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Unaccompanied Minors — Children Traveling Alone

Children traveling alone. // (c) Swiss Air
Children traveling alone. // (c) Swiss Air

It’s summertime and that means that kids and families are traveling — and sometimes not all at the same time. Which always brings up the topic of children traveling alone. There’s been a lot of press on children traveling alone. CNBC reported on a story about the re-seating of male passengers on two Australian airlines, and a story by AP told of an airline losing an young girl traveling as an unaccompanied minor. So, with these stories in mind, would you let your child travel alone?

Retreat of the Week: Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage to open May 15.
Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage to open May 15.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will shine the spotlight on Palm Desert, Palm Springs and its surrounding California resort destinations once again this April but, in May, a new light will shine in the area with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage. The hotel will open on May 15, in time to welcome those looking for an early summer retreat.

The prominently-situated Palm Springs hotel will feature 244 resort rooms and suites, residences, a two-story luxury spa, more than 30,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space and destination dining with sweeping valley views.

The resort embraces indoor/outdoor living with an emphasis on muted natural hues and tactile materials, as well as a stylized interpretation of the desert environment that creates a more harmonious transition between the luxury hotel and its surroundings.  Dining venues will include a visually dynamic exhibition kitchen at State Fare Bar Kitchen and a restaurant specializing in steak, seafood and fine wine, The Edge. Perched bluff-side with unparalleled views of the Palm Springs valley, The Edge will offer the perfect gathering place for year-round cocktails, celebrations and stargazing.

Resort amenities will feature cliff-side swimming and serenity pools and an alluring, artfully-designed destination spa. Guests will also be availed access to the desert’s finest curated golf and tennis experiences with exclusive arrangements at premier courses and clubs, accentuated by close proximity to a wide array of cultural and recreational activities – including more than 20 miles of hiking/biking trails, polo grounds, world-class shopping and more. The resort will begin taking reservations on March 17.

Retreat of the Week: Post Ranch Inn

Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn // (c) 2014 Post Ranch Inn
Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn // (c) 2014 Post Ranch Inn

Need a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift? What about escaping to the Post Ranch Inn for a secluded getaway? Located in Big Sur, Calif., with jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean, the Post Ranch Inn is an ideal place to rekindle the romance.

Couples who want to relax and spend time together for an unforgettable honeymoon, anniversary or birthday can book the Romance at the Ranch package and celebrate a retreat with a three-night stay with a variety of luxurious accommodations from which to choose. The package includes three nights in a Pacific Suite, Ocean House, Peak House or Tree House, featuring wood-burning fireplace, large soaking tub, and mini-bar stocked daily with complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Relax with a choice of two one-hour spa treatments in your guest room, or one two-hour Couple’s Shamanic Session. The Shamanic Session is designed to balance and cleanse the body and soul for a more energized and all around healthier self. Also included are two, four-course dinners at Sierra Mar; champagne in crystal flutes; activities, including yoga, nature walks, stargazing, swimming and more

Take a Break: Spring Yoga Retreat

Bermuda Yoga Festival // (c) 2014
Bermuda Yoga Festival // (c) 2014

Okay, yogis. I know it’s a little bit far-flung for Angelenos but how fun would a mother-daughter spring break yoga retreat in Bermuda be? If you are up for a zen adventure, here is the deal:

Yoga enthusiasts are invited to celebrate wellness at the first annual Bermuda Yoga Festival. Taking place from April 3-6 on the grounds of the Fairmont Southampton, the yoga festival will provide travelers the opportunity to meet and take part in yoga and wellness classes and workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from 42 master classes and workshops as well as take part in wisdom talks, kirtan, meditation, qigong and ecstatic dance led by celebrated teachers and international presenters, including:

·         Elena Browner, Virayoga NYC

·         Kia Miller, Radiant Body Yoga

·         Rusty Wells, Bhakti Flow

·         Beryl Bender Birch, The Hard & Soft Yoga institute

·         Nischala Joy Devi, Yoga of the Heart

·         David Newman (Durga Das), Merging with Grace/The Stay Strong Project

·         Faith Hunter, Embrace Your Flow

·         Swami Asokanandada, Integral Yoga International

·         C.C. White, This is Soul Kirtan!

·         Camella Nair – Swami Nibhrtananda, Aqua Kriya Yoga

·         Sue Elkind, DIG Yoga

Travelers can purchase an all-access pass to the festival for $505. Day passes are also available. While Bermuda is quite a haul from the West Coast, it is about a two-hour flight from major hubs in the East — and a visit could easily be combined with a quick big-city break in destinations such as New York City or Atlanta.