THE BEST HEALTH AND WELLNESS RETREATS FOR 2017

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Health and wellness vacations have become very popular among tourists. People tend to not only want to rest on the beach with a cocktail in hand, relax at a hotel, eat local food and have fun, but also to enjoy a healthy lifestyle during their holidays. This is extremely important when you want to make your holiday not only fun, but also healthy. When you have a chance to rest, work out and live healthy at the same time, this type of traveling is the best.

Whether you’ve planned your holiday at the last minute, or you’ve prepared for your trip in advance, this list of available healthy destinations will help you make up your mind. They blend fitness and fun, with a chance to explore and immerse yourself in a different culture. Here are some of our favorites.

Yoga Retreat Package at Dwarika’s Resort

Dhulikhel, Nepal

7 Nights, 8 Days
Enjoy the philosophy of the ancient practice of Yoga and let your mind and body rejuvenate with health and strength.  You will also have a chance to enjoy natural surroundings. Revitalize your inner self from within, and learn techniques that will benefit you long after you return home.
THE BEST HEALTH AND WELLNESS RETREATS FOR 2017

The package includes:
  • Private consultation with an Ayurvedic Doctor
  • Daily Personal Yoga session
  • Spa Cuisine / Nepali Cuisine/ Mako’s Zen (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • One Chakra Stimulation Session
  • One session of Himalayan Singing Bowl Therapy
  • Three sessions of YogaNidra
  • Two sessions of Tratak
  • Three sessions of JalaNeti
  • One session of Udvartana with Steam Bath
  • One session of Shirodhara
  • One session of a Vasti of your choice
  • One Himalayan Oil Massage
  • One Ancient Massage
  • Use of Fitness Centre, Swimming Pool, Meditation Maze, Chakra Sound Therapy Chamber

Wellness Tour of Bali

10 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Tour

Ubud, Candidasa

Emphasizing the healthy, active and spiritual sides of Bali, this private luxury tour of the Island of the Gods features customized activities such as private yoga and meditation sessions, biking and hiking through the countryside, meetings with Balinese healers and more, as well as private cultural tours and accommodation at the island’s top luxury resorts.

THE BEST HEALTH AND WELLNESS RETREATS FOR 2017

Itinerary Overview
Day 1Arrive Bali – Ubud

VIP airport assistance upon arrival. Private arrival transfer to resort for 5 nights

Day 2Private meeting with Hindu high priestess and traditional Balinese healer. Afternoon: private tour of Ubud
Day 3Morning: private tour including a market visit and Balinese cooking class. Evening: Balinese dance performance
Day 4Morning: private tour of surrounding region including local temples and water palaces. Afternoon: wellness, spa or fitness activity
Day 5Morning: private biking excursion. Afternoon at leisure. River rafting, hiking or additional activities can be arranged, upon request
Day 6Ubud – Candidasa

Private transfer to resort for 5 nights with tour of historic and natural highlights en route

Day 7Morning: wellness activity. Afternoon: shared boat cruise, with option for snorkeling
Day 8Private tour of local temples, traditional villages, local festivals
Day 9Morning: private hiking. Afternoon at leisure for spa treatments or other spiritual and wellness activities
Day 10Depart Bali

Private airport transfer

Hotels
Ubud:Mandapa Ritz-Carlton
Candidasa:Amankila Resort

Health & Wellness Island Retreat

Luxe Travel Hawai’i
7 Nights
Hawai‘i provides the most unique mix of wellness and healing arts techniques: Eastern, Western, and Hawaiian. World-class health and wellness trips are designed to meet your specific needs and guarantee to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul.

THE BEST HEALTH AND WELLNESS RETREATS FOR 2017

Day 1 – E Komo Mai – Welcome

• Beautiful Specialty Fresh Flower Lei
• Chilled Oshiburi towels and Hawaiian Bottled Water
• Meeting with Personal Nutritionist and Personal Trainer for entire stay
• Private Chef Prepared Dinner at the Hotel

Day 2 – Let it Begin!

