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Putting On The Ritz At The Ritz-Carlton Montreal

Posted April 20, 2015 by Loukia

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of staying at and reviewing the stunning Ritz-Carlton, Montreal with my family. Montreal has always been one of my favourite cities because of its history and culture, and also because it is charming and beautiful.

Not many hotels are linked to the history of the city in which they are located; the Ritz-Carlton Montreal is one of those hotels. After all, it’s not called the “Grand Dame of Sherbrooke Street” for nothing. This hotel is an iconic part of Montreal. The hotel first opened its doors in 1912 and perhaps that is part of its charm.

The lobby area (also called the Palm Court) is a great place to people watch and enjoy afternoon tea. The Palm Court makes me feel like I’ve stepped into the world of Gatsby. There is also a Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar in the Palm Court – exclusive to the Ritz-Carlton Montral and the first of its kind in Canada. (I’ll have to come back for that!)

I stayed at this hotel a couple of  times before the renovations that took place between 2008-2012.  The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is one of Canada’s most award-winning hotels, and it is actually only one of four hotels designed by César Ritz himself (in addition to London, Paris, and Madrid.) It’s luxurious, for certain—and the service is like no other from the moment you walk in the historic doors.

The old charm of the hotel combined with the comtemporary design (I love that they’ve kept some pieces of antique furniture in the rooms—I think it adds to the charm) makes a stay here very memorable. You’ll never want to leave. The boutique rooms and suites blend historic elements with modern features in an effortless way.

The rooms are luxurious and breathtaking. My children loved the washrooms the most—from the large tubs and TV’s to the heated toilet seats, they were so happy. Our two connecting rooms were very spacious and the boys enjoyed a scavenger hunt in our room as soon as we arrived.

What they loved even more than the amazing bathrooms and candy, though, was the rooftop saltwater pool. With views of downtown Montreal, this pool was breathtaking and a great place to relax with a book, too.

I loved the cute and soft robes they were given to wear to and from the pool. It’s the little things the hotel thought about that made this stay so lovely.

Later in the evening, the boys were treated to an in-room movie complete with drinks and popcorn. It was perfection.

Although there is so much to do in Montreal, (we walked around Crescent Street, had dinner at an excellent Greek restaurant, and more) we enjoyed being inside the Ritz-Carlton the most. There was no need to leave.

 

We were also treated to a delicious breakfast at the renowned Maison Boulud restaurant the next morning, too. The restaurant features an open-kitchen concept and modern cuisine with a twist. It’s a great place to eat, whether you’re enjoying breakfast or dinner. There is a fine wine menu, too, as you can see…

I loved the features and attention to detail in the hotel rooms; the heated bathroom floors, the beautiful views and large windows in the rooms, the neutral colour scheme, the Nespresso machine and turndown service, complete with slippers and lavender hand lotion, the pillow menu, the towel warmer, and the motion sensors that activate lights at night. Absolutely everything was perfection, including the service.

Thank you so much, Ritz-Carlton Montreal, for this incredible stay. We truly loved every single moment, and can’t wait to be back soon.

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Business

Apple gives us an environmental responsibility update for Earth Day

Posted April 20, 2015 by Michael Graham Richard

Is this Lisa Jackson’s influence on the fruit company?

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Canadian

Top of the World

Posted April 20, 2015 by Lyn Brown

Inuit sculpture in front of a buildingMy work took me to the top of the world last week. Flying over the stark frozen tundra and then landing in Iqaluit to the frigid Arctic elements felt like a homecoming of sorts; oddly familiar.I had my boss in tow …

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Green Features to Promote Efficiency at Concert’s Kip District Condos

Posted April 20, 2015 by Jack Landau

UrbanThere are challenges associated with building eco-friendly high-rise residential buildings, but builders of new Toronto communities are showing an increased commitment to the including “green” features. One of the new developments planning to empl…

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Government of Canada Launches 10th Annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

Posted April 20, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Government of Canada Launches 10th Annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

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Government Actions to Protect Canadians and Recognize the Rights of Victims

Posted April 20, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Government Actions to Protect Canadians and Recognize the Rights of Victims

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National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2015

Posted April 20, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2015

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TREB Releases First Quarter 2015 Market Report

