in Saranac Lake, New York, is one of my favorite properties in the Adirondacks. With its historic appeal, walkable location, newly refurbished guestrooms and suites, 1920s-era bar and contemporary restaurant, there’s a lot to love. Even though I’ve stayed and dined at the hotel many times over the last few years, I only recently had the chance to experience the hotel’s Ampersand Salon and Spa.
I arrived for my appointment (admittedly, five minutes late) and the receptionist pointed me toward the ladies’ locker room. I was surprised to see I was the only person there, even if it was a late Friday afternoon. I hurriedly swapped out my jeans and sweater for a plush robe and sandals, and padded my way through the expansive space, complete with several vanities, showers and a steam room, to find my treatment specialist, Kenzy.
I booked an 80-minute deep-tissue massage; it was $190 well spent. After limited spa visits due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many, many days spent crouching over my laptop in an unhealthy fashion, I built up quite the amount of tension and stress. The treatment incorporated my choice of signature oil (I chose Italian blood orange for its supposed energizing, antidepressant properties), hot towels and heated, weighted eye masks.
After I was finished with my treatment, fully relaxed and tension-free, I settled into the spa’s relaxation space, outfitted with several loungers, a tea station and fireplace. After a cup of tea, I (somewhat reluctantly) returned to the locker room to dress for the rest of my evening.
While a busy schedule kept me from prolonging my visit to the spa as much as I would like, I do plan on making a return visit for a longer stay. Tucked away in a corner on the hotel’s bottom floor, I hadn’t realized how large the spa actually was or just how many amenities the spa offered. Maybe next time, though, I won’t wait quite so long before investing in a little self-care.
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours recently announced its Antarctica expedition voyages for 2023 and 2024 aboard Scenic Eclipse I and II. These new tours allow for maximum time across the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, Weddell Sea, Chilean Fjords and smaller islands aboard the luxurious Discovery Yachts. The Discovery Team leads guests on guided excursions. Guests may also take advantage of each yacht’s state-of-the-art helicopters and custom-built submarine.
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There is no better vacation than one where your furry best friend can come along. Kimpton Hotel Eventi recently announced a new partnership with Safe and Sound Satos to make travel with your four-legged friend a lot easier.
Visiting the airport these days means you’ve either booked a flight or you’re simply dropping someone off or picking them up. However, as part of a new initiative from Southern California’s Ontario International Airport, travelers and locals can visit the airport’s terminals to dine and shop without need of a ticket. The new initiative also allows friends and family members to spend more time with travelers before their flights depart.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
Escape with your gal pals to Hidden Leaf Baja in Todos Santos, Mexico. This luxurious, private oasis sits on two acres and consists of a main house and a casita. Nestled between ocean and mountains, it features a saltwater swimming pool with a swim-up bar, saltwater hot tub, fire pits, outdoor pavilion with a sitting and dining area, and a rooftop lounge to watch the sun rise above the mountains and set over the ocean.