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Business Travel: Pullman Style

13 Aug

As we enjoy our way through summer vacation, plans for fall business travel start to fill the calendar. I learned early on never to leave hotel booking to someone else. Flights, fine. But never the hotel. Especially during NY Fashion Week! You know who you are.

As a writer, I spend a lot of time working in the room when I travel. Spotty wifi, lack of outlets, charging stations & designated work space, scratchy linens, no Q-tips or bathtub — Just some of the things that guarantee I won’t be returning.

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Pullman San Francisco Bay

On the flip side, I recently spent a few nights at the Pullman San Francisco Bay. At first site, it seems like your average hotel for the weekday traveler. And it is. But there’s something that sets them apart: an all-new wellbeing program.

I got to celebrate the North American kickoff of this elaborate Pullman program with brand wellness coach & fitness guru Sarah Hoey. From poolside yoga to WAFF training to exclusive healthy menus—the program is designed to support travelers’ healthy lifestyles and help others who are interested discover a healthier way to travel.

Taking a break from your laptop to stretch out or lift some weights makes a world of difference. Physically, it’ll help prevent back and neck pain. Psychologically, it’s regenerative.

The program is built on 4 pillars: Sleep, Food, Sport, Spa. Pullman hotel guests can request a special Fit Bag be put in their room–packed with free weights, a yoga mat, resistance bands, and 10-minute workout suggestions. You can even request a DREEM experience, which consists of a headband that reads your sleep duration, rhythms, heart rate, and more. As a notoriously terrible sleeper I wasn’t surprised to learn I changed positions 27 times one night.  

If you visit this specific Pullman property, I highly recommend visiting the Bay Club Spa. Ask the concierge about it. And leave time to stay as long as you can! Just the massages and outdoor pool area make this spa like a mini vacation in its own right.

TOWN Sparkling Rose SangriaIt should also be said that I had the best sangria of my life at Town restaurant. I believe it’s known for the steak—and the food was wonderful—but I’d go back simply for another sip of Sparkling Rose Sangria.

Coming back to the Pullman San Francisco Bay after a huge dinner is really nice. I took a relaxing walk around the bay, watched the ducks swim, and the sun go down. Then I retreated to my room for some resistance band-style stretching. Because I could.

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PULLMAN SAN FRANCISCO BAY | 223 Twin Dolphin Dr. | Redwood City, CA 94065 | 650.598.9000

xo

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HotBoxing is a (different) thing.

29 Jun

IMG_9456When HotBox was first mentioned to me, I laughed so hard a little spit came out. If you ever had a boyfriend who retaliated for your chick flick choice by holding your head under the covers after Mexican food, you too might have a different definition of hot boxing.

Turns out it’s more of a private sauna experience. Or “an infrared sauna studio,” as founder Jessica Mortarotti describes it. And it’s awesome.

HotBox is in downtown LA (with easy garage parking!) and houses eight private suites – each stocked with a state-of-the-art infrared sauna, mood-enhancing color chromotherapy, tablet with audio/visual options (even guided meditation!), and vitamin C rain shower.

The technology used in infrared saunas is said to support better wellness from the inside out. Each 45-minute sweat helps cleanse your pores, improve radiance, smooth fine lines, and create healthier cells. It also boosts your heart rate (burns up to 600 calories!) and human growth hormone (HGH) levels –crucial to breaking down fat and building muscle.

Building up this kind of sweat and raising your body temperature can help reset your circadian rhythm—enabling a deeper and more rejuvenating sleep.

All enough to pique my interest.

But learning that infrared heat boosts dopamine & serotonin levels, while also reducing cortisol (yes please.) got me to book an appointment.

Full transparency, it’s not inexpensive. Having said that, taking an hour to unplug from the world and come away feeling healthier, calmer, and a touch more radiant makes the price seem pretty reasonable.

I recommend treating yourself to a HotBox session (or three!) asap. Or you could be that cool friend who thinks to give one as a gift. We like that friend.

xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glow Yoga @ Exhale Santa Monica

18 Mar

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Calling all yogis and Earth lovers! This Saturday, March 19th, (aka tomorrow!), exhale Santa Monica is hosting a complimentary hour of Flow Yoga by candlelight at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

The chill event will be hosted by candlelight to welcome spring and honor Mother Earth. How lucky are we Angelenos to be able to enjoy outdoor events this time of year!?

The 60-minute exhale Flow Yoga class will be hosted on the Sunset Terrace from 8:30PM to 9:30PM. All levels are welcome. Bring your own mat.

Interested? Reserve a spot at exhalespa.com/santa-monica.

 

xx

 

Spa Party at The Ritz DTLA, July 16th

2 Jul

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Beauty enthusiasts take note. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles is bringing back the Summer Spa Soiree for one fab evening of head-to-toe indulgence on Thursday, July 16. And, it’s open to the public! Think: Complimentary poolside yoga, healthy treats, champagne, and a selection of random fun prizes.

Guests can also take advantage of personal hair and skincare consultants who will be on hand. Brand reps include Eminence Organics, African Botanics, BAR Skin and Body, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Clarisonic, NuFace (!!), Salon 11, and Jane Iredale Cosmetics.

Attendees can also book 15-30 minute mini spa treatments. Each one costs $25, but you can apply that toward any retail purchase over $75 – so that’s cool. During the event, also enjoy 15% off retail shopping.

The event is complimentary but reservations are suggested, so email the contact below. Hey lookit us thinking in advance…

Here’s the breakdown:
Summer Soiree event | Thursday, July 16th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Yoga | 5:00pm or 6:30pm
Valet parking | complimentary with spa validation

Mini treatment appointments available:
• Peach Bellini Hand Treatment
• Eminence Mini-Facial
• Chair Massage
• Dr. Dennis Gross Peel
• NuFace Contour & Lift Treatment
• African Botanics Marula Experience
• Nail Polish Change

RSVP to Spa Manager Kory Keith by July 9th:
Kory.keith@ritzcarlton.com

The event itself is a tease for what’s yet to come in August. Ask about their Wellness Retreat coming up on Sunday, August 16 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. It’ll be the first one of a new quarterly series!

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles | 900 West Olympic Blvd. | LA, 90015

xo

From L.A. to Wellness in Loreto: A 4-Day Diary

27 May

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Greeted with kind smiles and quenching strawberry lemonade, we would soon kick off our Wellness Week experience through a special hand washing ritual—signifying all of our stress and bad juju would be left outside the hotel doors.

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Checking in was surprisingly simple since we had emailed all of our information and food preferences prior. I always recommend doing this, btw. Help the hotel help you! We were given magical bracelets to wear for the entirety of our stay. No room keys to lose (or get deactivated from being held too close to your cell phone) here. Just this little waterproof accessory that would never fail to let you in your room.

I had a One Bedroom Suite. It was 1,300 square feet of total comfort! With a king bed in the bedroom and a pullout queen sofa in the living room, it could have slept four easily. Not to mention a huge private balcony overlooking eyefuls of the Sea of Cortez, fully functioning kitchen, two bathrooms, two TVs, and (big drum roll!) a washer/dryer. The appliances put my little Los Angeles apartment to shame. Charming touches such as Welcome truffles and your name in colorful pebbles on the master bed represent the warmth of the culture—as well as the resort staff. Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 3.48.07 PM

The first night, we enjoyed surf & turf skewers under the stars amongst the fire pits and island breeze. There are three restaurants on the almost 4,500 acre property—all of which provide room service and can accommodate gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and even kosher (if notified in advance) diners.

Menus aren’t taken lightly here. Each meal is prepared like a work of art and presented with all the care of a gallery curator. Continue reading