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Venezia: Rejuvenation After a Day of Exploration, Hipmunk City Love Style

Venice is one of the world’s most romantic cities. She’s made up of 117 islands connected by more than 400 bridges. Walking and traveling via the canals are the best ways to traverse this historic island city. Her centuries-old Venetian Gothic architecture and art scene are two reasons to slow down and soak in all of her history. St. Mark’s Square in the center of the city is a hub for people to eat, people watch, and relax before, during and after a day of roaming Venice. With your feet sore and body achy after a day of walking Venice, head back to your hotel for pampering and revitalization for the next day’s exploration. Here are 5 spa hotels that will complement and balance your visit to Venezia.

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1. End your day exploring Venice a little early and head back to the Palace Bonvecchiati hotel and recharge your body in their spa. Detox in a sauna, steam bath, or a whirlpool. Massages and beauty treatments are available upon request. The spa is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., so plan accordingly.

2. Wellness at The Westin Europa & Regina, Venice extends beyond a regular spa. Guests can receive an in-room spa where a soothing atmosphere is created, starting with a spa basket that includes aromatherapy oils, music, flowers, a bottle of water and a snack. Finish off the evening with signature Heavenly Bath and White Tea Aloe bath amenities.

3. The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is available to all Bauer hotel clients. The spa offers Spa Rituals for individuals and couples. The Ritual of Dreams, Hammam Ritual, and the “Me & You” Raspberry Wellness Treatment for couples offers various treatments, including Turkish baths, inhalation of balsamic essences, and a dip in the king size Jacuzzi. Individual treatments include massages, a detoxifying silk treatment, and application of volcanic clay. The spa menu is extensive and it has something for everyone.

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4. The Boscolo Venezia Spa and Well-Being Center’s beauty treatments cater to the health, diet and esthetic medicine of its clients. A tranquil atmosphere allows guests to relax while receiving one of many massages offered including a tension-relieving, relaxing massage, a draining massage that encourages lymphatic circulation, and a Quirgolf massage—a deep tissue massage ideal for soothing pain and soreness. Guests can also receive facials, body rubs, a vitamin scrub, and a marine algae wrap. The Boscolo Venezia, Autograph Collection provides luxury from head-to-toe.

5. Located on the private island of San Clemente, The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace is an island retreat that caters to the relaxation and rejuvenation of the traveler’s mind, body, and soul. Guests can stroll through the linden, cypress, and elm trees in the six hectares of gardens after a busy day of walking Venice’s streets. This private retreat has a swimming pool, a centuries-old park, and a church to renew wedding vows. If you are seeking privacy and intimacy, St. Regis Venice Clemente Palace is yours for the taking.

Enjoy walking Venice. Let your feet get a little sore and your body exhausted. Your spa retreat will be waiting with the professional caretakers ready to relax and revitalize you to walk the streets another day.

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About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

Hipmunk City Love: 10 Spa Hotels in Barcelona to Soothe the Weary Traveler

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia in Spain. It’s the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean and the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union. Barcelona is one of the world’s largest tourist centers, with dozens of landmark buildings, monuments, and museums to see. Many parks dot the area and the city has 3 miles of beaches on its coastline, including the world-famous Barcelona Beach. As the 10th most visited city in the world, travelers will experience a day full of crowds and by evening, they’ll want to relax. What better way than to relax than in a spa or sauna back at your hotel. Here are 10 spa and sauna hotels to soothe the weary traveler.


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1. The Fit and Spa Lounge inside the Pullman Barcelona Skipper applies Payot to restore harmony to your body. The Lounge includes two treatment cabinets, spa bath, steam bath, sauna, and other luxuries guaranteed to melt your tension away.

2. The Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa amenities include a health club, indoor and outdoor pool, and a steam room. Whether you are ending a day of sightseeing or working out, the Urban Spa will relax and rejuvenate your body from head to toe.

3. Pamper yourself with a swim in the pool followed by the services of hairdressers and massage. End the evening listening to live music in the piano bar with a cocktail and good conversation. This is the Eurostars Grand Marina.

4. The Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya has guests in a state of bliss with its sauna, spa tub, fitness club, steam room, full-service spa including treatment rooms, and a Turkish bath. Play hard during the day and let the hotel’s spa take care of you at night.

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5. Guests’ well-being is priority at Grand Hotel Central. Their Wellness Suite is a private massage room with qualified therapists ready to give a treatment that fits your needs. Check out the Thermal Suite for a 45-minute private steam and sauna experience.

