Top 10 Most Luxurious Spa Retreats You Must Visit

Once upon a time, some Roman soldiers came across a beautiful Belgian village that had hot mineral springs nearby. The water from the springs eased the pain in the aching muscles of the Roman soldiers, and thus the thalassotherapy concept was born. According to the legend, the name of this village was “Spa,” which is how we got the term for this fabulous activity.

Today, the oldest spa in the world is located in Merano, Italy. However, spa retreats came a long way since ancient Roman times. That is why in this article, we’re going to provide you with a list of the ten most luxurious spas in the world. Moreover, some of them are located in the most exotic destinations around the globe.

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1.    Aja Malibu

Location: California

Style: New Age

If you’re looking for an immersive holistic experience, where you can align all your chakras, meditate and work on your spiritual growth, this is the place. This spa retreat became so popular that it was booked solid throughout 2018. Inside the Aja Malibu, you will encounter shamans, homeopaths, nutritionists and every healing practice from crystal light therapy to binaural beats.

2.    Karma Spa

Location: Bali

Style: Luxurious

The Karma Spa is a part of the Karma Group, a chain of luxurious retreats with destinations all over the world. Usually, you can find Karma resorts at exotic locations like Bali or Thailand. One of their signature amenities is the spa, which provides utterly brilliant experiences for the guests, and has more than one award to its name. The focus is put on the overall well being of the individual. One of the best massages offered at the spa is the Oxygen Infusion Facial.

3.    Villa Stephanie

Location: Germany

Style: Private

This is an extremely modern retreat set in a tranquil, serene atmosphere where you can go to recharge in private. This spa is located in Baden-Baden Brenners Park, and it has only 15 rooms. They feature a genius digital detox program that blocks WiFi and lets you truly get away from the distractions of the outside world.

4.    Canyon Ranch

Location: Massachusetts

Style: Educational

If you’re one of the people that love reading up about exercise, nutrition or reducing muscle tension, then this resort is probably the closest thing you can get to the ideal spot. Located in Bellefontaine Mansion in the Berkshires, this ranch has a very youthful and active atmosphere. The main reason people visit the camp is to lose weight, and cardio is the primary activity.

However, they do know how to make it fun. You can try anything from kayaking, hiking, to cross-country skiing.

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5.    Schloss Elmau

Location: Germany

Style: Luxurious

Located in the Bavarian Alps since the distant 1916, this huge resort is a place where political elites from all over Europe come to relax and enjoy in the healing nature that surrounds them. You might even encounter celebrities like Ian McEwan, Gautier Capuçon or Timo Wahl. Everything about this resort breaths luxury, and yet it’s a place where you can recharge your creativity and unwind. Inside the retreat, you will find five spas, six restaurants, three libraries, and a concert hall.

6.    La Reserve Geneve

Location: Switzerland

Style: High-class

They don’t call this resort the fountain of youth for nothing. You can enjoy yourself in a sauna, a hammam, and in an indoor pool spread across 20,000 square feet of land. Everything is modified and custom tailored according to your aspirations and medical records. Furthermore, each part of your stay is designed with professional help.

7.    Nihi Sumba Island

Location: Indonesia

Style: Honeymoon paradise

Are you looking for real intimacy amidst nature? A place where you can be alone with your partner and enjoy lavish services and amenities? This is the retreat you’re looking for, and in fact, they are so inclined towards privacy, they only let ten guests stay there per day. The resort is located near one of the most famous surfing reefs in the area, Occy’s Left and you must admit that a spa day after a day of surfing sounds like a magical idea.

8.    Borgo Egnazia

Location: Italy

Style: High-class

This resort became even more famous after hosting Justin Timberlake’s wedding, and the clientele reflects the brand. The Milan fashion set mostly visits the retreat, and everything about this place is designed to fuel your indulgences and imagination.

9.    Kamalaya

Location: Thailand

Style: Local immersion

Kamalaya is an authentic spiritual retreat that offers a truly immersive experience embedded with Eastern and Western healing methods. The resort is founded by a former yogi monk and his wife. He even works as an acupuncturist and a traditional Chinese medicine expert.

