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EDITOR’S LETTER

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NEW IN TRAVEL

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FASHION Styles to put a spring in your step

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BEAUTY Travel-friendly favorites for skin and hair

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FITNESS The latest scoop on indoor cycling

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FAMILY Take the whole brood on a southwest Georgia getaway

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WELLNESS Places to awaken both body and mind

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CULINARY What’s swimming upstream in Alaska

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ROMANCE Five timely escapes for you and a loved one

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ST. LUCIA Explore harmony in nature

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PALM SPRINGS Hiking, biking, golfing, museums and more

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CANADIAN ROCKIES Escape to winter wonderland

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NORMANDY Stay active in the land of Oysters, Camembert and Calvados

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SALAMANDER A resort where equestrian pastimes prevail RANCHO VALENCIA Find endless adventure and relaxation just outside San Diego

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Enjoy pure relaxation at the Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort in Palm Springs.

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” –Ibn Battuta

I AM GRATEFUL TO BE WRITING this letter as we’re several months into our second year of Healthy Travel magazine. I developed the concept based on my belief that the popularity of wellness tourism would increase. And in 2013, the trend did grow; 2014 is anticipated to be hotter than ever. Wellness tourism is projected to grow by more than nine percent per year through 2017, nearly 50 percent faster than overall global tourism. I hope all of you with a passion for health, fitness and travel enjoy the stories we have planned for you this year. Because of the nature of my position, I’m constantly asked for travel and accommodation recommendations. I usually fall head over heels for the destinations I’m fortunate enough to experience when traveling for this magazine, so that’s a difficult question! This spring, I invite you to join me as we discover a few of those fabulous places. Head to the British West Indies on the breathtaking island of St. Lucia, where rainforest, beach and mountains will mesmerize you. If you’re fitting in one last cold-

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weather trip before summer, check out our favorite things to do in Banff and Lake Louise besides skiing (ice walk, anyone?). Venture south to the first five-star resort in Middleton, Virginia, and master equestrian yoga, or head 25 miles outside of San Diego, where beauty, serenity, spa treatments, tennis and fitness ignite the senses. You’ll discover how to stay active in Normandy, France, and why a visit to Palm Springs is a must. If that’s not enough, we also have a great spring break idea for the kids, tips for indulgent romantic getaways and a roundup of our favorite “digital detoxes.” Please continue to share your thoughts and comments with us, and let us know where you’re headed this year by connecting on Facebook (facebook.com/healthytravelmag) or Twitter (@alisonlewis). Have a wonderful spring, and cheers to rejuvenating travels in 2014.

ALISON LEWIS Editor-in-Chief

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NEW IN TRAVEL

Anguilla’s Malliouhana

Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa

Las Alamandas

Travassa Hana

New and Notable Olympic fever, new Caribbean retreats and top getaways for a digital detox

By NINA KOKOTAS HAHN

GO OLYMPIC IN PARK CITY While

embrace the mountainous Utahan

Aarons. Moorish arches, exuberant

can do just that with star offer-

three major ski resorts dominate

terrain with Park City Yoga Adven-

colors and an entirely new spa meet

ings ranging from 120 ocean-front

Park City, this winter Olympian

tures, which offers a stirring snow-

a more relaxed style and improved

junior suites to Iberostar’s first-ever

training ground and past Winter

shoe hike through towering pines

open-air design that better con-

Spa Room, which offers privileged

Olympics host offers a flurry of ad-

followed by paddleboard yoga in

nects the resort to Anguilla’s stun-

access to the full-service spa’s

venture beyond the slopes. Embrace

the Homestead Crater, a mineral-

ning topography and the surround-

secluded garden, relaxation lounge

your inner champion and the energy

rich rock dome housing a natural

ing Caribbean Sea. (264) 497-6111 or

and whirlpool. Enjoy that spa to the

of Sochi at the Waldorf Astoria

hot spring. (415) 695-4502 or

malliouhana.aubergeresorts.com

fullest after a round at the onsite

Park City, where a new experience

parkcityyogaadventures.com

affords guests the chance to hit the

18-hole Litbu Golf Course, designed GOLF, SPA AND VIEWS AT IBER-

by Greg Norman and backed by

rink for a private speed skating les-

THE COMEBACK: ANGUILLA’S

OSTAR PLAYA MITA In December,

panoramic Pacific Coast views. (888)

son with Patrick Meek, a member of

MALLIOUHANA Set to open this

the all-inclusive, 452-room Iberostar

923-2722 or iberostar.com

the U.S. Speedskating team.

spring, the 55-room Malliouhana

Playa Mita opened on Mexico’s

$120; (435) 647-5500 or parkcitywaldorfastoria.com

Hotel & Spa has done far more than

West Coast along the lesser-known

DIGITAL DETOX While it may

simply return to its heyday—unveil-

shores of Riviera Nayarit, 26 miles

seem impossible to disconnect

ing a significant revamp inspired

from Puerto Vallarta. Active couples

completely from your mobile

by the glamorous photos of Slim

looking to escape and reconnect

device in our increasingly Wi-Fi-

For something more restorative,

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Travassa Hana

Park City Yoga Adventures

Anguilla’s Malliouhana

Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa

(303) 800-1943 or yemayaretreat.com

obsessed culture, destinations

sourced dining, an indoor/outdoor

drawn to the new 16-cabana

around the world are begging to

spa with a bounty of revitalizing and

YEMAYA ISLAND HIDEAWAY &

differ by roling out a host of of-

healing treatments (such as medita-

SPA, opened in November on this

Get lost in Costalegre, Mexico, along

ferings that threaten to steal you

tion, breathwork and traditional

largely untouched island. You won’t

1,500 acres of a private nature pre-

away from your gadgetry, if only

Lomilomi massage) and a chance

find Wi-Fi or reliable cell service

serve at the 16-suite LAS ALAMAN-

temporarily.

to immerse oneself in Hawaii’s rich

here. Instead, give in to your ocean-

DAS RESORT. Wi-Fi is only available

cultural traditions. Coconut husking,

front cabana, step out onto a white

in the office; but nevermind, your

At TRAVASSA HANA on Maui’s still-

ukulele playing and guided media-

beach dotted with coconut palms

day is filled with other important

untouched eastern coast, no TVs,

tion are among the lessons offered,

and take to the blue waters for

matters: four private beaches for

alarm clocks or Wi-Fi are allowed in

many of which are taught by third-

kayaking, swimming or shelling.

surfing or swimming, more than 100

the resort’s 70 cottages, and guests

generation natives who have lived

Explore the rest of the two-mile

species of birds to watch, fishing

can also opt to leave their devices

in this community their entire lives.

island on foot, bicycle or by horse

in the resort’s lagoon and having a

in a lockbox with the concierge

(888) 820-1043 or travaasa.com

(motorized transport is not permit-

chef cook your catch on the spot,

ted), and then return for daily meals

plus bicycling, tennis, hiking and

for the duration of their stay. The tradeoff: access to remote black

Far away on the tip of Nicaragua’s

that are crafted based on what is

horseback riding via the resort’s

sand beaches, the Seven Sacred

Little Corn Island, soft adventure

fished from the sea and picked from

on-site stables. (888) 882-9616 or

Pools, organic fruit farms and locally

seekers and retreating yogis are

the onsite organic garden.

