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Parmarth Niketan

Known commonly as the “yoga capital of the world,” Rishikesh sits on the banks of the Ganges river surrounded by forested hills that lead up to the snow-shrouded Himalayas. Considering that it’s a quick flight from New Delhi, any spiritual seeker or outdoor adventurer should consider adding the town... Read More

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Oh, how I love New York in the spring! Well, maybe not so much this year: Like many areas in the U.S. and beyond, New York’s been hit by some extended cold weather, with a handful of luke-warm days thrown into the mix. The erratic weather has left me... Read More

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Geothermal Rotorua

Set smack dab in the midst of New Zealand’s North Island – and sitting squarely on the notorious Pacific Rim of Fire – Rotorua marks a steaming and bubbling cauldron of dynamic geothermal activity. Oozing with boiling mud, colorful mineral pools, steam-spewing geysers, ancient caldera-capped lakes, and an overall... Read More

Chocolate massage Mexico

Move over, margaritas: Wine is poised to take center stage at an upcoming culinary series of gourmet culinary events at an award-winning property in the Mexican Riviera. In further proof that the world has not, in fact, ended, Karisma Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series... Read More

Portable Infrared Sauna

When I introduced myself here at ShermansTravel, I neglected to mention one very important fact about my travel expertise: I’m one of the world’s leading authorities on the SkyMall catalog. I’ve written about hundreds of SkyMall products over the years and cultivated a deep understanding of those gadgets and... Read More

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La Mamounia

Celebrities expect and get the very best. This high end clientele pulls in to tip-top spots around the globe, at properties as iconic as they are. These six sexy properties have played home away from home to everyone from the Obamas to Madonna, providing the perfect respite for royalty, rock... Read More

Nude Vacations

Here’s a simple way to avoid those pesky airline baggage fees: Don’t pack clothes. Travel to clothing-optional destinations and events is on the rise, as more hotels, resorts, and even cruises are catering to guests who want to strip down. But the trend goes beyond aging hippies lounging around... Read More

Shine At Sheraton Maldives Resize

In a similar vein to sister brand W Hotel’s Bliss spas, Sheraton now has its own exclusive spa concept it’s calling Shine. Guest feedback played a big role in developing Shine, which eschews the snobbish air of some spas while keeping the feeling of luxury. The announcement also follows... Read More

Grove Park Inn

If snagging a West Wing guest room ranks in your top travel fantasies, we may have found the next best thing: Opt to follow the first couple to Asheville, N.C., where Barack and Michelle Obama will be getting away from it all this weekend. The Ten Presidents Package at... Read More

Chi Spa at Shangri-La Vancouver

2010 VANCOUVER OLYMPICSJoin our Vancouver stringer, Celeste Moure, for daily happenings from the host city. When in Vancouver, the CHI Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel, the latest addition to the city’s luxury hotel scene, is a must! It features five individual treatment rooms outfitted with their... Read More

Scandinave Spa Whistler

2010 VANCOUVER OLYMPICSJoin our Vancouver stringer, Celeste Moure, for daily happenings from the host city. Opened just a week ago, Scandinave Spa Whistler is a 20,000-square-foot Nordic-style spa set on 3 acres on the edge of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove parks. Known as onsen in Japan and... Read More

Coral Reef Club

Barbados bound? Guests of colonial-style Coral Reef Club and its neighboring sister property, The Sandpiper, can expect a fresh perk. Just unveiled in December 2008, the spa at this premier island resort is the newest addition to the island’s wide array of attractions. Conceived by British designer Helen Green... Read More


Mexico may be getting a bad rap these days as the center of the swine flu epidemic, but the latest hotel opening on Riviera Maya is worth a stay nonetheless. Edging a protected nature reserve of freshwater lagoons, canals, and mangroves, five-star Banyan Tree Mayakoba echoes a traditional Asian... Read More


After building up an appetite while in St. Petersburg, visitors unwind and renew with, of all things…caviar? At the ultra-luxe Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria, spa guests go for the caviar facial ($183), whose secret ingredient is Sevruga, which has anti-aging, therapeutic, and rejuvenating properties. Packed with vitamins and proteins... Read More

Spa Guerlain

Guerlain Spa, at The Waldorf-Astoria on Manhattan’s Upper East Side (301 Park Ave., 212-872-7200), opened in September. The Look: A 14,000-square-foot space on the 19th floor, swathed in a mix of white marble, silvery mosaic walls, and hanging crystal embellishments. Atmosphere: The place is serious about personal touches: Clients select their... Read More