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Discover the Top 12 Most Luxurious Hotels in Paris

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Experience Luxury in Paris

A city known for romance, Paris a place filled with elegance and awe-inspiring architectural history. Luxury is a necessity with five-star hotels across the city delivering world-class service, impeccable design and an extravagant place for rest and relaxation. Explore the stunning city with a lavish home away from home at any of these pristine, luxurious hotels in Paris.




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The Peninsula Paris

Oriented in the center of Paris, this 16th Arrondissement luxury hotel is located near world-famous monuments like the Arc de Triomphe. You’ll stay in one of 200 extravagant rooms with options for unique spaces like the beautiful Rooftop Garden Suite. With six onsite places to wine and dine, along with an expansive swimming pool, you’ll live in the lap of luxury at The Peninsula Paris.




Shangri-La Paris

With 100 rooms and 37 luxury suites, the European and Asian influences of Shangri-La Paris provide an opulent design for a dreamlike stay. Located on the Avenue d’Iéna, the restored historic building now houses guests with an unparalleled view of the Eiffel Tower, and is one of the few named Palace hotels in Paris.




Four Seasons Hotel George V

The trendy 8th Arrondissement district is home to this lavish hotel that brings even more luxury and style to the Golden Triangle. From the moment you see their signature striking floral arrangements throughout the lobby, you’ll be swept away by elegance with Renaissance art, sparkling chandeliers and historic, Parisian accents. Three restaurants, sharing five Michelin stars between them, will make your dining experience unforgettable along with sipping wine from their 50,000-bottle cellar. 

Le Bristol Paris

Almost a century’s worth of history gives Le Bristol Paris the experience to provide warm, personal service to its luxury clientele. The award-winning destination was the first French hotel to be distinguished as a Palace hotel, and lives up to the name through offering a unique stay with artistic events, informative workshops and indulgent amenities.

Hotel Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

This luxury hotel is refined yet whimsical, created with the artistic traveller in mind. An onsite contemporary art gallery displays works alongside the hotel itself featuring unique details like drawings on furnishings, large photographs and mirrored walls. The bright and airy rooms call forth a chic ambiance where guests can revel in Parisian style.

Hôtel Ritz Paris

After a day of shopping in the 1st Arrondissement, you’ll enter a dreamlike escape at this ornate hotel that was restored to pay tribute to its 19th Century historical significance. Some of its more prominent regular guests now have elements of the hotel named after them, such as the Coco Chanel and F. Scott Fitzgerland prestige suites, along with Bar Hemingway. The extravagant space is museum-like in opulence with a beautiful indoor swimming pool and many bars and restaurants.

Mandarin Oriental Paris

Recently awarded the official Palace distinction, this exclusive, five-star hotel is one of the most prestigious in Paris for its stunning vibrance and stylish design. With a prime location near the Louvre and some of the city’s best shopping boutiques, the Mandarian Oriental provides a central location for a luxurious Paris stay.

Hotel Plaza Athénée

A fashion-centric locale makes the Hotel Plaza Athénée a destination that has attracted artists, socialites and designers since its 1913 establishment. The grand display of timeless design along the famous Avenue Montaigne makes for an elegant visual along with attractive art deco-inspired rooms to lounge in luxury.

InterContinental Paris le Grand

The City of Lights has been graced with the presence of the InterContinental Paris le Grand since its construction in 1862. Guests of today get to travel back in time through witnessing the exquisite architecture and stay in one of 470 rooms with a royal design. Four onsite restaurants offer intimate spaces with menus of French gastronomy that are sure to impress.

Sofitel Paris le Faubourg

Situated in the stylish 8th Arrondissement, Sofitel Paris le Faubourg is a sophisticated and luxurious place for enjoying the quintessential French art de vivre. Rooms with high ceilings, elegant furnishings and artistic accents draw in guests to a prestigious stay made for a Paris getaway. A charming experience is in store for each guest who arrives to the Sofitel Paris le Faubourg, with the allure of fashion and style throughout the hotel creating a trendy atmosphere.

La Réserve Paris

This haven of luxury is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Paris, boasting ultimate privacy with 10 refined suites discreetly tucked away off the  Champs-Elysées. Your own apartment suite provides a home away from home with an attentive butler, simplistic, modern furnishings and a view of the Eiffel Tower. The discreet setting draws guests to this subtly chic, destination perfect for an intimate getaway.

Le Meurice

Establishing itself as a “living work of art,” the luxury hotel Le Meurice has influenced artists like Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol, and continues to present itself as a welcome habitat for the artistry of Parisian heritage. Inspired by Versailles, the recently-restored Palace hotel mixes tradition with modernity with period-style furnishings and contemporary touches, surrounded by the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre, and Place de la Concorde.

