Springtime Spa Escape to BACARA

If you're looking for a luxurious beach vacation to take you away from the hustle and bustle of LA, look no further than Bacara Resort & Spa, near Santa Barbara. Perched high on a coastal hillside in lovely Goleta, Bacara Resort & Spa is the type of retreat you never want to leave once you drive through the gate. This Mediterranean-style resort boasts luxe guest rooms, spread out … [Read more...]

Dreamtime at Gwinganna

wandermelon explores a sacred place of deep relaxation, healing, restoration and rejuvenation on the east coast of Australia. Gwinganna is perched on a beautiful plateau in Queensland’s lush hinterlands with stunning valley and ocean views, Gwinganna (meaning “lookout”) was the name given to the land by the Kombumberri clan of Aborigines. Originally owned by a wealthy publisher for the … [Read more...]

Desert Chic: Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North

Wedged into the lunar landscape of Pinnacle Peak, Arizona’s swanky Four Seasons Scottsdale resort and spa has long left guests breathless. Little wonder─sequestered in an arid and intimate setting far from the maddening crowd, it boasts 210 sun-bleached casitas linked by saguaro cacti dotted pathways and breathtaking views. Now they offer something to really get your heartrate up, the new Desert … [Read more...]

Spa Vacation of Your Dreams

In a never-ending competition to find the next innovative treatment, spas across the globe offer kooky therapies like cow amniotic-fluid facials, sake foot baths and gem crystal acupuncture.  We have tried them all, some ridiculous, others enlightening.  Recently, we discovered another unusual offering—dream analysis combined with reiki energy work and cranial sacral therapy. Starting in February, … [Read more...]

Aman Alert

In Sanskrit, Aman means peace. In reality, Aman means supreme luxury. Known for their esteemed service and architecturally-significant properties that reflect their natural environs, the Singapore-based company just celebrated their 20th anniversary, toasting 18 luxe resorts in 12 countries. The latest sanctuary, Amangiri, set in a private canyon near Lake Powell, will open in May 2009. … [Read more...]

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is Booming

Like Acapulco in the '70s, the Riviera Maya has become the place to be in Mexico. Where the gentle blue waters of the Caribbean coast of Mexico meet the jungles and ruins of the Yucatan, the Riviera Maya is the ultimate getaway. There are numerous resorts lining this popular coastline south of Cancun, but the Rosewood Mayakoba has raised the standards for luxury. Located in the gated beachside … [Read more...]

Bangkok Getaway

In Thailand, most exchanges begin and end with a wai, a small bow of the head with the palms together. This simple gesture reflects the people’s gracious charm and courteous nature. The Thais’ relaxed, calm temperament is a testament to their adherence to the Buddhist faith and it carries over to all aspects of their life—no rushing to pass someone on the streets, no sighing in lines at the … [Read more...]

Low Country Luxe

Auberge Resorts, responsible for glorious properties like the rustic wine-country retreat Calistoga Ranch, swanky Esperanza in Cabo, and Napa Valley’s European-styled stunner Auberge du Soleil, has a fourth property that deserves attention as a belle of the South. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff sits in the heart of South Carolina’s Low Country, a halcyon mysterious landscape ever-changing with the … [Read more...]

Ojai Valley: Finding Shangri-LA

Just 73 miles northwest of Los Angeles lies a beautiful, mystical valley cradled below the Topa Topa Mountains - home to the Chumash Indians, who called it Ojai, meaning "nest" and "moon". It is a spiritual place with ancient healing powers that pervade the atmosphere with a dazzling array of sights, sounds and smells guaranteed to calm the most restless of souls. Nestled into this valley is the … [Read more...]