Mini-me mani (Photo: Disney Resort & Spa) As a working mom of three young kids, the idea of spending my vacation at a spa seems like, well, pure Nirvana. But since I’m not wealthy enough to afford Canyon Ranch or Miraval — much less a 24/7 nanny to watch my brood while I’m off getting massaged and pedicured — it’s always seemed like a pipe dream. But now, apparently, I can go to one, with all my children in tow. Increasingly, resorts are offering a menu of spa treatments catered to the kid set —everything from ice-cream-themed manicures to kiddie yoga.
If you thought you’d see it all with pot-themed bed and breakfasts and spa snow rooms, take a look at what some hotels have planned for the year to come.
Hipsters love their beards! (Photo: Thinkstock) Thanks to male hipsters’ favorite facial hair trend (beards, in case you’ve been living under a rock), men from Ohio to Ireland to Australia are rocking whiskers. In fact, according to a national survey, more guys are wearing beards now than ever before. The shaving industry is even taking a tumble for the first time since the recession.
What was I doing in Arizona in the middle of the summer? A decade ago, if you would have told me I would be gladly jumping on a 6 a.m. flight from N.Y.C. to Phoenix on a four-day spa trip, willingly venturing into the desert in the 110-degree-plus summer heat, I would have given you the hairy eyeball.
Fast facts: The Blue Lagoon was created in 1976 in the middle of a lava field. This promise of fresh water, along with Iceland’s strict hygiene code and the chance to relax before hopping on my flight to Greenland, got me out of the airport and into a bathing suit during a snowstorm.
Canyon Ranch even promised to work out my “fitness” age and how my body is holding up. So after starting the day with a session that promised to “energize my soles” by stepping on spiky rubber balls (painful, but oddly enjoyable), I was ready to face reality. Turns out how old you are — and how old you feel — may be wildly different. Richard Butler, Canyon Ranch’s senior exercise physiologist, tested my aerobic power on a treadmill, as well as my muscular power by having me do vertical jumps, pull ups, and a bench press. After three days of delicious and well-proportioned food and intense exercise, I left Canyon Ranch feeling healthier, invigorated, and ready for 2015. Here are some other health and wellness trips, from detoxing in Mexico to yoga in India to a chic Swiss retreat where you can lose (and maybe even keep off) inches.
Cancun is known as a destination for spring breakers, however Nizuc Resort and Spa is trying to put an end to that reputation. Yahoo Travel visited the resort that focuses on luxury and fine dining.
At the launch of IMPACT by Jillian Michaels, her first activewear collection for Kmart, the health and wellness expert gave us some pointers for keeping off the pounds while you’re out seeing the world — without sacrificing any of the enjoyment. “Don’t see it as a vacation from health,” says Jillian Michaels.
Jennifer Aniston is seen on June 24, 2014 in New York City. Aniston and Theroux recently jetted off to the tropical destination to celebrate the two-year anniversary of their engagement and Theroux’s 43rd birthday. Ingber has a slew of celebrity clients who come to the renowned yoga instructor to get an amazing body like Aniston, 45.
(Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi) Spring-fed mineral baths on the slopes of Iran’s Sabalan mountain draw patients seeking traditional hydrotherapy and tourists seeking a relaxing getaway. The steamy waters emanating from the depths of the earth are rich in sulfur, calcium, lithium, and other minerals, and are believed to offer relief to patients suffering from joint pain and some skin diseases. The hot springs, in the northwestern town of Sarein, also offer an affordable getaway for Iranians from all walks of life. (See also: A Very Radical Snowboarding Adventure in Iran ) The region welcomes more than 8 million tourists annually, who flock to its many swimming pools, hotels, and restaurants, according to local media reports.