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The Most Beautiful Health & Wellness Retreats in the World

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Most Beautiful Health & Wellness Retreats

Enter into a dreamlike oasis of relaxation when you indulge in a luxury spa and wellness getaway. Properties around the globe showcase awe-inspiring architecture and unparalleled views to surround guests in a habitat of serenity. Explore some of the most beautiful health and wellness retreats in the world to learn how to pamper yourself in an environment of extravagance.




Como Shambhala Estate – Bali, Indonesia

This award-winning estate is known as one of the best health and wellness retreats in the world. Reach all your personal goals on this 23-acre property surrounded by tropical forest, with custom activities like hydrotherapy, stress management and reflexology available depending on your needs.




SHA Wellness Clinic – Alicante, Spain

With short-term suites and long-term residences available, you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at SHA Wellness Clinic. Their focus on a combination of Western and Eastern medical treatments set guests on the right path to health with detox, fitness and overall lifestyle improvement in a breathtaking setting overlooking the Mediterranean.




Amanpuri – Phuket, Thailand

Whether you’re aiming to shed some pounds or seeking a mindfulness reset, Amanpuri surrounds guests in a beautiful scene of palm trees, a sparkling swimming pool and an unmatched view of Phuket’s west coastline. Disappear into luxury while embracing calming treatments like private therapy and meditation sessions.

Kinkara – Santa Elena, Costa Rica

Succumb to the natural beauty of Costa Rica at this luxury camping and wellness destination. The stunning layout of the property includes a Mandala Garden with sustainable food grown onsite. Trained healers perform traditional wellness ceremonies along with hikes, tours and culinary experiences creating a one-of-a-kind stay.

AmanZoe – Kranidi, Greece

The Greek Hippocratic view of holistic health is what makes AmanZoe one of the best wellness retreats in the world. The beautiful and exclusive setting overlooking the Aegean Sea sweeps you away into a fantasy destination complete with fitness sessions, spa treatments and natural baths in the glimmering waters.

Belmond Cap Juluca – Maundays Bay, Anguilla

Situated along one of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean, Belmond Cap Juluca is a resort with an awe-inspiring design to complement the sand and sun that surrounds. Take in a breath of fresh air with self-care retreats held on the property ensuring an education on wellness amidst the airy landscape of serenity.

Mii Amo – Arizona, United States

One of the best health and wellness retreats in the United States, Mii Amo Spa is renowned for its location among the red rock of Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. The stone structure of Mii Amo makes it a natural escape during your wellness journey led by experts who guide you through your revitalizing stay.

Rosewood – Phuket, Thailand

Head to one of the most remarkable sites for lush landscapes and experience Rosewood–71 villas situated on 2,0000 ft. of beachfront property. The surrounding banyan trees and blue skies will make your stay blissful, along with their Asaya wellness program consisting of activities like volcanic clay wraps, sound therapy and mindful movement workshops.

LUX* Grand Gaube – Mauritius

The East African island nation of Mauritius draws visitors from around the world to experience the exclusive, five-star property LUX* Grand Gaube. This hidden gem boasts everything guests can imagine in a spa retreat, including three swimming pools, two beaches and 11 spa treatment rooms for the ultimate luxury experience.

7132 Hotel – Vals, Switzerland

This beautiful health and wellness resort in Switzerland will get your life back on track with their signature thermal baths that have helped it become an award-winning property, along with its sensational architecture that complements the green, mountainous landscape.

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7 Beautiful Island Countries for a Tropical Escape

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Beautiful Island Countries

Some of the most enchanting countries in the world are located right in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by an endless soundtrack of ocean waves and breathtaking views from every angle. If you’re choosing a tropical getaway, these countries make for the perfect destination as you can not only enjoy the plentiful sandy beaches, but also get to experience the nation’s history and culture. Plan your next destination at any of these beautiful island countries for an unforgettable tropical getaway.




Bahamas

This country in the Caribbean is home to over 700 individual islands that make up a beautiful nation of relaxing beaches and amazing weather. With plenty of shopping at local marketplaces and historical cultural monuments to visit, you’ll have an enlightening getaway at this island nation.




Fiji

Get in touch with nature surrounded by Fiji’s beautiful scenery making it the perfect environment for your beachy vacation. Set sail and take a cruise to tour the island or dive in and snorkel for a view under the sea. Enjoy fresh seafood on the romantic island at one of the nation’s most popular fine dining restaurants, Wicked Walu.




Indonesia

You’ll have plenty of choices for where to stay when you visit one of the thousands of islands that make up Indonesia. Experience world-renowned diving at the Coral Triangle or get in touch with the country’s spirituality through visiting the Borobudur Buddhist temple.

