmetic travel bottles. Such a selection! Then you’ve got passport holders, neck pillows, cosmetic cases, luggage carts, and so many other things you didn’t even know you were missing out on. Nothing beats the in-store experience, but MUJI.com has everything you need. Happy travels!

NB: For the travel cosmetic bottles, look under “Health/Beauty”. All other travel products are under “Travel Goods”.

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