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Stay Active at Couples Resorts

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Just because you or your client is on vacation doesn’t mean the workout routine should suffer.

At Couples Resorts, guests can indulge while also finding numerous ways to remain an active lifestyle. These all-inclusive luxury properties in Jamaica feature stunning views as well activities to keep you moving.

Whether you’re staying at Couples Negril, Couples Swept Away, Couples Tower Isles or Couples San Souci, here are some fun ways to stay active.

Stay Fit

Couples Resorts feature fully equipped fitness centers, as well as land sports like tennis and golf.

For the major fitness lovers out there, Couples Swept Away in Negril, Jamaica has a 10-acre sports and fitness complex, complete with tennis courts, squash courts, racquetball courts, a basketball court, a fully stocked gym, a 25-meter lap pool, an outdoor jogging track and more!

Lessons and training sessions are included, so be sure to let Couples know how important fitness is to you or your client.

Water Activities

Another great way to stay active is through watersports.

Guests can swim laps in the pool, try their hand at kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing or pedalos, which is a two-person paddle boat.

You can always run along the beach for a great workout while your partner is out in the water if watersports just aren’t your thing.

Excursion Tours

Stay active while you explore Jamaica with one of the many excursions Couples Resorts offers. You don’t have to stay at the resort just to remain active.

Try zip-lining through the rainforest or go horseback riding along a mountain trail or along the beach.

Other fun excursions include swimming with dolphins, riding 4×4 vehicles and the ultimate kayak tour, which includes kayaking, hiking and zip lining.

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Mexico’s Best Yoga Retreats and Classes

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Yoga may have originated in India, but this health-minded discipline has found a perfect home in Mexico, as an increasing number of hotels and yoga schools are offering classes and venues that are designed to align physical, mental and spiritual well-being in some of the nation’s most beautiful settings.

Mexico’s dramatic Pacific coast provides memorable settings for practicing yoga. In Los Cabos, classes on the beach are included as part of the all-inclusive price at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, while Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort offers $15 classes on the balcony of its oceanview fitness center. Not far away, One&Only Palmilla employs a group of six on-site yoga instructors, with daily power yoga classes, as well as sunrise yoga on the beach. Private, 60-minute yoga classes are also available, tailored to the needs of couples, families, pregnant women, teens, mothers and babies and people looking to lose weight.

Yoga-oriented packages are a surefire way to make sure every traveler gets the rejuvenating experience they crave. In Los Cabos, CostaBaja Resort & Spa is partnering with Retreats Unlimited — which teams up top yoga, wellness and team-building instructors with resorts to provide retreat experiences — to offer a wellness getaway. Scheduled for April 7-11, the one-time “Renewed You From the Inside Out” program includes yoga, as well as cardio and Reiki sessions, plus styling and beauty tutorials.

The area around Puerto Vallarta is another hot spot for yoga-inspired relaxation. Playa Escondida, in the beachfront community of Sayulita, recently opened a new, thatch-roofed “palapa” hut designed specifically for practicing yoga. Located on a small cliff overlooking the Pacific, the venue hosts daily sessions, as well as private classes for up to 15 people.

Xinalani Retreat, set on 10 acres of jungle on the southern shore of Banderas Bay, is another wellness-focused property. Spiritual and yoga retreats, teacher training and “mind and body” workshops are among its offerings. With just 23 rooms and four dedicated yoga spaces, as well as a spa and “temazcal” (sweat lodge), Xinalani aims to provide lots of opportunities for aspiring and experienced yogis.

North of Puerto Vallarta, travelers looking for a truly private, yoga-filled vacation with family or a small group of friends should consider Villa Lunada, which is — as the name implies — a villa, complete with master bedroom, two guestrooms and a bonus room that can be used for sleeping or relaxing. Located in Punta Mita less than a mile from The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Villa Lunada has an outdoor terrace with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean that can be used for private yoga instruction.

A sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean is also among the offerings at Capella Ixtapa Resort and Spa, which offers classes on a scenic yoga deck.