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Spring Style Invest in this season’s most suitable footwear, fashions and accessories By ALISON LEWIS

1 REINA DE LA JUNGLA BIKINI

nected device. $70; fancy.com

moving in comfort and style. Take

FROM KATE SPADE This refined,

FROM AGUACLARA This unique

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advantage of the orthotic technol-

clean-looking canvas case can be

animal-print swim set is eye-

GURIA BEACHWEAR This 100 per-

ogy and midsole, plus the durable

catching thanks to a gold tribe

cent viscose dress is the must-have

rubber outsole with flex grooves

carried as a tote or cross-body. $75; katespade.com 8 CANCUN BY VION-

tube accessory. top, $102; bottoms,

cover-up for 2014. Sexy cutouts reveal a playful silhouette with a

for improved traction. $119.95; orthaheelusa.com/vionic 6 CAPRI

IC FROM ORTHAHEEL These plat-

$65; aguaclara-swimwear.com 2 WINDOW SOLAR CHARGER

V-neckline that flatters all body

TILES CUFF FROM KATE SPADE

leather uppers and microfiber-

FROM FANCY This attractive solar

types. $136; guriabeachwear.com.br

This gold-plated cuff is bedecked

wrapped foot beds. The backstrap

charger sticks to your window and

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with brightly colored mosaic tiles

features a functional buckle for

charges your phone. The integrated

VIONIC FROM ORTHAHEEL These

that look as great poolside as with

adjustability and the slip-resistant

battery charges by the sun then

lightweight fitness walkers feature

eveningwear. $128; katespade.com

bottoms are excellent for travel.

transmits the power to your con-

breathable mesh uppers to keep you

7 PIECE OF WORK LAPTOP CASE

$139.95; orthaheelusa.com/vionic

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BUDDING BEAUTY Don’t leave home without these travel-friendly spring favorites By ALISON LEWIS

1 ARCHIPELAGO TRAVEL TINS

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SWABS FROM JANE IREDALE

unique combination of seaweed

Easy-to-pack mini candles from

FROM CALDREA This travel kit in-

These easy-to-use, premeasured

concentrate, Vitamin C and Ginkgo

the Excursion collection boast full,

cludes body lotion with shea butter

makeup remover swabs leave

biloba extract helps eliminate the

complex fragrances and bold colors

and chia seed oil and a body wash

absolutely no residue—perfect for a

appearance of fine lines due to

inspired by favorite destinations

with angelica root and linen flower

gal on the go. $11; janeiredale.com 6

dryness, air travel, sun exposure or

around the world. Our pick: Charles-

extracts, which leaves skin smooth

LIPDRINK SPF 15 LIP BALM FROM

cold. $15; repechage.com 8 ABSO-

ton—a blend of hyacinth, white

and radiant. $20; caldrea.com 4

JANE IREDALE Prevent chapped or

LUTE BEAUTIFYING POTION OIL

jasmine and tuberose. $7.50; shoparchipelago.com 2 PERFUME TRAVEL

HAIR REFRESHER FROM DAVINES

burnt lips with a colorless balm de-

FROM DAVINES This multifunctional

This dry shampoo is practical for

void of petroleum-derived products

organic oil works for all hair types,

ATOMIZER This lightweight,

quick pick-me-ups between sham-

that can dry out skin. SPF 15 and

contributing shine, softness and

portable perfume sprayer makes

poos or adding last-minute volume

UVA protection fight against sun

antioxidant benefits. It contains aloil

it convenient to tote your favorite

after styling. It instantly revives hair,

damage, to boot. $15; janeiredale.

roucou, a native Amazonian plant

scent with you anytime, anywhere.

leaving it fresh and full of body with

com 7 ALGO MIST HYDRATING SEA-

that's rich in beta-carotene and will

At just three inches long, the sleek

a light scent that’s perfect after a

WEED FACIAL SPRAY FROM REPÊ-

help restore and promote proper

design is great for men or women

long day of travel. $28; davines.com

CHAGE This travel-size moisturizing

growth without weighing down hair.

on the go. $9.99; fragrancenet.com

5 DOT THE I MAKEUP REMOVER

mist restores skin’s pH balance. A

$39.90; davines.com

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Simply Magical

Discover a sense of inner peace at Rosalie Bay, an

Steps away hike rainforests, swim in waterfalls, snorkel coral reefs, soak in natural hot springs and more.

Tune in to your mind, body and nature with daily yoga, power walks, healthy cuisine and farm-to-spa-table treatments at the new riverfront spa. Help endangered sea turtles on Rosalie’s black sand beach.

Retreat to Rosalie Bay Resort today and discover a place that is simply magical.

eco-boutique resort on the Caribbean’s Nature Island.

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FITNESS

COURTESY OF SOUL CYCLE

Get a fullbody workout in Soul Cycle's inspiring atmosphere.

Take a Spin Coast-to-coast indoor cycling studios that are revolutionizing workouts By SHELBIE LANDRY

REGARDLESS OF YOUR EXPERTISE LEVEL,

promised fast-paced workouts that produce

addition to downtown Homewood's up-and-

indoor cycling is an energizing activity that

quick results, including improved cardio endur-

coming fitness registry. Appropriately named for

anyone can conquer. In just 45 to 60 minutes, it’s

ance, more muscle tone and a stronger core.

the studio's focus on rigorous cardio training and

easy to get into a good rhythm that will leave you

soul-cycle.com/soul-east

state-of-the-art indoor cycling technology, Sweat

healthier and happier. Here are three innovative

MASSACHUSETTS: Opened in June 2013, THE

and Gears offers more than a typical cycling

HANDLE BAR in South Boston offers a unique

experience. Guests are invited to sit astride the

blend of intense workouts with the newest in hip-

latest equipment that not only transmits their

New York to California, SOUL CYCLE is a com-

hop and house hits. In search of a class to meet

workout stats to the twin 80-inch HD screens

mon name in indoor cycling circles. Though a

her high expectations, owner Jessica Bashelor

at the front of the room (in the form of a group

now major franchise, this boutique-style studio

founded The Handle Bar for those also looking

averaged energy output), but also logs that same

began in 2006 on the Upper West Side. Within a

for a powerful, results-based spin session. But it

data into a personal account so cyclers can track

club-like atmosphere complete with low lighting

doesn’t stop there—The Handle Bar also features

their own progress after each visit. (205) 532-1677

and pumping beats, clients are encouraged to

special sessions with live DJs to further amp up

or sweatandgearsstudio.com

push through the burn with 45-minute sessions

the experience. (617) 451-1270; handlebarcycling.com

studios that we suggest for your next spin. NEW YORK: With 14 studios locations from

and the support of fellow riders. Cyclists are

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ALABAMA: SWEAT AND GEARS is the newest

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COURTESY OF CALLAWAY GARDENS

FAMILY

Getaway to Callaway From outdoor scampering to indoor pampering, Callaway Gardens offers a vacation that’s tailored to fit by BENNETT ADAMS

SITUATED IN THE APPALACHIAN FOOTHILLS

neighboring Piedmont Grille flood the room with

loaded with attractions the rest of the year, too,

80 miles southwest of Atlanta, Callaway Gardens

warm sunlight during breakfast—where made-to-

both natural and manmade. The incomparable

offers experiences aplenty for an active family

order pancakes and fresh fruit smoothies from

Azalea Bowl bursts into florid color in springtime,

vacation or a romantic weekend getaway, and

the expansive buffet fuel the day’s excursions—

gorgeous chrysanthemums ring in autumn and

a stay at the on-grounds Lodge and Spa resort

and feature the courtyard’s stately fi re pit at

winter brings shortened days but illuminated

provides a luxurious base from which to explore

dinnertime. The accommodating staff might even

holiday nights at Fantasy in Lights.

it all.

let you enjoy your after-dinner s’mores at one of

Everything at the Lodge seems designed for maximum relaxation, from its secluded

A well-earned trip to the spa puts the perfect

the outdoor tables in the glow of the crackling

finishing touch on your visit. Named after the

fire. Southern hospitality, indeed.