Posted April 17, 2015 by Jack Landau

UrbanThe Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has released their market report for the first quarter of 2015, showing a continued demand for condominium housing, and a rapidly growing rental market. Condominium rentals in the Greater Toronto Area rose shar…

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Daniels Erin Mills Phase One Rising Amidst Second Phase Work

Posted April 17, 2015 by Anonymous

Urban

West of the Credit River and north of Dundas Street in Mississauga you will find the community of Erin Mills. Under construction since the 1970s, the area is mostly built out now, but pockets of former farmland do remain. Where Eglinton Avenue crosses Erin Mills Parkway you will find the Erin Mills Town Centre, a major shopping centre now undergoing an $100 Million renovation, and on an opposite corner the highly regarded Credit Valley Hospital. South of the former and west of the latter, the Daniels Erin Mills condominium community is under construction.

Daniels Erin Mills, Kirkor Architects Planners, The Daniels Corporation A view of Daniels Erin Mills facing North, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Jasonzed

A development by The Daniels Corporation, and designed by Kirkor Architects Planners, the first phase of Daniels Erin Mills is a 25-storey condominium tower with 300 residential units varying in size from 359 ft² to 871 ft², and with prices starting at $194,000.

Much construction has occurred since our previous story in October of 2014. The first phase now rises nine storeys into the air, with approximately one floor being added a week as crews are able to move fly forms up to the next level on a regular basis once a newly poured floor has cured. Meanwhile, excavation for the next phase has reached bottom and the footings for columns for the next building have been poured and the crane has been installed.

Daniels Erin Mills, Kirkor Architects Planners, The Daniels Corporation The footings and crane for the next phase at Daniels Erin Mills are in place, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Jasonzed

Once complete, phase one of Daniels Erin Mills will feature a 24-hour concierge service in its double height lobby to greet both residents and visitors alike, while many other amenities await in other parts of the building. On the fourth and fifth floors “CLUB 5ENSES” which will include a party room, a media nook, and an outdoor party terrace, while other terraces are set aside for yoga and al fresco dining with barbecues. A two-storey gym/community space, where the lower section will include an “Everything Activity Studio”—a multi-purpose space for group gatherings and activities such as birthday parties, family get-togethers, and craft nights—while the upper section is a state-of-the-art fitness studio which will enable residents to work out with the guidance of instructors from the virtual fitness program WELLBEATS

Daniels Erin Mills, Kirkor Architects Planners, The Daniels Corporation Daniels Erin Mills Phase One, image courtesy of The The Daniels Corporation

Additional information and renderings can be found in our dataBase file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment using the space provided at the bottom of this page.

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Business

Apple buys a forest the size of San Francisco for conservation, will build 2 new solar farms

Posted April 16, 2015 by Michael Graham Richard

The fruit company keeps taking steps in the right direction. Hopefully other big corporations follow in their footsteps.

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Business

Chinese textile mills save money while going green

Posted April 16, 2015 by Margaret Badore

A new report from Clean by Design shows how energy and water efficiency translate into big savings.

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General

Trump Residences Toronto Piggybacks Luxury Hotel Amenities

Posted April 16, 2015 by Jack Landau

Urban

Last month we took you inside of the Trump Residences Toronto for a look at a 3 bedroom-4 bathroom-4,300 square-foot penthouse suite. Luxurious interiors are a major selling point for the 118 suites in the 58-storey condo and hotel tower in Toronto’s Financial District, and residents of the condo suites have access to the same luxury amenities as the hotel guests staying in the building’s five-star hotel.

Included in the amenity offerings is a warm, 65-foot indoor saltwater infinity-edge lap pool, situated 32 floors above the Bay-Adelaide intersection, with spectacular views of the city to the north and east. The walls of the pool area are clad in book-matched Calacatta marble, all cut from the same slab. The marble finish was selected by Dan Menchions of II By IV Design Associates for its resemblance to a swimmer mid-breaststroke. 

Trump Toronto, Talon International, Zeidler Partnership ArchitectsPool at the Trump Residences Toronto, image courtesy of Talon International

The classic styling is juxtaposed by the use of modern technology. Swimmers in the pool can listen to relaxing music while underwater, thanks to three newly-installed omni-directed underwater dispersion speakers. Adjacent to the saltwater pool, residents and hotel guests alike have access to a two-level spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre, infrared sauna and cleanstream ‘spa tub’.