Cuba

With visits to Cuba now open to the US, tourism has skyrocketed as anyone can now experience the vibrancy of this Northern Caribbean island. Support local restaurants and businesses with your stay while gaining a cultural education in this history-rich nation.

Maldives

This tropical paradise is one of a kind with sparkling blue beaches perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving and taking in the ocean breeze. The Maldives is known for its marine life and having dozens of activities to make the most of your getaway. Splurge on a luxury stay at the Soneva Jani resort for a private overwater villa unlike any other.

St. Lucia

This Caribbean country is perfect for a little R&R along with a tropical adventure. Rent a boat to go sailing or explore the lush, green habitat on land. You’ll also get a taste of the culture when you pass through one of the fishing villages or take a tour of the Pitons, known for being the world’s only “drive-in” volcano.

Jamaica

Experience Mother Nature by venturing through the tropical forests of Jamaica, with hiking trails that lead you past exotic plants and animals. You can also get to know the country’s culture by visiting Kingston’s dancehall nightclubs or by eating freshly caught seafood on the island’s beautiful beaches.

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A Tropical Island Getaway at the Most Luxurious Hotels and Resorts in Bali

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Best Hotels & Resorts in Bali

The Indonesian island paradise of Bali has long been a traveler’s bucket list destination with pristine beaches, unparalleled hiking, and an overall sense of slow-paced relaxation and luxury. An air of reverence and serenity surround the Hindu island that has attracted visitors from all around the world for decades. Along with breathtaking landscapes, Bali also holds a rich culture that’s just waiting to be explored by guests. With no shortage of luxury villas and suites to enhance your stay, these lavish luxury hotels and resorts in Bali will give an added touch to your next vacation.




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Amandari Bali

Located in the hills of the northern highlands of Bali is the breathtaking and serene Amandari Bali. Guests travel from all over the world to experience the unrivaled beauty and tranquility of the resort and stay at Amandari’s 31 individual villas and suites, designed in a traditional Balinese style. The wide variety of amenities includes a completely organic and local restaurant menu, a Balinese purification spa ritual, a historic Hindu shrine with a guarding stone tiger, and a 105-foot infinity pool.




Viceroy Bali

Experience the best that Bali has to offer when you stay at Viceroy Bali Luxury Resort. This luxury hotel and resort serves as the island’s premier provider of romance and luxury, with a uniquely crafted array of experiences that brings the timeless traditions and cultures of Bali right to guests. Set out on an adventure-filled tour of the Balinese countryside, or sit poolside and catch a tan. The options are truly endless at Viceroy Bali.




Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan dots along the verdant hills that surround the arts capital of Ubud. Connected by suspended walkways, the guest villas create the illusion of being suspended above the trees of the forest below and allow for some of the best views of the Balinese countryside that one will be able to find when visiting the island paradise. When visiting the Four Seasons at Sayan, enjoy complimentary yoga classes and a 106-foot Skytop pool that allows for ultimate relaxation and leisure.

Bulgari Resort Bali

Traditional Balinese design and Italian high style blend together perfectly at the Bulgari Resort Bali. Set 500 feet atop a cliff overlooking the Indian ocean, the resort pays homage to Bali’s tranquil respect of nature while at the same time maintaining an ultra-exclusive but welcoming and warm atmosphere. Many of the 59 rooms are one-bedroom of 1,000 square feet with a private, walled garden and plunge pool.

COMO Shambhala Estate

This serene wellness center focuses on a slow and holistic pace for guests to ensure ultimate relaxation. Guests from all around come to strengthen their bodies and minds and absorb the tranquility that Balinese culture and nature have to offer. Located near Ubud in the mystic jungle near the sacred Ayung River, the 36 rooms, including villas and suites, are the height of luxury and relaxation.

The St. Regis Bali Resort

Along the panoramic beach of Nusa Dua lies The St. Regis Bali Resort that embodies the essence of ‘barefoot elegance’. Both high-class sophistication and relaxation can be found within the resort’s traditionally styled Balinese villas and suites, which include amenities such as an award-winning spa, expertly led beach yoga, and pool and lagoon complex.

AYANA Resort and Spa

With locations all around Bali, AYANA Resort and Spa caters to guests no matter where they prefer to vacation on the island. Every location is expertly crafted and designed to make sure guests receive only the very best treatment when visiting the island paradise, and include amenities such as luxury restaurants, infinity pools that overlook Bali’s lush green forests, and even daily boat tours and leisure cruises.

