Tag: wellness 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

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.”

 

Clarins Spa at the Royal Monceau hotel, Paris

 

Spa My Blend by Clarins

Spa My Blend by Clarins

Although I don’t get them often, I love a good facial. When I lived in New York City, I was a devotée of Christine Chin. She is a formidable, tell-it-like-it-is (“Oh, does it sting? Good! Beauty is torture!”), skin genius. Period. It’s taken me awhile to find a new place, but I think I just struck gold with the Spa My Blend by Clarins at the Royal Monceau hotel. The design is a sea of white lacquer and mirrored furniture. With so much stimulus hitting us from every direction these days, the minimalism felt clean, crisp and oddly soothing. Plus, I loved the beautiful fresh juices and treats to sample pre-appointment. My therapist, Marine, was a true delight and the real deal. Professional skin diagnosis, an incredible custom protocol for my skin (hence the name, “Spa My Blend“), and (when has this EVER happened) on top of a fantastic facial, the treatment included a hot stone massage for my neck and shoulders. Oh, a hand and and foot massage as well. When the treatment was over… a salted caramel macaron was waiting for me. Hello? God, I felt great.

There are moments as an expat when you love where you live, like where you live, feel like a fish out of water or just want to go home. By the way, these moods can all happen in one day. What helps tip the scale more to love is when you start to have your “network” going. Your friend tribe, your butcher, the fabulous lady you buy your flowers from, your fish monger, your “bio coop,” and on and on. Spa My Blend is officially part of the network. Expats in Paris: what gems are in your network?

Spa My Blend by Clarins, Royal Monceau Paris

Body School By Yamuna – St. Lucia April 26-May 1, 2017

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The Body Holiday, St. Lucia

Here’s one to put on your calendar. Yamuna Zake is leading her first Body School at The Body Holiday in St. Lucia. If you haven’t heard of Yamuna, this is a good day. She created a program for movement that focuses on proper alignment. Her goal is to teach her students body sustainability. I have taken her classes. They will change your body and your relationship to your body. You start by focusing on your feet with a special ball called a “foot saver,” and soon realize how much we all neglect two of the most important things we rely on every single day. I’ve met women in their seventies who were able to avoid hip, knee, and back surgery by practicing the various methods she teaches in her classes. It works! The basic method involves small, medium and large balls that you use to target different areas of your body. (Have a look at the photo above.) This falls under the genre of methods of movement that engage your deep faschia, the connective tissue that attaches different muscles and organs. When you engage faschia, you release trapped physical and, many believe, emotional energy. The result? You can expand and lengthen rather than contract.

And what better place to expand than in stunning St. Lucia with none other than Yamuna teaching you how herself? Dates are April 26th – May 1st, 2017.

http://www.yamunausa.com/pages/st-lucia