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By Leah Ginsberg for Yahoo! Travel
Visitors enjoy the ‘soup noodle spa’ at the Hakone Yunessun Spa in Hakone, Japan. (Photo: Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
Picture this: Dozens of unsuspecting Japanese bathing in a vat of pork soup and ramen noodles. No, it’s not the start to a bad fairytale where the unsuspecting people of Hakone, Japan, become dinner — it’s a popular experience at the town’s famous Yunessun Spa Resort.
Primed to return as the Northeast’s top vacation destination, there has never been a better time to escape to the Poconos for the weekend. From fine dining to a luxe spa, this town can make for a pampering but affordable quick getaway. The mountainous area is especially great for escaping the heat in the summer, but there’s lots to do at anytime. Here, just five of our favorite activities, no matter the time of year.
In a trend imported from Europe’s great beer-producing countries, like the Czech Republic and Germany, spas around the U.S. have begun working craft brews into treatments like massages and body scrubs. No mere gimmick devised to lure in hopheads and pampering-averse manly men, beer-infused treatments are purported to impart a host of health and beauty benefits, from exfoliating the skin to wiping out foot fungus. Here, five spas offering sudsy treatments to intoxicate your senses.
There’s a reason we look south for great value for summer travel — all the warm-weather deals. The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa is just one example, with a fun special offer on tap.
Not even a month into spring and we’re already daydreaming about slipping off our rain boots to wiggle our toes in the sand. With April showers on the horizon, there’s no better time to start thinking about a beach vacation, even if we don’t get to travel until summer. And the newly renovated Naples Grande Beach Resort on Florida’s coast is certainly one to pine after — especially with a great reopening rate from $159 this June through August.
Soaked in sunshine with a calm and relaxing vibe, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula doesn’t feel like a movie set, despite serving as the backdrop for several popular films. Pirates of the Caribbean, Pearl Harbor, and Charlie’s Angels are just a few box office hits that have utilized the property. No shock though — especially on the latter. After spending a few nights at the resort, we definitely felt like we were in heaven. Here’s what you need to know.
Seekers of serenity shall search no more when booking a stay at the newly opened Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa, a Kimpton property. The Palm Beach hideaway boasts ocean views surrounded by lush greenery, guestrooms decorated with sleek wood furnishings, and swanky suede-covered hallway walls that ooze with tranquility.
It’s never too early to start thinking about summer vacations, especially after the winter we were just walloped by. If you’re on the search for a warm weather oasis that’s filled with palm trees and water features, you just might like California’s JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa. And we bet that its Your Summer Selfie package, with rates starting at $169 per night, provides more than enough to put a smile on your face.
Big Cedar Lodge is situated in the Ozark Mountains — Ridgedale, Missouri, to be precise. The area is a nature lover’s paradise, replete with swaths of dense forest, overlooking 43,000-acres of Table Rock Lake’s blue-green waters. It’s is billed as “a wilderness resort,” founded by Johnny Morris, the owner of Bass Pro Shops. It makes perfect sense that this would be a haven for the outdoor aficionados. We checked in at Big Cedar Lodge, and here’s what we loved most. Read more
If you’ve never been to Peninsula Papagayo on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, here’s the first thing you need to know: it’s isolated. Very isolated. Now, depending on what type of traveler you are, that might sound incredibly alluring — but just keep in mind that the nearest “town,” and the airport, is around 45 minutes away.
When your energy has been depleted by stress, seek out a healthy way to decompress in the comfort of a destination spa resort. Spa treatments, fitness classes, and health coaching can revive your spirits and reclaim your energy — and many of these activities are included in the cost. So power down your cell phone and power up on a retreat that will help you reconnect with your well-being.
Yes, lodging in Istanbul is incredibly inexpensive in the winter, with plenty of hotels offering rates under $100. But if you’re willing to make a small splurge in low season, you’ll enjoy luxury that’s leaps ahead of what your dollars will get you elsewhere.
All-inclusive resorts take the effort out of vacationing—you pay upfront, you don’t have to make an itinerary, and you have access to great food and entertainment onsite. But, all-inclusive resorts have a few other advantages over the traditional resort experience. Here are five things that might surprise you about all-inclusive resorts.
If your husband, girlfriend, friends, or family members love to ski and snowboard — but you’d rather have a root canal than slide down a steep hill with plastic sticks on your feet — you just need to rethink what a vacation to a snowy, slope-y destination can truly entail. Many resorts these days offer gourmet food, trendy bars, and spas galore, and the destinations below allow you to turn a ski trip into a getaway you’ll actually enjoy.
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