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Starwood’s Excellent & Eco-Friendly Element Hotels

Element Hotel's Lexington Studio Suite

Our friend recently stayed at one of Starwood’s Element Hotels in New York City (soon to open its 10th hotel in Miami), and I was impressed by both the eco-friendly touches, as well as the comfort and convenience (she had a stovetop and fridge in the room so she could cook and save some money while working in the big apple). With the average room rate starting at  just $125.00 per night, affordability is also a priority. Here are several unique design amenities keeping Element ahead of the curve:

·         Use of recycled tires for flooring and art mountings – an eco-friendly choice that is invisible to guests

·         Bathrooms that feel spa-inspired yet feature a low-flow oversized rain shower showerhead, as well as amenity dispensers to cut down on plastic bottle waste.  Dual-flush toilets also reduce water consumption.

·         Soy-based fabrics throughout that are soft and comfortable

·         Fully equipped kitchens with energy-efficient appliances

·         Environmentally friendly “Do Not Disturb” door magnets

Element Hotels is also the only major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for high-performance buildings.

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Miami’s New Year Yoga Retreat

Mandarin Oriental Miami

Did you know that the Mandarin Oriental is Miami’s only Five Star spa?

Exciting, ay? So here’s the skinny:

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami is the three-level sanctuary in the heart of the luxe Mandarin Oriental Miami hotel. Adopting a slightly different approach to your traditional spa experience, The Spa serves up the works –  a wide range of innovative and restorative treatments inspired by the elements of nature and the ancient traditions of the Chinese, Ayurvedic, European, Balinese and Thai cultures.

So, with a well-rounded focus on health and wellness, The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental is now advertising a “Miami Yoga Weekend” from January 14-16, 2011, featuring renowned yoga instructor Mandy Ingber.  Based in Los Angeles, Mandy has taught the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Brooke Shields, and is known for motivating people through her light-hearted approach. We’re told it’s her ability to connect with a wide range of students that makes her accessible to the yoga novice, as well as to the professional athlete.  She’s said to bring a sensitive breath of fresh air to the practice you’re anxious to get more into. She’s also got a DVD on the market so check it out: YOGALOSOPHY.

Mandarin Spa Suite

Yogis will also have an opportunity to attend a “VisionMat” workshop where you can design your own custom yoga mat with a vision board of pictures of goals, hopes and aspirations. The “Miami Yoga Weekend” includes:

·         Two-night stay at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

·         Breakfast daily

·         Choice of one 80-minute select spa treatment (including Aroma Stone, Aromatherapy Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Holistic Facial)

·         Morning and evening yoga sessions (breaks will include light refreshments and healthy snacks)

·         VisionMat Workshop

·         Wellness & Astrology Session with Q&A

·         Complimentary use of Heat and Water Therapies

·         Welcome spa gift

Rates for the package are from $1,675 (single occupancy) and $2385 (double). The above rates are for a two-night stay as described above including breakfast, yoga and spa programs, so what are you waiting for?

The reincarnation of the next Buddha?

For more information or reservations, call:

Toll free (866) 888 6780

www.mandarinoriental.com/miami

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