type of azalea that inspired the idea of Callaway Gardens 60 years ago, the Spa Prunifolia is the

forest setting to the timber-and-earth-tone

For all of the indulgences available at the

decor. Guest rooms are well appointed and

Lodge, the Gardens offer at least as many ways

star of the Lodge’s show. Employing lotions,

comfortable, and rooms on the eastern side of

to burn them off. The popular TreeTop Adventure

creams and soaps derived from the local flora,

the Lodge offer sunrise views over the terrace’s

sends participants hurtling over obstacles and

the spa is a tranquil refuge where guests can

cascading fountain; from here, steps descend to a

across more than a half-mile of zip lines through

reward and replenish themselves after the

picturesque heated saltwater pool and whirlpools

the tree canopy and above the water. Seventeen

previous days’ activities. A purifying respite in a

hidden behind stone privacy walls.

miles of biking and hiking trails traverse the

steam room infused with eucalyptus oils leads to

property, along with 36 holes of championship

an array of pampering possibilities, from deep

Chef Daniel Walters crafts delicious Southern-

golf and 10 tennis courts. Canoes and kayaks glide

tissue or warm stone massage to restorative

accented dishes—such as sweet tea roast

across the centerpiece Mountain Creek Lake, and

botanical face and body treatments. Couples

chicken and Georgia coastal shrimp and

a dozen others are stocked with bream, bass,

can share in relaxation side by side, and there are

Speckled Heart grits—utilizing locally sourced

rainbow trout and shellcrackers to lure anglers.

regimens geared toward men and women alike.

For each of the Lodge’s two dining areas,

and organic ingredients whenever possible. The

Summer here means crowds of visitors

Newly refreshed, you’re in the right frame of mind to head back to the duties and decisions that

Ironwood Lounge, with its plush seating and

sunning and splashing at Robin Lake Beach,

dark hardwood interior, makes an ideal spot to

home to watersports, an all-ages water

await you at home—like planning your return trip.

sip an evening cocktail and nibble on small-plate

playground, mini-golf and even laser tag in the

(800) 225-5292; callawaygardens.com

bites. The floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the

surrounding forest. The Callaway calendar is

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opposite The heated saltwater

pool at Callaway Gardens' The Lodge and Spa is the perfect setting for family fun. Couples looking for more privacy may prefer to head to the secluded whirlpool. clockwise from top right The courtyard ďŹ re burns through the evening, creating the perfect ambience for sharing a bottle of wine or a tray of do-it-yourself s'mores. The Piedmont Grille's dinner menu features delicious takes on Southern staples such as Georgia coastal shrimp and Speckled Heart grits prepared largely with locally sourced and organic ingredients. A visiting thrillseeker takes in the view while racing down a zip line at TreeTop Adventure. Offering an exquisite nature walk, the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl explodes with color, heralding the arrival of spring each year.

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WELLNESS

PHOTOS COURTESY OF HILTON HEAD HEALTH

Wellness programs at Hilton Head Health give guests the tools to lead a more balanced lifestyle.

Destination: Revitalization Awaken your mind and body at Hilton Head Health By SHELBIE LANDRY

RESTING ON THE SCENIC COAST of South Carolina, Hilton Head Island is renowned for its

also once they return home. At the newly opened H3 Healthy Kitchen,

kitchen workspaces complete with state-of-theart appliances. After learning how to prepare

high-class accommodations, robust tennis outlets

guests can enjoy gourmet meals at the Chef’s

easy and tasty healthful meals, students can

and world-renowned golf. At Hilton Head Health

Table. Thanks to themed cuisines such as French,

continue their health and wellness goals at home.

(H3), guests are invited to sun themselves on the

Jewish, Italian and American, guests have the op-

soft sandy beaches of the Atlantic, play a round

tion to savor an array of multicultural foods with

cardio boxing, water fitness, yoga sculpt, body

or two on one of the resort’s 24 golf courses and

appropriate portions and countless beneficial

pump, core strength, treading beach boot camp,

embrace the opportunity to revitalize their minds

nutrients. During the meal, diners can even watch

sunrise walks, paddleboarding and kayaking) on

and bodies.

the preparation of their dishes from every angle

the roster, each guest can create a fitness routine

with the help of specially placed cameras and TV

that is tailored to his or her personal aptitude and

screens.

interests. The supportive health community at

With many qualifi ed fitness, nutrition and mental health experts on staff, guests can choose from a variety of opportunities and programs

But the culinary captivation doesn’t end there.

With more than 50 different classes (think

the resort also offers seminars aiding with self-

at H3 that are tailored specifically to help them

Guests can also indulge their cooking passions

discovery and life transitions. Common topics in-

begin their personal health journeys. Between

with dozens of hands-on classes. By focusing on

clude improving self-awareness, managing stress,

private assessments and group fitness sessions,

seasonally fresh and locally supplied foods, the

boosting body image, mastering motivation and

H3 offers visitors the right tools to succeed in

Healthy Kitchen’s panel of professional chefs and

more. The experiences at H3 will awaken mind,

their weight-loss goals while at the facility and

nutritionists instructs students in one of the six

body and spirit. (800) 292-2440 or hhhealth.com

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Catch your breath as you pass by iceblue glaciers aboard Holland America's Oosterdam.

Wild Alaska on the Water Find good eats in salmon central By CAROLYN O’NEIL

IF YOU LOVE THE TASTE OF GRILLED SALMON, poached salmon, plank-roasted salmon, smoked

seals as the ship steams through open waters. Plan a summer cruise through southeastern

guide to isolated locations, or you can simply rent a fishing pole, drop a line off a bridge in the

salmon, salmon mousse and you’re up for trying

Alaska’s Inside Passage on Holland America

middle of town in Ketchikan and pull in a salmon

some salmon jerky, then you should consider

Line’s Oosterdam, with stops in Juneau, Sitka and

in seconds.

a trip to Alaska. You can fish for salmon, visit

Ketchikan. Each port of call reveals the unique

salmon hatcheries, see salmon leaping upstream

personalities of the locations—from wild fl ower

cal restaurants greet guests with menu boards

to spawn, watch seals and bears devour salmon—

hiking in Juneau to a city walk through Sitka that

boasting Alaskan salmon, cod, halibut and King

even buy souvenirs shaped like salmon. Some

lets you explore architecture infl uenced by a his-

and Dungeness crab. Grilled, fried, blackened or

stuff is even made of salmon leather. Alaska is

torical connection with Russia. Ketchikan’s Wild

made into tacos or chowder, fresh seafood is the

truly salmon central.

West feel of the Gold Rush Days even features a

star attraction.

Cruising is one of the best ways to sample a

logging show.

Just want to enjoy the catch of the day? Lo-

The Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800s may have gotten things going in these parts, but

sensational selection of Alaska’s pretty ports and

Kayaking into the bays and coves around

marvel at the majestic scenery, including glaciers

Alaskan towns is a popular way to get on the

today’s tourism treasure is built on sharing the

so close they chill the air, cascading waterfalls

water and experience life in the 49th state. Tour

wealth of wilderness beauty, fresh air and plenty

and thousands of acres of uninhabited land. In

guides lead the way as you paddle and glide qui-

the state that calls itself The Last Frontier, you’re

etly past tall timbers and watch bald eagles soar.

of room to roam. travelalaska.com; hollandamerica.com

bound to see breeching whales and scores of

You can hop on a floatplane and follow a fishing

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clockwise: The view in Juneau. Freshly

caught salmon. Indulge at the Alaska Fish House. Fisherman cleaning their catch. Alaska is home to ďŹ sh species in abundance.

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NATURAL HARMONY IN ST. LUCIA Embrace the virtues of escape with inямБnite glimpses of this island landscape By ALISON LEWIS

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The breathtaking Pitons are located near the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul on the southwestern coast of the island.