10.  Aro-Ha

Location: New Zealand

Style: Scandinavian

How about some mindfulness sessions? Do you think a beautiful setting featuring the Southern Alps and the turquoise Lake Wakatipu will do? If the answer is yes, then you can head out to Aro-Ha, which is a minimalist dream. They even offer, completely organic, garden-fresh cuisine.

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Holidays In The Wildest Africa: Botswana

At Welgrow, we are very fans of the African continent, because it is a destination where we can observe wild animals living in their natural habitat, live in an impressive nature (jungle and coastal) and for the human quality of its people.

Among all the impressive places that make up the continent today, we want to make special mention of the Botswana region, a country yet to be discovered where you can escape a few days of everyday life and live in nature surrounded by lakes, large rivers, waterfalls and a spectacular savanna where to make safaris. But without having to give up the luxury and the sophistication of its precious lodges where travelers can stay.

Home to some of the continent’s most famous safari destinations, Botswana is, in a word, wild; but this quality is part of its charm. This is one of the few countries where you can experience the luxury destinations in Kenya in its pure state thanks to the vast sections of land that have been destined for conservation and that, if not for the recondite camps and lodges that are in these, they would be practically inaccessible – here you will not find roads or great infrastructure.

Few experiences compare to a safari in the Okavango Delta, whose permanent lagoons and deep channels offer all kinds of water activities throughout the year. Explore this watery labyrinth aboard a cruise or a traditional mokoro and marvel at its spectacular landscapes and the abundant wildlife that inhabits its waters, skies, and banks.

From the lush, lush swamps of Savuti and Linyati, to the extensive alluvial plains that lie along the Chobe River, Chobe National Park is another of the crown jewels of Botswana thanks to its immense Continue reading

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Travel Japan – The 8 Mistakes To Avoid During Your Stay

Travel Japan – If you plan to go to Japan soon or you are already there, you should know that the luxury destinations in Japan is highly codified. Many rules of conduct are followed and sometimes foreigners, mostly ignorantly, do not apply them.

  1. Avoid giving tip

If giving advice is more or less the norm in Europe and even more in the United States, this is not the case in Japan. Also if the service was excellent, do not leave your money because, at best, it will be a gesture that we will not understand. But most often, it is seen as a scornful and arrogant act.

  1. Not completing the dish

The Japanese do not spoil anything when cooking and try to use all the ingredients at their disposal without throwing anything away. So, they are waiting for us to do the same when we eat the dishes they serve us.

And it’s right in restaurants but also when you are invited to Japanese friends. So try not to leave anything on your plate, leave to eat slowly and order as you go.

  1. Eating or drinking in the streets

There is no law, but it is indeed awful to eat or drink on the road, especially to walk. This is also the case in the subway where the Japanese avoid eating there for the sake of cleanliness. To eat a sandwich, it is advisable to stop on a bench for example and eat well in peace, without risk of dirtying or embarrassing someone.

  1. Crossing pedestrian when the light is red

Pedestrian lights should be respected all over the world, but in Japan this rule is followed religiously. And “gaijin” (foreigners) are often seen as troublemakers because they are used to crossing the street at any time. So try to avoid doing this to prevent dirt and accusing looks.

  1. No Physical Contact

In Japan, we most often avoid physical contact and we say hello without touching. Forgetting the tightening of hands even if it is still tolerated in the workplace for example. On the other hand, kissing girls, you remember because it will scare them more than anything else. Same for the slaps on the shoulder.

  1. Entering house or temple with shoes

In most Japan holiday destinations and inside temples, it is customary to take off your shoes to show respect for the place. Do not do it is indeed seen as a drama! In a Japanese house, the family will give you slippers to walk inside the house. If you want to go to the washroom, there are some kinds of sandals to wear instead of slippers inside the toilet.

  1. Not Queueing

It may seem natural, but lining up in Japan is really important to respect. If you are not queuing then it might be comfortable for many.

