Down Under Romance

Escape to a tropical paradise as you enjoy the company of the one you love. This romantic adventure takes you down under and offers plenty of secluded space.

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Lizard Island Resort located in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia offers 24 beaches and accommodations for only 40 couples. Open-plan suites are done in royal blue, turquoise, and stark white to mimic the Coral Sea below, with hammocks and decks discreetly hidden from view. Count on sunset cruises, torchlit beach dinners, and complimentary gourmet picnic baskets.

The Pavilion room (shown) is perched high above the Coral Sea and set on the point of Sunset Ridge, The Pavilion combines complete privacy with a spectacular 270-degree panorama of Anchor Bay, Osprey Island and Sunset Beach.

Indulge in Romance

Your experience will begin with a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef and the coast on your way to Lizard Island. Upon arrival, you and your partner will receive special treatment right from the start with champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

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The Lizard Island romantic experience ensures you and the one you love will spend the entire stay uninterrupted, in the natural beauty of this secluded island paradise.

The Reef Romance package, which you can add onto a thee night minimum stay. Your Romance Package includes the following for just an additional AUD $650 per couple:

  • Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries on arrival
  • A sunset cruise with champagne and cheeses
  • A one-hour indulgent spa treatment for each guest (two guests only)
  • A private beach day with motorized dinghy and gourmet picnic hamper
  • A private beach dining experience on one of the nights

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Love Adventure?  Snorkel or Dive the Great Barrier Reef!

Tucked amid the largest reef system in the world, snorkeling or diving and deep-sea game fishing excursions reveal a diversity of life beneath crystal blue waters. The Cod Hole, one of the area’s world-famous dive sites, is just a short boat ride away.

In need of some Pampering?

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Indulge in a range of natural Australian spa treatments to generate health and balance. Inspired by nature, the powerful treatments channel indigenous techniques to enrich your experience.

Plan your Stay with Mother Nature

Below is a list of natural wonders to enjoy per season.  Plan your stay accordingly!

January

  • The Amphibious month.
  • Green Tree Frogs dominate the nocturnal sound show as they come out to breed.
  • The Black Flying Fox camps are at their largest, providing spectacular flight scenes at dusk.
  • Monitor Lizard activity is high, they can be seen digging nesting tunnels around the island.

February

  • Black-Naped Terns begin nesting.
  • Terns swarming around Osprey Island prey on the summer fish stocks.
  • The Melaleuca Forests flood and mangrove swamps are rich with juvenile fish life.
  • Constellation of Orion dominates the early night sky.

March

  • Crested Terns begin nesting.
  • Pheasant Coucal birds can be seen changing to their darker plumage.
  • Sacred Kingfishers are often sighted around the island.

April

  • Migratory birds, such as the Lesser Golden Plover, begin to show their breeding plumage before the migration to the northern latitudes.
  • Bar Shouldered Doves begin nesting.
  • Southern Cross constellation can be seen rising early in the night sky.

May

  • Green Sea Turtles can be spotted feeding along the beaches at low tide.
  • Clear skies and early twilights bring red sunsets over the Pacific.
  • Kapok Bush begins to flower.
  • Swallowtail Butterflies sighted around the resort.

June

  • Humpback Whales begin their northern migration. Curious Minke Whales often approach tour vessel for a closer look.
  • Playful Spinner Dolphins may surf the bow wave on the outer reef trips.
  • Clear views from the top of Cooks Lookout.
  • Centaurus shines over the meridian at night.

July

  • Humpback Whale sightings during their migration to warmer waters for calving.
  • Goannas often sighted along tracks warming their bodies in the midday sun.
  • Osprey often sighted around their large, high nests.

August

  • White-Breasted Wood swallows begin breeding.
  • Umbrella trees show off their brilliant red flowers.
  • Constellation of Scorpio dominates the spring night sky, chasing Orion over the western horizon.

