Luxury Vacation: Resorts and Spas, Spa Retreats, and Best Places to Shop

Luxury Vacation: Resorts and Spas, Spa Retreats, and Best Places to Shop

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Luxury Vacation: Resorts and Spas, Spa Retreats, and Best Places to Shop


Ready for vacation but can't fathom the idea of camping in the wilderness for a week without a shower? Does sitting next to a nice big pool during the day, a massage in the evening, and a little bit of retail therapy sound like a better vacation? If yes to either of these questions then a luxury vacation is what you're looking for! Vacation doesn't necessarily mean you have to go hiking or engage in some kind of sport. For some, vacation is laying out by the pool sipping on a cocktail, endulging in a chocolate body wrap, or buying that uncessary but necessary overpriced sweater. Also, contrary to popular belief, you don't have to go all the way to France or Italy to have a luxury vacation. The United States hosts a number of enticing resorts and spas, spa retreats, and the best places to shop.


Opening over twenty years ago, the renowned Auberge du Soleil of Rutherford, California has been bringing the art of relaxation to its customers. It's nestled down the hillside with views of the Napa Valley, featuring Mediterranean-inspired décor with original contemporary art. While for many the name Augberge du Soleil connotes cuisine first, all guest rooms, suites, and maisons feature Italian linens, down bedding and duvets. They also include custom-made bath amenities, plush robes and slippers and private outdoor terraces for relaxing or dining. This resort and spa began as a restaurant created by Claude Rouas more than 25 years ago and has maintained its legacy as a culinary destination. The Augberge spa occupies a 7,000 square feet stucco building, overlooking the Napa Valley offering a unique menu of body and facial treatments, which utilizes natural ingredients indigenous to the region. The only word to describe this next resort and spa is intimate. The Setai, located in the heart of South Beach, Florida is an oceanfront resort bearing the unmistakable imprint of legendary hotelier Adrian Zecha. It lies amid tropical gardens and glittering pools at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The Setai introduces grace and timelessness to South Beach. Each spa suite has ocean and pool views, a private bath and steam room, with room for up to two people to enjoy special treatments in tandem. Located in one of the most sacred healing places on earth, the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona is your place for relaxation and rejuvination. This resort is surrounded by the striking red rock formations of Northern Arizona's Boynton Canyon, combining luxury with rugged grandeur inspired by Native American culture. At an altitute of 4,600 feet, even the hottest Arizona weather is within your comfort zone. Hidden in this lush, beautiful canyon, there is a conflux of nature and the spirit world recognized by Native Americans for thousands of years. Mii amo offers personalized all-inclusive spa retreta journeys of three, four, and seven nights complete with luxurious accomodations, three daily meals at Mii amo Cafe and two spa treatments a day.


Your mind, body, and soul might finally find harmony thanks to traditional Hawaiin treatments and therapies, proximity to nature, and yoga and wellness classes at Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt, Kauai. You'll relax in a garden sanctuaary, a private treatment bungalow, or a soaking pool. Everything at the spa is à la carte, but you can choose from any of the 75 minute spa packages called “journeys” to ones that last for six hours. Their noteworthy treatment is the Lokahi Journey which includes: a ritual bath, lomi lomi and hot stone massage, volcanic-pumic foot scrub, coconut scalp massage, volcanic-clay facial, and mani/pedi. If you're looking for a more personal experience, try Sanivan Holistic Spa in Hurleyville, New York. Located only a couple of hours northwest of Manhattan, the spa is owned by a husband and wife who are coincidentely a masseur and a shiatsu therapist/shaman. They offer personally tailored herbal facials, aromatherpy shiatsu massages, and even 100-percent oxygen treatments for improving blood flow and strengthening the immune system. The spa consists of only three bedrooms, the food and linens are all organic, the trash is recycled, and even the heated pool is ozonated. Guests spend their downtime walking around the outdoor meditation labyrinth and cuddling up with one of five Angora cats, the spa's “spiritual guides”. At Canyon Ranch Lenox, Lenox, Massachusetts, relax in the 100,000-square-foot spa complex where your stay will be as active or leisurely as you like. Canyon Ranch has set the standard for health resorts all over the world since 1979. The complex is climate-controlled with glass-enclosed walkways that aconnect everything at Canyon Ranch so you can move from one building to the next in perfect comfort all year-round. The 126-rooms at the Inn allow for your own private retreat for comfort and relaxation. Besides the most comfortable beds around, have your choice of down or non-down pillows, fluffy terrycloth robes, and an assortment of Canyon Ranch's exclusive bath products. Savor healthy gourmet cuisine and take advantage of cultural and outdoor activities in the Berkshires. The spa offers more than 200 different services to give you the tools to turn your intentions into reality. Their approach fosters mind-body wellness and ultimate happiness.


Everyone knows the big name places like New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco to go shopping, but these three places are surprisingly giving these big cities a run for their money. With a projected GDP growth rate of 6 percent a year through 2016 (Moody's Analytics) Austin, Texas is booming. With most of its shopping centered around either Downtown or South Congress Ave, it's easy to walk around and shop. Being a city that prides itself in being “weird”, it has a shop for everyone from big luxury stores to smaller specialty stores. Next on the list is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And no it's not just for the history buffs either. The City of Brotherly Love offers everything from high end merchandise to locally produced products. Another bonus? No sales tax on clothing and shoes. You'll find a mix of big name retailers along with local ones and trendy boutiques. Its famed Rittenhouse Row is claimed to be one of the most exclusive shopping areas in the country with specialty shops, spas, haute couture boutiques and national retailers. With 54 shopping centers and 16,938 retail locations, Houston, Texas is top on almost every experienced shoppers hit list. Not only is it the fourth largest city in the nation, but it is arguably the style capital of the South. Besides the larger shopping malls, Houston also has specialty stores that tightly focus on one thing and do it extremely – from wedding dresses to cowboy boots, whatever that may be.


Taking a luxury vacation inside of the United States may not sound as romantic as taking a trip to Milan or Greece, but there are a number of resorts and spas within the U.S. that give those abroad intense compettion. Rather than deal with crowds or the stress of planning a trip, book your next vacation at any one of these resorts and spas. Lose yourself in a “journey” package in Kauai or rekindle your spirit/nature relationship in Arizona. Instead of planning a budget vacation go ahead and indulge in that shopping trip you've been wanting to take.




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