New Wellness Retreat

New Wellness Retreat

Palace Resorts will debut its second property, Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos, in Mexico this fall, following the opening of Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun. Located on the Baja California Peninsula, the new beachfront adults-only resort will feature 373 well-appointed designer suites with Bvlgari bath amenities, mini bars, and private terraces, which will offer panoramic ocean views and seating areas. The award-winning full-service BlancSpa will include 25 treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy facility, a fitness and wellness centre with personal trainers, juice bars, and four plunge pools. For a fine dining experience, head to the resort’s signature restaurant, Lumiere, which will serve a seven-course French tasting menu paired with carefully selected wines. www.leblancsparesort.com

Marriott Opens in Italy

Marriott has launched Four Points by Sheraton Venice Mestre in the heart of Italy’s ancient city. The hotel features 168 contemporary rooms and suites, including one of the city’s largest suites, across nine floors. All suites are equipped with 40-inch LCD flatscreen TVs, minibars, and Four Points signature beds, complemented by floor-to-ceiling windows. Connecting rooms are available for bigger groups, while other facilities include an elegant Italian restaurant, a fitness centre, and a beautiful garden. Families with kids can take advantage of the Children’s Programme, and enjoy a meal together at one of three on-property dining outlets after a day out. Unwind at the Point Bar, and enjoy the hotel’s garden views with a glass of wine or cocktail. www.starwoodhotels.com

New Volcanic Tour

United Kingdom-based volcano tour specialist Volcanic Experiences has launched a new itinerary for escorted small groups looking to explore the geological features of Spain’s Canary Islands. Departing January 29, the itinerary starts with a transfer from Tenerife by fast ferry to San Sebastian de la Gomera, where guests will visit Laguna Grande National Park and embark on a boat excursion to see Los Organos, famed for its dramatic basalt cliffs. Later, visitors will return to Tenerife to walk across the scenic Anaga mountains in the island’s northwest, home to the giant caldera of La Canadas. While exploring the older Teno volcano in the west, travellers will hike the steep spiral road to access historic Masca village. A local geological guide and geologist Alan Clewlow will accompany the group and give explanation during all excursions. www.volcanicexperiences.co.uk

Luxury Suites on the Rails

Experience the ultimate luxury accommodation onboard Belmond’s historic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which will launch three new private Grand Suites in March. The new luxury suites will include private bathrooms with showers, double beds and separate living areas. Taking their names from the romantic cities to which the train travels – Paris, Venice, and Istanbul – each cabin will have interiors by London-based Wimberly Interiors inspired by the spirit of each city while reflecting 1920s art-deco design. The Istanbul-themed cabin will feature hand carved timber and embossed leather; Paris’ distinctive gastronomic scene is referenced with chic and elegant furnishings; the Venice cabin features silk fabrics and handcrafted Venetian glass, which complements the baroque-style furnishings. Guests travelling in one of the three new suites will enjoy private transfers to and from the train, free-flowing champagne, and private in-suite dining, as well as bespoke amenities and a complimentary art-deco bathrobe. www.belmond.com

Himalayan Flair

Dedicated to wellness-conscious guests, Conrad Macao’s award-winning Bodhi Spa has added Asia’s
first Himalayan Salt Stone Massage treatment to its spa menu. Delivering more health benefits than traditional hot stone massages, the new massage offers a therapeutic treatment using Saltability’s organic salt stones, mined from the Himalayas. With 84 naturally occurring minerals and elements, the pink Himalayan salt helps stimulate the body’s circulation and detoxification, as well as improving sleep and reducing inflammation. The stones are warmed to the perfect temperature before being used in a deep pressure massage that releases muscle tension and soreness. Combining a massage, heat and minerals, this pampering experience also helps to achieve a greater sense of relaxation. www.sandscotaicentral.com

Coastal Luxe

The brand’s first property on the Aegean Sea, Lux Bodrum has opened on Turkey’s Aegean Riviera. Boasting spectacular sea views and breathtaking sunsets, the resort is located on the Bodrum peninsula, and offers 91 guestrooms, 19 private residences, and a one-of-a-kind beach house with private yacht anchorage, while the three-room villas with private terrace and balcony are well-suited for large families. The Lux Me Wellness Centre offers multi-sensory experiences in five elegant treatment rooms, with a wide range of facials, massages and specialist therapies using locally-produced therapeutic essential oils. www.luxresorts.com

