Sea Side Sanctuary
Leave your worries and tension behind when you check into Spa Del Sol on the peaceful Eagle Beach in Aruba – the paradisiacal atmosphere brings to mind a simpler time. Spa pioneer and designer Fred Abspoel has created an exotic Balinese-inspired seaside oasis where guests can unwind and reconnect with the surrounding nature. Massages, body treatments and facials are performed under the shade of swaying palm trees in open-air pavilions set right on the water’s edge. Skin treatments like the Balinese Scrub, which uses herbs and spices to remove dead cells, and the Cooling Wrap, which combines the healing properties of aloe and cucumber to rejuvenate tired skin, are the perfect duo after a day in the hot Aruban sun. Couples can book a side-by-side massage or take in views of the crystal clear sea as they soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi tub. Also on the menu are manicures and pedicures and waxing services — a head to toe experience that will have you looking and feeling your best in no time.
Savor Old San Juan
Pay a visit to the town of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico – a place as rich in cuisine as it is in history. Narrow cobblestone streets are lined with gourmet restaurants boasting an impressive variety of international cuisine, from Asian to Italian and, of course, Caribbean. At Aquaviva, the only seafood restaurant in Old San Juan, chef Hector Crespo shares his passion for fresh ingredients and unique flavors, while nearby at Dragon Fly Restaurant, chef Anna Maria Antoinette blends Latin and Asian cuisines to create a singular dining experience. Also in the neighborhood is Parrot Club Restaurant, offering a distinctive twist on Puerto Rican cuisine by combining it with Cuban, Dominican, Peruvian, South American and Spanish fare, perfect when paired with the restaurant’s signature Mojito. Fans of French food head to Restaurant 311 where chef Christophe Gordain incorporates fresh local tropical fruits and root vegetables for a new spin on traditional fare. Although it spans only seven blocks, Old San Juan is a gourmet epicenter that’s not to be missed.
SoHo in Style
Join the well-heeled and fashion-forward as you stroll the cobblestone streets of this trendy downtown NYC neighborhood in search of the latest styles. From designer boutiques, major fashion houses like Prada and Chanel, and charming sidewalk cafes bordered by antique stores and galleries, this once-bohemian enclave is now a bustling shopper’s paradise. Named for its location — SoHo stands for South of Houston —the neighborhood encompasses the blocks between Broadway and Sixth Avenue and from Houston down to Broome streets.
Discover the romance of Paris and the energy of New York embodied in the designs of Catherine Malandrino at her eponymous boutique on Broome Street. Flattering feminine shapes, detailed embroideries and bold colors distinguish her collections and make her popular with trend-setting celebs. You’ll also find flowing dresses and loose fitting pants with inventive cuts that accentuate the best part of the female form. Head north to Longchamp on Spring Street where you’ll find three stories dedicated to the French luxury brand, which began as a purveyor of leather goods and today includes clothing, scarves and bags. You may recognize the Le Pliage line of foldable vinyl travel bags that have caused a stir worldwide, but if you’re in the market for something a bit more one-of-kind, Longchamp offers exquisite handbags and totes to complement every fashionista’s wardrobe.
The Tao of Vegas
Nightclubs are notorious for their short half-lives. It’s just a matter of time before a new hot spot comes along and replaces the last one. One notable exception? Tao Restaurant and Nightclub at the Venetian in Vegas. Despite a plethora of other popular spots, revelers have yet to be drawn away and the fun hasn’t stopped – just last weekend Kim Kardashian celebrated her 30th birthday here. With 40,000 square feet dedicated to a restaurant, lounge, club and beach, the super stylish Tao is the undisputed place to see and be seen. At the restaurant, a 20-foot tall Buddha stands vigil over the infinity pool full of Japanese carp while master chefs serve up pan Asian cuisine to celeb regulars and other fashionable guests. After dinner, the heat turns up at Tao Nightclub and Beach Club. Partygoers flock to the outdoor scene and sip cocktails poolside in reserved cabanas or head indoors to dance to the tunes of three resident DJs. During hot summer days, you’ll find the beautiful people drinking, dancing and lounging poolside at one of the best parties in town.