  1. Pointing a finger

Even if it is to designate someone without evil intentions, it is insulting to look someone in Japan. It is usually an accusatory gesture to avoid entirely.

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Top 5 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Chile

Chile stretches through the dry, dusty deserts to ice glaciers in the area of 4,270 kilometers and has more than enough locations that the country could boast of. It is this amazingly stark contrast of climate that has attracted a bunch of chile luxury travel. So let’s take a look at the five most beautiful places to visit in Chile.

Valaparaiso– Smaller than Santiago, but busier than the wine country, Valparaiso – Valpo – is the capital of the Valparaiso province and region. It is located in central Chile on the Pacific coast. Valpo could be your ideal find in your Honeymoon Travel as the bohemian experience because of its hip beaches, fresh seafood and boutique hotels. San Alfonso del Mar is the known place for excellent views, spas, cuisine and luxury. Another strikingly typical feature of Valparaíso is the brightly colored houses, bohemian culture and beautiful seaside views. Due to the steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso looks nothing less than a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways that embodies a rich architectural and cultural legacy. Valparaíso is Chile’s third largest city nestled between the sea and the coastal mountain range. Much as it is popular for many old cobbled streets and unique architecture the city can also leave a mark among the travelers of chile luxury travel for its lovely harbor and beaches. It can be rightly said that Valparaiso is quite a place for sightseeing and other activities. The country’s tourist attraction cashes in on the country’s rich maritime heritage such as Lord Cochrane’s Museum and the superb Naval and Maritime Museum with its displays dealing with the War of the Pacific of 1879 between Chile and allied Peru and Bolivia, with particular emphasis on the contributions of Chile’s war heroes. As a bonus attraction, there is the Ironclad Huáscar in the Port of Talcahuano some 600 kilometers south of Santiago. Talcahuano’s beautiful harbor – home to Chile’s navy – is the base for this immaculately restored historic vessel built in 1865 in Britain and one of the only surviving such battleships of her kind.

Torres Del Paine National Park- Torres del Paine is a national park in the Extreme South region of Patagonian Chile and features mountains, lakes and glaciers. The central most important attraction of the park is the three Towers of Paine which are basically three spectacular granite peaks that have been shaped by glacial ice. The highest peak is about 2,500 meters (8200 feet). The spectacular Torres del Paine National Parkalso attracts tourists from across the globe thanks largely to its reputation of being honeymoon destinations in chile. Torres Del Paine National Park could take weeks for you to explore numerous lakes, mountains, hills, and glaciers. The park’s namesake, “Torres del Paine,” refers to the three glorious granite peaks of the Paine mountain range

Easter Island- One of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries revolves around the famous statues on this remote island located some 2,300 miles from the coast of Chile. The Rapa Nui who once lived here are believed to have built the 887 giant Moai rock statues, the lightest weighing 86 tons. How they were able to move them around from platform to platform around the island is still anyone’s guess. By coming here, you can come up with your own theory – were they placed by aliens from another planet?  While they’re likely to remain a mystery, the statues serve as the only link to the demise of this isolated Polynesian culture. In addition to admiring the Moai and Continue reading

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Why South America Makes Perfect Holiday Destination

The South America, held exotic multi-colored, parties and dances. A destination for many travelers who want to have fun and see new, natural and fantastic places. But which are the most popular destinations? In this guide, we’ll see just what are the best places to take a trip to South America. So keep reading, and maybe one day when you too are ready to visit this fantastic land, you will already have an idea of where to go and what to visit.

  1. Barranquilla, Colombia

This Colombian town, home of the sexy singer Shakira, is undoubtedly the best kept secret of South America, a land full of warm, dark-skinned beauties. Much protected from harm and less touristy than other Colombian cities, Barranquilla offers a beautiful beach where you can spend hours in pleasant company. Nightlife is one of the best moment of luxury destinations in south America .

  1. Hedonism II, Jamaica

The first place in the world for singles is a fantastic little world in itself, full of alcohol that flows continuously (and abundantly), idyllic beaches and non-stop reggae parties. This really is a paradise of the senses. A tip: look around to find a secluded spot and get a hammock for two, everything will be much more comfortable!