JADE MOUNTAIN, A RESORT IN ST. LUCIA that’s enviably in harmony with nature, rises majestically above the 600acre beachfront estate and resort of Anse Chastanet. This resort within a resort is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating the island’s stunning beauty and overlooking St. Lucia’s Piton and the Caribbean Sea. Architect and owner Nick Troubetzkoy expanded his idea of building among the incredible surroundings of the Caribbean by introducing three-wall rooms—called sanctuaries—with extraordinary infinity pools. Each has an individual bridge leading to a space that is beyond imagination. With the fourth wall missing entirely, the bedroom, living area and extravagantly sized private-edge indoor infinity pool collectively mesmerize. The result is a setting that’s perfect for embracing the breathtaking views of St. Lucia’s twin Pitons and the shimmering sea. Sanctuaries are blissfully free of televisions and radios, in keeping with the overall resort experience of techfree tranquility. Each room also has a large whirlpool tub overlooking the space, pool and the view. Expect the

unexpected here; you may return from dinner one night to find your tub filled and surrounded by candles. Guests have access to a personal butler who offers you a cell phone upon arrival for any request you may have during the stay.

ACTIVITIES Activities include morning rooftop yoga, jungle biking among thousands of fruit trees, guided nature and rainforest hikes, a guided nature walk through the plantation and bird-watching. Unveil the history behind Anse Chastanet’s 600-acre estate on an informative tour with Meno, who is a must to meet. Or hike to the Soufriere market to sample local produce. Experience the world’s only drive-in volcano, the flora and fauna of the botanical gardens and the warm mineral waterfall. Don’t miss Emerald Estate, which is owned and operated by Anse Chastanet to grow organic fruits and vegetables as well as herbs that are used in food preparation at Jade Mountain. Choose from zip-line adventures, Segway tours, a mud bath, dolphin and whale watching (December to March) or a tour of sulfur springs. If you wish to stay 23

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indoors, sign up for a cooking class with the chef. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach: Head to one of the property’s two soft silver natural sand beaches, where you’ll be offered lemongrass-infused hand towels, sprayed with “love and happiness” eucalyptus by an attendant named Abo, and offered fresh coconut or popsicles of the day. Water sports abound for those who enjoy snorkeling, sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding or diving; some of the best in the Caribbean is here.

SPA Your stay at Jade Mountain won’t be complete without a spa experience at the Kai En Ciel Spa or in your own sanctuary. There are five air-conditioned treatment rooms, an openair hair and nail salon and the open-air cabana Kai-Mer overlooking the Anse Chastanet reef. Products range from natural ingredients from the local organic farm to Ayurveic products. (You can also schedule any treatment in the comfort of your own room.) Try one of the signature rituals, such as Forget the Outside World, recommended for those who just can’t let go. The 105-minute antistress treatment combines a 35-minute back and leg massage with a simultaneous facial masque and foot reflexology treatment, followed by a pressure point facial massage that continues

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on to an intense scalp and neck massage. The Chocolate Delight revitalizes while indulging senses with a warm—then cooling—chocolate application that stimulates endorphins. The added minerals awaken senses and bring them into harmony. This will leave you relaxed and your skin feeling fresh and revitalized.

DINING Wrapped around an infinity pool with a tile kaleidoscope of colors, Jade Mountain Club serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. James Beard Award-winning chef Allen Susser’s “Jade cuisine” is nearly flawless. Start off the morning with the local juice of the day: Pineapple-coconut, tangerine or watermelon-sour orange are irresistible, while organic cucumber, pineapple and celery hearts or beet, cucumber and honeydew encompass “greener” offerings. The smoked salmon eggs benedict sans hollandaise was my favorite, but other dishes including the margarita omelet with tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella were fantastic. Be sure to head upstairs to the Celestial Terrace, which is perfect for morning yoga, stargazing or sunset cocktails. I was so full from breakfast that I skipped lunch and ordered afternoon tea to my room (which is offered daily). From the huge afternoon tea menu I chose coconut-

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Each infinity pool sanctuary at Jade Mountain leaves the fourth wall open to infinite views and privacy. opposite The bedrooms in each sanctuary celebrate the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea.

crusted prawns with shaved pineapple, black bean salsa with homemade plantain chips and moist banana bread—all served with green tea. I loved the highlight at dinnertime: a rolling bread cart. You’ll start your evening with a choice of homemade breads (which change nightly) such as oregano, multigrain and whole wheat. Then choose which potted herbs you want to mix into the balsamic vinegar and olive oil—divine! Dinner favorites included pan-seared scallops with coconut couscous and lobster bisque, seared yellowfin tuna over Thai noodles, pan-seared mahi mahi with squash risotto and cucumber salad, short ribs, lamb chops with chimichurri sauce and cubed potatoes. Besides the Jade Mountain club, other dining options include two restaurants and two bars in Anse Chastanet, plus the Jungle Beach Bar & Grill located on the second beach of the property. The Treehouse Restaurant consists of two open-air structures with beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding hills, or Apasara (located beachside), featuring East India-St. Lucia fusion cuisine. If you dine there, don’t miss the sticky toffee and date pudding with butterscotch sauce and coconut ice cream for dessert. jademountain.com; (800) 223-1108; ansechastanet.com; jademountain.com

MUST-DO Activities in St. Lucia SULPHUR SPRINGS, DIAMOND FALL & GARDENS View the world’s only drive-in volcano. The pools at the mineral baths are filled with therapeutic, mineral-rich water, which is naturally heated by the volcanic activity of the Sulphur

BIRD WATCHING St. Lucia is home to five species of birds found nowhere else on earth. It’s also home to two species found on just one or two nearby islands. Fifty-seven resident bird species exist on the island and at least 30 can be regularly found either within or looking out from the grounds of Anse Chastanet.

Springs regions. ZIP-LINING HIKING Climbing Gros Piton is strenuous and should only be undertaken by fit and experienced hikers. The Petit Piton is even more difficult but also more exciting in terms of views. Reward yourself with one (or two) Piton Beers. RAIN FOREST CROSSING This is a strenuous hike, but a rewarding one at that. You’ll encounter Mahogany and Blue Mahout tress, which eventually meld into the lush, natural rain forest and banana plantations.

Zip-lining serves up a healthy dose of adrenaline. Utilizing cables extended as high as 150 feet above the ground, guests are transported through lush foliage for panoramic views of the rainforest, the city of Soufriere and the Pitons. JUNGLE BIKING This is not for the faint of heart! Visitors interested in kicking cardio into high gear can head to Bike Saint Lucia at the Anse Mamin Plantation on the Anse Chastanet Resort. Custom trails accommodate both rookie and seasoned riders.

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P.S., I LOVE YOU

HIKING, BIKING, GOLF, MUSEUMS AND MUCH MORE MAKE P.S.—PALM SPRINGS—A LOVELY DESTINATION By BOB COOPER

GREATER PALM SPRINGS IS RENOWNED for its countless golf courses and the long-gone celebrities whose names are now its busiest boulevards. (“Let’s meet at the corner of Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope!”) But just because Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta and Indian Wells are synonymous with golf and poolside cocktails doesn’t mean those are the only options. This desert resort haven, cradled on three sides by mountains that soar above 10,000 feet, is full of surprises.

