Irish Spa hits new levels of Tranquility

Award-Winning Spa at Muckross Park Hotel

The award-winning spa at Muckross Park Hotel offers a unique place on the lake to relax on muslin-draped chaise longues after your spa treatments.  You can almost feel the tranquility and hear the gentle ripples of the water.

The Muckross hospitality has that inviting personal touch that makes you want to stay.   Try the Spa’s wilderness treatment for an experience of exfoliation, hot stones, cool wrap and a final mist.  You may not be able to stand up hence the hydro pools and lounges (and don’t forget the chocolate dipped strawberries and sparkling wine).

Muckross has been around from 1795, and you start to think royally as you wander the grounds knowing anything you want is just a request away.  The Yew restaurant offers unbelievably excellent food, the fire in the bar is a delight.

Go ahead, extend your visit for “just one more night.”  See you maybe. back at the office. 

The Benjamin – Comfortable Luxury at a convenient location

The Benjamin - New York Midtown Manhattan East with luxury hotel rooms and suites and exquisite boutique styling, located on the corner of East 50th and Lexington.  Book your stay by visiting the hotel's website

The Benjamin’s standard Guest Rooms range from 250 to 275 square feet. Each is residential style and include a kitchenette with a mini refrigerator; an iPod alarm clock/radio; an HD flat-screen TV; a streamlined parsons desk with a power strip, and high-speed WiFi. The Benjamin Hotel’s Rest & Renew program is guaranteed to help you be at your best. The best part of the program a Pillow Menu for successful sleep.  Check out the menu of services here

Great Service - & Did I mention the Pillow Menu?

This is a great hotel, the service is awesome, they make you feel welcomed. The Doorman is always present with a smile to greet you. The staff are delightful and simply put very helpful. The rooms are spacious and extremely comfortable. Some have balconies. The elemis bathroom amenities are great. There are many nearby dining options both inexpensive & upscale culinary experiences.  The New York Luncheonette is next door, a diner for breakfast or lunch, quick and good.  The Benjamin's public areas offer intimate spaces where everything is close, there are no long walks to the elevators or reception/concierge desk.  The doormen are incredibly helpful and hand out umbrellas when weather requires one. 

For a extra space, the one bedroom Junior suite is very comfortable.

The sitting rooms are spacious. The kitchenette provides snacks, and drinks for after forays into the city. The staff is extremely friendly, polite & helpful - just a call will bring them. The beds are so comfortable, the pillow menu is always fun for many travelers an essential to a good night's sleep away from home.  The location is perfect for Rockefeller Center, 5th Ave.,  Times Square all an easy walk, the subway is across the street as well as a National Rental Car and a cool Starbucks.  The NADA Sushi bar next door is good if you're into Japanese.

the Nantion Resturant

Celeb chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s superb award-winning restaurant The National is just off the lobby, and offers room service, the food is good, the bar was perfect for a drink.

 

Pets are Welcome - goodDOG by The Benjamin

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The Benjamin is a pet friendly hotel that offers goodDOG created in partnership with BarkBox, the New York-based monthly subscription box for pets full of treats and toys. The pets are treated to awesome welcome amenities like an in-room pet mini bar, pet beds, and toys.

The Benjamin does not place any restrictions on weight or size, but recommends for guests to inform the Reservations agent or the concierge when planing to stay with a pet.

for more details see the Benjamin pet policy

Looking for a Soho hotel? Look no further than the Soho Grand for Style+Service

Insiders View

Soho Grand offers an authentic Soho stay.  It reflects the culture of the neighborhood starting with its intriguing industrial staircase up to the check-in desk softened with a welcome glass of champagne.  The club feel, luxurious yet relaxed is a pleasant escape from the streets of the city.

The Vibe

The Soho Grand is dark, intimate, sophisticated and hip throughout.  The lobby, bars, lounges are all designed to make you feel comfortable. The staff is excellent, happy to provide service and cater to your wishes.  The cocktails are well made, the hotel gives off a confident coolness without attitude.

Things that make you want to stay at the Soho Grand

The soho Grand loves Pets

Raoul's -on Prince Street - Just Awesome one of so many Soho Restaurants  to try

Raoul's -on Prince Street - Just Awesome
one of so many Soho Restaurants  to try

These Include bath products are from the local apothecary C.O. Bigelow, Frette bathrobes, a gourmet minibar and WiFi.  On each floor, there is a pantry with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and magazines. The concierge will create a personalized itinerary for you to explore the local area.  Exclusive discounts are available for nearby boutique shops.  The area is an array of art galleries, shops, bars, and restaurants. A selection of stylish European-inspired Mozie Bicycles are offered for complimentary use.  Insider tips:  request a pet goldfish to stay in your room – How Fun!  The rooms run a little small but are cozy and well fitted, the beds are sooo comfortable, go up at least a couple of categories if you want more space.

