Posts by Jeri Donovan

Need a Wellness Weekend Retreat? May We Suggest MacArthur Place Inn, Sonoma, CA?

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Need a Wellness Weekend Retreat? May We Suggest MacArthur Place Inn, Sonoma, CA?

Psssst! We want to share a secret with you…. wellness weekend retreats in Sonoma, CA. Often overlooked for its well-known neighbor, the renowned Napa Valley, Sonoma is a hidden gem and is a mere hour from San Francisco. To kick off our wellness weekend retreat, we first headed to Point Reyes National Seashore where we hiked the magnificent Coast Trail. If you love to hike as we do, this is an amazing place with strenuous to very easy trails. We selected a moderate 6 mile section through redwoods with stellar ocean views and also took a spur trail down to the beach. After our hike and healthy picnic lunch, we made the easy one hour jaunt to Sonoma. Well Traveled selected the ultra-charming MacArthur Place Inn and Spa for our wellness weekend retreat. This little beauty was voted in 2013 as one of the “World’s Best” US hotels in Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards and certainly soothed our souls. Sprawling over seven...

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Wellness Vacationing at the Esteemed Canyon Ranch Tucson

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Wellness Vacationing at the Esteemed Canyon Ranch Tucson

For close to 35 years, Canyon Ranch Tucson has embodied the true spirit of wellness vacationing. Well Traveled recently had the opportunity to experience the wellness marvels of this magnificent property. And, I must say that from the moment I was met at the Tucson airport to be escorted to the ranch, I knew that I was poised to step forward and embrace a very special wellness experience. New to Tucson, I was in awe of the mountain ranges that encircled the area and was absolutely delighted to see the desert beauty. It stood out to me immediately that Canyon Ranch is a destination spa resort that considers creating a personalized wellness vacation for each individual guest as a top priority. Ranch personnel strongly recommend that you meet with a Program Advisor as soon as you arrive. I completely agree with this and would go so far as to say that YOU MUST take advantage of this individualized care ASAP. You will be so glad that you did. With just a few...

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Rancho la Puerta, a Fitness and Wellness Vacation

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Rancho la Puerta, a Fitness and Wellness Vacation

Rancho La Puerta should really be considered the god/grandmother of North American fitness and wellness vacation resorts as it first opened some plus 70 years ago. One of the original owners, Deborah Szekely is over 91 years old and practices Pilates 5 times a week. I heard Deborah give her weekly presentation and she was more than inspirational! During my fitness and wellness vacation, I met folks who had been coming to the Ranch for over 30 years. I met trios of grandmothers, mothers and daughters, gal pals, a few couples, and both male and female solo travelers. Located in Tecate, Mexico, it is an easy jaunt from the San Diego airport where a transfer is provided that zips you across the border with ease.     The Ranch is spread over acres upon acres of beautifully natural-appearing landscape. The 80 plus spacious casitas feature classic Mexican folk art, open beams, tile and handmade furniture. Sizes range from solo studio rancheras to two bedroom villas. Many are over 1,000 sq...

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Caribbean Wellness Vacation at The BodyHoliday of St. Lucia

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Caribbean Wellness Vacation at The BodyHoliday of St. Lucia

If you are seeking a luxury fitness vacation or want to spend some time at probably the finest wellness resort in the Caribbean, you must let us arrange a trip for you to our most beloved, all inclusive resorts, The BodyHoliday LeSport, of  St. Lucia. You will be enthralled by its wellness offering in a luxurious tropical setting. As a true all-inclusive resort, daily spa treatments are also included which were ABSOLUTELY fabulous. The BodyHoliday’s Wellness Centre is simply gorgeous and is well utilized by its guests, both men and women. (See photo below) Here, we found peace and serenity and left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Spa treatments range from hot stone massage to Ayurveda treatments and holistic therapies that include acupuncture and everything in between. One of my favorite treatments was the Shirodhara massage at the Ayurveda Center. Shirodhara is an element of Ayurvedic medicine and has been used for 5,000 years in India. In addition to the spa treatments, the Wellness Centre also houses a gym, and several workout studios where a...

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