Between the Mayan ruins, stunning seaside resorts and bustling cities, Mexico made a name for itself among travelers who long for adventure. But the beautiful country is also a relaxing oasis if you want it to be. Check out these incredible spas scattered throughout the region.
Yäan Wellness Spa in Tulum is arguably one of the best spas in the country, possibly even the world. The beautiful center combines a rustic and modern appeal with the luxurious treatments one would expect at a spa. But it also tosses in wonderful Mayan rituals, including a monthly sweat lodge experience.
One&Only Palmilla is regularly touted as the most popular spa in Cabo. As you can imagine, the spa caters to a wealthy clientele, with expansive facilities offering facials, massages, hot and cold plunge pools, aromatherapy steam rooms and private gardens.
The on-site spa at Hotel Matilda in San Miguel was named the Best Wellness Experience in Mexico by Travel + Leisure. Matilda boasts an impressive variety of yoga classes, a Hammam ritual, aromatherapy massages, aphrodisiac baths and the Ritual Xänte, a body treatment for sensitive skin. It also features its own apothecary where you can purchase many of the hand-blended beauty products they use.
The Willow Stream Spa in Playa del Carmen rests amid a stunning tropical landscape and offers some truly unique experiences. The spa boasts indigenous treatments and ancient rituals alongside modern techniques. They also have a beehive, used to create honey-based treatments for guests.
The Gem Spa at Grand Fiesta Americana in Cancun is for the traveler who is a fan of hydrotherapy. Aside from being right next to the beach, the spa boasts a 10-stop hydrotherapy treatment that includes hot and cold plunges, rain showers and steam rooms. It also features separate men and women lounges, and couples’ services.
The Fear of Missing Out greatly affects students who study abroad. For months students look forward to the countries they will call home, whether for a semester or a year, and then after they arrive, the loneliness and separation sets in. It’s difficult to be away from family and friends for a long amount of time and studying abroad is no exception, no matter how badly a student wants to fall in love with their city.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Breweries are everywhere today and, while many craft and microbreweries specialize in particular styles of beer, few are quite as specialized as Ghent Gruut Brewery in Ghent, Belgium. Here, the current craze for hop-heavy India Pale Ales is entirely eschewed as absolutely no hops at all are used in the brewing process. Before you clamor to claim this can’t be beer at all as everyone knows the four ingredients of beer are grain, water, yeast, and hops, consider hops weren’t actually added to beer until the 13th century. Before then, all beers were flavored with herbs and spices, or gruut, as the French population of medieval Ghent called them.
For many couples, honeymoons serve as a once-in-a-lifetime luxurious trip, often fulfilling a bucket list destination or experience. South Africa is one of those places. The country offers a variety of experiences, whether you want a relaxing or adventurous honeymoon.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone. With increased attention comes an ever-exploding culinary scene and, despite its size, Alexandria already overflows with excellent options. These five will give you the best representation of the city’s diverse scene.