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali

A stone-lined lagoon built around a historic Hindu shrine serves as the centerpiece for the immaculate Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali resort that brings the true essence of Balinese living to all that visit. Guest villas are decorated with breathtaking Balinese teakwood and silk brocade, with bathrooms that closely resemble personal spas. Multiple restaurants, a beach with wifi, and a dazzling 164-foot pool can all be enjoyed by guests staying at the Fairmont Sanur.

The Oberoi Beach Resort Bali

This tranquil surfside escape lies within close proximity to Seminyak Beach, a world-renowned surf spot. Along with surfing, guests also enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving. The resort, designed after a traditional Balinese village, includes 14 luxury villas set among tropical gardens and stone walkways. With the beautiful scenery also comes a full-time wait staff that can deliver a menu of second-to-none pan-Asian cuisine right to your room.

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Soak Up the Sun at the Best Rooftop Bars in Los Angeles

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Our Favorite Rooftop Bars in Los Angeles

People travel from all over the world to enjoy LA’s beautiful, unparalleled weather. As the spring and summer months begin to bring more sunshine to the city, citizens and visitors alike flock to enjoy the rays at their favorite establishments. If you’re planning to grab a drink on one of Los Angeles’ signature sunny days, these are the best rooftop bars in Los Angeles that will keep you in the mood with cocktails, lounging, and postcard-worthy views.




Pilot

The Hoxton Hotel boasts a beautiful destination for drinks and a view at their rooftop bar Pilot. The coastal-inspired space is filled with earthy decor and furnishings that make you forget you’re in the center of Downtown LA. Mediterranean fare complements the setting, as guests enjoy plates of locally-sourced seafood and poolside signature cocktails to round out the experience.




Calabra Rooftop

This restaurant and bar atop the Santa Monica Proper Hotel serves elevated bites from a menu of Mediterannean and Californian fare. The outdoor sundeck lets you take in views of the ocean, or have a seat at the indoor lounge for good conversation and ambiance. Their cocktails, wines and spirits will have you toasting the good life with a classic rooftop view.




Harriets at 1 Hotel West Hollywood

You’ll be able to take in the landscape of LA from the top of 1 Hotel West Hollywood at Harriet’s Rooftop . This laid back destination is ideal for grabbing a bite in a trendy atmosphere. Relax in Dave’s Corner, named after comedian Dave Chappelle, or take a seat in the sun to sip from their delicious menu of cocktails.

Margot

The ambiance of this rooftop bar destination is unparalleled, with Margot being one of the most buzzed about views in Culver City. The appetizing food menu will leave you satisfied during dinner while craft cocktails and a wine list will give you something to sip while enjoying panoramic views of the city in the inviting indoor-outdoor space.

Elephante

Enjoy an elegant night out in Santa Monica at this rooftop bar and restaurant offering up unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean. The coastal Italitan-inspired menu paired with a variety of flavorful cocktails will whisk you away to a breezy Mediterranean escape in the heart of the Westside. With a North African design filled with natural wood and stone accents, this one-of-a-kind destination will deliver a rooftop experience to remember.

The Highlight Room at Dream Hotel Hollywood

One of the city’s best rooftop destinations is centered in the heart of Hollywood atop the Dream Hotel. With a spacious outdoor lounge and patio dining, The Highlight Room draws in trendy crowds to socialize under the stars. A retractable pool means there’s plenty of room for swimming or dancing during Los Angeles’ warm nights.

The Rooftop at The Wayfarer DTLA

Surround yourself with Downtown Los Angeles’ twinkling skyline at this rooftop bar at the top of The Wayfarer Hotel. Inviting, modern furnishings with pops of color draw guests in to sip and nibble with a full lunch menu along with nighttime bites. Toast drinks with an ideal view of the cityscape at this trendy rooftop bar in Los Angeles.

Spire 73 at The InterContinental DTLA

Head Downtown to the very top of The InterContinental Hotel to absorb the breathtaking views from Spire 73–a locale that boasts the title of highest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. Fire pits make for a scenic atmosphere with expansive outdoor seating where you can drink and nibble from their menu of food and desserts.

Broken Shaker at The Freehand Hotel

Experience the vibrant setting of Broken Shaker at the Freehand Hotel in Downtown LA. With an award-winning cocktail program at their Miami outpost, this venue follows in its footsteps offering up a welcoming ambiance along with a tasty menu of James Beard-award nominated cocktails. Sip a creative concoction while lounging by Broken Shaker’s sparkling swimming pool with a view of the Downtown cityscape.

Skybar at The Mondrian Hotel

A classic destination for those blazing summer days, Skybar proves to be one of LA’s favorite places to party. Hotel guests and partygoers alike can’t resist attending their many daytime poolside events. The breathtaking views of the city paired with a sophisticated ambiance create the perfect scenery for a day of fun in the sun.

