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Haven't made plans with your sweetie for Valentine's Day yet? Have no fear. We've put together a short n' sweet list of seriously sexy Valentine's Day packages that are still available to book. But the clock is ticking!
CANYON RANCH MIAMI BEACH: The oceanfront wellness hotel is offering several new classes to "liberate one's libido" for Valentine's Day, including "Position Yourself", taught by Dr. Yoav Suprun. The renowned physical therapist will demonstrate important strengthening exercises to help you achieve the most desired sexual positions. Rates for the hotel for tonight and tomorrow start at $630 for a one-bedroom suite with a city view. That includes a kitchen area, 920-sq.ft. to try out your sexual positions and free wireless in case you need to look something up. Go here to book.
THE REVERE HOTEL, BOSTON: This new spunky spot on Stuart Street is offering a Screaming Orgasm package which includes overnight accommodations and a private mixology lesson where guests will learn to make X-Rated cocktails with Boston's own Kirsten “Kitty” Amann, author of The Screaming Orgasm: 69 X-rated Cocktails. As if the orgasm weren't enough, a copy of her book, in-room chocolate covered strawberries and whipped cream and a late checkout top off package, which is priced at $499. Go here to book.
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You already know how much we love stashing LATHER toiletries into our bag whenever we encounter them. But how exactly did those delicious-smelling formulas wind up in hotels in the first place? We talked to LATHER founder and president Emilie Hoyt to find out.
HC: When did LATHER start working with hotels?
Emilie Hoyt: As they became familiar with our retail stores, hotels began reaching out to us in 2000, looking to offer a unique, authentic brand that could offer a cohesive guest experience through room, spa, and retail. We saw it as a great opportunity.
Usually when we arrive at hotels, thanks to a long day of travel and the odd hotel check-in hour of 3pm, we're starving, bad. So once we get the room tour, unpack the bags, admire the view, we dial up room service and order a menu staple--cheeseburger and fries.
But at the Canyon Ranch Miami Beach which is all about healthy living and getting your diet back on track, there's no such thing as a cheeseburger and fries. There is however THIS--a Southwestern veggie burger served on a whole wheat roll and topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato and pico de gallo. On the side to much on? Healthy coleslaw.
It may be hard to believe but it was quite tasty. So much so that we ordered it from the Canyon Ranch Grill downstairs the next day. But true to spa cuisine, the portions are small and you don't feel very full. So you may have to order something else. Fortunately, each item on the menu lists the caloric intake to prevent you from totally binging.
Even better, the prices reflect the portion size. That burger is only $11. Most hotel burgers are $14 or more.
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We never thought--never, ever--that one day we would be arrive at a hotel and request one of these. But yesterday we did. And this is what it looks like.
This crib was delivered to our room at the Canyon Ranch Miami Beach (more on that tomorrow.) It came with with Winnie the Pooh sheets and bumpers (don't worry new parents, it was extra thin and not a suffocation hazard), a Winnie the Pooh blanket and some travel-sized Johnson&Johnson baby toiletries.
But since Canyon Ranch is a luxury hotel, this crib is probably a little more tricked out than others. Indeed, a friend told us that the cribs at the Eden Roc, also in Miami Beach, were "bare bones." Considering that the Eden Roc is just a notch below a luxury hotel, we guess we'll be hauling the pack-n-play for any upcoming stays at Holiday Inn and Motel6.
Rooms at Canyon Ranch start at $395 a night for a studio suite with kitchenette, which is actually quite decent for Miami Beach luxury hotels, especially considering that you can attend free exercise and nutrition classes during your stay.
During a whirlwind visit to Miami last week, we headed north, away from the madness of South Beach, and paid a visit to the Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach. Like the other Canyon Ranch properties, you can totally do the immersion spa experience here—to detox, lose weight, or just plain get well—but since this is Miami, you don't have to be a goody two-shoes about it.
You can have a plain old hotel stay, and even drink booze while you're at it. (It's organic, but just be happy they have it. Miami is the only Canyon Ranch location to serve alcohol.)
The hotel and spa (as well as the Canyon Ranch condos) are a $15-cab ride away from the heart of South Beach, but step inside the large, cool lobby and you immediately realize that this is a good thing. Up here in North Beach, the hotel has the benefit of space, the absence of a 'scene', and the convenience of being much closer to the water.
The picture above was taken from the patio outside the restaurant—the sand up here is much narrower than down on South Beach, meaning you can step outside and be right on the beach.
Come January 1st, many of you will be atoning for a holiday spent bingeing on champagne, sweets, and other seasonal vices. Kick starting the new year on a healthy note is no easy feat, even for the most disciplined among us, so it's a good idea to start thinking about self-care before the allure of caviar and egg nog come calling.
Big news, friends: the Canyon Ranch Miami Beach serves booze. That’s right, Canyon Ranch has its first (!!) liquor-dispensing location, reports the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. Naturally, we’re talking 100 percent organic spirits along the lines of raspberry-vodka-and-hibiscus-tea martinis, but hey, that’s still going to do the job a whole lot quicker than all that biodynamic wine it's known for.
Though Canyon Ranch seems to maintain its aversion to alcohol at its other two locations (in Tucson and the Berkshires), the temptations of Miami have presumably proven too powerful. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right? “Our beverage offerings are reflective of our beliefs,” panders the drinks menu. “Research indicates that alcohol, when consumed in moderation, can help people live long and well.”
Well, we could have told you that. No word on whether room service cuts you off once you’ve “consumed in moderation” or if they let you be the judge of that.
[Photo: Alex Quesada for The New York Times]
Because it's never too early to start planning your therapeutic, wellness trip to South Beach, the soon-to-open Canyon Ranch Miami has begun taking reservations for October 16.
On that night you can reserve an Intracoastal Suite for $300 a night. This one-bedroom suite is 950-sq.ft. and comes with two Queen-sized beds, a kitchenette with a small refrigerator, a flat-screen TV and westward views of Miami and the Intracoastal. Oh and course, bathrobes and slippers too for when you stroll on down to the 70,000-square-foot Wellness Spa. You may not even need clothes on this trip!
Several other room types (all suites) are available with different types of views (ocean, pool or intracoastal.) One word of advice: overnight valet parking is $35. So we say skip the rental car if you can.
Thanks Barry for the heads-up!
Canyon Ranch Spas are the kinds of places we try to head for when our body needs a vacation even more than our brain does: these places are detox heaven. And soon there'll be one more, when the
Canyon Ranch Miami Beach opens up later this year.
Canyon Ranch Miami says it'll be taking reservations from July 15 for stays starting from October. Their website's currently giving "2008 Sample Rates" for the various rooms which start from $300 a night and go much, much higher, and given that curious use of "sample" we're guessing these rates are not quite fixed yet.