 

Yoga in the East

Mexico’s Caribbean coast is another promising place to try out your best upward-facing dog pose.

In the Riviera Maya, the Mayakoba complex has several locations for yoga at its three hotels (Fairmont Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Rosewood Mayakoba), as well as at MK Blue, an open-air palapa event space located on the beach. In addition, Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers group yoga classes twice daily, as well as private sessions.

Guests at Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort can take part in any of three group yoga classes per week, priced at $15 each, which take place either beachside, poolside or in the hotel’s Cenote Spa.

On a smaller scale is Organic Yoga Mexico, a wellness-oriented property with just five bungalows near the beachfront community of Akumal. In addition to yoga lessons, Organic Yoga Mexico offers activities such as bird-watching, nature photography and jungle hikes.

In the increasingly hip destination of Tulum, Amansala Resort + Retreat offers a variety of yoga retreat packages to fit different vacation goals. Its Beach ‘n’ Bliss program includes two daily yoga sessions, healthful meals, a massage, a Mayan clay treatment and a local sightseeing tour. The property’s Bikini Boot camp retreat, meanwhile, combines yoga with weight-loss practices, while Destination Detox goes for a more far-reaching effect, described as a “complete mind, body and spirit tune-up.”

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Despite warning, Mexican officials say resort areas are safe

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Mexico tourism officials this week were working to protect their tourism industry following a new U.S. travel warning that included some of the country’s most lucrative resort regions.

The updated warning advises travelers of increased homicide rates in the popular resort states of Baja California Sur, which includes Los Cabos, and the state of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum, marking the first time the State Department issued such a warning for the popular resort regions.

“The overwhelming majority of those incidents have taken place in locations not frequented by international tourists, such as inner-city areas or private properties,” the Mexico Tourism Board said in a statement, adding that the Mexican government and its tourism industry were working toward trying to prevent violent incidents from occurring in areas frequented by international tourists.

“Los Cabos is completely safe,” said Rodrigo Esponda, managing director for the Los Cabos Tourism Board.

Esponda said that the destination is booming. He said he didn’t know why the State Department had updated its warning now or whether the update was at all politically motivated during a time of increased tensions between the U.S. and Mexican governments.

“Tourism has to be completely unrelated to any political environment,” Esponda said. “The fact that tourists travel to a country is precisely to know more of the culture, to enjoy, to relax. Not to be related to any political situation.”

Los Cabos recorded 2.1 million international tourists in 2016 and is on track to welcome 2.4 million this year.

For the past several years, the State Department has had an evolving travel warning in place for Mexico addressing the risks of travel in certain parts of the country due to the activities of criminal organizations.

“U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery in various Mexican states,” the updated travel warning says; it replaced a Dec. 8, 2016, version.

The current warning says that U.S. citizens should be aware that the state of Quintana Roo “experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to 2016. While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens.

Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred,” the warning states. The language was similar in a section about Baja California Sur.

In a statement this week, Quintana Roo tourism secretary Marisol Venegas Perez emphasized that the updated warning was intended to be a message of additional precaution for travelers and doesn’t suggest any restriction on travel to Quintana Roo. She added tourism numbers in the state continue to grow, as do investments in its tourism economy.

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Is Los Cabos Really Safe?

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“The U.S. State Department´s recent travel advisory warning Americans about the risks of traveling to Cancun and Los Cabos should not be taken too seriously,” (emphasis added), according to an article in the Miami Herald, on 24 August 2017. The article went on to compare crime in Cancun, and the Los Cabos areas to cities in the U.S. Many cities in the U.S. simply have more crime. A careful reading of the travel advisory regarding Cabo specifically, indicates a recent rise in crime, but does NOT warn Americans away, as it does in other geographical locations. To drive this point home, I am unaware of a single U.S. or Canadian tourist having been harmed in a Cabo San Lucas tourist area by criminal factions. It’s just not an issue.