It’s a Go – bring the dog

Pet friendly accommodations are available at no additional charge and pets are spoiled with organic treats from Bocce’s Bakery, bedding, food and water bowls and doggy bags.  Visiting dogs enjoy their very own park adjacent to the hotel complete with fire hydrant water stations, bespoke benches, and garden design by Rebecca Cole.

Soho Grand’s Dog Park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset (7am – 7pm).   "WOOF-WOOF!"  to quote a happy puppy.

Want Vibe+Style? Find it at the Tribeca Grand, NYC

Insiders View - Great Location & staff - laid back cool vibe

The stylish Tribeca Grand has a trendy bar scene, especially late night, with occasional celeb sightings.  You may have seen the hotel as Hugh Grant’s character’s home in the film Two Weeks Notice.  The open atrium soars up 8 floors to exposed beams creating an open and light feel.  Opened 15 years ago the hotel maintains a hip edge with its basement private film screening room and connection to Tribeca’s art and film community.

hate traveling alone request a goldfish

hate traveling alone request a goldfish

The rooms are comfortable and have the feel of a NYC apartment with textured walls, shelving units with coffee table books, and bright color accents.  Traveling alone? Goldfish available by request to keep you company, cold champagne on check-in on week-ends with free WI-FI.  Malin + Goetz bath amenities locally sourced from New York's Chelsea neighborhood, Frette robes and towels.

The Vibe - A Cool Tribeca hang

The atrium is also the bar and restaurant, service is not quick but this is a place to hang, the vibe is really laid back, no hurry to get anywhere. The hotel is dark but that is part of its core, and its alluring intrigue.


Things to know

neighborhood Favorite Fabulous home cooked cuisine for Breakfast, lunch, dinner or even  a cocktail at the bar

Taxis are easy to come by, great location to get downtown or uptown. Soho shopping beckons, Even if you don't end up buying anything, just go to people watch or window shop.

The neighborhood's full of many extraordinary restaurants, nightlife and has a family-friendly atmosphere.

Looking for great casual food? Bubby's is 2 blocks down the street -  Breakfast, lunch or dinner - awesome fries!  Serves traditional American food from all over the country, cooking everything from scratch, using many traditional family recipes - You will not regret stopping by.

TriBeCa stands for "Triangle Below Canal, i.e. Canal Street.

 

Want to splurge? The Penthouse-8 Suite offers panoramic views of downtown New York with floor-to-ceiling windows and an exclusive rooftop terrace. The exclusive rooftop terrace is furnished with cozy seating for lounging, entertaining, and dining

 

Notable

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is close by.  It has an overwhelming amount of information; you will see history preserved. The curation, and building setting captures the magnitude of the horrific tragedy. The stories make it so real , Allow about 2 hours but you could stay much much longer. Be prepared to be emotionally transported back in time to  9/11 - you can't help but remember as the days events unfolded.  A chilling, sad, accurate and inspiring presentation of American courage and sacrifice.

Blackberry Farm Wellness Events


Commit to something big this year...

And jump-start your effort with a visit to Blackberry Farm in the Smoky Hills of Tennessee.  There is no better place to get ready to start.   Visits are relaxful, energizing and revitalizing and the experience is about making changes that you take home with you.  Dining is its own event, serving award winning Foothills Cuisine®.  When you have to leave, you probably won’t want to, – buy the cookbook and some of the goodies at the store and start dreaming (planning) your return.

Rates include nightly accommodations, pantry snacks and three meals per day of our celebrated Foothills Cuisine®.  from $895 per night, double occupancy.

Exquisite Cuisine - tastes good and good for you

   Want to eat well before arriving?   Don’t miss the cook book  Buy it here >>

enjoy Blackberry Farm’s Wellness Events

Enjoy complimentary wellness classes, juice tastings, and special workshops on skincare, wellness, gardening, and yoga!  Get a jump on spring with a personal discovery journey into the world of well-being.

Did you know that meditation has been proven to lower blood pressure, increase mental focus and reduce muscular tension? Blackberry Farm’s yoga and meditation classes are designed to help you practice mindfulness and discover its many health benefits.  Start your wellness plan during your visit.

YOGA & MEDITATION, GROUP CLASSES or one on one

YOGA & MEDITATION, GROUP CLASSES or one on one


The WELLHOUSE located on the farm offers outrageously wonderful spa treatments for guys and girls alike

SOUTHERN SORGHUM BEAUTIFYING BODY WRAP
Experience the all-natural benefits of sorghum—and other potent anti-agers—in this farm-to-treatment table body wrap. This deeply relaxing and fragrant body treatment firms, brightens and hydrates the body’s largest organ: the skin.