Trump Toronto, Talon International, Zeidler Partnership ArchitectsFitness centre at the Trump Residences Toronto, image courtesy of Talon International

Some of the other Five-Star Hotel amenities being offered to Trump residents include in-room dining and full catering, dedicated concierge, security, house car valet and housekeeping, along with preferred access to the hotel’s America Restaurant and The Lobby Bar.

While residents and hotel guests will share amenity spaces, residents of the building’s suites will have access to exclusive offerings like a residents-only Sky Lobby on the 32nd floor, and access to a separate ground-floor elevator lobby.

Trump Toronto, Talon International, Zeidler Partnership ArchitectsSky Lobby at the Trump Residences Toronto, image courtesy of Talon International

Additional information and renderings can be found in our dataBase file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment using the space provided at the bottom of this page.

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Business

Change the Tune: The best Green Party ad ever?

Posted April 16, 2015 by Sami Grover

The UK Green Parties are looking to differentiate themselves from “boy band” politicians. I think it’s a sign of something bigger.

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Debt

Choosing a mortgage that fits

Posted April 15, 2015 by Bruce Sellery

Not all mortgages are created equal. Here’s what to look for

The post Choosing a mortgage that fits appeared first on MoneySense.

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General

Keep Connected! Expats and Nomads Blog Around the World

Posted April 15, 2015 by michelle w.

We don’t write blogs purely for ourselves — we write them to be read. For people who live far from family and friends, blogs serve twin readerships: they give the intrepid traveler a simultaneous way to chronicle travels for a broad audience and update those back at home. We love following the worldly adventures of these four …

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T-Rex Restaurant! WW

Posted April 15, 2015 by Stephanie

A flashback to the T-REX Restaurant in Downtown Disney World.  Why now?  Partly because I have been advising close friends this would be a great spot for an engaging and exciting meal while at Disney, mostly because I can’t wait to head back to Disney World for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference in 28 […]

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Legislation to Keep Contraband Tobacco Off Canadian Streets Comes Into Force

Posted April 14, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, Justice Minister and Attorney General Peter MacKay and Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary and MP for Moncton-Dieppe-Riverview, announced that the Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act has now come into force.

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<em>Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act</em>

Posted April 14, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Government has advanced its efforts to combat the trafficking and cross-border smuggling of contraband tobacco by creating a new Criminal Code offence with mandatory minimum penalties of imprisonment for repeat offenders. Many of these offenders ar…

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Europe

Adventures By Disney Announces First-Ever River Cruise Through Europe!

Posted April 14, 2015 by Stephanie

On my bucket list forever has been to take my children through Europe.  Yes Europe.  All of it.  I know that’s nearly impossible, so parring it down a bit, as of late I’d been toying with the idea of a river cruise.  The option to slowly and intimately wind our way through a river on […]

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The Hazelton Hotel: An Intimate And Luxurious Stay

Posted April 12, 2015 by Loukia

Last week I was in Toronto, staying at The Hazelton Hotel–Toronto’s most exclusive five-star hotel. It was every bit as wonderful as I imagined it would be.

I’m thankful to have been invited to review this gorgeous property because it’s one hotel I’ve always wanted to explore. The Hazelton Hotel is an important part of Yorkville’s vibe and culture. And boy, do I love Yorkville—this is Toronto’s most stylish district, after all, with plenty of amazing shopping and fine dining. Yorkville is where you’ll find me when I’m in Toronto, no matter the season. I was curious to find out just how lovely a stay at The Hazelton Hotel would be, especially because it is the number one hotel in Toronto, according to Conde Nast Traveler.

The service was amazing; similar to the service I received at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour. Everyone was incredibly friendly and ready to help with any request I had, morning or night. The rooms are stunning, especially the gorgeous, spacious bathrooms, complete with heated floors, a built-in television in the mirror, and L’Occitane bath products. It was absolute heaven.

After falling in love with my room, I was whisked away to the world-class Hazelton Health Club and Spa where I was treated to a 75 minute pedicure. It was so relaxing and the service was, once again, perfection. (Special thanks to Vickie for taking such good care of me!)

The Hazelton Health Club and Spa has plenty of services, from world class facial and body treatments to manicures and pedicures. (The spa uses the Swiss product line Valmont, which I love.) You’ll leave the Spa at the Hazleton feeling revitalized and rejuvenated.

