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New Year New You New Body

 

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The turn of each year means renewed resolutions to improve our life, health or fitness level, save more money, travel more … But how many of us give up on those resolutions within days or hours of the New Year? Work takes over and we quickly throw out our good intentions out of the window and return to past unhealthy habits. I know I often do!

Two of the most common resolutions are to exercise more and enjoy life. There is no better way to enjoy life than to travel and explore new places and cultures.  And now you can combine the joy of travel with the resolution to live a more active life as more and more hotels are offering fantastic fitness classes, personal trainers and wellness packages.  You can check off that next destination off your bucket list AND start a new healthy fitness routine.  Here are some of our favorite hotels for fitness:

W Hotel Barcelona

W Barcelona

Barcelona is one of our favorite cities. This vibrant city enchants us with its boundless culture, world class dining, exciting nightlife and of course the world famous architecture by Gaudi.  For fans of the architectural giant, this year is particularly important as it marks the 90th anniversary of his death and the city is be celebrating the life and works of Gaudi by offering an interactive exhibition “Walking with Gaudi” at the Gaudi Exhibition Center. And to stay on top of your “workout more” resolution, the hip sail-shaped and W Barcelona hotel offers a fantastic fitness program to its guests.  The hotel’s 300-square-meter state-of-the-art FIT fitness facility with Technogym equipment overlooking spectacular views over Barcelona’s coastline just begs to work out. And yes, the gym comes with a team of personal trainers lead by Sergio Micó López who is responsible for the GLOBALFITSTYLE program. Not into indoor gym workouts? No problem. The hotel partnered with Nike and offers a weekly session of beachside running with Nike+ Run Club lead by a world-class athlete Nacho Cáceres, a Nike Training Coach. Yoga fans can stay in shape with Strala Yoga, a revolutionary workout created by yoga rebel Tara Stiles. Finally, W Barcelona is also offering fun yet challenging Stand Up Paddle board classes making the Mediterranean your sport ground. Tone up with fantastic & experienced instructor Ely Merino from Pilates SUP & Beach, who will make your body so fabulous you’ll want to show it off.

Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks and Caicos

Parrot Cay

For a fitness-friendly beach getaway, Parrot Cay by COMO is your go-to hotel.  The stunning ultra-luxurious resort located on its own private island in Turks & Caicos with powdery soft beaches is currently offering a Curry Sisters-led six-night yoga retreat with a focus on embracing strength while learning the art of surrender.  Offered between April 24 and April 30, 2016, the package includes six nights accommodation at Parrot Cay, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner from COMO Shambhala Retreat Wellness Menu (and the restaurants in this resort are fantastic), one 60-minute COMO Shambhala Massage (at the resorts divine spa), five days of yoga instruction and roundtrip airport transfers.  Say Namaste to new you!

Golden Door Spa Resort, California

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The Japanese-inspired resort and spa tucked away among acres of serene gardens, citrus groves, koi ponds, waterfalls and woodland walkways is offering weeklong packages devoted to recharging body, mind and spirit. Limited to just 40 guests, your stay will include a private room with deck or patio, daily massage, up to four sessions with a personal trainer, fitness classes, spa treatments, meals, cooking class, lectures and more. In addition, this Virtuoso Exclusive experience includes three months of fitness follow up with the guest’s personal trainer and $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay.  Golden Door is known for providing the tools for healthy eating, lasting fitness and inner reflection, helping you create long lasting effects to take away with you when you finally have to leave this top-notch spa and resort.  No breaking resolutions this year!

Chiva-Som International Health Resorts, Hua Hin Thailand

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The philosophy behind this world-renowned wellness resort is “learning to live,
enjoy and appreciate every moment, and in so doing, creating a personal path to health and wellness.” Located on the beachfront of the royal resort of Hua Hin, Chiva-Som, meaning Haven of Life, is a beautiful secluded world of its own hidden within 7 acres of lush tropical gardens. The resort is a magnet for A-list celebrities thanks to its mile long list of wellness offerings such as thai massages, body wraps, cleansing, firming and relaxing facials and Oriental foot rituals, Tai Chi, Qi Kong, Pilates, and personal training sessions. Chiva-Som offers treatments for everyone from weight loss and stress reduction to total relaxation and pure pampering.