  1. Margarita Island, Venezuela

It is the pearl of the Caribbean. In this small South American island there is everything you could wish for: sun, beaches, bars, and beautiful girls and statues boys. It will be because Margarita is a perfect fusion of ancient traditions and modern monuments (including skimpy bikinis), but the island is really able to make everyone feel at ease. Between a swim and a cocktail on the beach, take a trip to Porlamar and discover its nightlife.

  1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Acceptable for anyone, from the very young to the most mature, from singles to couples, from hetero to homosexuals, this is one of the hottest luxury destinations in south America ever, a city where anything can happen.

In Rio, it is also easy to fall into temptation also because it possesses legal brothels with a vast menu of services where any kind of fantasy can be satisfied.

  1. Buenos Aires, Argentina

With the sunset, Buenos Aires comes to life. People love nightlife. After 11 or midnight, the atmosphere of the premises warms up.

Of course, most people think of Argentina and its nightlife, think of the tango, which is the official national dance. However, in Buenos Aires you do not just dance the tango; in fact, most of the younger population prefers salsa and European techno.

Unlike Europe, South America does not have the organization in red-light districts that could be found in Amsterdam, Paris or Germany, here a transgressive holiday is full of adventure, without having predefined places to go, the important thing is to have a great desire to have fun and to let go. The certainty, however, is that once you leave hardly return only with some souvenirs in the form of a magnet. The joy, the passion, the warmth of people will be an experience trying to forget.

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What Does Luxury Tourism Industry Means?

The new segments of the population that are accessing the luxury travel market represent a challenge for global tourism brands, which must create ever more unique products for very different passenger profiles. Because although they all handle a lot of money, the concept “luxury” can be interpreted in multiple ways. Alongside the traditional model of opulence and glamor appear new rich, more discreet, who privilege the experience on the comfort of a swanky hotel.

The tourism industry has clearly identified an emerging class of relatively young VIPs, cosmopolitans and the new rich, who are redefining luxury tourism and expectations regarding the services of this segment. They seem informal, they walk around the hotel in a bathing suit. And they do not want four people hanging around them, waiting to pick up their handkerchief if they fall off. But when they need a service, they want it immaculate.

Tailor made luxury trips.

The luxury client looks for tailor-made trips, designed according to his personal tastes and in which every detail is taken into account. In fact, this type of trip grew by 5.8% last year.

Within luxury family travel, you can include almost everything, from a trip of disconnection and relaxation to a safari full of adventures, although the trips related to wellness and health are the first of the list in the most glamorous market.

What almost all of the exclusive clients coincide with is the use of private jets as a mode of transport, since they do not want to wait in long queues at airports and can enjoy private planes that take off directly upon arrival.

New concepts: Bluxury

Apart from pleasure trips and leisure, there are several customers who have higher purchasing power when it comes to travelling for business and want to combine the trips with other tourist activities. When such combination takes place, it is known as Bluxury (business + luxury). In this sense, an executive of a company can have work meetings in the morning and in the afternoon relax in a high-end spa.

The villas replace the hotels

If we talk about the stay, the market is changing and luxury customers increasingly choose villas rather than hotels. The large hotel chains know this and have expanded the construction and offer of such kinds of accommodation. A few things that set the villas apart from hotels is that they incorporate their own personal of the home, in which even chefs are included who cook the favorite dishes of the diners with the freshest products. That is, the client feels at home, very well cared for but organizing their times and activities according to their tastes.

Another important factor to consider is the destination chosen by the client. In the luxury travel, destinations remain stable and are repeated year after year, with Japan in the first place, followed by Italy and the Maldives.

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Dubai, The City Of Luxury And Ostentation

In its streets, we can find brand new cars and the jet set strolling through its streets. The contradiction pursues this city that, although of conservative roots as it happens in all the Arab Emirates, is considered a city of sin in its own right. It is also the city to which the billionaires go to do their shopping because Dubai places great emphasis on this kind of tourism.

