Prana del Mar: Eco-Resort

Eco-Retreat, Baja: Prana del Mar

Prana del Mar

We love the sound of this brand new eco-resort and we’re proud to say that we’re one of the first to cover it. We sure feel special. But not nearly as special as you’ll feel all holed up in this deluxe eco-resort and yoga retreat center.

Featuring 15 spacious rooms and suites, each one with polished travertine-tiled floors, custom-made Indonesian teak and rattan furniture, pillow-top mattresses, organic sheets and bath towels, balconies and terraces with ocean views. All seven of their two-room suites also feature full stainless steel and granite kitchens. What else does your weary soul need?

Beyond their accommodations, they also have a Community Building with full restaurant and bar, lap pool and hot tub, spa treatment rooms, lounges, rooftop deck, and meditation room. For those seeking a little pampering, spa services include several styles of massage, body wraps, scrubs, reflexology, aromatherapy, and more.

A separate building houses their 1850 square-foot yoga studio with its airy palapa roof, honey-colored bamboo floor, and vista of the Pacific to the west and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the east. Take all that and five acres of xeriscaped gardens featuring native desert trees, plants, succulents, and a stone labyrinth for quiet contemplation and you’ve got yourself a solitary stretch of OM-nipotent golden sand and crashing waves all to your disposal.

Prana del Mar's Fine Rooms

All this does not come at the expense of sustainability though. All electricity is solar-powered (166 solar panels!), all wastewater is treated on-site and reused to irrigate the gardens. The salt water pool is solar-heated, the vegetable garden organic, the floor of the yoga studio is strand-woven bamboo, and all sheets and bath towels are organic. We think Prana del Mar is the future of sustainable travel so big up’s to them.

For a list of upcoming events, check out their Calendar:

Pricing differs depending upon the retreat, but starts as low as $1500 and includes 7-nights accommodations, all meals, roundtrip airport transfers, and taxes.

Nicaragua: Private Island Pilates Retreat

Nicaragua Beach Pilates Retreat: Jicaro Island Ecolodge

This just in, kiddos.

Now who’s taking me?

Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2011

Alycea Ungaro, celebrated author, celebrity trainer and wellness expert, will host Real Wellness, a private island retreat in Nicaragua. Real wellness will take place at Jicaro Island Ecolodge Nicaragua, a tranquil, 500 square meter private island in the Granada Islestas from January 29 to February 4, 2011.

Developed by Ungaro, the retreat is based upon her signature Principles of Wellness. Attendees will experience an immersion of healthy eating, exercise and wellness training. Known for motivating some of the world’s leading A-list celebrities at her Tribeca studio, Real Pilates in New York City, in addition to twice daily Pilates practice, each day, students will be guided through the teachings taken from her soon to be released book, The Pilates Practice Companion. Since the program was created to forge a foundation for sustainable and realistic lifestyle changes, customized take-home workouts and nutritional planning will be created for each participant. Through a combination of nutrition and learning, the group will gain knowledge that translates to life-changing possibilities for health and well-being. Jicaro, a secluded getaway,named in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2010 Hot List, the private island is ideal for relaxation or an out of the ordinary wellness vacation. Jicaro’s Eco-luxury accommodations offer the perfect refuge for relaxation and renewal designed in harmony with nature. Guest suites also provide an exceptional experience within the lush tropical forest.
I could really use an eco-luxury private island pilates retreat, couldn’t you?
Alycea Ungaro, Pilates Instructor Extraordinaire

Package Includes:

6-night accommodations at JICARO ISLAND ECOLODGE

Roundtrip ground transportation (Managua Airport to AQUA)

2x Daily Group Pilates Sessions with Alycea

All organic meals

Guided nature walk, lake kayaking, visit to local school

Package Pricing:

Single (Master Studio Accommodation) – US $2795

Double (Penthouse Accommodation) – US $2450

Operation Halfpipe: Aspen Winter X-Games

LOCATION:  39°57′52″ N  106°4′12″ W

You spent last winter in the half-pipe practicing your front double cork 1080.  Or, like me, perhaps you were building up your endurance in the hot tub. Either way, we’re pushing for a trip to Aspen’s Winter X-Games to ski (or, in our case, snowboard) all day long while we watch the world’s best freestylers and party with the sexy new Adventure tour group, Adventurati, in one of the world’s best ski towns. This is one VIP trip that you won’t be hearing about in all the usual places. Think of that cool outdoorsy stud in high school all grown up. Now imagine he had a tour company that took you to all the cool, adventurous places to hang with all the cool people. You coming or what, bro?

Trip Details

  • Four nights (January 27 – 31, 2011) in a 2, 3 or 4 bedroom condo in the town of Aspen, walking distance to the mountain; hot tub access in the community
  • Flight to Aspen; transfer to/from airport and condo
  • Three day lift ticket all Aspen resort mountains (incl. Snowmass, Buttermilk, & Highlands)
  • ESPN Winter X-Games
  • Access to exclusive Adventurati dinners and apres-ski happy hours
  • Ski/snowboard rental discounts of 35%

This year will be their biggest ski trip yet and spots are filling up because you’ll have a chance to hit the slopes with the Adventurati crew and honorary Adventurati member, Shaun White.

K or Q bed, shared room, shared bed for 2 people; $1575/person

Twin bed, shared room, own bed; $1785/person

K or Q bed, own room, own bed; $2170/person

See you there, snowballers!


Too Faced – The Real Housewife (in You)

South Coast Plaza, The OC: Enchanted Glamourland Sephora Nov. 13th, 2010
How appropriate is it that Too Faced is coming to the OC?
It’s so great that we had to spread the word. Get your free stuff with a purchase and meet the beauty man firsthand.
We’ll admit… we’re a little jealous of Jerrod. Not only did Jerrod Blandino co-found Too Faced Cosmetics, but he’s also the leading man behind their branding. We’re suckers for old Hollywood style (and we can’t resist the pink and black color combo). We love Too Faced Cosmetics for so many reasons; namely, because their make-up is reasonably priced (without being cheap), well-packaged, and lip glosses and bronzers are, in one word, divine.  Now, Too Faced has launched a line for the holidays. Here’s the best part: Jerrod is making an appearance at Sephora’s South Coast Plaza to fill all you crazy Real Housewives in on their new Enchanted Glamourland line. Pst. Gretchen Christine Beaute… Jaunt Magazine says, “Now’s your chance to mingle with the original beauty man.”
Enchanted Glamourland Holiday 2010 Event
*one-on-one consultation with Jerrod
*personalized face chart with Jarrod’s recommendations for the perfect look
*The first 75 customers to purchase Enchanted Glamourland 19-piece gift set while Jerrod is in store receive a Too Faced Lava Gloss black eyeliner
You can also book a complimentary makeover with the Too Faced team by calling Sephora below.
How great is that for a Saturday event? And then… you’re all ready to go out in the OC and flaunt your flawless all totally, like, omigod, made up look and everything!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Jerrod @ Sephora from 2-5 pm
Consultations from 12-6pm
Sephora, South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA   92626