If you want to work out before hitting the spa, the Health Club is open 24 hours. There is also a beautiful lap pool, with a private elevator taking you right to the pool from your hotel room floor.

After my spa appointment, I went back to my room to catch up on some work and relax. I ordered room service, (which is available 24 hours) and enjoyed my relaxing night in my beautiful hotel room before leaving for an event the next day. The rooms are intimate with “… a splash of 1940’s inspired Hollywood glitter.”

My favourite part was the large dressing room and all the closet space. I also loved the floor to ceiling mirrors. Often, there is not enough room to place luggage and hang up clothes when I’m traveling,  so this was great to see. 

I was very impressed with the car service The Hazelton Hotel provided me, too,  taking me to and from my event as well as making a stop at a nearby store in Yorkville for me so I could pick something up.

Before I left the hotel, I enjoyed a delicious lunch in One Restaurant with the Sales Manager of The Hazelton Hotel, Christine, and Cassie, who helped organize my wonderful stay. The company was wonderful and the food was amazing, and I cannot wait to go back again soon—the menu has a lot to choose from and dining at One Restaurant is something you have to experience. (One Restaurant is headed by Chef Mark McEwan, and is especially popular during TIFF—The Hazelton Hotel is always the place to be if you want to spot celebrities!) 

The Screening Room in The Hazelton Hotel was quite impressive, too–this theatre holds up to 25 people, and is used for many functions, from sporting events to movie screenings.

Although my stay at The Hazelton Hotel was short and sweet, I will certainly be back soon. From the service to the location, this five-star hotel left me wanting more.

Thank you, Hazelton, for making my first experience with you so magical.

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General

Minister of Justice to Make a Funding Announcement

Posted April 9, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, accompanied by Bob Dechert, M.P. for Mississauga-Erindale and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, will make a funding an…

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La Ronda, Quito

Posted April 8, 2015 by Stephanie

Looking for a new place to explore? Photo Credit: Quito Turismo This is La Ronda; a quaint street in the heart of the historical Quito Ecuador, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! (and maybe even give  away a trip away for two people to see this enchanting place for themselves!!) Details […]

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Business

Here is The Number 1 Way to Sell Your Dreams to Others

Posted April 8, 2015 by Anonymous

You got something going that you have been dreaming about for sometime and you can’t wait to drop in the world because you just know everyone will love it. You tell the world only to find out that no one cares even half as much as you do.  What do you do? You may have […]

The post Here is The Number 1 Way to Sell Your Dreams to Others appeared first on Cover Ground.

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Crab Fisherman to Pay More than $20,000 in Fines and Forteitures for Fishing an Area not Specified in his Licence

Posted April 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

April 7, 2015 – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Chesley Coish of Hilgrade has been convicted of two counts of fishing in an area not specified in his crab license, a violation of the Fishery (General) Regulations. One occurrence took place in 2012 and the other in 2013.

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Tribunal Finds Threat of Injury&mdash;Oil Country Tubular Goods Originating in or Exported from Nine Countries

Posted April 2, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Ottawa, Ontario, April 2, 2015-The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the Tribunal) today found that the dumping of oil country tubular goods, originating in or exported from Chinese Taipei, the Republic of India, the Republic of Indonesia, the Rep…

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Family

How To Make Money Off Your Online Shopping Habit

Posted April 2, 2015 by Sonya

You may already be a fan of Ebates.ca, the site that offers straight forward cash back rewards from online purchases. The company has just launched a new app for iPhone and iPad devices bringing the convenience of shopping and savings […]

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‘The City of Asphalt and the Favelas on the Hills': At 450 Years Old, Rio Is Divided Into Two Worlds

Posted April 1, 2015 by Anonymous

‘The City of Asphalt and the Favelas on the Hills': At 450 Years Old, Rio Is Divided Into Two Worlds

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Education

Should Sales Enablement be the New Product Marketing?