This option sounds good – what the heck is sorghum?  Who cares!  This is the stuff of legends.

See all the SPA treatments >>

Did you know fit is part of wellness?  And that wellness is fun and life-giving?  Try these out during your stay.

CARDIO-CORE CIRCUIT
With help, you create the perfect workout with your choice of cardio equipment, personalized timed intervals and targeted core conditioning

BLACKBERRY FIT
Breathe fresh mountain air  and take a short break as you workout around the property, stopping at outdoor fitness stations for timed intervals.

View the Events Schedule >>

the Blackberry way to healthy living

the Blackberry way to healthy living

Iconic Eden Roc — Miami Beach Getaway

Located directly on the beach, iconic hotel perfect for a chillaxin getaway the Eden Roc Miami Beach is a cool, contemporary space with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Biscayne Bay Waterway.  Did we say pools?  There are  three infinity pools + the beach is just  a short stroll.

Don't forget to rejuvenate at the Elle Spa, with pampering treatments, steam rooms, plunge pools, and rooftop cabanas.  There is also a modern fitness center with ocean views.

South Beach shopping, dining and nightlife are just a $20 - 15-minute taxi ride.

A Starbucks right inside the entrance for coffee grabs throughout the day and into the late evening.  The Cabana Beach Bar and Grill serves up snack foods with incredible beach views.  15000 Degrees offers American farm-to-table cuisine for breakfast and dinner.  Cocktails and light fare at the Lobby Bar; DJ sessions on Saturday nights.

The Spa at Kulm Hotel, St. Moritz

 The Kulm Hotel is Internationally Known as a winter-sports resort. St Moritz has a serious reputation as a health and well being destination – its spas date back almost 3,500 years.

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The Kulm Hotel spa has recently invested $12 million in developing a new 8,000 square foot spa, which faces St. Moritz lake and the soaring Alpine peaks. The view is amazing.  This is a sporty luxury hotel, with a bar and fireplace to warm up by.  The hotel is at the base so there is ski-in & ski-out access.  

outdoor terrace in Summer - a fabulous time to visit St. Moriitz

outdoor terrace in Summer - a fabulous time to visit St. Moriitz

Facilities at the spa include a spacious Finnish sauna, steam bath, gym, Jacuzzi and relaxation room. In addition there’s a salt grotto, 20-meter pool and an open-air pool with an unimpeded view of the mountains.  Treatments begin with a therapist consultation and focus on relaxation, purification and regeneration.  A personalized combination will be recommended to you for a mind, body, and soul revamp.  The spa is fantastic winter or summer depending on your preference.

GETTING THERE

Fly into Zurich and you then take a 4 hour train to St. Moritz.  To get full recharged, it is recommended you stay at least three nights. You can buy a Swiss Transfer Ticket for the train journey, covering a round-trip between the airport and St. Moritz. It costs $130 in second class or $225 in first class. Learn More

EVENTS

ALL GALA EVENTS ARE BLACK TIE so bring the best, especially if attending during one of the many St. Moritz events like White Turf, and Snow Polo Tournament.  Expect the unexpected; during the 2014 White Turf event , the Kulm hotel sponsored a pop-up submarine bar using a real u-boat!  Recordings of turbine generators and the sounds of a real sub breaking through ice created an all-round sensory experience.  There were no shortage of customers at the bar.

Round Hill, Jamaica - Just enjoy the sun

Enjoy a delightful caribbean stay at Round Hill.  Pure Luxury with outstanding service, you may never want to go back to winter just $529 per night for a Master Villa Suite. Fly non-stop NYC to Montego Bay on United, Delta or JetBlue.  Four hours makes a helluva difference in temperature – the golden sun rays and blue and green colors will lift any spirit in no time especially with a Rum Punch in hand.

Checkout the Stylish accommodations

Originally opened in 1953 on Montego Bay, Round Hill Hotel and Villas has become a modern day icon of style. Ralph Lauren,  has lent his classical style to the entire property, including his signature 36-room villa, The Pineapple House. Amenities include private verandas, expansive floor plans, iPhone docks, and wireless Internet access.   There is even an ocean front spa for pampering treatments.  Water sports are readily available snorkeling, kayaking, pedal boating, windsurfing,  waterskiing, sailing, speed boating, or sport fishing, too. The resort is also a PADI-recognized operation for scuba diving.  Round Hill’s signature rum punch is award winning and the new farm-to-table restaurant offers ultra fresh fare.