As winter settles in, it’s only natural to begin imagining long days spent beside a sunny lagoon. Make the dream come true at Habitas Bacalar in Mexico, an eco-sustainable, holistic sanctuary perfectly positioned between a dreamy lagoon and the mysterious Mayan jungle.
The resort rests on the edge of Lake Bacalar in Quintano Roo and offers three room categories: eight Lagoon Rooms with A-frame tent; 18 Jungle rooms surrounded by leafy foliage; and 10 Lagoons Breeze, blending elements of both the jungle and lagoon rooms.
Property amenities include Tree House Bar, a Lagoon Deck, outdoor cinema, airy Yoga Shala, Siete Kitchen dining room, a spa and a tranquil wellness center. The menu at Siete Kitchen focuses on healthy, plant-based meals created from the best locally sourced produce and ingredients. Traditional local recipes are used to prepare meats and seafoods, such as Yucatecan pork and freshly caught seafood.
Instead of scraping ice off your car window, choose the season’s shift with an immersive four- night State of Flow getaway, including accommodations, a private Temazcal sweat lodge ceremony and a Janzu Water Meditation — a guided aquatic relaxation technique similar to a Watsu therapy.
Each day, enjoy a delicious breakfast served with a healthy elixir. Try the coconut French toast, made with homemade sourdough brioche, pineapple and lemongrass compote, coconut cream, peppermint, and a peanut and coconut crumble.
You’ll also enjoy daily movement, breathwork and meditation sessions, as well as an evening herbal tea service. Also part of the escape: an hour-long E-foiling introductory class, where you’ll learn to pilot a surfboard fitted with a hydrofoil; a four-hour blue lagoon cruising experience; a sunrise paddle boarding outing; and a Melipona honey “Bee Well Therapy.”
The famous, stingless Melipona bees produce a particularly healthy honey with skin-boosting properties. The spa menu also offers sound healing sessions and other holistic therapies such as aroma-stone massage, facials, lymphatic drainage, reflexology and cranial sacral therapy.
Early on, pickleball had something to do with pickles. Pickles the dog, that is. In one story, the game was named for a family dog that ran off with the ball between sets.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
Not a word was spoken as I settled into a cozy spot on the outdoor terrace just outside the main lodge at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in Uganda. The air was so still the ice in my single malt seemed to echo off the forest in the distance as it clanked against the glass. I sat among a handful of fellow adventurers, each sitting silently beneath the night sky for one collective goal. Moments earlier, we learned a troop of mountain gorillas had made their way down the mountain near our lodge, and we left our meals to instead sit in eager anticipation of hearing the guttural grunts of the primates below. The chills on my arms never left me that night, even as I made my way up a stone pathway to my personal banda (guestroom). Thankfully, sleep came quickly for me that night as I drifted into dreams of what my next day would bring.
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