Posted March 31, 2015 by Anonymous

by John Mansour A clever person once said that it’s product management’s job to put the products people want to buy on the shelf, and product marketing’s job to get buyers to take them off the shelf.  For B2B companies, emptying those shelves requires a unique competency in your sales force that goes beyond the […]

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Drug and Alcohol Prohibition Compliance

Posted March 31, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Shoker Act amends the Criminal Code to establish the ability of police and probation officers to collect bodily samples from offenders who are under a court order to abstain from consuming d…

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Legislation Comes Into Force to Ensure Offenders Comply With Court Orders Prohibiting Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use

Posted March 31, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay today announced the coming into force of the Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Shoker Act. The legislation supports the Government of Canada’s commitment to help ke…

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Ontario Judicial Appointments Announced

Posted March 30, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:

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Harper Government Introduces Measures to Help Keep our Streets and Communities Safe by Targeting Repeat Violent Offenders

Posted March 27, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, introduced legislation to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to end statutory release for repeat violent offenders.

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Statutory Release Reform Act

Posted March 27, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Harper Government is continuing to take action to help keep our streets and communities safe for Canadian families.

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Blogging

The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

Posted March 27, 2015 by Anonymous

“It’s a great job. But you have to have a specific temperament that’s immune to rejection and loves the hustle.”

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Fashion

DayTripper: Standford & Palo Alto In California

Posted March 26, 2015 by Sonya

When you visit San Francisco there’s always lots to do but if you looking to get out of the city and check out a hidden gem, Stanford is the place. About an hour and half outside of SF, this university […]

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Business

The Sacrifice of Chasing Two Rabbits

Posted March 25, 2015 by Ian Warner

Sometimes people just don’t understand and because they don’t understand they become upset. When they become upset they get discouraged and by being discouraged they quit. You are more likely to fall into this trap when you chase two rabbits at the exact same time. When you chase two rabbits it is ok, but you […]

The post The Sacrifice of Chasing Two Rabbits appeared first on Cover Ground.

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General

How To Make The Most Of Your Disney Cruise Experience

Posted March 25, 2015 by Anonymous

We’re giving you all of our tips and tricks to make sure you get the best Disney Cruise experience possible. So here is everything you need to know to prepare for your Disney Cruise Line vacation What to bring and […]

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Government of Canada celebrates legislation to ensure the safety and security of hardworking public transit operators

Posted March 23, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, Justice Minister and Attorney General Peter MacKay joined by Senator Bob Runciman (Ontario), the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), and Corneliu Chisu, Member of Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East met with the Ama…

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General

The SXSW 21: The 21 Thoughtfluencers Who Won #SXSW

Posted March 20, 2015 by Anonymous

The SXSW 21: The 21 Thoughtfluencers Who Won #SXSW

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Beauty

A Standout Spa At The Diplomat Resort

Posted March 20, 2015 by Loukia

As much as I love to travel and explore new countries and cities, there is something very comforting about travelling back to my favourite vacation destination. For me and my family, that special place of familiarity that keeps us coming back for more, year after year, is the Diplomat Resort and Spa in South Florida.

Aside from spending some serious quality time with my family on the beach and by the pools while on vacation at the Diplomat, I also love to sneak away for some pampering at the Diplomat Spa.

During my stay at the Diplomat Resort and Spa this winter, I was treated to the New Year, New You Spa Package, and it was incredible. This special package consisted of a one hour personal training session, an 80 minute massage, a 50 minute firming facial, and a shellac manicure and pedicure. I was blown away, and very grateful for my spa experience. (I didn’t do the personal training session, though—I left my running shoes at home and instead spent time working out on the beach!)

The Diplomat Spa is a luxurious, tranquil spa to unwind and relax while you’re staying at the resort, whether you’re there for business or pleasure. And truly—with unforgettable oceanfront views, dim lights, and soft music, you’ll be exhaling from the moment you walk into the change rooms and step into your plush bath robe as you await your spa experience.

I’ve had the pleasure of being treated to some serious pampering at the Diploma Spa after it opened in 2013, and I must say, this spa knows how to make you feel completely relaxed and rejuvenated. The spa features 10 treatment rooms, a salt-steam bath, and a variety of massages, including hot stone, deep tissue, signature, bamboo, pre-natal, reflexology, and couples massage. The spa also has a great selection of facials, waxing, manicures, and pedicures.  (Next to the spa, you’ll find a 24-hour fitness room, which is the nicest fitness room I’ve ever seen.)

When booking your vacation to the Diplomat Resort and Spa, makes sure you allow some time to experience what this great spa has to offer. It’s a great escape, especially since you’re already on vacation. You’re worth the pampering!

Enjoy. And if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I’ll be happy to help you.

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