Stressed out by Wedding Planning? Try a Weekend at the Absolutely Stunning Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

Globetrotting Cindy just got back from the The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach which reopened following a whopping $120-million renovation. If you’re looking for distressing ocean views and the best pools in Palm Beach, there is nowhere better to spend a long weekend.

Take your choice of spacious guestrooms, luxurious suites or their famous Presidential Suite. For dining, the Terrace restaurant (the only oceanfront terrace dinning in Palm Beach) features a fire pit that is ceremoniously lit each evening – perfect for torching S’Mores.

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The highlight of the property has to be their new $30-million Eau Spa, which opened in March 2009. The 42,000-square-foot haven is unlike any spa I have ever seen, and is the grand finale of the resort’s four-year transformation project. For a private day, a spa day with the girls, or a romantic retreat with your man, visit one of the 19 treatment rooms, most with private gardens. You’ll find an open air garden with hanging chairs suspended above a reflection pond, the first of its kind “scrub and polish bar” where guests can mix up their own scrubs and polishes with the help of an on-site mixologist, a bath lounge, three couples spa villas with oversized tubs and outdoor rain showers, and a fitness center offering yoga and spin classes.

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Here are some of my favorite spa specials that are currently running. Best of all, every treatment includes their signature mini chocolate cupcakes. YUM!

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Bite Size Beauty – Spa Samplers – Try a 25-minute taste of heaven, perfect for when you are watching the $$$, but still need some pampering!

– Eau De Facial Sampler Starting at $75

– Eau De Massage Starting at $69

– Play Together For Couples Sampler – $199 Includes: 
Scrub and Polish Bar experience for two
, 25-minute massage for two (together or in private spaces). This sampler packages also include time to pause in 
the Self-Centered Garden and time to play in the Bath Lounge.

Mention TASTER when making your appointment for the samplers.

Two is Better than One! Enjoy 50% off your 2nd Treatment – Book a treatment and get your second treatment for half price. Some restrictions apply.

They also offer a full range of destination wedding packages.

Have a great weekend!

Free Mexican Getaway, anyone??

Want to win a free getaway to Los Cabos?  Of couse you do!

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Just head over to Origins and enter their “Leave it all behind” sweepstakes.  The grand prize includes two roundtrip tockets on Continental Airlines and a three-night stay at the Marquis Los Cabos beachfront resort.

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You’ll also enjoy two rejuvenating spa treatments AND the entire collection of Origins Gloomaway products (citrusy cleansers, mists and soaps!).

This would be a great bachelorette getaway or honeymoon!  Deadline for entry is August 31, 2008.  Good luck!

Monday Morning Travel Deals

If you’re looking for a last minute summer getaway, be sure to follow Jet Blue on Twitter @jetbluecheeps and check in on Mondays for their last minute weekend travel deals.  Seats are limited and fares must be booked on Monday between 10 am and 6 pm.

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If you’re lucky, you can score a weekend getway for as little as $9 bucks each way plus taxes.

Honeymoon Dexox Anyone? Unlimited Spa Treatments at Secrets Resorts, Mexico

Wedding planning is exhausting! What could be better than a pampering all-inclusive honeymoon with unlimited spa treatments???

To celebrate the opening of its new spa, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, the adults-only, all-inclusive, honeymoon haven in Mexico, is offering the Unlimited Spa Package for guests visiting now through December 23rd. Yeah, there’s fine print (four 25-minute treatments per day per person) but still, this is an awesome deal. You’ll choose from an array of specialty massages and hydrotherapy treatments at the brand new Secrets Spa by Pevonia. If your guy isn’t the pampering type, just grab your bridesmaids and make it a bachelorette getaway.

Summer Loving – Take a break from wedding planning and score a travel bargain

Summer vacations are the best and the deals now are better than ever! So put the wedding planning on hold for a bit (I promise, your fiance will thank you) and hit the road.

If you’re in the market for a cruise bargain or cheap hotel rooms, book them fast. Need some inspiration?

Seabourn Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Silversea Cruises still have some amazing summer deals left (like 65% off certain dates!).

Grab your girlfriends and head down to Miami for a girl’s getaway. You’ll find cheap hotel rooms, great beaches, restaurants galore and miles of shopping.

Even NYC is on sale right now! The famed Waldorf-Astoria has rooms for under $200 and if you come soon you can take advantage of our NYC Restaurant Week. And don’t forget the shopping…Topshop, Kleinfelds, and Sephora, oh my.

Europe is a great deal now so why not grab your guy and head over the pond for a little pre-honeymoon getaway? London and Paris have slew of cheap hotel rooms (yes, we’re talking under $100) available with the the money you’ll save you can do a little shopping!

Bon voyage!!

Summer Loving – Take a break from wedding planning and score a travel bargain

Summer vacations are the best and the deals now are better than ever! So put the wedding planning on hold for a bit (I promise, your fiance will thank you) and hit the road.

If you’re in the market for a cruise bargain or cheap hotel rooms, book them fast. Need some inspiration?

Seabourn Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Silversea Cruises still have some amazing summer deals left (like 65% off certain dates!).

Grab your girlfriends and head down to Miami for a girl’s getaway. You’ll find cheap hotel rooms, great beaches, restaurants galore and miles of shopping.

Even NYC is on sale right now! The famed Waldorf-Astoria has rooms for under $200 and if you come soon you can take advantage of our NYC Restaurant Week. And don’t forget the shopping…Topshop, Kleinfelds, and Sephora, oh my.

Europe is a great deal now so why not grab your guy and head over the pond for a little pre-honeymoon getaway? London and Paris have slew of cheap hotel rooms (yes, we’re talking under $100) available with the the money you’ll save you can do a little shopping!

Bon voyage!!

Recessionista Summer Getaway! Life’s a Beach Jet Blue Sale!

If I have a choice, I’ll always pick a Jet Blue flight. I love that they feed me snacks and entertain me with TV and movies making even a long trip seem quick. (Note: We flew to St. Martin last week and I was disappointed to learn that only the movies work once you get an hour away from JFK. What’s up with that Jet Blue???)


Jet Blue is known for their amazing sales and they’ve got a great Life’s a Beach Sale going on now that is offering up some great fares ($29 – $139 each way!) to Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. There are some amazing hotel deals right now so be sure to book a summer getaway if you haven’t already.

Need a bachelor or bachelorette trip, mini-moon or honeymoon? Hurry up, you have to book by Friday and travel between July 14 and October 6.