LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
August 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Too many rum drinks this summer? Don't fret. Parrot Cay is gearing up for Wellness Month in September, where guests can partake in juice cleanses to rejuvenate and detoxify their bodies. Participate in daily yoga and Pilates classes, learn healthful tips at cookery demonstrations featuring COMO Shambhala Cuisine by Executive Chef Daniel Moran, and get access to some of the world’s leading experts and therapists. You’ll come back feeling better than when you left! Book the "Fabulous Five" spa package-- five friends, five days, a new you-- for some serious post-summer rejuvenation. Here's what's included: five nights’ accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner including the choice of our healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine menus. There is also one private supper for your group at the COMO Shambhala spa cottage provided. Your group of five will have full complimentary access to the schedule of daily activities at Parrot Cay, which includes private yoga sessions. Costs are from US$500 per night, based on two people sharing.
Leave it to the Royal Mansour, the opulent Marrakech resort owned by the King of Morocco, to organize the ultimate adventure to the oceanfront city of Essaouira. Long considered one of the best anchorages of the Moroccan coast, Essaouira is an ancient port once settled by the Carthaginians, Romans, and then Portuguese. It's a marvelous mixmash of archeological treasures-- its medina is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site-- in a beautiful setting. The Royal Mansour Marrakech, home to a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno, will fly you by helicopter to Essaouira where you'll be driven to the town of Ounagha for a wine tasting at "Val d’Argan," a French-owned winery. To cap off a dazzling day, you'll be served an extravagant lobster dinner under a Bedouin tent on the beach at Sidi Kaouki.
One of the best places to watch the sunset in Naples, Florida? At the Edgewater Beach Hotel, the all-suite oceanfront property situated on seven miles of beach along the Gulf of Mexico. They've got a glass-enclosed beachfront bar that's named for the "green flash" that is said to briefly appear when the sun dips below the water's horizon. The hotel recently introduced a summer-inspired cocktail and small plates “Flash at the Glass” beachfront happy hour. Order up the signature Edgewaterita, a refreshing libation of Partida tequila, lime and agave nectar, while nibbling on selections from a menu of $5 small plates, including Tuna Tartare with Avocado Dressing, Jumbo Porcini Tortellini with Marina Sauce or Chicken Satay with Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Tapenade. Interested in staying overnight? Get rates from $199 per night with the Best of Waldorf package, and enjoy reciprocal privileges at the Edgewater’s sister property, Naples Grande Beach Resort, with access to championship golf and tennis, the Golden Door Spa and Clam Pass Beach adjoining a 200-acre mangrove preserve and estuary.