• Morning Private Guided Kuli‘ou‘ou Ridge Hike
• Picnic Style Lunch at the top of the Trail
• Afternoon Massages at the Hotel
• Private Chef Prepared Dinner at the Hotel

Day 3 – Learning your Strengths

• Morning Strength Training with Personal Trainer: Bosu Ball, Band Work, Body Weight Exercise
• Private Session with Marc Hanson: Body Assessment, Rebalancing of Muscles, and Muscle Fiber Elongation
• Dinner in Town

Day 4 – Moving Mountains

• Morning Breakfast and Tour of the Liljestrand House
• Private Yoga Session at the Liljestrand House
• Bike Ride Down Tantalus
• Lunch at Local Health Bar
• Afternoon and Evening at Leisure

Day 5 – Rest & Repeat

• Cardio Drills with Personal Trainer: Hill Repeats, Running Form Drills
• Private Session with Marc Hanson: Body Assessment, Rebalancing of Muscles, and Muscle Fiber Elongation
• Afternoon Paddleboard Yoga
• Dinner at Morimoto’s

Day 6 – North Shore Style

• Private Helicopter to Sunset Ranch
• Light Warm-up Hike
• Strength Training and Kettle Bells Workout
• Catered Farm Fresh Lunch
• Massage Treatments at the Sullivan Estate
• Helicopter Return to Honolulu

Day 7– Head to the East to Bring out the Beast

• Breakfast at Kailua Ocean Front Estate
• Morning Beach Run Warm-up
• Beach Body Weight Workout
• Chef’s Cooking Demo and Cook-off
• Afternoon Activity Options: Kayak, SUP, Jet-Boarding
• Evening Farewell Dinner at Hotel

Day 8 – A Hui Hou, Until We Meet Again

• Departures to the Honolulu Airport
• Special Amenity

Baja Multisport: Gray Whales Hiking And Sea Kayaking&lt

Baja California & Sea of Cortez
7 Days

This trip is an off-the-beaten-path adventure that visits both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez coastlines of Baja California, Mexico. Every year the whales make their annual migration from the Chirikof Basin to Magdalena Bay, a round trip of some 12,400 miles making it one of the longest migration routes by any mammal. During the whale’s winter visit, they calve and nurse in the shallow lagoons. These amazing Gray Whale nursing grounds are protected by strict Mexican environmental and ecological legislation. The tour company carefully observes these regulations by exclusively working with licensed cooperatives that have trained boat drivers. This in turn helps support local fishermen and their families.

THE BEST HEALTH AND WELLNESS RETREATS FOR 2017

HIGHLIGHTS:

– Feel the unity with nature experiencing the lagoons and getting a chance for arms length encounters with the Pacific Gray Whales during their annual migration

– Kayaking the Sea of Cortez –  enjoy a sea-kayaking expedition in the turquoise waters off the beautiful Island of Espiritu Santo along with guided walks and a visit to a  lion colony at Los Islotes where you can swim and snorkel

– Hiking in the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve – Hike into the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere reserve and experience the magic of cascading waterfalls in the spectacular cactus forests of this seldom visited desert wilderness.

– Todos Santos – Explore the charming fishing village and try your hand at surfing at Los Cerritos beach.

 

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Traditional Breakfasts from Around the World

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Regardless of what country you’re in, breakfast is the main source of energy for the day’s activities. That is why it is so important all over the world. National traditions and customs of every country have a significant influence on its cuisine, and breakfast is no exception. Knowing the essential breakfast traditions of a country can show you its culture, mentality and tells a lot about the people living there.

The German breakfast

Traditional Breakfasts from Around the World

Called Frühstück by locals, German breakfast is a multicomponent affair. In the morning Germans like to have a plate of snacks, such as cheese and sausages, several types of bread and pastries, jams, fruit and juice. While breakfast in Germany is similar to the average European continental breakfast, the German menu offers more variety. For example, cold meat, including their well-known sausages, is served laid out with several types of bread. Toast is accompanied with jam, fruit jelly or honey. Soft-boiled eggs, porridges and fruit are not obligatory, but make an important addition to the big German breakfast.

The French breakfast

Traditional Breakfasts from Around the World

France is the country of gourmets. It is the world’s fashion capital, and is considered to have the finest cuisine as well. Some cafes and restaurants in France are as famous as their museums and architectural monuments. Small French bakeries and little street shops are part of the culture, and you cannot miss the opportunity to taste the products they offer when you come to France. French culture is all about food.