RADIANT RESORTS An abundance of resorts compete for the attention of weekend visitors (L.A. is a two-hour drive) and international travelers alike. The first of three distinct properties where I stayed on a recent visit is the Westin Mission Hills, a classic Rancho Mirage golf and tennis resort with two world-class courses, seven courts, a large spa and a first-rate Italian restaurant. Next up: the more intimate Miramonte Resort & Spa in resort-dense Indian Wells. Sporting a Mediterranean motif, lemon trees and rose gardens perfume the paths of

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left to right The lush landscape at Sunnylands. The spa reflecting pool. Indulge in an outdoor massage at Two Bunch Palms opposite, clockwise from top left The sweeping views of Indian Wells. Las Brisas Pool at Westin Mission Hills. The orchard at Two Bunch Palms. Try yoga and Qigong, a form of Chinese meditation.

the low-rise Miramonte, and olive trees and an herb garden supply ingredients for the farm-to-table restaurant. A saltwater pool is tucked behind the candlelit spa (with candlewax treatments!). The third resort, Two Bunch Palms, is literally an oasis in Desert Hot Springs. The 90-acre, adultsonly property draws holistic health devotees and Hollywood celebs such as Tim Robbins and Nicholas Cage, who come to decompress in Two Bunch Palms’ mineral springs grotto pools, take gritty mud baths in huts near the healing spa, linger over lunch in the sunlight-splashed restaurant, sunbathe at the turtle-filled pond, stroll the hillside perimeter trail, practice yoga inside the solar kiva dome and try to honor the cellphones-off policy.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF VISIT PALM SPRINGS, MIRAMONTE RESORT, WESTIN MISSION HILLS, TWO BUNCH PALMS AND SUNNYLANDS

MORNING GLORY Mild temperatures make the mornings best for golf, bike rides and other outdoor pursuits. Local hiking guru Philip Ferranti took me out to Coachella Valley Preserve, Southern California’s largest oasis, for a hike described in his book, 140 Great Hikes In and Near Palm Springs. “This is where the North American and Pacific tectonic plates collide, where the San Andreas Fault brings the aquifer water to the surface,” he explains as we stroll the popular McCallum Trail between sprawling groves of fan palms. The next day I enjoyed the most comfortable 20mile bike ride ever on a comfort bike provided by Big Wheel Tours, which also conducts mountain biking, hiking and jeep tours. Credit the constant, gradual downhill slope (you’re driven to a spot 1,500 elevation feet above the valley), with no uphills, no turns, few cross-streets and almost no traffic as you descend through open desert to lemon groves and vineyards at the Salton Sea. It’s a big lake (California’s largest) beneath big mountains under a big sky. Like yesterday’s hike, the bike route passes right over the San Andreas Fault, evident in the acutely striated rock formations just off Box Canyon Road. The bike tour—which also includes stops for talks about the valley and a post-ride date shake—is offered year-round.

attractions. There’s an art museum, history museum, air museum, children’s discovery museum, zoo/botanical gardens and waterpark in the Coachella Valley, but the newest unique choice is the visitor center at Sunnylands, which opened in 2012. The former Rancho Mirage winter estate of media tycoon Walter Annenberg has become a magnet for visitors interested in art, arid-climate plants and Mid-Century Modern architecture. Visiting the new center and 53,000-plant gardens is free, or—for a small fee—you may reserve an estate tour of the rest of Annenberg’s 200-acre spread, which shows off his collections of impressionist paintings, Chinese art and photos of the presidents and movie stars who once visited his 25,000-square-foot mansion. Spend another afternoon taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway— a 10-minute ride in an 80-passenger rotating tram car (the world’s largest)—which astonishingly lifts you from 2,643 to 8,516 feet, from the hot Sonoran desert to a cool Alpine forest’s 54 miles of hiking trails through meadows, Jeffrey pines and granite boulder fields. It’s never hot at the Mt. San Jacinto summit; in the winter, you can even snowshoe. And the views are incredible.

AFTERNOON DELIGHTS Following lunch (Palm Greens

NIGHT MOVES Downtown Palm Springs is the liveliest spot in the valley on any night, but especially on Thursday evenings, when VillageFest takes over five blocks of Palm Canyon Drive. Thousands show up year-round: local retirees, families, snowbirds (many part-time residents are Canadians), the “L.A. drive crowd” just arriving for a long weekend and international tourists. Scores of vendors line the street, hawking everything from crafts and paintings to date products (the valley produces 95 percent of America’s dates). This is also an opportunity to check out downtown Palm Springs’ restaurant, bar and shopping scene, as vibrant as most of the valley is sedate. Also on the festival strip is the 26-foot-high Forever Marilyn statue, modeled after the famous photo of Miss Monroe holding down her skirt. Taller than the surrounding buildings, her prominence downtown shows that locals love their stars as much as the lifestyle of outdoor leisure that makes P.S. an enticing destination.

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WINTER ESCAPE Find fresh powder and fine dining in the Fairmont Rockies By ALISON LEWIS

IF YOU’RE STILL SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT SPRING SKI TRIP, pack your passport and head up to the Canadian Rockies to experience two of the world’s finest year-round outdoor playgrounds: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Hotel Banff Springs. Both nestled in the heart of Banff National Park, each spot qualifies as a bucket-list trip that is suitable for travelers of any age. Winter activities are abundant amid the gorgeous scenery here; embrace the cold temps as you learn to snowshoe, cross-country ski and even “ice walk” through a frozen canyon. (The trick? Ice cleats!) We split our time between Chateau Lake Louise and Hotel Banff, but picking a favorite is like asking us to choose our favorite child! Instead, we’ve gathered the best about both properties so you can decide for yourself. Our advice: Visit one this season and the other next year.

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At Chateau Lake Louise, the adventure starts right outside your door. Stepping into the backyard, you’ll immediately understand why snow lovers, nature worshippers and seasoned travelers continue to book vacations at this luxurious resort. Renovated in the last year, the property is exceptional and offers top-notch outdoor activities; not just traditional skiing, but heli-skiing, curling, ice hockey, dogsledding, sleigh rides, ice-fishing, tobogganing, snowshoeing and ice walks. Indoors, ask for a room on the Fairmont Gold floor for complimentary breakfast, appetizers, beverages and more. DINING AROUND LAKE LOUISE

You’ll find six culinary outlets offering everything from Swiss to Italian cuisine, plus The Fairview, a four-diamond dining room. Don’t miss the Chateau’s signature dining experience, fondue at the Walliser Stube, after a long, cold day on the slopes. Cozy up with this twist on traditional comfort food, starting with a fresh salad before tucking in to decadent cheese fondue—we particularly enjoyed the truffle cheese— followed by classic broth fondue with bison, beef and vegetables. Top it off with one of the mouthwatering house dessert favorites such as Toblerone chocolate. For lunch at the Lakeview Lounge, our choice is a toss-up between the quinoa and wheatberry salad or the Atlantic lobster-andbaby shrimp croissant. (You’ll burn off the calories outside, so end your meal with the Princess Louise, a cocktail made with Kahlua, Grand Marnier, Baileys and coffee.) GET ACTIVE AT LAKE LOUISE

There is no shortage of winter activities in which to participate here, but we’ve narrowed down our top choices for a well-rounded snowy getaway. From beginner to expert, there’s something for everyone at Lake Louise. Skiing—Lake Louise Ski Resort, one of the largest in North America, features four mountain faces and 4,200 acres of skiable terrain with green or blue runs available from all lifts. Since it’s ideal for all levels, newbies, intermediates and families alike can ski together here, but experts have the option to explore endless chutes, glades and gullies in some of the Rockies’ most challenging terrain. Snowboarders and snowtubing enthusiasts will find plenty of powder to play on, too. Open through May 4; skilouise.com Johnston Canyon Icewalk—Ice cleats that fit right over your shoes make it possible to hike on walkways to the canyon. Once there, relish the spectacular views of the lower falls and breathtaking upper falls. You’ll be rewarded with hot chocolate and maple cookies at the top. The evening icewalk includes a souvenir headlamp to light your path to the canyon. banff tours.com

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Snowshoeing—Guide Michael Vincent assures us that “if you can walk, you can snowshoe.” The good news: There is no skill involved, and most everyone picks up the “sport” quickly. Trekking across nature during this low-impact outing is a great way to see native wildlife and maybe a few fresh animal tracks. You’ll walk from the boathouse on Lake Louise to Fairview Lookout, where you can take in a picturesque view of the water and historic Chateau Lake Louise. The hour-long round-trip encompasses about 330 feet of elevation. (And if you happen to be in town on March 8, check out the Blitz Snowshoe Race. This family 5k extends across a flat scenic route beside Lake Louise and along the shoreline trail. A more challenging 10k course goes up into trees on deep snow and packed trail sections with an elevation gain of 960 feet.) snowshoe.blitzevents.ca Cross-Country Skiing—With more than 43 miles of maintained trails, Lake Louise is the cross-country skiing capital of the Rockies. A one-hour lesson will set you on your way. The concierge at the Chateau will provide information and guidance. fairmont.com/lake-louise

