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Korakia’s quiet courtyard and trickling fountain will fool you into thinking you're in a Mediterranean hideaway
Recently in Palm Springs, we wandered off Palm Canyon Drive in the blazing desert sun and found ourselves on the stone path leading into Korakia Pensione. Not the glitzy Riveria, the rugged cool Ace Hotel, or the fanciful Viceroy, Korakia is quietly gorgeous, romantic with a capital “R” and thick with Mediterranean beauty. Scan the Palm Springs hotel scene and it’s unlike anything you’d expect to find in this fabulous, mid-century modern town.
Inside, we spied old photos and a history dating back to Korakia's 1918 Orchard House, though it was 1924 that marks the hotel's real start; that's when Scottish painter Gordon Coutts took up residence and a Tangier-inspired decor in the original Moroccan villa. Celebs and artists followed and often gathered here, including Winston Churchill who is rumored to have painted in the villa’s Artist’s Studio. Later in the 1930s, silent-screen star J. Carol Naish lived in the Mediterranean villa.
Restored and named Korakia in 1989, the hotel is as ornate and authentic as it we imagine it must’ve been nearly a century ago. Moorish-meets-Mediterranean décor, Moroccan fountains, antiques and handmade furniture, dark wood beams and cool stone floors – amazing features throughout paint this pensione a dreamy, historic retreat.
Your guess as to what room type this is, is probably better than ours.
Back in February we told you that London's rock n' roll hotel, The Sanctum Soho, would be opening a nine-room sister act in the countryside called, Sanctum on the Green. The property opened pretty much on-time this past spring and if you're in need of a quick country getaway when visiting London, Sanctum on the Green now has "Crash Pads" available for £120 a night, including breakfast.
If they are anything like Sanctum Soho's crash pads, we expect these rooms to be extremely tiny, although they are promised with king beds, flat screen TVs and internet access. The only thing is there are no descriptions of these rooms on the website--not under "Accommodations" or when you select a room type during the reservations process--meaning you just have to take a leap of faith in booking.
$75 per person
Want your hotel stay to go beyond just conserving water by not having your sheets washed daily? Consider this agritourism deal at The Willows Inn, a B&B on Lummi Island in Washington.
This is an island just off the coast of WA near Bellingham and is practically in Canada. Here you will basically be living and working on the Nettles Farm:
You'll be an apprentice during the day by feeding the chickens, tending to a pig and harvesting produce. At night, dine in the Willows Restaurant, which prepares locally grown, organic meals in line with the Slow Food movement.
If you believe that spa treatment is more than just hands on shoulders and should truly get to the heart of how and why we relax, then Honor Mansion, tucked into the heart of Sonoma County's wine country, is the place to immerse yourself in comfort and the quiet bliss of letting go.
Located just 80 miles north of San Francisco in the shopping and dining mecca of Healdsburg, Honor Mansion is a perennial AAA Four Diamond Award winner.
There are just 13 rooms and suites but the amenities galore on-site will keep you busy for your entire stay. There's a 40-foot lap pool, two regulation bocce ball courts, a competition croquet lawn, PGA putting green, quarter mile jogging/walking track, a quarter acre of Zinfandel vines, and on-site massage therapy and spa treatments. It is quite possibly you can do everything on your vacation list and never leave the grounds.
Do you love Mexico? Do you love Yoga? Then maybe you should consider signing up for the Yoga Retreat series at the Tides Zihuatanejo which is taking place from October 3-7, 2008. (Or if you can't stand yoga and its yoginis, then you may want to hit up the resort another week.)
The retreat is being led by celebrity instructor Tom Morley, one of LA's hottest yoga instructors who has taught such celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Helen Hunt.
For over 10 years, Morley has redefined the traditional approach to yoga by adapting the practice to individual preferences. Morley draws from a range of yoga styles (such as vinyasa and yin), breathing exercises, meditation, partner yoga and dance to bring a vibrant sense of joy, humor and ease to each session.
Now he's taking his teachings to Playa la Ropa beach at the Tides Zihuatanejo.
Okay, we've found it, a cocktail bar that fits our wildest dreams: a place where the cocktail is the main course and everything else fits around it. The clever place with this idea is a new bar called edge (no capitals, thumbs down) at the luxury Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Arizona.
If you didn't know, Sanctuary is billed as more of a retreat than a hotel and it aims to offer amenities that cater to the "mind, body, spirit and senses" of its guests. But we guess the retreat must understand that even yogis need to let loose once in a while too.