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Until contemporary Pilates teacher to the stars, Mari Winsor recently kicked our ass in a private Malibu Pilates session at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, we really liked this "lets get moving, sculpt and lose weight" approach to exercise. But, there’s something kinda humbling (okay, pathetic) about getting your butt kicked by someone as least two decades your senior. Ouch.
Anyway, instead of going balls to the wall for a one hour, pain inducing power session, we’re way more inclined to take a retreat approach to Pilates, which is why we’re excited about Parrot Cay’s “Strength Without Struggle” 6-day Pilates retreat scheduled for November 8-14, 2009. It's way out of our personal budget, but if you've got the dough, it seems like a good, all-about-me-time, deal.
While last week we were focusing on cheap Thailand hotels on the beach, we can't help getting a little excited about the latest announcement from Ritz-Carlton about their Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel brand. The theory behind their new brand suits us perfectly, because they are targeting:
People who want to get away from the stresses of everyday life by retreating to experience new cultures and adventures in exotic locations.
The first Reserve to open up will be Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Thailand, and it should be ready sometime during 2009. Although prices for Phulay Bay show from April onwards, their website currently says they're accepting reservations from June 1, 2009.
At that time of year--off-peak for them--rooms will be starting at 19,550 Baht ($550) for a resort pavilion, going up to 68,000 Baht for a Royal Villa stay (almost $2,000). We'll be picking a villa though, because they're the ones with outdoor baths and private plunge pools. Definitely falls into the category of getting away from stress somewhere exotic.
When it comes to user reviews of Pilgrimage Village in Hue, Vietnam, everyone’s a-talkin’ about the greenery. "Tropical paradise," "felt like you were out in the rainforest" and "serene and lovely" are all slightly-hackneyed-but-still-helpful superlatives doled out by TripAdvisor reviewers.
They also rave about the fresh fruit served every morning and noted that Pilgrimage is only $5 more than Vinh Hung Resort (in nearby Hoi An), and well worth the upgrade.