September

  • Marlin season begins with Giant Black Marlin cruising the outer reef during their breeding season.
  • Minke and Humpback Whale sightings from around the island.
  • Black Flying Foxes feed on the mango fruits around the resort at night.
  • As the water temperatures warm towards 27°C, wildlife activity increases.
  • The prominent bright yellow flowers of the Kapok Bush are in full bloom.
  • The ‘Teapot’ in Sagittarius shines above at night.

October

  • Lesser Golden Plovers arrive on the island from Siberia and Alaskan territories.
  • Torres Strait Imperial Pigeons migrate down from Papua New Guinea to form breeding colonies on the island.
  • Beach Stone Curlew patrol the beaches, acting as decoys for their nests.
  • Black Marlin begin their spawning season on the outer reef.

November

  • Coral reef annual spawning turns the blue waters orange toward the end of the month.
  • Kapok Trees begin fruiting.
  • Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill Turtles graze on sea grasses along the beaches.
  • Pelagic fish species increase activity around spawning season.
  • Monitor Lizards become active while constructing nesting chambers.

December

  • Occasional sightings of Manta Rays around the island.
  • Water temperature is a warm 29°C.

 

10 Night Luxury Safari for under $8000 per person

What’s Your Big 5?

SAFARI  |  CULTURE  |  ROMANCE  |  ADVENTURE  | ENTERTAINMENT

 

How to have it all on your safari vacation…

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Safari is just one of the Big 5 South African experiences you will surely enjoy as you explore untouched landscapes in search of majestic wild animals, but how about adding some culture, romance and spa to your adventure??

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Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a top international destination.  It is quite easy to enjoy this unique city with its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wines and laidback lifestyle.

Here you can tour wineries, try amazing fusion foods, indulge in a few spa treatments, hike trail after trail, just lie on the beach and enjoy life.

For accommodations, we recommend Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.  Set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town,  this 5 star property offers easy access to all that’s happening in this dynamic city.

Cycology is a new way to discover Cape Town. Hop on an easy-to-ride A2B Metro electric bicycle, pick from one of four tours and off you go.

Next, head off to Savute Elephant Camp is known for the herds of elephants that can be spotted roaming its plains.

This 5 star luxury lodge is fully inclusive and offers you game drives, and impeccable accommodations.  Honestly, you can’t beat the view and only 12 rooms are on the property!  This adventure is up close and personal!

Now, how about some romance?  We are certain that the Okavango Delta is the ultimate luxury safari paradise, and our choice resort is the Eagle Island Lodge in Botswana.

Situated on remote Xaxaba island among a web of waterways and lush vegetation, it overlooks a lagoon that attracts a breathtaking variety of big game and exotic birds. Explore the region by local canoe, roam on foot or take to the air in an exhilarating helicopter flight overlooking the magnificent Botswana landscape.

A wonderful secluded retreat, Eagle Island Lodge offers a safari vacation that brings together the excitement of discovery and an experience of the real Africa: this is the spirit of Belmond Safaris through and through.

This sample 10 Night Luxury African Adventure retails for over $13,000 per person, but we have exclusive rates beginning at only $6735 per person.

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart from New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) for your flight to South Africa.

Day 2

On arrival in Johannesburg you will connect onwards for your 2 hour flight on South African Airways to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town you will be met by your driver for the short transfer to your hotel. Settle into your hotel and relax after your flight. Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at The Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 3

After breakfast you will be met by your local English speaking driver-guide for your full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. The tour takes you out of the city along the Atlantic sea-board to the fishing port of Hout Bay, where you can partake in an optional boat excursion to Seal Island to view a colony of Cape Fur Seals. From Hout Bay continue over Chapman’s Peak Drive (weather conditions permitting) to the Cape Point Nature reserve, the south-western most tip of Africa. Here you will have time to explore the awe-inspiring scenery from all the vantage points, as well as the opportunity to visit the Cape of Good Hope.