SECOND STOP: Banff Springs In 2013, Fairmont Banff Springs “Castle in the Rockies” celebrated 125 years of hospitality and service in Banff National Park. Built in 1888 after Sir William Cornelius Van Horne realized the connection between rail travel and tourism—declaring, “If we cannot export the scenery, we will have to import the tourists.”—the hotel is modeled after a Scottish baronial castle. When it first opened the property boasted 250 guest rooms and operated during the summer months only. Today, the resort proffers 768 guestrooms and suites, an acclaimed golf course, a 38,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa, a bowling center, shops and boutiques, tennis courts and horseback riding, in addition to the requisite snow activities. The hotel’s close proximity to three world-class ski areas and the charming town of Banff means easy access to fantastic skiing and snowboarding, heli-skiing, curling, hockey, dogsledding, sleigh rides, ice-fishing and tobogganing. DINING AROUND BANFF

You’ll find 11 food and beverage outlets featuring fresh sushi, indulgent Italian and authentic Canadian dishes. Just steps away from the castle, where the Spray River meets the 15th tee box of the golf course, is Waldhaus, nicknamed “the house in the forest.” There, you can enjoy Swiss and German dishes served fireside. Try the salmon, schnitzel or short ribs—or anything else on the menu, really, because you can’t go wrong here. Our dessert pick: the divine walnut tart with maple bacon ice cream. Stop in The Authentically Local Wine Store for wonderful Canadian varietals; daily wine tastings are also offered.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS AND FAIRMONT LAKE LOUISE

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clockwise from top left The view from Surprise Corner. The mineral pools at Banff Springs. Fireside at the Fairmont Gold lounge. Ice Magic at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

WHERE TO SKI

Just 15 minutes from Banff, Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort offers two-province skiing (Alberta and British Columbia) in one run. Open from November through late May, it offers the longest non-glacial season in Canada at the village’s altitude of 7,082 feet. Check out the new yoga and ski package, which offers weekend retreats and includes the serene experience of mountain yoga. skibanff.com; fairmont.com/ banff-springs DON’T SKIP THE SPA

End your afternoon at the Banff oasis known for its world-

renowned rejuvenating mineral pools, pulsating waterfalls and authentic local treatments. The spa ritual came to Banff 125 years ago, when visitors from around the world made their way here to soak in natural hot spring water piped down to the hotel’s private pool. The mineral pools are said to inspire clarity and renew troubled spirits. Spend time in the steam room, sauna, whirlpool and 32-meter saltwater lap pool to soothe your ski muscles. When it comes to choosing a treatment, we suggest the Majestic Blue—after an invigorating mineral exfoliation, you’ll enjoy a luxurious wrap plus a scalp and foot massage with organic essences of lavender.

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DISCOVER NORMANDY By ANN N. YUNGMEYER

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With its medieval heritage, half-timbered houses and impressionist landscapes, Normandy is attractive to most anyone who loves history and culture. The D-Day landing sites are quite a draw, but visitors will also find that the northern coastal region of France offers a feast in gastronomy and outdoor adventure. From fresh seafood, cider and artisanal cheeses to hiking, golf and equestrian sports, Normandy’s art de vivre is found in all of the above.

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STAY AND PLAY The charming town of Bayeux makes a good base for exploring Normandy’s historic sites while discovering the region’s immense beauty. This year, for the commemorative 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 2014), several new museums and interactive exhibits have opened, including the Overlord Museum. Bayeux’s famous tapestry depicting William the Conqueror’s takeover of England is the town jewel, while Bayeux Cathedral is a close second. Visitors can rent biks in town or traverse the quaint pedestrian path along the banks of the Aure River. For travelers who want to remain on the move, a 230-kilometer cycling route was launched in 2013, linking the D-Day beaches to the exquisite Mont Saint-Michel. This véloroute combines greenways made on historic towpaths and shared country lanes, leading through bucolic countryside, wetland areas and hillier stretches in the gorgeous Vire Valley. A downloadable route map shows suggested stages, accommodations and must-see attractions along the way, including the renowned National Stud Farm at Saint-Lô. Cyclists can travel the entire route over several days, or choose certain sections for shorter excursions.

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TEE UP OR SADDLE UP Pairing a bit of history with golf, some of France’s best play can be found at Omaha Beach Club’s two 18-hole courses. Seaside fairways stretch along ancient cliffs and each hole features a name such as Eisenhower, Churchill, De Gaulle, Koenig or other wartime leaders to remind golfers of the significance of the place. Guests can stay linkside at the four-star Omaha Mercure, where balconied rooms surround two outdoor pools. Another mecca for golf enthusiasts is the five-star Golf Barriere, perched on a hill overlooking the resort town of Deauville. Normandy is horse country, so if you want to saddle up, riding through the countryside can be arranged

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via numerous equestrian centers that cater to Englishspeaking guests. This year, the city of Caen will host the World Equestrian Games from August 23 to September 7, transforming the area into an equine paradise with competitions in dressage, show jumping, eventing, driving, reining and more. Deauville, a well-known horse racing venue and chic cultural destination, will host polo exhibitions as part of the event. Horseback riding on the wide beach at Deauville is dreamy, and the town is also cyclist-friendly; bikes are available at the concierge for hotel guests of the seaside Royal Barriere. RELAX AND REFUEL The apple is the emblematic symbol of Normandy, and the production of cider and the apple brandy Calvados have long been entrenched in he region’s history. In addition, Normandy prides itself on specialty cuisine of oysters, scallops, duck, salt marsh lamb, Camembert and Neufchatel cheeses and other dairy. Foie gras, though it originates in Dordogne, is found on every menu. Foodies will find much to discover in regional delicacies with plentiful artisan producers and boutique distilleries open for frequent tastings.

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Hiking trails abound throughout the area, and one of the most impressive, for its rugged coastal scenery, is the Customs Officers’ Path (GR223) on Cap de la Hague near Cherbourg. Tracing the northern coastline, the tranquil path is aptly named for customs officers who kept smugglers at bay in earlier days. A “nose” in the peninsula, Nez de Jobourg, offers an 11-kilometer loop with stunning views of some of Europe’s highest cliffs.

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clockwise, from left Old mill in Bayeux. Typical Norman architecture in Deauville. Chateau la Cheneviere. opposite, clockwise from top left Monet’s pond at Giverny that inspired his paintings of lilies. Exploring Pointe du Hoc ranger memorial. La Couronne in Rouen

Visitors who want a unique lodging experience can sleep in a huge oak barrel once used to age Calvados, which has been converted and cozily furnished for two. For roomier quarters with a country manor appeal, stay at the 18thcentury Chateau La Cheneviere near Omaha Beach or at the pleasant hunting lodge Pavillon de Gouffern. Top choice for modern amenities is the new four-star Villa Lara in Bayeux, which touts cathedral views. If relaxation is calling after a few days of hearty adventure, the resort town of Bagnoles de l’Orme offers a soothing spa experience at Hotel du Beryl overlooking a peaceful lake. Wherever your Normandy adventures take you, you will notice distinctive landscapes with the rich hues and luminescence that made the region a haven for artists of the Impressionist movement—most notably Claude Monet. A visit to Normandy is hardly complete without a stroll through Monet’s home and gardens at Giverny. It is even possible to make a bike trip from Paris to Giverny with a fabulously fun excursion by Fat Tire Bike Tours that combines a train ride and cycling along the Seine River.

