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There’s luxe, and then there’s fabu-luxe. Eco Serendib Villa and Spa on the gorgeous, unspoiled island paradise of St. John takes the latter to an entirely new level. This hotspot hideaway is magnificently perched atop a hillside with magnificent views of the Caribbean sea, and not only is it stunning, it’s supremely eco-friendly , employing energy saving green elements into the operation while providing guests with an optimized version of the good life.

Enter and you’re immediately awestruck by the magnificent hand-blown glass sculpture of a St. John sunrise, complemented by eclectic custom-designed furniture and decorative pieces that reflect the international travels of the owner. Accommodations are equally as phenomenal, we’re talking 600-thread-count linens, luxury bath products, Frette robes, villa concierges, and striking decor. For a true treat, try the Presidential Suite, complete with its own chromatherapy tub with gorgeous views out to Fish Bay.

In as much as the rooms overwhelm, the spa is the true opulent centerpiece of the property. Step through the arch clay entrance and you’re enveloped by a sense of tranquility, while you bask in luminescent lighting and relaxing natural fragrances. Eco Serendib’s spa utilizes the award winning Sodashi product line for their impressive array of treatment options. Highlights include a Kohler steam shower, Sunlighten sauna, stunning couples treatment room and luxurious Living Earth Crafts spa equipment, and for those that wish to take their treatments alfresco, outdoor massages can be arranged.

Add in an exquisite 16-person dining table crafted by recycled material, a full luxury kitchen designed for interactive theater-style dining, outdoor BBQ area, a salt-infused hot tub and pool, and a Yamaha baby grand piano and you’ve pretty much found the ultimate private retreat.

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- $4000 SPA CREDIT when booking the entire villa for exclusive use on a 7 night stay. Contact reservations at 215-830-8300 via email at . Can’t stay 7 nights? Not to worry, they’ll provide you with an alternative spa credit option. The offer is valid through December 15, 2012 and conditions apply. As always, be sure & tell ‘em The Explorateur sent you!



The incredible journey to Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is overshadowed only by the striking beauty of the property itself which overwhelms upon arrival. Accessible only by boat, that glides you through impressive rock formations as you sail far away from towering mountains, past colorful coral reefs, playful waters and finally brushing against a powdery white sand beach where you disembark and instantly become one with nature.

On the outside, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay impresses with an architectural style reflecting Vietnam’s classically beautiful traditions. On the inside, it’s truly otherworldly. Exclusive, hidden, private, and abjectly luxurious, each category features its own unique flair. Rustic-chic Beach Villas boast plunge pools and direct beach access, while Hill Top Villas face the majestic mountain ranges of Nha Trang and the South China Sea. Water Villas are perched comfortably over the sea, making them the perfect launch pad for incredible snorkeling adventures while the signature Spa Suites are the epitome of seclusion- individual pavilions each with their own exclusive steamroom and spa treatment facilities with in-room spoiling around the clock.

If you do actually opt to leave your sanctuary of a room, activities abound- from all manner of watersport to shopping trips by cyclo, cultural village visits, island-hopper boat trips, hikes and beyond. Dining experiences that tempt and delight await your return, with the freshest of seafood and the ripest of vegetables locally grown, and an extensive wine list from around the world. Hideaway Food & Beverage Experiences include dining by the Bay, the Pool, the Rocks, in the Wine Cave, on a deserted beach or dive right in and learn how to cook the dishes yourself in classes with the head chef.

No Six Senses stay is complete without a spa experience that is absolutely beyond… and Ninh Van Bay’s 10,000 sq. meter haven is a true nature spa- a feast for the senses created beside a gentle waterfall, inspired by the tranquility of the jungle, and infused by the gorgeous aroma of incense and essential oils. Treatments are centered around the healing touch, inspired by Eastern and Western rejuvenation methods.

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Complimentary 30 minute body scrub for two. Click HERE for more info and as always, be sure & tell 'em The Explorateur sent you!



EVIAN ROYAL RESORT- Evian-les-bains, France
There are few places remaining in the world today that evoke a feeling of well-being in its purest form, luckily we still know a few to be able to enjoy. While we're sure you've certainly sampled Evian water from a bottle, we encourage you to take a step further and visit the source- a place so rich in natural therapeutic energy and exceptional beauty that it's overwhelming at first. The Evian Royal Resort sits almost suspended between the magnificent lake and the mountains, in its own lush regal gardens that are pure perfection with their fragrant blossoms and carefully manicured paths. The resort evokes harmony in its design, service, spa offerings and rooms that are the utmost in quintessential French elegance. The staff here certainly has perfected the art of anticipating their guests' needs which one can not put a price on. For those traveling with children, you'll certainly appreciate the endless, and most thoughtful activities that are as energetic as your little ones, full of curiosity, wonder and an educational theme with everything from cake workshops and pottery, to circus acts and even Mini-Olympics...absolutely adorable, and assuring parental peace of mind which again, one can not put a price on either. Stunning all around and a true 5-star winner in our book.

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Special in-room gift treats upon arrival including a splendid VIP welcome basket filled with champagne, chocolates, fruits & more plus 2010 Paul Smith Evian water bottle - all this on top of an amazing savings of 30% off of room rates for travel now through 31 Mar 2010. 3 Night minimum stay required- visit or email for reservations and be sure & tell 'em The Explorateur sent you!



Not that we're biased or anything, but Portugal truly is one of the lovliest places to visit. On a scale of 1-10, it packs an 11 and embodies all that Europe should offer, vivacious urban nightlife on one side with tranquil villages on the other, sumptious food, amazing wines and rich culture all folded into a diminuative package easily navigable by car from one end to the other. Where it really excels today is on the value side. We all know how stressful it's been lately, stress and money go hand in hand, so here's a solution for you courtesy of the amazing Aquapura Douro Valley for you to consider when you're crunching numbers and think you need to discard your vacation plans.

-19th Century renovated manor house property
-21 Villas with stunning contemporary design
-2200 square meters of spa created for absolute pure indulgence
-5 hectares of pristine woodland leading on to the river for spectacular views
-2001 marked the designation of this region as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
-Hundreds of wines and world-famous Ports distilled just steps away
-1 incredible tailor-made "Health Meets Beauty" spa program, handcrafted by a team of clinical and aesthetic doctors and personal trainers which includes:

-Personalized physical and nutritional assessment
-Daily Fitness & Power Plate activity programs
-Electric lymphatic drainage
-Body & Face Mesotherapy
-Detox daily supplement
-Accommodations and all meals

Whether you opt for the 4 or 8 day experience, you can rest assured the aesthetical assessment will be completley customized to YOU- down to your personal goals, optimal treatments, and long term maintenance plans that are feasible for your lifestyle. You need a break, now's the time to do it right.

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Complimentary upgrate from Spa Room to River Room with gorgeous views plus a special spa gift upon departure. Contact +351 25 466 06 60 or to book and be sure & tell 'em The Explorateur sent you!

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