You will have time for lunch (for your own account) before starting the return journey to the city. En route you will have the possibility for an optional visit to the penguin colony on Boulder’s Beach before visiting the naval town of Simon’s Town. Your last stop of the day will be the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Leaving the gardens you will return to the city. Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at The Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 4

Depart the hotel for a half day tour of the Cape Winelands. This tour can either be taken during the morning or the afternoon. Enjoy a wine tasting, cellar tour and cheese tasting at Anura Wine estate. You then continue to Stellenbosch for a historical drive through the city with a walking opportunity. A second wine tasting is enjoyed in the winelands before your return to the hotel.  Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at The Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 5

A full day at leisure in this beautiful city, for you to catch up on the last minute sightseeing and shopping. Head for the quaint Greenmarket Square for local arts and crafts, or the vibrant V&A Waterfront for designer labels. Try to get to the famous Two Oceans Aquarium, located in the V&A Waterfront, it’s well worth a visit. Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at The Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 6

After a morning at leisure you will be met for your transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg and onwards connection to Maun.

On arrival at Maun Airport, you will be met and assist you to your onward scheduled light aircraft transfer to Savute Elephant Camp.

Set on the banks of a river in Chobe National Park, Savute Elephant Camp is a magnet for wildlife. Not only great herds of elephants but prides of lions–sometimes as many as 40 strong–gather here. Amazing creatures, including leopards, cheetahs and beautiful birds, can be seen–many visible from the viewing decks of guests’ own private tents. The camp has its own swimming pool, outdoor showers and alfresco dining in a traditional boma, adding to the experience of living in the very heart of the bush.

The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activity on offer. Overnight on a Fully Inclusive basis at Savute Elephant Camp

Day 7

The day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Overnight on a Fully Inclusive basis at Savute Elephant Camp

Day 8

The morning is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. After breakfast a camp representative will transfer you to the airstrip for your short scheduled light aircraft transfer to Eagle Island Camp.

The watery wonderland of the Okavango Delta teems with animals of infinite variety. Watch game from a viewing platform, take a guided walking tour or head out into the lakelands by mokoro canoe. Not only hippos, giraffes, elephants and other big game can be spotted, but also some 460 bird species, including the rare fish eagle and lilac-breasted rollers. The camp’s location could not be more breathtaking, overlooking a lagoon and shaded by palms. At sunset, sip a drink at one of the world’s most romantic waterside bars, as animals and birds gather in readiness for the night ahead. Overnight on a Fully Inclusive basis at Eagle Island Camp

Day 9

The day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Overnight on a Fully Inclusive basis at Eagle Island Camp

Day 10

Enjoy a morning game viewing activity followed by breakfast. You will transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Maun.

Depart Maun on your South African Airways flight to Johannesburg and connect onwards to New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) Airport.

Day 11

Arrival in the United States at New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) airports.

Includes

Round trip coach air from New York (JFK) or Washington(IAD) Airport to South Africa OR Tambo International Airport ~ Regional coach air in South Africa as per the itinerary (Johannesburg – Cape Town – Johannesburg – Maun – Johannesburg) ~ Scheduled light aircraft flights Maun – Savute Elephant Camp- Eagle Island Camp – Maun ~ Accommodation as per the itinerary ~ Meals as per the itinerary (10 x breakfast, 6 x lunch, 6 x dinner) ~ Teas, coffees and all local drinks at camps/lodges, with the exception of premium bands and champagne ~ All road transfers as per the itinerary ~ Scheduled safaris as per the itinerary ~ All game viewing and park fees while on safari in Botswana

Excludes

Add on air from other US cities ~ Governmental taxes departure fees ~ Any meals or services not mentioned above ~ Any items of personal expense – i.e. premium brand beverages, telephone calls, ~ Gratuities for rangers/guides/drivers

For booking information contact LUX World Travel, INC at 1.866.269.2659 or email for a quote request: LUX-Safari-10@luxworldtravel.com

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SPA SPOTLIGHT: Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda

Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda the first jewel of the collection, is located in Gargnano, in the heart of Lemon Riviera and stretching on a natural park of 11 hectares of rolling hills and natural terraces rich in olive groves and woods.

