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August 24, 2012
Lessons in Healing

Lessons in Healing

Time to add a third R: Rest, Relaxation and Renewal. Once each month, from September to the end of the year, Velas Resorts will host a week-long spa retreat, led by masters of yoga, ayurveda and Afrocaribe dance.

The first and last retreats, held from September 18-25 and December 2-9, respectively, will take place at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Under the guidance of yoga expert Mas Vidal, guests will enjoy an eight-day, seven-night retreat that will rejuvenate and refresh their minds, bodies and spirits. Daily sunrise yoga sessions, special therapeutic spa treatments and healthful group dinners are among the offerings included in the package.

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July 29, 2012
Lessons in Turkish Delights

Lessons in Turkish Delights

 

Turkey is anything but new. Peppered with Biblical ruins and Roman cities, home to some of the world’s finest beaches and the only metropolis to span two continents, Turkey has been ‘on the map’ practically since maps were invented. And yet, this vast and diverse country offers no end of surprises. Aida Tours is one great way to find them.

Any trip to Turkey will likely begin in Istanbul, one of the world’s largest – and, by all accounts, greatest – urban centers. Why not arrive by train on the Danube Express‘s Istanbul Loop, beginning in Budapest and passing through Bulgaria and Serbia on the way toward the Bosphorus? Eight scheduled stops allow visitors a chance to admire the changing architectural, natural and cultural scenery along the way.

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June 19, 2012
Lessons in Relaxing Responsibly

Lessons in Relaxing Responsibly

A fine finger dipped into the Atlantic and Caribbean, Punta Cana has been a storied vacation spot since the 1970s, and is today among the most exclusive resort destinations in the northern Caribbean. Of all the many resorts and hotels dotting the coast, the Puntacana Resort & Club, one of the first developed here, remains the standard-bearer.

Rent a private Villa at Tortuga Bay or The Estates at Puntacana for a long-term stay. For a shorter getaway, choose from a room, suite, marina apartment or beach casita at the Puntacana Hotel.

Casitas especially are ideal for a weekend getaway with friends. Nestled amongst swaying palms just moments from the lapping blue sea, each of the two- or three-bedroom casitas includes an outdoor living and dining room and a garden or terrace for private sun-bathing and al fresco meals beneath the stars.

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June 17, 2012
Lessons in Island Hopping

Lessons in Island Hopping

St. Barth’s is already one of the Caribbean’s hottest destinations for international jet setters, but for guests at the Carl Gustaf Hotel, it’s even more than a destination in itself. From the picturesque harbor at Gustavia, embark on half-, full- or multi-day journeys to the surrounding islands to experience the full drama and excitement of the islands.

The shortest jaunts will carry you across cerulean waters to the picturesque small islands just off the shore of St. Barth’s itself. Anse du Grand Colombier and Ile Fourchue are popular choices nearby, both with pretty beaches and quiet inlets.

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