Sunday, October 30, 2011

Yesterday during the Halloween storm

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Special Offers on Spa Breaks, Spa Days and Spa Weekends: BookaSpa.com

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Party Ideas | Home Made Simple

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Cool and ideas and receipes

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Hawaii Getaway - bloomspot

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This is great. I've been to the Four Seasons and stayed at Grand Wailea and done the spa. It's one of the best spas there is! #spa #maui #travel

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lifebooker Loot NYC

SpaGypsies says this site has some amazing spa, beauty & wellness deals

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Tourism can stop poverty-11 October, 2011

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We need this kind of discussion. US could be a much bigger tourism attraction than it is today. And the jobs tourism creates are sustainable jobs.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Conde Nast Traveler Selects the Top Hotels, Resorts; The Number One Hotel in the World is The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong; Open Only Two Years, Top U.S. Property is Chicago's Elysian Hotel / October 2011

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I love reading these lists. Readers Choice for top city in US is Charleston! Doesn't surprise me!

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Winter Wellness Spa Getaway

Relaxing Spa Vacation from $675* pp dbl

Winter Wellness Spa Getaway

It's time to slow down and get back into balance. Revive yourself with a visit to Reykjavik, with its clean and crisp air, geothermal pools and dynamic people. Relax and recharge your body and soul and at the same time allow yourself to enjoy the spectacular nature Iceland has to offer.

Book By October 14th and take $100 off the regular price!

Departures: Oct 1 - Dec 5, 2011 and Jan 6 - Apr 27, 2012

 

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Price

Per person, based on double occupancy

Book by October 14th and receive $100 off regular price! 

Note:  Package price may be higher based on chosen departure date and gateway.

Winter Wellness Spa Getaway
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Double Extra Night
Single
Extra Night
Oct 1 - 31, 2011 $775*$675* $85 $899*799* $119

Nov 1  - Dec 15, 2011 and Jan 6- Apr 27, 2012

$775*$675* $69 $899*$799* $95
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel
Oct 1 - 31, 2011 $865*$765* $115 $1,039*$939* $179
Nov 1  - Dec 15, 2011 and Jan 6- Apr 27, 2012 $865*$765* $95 $1,039*$939* $135

Itinerary

Day 1:  Departure from North America.  Complimentary soft drinks, pillows and in-seat entertainmentsystem during flight.  Meals, alcoholic beverages, headsets and blankets available for purchase.  

Day 2:  Early morning arrival in Iceland.  Fly Bus transfer to hotel in Reykjavik.  The rest of the day is open for your relaxation.  If you are the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, you might want to visit the nearby Laugardalur area, which has a year round botannical garden, the Asmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum, Laugar Spa and the famous Laugardalur geothermal pool (admissions to activities not included).  If you are at the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, you might wish to walk up and visit the fascinating Pearl, an architectural wonder.  The building gives an excellent panorama view of Reykjavik. In addition, there is a unique Icelandic Saga history wax museum housed there you might want to visit. Guests of the hotel receive a discount.  (No meals today)

Day 3:  Today is a pamper day! Enjoy the aquatic haven at your hotel's spa.  (NordicaSpa at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica or the new Soley Spa at the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura. Both spas offer goethermal bathing pools, hot tubs and a sauna.  Relax in the warm water and soothing, relaxing spa atmosphere.  Rest of day open for your own activities.  Perhaps you might try a Northern Lights tour this evening.

Day 4:  The day is open for shopping and sightseeing. You also might want to get out into the beautiful winter countryside on a motorcoach sightseeing tour.  Or try an invigorating outdoor activity like horseback riding or caving or even taking a walk along a glacier.  Or maybe you'll try the new "Golden Circle and Fontana Steambath" tour for a chance to experience Iceland's newest spa facility, Fontana. 

Day 5:  Breakfast at hotel. 10:30am departure to the world famous Blue Lagoon.  This is an ideal way to soothe and refresh your body and soul in the geothermal mineral waters before heading to your airport for your return flight. During your Blue Lagoon visit, you will be pampered with a relaxing ten minute massage while you rest comfortably in the healing waters.  In addition to this, enjoy a unique facial mask at the Lagoon's bar.  You can choose wither the purifying "Volcano Mask" or the anti-ageing "Algae Mask."  These products are available for purchase exclusively at the Blue Lagoon and make an interesting souvenir of your visit to Iceland.

Afterwards you might relax with a delicious meal at the excellent Lava Restaurant overlooking the Lagoon.  Transfer to Keflavik Airport for late afternoon flight to North America.   Complimentary snacks, soft drinks and in-seat entertainment system during flight. 