That is why a traditional French breakfast is one of the most popular in the world. Everyone loves orange juice followed by croissants and coffee in the morning. Add fruit or berry jam, a fresh-baked baguette, and butter, and your breakfast will be 100% French.

To understand the food culture of France, it is necessary to explore every region separately. The climate and geography has a great influence on the cultural mosaic in each corner of the country and each part has maintained its own traditions. So mushrooms, creamy cheeses, green beans, honey, mustard, potatoes and pork dishes are popular in the north of the country. And sweet and marinated meat in white wine, sausages, garlic, offal stewed or baked in an oven with onions and vinegar and potato puddings are traditional foods in the east. Oysters, beef ragout, fish with garlic sauce, cods and anchovies, and caramel cream are considered traditional in the south. Desserts, fish and other seafood, vegetables, fruit, confitures — a West prerogative

The Swiss breakfast

Traditional Breakfasts from Around the World

Swiss cuisine reflects the culture of the population and the country’s strong tradition of farming. Switzerland introduced muesli to the world, as well as famous cheeses, including fondue and raclette.

Traditionally, breakfast in Switzerland includes fresh bread or pastries which are eaten with butter or margarine, sweetened with honey or fruit jelly. In a cafe or hotel, you can also be offered a croissant — plain or with a filling. Bakery products are often served with cheese. Traditional Swiss cheese from cow’s milk received the status of AOS in 2006. Cheese is quite often prepared in huge blocks weighing more than 100 kg, and well-known cheese “holes” sometimes reach the size of a tennis ball.

The Swedish breakfast

Traditional Breakfasts from Around the World

The Swedish morning breakfast tradition combines two big loves of Swedes: coffee and pastries. Swedes are the main coffee-lovers of Europe. You can find a staggering amount of coffee houses in the capital and in the biggest Swedish cities. Along with the constant coffee service, Swedish coffee shops also sell the most fragrant pastries: airy bread, dense buns, gentle, spicy, with cloves or fragrant cardamom, flavored with sugar and berries. Breakfasts in Sweden follow the rule: food before work. However, children’s breakfasts do not differ strongly from the European continental breakfasts. Adults prefer to eat omelets, toast, porridge with berries, juice, coffee, dried fruits, honey, jam, and butter.

The British breakfast

Traditional Breakfasts from Around the World

The traditional English breakfast is a dream for any meat eater: fried bacon or sausage, tomatoes, green beans, eggs, toast with jam and a large amount of tea with cream. After such a feast it is easier to leave during a rainy morning for work. However, the high amount of cholesterol in an English breakfast is criticized, even in England.

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5 FAVORITE TRAVEL – FRIENDLY FITNESS SHOES

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From left: The latest in lightweight fitness shoes from Hoka One One, New Balance, Adidas, Salomon, and Nike (Photo by Chris Plavidal/styling by Heidi Adams).

5 Workout Shoes that Pair Packability with Performance

Hoka uses midsoles that are thicker than most other brands, which makes running in them a cushioned joy. Though it Hoka One One Hupana appears bulky, it’s one of the lightest shoes on this page, and its mesh upper folds to pack flat. Our pick for wider feet. $115.

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More than a jogger, Nike’s Metcon 3 DSX, with its flat, stable outsole and firm heel, is tailored for multisport gym workouts. The knit upper collapses to save room in bags and fits softly against the top of your feet to eliminate pressure points. $160.

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The ultralight New Balance 1500 v3 provides maximum compressibility, but with a more responsive cushion. Its treads grip well during runs on gravel and on rain-soaked streets, and the wide heel and roomier forefoot offer excellent stability. $110.

5 FAVORITE TRAVEL - FRIENDLY FITNESS SHOES

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Billed as a trail runner, the Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed combines excellent traction with solid support and cushioning. Its entire upper is constructed of a socklike mesh for lightweight, easy traveling. $120.

5 FAVORITE TRAVEL - FRIENDLY FITNESS SHOES

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Salomon’s S-Lab Sense 5 Ultra has been pared in every way possible for lightness: Instead of laces, a single pull tightens a cord, and elastic wraps beneath your arch to hold the tongue in place. This handy gym shoe packs down to nothing and is ideal for treadmills and activities that don’t require a lot of stability correction. $180.

