Relax and Unwind at The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach Florida

Relax and Unwind at The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach Florida may just be the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Whether you are traveling, as a couple, with family or friends or even solo, The Breakers Resort will not disappoint.

History buffs will enjoy the hearing the story of The Breakers dating back to 1896 and seeing the architecture that was modeled after the magnificent Villa Medici in Rome. 75 artisans were brought in from Italy and together they completed the intricate paintings, detailed across the ceilings of the 200-foot-long main lobby and first-floor public rooms, which remain on display today.

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers Resort, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers Resort, Palm Beach, Florida

The room accommodations are perfectly polished and well maintained for the age of the property.

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The bathrooms are sleek and modern with the Breakers own amenities and nightly turn down service will leaves you with a sweet treat to end the evening.

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

Families will enjoy the many activities available such as bike rentals for a family ride, game room, bungalow rental and convenience of the zero entry pool. There is also a kids club available with all day activities so parents can have a little beach time alone!

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Foodies will appreciate the amazing dining and delicious dishes from over eight dining options including the historic Flagler Steakhouse to the modern Seafood Bar with its incredible views of the ocean along with the fish tank countertop bar you must see to believe.

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The outside dining options include incredible views of the pristine beach along with dishes to match.

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

If you love fitness, golf or tennis there is no better view than the one from The Breakers well equipped gym facility and personal training center. The golf course facilities are fit for pro’s with a magnificent 18 hole course as well as a training academy for the novice. There are 10 tennis courts available for play from 7 am to 9 pm and private lessons, clinics and junior programs for those wanting to learn the game.

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

If you are looking to relax and unwind, the spa and many lounge chairs by the pool and beach will do the trick. The spa offers a variety of treatments including massages, skincare, hair and nail services and more.

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida                  

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The beach and pool offer a variety of bungalow rentals and lounge chairs and an infinity style 21 and older adult pool.

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

I have traveled to quite a few resorts and The Breakers is by far one of my favorites and on my list to go back too. For more information You check out The Breakers website.

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

 

Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa

Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Due to my husbands job we travel to Las Vegas every couple of years for a construction convention that is held somewhere on the strip.

This year we decided to go out early and enjoy a relaxing weekend before the meetings.

Knowing we would be on the strip for the convention, we chose the Hilton Lake Las Vegas as our getaway which is about 30 minutes from the strip in Henderson, Nevada.

 

There were a few things I liked about the hotel and few things that could have been better.

My first impression was not great as the entrance from the parking garage takes you go through a dated walkway to the hotel entrance. The carpets looked as if they had just been shampooed which is good, but left a musty smell in the hallway. (Could have been better)

Once inside the lobby, the space is bright with large windows, decorative crown molding and fantastic lighting. (I liked it)

 

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Check in was easy and thanks to hubby’s Hilton Diamond Member Status (due to his Hilton Honors account), we received a lovely king suite upgrade overlooking the courtyard. The room also included free wifi and breakfast. (I liked it)

The breakfast buffet had plenty of choices for my taste and cook to order omelets. (I liked it)

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

The room was quite spacious although I thought some of the fixtures and decor were slightly dated. (Could have been better) The view was absolutely lovely. (I liked it)

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

I say check in was easy as it felt like we were the only guests there. The space is known to host large corporate events and retreats during the week but seemed to be a bit of a ghost town the weekend we were there in early February 2015. This was a toss up for me as it was serine, quaint and quiet which we enjoyed but not seeing very many people made it feel a little deserted.

There is a little village attached to the property that includes a variety of shops and restaurants but not much was going on and most shops were empty. I could see when the property was first opened what a hot spot it was and have a feeling this area was a victim of the economic downturn we had a few years ago. It was very quiet and lovely to walk around. The Italian restaurant Luna Rossa we ate at was very good. (I liked it)

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

There is a large empty space on the property which once housed a casino and in my opinion, I am actually ok that it was closed. One of the reasons we chose to stay at Lake Las Vegas was to get away from the casinos. (I liked it)

The surrounding grounds are absolutely lovely and feel like a bit of mirage with the reflection of the hotel off of the lake and surrounding palm trees. The courtyard area has a nice fire pit where we sat in the evenings and enjoyed a glass of wine. (I liked it)

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Hilton Lake Las Vegas

To sum things up I would stay there again. It is a lovely property that just needs a little updating and maybe some good marketing to get things rolling again.