Getting there: Air France flies direct from Atlanta to Paris. For travel planning, visit normandy-tourism.org.

CAN’T-MISS CULINARY EXPERIENCES 1. Start every meal with a Kir Normand (a classic aperitif of cider and cassis) or a chilled Pommeau. 2. Try the oysters mixed plate served gratinee, lemonherbed and with avocado mousse. 3. Have lunch at the restaurant that first inspired Julia Child—La Couronne in Rouen. 4. Take the boardwalk to dinner at seaside restaurant Le Ciro in Deauville, featuring a top-rated chef and seafood extraordinaire. 5. Authenticate your dining experience with a Trou Normand, a fiery shot of Calvados as a digestif between courses. 6. Stay at the historic Ferme Saint-Simeon in Honfleur, or have a drink at the bar where the Impressionist painters used to meet up. 7. Treat yourself after a meal to a Café gourmand— espresso and assorted mini desserts.

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A RESORT

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SEASONS A blend of elegance, charm and wellness awaits at Salamander Resort & Spa By ALISON LEWIS

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My first trip to the state of Virginia far exceeded expectations. Just 25 minutes from Washington’s Dulles airport, I discovered the newly opened Salamander Resort & Spa. Located in the historic town of Middleburg, right in the heart of Virginia’s picturesque horse country, the luxury property is the very essence of mind and body wellness. With a full-service spa, equestrian center, yoga, tennis, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness center and plush accommodations—not to mention the nearby Creighton Farms golf course—this resort is your answer to anytime travel, perfect year-round for visits with significant others, family, girlfriends and even corporate retreats. Located on 340 gorgeous acres, Salamander was designed to blend the beauty of the horse-filled countryside with a homey Virginia farm. The lobby boasts an intimate living room and library, so you’ll feel cozy and comfortable. Guest rooms and suites—168 total that include fireplaces and outdoor balconies or terraces— are situated on one of four floors that are decorated to represent each season. Enjoy miles of on-property walking, running or biking trails, as well as lush gardens. The resort features a state-of-the-art Cooking Studio offering culinary classes and private dinners, as well as Harriman’s Grill, which features Virginia Piedmontinfluenced cuisine enhanced by amazing panoramic views. Don’t miss the cast iron skillet lump crab cake with leek fondue, ratatouille and mustard butter; truffled macaroni and cheese with Tillamook cheddar and so much more. Be sure to sip a glass of vino at Gold Cup Wine Bar, catch a March Madness game in the billiard room or enjoy quiet time at one of the outdoor fire pits on the Grand Lawn. If you want to venture outside the resort, take a short walk into the quaint town of Middleburg, or tour some of the amazing nearby Virginia wineries. REJUVENATION I had never experienced a fireside massage until I visited the Salamander Spa. The space features 40 treatment rooms with private stone terraces and fireplaces, and it also boasts an outdoor courtyard with an infinity pool, private cabanas, whirlpool, fire pit and spa menu. I highly recommend the 25-minute Rasul treatment, a Moroccaninspired therapy that takes place in a ceramic dome with colorful ceiling lights and soft, Zen-like music. Perfect

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EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM I admit to being a novice rider, but I have always held a curious love for horses. Both of my mornings at the resort started bright and early at the 22-stall stable and riding ring. I attended the Equispective Experience, developed by director Sheryl Jordan. This self-discovery program unites humans and horses with the ultimate goal of furthering leadership expertise while also learning a thing or two about your and the horse’s personalities. The key to this creative program is understanding how horses relate to humans. “What you give to the horse, it gives back to you, just like in personal relationships,” says Jordan. I spent time in the ring with Snowy, facing away from him, kneeling down and hoping he would come closer; he eventually did. This experience, followed by a trail ride, rejuvenated me while giving me a huge sense of empowerment and accomplishment. The next day, I participated in sunrise yoga in the barn, followed by equestrian yoga—this meant sitting bareback on Snowy while mastering the pigeon, triangle and hero poses. Of the equestrian experiences here, “great strength is found in vulnerability,” says Jordan. Reflecting on my short but perfect time at Salamander Resort & Spa, I must agree that there is deep truth in her words. (540) 687-3600; salmanderresort.com

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for couples (although I enjoyed it solo), this experience begins with a 10-minute phase called Infuse. A Marine Body Polish is applied to exfoliate skin, followed by an application of stimulating green seaweed-based mud to the back of the body. A red algae-based mud applied to the front of the body aids detoxification. The second phase, Absorb, uses steam to encourage the skin to soak up all minerals in the muds while slowly increasing body temperature, which in turn stimulates blood circulation to further release toxins and impurities. The steam is also infused with eucalyptus (which is antibacterial) to assist with opening respiratory channels. After 10 minutes, overhead showers rinse off the muds, leaving skin smooth as silk. The Chromatic Watercolor Wrap is another treatment intended to improve overall skin appearance. It starts with the application of a mixture of hot and cold crimson and emerald muds, followed by a full-body wrap and 20-minute relaxing scalp massage. Next up is a shower and deep hydrating massage with oil (I chose lavender) that will leave you relaxed and energized. Other treatments not to miss: the Riders Relief Massage and Blueberry Anti-Aging Facial. If you’re on a romantic getaway, a couple’s treatment is a must. The two-person spa suite is breathtaking, featuring a private stone patio, outdoor Jacuzzi, multijet shower, stunning fireplace and twin treatment tables.

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Endless adventures and deep relaxation await at Rancho Valencia & Spa By ALISON LEWIS

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Valencia’s serene indoor/outdoor spa treatment rooms. The new yoga pavilion. Try a tennis clinic or lesson. The spa’s private pool.

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There’s nothing better than discovering a hidden gem right outside a big city. Rancho Valencia & Spa is the epitome of complete relaxation, serenity and wellness in a boutique hotel that lies just 25 minutes beyond San Diego. You’ll find amazing accommodations here; 49 lush, Mediterranean-inspired guest casitas (all suites) feature rustic but lavish furnishings, highbeam roofs, walk-in closets, spacious baths with deep soaking tubs, expansive living spaces, intricate design accoutrements and private patios with fireplaces and whirlpools. Freshly squeezed orange juice and a newspaper of your choice are delivered to your door daily. Complimentary is the most frequently used term used here, including Wi-Fi, all drinks and snacks in the minibar, workout classes and even a house Porsche—should you feel the need to leave the property. They’re available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you may choose from the 911 sports car, an SUV or sedan. Guess which one I chose? (Hint: The 911!) Temperate days are filled with sunshine and the bluest skies imaginable. Nights are cooled by the ocean breeze, but a fire pit or outside heater is always nearby. Come for a romantic getaway with your favorite person, for a girls’ weekend or even a family retreat. Endless opportunities are on tap for outdoor adventure, exercise or complete blissed-out relaxation. WELLNESS Tucked away in gardens and olive groves, you’ll find the amazing Spa at Rancho Valencia, where tempting choices

await to soothe your spirit, rejuvenate your body and clear your mind. All products are from Amala, the only luxury skincare brand to have its entire collection certified by NATRUE, the world’s most recognized and respected natural and organic cosmetic certification organization. The 2.5-acre spa features outdoor elements including three temperature-varied therapeutic pools, a Watsu therapy/ massage pool, a lap pool and private sun gardens. Indoor amenities include 10 beautifully tiled, vibrant treatment rooms with private patios; five with deep outdoor soaking tubs and rain showers. A pair of couple’s rooms features fireplaces, private patios, outdoor showers and tubs for two. I indulged in Sixth Sense Ritual, a re-energizing experience that began with a soothing bath soak said to relax the body, mind, muscles and joints—and it did. A massage followed, which included a harmonizing scalp massage with organic Mediterranean myrtle, juniper and organic jojoba, plus avocado and olive oils. A hand and foot paraffin treatment came next—absolutely incredible. Every detail at the spa is tailored to wellness and tranquility, including freshly made organic fruit and vegetable juices. Head to one of the many classes at the 1,000-square-foot serenity yoga pavilion, where you’ll find complete Zen and talented, hands-on instructors, along with a variety of yoga styles and fitness instruction. If the pavilion isn’t enough, explore the Pilates studio, state-of-the-art fitness center and large spinning studio where cycling is taken seriously. Inspired