In fact, nowadays the town is identified by its shopping festival every year as the most important celebration of the city and the largest of its kind. To Dubai- it is visited multiple times, not only as a destination city but as an air bridge between Europe and the United States West, with Asia and Oceania. In fact, it is usually one of the most sought-after destinations being the city of luxury and ostentation.

Top 5 things to do in Dubai

  1. Visit to the Arabian Tower or Burj Al Arab: It is the hotel by antonomasia and its creation supposed a revolution as far as oriental architecture is concerned. This ostentatious tower cannot be visited unless it is reserved for breakfast, lunch or tea. The price per person for a dinner is about 90-100 euros but there is not a single traveler who has not been proud to enter the brand new Dubai.
  2. Visit to the desert of Dubai: One of the things to do more interesting is a 4X4 crossing. They can be hired in the same Dubai or before the trip. In any case, it is a wonderful option to consider. Above all we will discover the great importance that you will have if you travel with a group of friends or family.
  3. Practice golf at “The Emirates Golf Club”: Do not like golf? No Problem! This is not the only attraction here. The Dubai Golf Club is one of the best reviews have regarding the quality – price of the food, that is, if you want to dine or make a “brunch”, this will be the place in the Emirates.
  4. The Wild Wadi Water Park: An unmissable visit if you are traveling with children, this water park is very well valued, in part, because of its location, since it is very close to the Araj Burj Al Ara tower.
  5. The Jumeirah Mosque: The mosque is one of the most visited luxury destinations in Dubai of interest due to its great beauty, very relevant in all cases. It is one of the largest in the Arab Emirates and it is also worth it because in the vicinity it is possible to get close to the Pavilion Dive Center and enjoy diving. Nothing more pleasant for travelers who want some sport and adventure.

A low-cost hotel in the Arab Emirates

The Arab Emirates not only have honeymoon destinations in Dubai but also offer an inexpensive accommodation for travelers who want to know all these options. We start with a small list of the cheapest hostels and hostels for those who wish to travel in the company of friends:

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6 Reasons To Visit New Zealand In The Summer

We already know that New Zealand is a country that has many wonders and that there are a lot of reasons to go to exchange there. But, you already thought about visiting the country in the summer? When we put the words summer and Oceania in the same sentence, we usually think of Australia suddenly, yes? What happens is that the New Zealand summer has a lot to offer in that season full of heat and beaches.

Read here more about how to take advantage of summer in New Zealand holiday destinations.

  1. Very long days

The sunny New Zealand summer days are so long. In Auckland , for example, the sun sets around 20:30, and in places further south, like in Queenstown , the day only goes dark at 9:30 pm, more or less. It is an average of 15 hours of light per day. So, even if you work until 6pm, you can enjoy the delights of summer after working hours.

  1. Pleasant temperatures

In New Zealand, summer temperatures are between 20ºC to 30ºC. Thus, days with 25ºC are considered the high points of the season.

The good news is that you can take advantage of the hot summer days without getting sweaty there. And do not forget to always have a light jacket with you, because at night time stays cold, even if the day has been hot.

  1. Fun with little money

 

There are no shops or street vendors on the beaches of luxury destinations New Zealand, which in the beginning may seem a bit strange for Latin Americans. But that makes everyone carry their Continue reading

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6 Reasons To Go To Greece

It would make no sense to go to the end of the world to remain entranced and amazed. Just 2 hours by plane from Rome, a trip to Greece will guarantee you sun, enchanted landscapes, and exceptional cultural heritage.

Wonders of the Cyclades

These beautiful islands with their typical white houses and blue roofs make dream lovers of the Mediterranean. Relax on one of the beaches of Mykonos or Paro. In Greece, the sun shines 300 days a year. Who says that heaven does not exist? Are you a fan of volcanoes? Let yourself be attracted by the charm of Santorini with its black sand beaches; here you can admire one of its legendary sunsets.