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However, this post is to boast about the spa which offers a wide range of face and body thalassotherapy treatments, traditional Eastern and Western massages, professional beauty treatments carried out using the best international cosmetic products, and sensual rituals for rediscovering harmony between soul and body through the magic of perfumes and oriental atmospheres.

 

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The Lefay SPA is divided into three areas: the “World of Water and Fire”, which includes all areas connected to swimming pools, saunas, grottos and small lakes; “Nature and Fitness”, which consists of a large gym fitted out with all the latest equipment for training and a fitness studio for courses and fitness activities; “In Silence and among the Stars: Trilogy in the Air”, which is made up of all the outdoor areas equipped for sporting activities and trails dedicated to wellness and relaxation.

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HIGHLIGHTED WELLNESS PROGRAMS

AYURVEDA MAGIC: Only 360 Euros
 – Udvartana
 – Aromatic mud pack
 – Abhyanga
 – Shirodara + Snehana

 

KALLISTÈ: Requires a 3 night stay: Only 1460 Euros.  Excluded Accommodations.

Wellness, fashion and glamour in an innovative programme to acquire total beauty.

Feeling at ease with yourself, with your conscience and your body is an intense process that cannot always be carried out alone. Lefay SPA has developed this programme to renew the visual appearance and emotional aspect of every woman. This programme should be followed for at least 3 nights and in combination with the detoxifying low-calorie La Leggerezza nell’Essere menu.

 

1st session: LEFAY SPA – THE SKIN AS A REFLECTION OF THE SOUL
– 1 Beauty consultation and analysis of facial skin
– 1 Unico Cielo face energy ritual
– 1 Intraceutical face oxygen therapy treatment
– 1 Biothermic anti-ageing lifting face treatment
– 1 Salt and caper body scrub with Lefay extravirgin olive oil pack
– 1 Skintonic body toning treatment
– 1 Lefay SPA Method specific energy massage

2nd session: RENDEZ-VOUS BEAUTÉ OLIVIER PARIS

An exclusive beauty treatment with Olivier, a well-known French hairdresser and beautician who works on hair, but that’s not all… it will be a complete transformation in which your hair will become the window to the soul, a receptor of vibrational energies.

3rd session: LEFAY SPA MAKE-UP SEMINAR

Our expert beauticians will share their experience and reveal all the “tricks” of the trade. You will learn to use the correct make-up to make the most of your strong points and conceal your least favourite features – for a new “image”.

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OSTEO-PHYSIOTHERAPY: Only 300 Euros.  Accommodations Excluded
Short osteo-physiotherapy programme the aim of which is to reduce aches, improve articular function and remove obstacles to optimal nerve transmission.

-1 osteopathic manipulative treatment
-1 miofascial postural massage
-1 functional postures for relaxation
-1 Il Movimento Presente e la Quiete biodynamic craniosacral treatment

If you wish to improve your state of health or if the frenetic pace of daily life has taken its toll on your body, resulting in stress, tiredness, anxiety and depression, this team of experts will guide you in choosing the most appropriate therapy and treatments as you enjoy the Italian country-side. 

Contact LUX World Travel, Inc directly for quotes on current resort offers by calling: 1.866.269.2659

 

Great USA Vacations! Maui

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For many Hawaii vacationers, Maui is just right — offering a taste of just about everything the Aloha State has to offer, from impressive wildlife to intriguing history and culture. While on a visit here, you can shimmy alongside professional hula dancers, golf along coastal fairways, snorkel alongside five different types of sea turtles or simply lounge along some of Hawaii’s most notable beaches.