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Altitude at SLS Beverly Hills

With landscape panoramas of Beverly Hills, the glamorous life can be yours while you lay out by the pool beneath the clear Los Angeles skies. On weekends, Altitude is day party ready with a DJ to play jams while guests enjoy lunch and cocktails. Reserve a cabana to make the most of your visit and have the perfect place to clink glasses with friends.

Mama Shelter

The vibrant Caribbean-style furnishings make Mama Shelter a hot spot that’s both fun and Instagram ready. Relax on their lounge chairs while sipping one of their many refreshing cocktails, or order food to truly take advantage of the view. The Hollywood sign will be the backdrop to your meal as you dine beneath the stars.

High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin

Witness the crashing waves of the ocean from Venice’s only rooftop bar at High Rooftop Lounge. The uniquely-designed space spans the full Hotel Erwin rooftop giving guests a panoramic view from wherever you sit. Lounge bites and a signature drink list complement the ocean backdrop at this quintessential Westside destination.

The Standard Downtown LA

A go-to for a night out Downtown, The Standard’s rooftop ambience is a modern garden party with an amazing view of the cityscape. Bring your bathing suit to enjoy a night swim or grab a table near the DJ to party all night long. The exclusive bar doesn’t even guarantee entry for hotel guests, so dress to impress and arrive early to get in on the fun.

Above Sixty Beverly Hills

Poolside dining has never looked as good as the Sixty Hotel’s rooftop terrace. If you’re staying at the hotel, or happen to be one of their VIPs, you can enjoy the expansive view from above Wilshire Boulevard. With plenty of cabanas for bottle service, and lounge chairs for tanning, you won’t regret your stay with this space an elevator ride away from your room.

Perch

In the heart of Downtown LA, Perch is a solid choice for those wanting a breath of fresh air and a swig of a good drink. The Parisian-inspired cocktails bring elegance to the space, complete with twinkling lights at nightfall.  Invite a date or a group of friends to see the impressive view of Downtown from their 16th floor.

E.P. & L.P.

This energetic rooftop space in Beverly Hills will have you toasting to the good life as you sip on their signature boozy boba drinks. The E.P. restaurant sits below the L.P. patio bar that gives you an eyeful of some of LA’s best views. Take at seat in their bright, modern furnishings while you mix and mingle with the busy crowd.

Onyx at Hotel Shangri-La

Santa Monica’s best kept secret is the recently re-invented Onyx bar at the penthouse of Hotel Shangri-La.  With a comfy space great for an intimate conversation by the fire pit, you can enjoy appetizers while taking in landscape views of the Pacific. Arrive before sundown and experience the best place in Los Angeles to watch an ocean sunset.

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Take the Scenic Route at these California Road Trip Destinations

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Experience California

California has always been the pinnacle of United States travel with its sandy beaches, expansive deserts, snowy mountains and lush forests. People flock from all over the world to experience the diversity of landscapes available for exploring during every season. For those that live in California and want to escape for a long weekend, or travelers looking to take the scenic route through The Golden State, these California road trip destinations are one of the best ways to appreciate the beautiful variety of surroundings that California has to offer.




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Santa Barbara

Just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara makes for an effortless weekend escape. The fresh air is easy to get used to as you picnic at Arroyo Burro Beach or take a walk through Stearns Wharf, a historical pier with calming ocean views. You’ll also get a dose of California history by visiting Mission Santa Barbara, a Spanish mission built with colonial architecture. Spend the night at the Belmond El Encanto Resort for a private, luxury experience with picturesque views of the city. Stop in to Yoichi’s for a Japanese, seafood dinner or The Lark if you’re craving artisanal, American eats.




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Big Sur

Make your way up to this Central Coast destination to get in touch with Mother Earth. Go for a hike at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park which has plenty of trails and local wildlife to see along the way. Stop off at McWay Falls to witness the 80-foot waterfall that’s sure to make for an iconic photo op. You can also head to the Carmel River Sate Beach to soak up the sun and scuba dive in the natural lagoon. As for your stay, you’ll feel on top of the world if you book at the Post Ranch Inn, which features dramatic views of the endless ocean horizon. Dine at their award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant, or reserve a table at Nepenthe for relaxing, oceanside cuisine.