Hotel Hospitality at Sea

The Ritz-Carlton will enter the high-end yachting and cruises industry, when it launches the first of its three luxury cruising yachts in the fourth quarter of 2019. Bringing the brand’s luxury offerings and hospitality to sea, with voyages ranging from seven to ten days, the first ship from The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will cruise the Mediterranean, northern Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America, as well as unique locations less accessible to large cruise ships, such as Capri and Portofino, and St. Barths. The vessel will measure 190-metres, accommodating up to 298 passengers, and will feature 149 suites with private balconies, as well as two lavish duplex penthouse suites. Entertainment offerings include the brand’s three Michelin-starred restaurant, Wolfsburg, along with the signature Ritz-Carlton Spa, the Panorama Lounge, and a wine bar. www.ritzcarlton.com

Hot Spring Indulgence

The Westin Yilan Resort has opened in Taiwan as the brand’s first hot spring resort in the country. Featuring 85 guestrooms and six luxurious pool villas, which are equipped with natural hot spring water pools, the resort is open and airy, with a design focusing on the connection with nature. Wellness-conscious travellers can take advantage of the Heavenly Spa by Westin and the WestinWorkout Fitness Studio, or enjoy a guided run through the city’s running routes with the brand’s signature RunWestin programme. The wellness escape also features the Westin Family programme catering to modern families, with a reinvented Kids Club concept and a range of interactive activities. www.starwoodhotels.com/westin

Secluded Paradise

Explore China’s historic ‘Forest City’ at the recently opened Anantara Guiyang Resort, a natural oasis offering 218 elegantly-furnished rooms, suites, one and three-bedroom pool villas. The villas feature a design with oriental accents, and private balconies overlooking lush gardens, rolling fairways, or mountain scenery. All the suites include living rooms and balconies or enclosed garden terraces; while the One Bedroom Pool Villa impresses guests with a plunge pool, two sundecks, a king bedroom, as well as living and dining rooms. The lavish Three Bedroom Pool Villa spanning two storeys comprises a private pool, four sundecks, indoor and outdoor lounging and dining spaces, a gym, and a massage room. Family-friendly facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, children and youth clubs, as well as an Anantara Spa offering signature treatments inspired by China’s ancient healing traditions. www.anantara.com

Kids Haven

Family with kids can enjoy a holiday at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, which has rolled out a series of child-friendly experiences for young guests. Learn about the island’s residents in the resort’s turtle pools or at the Marine Discovery Centre. Young children at the age of six can join lagoon courses with the retreat’s Tropicsurf Surf School, while scuba programmes are available for eight-year-old adventurers. In addition, the resort is one of the few in the world where children can learn to dive in a shallow lagoon. Intrepid marine life fanatics will love the secluded island’s shark snorkel safaris, dolphin cruises, and sunset fishing. For water sports lovers, jet-blading, wake-boarding, and parasailing experiences are among a range of activities on offer. www.fourseasons.com

Beachside Fun

Located close to the Unesco-listed Galle Fort, the largest remaining European-built fortress in Asia, the 172-room Amari Galle Sri Lanka has opened in the country’s historic southwest coastal city. The light-filled guestrooms and suites are decorated with waterfront-themed artwork and furnished with beach house elements, complemented by uninterrupted sea views and private balconies; the presidential suite comes with a roof terrace and a private plunge pool. Catering to families with young travellers, the resort has a kids’ pool, a supervised Kids Club, and babysitting services on request. Visit Breeze Spa for its signature Galle Ceylon Retreat Package, a locally inspired therapeutic ritual infused with the country’s iconic spices and herbs, for the ultimate relaxation. www.amari.com/galle-srilanka

Sardinian Spa

In collaboration with the Thalasso Research Centre at Milan University, Acquaforte will open at Sardinia’s Forte Village Resort on October 1, 2017. Set to become the Italian island’s first medical spa, the new property spans 49 hectares of scenic gardens along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Featuring the healing properties of sea water, Acquaforte’s medical team will offer four bespoke Roman sea spa-inspired experiences that come along with a daily activity programme. These four or seven-day programmes focus on anti-aging, Thalasso detox, healthiness and weight-loss, allowing travellers the chance to indulge in a series of rejuvenating experiences. www.fortevillageresort.com

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