Posts by Jeri Donovan

Wellness Travel in Austin, Texas: Part 1

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I recently had the distinct pleasure of visiting Austin, Texas for a wellness travel experience at two very different health-conscious properties that were both equally amazing. My wellness travel adventure began at Austin Lake Spa Resort. Hands down this has become one of my very favorite wellness resorts for those seeking a spa destination and/or fitness retreat. I utterly fell in love with this all inclusive boutique property with 40 comfy rooms and want to shout from the roofs what a gem it is. The peaceful lakefront resort was recently named the Number 1 resort in Texas & the Southwest by Condé Nast Traveler and is ranked the No. 4 destination spa in the world by Travel + Leisure. Well deserved accolades! Definitely catering to your mind, body and spirit. I can attest to how wonderful I felt after just a few nights at this Virtuoso property where unpretentious luxury coupled with impeccable and gracious service are the norm....

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Adventure Cruising With Un-Cruise Adventures

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Adventure Cruising With Un-Cruise Adventures

  Ever since I first heard about Un-Cruise Adventures, (one of my esteemed Virtuoso suppliers) I knew it was something that I had to experience. It became front and center on my bucket list for active adventure cruising.  As a wellness travel advisor and because I am a bona fide travel info junky, I immediately enrolled in the coursework to become an Un-Cruise Adventures Certified Adventurist. My sense of intrigue and desire deepened as I delved into learning about this style of adventure cruising that ventured along the shores of Alaska, the coasts of Costa Rica and Panama, around the Hawaiian islands and the Galapagos, as well as down the Columbian and Snake Rivers. I, however was most intrigued by a relatively unknown body of water that Jacque Cousteau had referred to as “the world’s aquarium” and the “Galapagos of North America”, the magnificent Sea of Cortes. So intrigued,  I flew solo to Cabo San Lucas and skipped aboard my home for the next 7 days,  the 84 passenger...

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Relaxation Vacation at Zoetry Aqua Punta Cana

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Relaxation Vacation at Zoetry Aqua Punta Cana

When it is time to slow down and de-stress, it is time for a relaxation vacation at the Dominican Republic’s Zoetry Agua Punta Cana. This rejuvenating resort will artfully fulfill your need for serenity in a luxury nirvana offering unparalleled tropical beauty nestled on a stunning white sand beach. During our visit, this amazing wellness resort resonated deeply within our souls and offered us a Zen-like sanctuary where peacefulness filled our days and minds. As we first entered the resort lobby, our cares slipped away as we were handed a flute of champagne and a refreshing non alcoholic drink. All guests are gently whisked away to either a garden or water suite, housed in one of the 96 luxury cane-thatched low buildings featuring hardwood floors and natural stone accents. We were upgraded (due to the low season availability) to Suite 152, a swim-up suite on the meandering river pool. Our suite...

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Wellness Vacation Amongst The Stunning Red Rocks of Red Mountain Resort

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Wellness Vacation Amongst The Stunning Red Rocks of Red Mountain Resort

Thinking about taking a wellness vacation? As a wellness travel specialist, I don’t hesitate to recommend Red Mountain Resort in southern Utah for a myriad of wellness reasons. However, all wellness travel set aside, the spectacular red rock scenery ALONE encircling the resort, is more than worth the price of admission. Speaking of admission, Red Mountain Resort is a terrific value. The inclusive packages offers 3 daily meals, complimentary guided hikes, a full schedule of fitness classes that includes (naming just a few) yoga within the red rocks, Tabata, strength training, water aerobics, and paddleboard yoga. Plus, you may partake in Eat Well, Feel Well cooking demonstrations, healthy life classes such as beginning meditation, and so much more. Packages can start at $200 per day per person depending on the season and package type which is a fantastic value! Accommodations are either deluxe rooms or lovely villas with a separate sleeping...

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