About the Hotels: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura  ****:
(formerly Icelandair Hotel Loftleidir) Four-star Reykjavik accommodation showcasing the best of Icelandic nature. Newly-renovated Reykjavik Natura is close to the city centre, in the quiet Oskjuhlid wooded area near the sea. The name of our hotel is inspired by the outstanding natural beauty that is on our doorstep. We are ISO 14001 certified as a green hotel.

The Natura is located next to Reykjavik landmark "the Pearl" and its surrounding woods and pleasant walking/cycling paths, and just a short walk from Nautholsvik thermal beach, where you can take a dip in a warmed lagoon of the North Atlantic, try some sea kayaking, or simply soak in a relaxing thermal hot tub (activities operate May - Aug). Our hotel also overlooks the nearby mountains and sea, as well as the city’s small domestic airport; spotting propeller planes as they come in to land is very popular with our younger guests! The hotel is close  (yet just far enough, many say!) to the excitement of Reykjavik’s historical city center. It takes less than 30 minutes by foot to reach this area; hotel offers a free shuttle bus several times a day. You can also take a free bus to the Kringlan Shopping Centre to stock up on souvenirs.


Well-known for its welcoming and attentive staff, the newly reonnovated, elegant "green" hotel  offers a comfortable restaurant, cocktail lounge, beauty salon, the  elegant Soley Nature Spa, and a tour desk. Its 220 guest rooms feature private bath/shower with hair dryer, telephone, radio, and satellite TV. This hotel offers new Satt restaurant, a stylish cocktail lounge, gift shop,  free storytelling nights (Thursdays), complimentary Icelandic themed movies in the hotel cinema, and a  tour desk.  During the summer bicycle rental is available and ideal for exploring the city’s many scenic bike paths.

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel ****
The contemporary Hilton Reykjavik Nordica hotel sits in the financial district of the capital and is only 5- 10 minutes’ walk from Laugar Spa,  the outdoor park, Laugardalur the Botanical Gardens and the biggest geothermal swimming pool in Iceland. This hotel features elegant Scandinavian design with a fireplace and cocktail lounge in the modern lobby, a stylish and award-winning restaurant, superb business and conference facilities and state-of-the-art spa and fitness center. With 252 rooms and suites, it is one of Iceland's largest hotels, with private bath/shower, hairdryer, telephone, radio, satellite TV and minibar. Free shuttle service is provided to the nearby city center.

The VOX Restaurant is the perfect meeting place for any occasion, whether it's to enjoy and extravagant meal at VOX Restaurant or a light meal at the VOX Biostro. VOX Restaurant is known for it spectacular lunch buffet and now, for the first time in Iceland, for its amazing High Tea, served at VOX Bar

The elegant NordicaSpa has soothing mineral salt hot tubs, aromatherapy steam rooms, and a Finnish sauna.

The spa offers the famous La Stone volcanic treatment. The hotel also has a superb Panorama Lounge offering the comforts and services sought by the discerning traveler.

Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Seattle (SEA) and Washington DC (IAD)
  • Three nights at the Icelandair Hotel Natura or Hilton Reykajvik Nordica
  • Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily except arrival day
  • One-way airport/hotel transfer on arrival day.
  • Daily admission to hotel's spa facilities.
  • Blue Lagoon visit with airport drop off on last day.
  • 10 minute massage at the Blue Lagoon
  • Facial mask at the Blue Lagoon
  • 2 Day Reykjavik Welcome Card
  • Fuel surcharge and booking fee

Note:  Package price may be higher based on chosen departure date and gateway

Washington DC flights available through Dec 2011

Excludes

Conditions

*Prices quoted are exclusive of applicable taxes and official charges by destination of approximately $100-$210, per person including the Sept. 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per U.S. enplanement.

 

Note:   Tour operator has the right to book alternative hotels when necessarywaw

SpaGypsies thinks this is an incredible deal.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

The future just arrived -- India rolling out ultra-cheap tablet for millions of students | Tnooz

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Watch the video. He is right..."this is a milestone to be recognized by many generations..." Awesome! and at about $38US, it's the cheapest computer ever.

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SpaGypsies

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Great Spa Treatment don't you think! Also, check out Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

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10 Quirky Hotels Around the World

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Which one do you like? I lean toward the school hotel with the Detention and Honors Bars.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Best Food & Wine Destinations in the United States - Travelers' Choice Awards - TripAdvisor

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More than half of these are in the south...and 3 of the top 5. Not surprising. Difference is culture and service.

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Best Food & Wine Destinations in the United States - Travelers' Choice Awards - TripAdvisor

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More than half of these are in the south...and 3 of the top 5. Not surprising. Difference is culture and service.

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New York City Restaurant Survey Results Are Live! | Zagat

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How many have you been to?