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San Francisco

A bustling tech hub in Northern California, San Francisco is a destination worth visiting for its food, activities, and culture as one of the state’s biggest landmarks. Head to the Conservatory of Flowers to see the thousands of blossoms in the museum-like greenhouse. Haight-Ashbury is the perfect shopping destination for vintage finds, while Mission Dolores Park gives you a destination to enjoy the breezy weather with the locals. Retreat to Nob Hill and try the Scarlet Huntington hotel for an eclectic stay, or the Fairmont for an elegant experience. If Italian food is on your mind, SPQR will hit the spot with handmade pastas that will astound your senses.

 

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Napa

Just over six hours from Los Angeles, and one hour North of San Francisco, Napa is world-renowned for its wine country as hundreds of vineyards populate the city’s rolling hills. Since the 1970s, countless wineries have sprouted up throughout the area with the region providing the perfect soil and climate for rich, quality flavors. Wineries all over the city offer tours and tastings for you to sip from your new favorite label. You won’t be able to leave Napa Valley without experiencing the tasting menu at legendary restaurant The French Laundry. But if you have a taste for classic Japanese dishes, Miminashi might be a hot spot worth trying.

 

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The 10 Best Detox & Wellness Spa Retreats in America 2020

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Experience a Wellness Retreat

When the time comes to begin a new chapter in your personal health, booking a retreat for rest and relaxation is just what the body needs. Every year guests rejuvenate their mind, body and soul while receiving expert care at luxury spa retreats across the country. Dive into the amenities that each has to offer and choose these wellness spa retreats that are the best fit for your needs.

 

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Amangiri – Canyon Point, Utah

The Amangiri Resort is a detox retreat oasis surrounded by Utah’s beautiful red rock terrain. Its luxurious treatments utilize the landscape and culture with traditional Navajo healing techniques and Sedona clay to revitalize your body.




Mii Amo Spa – Sedona, Arizona

Simplicity is key at the Mii Amo Spa located in the spiritual city of Sedona. A clay wrap will draw out all your toxins while psychic massages and even hypnosis tap into the subconscious of open-minded guests.




We Care Spa – Desert Hot Springs, California

Spend as many as eight days at this desert oasis detox vacation where lymphatic massages, an infrared sauna and specialized beverages are made to help you sustain your serenity. Mud wraps complement your liquid diet along with yoga, dance classes and meditation to round out your stay.




Red Mountain Resort – Ivans, Utah

A more adventurous detox vacation at Red Mountain might be for you if activities like hiking and kayaking sound like a peaceful escape. Their trained outdoor guides will deliver their expertise in nature while the resort itself is a picture of Southwestern beauty.

The Ranch – Malibu, California

Well-known for its celebrity clientele, The Ranch is the perfect place to detox and clear your mind of bad habits during an up to ten-day stay. Fitness classes and hikes keep you active while a specialized meal plan and medical testing ensure that the rejuvenation process is unfolding.

Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, Texas

This intimate retreat boasts a lakefront locale with lavish detox spa treatments to set your mind free. Their dining options are both healthy and delicious, with cooking classes available to teach you how to live and eat holistically.

Golden Door – San Marcos, California

Mostly a women’s-only destination, this luxurious Southern California detox spa retreat takes its inspiration from Japan with serene gardens and wooden accents throughout the space. Detoxing is key with hikes, fitness classes and fresh, local cuisine to help you de-stress.

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa – Vista, California

You’ll get a customized wellness program from a nutritionist if you decide to visit this elegant spa destination North of San Diego. After just one week, you’ll undergo a number of spa treatments to help you relax you as you enjoy the well-kept European-style hideaway.

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa – Catalina, Arizona

Escape to the foothills of the Catalina mountains with your own adobe-style casita at Miraval Arizona, one of the best detox spa retreats in the USA. With hot stone massages, horseback riding and botany tours, there’s something for everyone whether you’re exploring alone or with a group.

Canyon Ranch – Lenox, Massachusetts & Tucson, Arizona

The Canyon Ranch experience uses cutting edge medical wellness programs to transform your mind, body and spirit. You’ll have exercise therapists, energy healers, and spiritual counselors all at your fingertips to help you unearth your inner peace at this detox retreat.

A detox spa retreat can be just what you need to release your day-to-day stresses. Whether you’re just stopping by for a detox retreat, or planning a full luxury detox vacation, there are destinations around the country dedicated to pampering and rejuvenating your wellness throughout your stay.

Book at some of the best detox and best wellness retreats in the USA for a luxury spa experience you’ll never forget.

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Safe Social Distancing Activities in Los Angeles During Coronavirus

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Safe Social Distancing

As Californians begin to adjust to new rules and regulations on where they can and can’t go due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are seeking options for getting out of their house in a safe way. Places like restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys and salons have now been ordered to shut down by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Gavin Newsom. However, there are still a number of safe ways Angelenos can participate in social distancing activities in Los Angeles.