6. The spa amenities at Grums Hotel includes a water circuit with jacuzzi, waterfall, swan-necks, a Finnish sauna, steam bath, and hammocks. Facial and body treatments are available upon request.

7. If you haven’t had enough of the Spanish sun, sit or lay out in the sun terrace at the Catalonia Barcelona Plaza. Other spa services include massage treatments, sauna, and solarium.

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8. On the 5th floor of the Silken Concordia Hotel you’ll find sunbeds, an outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, and sauna. The 5th floor also has a cocktail bar and mini-golf. If you have kids, take them to see the pirate’s treasure on the swimming pool terrace.

9. The spa at the Sallés Hotel Pere IV is a 120-square-metre oasis that includes a pool with cascades, jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, and mist and sequential showers.

10. Relax your mind, body, and soul at the spa inside the Catalonia Ramblas. Spa amenities include a sauna, Turkish bath, and jacuzzi. Make an appointment for a cyclonic and aromatherapy showers or a massage cabin. With plenty of choices, guests will drift off to sleep in a state of bliss.

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About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

Hipmunk City Love Orlando: 8 Spa Hotels for Relaxation After a Day in the Sun

Orlando, FL is one of the world’s top travel destinations for families. Adults love the warm weather and kids enjoy spending time at Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Studio’s Orlando. There is nothing better for a parent than seeing a smile on their child’s face. But after a long day playing on the kid’s stage, parents are ready for relaxation and downtime. Orlando has amazing spa and sauna hotels to sooth mom and dad after a long day in the sun. Here are 8 spa and sauna hotels to rejuvenate every parent.


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1. A stay at the Universal’s Lowes Royal Pacific Resort will give guests access to the Mandara Spa. Relax and recharge in one of the 14 treatment rooms before going to the Wantilan Luau.

2. The Poseidon Spa inside the Grand Bohemian Orlando, Autograph Collection offers massages from its Jewels of the Sea Collection. Other amenities offered by Poseidon include body wraps, body scrubs, couples massage, facials, and in-suite massages. The Poseidon Spa is perfect for couples to indulge after a long day with the kids.

3. Select Massage, Inc. inside The Florida Hotel and Conference Center offers luxurious spas including a Swedish and sports massage. After a long day in meetings or at a theme park, a reflexology session is a perfect way to end the day. Romantic couple’s massages are available as well.


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4. With only 17 rooms at The Eo Inn And Spa Hotel, guests experience special pampering and extra attention. Surrounded by a quiet atmosphere and tranquil environment, travelers can receive facials, massages, and body treatments at this posh hotel.

5. The kids can get in on the action at The Seasons A Two Bedroom by swimming in the kids pool as mom and dad enjoy the outdoor pool and hot tub. A sauna is also available for further pampering.

6. Rock ‘n’ Roll is here to stay. When guests stay at Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel,  they will enjoy an exciting swim in the outdoor pool and a relaxing time in the sauna. Of course this comes after playing air guitar and rockin’ out to great music.

7. Whether in town for a conference or leisure, the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel offers a fitness room, outdoor pool, and spa tub. Conveniently located north of Orlando, the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel allows travelers to get away for a while from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks.

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8. Universal’s Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel has three themed pools on its property including one with a water slide that looks like a Roman aqueduct. The Portofino also has a fitness center and a steam and sauna room to relax in after a jog or walk around the property’s walking path.

Orlando is a giant playground for children and adults. Staying young at heart is essential to longevity and happiness. After a day of playing in the sun with your children, enter into a state of relaxed bliss in a spa and sauna hotel in and around Mickey’s paradise.

About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

Hipmunk City Love: 7 Spa Hotels in Toronto

Toronto is a world-class city that offers many attractions to explore and photograph. The winters are long and cold, and the shoulder seasons are cool with chilly evenings. With an average monthly temperature of 11 degrees Celsius / 51 degrees Fahrenheit, relaxing and rejuvenating in a spa or sauna is a perfect way to end your day. Here are seven hotels with spas and saunas to warm the Toronto traveler.


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1. Enjoy a soothing time in the spa tub after a nice cardio workout swimming in the indoor pool at the Eaton Chelsea. Guests can also cleanse their bodies by spending quality time in the sauna. These premium amenities will energize everyone’s soul.

2. Men and women become kings and queens in the Votre Beaute European Day Spa inside the Westin Harbor Castle. Located on Lake Ontario at the Toronto Inner Harbour, the Votre Beaute offers advanced European spa treatments that balance one’s body, mind, and soul. Face & body, foot & hand, and hair services are available. Spa packages are available, as well.

