According to the non-profit Global Wellness Industry, the wellness economy was valued at $4.2 trillion in 2017—growing 12.8% over the three previous years. Clearly, to capitalize on this radical shift towards wellness, savvy event planners follow the latest health trends to enrich delegates’ experience throughout the event.
Southern California is the ideal backdrop for romantic weekend getaways thanks to its spectacular seaside and cliffside views, scrumptious cuisine and luxury pampering offerings. If you're ready to create memories with your special someone, here are a few romance-sparking suggestions for your stay in Los Angeles, San Diego or Orange County.
As evidenced at recent Paris fashion runway shows, the industry is rising to meet the global challenge of adjusting its carbon footprint — and Paris leads the way with slow-fashion initiatives slated to become fully operational by 2024. From eco-conscious designers to boutiques showcasing recyclable wearables, the latest in Paris fashion is strutting down greener catwalks.
Museus de Sitges, a group of museums housed within a series of connected buildings, offers visitors a rare glimpse into the homes and art of notable turn-of-the-century collectors. Archways and staircases separate each collection from the next, making it easy to get (delightfully) lost inside the complex.
At just 25 years old, Eva de Gil already helms the kitchen at Batuar, an upmarket, colonial-style restaurant tucked into Barcelona’s Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection. The restaurant feels blissfully removed from the steadfast bustle of the city’s Gran Via thoroughfare, which lies just outside its glass-fronted terrace.
Originally launched as a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel at Caesars Palace in 2013, Nobu Hotels has since opened an impressive collection of luxe resorts and urban stays around the world.
Barcelona is arguably the most cosmopolitan city in Spain. With its treasured modernist landmarks and a contrasting landscape that includes seaside, mountaintop and medieval corners, there’s never a shortage of things to see and do.
A 300-year-old chateau reborn as a hotel in the countryside outside Marseille. In a completely secluded area—the closest sign of civilization is Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, a tiny 11th-century village nearby. The chateau is a 30-minute drive from Marseille Provence Airport and a scenic 20-minute drive from Aix-en-Provence train station.
Situated in the heart of Madrid's eclectic Moncloa-Argüelles district, Hotel Indigo Madrid Princesa is just a stroll away from the city's greenest attractions; from Parque del Oeste's English-style rose gardens to the Casa de Campo, a multi-functional urban forest. In homage to this pastoral and bountiful landscape, each of Hotel Indigo's 101 earth-toned rooms are adorned with nature photography, a sprig of plant life and wood furnishings draped with quality linens.
Kettner’s Restaurant and Champagne Bar, located in the heart of London’s ritzy Soho district, has long been an institution in the city. Throughout its illustrious, nearly 150-year run, chef August Kettner—rumored to have worked for Napoleon III—and the subsequent staff were said to have been among the first to serve French food in London, welcoming a slew of notable visitors including Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, and Margaret Thatcher.
A collaboration between a self-taught chef and a self-taught photographer, Papalosophy is a stunning, 210-page cookbook of 80 recipes and a collection of whimsical, bizarre imagery.
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