Best Health Spas & Retreats for Your Girls' Getaway

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Canyon Ranch Miami Beach

Consider the frenetic pace you carry on in this digital age, it's especially important to take time off from the rat race to nurture yourself and recharge your batteries. A simple 90 minute spa treatment just won't do as it'll only leave you wanting more.

Instead, what you need is a health retreat that caters to your holistic wellness, where you can achieve the perfect harmony of body, mind and spirit. These places (many of which have won awards as top spas from Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Fodor's, etc.) take the concept of the resort / destination spa one step further, offering wellness programs designed to cultivate a healthy lifestlye - from yoga and life balance analysis to nutritional services and healing therapies.

Whether you're looking for serenity, lifestyle change or indulgent pampering, you're sure to feel renewed and reenergized after visiting one of the top health spas & retreats we've picked out from all over the world. Isn't it time to grab your gal pals and make a getaway?

Best of Macau (for the ultimate bachelor / bachelorette party)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Venetian Macau by Maikcol

Not many places can claim an upper hand on Las Vegas, but Macau is the exception. The Las Vegas of the East takes in more gambling revenue than Vegas and has 4 of the 5 largest casinos in the world. Venetian Macau, the biggest casino in the world, boasts more than three times the square footage of MGM Grand. A short ferry ride from Hong Kong, Macau is a must for the gambler in you.


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The cobbled back streets, baroque churches, stone fortresses and art deco buildings lend a European charm to Macau - after all, it was the first and last European colony in China. Add to that the great shopping (where there's gambling, there's shopping), the tasty treats and the highest bungee jump in the world (from Macau Tower), Macau is just the perfect destination for those bachelor / bachelorette parties or guys' / girls' trips looking for something out of the ordinary.

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50 Best Golf Destinations for Your Guys' Trip (or Girls' Getaway)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pebble Beach #7 by Simonds

For most duffers, no matter their skill level, the ultimate buddy trip is a golf getaway. Golf trips are all about golf and quality bonding with your buddies. Rather than worrying about getting dragged to museums, galleries or tourist traps, you're worrying about which courses to play and how to squeeze in as many holes as you can. If done right, the whole buddies' golf trip should be the time of your life.

One of the critical decisions for any golf getaway is the destination. With so many amazing courses not just in the United States but around the world, how do you choose where you and your buddies should go to challenge your game? Are you looking to experience history and tradition, play where the pros play or just try something new? After taking into account the number/ranking of top courses (based on Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and various other sources), quality of accommodations, golf ambiance and surrounding amenities, we compiled a list of the 50 top golf destinations for your buddies trip.

Travel + Leisure - 2010 World's Best Awards

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Courtesy of San Ysidro Ranch, A Rosewood Resort

For 15 years, Travel + Leisure have put together their World's Best Awards for the top hotels, destinations, airlines, cruises, outfitters, and transportation companies in the world based on reader votes. Their 2010 poll yielded a record number of votes. Take a look at who made the list (many of which are on our Best of City Guides).

Food as the “Thrill” of the Bachelor / Bachelorette Party

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Istvan Banyal for NYTimes 

Just in time for peak Bachelor & Bachelorette Party season, The New York Times published the article "Food Is the Thrill at Some Bachelor Parties". Instead of the typical steak and stripper formula, more bachelors and bachelorettes are opting for the "thrills" of an extravagant meal instead.

Some make pilgramages to temples of gastronomy such as Per Se and WD in New York, Coi in San Francisco, Guy Savoy in Vegas and Alinea in Chicago, where the restaurants prepare decadent tasting menus and wine pairings. Others roll up their sleeves and make the elaborate meals themselves. Either way, food - rather than activities that are best forgotten, or at least denied - is the focal point for making the culinary bachelor / bachelorette party a night to remember.

To read more of the article, click here. And be sure to check out the LastBash City Guides, in which we highlight the best restaurants (as well as hotels, nightlife, spas, golf courses and activities) for your bachelor / bachelorette party.




 

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