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rides are taught by some of San Diego’s most elite spinning instructors on their Keiser M3+ Bikes. Each night you’ll find the new list of up to eight classes for the next day, including highenergy cardio classes, yoga, ballet sculpt, TRX circuit classes, TRX tennis classes and outdoor boot camp. The biggest decision of the day is which to try first. Ranked No. 1 in Tennis magazine last year, Rancho regards the sport as more than a pastime. You’ll find 18 beautiful Plexipave hard courts set in a serene garden. A staff of passionate instructors host clinics and private lessons daily for devotees and beginners alike. I had not hit a tennis ball in four years, and I spent the morning with the resident pro. He worked me hard, and gave me more than a few tips as well as the will to get my tennis game back in form. DINING Executive Chef Eric Bauer’s farm-to-table coastal ranch cuisine features local produce, herbs, flowers and honey cultivated on the property. Veladora, the property’s signature restaurant, hosts all things fresh and handcrafted in the most gorgeously decorated setting with spectacular valley views. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the sunny morning and afternoon vistas give way to candlelit evenings, and the menu changes often. For breakfast, start with one of the “slow” juices. I loved the Wellness Journey, a blend of kale, apple and

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celery; the Sunrise Smoothie, a combination of strawberries, banana, honey and yogurt with added protein boost; and the breakfast parfait layered with yogurt, berries and homemade granola. If you’re in a hurry to make it to a workout class or just want to relax, dial room service for a variety of breakfast options and a perfectly heated latte served outside on your private patio. For lunch, the quinoa vegetables salad is a must, as is the quinoa cashew burger. At dinner, the Bolognese or Maine lobster and black truffle risotto are highly recommended (all pastas are homemade), and pair beautifully with any of 600 hand-selected wine varietals at the ready. If you have a large party for dinner, book the private wine room. Be sure to at least sneak a peek; it is the loveliest of settings. The Pony Room, the resort’s equestrian-themed bar in a familiar John Wayne atmosphere, is designed with old-world furnishings, enlarged windows and a marble wraparound bar along with an al fresco dining setting. The restaurant serves craft tequilas and clever cocktails alongside rustic lunch and dinner dishes. You’ll find a large variety of gluten-free fare on both restaurant menus, but be sure to try the homemade pretzel bites, flatbread pizzas, fish tacos, salads, roasted cauliflower, French onion soup and paella. Whatever you choose, it will be served to you on a sprawling terrace dotted with fire pits; al fresco dining is a must. Enjoy local beers and even a house sparkling wine on tap.

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Things to Do SHOPPING : You won’t need to head to La Jolla for shopping; you’ll

find the latest fashions for men and women at the resorts’ Sheridan Boutique. BEACH AND HIKE : Within 10 minutes of the resort, you’ll fi nd Torrey

Pines State Reserve: the perfect place for a hike. I recommend the beachside trail and then a walk back along the beach. It’s a beautiful setting beside the Pacific Ocean, and you don’t have to go uphill on the way back. GOLF : Within walking distance to the newly renovated Tom Lehman

course, The Rancho Santa Fe Farms is well suited to the experienced golfer. Torrey Pines Golf Course is located 20 minutes south of the resort. The resort offers the Callaway VIP Experience, which combines a two-night stay, a day spent at the Ely Callaway Performance Center complete with lessons, Callaway apparel and shoes, a custom set of new golf clubs ready for play the next day and more. CROQUET : The resort’s 9,000-square-foot croquet lawn is the perfect

place to attempt this classic sport or even a game of Bocce ball. BIKING : Rent a bike for a challenging 8- or 10-mile excursion along

the rolling hills of Rancho Santa Fe past horse ranches, canyons and luxurious estates.

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Romantic Escapes Five diverse and idyllic destinations that are ideal for stealing away with your better half by ALISON LEWIS

1 You’ll find a hidden gem in the Italian province

rooms, you’ll find colonial stucco walls, bovedas

stretch of beach is a must. (877) 854-8051;

of Umbria: the magical medieval hilltop town of

(curved ceilings), dark wood and wrought iron

jumeirah.com

Narni. At the extraordinary and historic VILLA

accents, Talavera tile baths, polished copper sinks

HOTEL TORRE PALOMBARA, the 15th-century

and wood-burning fi replaces. Head off-property

4 Located in the idyllic town of Washington, Con-

stone Dove Tower (the eponymous Torre Palom-

for a romantic hot air balloon ride during sunset

necticut, the 30-room MAYFLOWER INN & SPA is

bara in Italian) has been impeccably restored

or soothe away tensions at the relaxing public

a destination spa and country house hotel nestled

and transformed into one of the most exclusive

hot springs of La Gruta, just 20 minutes from San

among 58 acres of landscaped gardens and sur-

villa hotels in Italy. Seven guest rooms and suites

Miguel. Or, make a reservation for the private

rounded by 3,000 acres of nature preserve. The

include exquisite family antiques and modern

Mayan Baths and slip into a world of unparalleled

inn offers individually decorated luxurious ac-

amenities such as air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and flat-

tranquility. (800) 701-1561; casadesierranevada.com

commodations. With its 20,000-square-foot spa

screen TVs. The breakfast room and swimming

and classic dining experiences featuring seasonal

pool look out onto classic Umbrian landscapes;

3 Head to the luxurious JUMEIRAH DHEVANA-

menus, the Mayflower Inn & Spa provides the

the owners, who possess a deeply ingrained pas-

FUSHI for some island romance in the Maldives.

ideal location for couples looking to reconnect.

sion for their Umbrian heritage, are always eager

This resort is located in the heart of the Indian

(860) 868-9466; mayflowerinn.com

to help guests plan insider excursions from Torre

Ocean, where the sea sparkles and soft cushions

Palombara. Rome, in all its glory, is just one hour

of white sand reflect beautifully in the sunlight.

5 The intimate WHITE BARN INN in Kennebunk-

away by car or train. +39 0744744617; torrepalom-

Lose yourself and succumb to the mesmerizing

port, Maine, is a quick trip from Boston or New

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beauty of one of the most breathtaking wonders

York. Experience award-winning cuisine by Chef

on Earth, far from the pressures of modern life.

Jonathan Cartwright at the Inn’s restaurant or

2 The romance of San Miguel, Mexico, is truly

Relish a sunken candlelit dinner on a private

sign up for one of his private cooking classes. A

indescribable; numerous historic sites, galleries,

stretch of beach, a bespoke Couples Connect

short distance from the main accommodations of

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Chakra treatment at the overwater Talise Spa or a

White Barn Inn are the charming Waterfront Cot-

fountains and hidden courtyards offer some-

guided snorkeling tour of the reef in the crys-

tages, where couples can enjoy a quiet stay with

thing for everyone. CASA DE SIERRA NEVADA

tal clear water. Stay in one of the seven Ocean

spectacular river views. Relax at the White Barn

provides guests with intimate suites that are

Suites, and indulge in a private bath ceremony

Inn Spa with rain showers and soaking tubs avail-

decorated with authentic local antiques and

and couples’ spa treatment, followed by an

able in the treatment area. Signature services are

include state-of-the-art amenities, seamlessly

intimate dinner in a choice of stunning locations.

tailored to make the most of guests’ journeys into

blending modern luxury with rustic charm. In the

In the morning, a sunrise breakfast on a secluded

revitalization. (207) 967-2321; whitebarninn.com

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