Although, we do like to play a hand of blackjack now and then and will take in a show while in Vegas, it was nice to get away from the strip for a couple of days and enjoy the serine surroundings of Lake Las Vegas.

Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa

1610 Lake Las Vegas Parkway, Henderson, Nevada 89011
702-567-4700

Calistoga Resort and Spa

Calistoga Resort and Spa

A visit to Nappa Valley has been on my bucket list for quite some time and much to my surprise a friend of mine had been invited to a girlfriend’s weekend getaway and needed a roommate. She asked if I wanted to go. I always imagined it would be with my husband, as I cannot think of anything more romantic than sipping wine in the beautiful mustard covered grapevines. However, with hubbies blessing and him saying…..Merry Christmas, Happy Anniversary, Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Birthday, I packed my bags and kissed him goodbye!

 

The weather was a wee bit chilly but nothing compared to the February winter we were having in Missouri. I even left a day early to beat the Snowmageddon that was due to hit the day my flight was scheduled.

 

Solage Calistoga Resort and Spa will literally astound you.  The beautiful grounds host about 80 studios and suites all of which are within walking distance to the main facilities and quite contemporary. Room layouts vary but all are equipped with the latest technology, full sized locally made bath amenity products, luxurious bedding and linens, complementary coffee and tea at the mini bar and each room is complete with bathrobes and slippers. This clip gives you a nice tour of the room we had.

Outdoors you will find a comfortable patio with a grapevine-thatched roof and two cruiser bicycles that can be ridden in to town and wineries close by. The grounds are pristinely manicured and landscaped with fragrant rosemary and lavender.

Nightly turn-down service includes a glass water bottle adorned with mint leaves left at the bedside. The water is delightfully tasty and a perfect way to re-hydrate after indulging in wine tours all day.

 

The Spa is phenomenal and our package included Solage’s signature Mudslide treatment experience. This treatment begins with a visit to the Mud-Bar where you have Mudtenders mix a customized scent using Solage Mud, essential oils and geothermal water. You are then whisked off to the treatment room that can be booked as a group or individual and coat yourself in the mud concoction. After a serene 20 minutes of laying on the warm tiles with cucumbers over your eyes and then a quick rinse, you then make your way to the to the mineral baths in footed tubs. There are curtains separating the tubs if you prefer a little privacy. Following a rinse off from the baths, you will then cocoon yourself in the NASA-inspired Sound Chair that vibrates to music and reclines you to “zero-gravity”.

 

All though you may feel like melted butter afterwards and I mean that in a good way, if you so desire you can then relax in the separate private soaking areas for men and women. These areas include a mineral cool plunge, a warm mineral Jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room and outdoor shower. These areas are a clothing optional zone, so just beware you may see your share of unique trim jobs and other things you may or may not want to see!

 

With all the amenities, the spa has to offer it is easy to spend all day there.  You can work out, get a plethora of spa treatments, take a dip in the pool and if hunger strikes, enjoy lunch in one of the poolside cabanas.

The restaurant on sight is Solbar and has excellent service and food. Our package included breakfast every morning and the Lemon-Ricotta pancakes are amazing.

 

The dinner menu at Solbar is upscale but accessible and will please the pickiest palate. The Steak Frites dish has been featured on The Food Network show The Best Think I Ever Ate. The dining room during the day is bright and cheery while in the evening you will feel like you are in a very different restaurant with the soft lighting and fireplace.  The restaurant is open to the public so it is a good idea to make dinner reservations, as Solbar is popular with the locals.

Solage is partnered with Mercedes-Benz to offer complimentary use of their newest vehicle models to resort guests upon availability. We reserved the convertible one evening to use as transportation to nearby St. Helena where we dined at the Farmstead restaurant. The service and staff are delightful and accommodating and were amazing at helping us with transportation back to San Francisco to catch our flight after our previous arrangements fell through.

 

This trip was truly a serene getaway. Everything was phenomenal and I will be returning. I would have no hesitation to recommend Solage and will stay there again.

Our Travel agent Sue Griffin at Century Travel put our girlfriend’s getaway package together but you could use whomever you like or make your own.  She did set us up with Jack Swanson of Swanson Wine Tours who was amazing.  He drove us all through Napa Valley, took us to three wineries, and planned a stop for lunch. If you are looking for a wine tour contact Jack. I would do this same trip over and over again!!!