Virtuoso Life - March/April 2009 - 119
Half Moon A lovely crescent-shaped beach in Montego eastern Promises Bay, Jamaica, serves as an outdoor studio Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, for participants in Half Moon’s Ultimate Chiang Mai Yoga Escape. Two yoga sessions, held either The captivating, colorful beauty of Thaibeachside or in a covered outdoor pavilion, land’s Chiang Mai is mirrored at the opubookend each day of the yoga-centric proirtuoso_halfpage:Layout 1 Oriental Dhara PM Page 1gram at this resort. A spa elder skilled in 2/5/09 4:15 Dhevi, lent Mandarin warm Mediterranean Sea provides a bounty of curative ingredients such as saltwater, seaweed, and mud, used to great effect in the hotel’s Thalasso Spa. Three weeklong programs centered on the centuries-old idea of “taking the waters” promise to wash away the side effects of modern-day life. All three programs (Well-Being and Relaxation, Beauty and Rejuvenation, and Detox) feature two or three spa treatments daily, ranging from aqua massage and Vichy showers to algae wraps and pulverized seashell facials. Between treatments, guests enjoy cuttingedge Spanish cuisine, ride horses, play golf, stroll the gardens, or simply lounge on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the region. Doubles from $469, including breakfast and a Thalasso Spa treatment. particularly in its Burmese palace-inspired spa, where traditional northern Thai treatments are the cornerstone of five- to ten-day rejuvenation, stress-relief, and weight-control programs. Extensive classes focused on women’s health issues, the practice of yoga, and chakra energizing and balancing are also available. And because life is all about balance, seriously good shopping awaits at the resort’s own Kad Dhara market, where more than 20 shops offer a carefully edited selection of goods ranging from jade jewelry and silk table linens to custom suits and antiques. Doubles from $408, including breakfast and a $100 spa credit. Caribbean Calming Lean cuisine at The Lodge at Woodloch’s healthy-cooking classes. REAT G AMILY BIG F FUN BIKING TRIPS HIKING TRIPS MULTISPORT TRIPS INSIDER TRIPS Call your Virtuoso Travel Professional for more information.