Millions of people come to visit Cabo and La Paz. They return home suntanned, with new experiences and new stories. They are almost always happy for having been here, even though they may be suffering hangovers. Recall that it was John Steinbeck, Nobel price-winner in Literature, that once commented, “Cabo is a drinking town…with a fishing problem.” And, that hasn’t changed much. But more to the point, Cabo beaches are safe, the Sea of Cortez is safe. Our tourist destinations are safe. And aside from the occasional hurricane, the only sign of turmoil and concern we see here, is an increased federal police and military presence. But even still, overall crime in Cabo, is less than many U.S. cities.

On a personal note, I have been a permanent resident of Cabo San Lucas for years. I live and work here, and I am out and about, driving, walking, watching, dining, cruising, sailing, etc., continually. I drive back and forth to La Paz, and other cities in Baja Sur, almost every week, and frequently more than once a week, and I have driven the entire thousand-mile length of the Baja, exactly fifty times as of this writing. In all this activity, I have never witnessed a single event where I felt in harm’s way.

In my experience, Mexicans, especially in the lower Baja, are very friendly, generally kind, and typically considerate. And, I feel SAFE here. I feel much safer than in many U.S. locations I have lived and traveled. But that’s not all there is to it. Los Cabos and La Paz are two of the nicest areas in the world. In my opinion, visitors have no reason to be worried about staying here. Yes, there is occasional violence. But the simple truth is that tourists and ex-pats are not the target.

In an article titled, “The U.S. is raising warnings about Mexico’s tourist hot spots, but some see a NAFTA-related gambit,” published in the Business Insider, on 28 August, it suggests the U.S. State Department is sending a message to the Mexican government that they can destroy their tourism industry if they do not agree to “pay for the wall,” in the NAFTA re-negotiations taking place right now. Hmmm. Maybe. Maybe not. But what I can tell you is that in my Cabo neighborhood, lots of folks still don’t even lock their doors. This is rather reminiscent of America in the 1950´s. I guess we have some catching up to do.

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One&Only Nyungwe House

One & Only Evolves

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One&Only Hotels & Resorts Announces Plans For Brand Evolution

One&Only, created exclusively for the ultra-luxury market, and conceived as a hallmark of excellence, is evolving their portfolio beyond award-winning Beach Resorts with One&Only Nature Resorts, One&Only Urban Resorts and One&Only Private Homes. These new experiences will complement the existing award-winning resort collection, set in some of the most beautiful locations in the world, offering guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unparalleled.

“I am thrilled we are able to continue to evolve the One&Only experience, providing the once-in-a-lifetime experiences in which our guests seek,” says Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts. “Building on the legacy and success of One&Only, it is an exciting time for the brand as we continue to combine completely distinctive experiences with ultra-luxury. We look forward to sharing additional locations for our resorts, whether it be in the ultimate address in a prime city or an authentically wild undiscovered location soon.”

All One&Only Nature Resorts will offer incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences and provide pure celebration of each dramatic location, offering access to nature’s best kept secrets, in an inspired itinerary, curated for the most discerning global travellers. Intimate in size, the architectural design of each resort will respect the surroundings and cleverly frame the best aspects of the natural beauty. Minimal impact will be made to the location, from development through to operations and guests will have an opportunity to ‘give back’ with hands-on, interactive, immersive experiences with the local community, each perfectly curated to the destination.

Following the success of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in Australia as the first hotel in the world to achieve internationally accredited carbon-neutral certification by CarbonZero, all One&Only Nature Resorts will aim for this distinction. In addition, our culinary philosophy will be based on the very best seasonal, regional and, where possible, organic produce from local boutique farms, private growers and vintners. A wide variety of spectacular accommodation will place an emphasis on privacy and beautiful vistas. One&Only Nature Resorts will provide luxury of the rarest kind. Like all properties within the One&Only collection, One&Only Nature Resorts will celebrate its location, showcasing the country’s rich history and reflecting the local culture with a design appeal to attract the contemporary traveller seeking ultimate luxury.