D-Hotel Maris, Turkey

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The D-Hotel Maris, a top secret address among celebrities and Turkish high society, is a real gem! This stunning property boasts breathtaking views over the Aegean Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by volcanic mountain views.  The backdrop reminds us of islands like Seychelles. In addition to 5 fantastic beaches (they had sand flown in from Egypt for the best fluffy sand feeling!), 6 restaurants and a fabulous spa with Balinese therapists, the D-Hotel Maris also offers a wide range of fitness activities such as paddle boarding, fully equipped gym and hiking trails. It is also the home of the first European Bodyism Clean & Lean. Bodyism, practiced by such celebrities as Lara Stone, Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley and Hugh Grant, believes in creating long, lean, healthy, athletic bodies. The resort has a team of elite personal trainers from London who specialize in creating long, lean, athletic bodies. They will help you strip fat, improve posture and give nutritional advice. The hotel also offers tennis lessons with the world famous Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, known for one of the greatest serves in tennis history.

Do not wait another year to make your resolution a reality, book your fitness friendly getaway right now!

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Top 5 luxury weekend getaways at driving distance from NYC!

Classic Travel brings you our top 5 luxury weekend getaways at driving distance from NYC, providing you the ideal environment to relax, unwind and make the most of the beautiful weather by participating in outdoor activities!

Start planning exciting weekend getaways for the summer, beginning with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend!

Delamar Greenwich Harbor

Delamar - Greenwich Harbor, Connecticut

Delamar – Greenwich Harbor, Connecticut

Set overlooking the Greenwich Harbor, this resort offers world-class 5-star luxury services. The recently refined guestrooms offer private balconies with water views, and the suites come with separate private living rooms. Private in-room yoga classes are also offered on request. Continental breakfast, bicycle rentals and seasonal harbor boat cruises come as part of complimentary services. You can go sweat it out at the fitness center and enjoy a delicious glass of wine after at the elegant French restaurant with beautiful water views. Delamar is iconic in its delivery of luxury to its guests.

For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests (already included in rates)
• $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

 

Winvian, Morris Connecticut

Winvian - Connecticut

Winvian – Connecticut

Winvian Farm will give you a luxury resort experience that is one of a kind. Offering 18 individually designed resort cottages, with the Hadley Suite being the most exclusive of them all bringing a unique experience of a night in a tree-house, a greenhouse or a musical conservatory. Bikes come with every cottage for you to go on adventures and explore the breathtaking organic gardens.

For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

 

Ocean House, Watch Hill Rhode Island

Ocean House - Rhode Island

Ocean House – Rhode Island

Ocean House is an iconic New England seaside resort that offers a direct access to a 650-foot private white-sand beach with the luxury of cabana beach service. You can also enjoy the outdoor venues for private events, dining, and cocktails as well as beachfront fire pits for delightful evenings. Further, it offers putting green, along with a tournament-level croquet lawn. So get out and enjoy the open-air activities!

For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
• $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

 

Twin Farms, Vermont

Twin Farms - Vermont

Twin Farms – Vermont

Located in the romantic countryside, Twin Farms is the only place offering a luxury 5-star experience in all of Vermont! Enjoy an unconventional and quirky private art collection through 20 distinctly designed accommodations. Immerse yourself in a unique experience of gourmet meals, fine wine, outdoor adventures and spa retreats to relax. You will come back inspired!

For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests included in rates
• Bottle of Dom Perignon and house made chocolates
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

 

Blantyre, Lenox Massachusetts

Blantyre - Lenox Massachusetts

Blantyre – Lenox Massachusetts

This luxury Berkshires resort is set in 117 acres and offers accommodation in a Tudor-style mansion as well as stylish cottages. The aesthetics of the space are astounding flaunting a carriage house and an upscale decor of chandeliers. Amenities include a spa with a sauna and hot tub, tennis courts, an outdoor heated pool, an ice skating rink, hiking trails, a warming hut, and a cross-country ski trail. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this one!

For 2015 Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• $100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• For Stays of 2 or more nights: guests also receive a $100 Food & Beverage credit plus $100 spa credit for a two night stay
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

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Jet-Set Pets!

Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth

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Jet-Set Pet at Inn by the Sea

The perfect place to bring your Jet-Set pet while vacationing at absolutely no charge!!! Inn by the sea offers services from in-room spa services, amenities and over-the-top pampering for both: pets and their human companions. Besides their amazing grooming services and pet massages; a gourmet pet menu, dog walking and doggie day care are also available for your furry friends. They will provide you with a list of nearby walking trails, dog friendly beaches and free-range parks the moment you check-in!