The awakening of the papillae

Luxury destinations Greece is deemed one of the best in the world. UNESCO, in fact, recognizes it as the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. A healthy and varied cuisine that includes the “dolmadakia” (vine leaves), the “taramosalata” (also called tarama), the saganaki (fried cheese), the moussaka (a sort of minced parmigiana and aubergines) or the tzatziki (sauce made with fresh yogurt and cucumber), all accompanied by a glass of ouzo!

The warmth of the locals

If the reception in some tourist places can be cold, in any other place, you will feel the warmth of the Greeks in their smiles: in a trip off the routes, you will discover the Greek filoxenia, the tradition of hospitality typical of this people. And if you know a few words in Greek, your efforts will be rewarded with even bigger smiles.

Journey into the heart of Greek mythology

With over 17 UNESCO world heritage sites, luxury destinations Greece has such a rich and unique cultural heritage to enthuse lovers of history and archeology. From Delphi to Mycenae, passing through the Meteors, Mount Athos, and Olympus, Greece is a swarm of treasures to be seen at least once in a lifetime. At each site, close your eyes and imagine traveling back in time, at the time of the Greek gods. Are you there? Now let yourself be conveyed away by the magic of the ruins.

Discovering Athens, the cradle of Western civilization

There was a time when Greece and, above all Athens, shone all over Europe. The Greeks are omnipresent in history as early as 3200 BC Athens alone could summarize the entire history of the country. Do not miss the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Agora. Tour the National Archaeological Museum which houses the ancient statues.

Outdoor activities with stunning views

If the idea of doing nothing on one of the thousand Greek beaches does not appeal to you, you can take advantage of the various sports offered: explore one of the 6000 Greek caves, especially those of Perama near Giannina; windsurfing on the island of Kos; Climbing in Calimno or even diving or surfing in any other Greek island.

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The Popular Luxury Safari Destinations Kenya

Folks around the world love to celebrate events in a special way. No matter whatever is the event from  a date with your girlfriend to honeymoon trip to spending time with friends, Kenya, Africa is one of the most beautiful and stunning destination for young couples. You can enjoy the beads of love while staying on the bed of nature. You can get most out of Kenya as it offers stunning destinations and luxury hotels and resorts that make your holiday memorable. If you are a nature lover and like to see animals in their natural habitat this is the perfect place for you. I have mention a few most popular and luxury Safari destinations Kenya.

Maasai Mara National Reserve: It is the most popular and visited National Park of Africa. Thousand of wildebeest makes the ground vibrating while their annual migration. Your safari to Maasai Mara can give you an opportunity to take the pictures of a resting leopard. You can get a chance to meet the African lions from very close distance. Really an exciting place full of greenery and thousands of species give an eye-catching view. You will enjoy photography and videography here.

Kruger National Park: It is the oldest national park in Africa. You must visit here if you are an animal lover and love to see big cats from very close distance. The park is well maintained by the authorities. It consists of variety of animals, mammals and birds. You can see all the big five game reserve animals here. Kruger National park is the home of more than 145 species of animals, 517species of birds and 114 species of reptiles.

The Zambezi Valley, Zambia: Elephants, hippo and several birds are the resident of Zambezi valley. Zambezi River crosses the valley. You will find many beautiful and comfortable lodges here for stay. You can explore the area by assisting a guide with you. Guides know the area and take you for sightseeing to provide comfortable and enjoyable experience. You can feel the heat of love inside the River side camps and lodges to male your honeymoon stunning and memorable. It is the perfect place for young couples to enjoy luxury safari travel destination.

Hwange National Park: The Park is situated at the Northwest of Zimbabwe. Its huge herds of elephants are world widely popular. The wildlife of national park get life from the waterholes from Victoria falls and Zambezi River to quench their thrust. Make sure your camera is fully charged as you cannot stop yourself from taking amazing photographs.

The Kenya is full of national parks, mountains and a perfect place for nature lovers and for those who wish to begin to enter into new relationship under the blessings of divine nature. Kenya rank 23rd among the big cities of Africa and attracts more than 10, 00,000 tourist every year. The government earns more than 11% of its revenue from tourism. You will love to enjoy the Kenya holiday destinations.

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