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New York City Restaurant Survey Results Are Live! | Zagat

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How many have you been to?

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Four Yelo Power Naps for Just $25 Each!

Celebrate SpaFinder's 25th Anniversary with forty winks on Fifty Seventh Street. Wellness means taking the weight off your feet and sinking into a cozy cocoon for half an hour at midtown's hip Yelo Spa. Choose your style of nap—Rescue, Jetlag, Anti-Aging, or Disco—plus additional homeopathic beverages and therapies during your session for just $25 each:

  • Rescue Nap: This 25-minute therapy will save you on a crazed day. Lie back, choose your music, snuggle into the cashmere, and enjoy an icy cool eye treatment and an effective dose of homeopathy to speed your sanity.

  • Jetlag Nap: Get back to Eastern Standard time with this 30-minute revival tool. Acupressure on your ears and neck will help balance your inner clock and banish the ill effects of urban life. Travelease homeopathy will sweeten your siesta.

  • Anti-Aging Nap: A delicious 20-minute includes a Zen facial massage, “Eye’s Tea” herbal tea bag treatment to boost the delicate skin around your eyes, and a restorative 'detox' beverage to revive you.

  • Disco Nap: A dreamy 30-minute siesta includes a Yelo Massage on your feet or head combined with a custom blend of energy boosting oils to get you back on the dance floor. Finish up with an Energy Boosting beverage and you’ll reenter the day like a dynamo.

At $25 a siesta this SpaRahRah! super snooze is a no-brainer!

Concept is interesting but this SpaGypsy is just not sure it would be worth it..I mean, if I could nap, that would be great, but what if it didn't work? And I have to buy 4 to try it?

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Four Yelo Power Naps for Just $25 Each!

Celebrate SpaFinder's 25th Anniversary with forty winks on Fifty Seventh Street. Wellness means taking the weight off your feet and sinking into a cozy cocoon for half an hour at midtown's hip Yelo Spa. Choose your style of nap—Rescue, Jetlag, Anti-Aging, or Disco—plus additional homeopathic beverages and therapies during your session for just $25 each:

  • Rescue Nap: This 25-minute therapy will save you on a crazed day. Lie back, choose your music, snuggle into the cashmere, and enjoy an icy cool eye treatment and an effective dose of homeopathy to speed your sanity.

  • Jetlag Nap: Get back to Eastern Standard time with this 30-minute revival tool. Acupressure on your ears and neck will help balance your inner clock and banish the ill effects of urban life. Travelease homeopathy will sweeten your siesta.

  • Anti-Aging Nap: A delicious 20-minute includes a Zen facial massage, “Eye’s Tea” herbal tea bag treatment to boost the delicate skin around your eyes, and a restorative 'detox' beverage to revive you.

  • Disco Nap: A dreamy 30-minute siesta includes a Yelo Massage on your feet or head combined with a custom blend of energy boosting oils to get you back on the dance floor. Finish up with an Energy Boosting beverage and you’ll reenter the day like a dynamo.

At $25 a siesta this SpaRahRah! super snooze is a no-brainer!

Concept is interesting but this SpaGypsy is just not sure it would be worth it..I mean, if I could nap, that would be great, but what if it didn't work? And I have to buy 4 to try it?

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spa Destinations & Spa Vacations at SpaFinder

They're tucked into remote desert canyons, carved into cliffs over oceans, or set against backdrops of majestic, snowy peaks. Wherever they are, all of these beloved establishments have something in common: They paved the way for the spa industry when spa was still a new, innovative path to better health and inner peace. We salute these 25 trailblazing businesses for shaping spa as we know it today. And SpaFinder would like to thank them for helping us become what we are. As a long time lover of SpaFinder, Congrats! on your 25 years and thanks for your contribution to the Spa Industry and spa lovers like me....
Peggy Lee
Chief Spa Gypsy

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Spa Destinations & Spa Vacations at SpaFinder

They're tucked into remote desert canyons, carved into cliffs over oceans, or set against backdrops of majestic, snowy peaks. Wherever they are, all of these beloved establishments have something in common: They paved the way for the spa industry when spa was still a new, innovative path to better health and inner peace. We salute these 25 trailblazing businesses for shaping spa as we know it today. And SpaFinder would like to thank them for helping us become what we are. As a long time lover of SpaFinder, Congrats! on your 25 years and thanks for your contribution to the Spa Industry and spa lovers like me....
Peggy Lee
Chief Spa Gypsy

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Canyon Ranch - Community Connection - Recipes

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Here's a lot of recipes from Canyon Ranch. Having been to Tucson twice, I must recommend these to anyone! Healthy, Low-Fat, Fresh and Yummy, Yummy, Yummy! From Peggy, the Chief Spa Gypsy

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