Archive for January, 2014

England, Wellness, and a Lovely Country Lodge

A Quintessential Country Inn

A Quintessential Country Inn

Oh dear old England… when I think about getting into a cozy sweater and sipping a hot toddy you are there. You’re also a lovely place for a summertime stroll in the country which is why we wanted to tell our readers about Dorset’s Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa. They’ve just partnered their decadent surroundings with the expertise of Dr. Dorian Dugmore, CEO of Wellness Academy and one of the world’s leading wellbeing experts, for an indulgent weekend designed to educate and encourage couples to improve their wellbeing and lifestyles.

Yes, it's this lovely...

Yes, it’s this lovely…

The weekend aims to instill guests with a healthier attitude and confidence, featuring countryside walks through the neighboring 600-acre Melbury Estate and plenty of time to relax in Summer Lodge’s exquisite spa. Participants analyze their vital signs and attend various sessions with Dr. Dorian that focus on key lifestyle factors influencing health and wellbeing. Topics include the science of the feel-good factor, techniques for managing stress and reducing tension, and simple dietary changes that maximize energy and happiness.

What's a Wellness Retreat without quality cuisine?

What’s a Wellness Retreat without quality cuisine?

Additional wellness activities include a wine tasting with Summer Lodge’s award-winning sommelier, who shares the secrets to choosing a “healthier” tipple, and the development of individual wellness plans for guests. A special menu, utilizing the abundance of locally-sourced produce, will be served with recipe cards that highlight the nutritional benefits of each dish.

Gourmet Wellness for Couples runs at intervals throughout 2014, beginning the weekend of March 7, 2014.

The package is priced at $2,900 for two people staying in a Classic room, and includes two nights’ accommodations, breakfasts, lunches, a wine tasting and black tie gala dinner.

The Top 10 Expeditions for 2014

Our buddies at Expedition Trips just sent us their top picks for the best expeditions for 2014 so, of course, we had to share with our eco-loving adventurers.

Here you go, my fine voyaging friends!

Dancers in Papau New Guinea

Dancers in Papau New Guinea

1. Exploring the Coral Sea: Papua New Guinea to Fiji 
102-Passenger Luxury Expedition Ship: National Geographic Orion
Prices From: $12,940 per person

An Arctic Polar Bear!

An Arctic Polar Bear!

2. Antarctic Peninsula
132-Passenger Expedition Ship: Expedition
Prices From: $5,999

A Booby in the Galapagos

A Booby in the Galapagos

3. Galapagos Classic
96-Passenger Expedition Ship: National Geographic Endeavour
Prices From: $5,490

4. Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia
122-Passenger Expedition Ship: Sea Adventurer
Prices From: $18,995

5. Svalbard – Spitsbergen Encounter
92-Passenger Research Ship: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Prices From: $4,195

6. Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
Land Based Adventure
Prices From: $2,495

7. Alaska Inside Passage – Western Coves 
76-Passenger Expedition Ship: Wilderness Discoverer
Prices From: $2,195

8. Amazon River Expedition
28-Passenger River Boat: Delfin II
Prices From: $3,033

9. Circumnavigation of Iceland
148-Passenger Luxury Expedition Ship: National Geographic Explorer
Prices From: $7,990

10. Expedition Greenland
132-Passenger Luxury Expedition Ship: Silver Explorer
Prices From: $9,750

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