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Escape from the world with a spa vacation

With so much happening in the world today; and with everyone juggling kids, jobs, pets and homes; not to mention being connected to the world 27/4 with our smart phones, when it comes time for a vacation, heading out to a spa or wellness resort may just be the solution to escape from everyday life. Your friendly Travel Experts at Luggage Factory did some digging for you and we came choices for relaxing spa vacations in various spots around the globe.  Here are some suggestions. Located in California’s Napa Valley wine country is Auberge du Soleil.  This adults only resort with a world class spa, Michelin star restaurant and stunning views. Choose from rooms, suites or 1800 square foot ‘maisons’ that have 2 bedrooms and feature outdoor soaking tubs, fireplaces and more. As far as spa activities, Auberge offers plenty of ways for you to relax.  Whether you want to participate in yoga or meditation classes, take a refreshing swim in the pool, or walk through the sculpture garden, there resort has an activity you’ll enjoy.  Their luxurious spa offers massages, facials, skin care and even special couples’ retreats that will make you feel refreshed at the end of your stay.  After your spa treatments, dine in The Restaurant and enjoy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, using locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by a bottle of wine from their collection of over 15,000 bottles.    Learn more at their website https://aubergedusoleil.aubergeresorts.com/. The Dolder Grand, located high above Zurich, Switzerland features a 43,000 square foot spa with indoor and outdoor whirlpools and almost 20 treatment rooms.  For your accommodations, choose among rooms, junior suites, full suites and top suites.  The best suites include butler service as well as stunning views and exquisite furnishings.  Rooms and suites are located in the original building dating to 1899, and in one of the newer buildings which were constructed between 2004-2008. During that time period, all buildings, except for the original structure, were torn down and rebuilt, resulting in a stunning resort with modern touches, yet maintaining some of the original grandeur. Whether you choose to relax in the Aqua Zone, unwind with a massage or skin treatment, work out with a personal trainer, cycle or jog through the adjacent forest, the Dolder Grand has something perfect for you.  Dine in one of their award winning restaurants, eat al fresco on the sun terrace during the summer or enjoy light snacks, cocktails and music in the lobby.  Visit their website at www.thedoldergrand.com/en/ The Lodge at Woodloch, in Hawley, PA is consistently rated among the best in the United States.  With a wide variety of fitness classes including aerobics, spinning, yoga, Pilates and more, along with an array of aquatic activities, you will feel exhilarated and ready to hit the spa. Woodloch offers a place where you can refocus on yourself and decompress from your usual routine.   Massages, body treatments and special programs for couples are among the many offerings in the spa.  All rooms and suites feature private verandas, terrycloth robes and slippers, marble bathrooms, and views of either the lake or rock gardens.  The Lodge is adults only, but their sister property, Woodloch Resort is located a short distance away and welcomes your entire family. The property has a garden from which some of the food served in the restaurant is harvested. Additionally, there are several local farms from which the food served at TREE is sourced.  The Lodge also offers cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and even a wine and chocolate pairing.  For more information on the Lodge at Woodloch, their website is here: http://www.thelodgeatwoodloch.com/ Just a short drive from Cancun, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya is the perfect wellness retreat.  This 5 diamond resort features gorgeous ocean views in beautifully furnished suites with Bulgari bath amenities.  This all-inclusive property offers plenty of choices for dining and beverages.  Additionally you can select from an a la carte menu of spa and salon treatments, facials, massages and more.  Play a round of golf, visit Mayan ruins at Tulum or Chichen Itza or even an art pairing tour through the resort which includes food and drinks made from the same ingredients. Relax on-or IN the water by taking a swim in one of several pools, go snorkeling or scuba diving, take a sunset catamaran sail, attend tequila and wine tastings, play tennis, learn to cook or even to speak Spanish.  There’s plenty to do at Zoetry….or you can just unwind and rest on your well-earned vacation.   Whatever you decide to do at Zoetry, you will return home feeling rejuvenated.  To see more, visit them at http://www.zoetryresorts.com/paraiso. There are so many spa and wellness resorts around the world, we had a hard time picking just a few to get you inspired.  We’re sure that there is a spa retreat somewhere that will be perfect for you.

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