Recently, I was planning to travel with my two daughters to Universal Orlando and on a Royal Caribbean cruise out of Port Canaveral, Fla. My girls were ecstatic and, the best part was that it was my older daughter’s birthday. Unfortunately, we were not able to take the trip and I had to let them know.
It was particularly hard because it was my daughter’s birthday, but I thought about it and came up with a strategy. If the same thing happens to you, here are some tips for telling the kids that plans have changed.
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?
In November, I was lucky enough to be invited to see the new Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Va. The resort’s equestrian and cooking programs blew me away and convinced me that a stay at Salamander isn’t just about relaxation — it’s about self discovery, while you are relaxing.
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.
I am starting a new section on L.A. Travel Mom this week. To inspire moms to get away, escape, and relax, I’m going to suggest a special retreat once a week. Inspired by my current work on a health and wellness publication, I came across this jewel in New Mexico — El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa. And Just in time, too. The resort is offering a health and wellness retreat in April.
The Health & Wellness Retreat at El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa will take place on April 25-27, featuring Dr. Christine Horner. Dr. Horner is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in prevention and natural health, and is a sought-after expert for radio and television interviews, including appearances on Oprah and Dr. Oz.
The retreat, priced at $1,295 per person, incorporates a range of luxurious offerings designed to revitalize the mind, body and spirit, including three nights’ accomodation, two power breakfasts, a welcome reception, a welcome gift, two ayurvedic lunches, an interactive healthy cooking classes, two morning yoga sessions, a 60-minute massage, five seminars with Dr. Horner, a leader-led spiritual journey and more.
The El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa is part of the Kessler Collection and offers a secluded sanctuary in harmony with the Earth. Surrounded by mountains and the New Mexico desert, guests are inspired by the nurturing ambiance and mystique of the resort, with sunlit fish-filled streams, tropical flora and the sounds of calming waterfalls. From the accommodations inspired by Native American and global cultures to the Kessler family art collection from world-renowned and local artisans, El Monte Sagrado promotes wellness, relaxation and life enrichment. www.elmontesagrado.com