Waikiki to Buenos Aires: Finding the Best Facial

Steps from a busy world-renowned Waikiki Beach or tucked away from the cacophony of 5th Avenue in Manhattan, you might be surprised to learn that there are serene spas offering rejuvenation to your weary body and ragged spirit. And where does the effect of dry plane air, airline food and jet lag show up first ? Why on your face, of course, so I always try to fit a facial into my travel plans.

This collection of spas offers some of the best facials I have ever had. The facial criteria included product, application, product knowledge, surroundings, skill of the esthetician and total experience.

The Spa at Langham Place, Fifth Avenue, New York City

Billed as “a luxurious retreat from the chaos of the world outside,” it fulfills this promise. The Spa at Langham Place is huge by most NYC standards and includes […]

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Caballadas By Horse: Argentine Holiday Ride Offers Food and Wines

I am on a ride at Caballadas and  momentarily stunned. I find myself on rocky ground tangled in sparse grass, sprawled out between the stones, under thorny scrub trees. But let’s back up. Experienced trail riders know that if you have to go under a thicket of low trees, you should keep your head lower than your horse’s. When I saw the inevitable coming, I tried to flatten to my mount’s neck, but my riding helmet prevented me from doing so. This created a gap at the neck of  my jacket, which was immediately speared by a branch. I figured the best bet was to release the stirrups and roll off.

“Are you O.K.?” Santiago cries as he races towards me on his young polo- pony-in-training. He looks concerned, while I manage an embarrassed smile and answer “Yes.” After a short appraisal, Santiago […]

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