 

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At Home Workouts

With gyms and hiking trails now closed, you can always get in shape right in your own home with a home workout. Fitness gurus and online publications offer plenty of advice on how you can continue staying active during this unprecedented time.




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Virtual Happy Hour

Just because bars and restaurants are closed doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy happy hour, with apps like Zoom and Houseparty gaining popularity for uniting groups of friends for a video celebration. Pour yourself a drink and toast the camera for a fun way to stay social during social distancing.




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Cook a New Recipe

With so much indoor time on your hands, now may be the perfect time to become an expert in the kitchen. Cooking is a great stress-reliever and can boost your creativity by trying out something new. Crack open an old cookbook or look up recipes online for an endless amount of dishes to keep you busy.




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Live Streaming Music Sets

Many musicians have taken to Instagram Live to continue performing for massive crowds, each in their own home. DJs like Diplo and DJ D-Nice have made waves through the quarantine by spinning playlists for fans. Check out your favorite artist’s Instagram to see if they’ll be going live for an intimate performance during self-isolation.

 

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Low-Contact Sports

While the NBA, NFL and MLB have all ceased operations, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your own sporting events with select low-contact activities. Sports like tennis and volleyball are great for staying active, with the proper precautions in place to minimize spreading germs. Even more casual sports like frisbee or badminton are great for a quarantine break.

 

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Biking

Take your bike out for a ride to enjoy Los Angeles’ springtime weather. Places like Santa Monica, the Venice Beach boardwalk or Echo Park are perfect for enjoying the fresh air at a safe social distance.

 

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Dog Park

Plenty of LA citizens have their pets to worry about during the statewide Stay at Home order. For those with dogs, a visit to the dog park might be just what you and your pup need to clear your mind. Dogs are not known to contract or carry COVID-19, so them playing with other dogs is perfectly safe as a social distancing activity.

 

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Road Trip

Why not take the extra time on your hands and go for a drive? If you’re road tripping with a friend, wearing face masks helps keep your germs to yourself along with making use of the backseat and cracking the windows for proper ventilation.

 

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Swimming & Jacuzzi

Anyone with swimming pool or jacuzzi access is in luck, as the CDC confirms that the heat, humidity and chlorine will inactivate the COVID-19 virus. A properly-maintained pool or jacuzzi is perfectly safe to lounge in during the statewide quarantine.

 

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Jogging & Walking

One of the easiest ways to get some fresh air during quarantine is to go for a walk or jog in your neighborhood. This social distancing activity gives you just enough exercise and allows you to take in the Los Angeles weather safely.

 

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Note: Suggestions by Zocha Group are not to be taken as medical advice. Participating in these activities should be done at your own risk, and the best judgement for your personal situation should be taken into account before leaving your home. Official information on COVID-19 safety can be found through the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

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The 9 Best Farmers Markets Around Los Angeles

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Experience a Farmers Market in Los Angeles

Farmers’ markets are a great place to go for locally-sourced, organic produce, handmade products, and other great commodities. With the vast number of markets in Los Angeles, it’s easier here than anywhere else to buy groceries that support the city’s variety of local businesses. Consider taking your next shopping trip to these options for the best farmers markets around Los Angeles.




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South Pasadena Farmers Market

There are quite a few farmers’ markets to choose from in Pasadena, but out of all of them, the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market rises to the top. Held every Thursday from 4-8 pm, this market offers a large selection of vendors no matter what your diet, ranging from vegan wheatgrass to locally raised beef. Located right next to the Gold Line’s South Pasadena station, it’s an easy destination for anyone to get to for a quality shopping trip.




Silver Lake Farmers Market

If you’re looking for a great farmers’ market that offers more than just produce, this is the place for you. The neighborhood farmers’ market in Silver Lake offers locally-grown produce as well as vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, books, crystals, and a variety of other lifestyle products.




Mar Vista Farmers Market

Along with produce, this market offers tables and tables of prepared food, with many vendors offering free samples. Brands such as Decadently Raw, Homeboy Bakery and Aris Natural Foods make this a great stop for anybody who needs an excuse to leave the house. After you pick up some groceries, go listen to the live music playing in the dining area and grab a freshly made meal.

Atwater Village Farmers Market

This longtime Sunday morning market is a staple for Los Angeles Eastsiders. Locals continue to come back every week for this market’s great selection of grade A produce, friendly employees, and unique and tasty treats that are offered by a variety of vendors. Along with produce, you can expect to find gardening tools, flowers, and freshly-brewed coffee to help get your day started.

