I was in the southernmost part of Vietnam; the Ca Mau peninsula, a remote area surrounded by the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand. The tropical landscape was rich with tamarind and mango trees and mangroves, rice paddies and fish and shrimp farming canals formed every bend. The air was heavy and hot. And, … Continued

At the Conrad Miami, when I arrived  in my room with a view, there was a beautiful plate of macaroons with the words, “Welcome to the Conrad Miami! Stay Inspired!” At the Conrad hotels, they do not want you to just be revived by their incredible rooms, spa and restaurant but also to be inspired … Continued

Tranquil.  Remote. Simple.  Peaceful.  These are the perfect ways to describe a fantastic and perfect yoga, surf and wellness retreat.  Where is such a place that can meet all these criteria?  If you were imagining a quiet surfing town on the Pacific coast of Panama, you’re right.  Santa Catalina Retreats specializes in soothing the mind and bringing … Continued

Searching for serenity in Los Angeles? Stop at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel for sumptuous suites, marvelous meals, a pool with a view of the Getty Center and renew at the Remedy Spa. Grab a girlfriend and go after carpool, find peace on the private patio and get hooked on a massage by Steve Oskard, the founder … Continued

There is no donut headrest involved in a traditional Thai massage. No lullaby lavender-scented oil to lubricate your limbs. Forget the bathrobe and freshly laundered sheets as well. Instead, imagine the last painful neck rub your well-meaning significant other ground into your deltoids and add a pinch of wrestling and a dash of floor yoga. … Continued

For nearly seven years, I worked on a cruise ship. Everyone thinks it is such an easy job but we did work every day! All jobs have stresses and everyone needs to take care of him or herself. My friend, Nancy, and I even used to offer to be the tester in the Spa for … Continued

Planning a visit to Lake Tahoe in the near future?  Nothing like a refreshing nine-mile hike from the lake (at 6000 feet above sea level) to the summit of Mt. Tallac, altitude 9700 ft.  This hike is one of the most popular in the area and will reward the patient walker with spectacular views. My … Continued