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A Well-Planned Vacation

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On a Globus tour you can experience all that Europe has to offer. Wake up in cities steeped in history, art and architecture. Spend your days speeding through the French countryside in a train or boating down a canal in Venice. All the while, you’ll stay in luxury hotels and eat delicious local food along the way.

A Well-Planned Vacation

A Well-Planned Vacation. Gondola near Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy

Gondola near Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy

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A Well-Planned Vacation

A Well-Planned Vacation

A Well-Planned Vacation

A Well-Planned Vacation

A Well-Planned Vacation

EUROPEAN MUST-DO’S

  • Take a guided visit of the abbey of France’s Mont St. Michel, one of the most-recognizable religious sites in the world
  • Celebrate your arrival in Rome with dinner and soak in the culinary traditions of the ancient city
  • For a different perspective, arrive by boat and see Venice the way merchants and fishermen would have hundreds of years ago
  • Wander around the Vatican’s unparalleled Sistine Chapel, and the grand space of St. Peter’s Square
  • Take a Venetian lagoon cruise to the picturesque fishing village of Burano, known for its brightly-colored houses
  • Window shop for precious stones in the major diamond center of Amsterdam
  • Climb high above the City of Light at the Eiffel Tower in Paris      
  • In Venice see the Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and a glassblowing demonstration
  • See the historic square where the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race, is held

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The Best World Markets

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Otavalo Market, Ecuador

The Best World Markets

Known as the “Otavalo Market” to tourists, it is called Plaza de los Ponchos and also Centenario Market by locals.

Otavalo is a town located in the northern Andes. The town center is located at 8345 feet (2543 meters) above sea level. This is a homeland for the indigenous Quechua people, who are still dressed in traditional clothing. Each village in the area specializes in its own craft, from woodworking to leather goods. During the week, the artisans of these small towns converge in Otavalo to sell their products.

The largest day for the market is Saturday, and the second largest is Wednesday. On those days you can see many stalls in the main plaza and in the alleyways of the town. Try to come here early in the morning, before the market becomes crowded with numerous visitors. Here you can also visit the animal market, with chickens, alpacas, goats and sheep.

La Boqueria, Barcelona

The Best World Markets

Entering this market, you can find all the tasty, healthy and famous products of Barcelona in one place! This market was first described in the 1200s, and at that time it was a travelling market for stallholders from Catalonia. Later, in 1470, pigs were sold here.
Originally, the market was not fenced in, as it had no official status. It was not enclosed and had no official status, as it was regarded as a simple extension of the Plaça Nova. It also had no definite structure. Nowadays, this market is the largest covered market in the region. It is located in the Ciutat Vella district and has a very diverse selection of food.

Marché Place Monge, Paris

The Best World Markets

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The capital of France can impress you with more than 80 outdoor food markets. However, if you are visiting Paris, we suggest that you check out Marché Place Monge, one of the local favorites, with a great food selection and decent prices. Here you can buy fruits and vegetables, organic salads, meat and fish from Boulogne and Dieppe, cheese and wine, and many other products. Even clothing and footwear are available. The busiest day of the Market is Sunday, attracting many visitors, both locals and foreign tourists. Plus, you can taste some of your acquisitions in the nearby Jardin des Arènes (the ruins of Paris’s Roman arena), the perfect spot for a relaxing picnic.

Yashow Market, Beijing

The Best World Markets

The concept of the market is reminiscent of the Silk Market, one of the most famous in Beijing. It is located at Sanlitun, the street where all the famous bars and clubs are situated. In the basement of the market you can find shoes, suitcases and handbags. The first and the second floors are famous for designer clothes, while the third has a big selection of silk and suit fabric and fabric for children.

The two best spots in the city for tourists are the Silk Market (8 Xiushui East St, Chaoyang) and the giant Yashow Market next to Sanlitun.

Cai Rang Floating Market – Mekong Delta, Vietnam

The Best World Markets

It is impossible not to mention a Vietnamese floating market on our Market list. The Cai Rang Floating Market is one of the largest floating markets in the whole country.

Here the shops are located on boats, and products are fresh, tasty and traditional. You can buy separate ingredients, such as vegetables, fruits, fish and salads, and also prepared meals. Try to come here early in order to avoid it being overcrowded. Visiting the floating markets of Vietnam is a perfect way to study and feel local Vietnamese life.

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