What’s in it for you?

• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily Full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

 

The Ritz Carlton, New York

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Ritz-Carlton does not just allow pets, they love pets! They Pamper pets with services ranging from a loaner Burberry raincoat to certified canine massage therapists. They offer welcome amenities for your pets such as homemade dog treats, bone-shaped pillows and offer canine room service & spa treatments for pooches between 10 and 30 pounds.

What’s in it for you?

• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Extra $100 Hotel Credit for suite or Club bookings of 4 consecutive nights or longer. Not valid on room rate, taxes, Club access, parking and gift card purchases
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

 

The Milestone, London

The Milestone

Talk about the ultimate in Luxury Pampering! On arrival your Jet-Set pet will receive a tailor-made welcome hamper that includes a toy, a treat, and a Milestone tag. They also offer birthday celebrations, bathrobes and even first aid kits for Cats & Dogs!!!

What’s in it for you?

• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Full English breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests
• $100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Suite Bookings 3 or more nights or any apartment bookings of 7 or more nights a one way airport transfer from London Heathrow to Milestone will be included as additional amenity
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

The Milestone London also offers a pet package that includes:

  • Accommodation in a beautifully appointed room or suite
  • Full English Breakfast daily
  • Gift basket of tasty treats and toys for your dog or cat
  • Massage in our Spa for two
  • Grooming session at Pet’s Perfection for your dog or cat
  • A three course Dinner in Cheneston’s Restaurant and Martinis for two
  • A special meal for your pet
  • Evening pet turndown service
  • Complimentary upgrade to the next available category on your next stay

 

The Surrey, New York

The Surrey

Let your four legged friend enjoy a level of luxury usually reserved for a select few. The Surrey offers everything from a savory dog cuisine by Bocce’s Bakery to plush amenities and attentive pet services from their very attentive concierge. Your in-room pet arrangement while staying with them will include: Curated biscuit menu and box of treats from Bocce’s Bakery, a comfy Surrey monogrammed dog bed, Food & water bowls and of course a Posh Pet welcome amenity. Don’t forget to ask your concierge about their pet-friendly restaurant reservations.

What’s in it for you?

• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests served in restaurant
• $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

 

Fairmont Miramar, Santa Monica

Fairmont Miramar

Pets Stay Free! If your dog has an allergy of any kind, The Fairmont Miramar will make every attempt to arrange a special treat just for your pet!  In the mood for a spa treatment? Why not send your pet out for their own day of beauty and relaxation, as well?  Let your dog enjoy a luxurious bath with products exclusively by Isle of Dogs, or how about a blueberry facial and nail grinding?

What’s in it for you?

• Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
• Daily Full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• $100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

Mango My dog Mango loves to travel! Here is a picture of him getting ready for his next hotel inspection! Happy Tails everyone!

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Best Hotels in Riviera Maya

Rosewood Mayakoba

We are heading to Riviera Maya, Mexico for ILTM Americas – a fantastic luxury travel trade show – but where are the best hotels in Riviera Maya?? This is one of my favorite vacation spots and with so many wonderful hotels to choose from, a breakdown of the best of the best could be helpful for anyone trying to extend their summer or heat up their winter!

Banyan Tree Mayakoba – this is the go to choice for anyone who wants privacy and tranquility.  Each room is a villa with a private pool and huge outdoor area.  You never have to leave your room if you don’t want to.  You can even have all your meals delivered to your private outdoor dining area.  A totally zen experience.

Maroma – this is all about the beach! The rooms are simple but elegant and everything is close to the sea and sand. For an authentic Mexican experience with a true sense of place this is the place to be.

Viceroy – this all villa eco-resort is barefoot luxury at its finest.  But you will be close to nature so if the sounds of the jungle are not your thing, this might not be the right choice for you.

Rosewood Mayakoba – this is the place to be if you want to see and be seen.  If you are looking for more of a sophisticated glam vibe with some fun nightlife and gorgeous accommodations you will love it here.

Grand Velas – this is a 5 star all-inclusive.  All rooms are suites and the food is delicious – great for families or couples.

Viceroy Riviera Maya

 

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