Archive for March 11th, 2010

A Visit to the New Hyatt Andaz Wall Street
Makes for a Relaxing Getaway

Being a travel junkie, I’ve never been a fan of staycations. I’d much rather get out of Dodge. However, after receiving an invitation for a complimentary one-night stay at the new Hyatt Andaz Wall Street, I finally decided to see for myself what all the staycation fuss was about. To my surprise, it wasn’t long before I was won over. Not only did I experience a relaxing Oxygen Boost facial at the Spa at Andaz and a fabulous meal at Wall & Water, the hotel’s open-kitchen restaurant, but I also found time to explore the downtown area, a part of New York City I rarely get a chance to visit. By checkout time, I had discovered a new lease on life and was thinking another staycation might soon be in order. Look for more on the Spa at Andaz in an upcoming issue.

Via Yoga Helps Guests Shape Up South of the Border

Like most women I know, prior to a beach vacation, I seriously amp up my workout routine and watch what I eat more carefully to ensure I will look my absolute best in a bathing suit. But as soon as I arrive at my destination, all my hard work goes down the drain. In fact, upon my return home, I often weigh more, thanks to the high-calorie food I’ve consumed, the fruity cocktails full of sugar I imbibed, and my sheer lack of will power to exercise on my own.

To help vacationers avoid falling into this trap, Via Yoga is offering a yoga and surf retreat in Sayulita, Mexico that will help guests get in better shape while enjoying the magic of Mexico. And as an added incentive, clients will receive 15 percent off when they book a retreat through April 23rd. The trip, which ranges in rate from $1,995 to $4,095 per person, includes:

• Two 90-minute yoga or Pilates classes each day in an open-air studio overlooking the ocean

•Daily surf lessons

• Six night accommodations at Villa Amor in an open-aired oceanfront villa

• Daily maid service

• Daily breakfast and three group dinners at Villa Amor and local restaurants

• A one-hour massage

• A day trip to Punta Mita for surfing or snorkeling

• Roundtrip airport transfers from Puerto Vallarta International Airport

According to Lauren Oktay, a naturopathic physician and owner of Basic Goodness Whole Health Coaching in Seattle, vacationers can burn up to 1,500 calories a day, depending on their body type and the intensity of the classes, plus this vacation offers motivation to stay in shape at home. “A week of great food and mindful fun exercise is a great springboard for an ongoing health and fitness routine,” says Oktay. “One week of awesome self-care reminds people how good it feels to have muscles that are worked and minds that are de-cluttered.

A vacation where I come back from looking better than when I left? Sign me up. For more information, click here.

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