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One of the archipelago’s most popular tourism spots, Maui can be found sandwiched between the Big Island and the much tinier Molokai.

 

Maui is divided into five distinct regions: Many travelers base themselves along the coasts of South Maui (home to the famous Wailea Beach) or West Maui, where the sands of Kaanipali Beach and the music from the Old Lahaina Luau are located. But the rest of the island should not be missed. Travel along the Road to Hana to experience East Maui’s scenic coastline, explore Haleakala — the world’s largest dormant volcano — in the Upcountry, and explore the former tribal battlegrounds of Central Maui’s Iao Valley State Park.

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Maui Culture & Customs

Maui is a great place to go if you’re looking to learn more about Hawaii history and culture. In fact, legend has it that it was the demigod, Maui, who pulled the islands from the sea and lassoed the sun from the top of Haleakala. Travelers who are interested in learning more about island lore will have plenty of opportunities to do so: A visit to the scenic Iao Valley will offer a glimpse of the tumultuous era of tribal warfare, while a stroll through the small town of Lahaina will yield a glimpse of Hawaii’s whaling, plantation and trade history.

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Today, Maui is one of America’s most popular vacation destinations — probably because it’s so drastically different from any place on the mainland. Vacationers will find all the makings of contemporary luxury at the island’s resorts, but outside the hotel areas, the relaxed “Aloha spirit” permeates. If you’re looking to blend in with the locals, you simply need to loosen up: Pack T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops (as well as some light layers) for everyday wear and tone down the road rage (no honking here).

Folklore still plays a large role in day-to-day life, with residents paying tribute to various gods and goddesses in a number of ways — most notably hula dancing. Although visitors to the island see hula performances as entertainment, they are also a type of prayer and should be respected.

Other cultural traditions continue to influence everyday life in Maui, one of the most noticable being language. Unlike many other states, Hawaii has two official languages: English and Hawaiian, which is a member of the Polynesian language family. Though you won’t have any trouble finding English-speakers, you’ll benefit from learning a few basic Hawaiian phrases; “Aloha” means both “hello” and “goodbye,” and “mahalo” means “thank you.”

The arts are a mainstay on the island, with numerous festivals — like the one held twice a month in Lahaina’s Banyan Tree Park — showcasing works by regional craftspeople. And throughout the year, Maui honors its vibrant culture through events like the Maui Steel Guitar Festival and the East Maui Taro Festival (both held in April).

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If you’re more interested in discovering Maui’s natural wonders than its heritage, you’ll find plenty of places to do so — from flower-filled jungles to underwater reefs teeming with aquatic life. However, it’s important that you leave the island as you found it. Resist the urge to collect living souvenirs or to have a one-on-one encounter with local wildlife, as these could result in hefty fines or even jail time.

 

Source Reference: USA News and Travel

Egyptian Luxury in Costa Rica

A visit to Costa Rica is a journey to a magical place where the beauty and diversity of tropical nature delight the senses, and authentic hospitality makes you feel like part of the family and the outdoor adventures range from exhilarating to sublime.

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But would you expect Egyptian Cotton Sheets and unparalleled luxury to be part of a jungle experience?   We expect exactly That!!


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The Pacuare Lodge is truly unique a jungle lodge where gourmet dinners are accompanied by candlelight and a wine list, and where adventure travel activities are complemented by a spa, honeymoon packages and suites with private pools.  In fact, this property is an ideal destination for honeymooners, or anyone looking for privacy, tranquility and tropical nature. The lodge has two exquisite honeymoon suites with king-size beds, spacious bathrooms and private pools and decks that afford unforgettable rainforest views. Candlelight dinners, optional massages, or champagne on ice can add to the romance, whereas the selection of outdoor adventures provide thrills to complement the kisses.