Hollywood Farmers Market

There are California-grown fruits and vegetables abound at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. Here you can find a variety of locally-sourced foods such as freshly-grown avocados, seafood, free-range poultry and beef, fresh honey, and much more. Along with food vendors offering produce, the market also hosts book signings, music performances, and live professional chef demonstrations.

Altadena Farmers Market

Every Wednesday afternoon you can expect to find dozens of booths offering a variety of artisanal foods and wares that are all locally-made. Started by the head of the Institute of Domestic Technology, a center for culinary arts and technologies, the Altadena Farmers’ Market is a great place for a family outing, a date, or just somewhere to spend some time with friends.

Brentwood Farmers Market

Known for having a surplus of free samples, the Brentwood Farmers’ Market draws huge crowds every Sunday where locals (and local celebrities) grab their groceries, fresh pastries, and other organic goods. Make sure to arrive early and come hungry, as the free parking fills up fast but the free samples last all day!

Santa Monica Farmers Market

The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market is where LA’s elite chefs go to grab their astonishingly fresh produce and get ideas for new dishes. As such, the market is more catered to dealing with large orders, so if you ever find yourself needing 10 lbs of fresh carrots or 20 jars of organic hummus, this is the place to go.

Beverly Hills Farmers Market

With over 60 farmers and vendors contributing to the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market, there is a large selection of options for you to choose from. Fresh fruit, crepes, live music, and even a petting zoo for your kids are all things you can expect to see on an average Sunday at the Beverly Hills market.

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L’Horizon Hotel & Spa: A Palm Springs Desert Oasis

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Experience L Horizon

Palm Springs has classically been known as a desert haven where Los Angeles elite escape for mini vacations filled with fine dining, shopping and most importantly, relaxation. The L’Horizon Hotel and Spa has maintained the city’s prestige through hosting guests for a private, luxury experience with their intimate bungalows and indulgent spa treatments. Guests step into a world of exemplary accommodations at this lavish boutique hotel.




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The Horizon

Built as “The Horizon” in 1952 by William F. Cody, an architect that helped shape the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs, the hotel quickly became a celebrity hot spot. During the 1950s and ‘60s, it drew Hollywood elite like Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, producer Jack Wrather and a number of US Presidents to come experience the sprawling, three-acre desert sanctuary.




In the Heart of the Desert

Los Angeles designer Steve Hermann was brought in to revitalize the property in 2015 while still keeping its mid-century character intact. The original style of the hotel is now combined with modern and vintage furniture to create a nostalgic yet contemporary space for a whole new generation of trendsetters. Hermann’s addition of an open-air spa and alfresco restaurant SoPa added even more to the attractive vacation spot. The welcoming interior creates an air of residential luxury leaving guests to feel right at home in the heart of the desert.




The Bungalows

The 25 bungalows throughout the property are designed with handpicked decor and custom finishes to create an intimate space filled with comfort. Entering into their bungalow guests will never have to remember a room number, as each domain is personalized with a gold, etched name plate. Exposed wood, marble accents, and stone walls bring natural touches to the room against its mountainous desert backdrop. The indoor-outdoor feel is enhanced by glass doors that provide plenty of natural light for a tranquil stay. Guests can also lounge on their own private outdoor patio or reach the ultimate relaxation with an outdoor shower using lush Le Labo bath products.

The Residence

One of the most impressive aspects of L’Horizon is its signature presidential suite The Residence–a secluded oasis formerly home to Hollywood entrepreneur Jack Wrather. The more than 3000-square-foot habitat comes with a private, full-sized pool and yard. Unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape deliver eye-catching views of the natural, mountain terrain. The Residence can be booked as a one-bedroom accommodation or upgraded to the full two-bedroom home, both options leaving guests to enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, wet bar and luxury amenities.

Peaceful Ambiance

Outside of lounging in the spacious bungalow rooms, the hotel boasts an inviting indoor-outdoor Spa for pampering guests in a peaceful setting. From massages to facials to aromatherapy, relaxation is guaranteed with services customized to fit each guest’s desires. Other activities like private personal training, yoga classes and guided hikes add an element of fitness perfect for any guest wishing to stay active during their getaway. The onsite restaurant SoPa is also a welcoming draw, with a refined dining experience in an intimate atmosphere. The garden-esque outdoor seating creates an enchanting setting where a flavorful, local menu of European and Californian dishes please the palate thanks to Michelin-star Chef Giacomo Pettinari.

The Location

Aside from the number of amenities throughout the property, L’Horizon is also located within minutes of Palm Springs’ bustling downtown. Restaurants, nightlife and shopping are some of the main attractions for visitors taking advantage of the city’s offerings. The area is also home to multiple casinos, museums and design studios creating a unique landscape for exploring the classic destination.

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