3. Spend 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes receiving a registered Swedish or Aromatherapy massage in the health club at the Fairmont Royal York. Whether guests are in town for business, pleasure, or are finishing a workout or swim, a soothing massage is the perfect way to end the day before a relaxing night of sleep.

4. An aromatic foot bath is a perfect complement for a tourist who has walked the streets of Toronto for hours. For those who have been in business meetings or seminars all day, a body treatment with purifying body glows with herbs and salts will ease your tension and worries. These are samples of what the Senses Spa at theSheraton Centre Toronto Hotel offers to those looking for peace of mind at the end of a productive day.

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5. The Grand Spa at the Grand Hotel & Suites Toronto has an extensive menu offering a variety of facials, manicures & pedicures, and massages. From a classical facial and a variety of waxings for men and women to a luxurious SPA Pedicure to a Hot Stone Massage, it would take a guest weeks to exhaust all the options offered.

6. The Spa Intercontinental at the InterContinental Toronto Centre is an 8000-square-foot oasis guaranteed to sooth anyone’s soul. With 10 treatment rooms, a 48-foot saline pool, salt hot tub, and solarium, the highly trained staff is ready to serve and pamper guests with superior service. Follow Spa etiquette and an experience at the Spa InterContinental will increase tenfold.

7. The Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt Toronto features 17 treatment rooms, a couple’s massage room, steam room, sauna, whirlpool, and aqua therapy room. Through the use of creative and trend setting products, Stillwater Spa has guests relaxing in tranquillity allowing them to escape the demands of daily life. Stillwater also has a tea lounge to help you relax before or after a treatment. If hunger overcomes you after a treatment, ask about the Toronto Spa Cuisine that is sure to delight.

About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He is based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

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A Top 10 “Hipmunk City Love” Spa and Sauna Hotel Relaxation Fest

Traveling to exotic Cancun is exciting. Bright sun, warm water, and specialty cocktails made from the freshest ingredients. Days spent on the beach or touring the surrounding sites is thrilling, but there comes a point where one needs alone time and a little pampering in a spa. Here are 10 spa and sauna hotels in Cancun to take away the aches and pains after a fun-filled day.

1. The world-class Miilé Spa at Excellence Playa Mujeres has couples relaxing in luxurious style. With Aqua Wellness Hydrotherapy that includes a hydrotherapy pool with swans, waterfall high-pressure water hoses, and a bubble massage bench, lovers get pampered in romantic style.

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2. With Barcelo Coastal Cancun’s spa, guests can experience a variety of body and facial treatments and massages including a chocolate body wrap, citrus body polish with salt, luxury reflexology facial, and a massage designed for the traveller.

3. Get your body purified and moisturized with ingredients such as mud algae or coffee at the Beach House Spa at Krystal Grand Punta Cancun. After the treatment, receive a massage using aromatherapy that helps energize the body and removes toxins.

4. Choose from 30 revitalizing treatments and therapies offered from various spa packages at the Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa assured to relax your body and mind. Don’t forget to enjoy some time in the whirlpool, saunas, and steam rooms.

5. Spend a few hours in the Spa at Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun the day after visiting archeological ruins or a theme park. There is plenty on the Spa menu that will put you in a state of relaxation.


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6. Receive a Royal Spa while overlooking the Caribbean Sea at The Royal Cancun. Relaxing, Sport, Hot Stone, and Moon & Stars combined therapy and massage have guests feeling refreshed and revitalized.

7. Have your senses seduced in one of the 26 treatment rooms at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa. With multiple multi-functioning treatment rooms, half a dozen massage and facial rooms, a VIP Spa Suite for couples, and two rooms for Shiatsu and Thai massage, guests leave balanced in their mind, body, and soul.

8. Inspired by the Mayan god Chaac – the god of rain and prosperity representing the integral rejuvenation of the soul – The Village Spa at Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa offers facials, massage therapies, body treatments, Mayan rituals, and other package deals.

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9. The Isla Mujeres Palace Awe Spa leaves guests in a state of bliss from head to toe with its variety of scrub, bath, and wraps including the Marine Bath & Scrub, Seaweed Wrap, and the Chaya Sun Soothing Wrap. Don’t stop there. Get an 80 minute Diamond White facial guaranteed to make you want to come back for more.

10. The adults only Temptation Resort Spa Cancun has a spa that offers a Sensual Package for couples that includes a jacuzzi with fruit and a drink of your choice. This package also allows experimenting with an erotic massage. Couples, get erotic in exotic Cancun.

About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He is based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

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