Posted by: spasandadventures | June 13, 2007

Mexico

Last month, I spent 4 days in Los Cabos, getting to know the area and visiting hotels and resorts.  As a travel consultant, specializing in spa vacations, specialty travel and active travel,  I take a few days throughout the year and head to the hot, new destinations.  Then, I have a personal and working knowledge of these destinations, pictures of the hotels and resorts and I can better advise my clients.  It allows me to match my clients and their interests and preferences to the destinations and resorts, resulting in a better experience. 

Los Cabos was wonderful!   The people were warm and friendly, the hotels and resorts are world-class, the food and wine is amazing and the white sand beaches with crashing waves are gorgeous.   Clients often ask me about where to go for their first international trip.  Los Cabos is a great place to start.  English is widely spoken and well-spoken, but Spanish is prevalent and it is not hard to get off the tourist path and into an more authentic experience in Mexico.  

I will be writing more about my trip to Los Cabos in the next few days! 

Posted by: spasandadventures | June 9, 2007

Small ship cruises

Largely, the trend in cruising is towards the larger ships with upwards of 3,000 passengers and the ships are basically a floating resort with a world-class spa, gourmet food, children’s activities, climbing walls, minature golf courses and bowling alleys.   These ships are absolutely fun, isn’t the beauty of travel to get a glimpse of a faraway destination and another culture? 

Luckily, there are many cruise lines and ships that focus on the destination and another culture.    You can cruise through the fjords of Norway with spectacular scenery and little towns, villages and hamlets along the coast where the residents are isolated, save for these cruise ships bringing supplies and mail.   There are Alaska cruises which change course so passengers can see wildlife grazing along the shore or a glacier calving into the ocean.  There are Mexico cruises where the focus is on sea-kayaking and whale-watching along the Baja Mexico coast in the daylight and listening to naturalist’s lecture on the marine biology of the region…instead of the latest Broadway-style show.    River cruises glide along the great rivers of Europe and Russia and China, stopping right in the center of town and guests can walk off the ship and mingle with locals.   If you love classical music, or gardens, or golf or cycling, there are river cruises and ocean cruises that feed these passions by day with the ports and offer learning opportunities about these passions by evening.

The good news is that there are cruises for all interests and passions, personal preferences and styles.   While the large cruise ships get most of the press because of their size and amenities, there are smaller cruise lines with a destination and cultural focus just waiting to be discovered.

Posted by: spasandadventures | June 7, 2007

Whistler, B.C. is probably one of my favorite places in the world.  I’ve spent the last 25 years in Whistler for long weekends, summer vacations, romantic getaways, skiing.  It has been phenomenal to watch Whistler grow.    In Whistler always enjoy swimming, biking, playing by the emerald mountain lakes and inhaling the clean, clear mountain air.    in the last 15 years, people discovered Whistler and it became a haven for everyone looking to escape city life and embrace mountain adventure.  The accommodations became more diverse with luxury homes, villas, condos and upscale hotels – one no longer had to enjoy the “roughing it” adventure.   

We went to Whistler for the Memorial Day Weekend and Whistler is still a remarkable place!  Preparations are underway for the 2010 Olympics and construction is everywhere  There is much bustle along the Sea to Sky Highway and in the Whistler Village area, but the destination is worth the trip!    The scenery along the Sea to Sky Highway resembles the fjords of Norway with sparkling mountains and deep dark coves and inlets along the road.  The ferries chug along the waterways and it isn’t uncommon to see a cruise ship headed for Alaska.   Waterfalls, eagles, hawks, mountain lakes, rock cliffs (look for the rock climbers on the cliffs just outside of Squamish) are abundant on each side of the road.

 When you arrive in Whistler, consider staying just outside the Village’s main area.  The Four Seasons and the Westin are close, but quiet.  The Pan Pacific has suites with kitchenettes and is home to the magical Dub Linh Gate Pub – the Guinness and Lobster Bisque and Shepherd’s Pie are divine and the Veggie Burgers are the best AND homemade!  If you want a classic Canadian experience, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a touch of Canadiana with a beautiful spa and ski-in/ski-out access.  The Residence Inn at Whistler has among the best locations in Whistler, it serves a wonderful breakfast, the rooms are immaculate and the staff is friendly.  

Consider Whistler!  There is so much to do for the active adventurers, the golfers, the spa divas, the foodies, the shoppers….  It is truly a 4 season resort and it is growing only bigger and better as it builds towards the 2010 Olympics.  Discover Whistler before the rest of the world!

Posted by: spasandadventures | June 4, 2007

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