Joining Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, two spectacular resorts will be introduced under One&Only Nature Resorts, One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, both located in Rwanda. One&Only Nyungwe House is designed to fit harmoniously within its natural surroundings and is situ ted in Gisakura, a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park. The Nyungwe Forest is thought to be one of the oldest forests in Africa, with incredible diversity including over 13 different species of primates, representing 20% of all the apes in Africa and 75 different species of mammals.

Luxury suites and villas will be modern in design, yet with traditional African touches, each overlooking the vast African terrain with private decks and fire places. Guests can explore the National Park including exploratory treks to discover chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, grey – cheeked mangabeys and the Kamiranzovu Swamps and Waterfalls. Bird watching should not be missed with over 275 species of birds in the lush surroundings, including giant hornbills, great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrow hawks being amongst the bird-watcher’s favourites. Cultural walks can also be enjoyed. One&Only Nyungwe House will begin welcoming guests in 2017.

“We are proud and excited to continue to innovate at One&Only and introduce new experiences for our guests. One&Only Nature Resorts will provide our guests illuminating and immersive experiences full of adventure that will allow for exploration and discovery,” continued Philippe Zuber. “Rwanda is such an incredible destination with truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We look forward to immersing our guests in the country and culture and providing that ultimate connection with nature in the ultimate locations.”

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, located near the village of Kingi, will be incredibly positioned on the foothills of the Virunga Volcano range. This beautiful resort, nestled amongst a forest of eucalyptus trees will provide breath-taking views of Rwandan hills and the slopes of the Volcanoes National Park. Guests will be able to discover the magical habitat of Mountain Gorillas, a rare adventure. Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live. Experts estimate that there are only 780 mountain gorillas still in existence – and one third of these are in Rwanda. Conservation efforts are funded by a very limited amount of permits and funds are allocated to anti-poaching efforts and local communities businesses. However, after over 40 years of conservation and habitat restoration efforts have helped steadily increase the population of mountain gorillas, with a 14% increase in the past 12 years. In addition to the Gorilla Trek, guests will also be able to discover Golden Monkeys, as well as visit Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Camp.

Bespoke accommodation will honour the location and natural elements will be woven throughout the resort, to inform the design of both the public and private spaces of the resort. Local African cuisine will surround a traditional Boma, providing the perfect location to share adventures from the day and enjoy fruit and vegetables from the resort’s garden. The resort will also offer an indulgent One&Only Spa and Fitness Centre, honouring the inspired surrounds with treatments using traditional African elements, as well as the latest state-of-the-art technology.

A Little Taste of Bolivia

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We’d like to offers a small insight of the breathtaking country BOLIVIA.

Impressive icebound peaks and high-altitude deserts of the Andes, rainforests and savannahs of the Amazon basin, Bolivia offers travelers stunning scenery, legendary landmarks and a indigenous heritage.

Where to Go:

Spend a few days in the fascinating city of La Paz, which combines a high-altitude setting with a blend of traditional indigenous and modern urban cultures. La Paz is also close to Lago Titicaca, the massive azure lake close to the Peruvian border. The best start for your adventurous Amazon visit is the town of Rurrenabaque, close to the rainforests of Parque Nacional Madidi and the wildlife-rich Río Yacuma.  And of course do not miss Uyuni! A region of high-altitude deserts and half-frozen, mineral-stained lakes, populated by wild flamingos. And this is just the beginning.

Bolivia surprises with unique and barely-visited landscapes and cultures.
This country offers their travelers everything that is considered most exotic and mysterious about South America.

A country of great beauty, stunning landscapes, and unique attractions. A country with the highest capital city in the world, the largest salt flats in the world, mountains, jungles, lakes, and everything else in between.

Stretching from the majestic icebound peaks and bleak high-altitude deserts of the Andes to the exuberant rainforests and vast savannahs of the Amazon basin, Bolivia embraces an astonishing range of landscapes and climates. This mystical terrain boasts scores of breathtaking attractions including stark otherworldly salt pans, ancient Inca trails and towering volcanic peaks. Landlocked at the remote heart of South America, Bolivia rewards the adventurous travelers and encompasses everything that outsiders find most exotic and mysterious about the continent.

Go on an Adventure – Visit Bolivia!

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