By Sascha Zuger
Feel like your wardrobe could use a spark or two of creative flavor to set you apart. Try these destinations to add oomph to your closet – and your life.
Eldorado Hotel and Spa, Santa Fe
The romance of the Southwest exudes from every element of this beautifully renovated historic Heritage Hotel and Resort. Sangre de Cristo mountain vistas can be enjoyed from adobe balconies, or simply relax in front of the kiva fire under a custom woven throw. The location is ideal for poking around the charming shops and cafes of Santa Fe, though you wouldn’t go wrong enjoying the hotel’s excellent Old House Restaurant, using seasonal and regional ingredients from nearby artisan farms. For a true bliss moment, visit Nidah spa — one of the world’s top 10 spas – which blends modern and ancient healing techniques using gold, turquoise, chile, and honey.
Fashion Inspiration: Part of every night’s revenue goes to the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. A visit to the museum offers a look at various textile and weaving art forms dating back to the country’s first herd of wool producing sheep, as well as period costumes, to give a sense of New Mexican history.
The Plantation Inn, Maui
Escape the bustle of large, crowded resorts and relax in a beautifully appointed plantation-style suite at this little known jewel. Strolling distance from the galleries and boutiques of Lahaina and the sailing, snorkel, and dive excursions departing from the harbor by the famed Banyan Tree, the convenience of the location adds to an overall sense of peace. Enjoy an included gourmet breakfast of Croque Monsieur or Eggs Florentine and hearty cup of Kona coffee in the courtyard’s tropical garden setting before taking a dip in the mosaic-tiled pool. In the evening, follow a sunset Mai Tai at one of the oceanfront cafes or bars with an excellent culinary experience at onsite French restaurant, Gerard’s. (We recommend the wine-paired tasting menu!)
Fashion Inspiration: Sister property, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel (named the island’s “Most Hawaiian Hotel”), offers cultural classes on the various ways to wear and tie a pareo. Learn the history of the garment and how you can look your best on the beach.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
Tucked away in picturesque Altea, this sophisticated “temple of health and well-being” is a contemporary resort spa where people come to reassess their health, their bodies, their aging, and their future. Linking traditional medicine and eastern therapies, a staff of 250 tends to guests’ every need, creating tailored regimens that blend healthy eating, natural therapies, genetic/anti-aging medicine, aesthetic medicine, fitness, and cognitive stimulation. A team of chefs prepare delicious macrobiotic meals based on a personalized assessment. The architecturally gorgeous, 50,000-square-foot SHA Wellness facility features pools, fitness areas, and more than 80 treatment rooms — or simply settle into a cushy chaise lounge for serious tranquilidad alongside the massive infinity pool.
Fashion Inspiration: Everyone knows a great look is built on a great foundation. Not only will you leave SHA relaxed and glowing, but looking your best and armed with a personalized plan to keep your figure ready to flaunt those bold colors and flowing designs you pick up in nearby Alicante!