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It is also an exemplary ecolodge that conserves 300 hectares (740 acres) of rainforest, and is committed to mitigating tourisms impact through eco-friendly accommodations and projects that benefit local communities. Such good practices helped the Pacuare Lodge earn the Rainforest Alliance Verified seal and the highest rating under the Costa Rican government’s Sustainable Tourism Certification. The lodge also maintains the highest safety standards, and a dedication to details and friendly service that makes every stay special. It is hardly a coincidence that so many people say the Pacuare Lodge was the highpoint of their Costa Rica vacation.

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We give it 2 green thumbs up!

 

Bottoms Up in the UK

Re-post from: Condé Nast Traveller|June 27, 2014
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Let’s get this straight: this isn’t for you if you are a) scared of heights b) claustrophobic or c) both. But, if you’re can handle heights and closed spaces, you must visit this incredible underground trampoline, which has sprung up under the ground in Wales, UK.

Called ‘Bounce Below’, this claims to be the only underground trampoline in the world. It’s part of the Zip World Titan site, near the historic town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The Experience:

You will be kitted out in special overalls and a helmet and taken to the 100×60 foot underground cavern by an old mining train. Inside, you are let loose to bounce, climb and slide over the three huge trampolines, which are strung at various levels. The company claims that at points, you end up jumping as high as 80 feet above ground! As if that isn’t enough, you have 60 foot slides to barrel down from one trampoline to the other.

Bounce Below opens on 4 July 2014 and tickets cost £15 per person (approx. Rs1,600) per person. That, of course, is the introductory rate, and fetches you around 60 minutes on the trampolines.

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- See more at: http://www.cntraveller.in/news/largest-underground-trampoline-springs-uk#sthash.4KZXWXid.dpuf

Living in the Moment on the Island of Hawaii

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Hawaii, the Big Island, goes by many names, including Orchid Island, for its tropical rain forests, or Volcano Island — a nod to active Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. Hawaii Island is not only the biggest island, but also the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands. Due to its two active volcanoes, Maunaloa and Kilauea, Hawaii Island is still growing larger to this day.

Hawaii Island offers vacationers a perfect getaway for adventurers. Take a helicopter tour over Kilauea volcano or discover Maunaloa, the largest mountain on earth in terms of volume and area covered. Stay at hotels in Keauhou, on the Kohala Coast, Kona Coast, or in Hilo. Sun yourself on the shoreline, or venture way out while on your Big Island vacation and stargaze atop 13,796-foot Maunakea. Whether it’s a visit to the rain forests you seek or exotic black sand beaches, Hawaii, the Big Island will deliver.

Recommended Wellness Stay:  Hilton Waikoloa Village®

A world of magical experiences exists moment to moment. Fitness and wellness are intimately connected, and are responsible for a crucial balance between mind and body. Here, the wellness specialists offer a variety of daily group classes including Yoga, Cycling, Tai Chi, Body Sculpting, Zumba, Pilates Mat, and Core Conditioning.

The beautifully-appointed Pilates/Yoga Studio accommodates all yoga, Pilates and meditation programs, and the locker room and lounges offer an inhalation steam rooms, lava rock heated saunas and outdoor garden whirlpools.

Resort Details

62-acre oceanfront resort
Four-acre ocean-fed lagoon with a white sand beach and watersports
Three pools featuring waterfalls, a 175-foot waterslide and an adults-only pool
Legends of Hawaii Luau – Our Big Island Story
Dolphin Quest—swim, feed, play with dolphins
World class Kohala Spa
Award-winning dining with 14 unique restaurants and bars
Two championship golf courses & seaside putting course
Mahogany canal boats & air-conditioned trams for transportation within the resort
Great resort shopping, some of the best on the island

The Spa

Allow the natural essence of Kohala Spa to provide soothing treatments and rejuvenating therapies. Enjoy pure island ingredients expertly combined with modern techniques, supplying an unforgettable means toward total relaxation.

Perfect for Romance or Girlfriend Getaways!  Packages start at $189 per night!

 

 

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