Archive for June 27th, 2011
As if a vacation in Florence wasn’t already fabulous enough, guests of Continentale Hotel can now get their wellness fix following their immersion in the city’s world of fashion, food, and art. The hotel is now offering Kundalini yoga classes, which take place on a terrace overlooking the surrounding Florentine rooftops and the Arno River. These complimentary classes, which are led by American instructor and certified teacher Amanda May, are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. atop the hotel terrace of Continentale Hotel through Sept. 30. It’s a great way to achieve Italian-style ohm.
I always try shake up my gym routine by trying new classes. Recently, I heard about the Latin-inspired dance craze called Zumba and I just had to participate! Although I definitely need to work on my coordination, the class was fun, exhilarating and a really good workout to boot. The gym is a definitive part of my schedule, but I sometimes dream that my fitness routine would include a beach on an exotic island and not an overcrowded classroom where I have to fight for a space. Breezes Runaway Bay in Jamaica has the perfect remedy for those who long for a vacation that revolves around fitness and pampering without any stress. From Aug. 14-21, Breezes is offering its Wellness & Zumba Week getaway. All week long, guests can partake in calorie-burning Zumba classes and strength and flexibility-building Pilates classes. After working out, guests will want to head to the resort’s Blue Mahoe Spa where pampering is on the menu where all natural plant and sea products are used for an array of spa treatments including massages, body wraps, manicure, and pedicures. Guests will find it a well-deserved way to unwind after a day of fitness. In Addition, author Babbie De Derian will host interactive workshops with tips from her new book ,“How to Outsmart Mother Nature.” De Derian will discuss how guests can look and feel their best at every age by changing nutrition and fitness habits. She will also share her head-to-toe beauty secrets and at-home spa remedies. Rates during Wellness & Zumba Week start at $175 per person, per night based on double occupancy with a three night minimum stay. Guests booking by Aug. 3 will receive a $260 air credit on four- and five-night stays, or a $420 air credit on six- and seven-night stays.