Pueblo Bonito Resorts Introduce New Spa Treatment Thermage

A little tid-bit for all of you luxury spa goers out there:

Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront resorts in Cabo have partnered up with the renowned Raquel Sarfati Cosmetic Clinic to bring guests an exciting, non-invasive, radio frequency cosmetic treatment designed to help tighten skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and contour the body without surgery, injections or downtime. The Thermage treatment stimulates the body’s natural collagen renewal process to produce natural looking results on the face, eyes and body for an overall youthful appearance and the treatment can be done in just a single treatment.

The treatment will be available at the award-winning Spa at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach from December 15, 2009 to January 9, 2010 only. Raquel Sarfati is a medical aesthetics practitioner with fifteen years of experience and a trained staff of medical professionals.

Here's the best part: guests staying at any of the Pueblo Bonito resorts can get a complimentary Thermage consultation including a renewal skin analysis, skin care evaluation and colorscience mineral makeup recommendation, valued at $250.00. To download the voucher visit pueblobonito.com/consultation_voucher.php

For more information about Thermage, visit their website at www.thermage.com

Flashpacking 101

The current state of the economy has significantly changed the travel industry. Deals and discounts are abundant and "staycations" and roadtrips are more popular than ever. One of the more recent travel trends bears the cheeky title "flashpacking" - also known as backpacking with a little flash. Instead of bumming rides down the highway and 20-bed dorm rooms, it's low-cost airlines and decent accommodations with nice bathrooms. One blog simply describes it as "the kind of backpacking that doesn’t have the pesky constraints of a shoestring budget."

TravelandLeisure.com has some excellent suggestions for flashpacking hot spots: Germany’s loftlike BaxPax Berlin (doubles from $64); Loki Lima (doubles from $25), in Peru, with a popular rooftop lounge; and Cape Town’s 13-room Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel (doubles from $83). Sounds like a good deal to me!

B&Bs can also be a good option for the flashpacker inclined. You'll get a room and breakfast included for added value, not to mention the charm and comfort of a real home. Check out BedandBreakfast.com to find an inn that suits your travel outing.

For those of you who thought that "luxury" and "hostel" would never be friends, take a look at Habitat Hostel in Singapore. Habitat proudly declares itself a "boutique flashpackers hostel" and the accomodations are quite inviting. Chic design, fully air-conditioned rooms and unique self-enclosed sleeping pods (complete with reading light and a small ledge for personal items) are ideally meshed with social activities and a prime location - everything you need for a five-star hostel experience. I think it's safe to call that FabTravel.

Essentialy, a "flashpacker" wants to travel without spending too much money, but is willing to pay extra for nice accommodations, good food and whatever else comes along the way. So what do you think? Are YOU a flashpacker?

Luxury Cabo Wedding Cakes

A Cabo wedding says luxury from start to finish. No detail is overlooked and this includes the cake! Stylish, carefully designed cakes are an essential piece to the overall look of your wedding, and the colorful possibilities are practically endless! Cabo wedding beach cakes can be especially stunning with tropical or soft blue hues and creative beach or travel-themed designs. I've collected a few of my favorite cakes from TheKnot.com - hopefully they can inspire you!

Delicate yellow flowers cascade down a white background on this simple, yet elegant four tiered cake. This look can perfectly complement a beach themed wedding since it can match with a wide variety of colors. Try light blue or even bold red accents for the rest of your wedding decorations to really make your cake stand out!

This whimsical cake is perfect for the couple that has a penchant for travel. The adorable suitcase topper and dotted map lines give the cake a modern feel while the fun but subtle color scheme doesn't make it too over the top.

For a classic luxury feel, go with royal colors such as this ruby red, and an elegant design like the swirls or mini dot clusters. The ribbons at the base of each tier is a popular cake accent and give it a sleek and sophisticated finish. A slight variation on each tier is a great way to give the cake a design that leaves an impression without making it too busy.

This cake was tailored to the bride, as her nickname growing up was "ladybug". Personal touches on a cake can make it very special and with a little creative twist, you're sure to have the perfect cake. As you may have noticed, when it comes to Cabo wedding cakes, simple is best. By using only a few colors with a chic design, your cake will mesh flawlessly with the rest of your wedding.

This cake is a great example of how only a few colors can go a long way. If you want your cake to be a bit more fun and funky, pick three basic colors and a basic shape and let your creative mind mix them up between the tiers. Dots and other geometric shapes make for a cake that's cute, modern and still sleek.

Typically, I don't like Cabo wedding cakes that are gung-ho on the beach theme , with shells and starfish everywhere, but this cake does it so tastefully that I had to include it. The Adirondack chairs on top give it a unique twist and the light blue matches well with the brown sugar sand.

Fab Eco Travel: Luxury Eco Resorts

co travel is all the rage, but some hotels are greener than others. If you really want to go luxury green traveling, make sure you book an eco resort that truly adheres to eco friendly standards. This means initiatives beyond energy-efficient lightbulbs and low-flow toilets. I'm talking about the real eco resorts that are made from all natural and local materials, grow and serve organic food, use solar energy and implement a full scale recycle program. Sure, it doesn't sound glamorous but you'd be surprised how incredibly inviting these all-natural eco lodges can be. Take a look at some of my top picks for eco resorts from around the world:

La Cocotera Resort - La Barra de Santiago, El Salvador

La Cocotera is a picturesque green hotel in El Salvador designed for those who seek simple luxury and peaceful relaxation. The adorable thatch roof bungalows are mere steps away from the beach, and the beach hammocks that line the premises don't hurt either. For animal lovers, La Cocotera also sponsers a Turtle Release Program for the Olive Ridley sea turtle. Yes, you get to release baby sea turtles into the ocean!

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa - Queensland, Australia

When I think eco resort, I think beach...but I also think tree tops. Being one with nature is definitely a priority for this breathtaking eco resort. The fifteen villas are nestled into the rainforest in tree house-style and really look like something out of a movie. Ever wanted a massage in the jungle? You can make it happen at Daintree.

Longitude 131° - Northern Territory, Australia

Yay Australia! One look at this picture and you'll know why this made my list of favorites. The fifteen tents are actually on steel stilts to leave the desert sands beneath undisturbed. It may be in the desert, but the accommodations don't skimp on the luxury. Since you're basically out in the middle of nowhere, you really have some time to relax and wonder at the beauty of the Australian outback.

Soneva Fushi by Six Senses - Maldives

If you love pristine beaches and clear blue ocean, Soneva Fushi is the only place you need to go. The resort offers 65 accommodations that are beach luxury at its finest. Each villa opens to its very own stretch of white sand beach just a few steps away, and some even include Private Sea Water Swimming Pools.

What are you favorite eco resorts? Add them in the comments!

Destination Weddings: The Ultimate FabTravel Experience

It's springtime and lovers are all a-twitter with romantic strolls and wedding plans! I've been cruising through some wedding photo blogs lately (don't ask me why) and have seen so many beautiful photos of destination weddings in Cabo and the like, and I just had to share some of my favorites. Destination weddings sound uh-mazing - you get to travel, blow tons of money AND get married all while looking fabulous? This is right up my alley! Where do I sign up?

Destination Wedding in Cabo - Leigh Miller Photography (from Real Weddings by The Knot)

Destination Wedding in Cabo - Manuel Burgoin

Destination Wedding in Colorado - Julie Harris Photography (amazing photos, I highly recommend going to to her website and seeing more!)

Destination Wedding in Mazatlan - Larry Scott Photography

Destination Wedding in Cancun - Manuel Burgoin

Destination Wedding in Nuevo Vallarta - Stephanie Williams