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Couples Delight Package in Miami, Florida

Boasting a private beach along prestigious Brickell Key, the triple Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Miami offers sophisticated serenity. Take in the view from your generous guestroom (each has a terrace or balcony), then choose from four distinctive dining experiences: Peruvian cuisine at La Mar by Gastón Acurio, cocktails with a view at MO Bar + Lounge, sushi and light bites poolside at Oasis Cafe and Modern American and Asian cuisine at the multiple award-winning Azul restaurant. Spend your days at the tri-level, 15,000-square-foot spa, offering everything from yoga to exotic spa treatments to private soaking tubs overlooking Biscayne Bay.

Couples Delight Package

• Two hours of treatment time in a VIP Couples Suite

• Relaxation time in the suite

• Champagne and decadent assortment of chocolate pralines

*Restrictions apply


Perfect as a gift for a loved one or as a personal treat for Valentine’s Day, the Spa is also offering the luxurious Perfect Beauty package sure to leave guests feeling pampered, refreshed and looking their best.


Perfect Beauty

• 80 minute Hydrating Oxygen Facial

• Mandarin Oriental Manicure

Couples seeking an experience to treat the senses at the Spa can enjoy the Couples Connection Journey.


Couples Connection Journey

• Inner Strength Massage in VIP Couples Suite

• Side-by-side Mandarin Pedicures with mimosas

• His and hers perfume from Dossage to take home

Click here for more information or give us a call at 1-888-700-8747.


Virtuoso exclusive Amenity at The New York EDITION


The New York EDITION brings together lasting comfort, extraordinary style and an exceptional level of service in a uniquely individual environment. Located in the heart of New York City’s Flatiron District, steps from Madison Square Park, the hotel seamlessly blends the integrity and character of a prestigious landmark building with a simple, sophisticated design sensibility. Originally built in 1909 as the headquarters for The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, the historic 41-story clock tower offers jaw-dropping 360-degree views of Manhattan and is an iconic landmark against the city skyline.

Virtuoso exclusive Amenity

  • Upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary continental breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)Early check-in/Late check-out (subject to availability)

Please contact your Traveline travel advisor for more details at 1-888-700-8747 or vacation@traveline.com.

Spa Travel Stays Strong, Even in Down Times

by Nick Verrastro -May 17, 2012

Consumers are increasingly interested in spa travel for its health and wellness benefits, rather than mere pampering, and suppliers are responding with attractive pricing and product to satisfy the demand.

These developments account for the resiliency of the spa travel segment during the recent economic downturn, according to Susie Ellis, president, SpaFinder, Inc.

Attractive pricing bolsters sales
As consumer interest in wellness travel has grown, destination spas, or “stay spas,” have been aggressive with deals, according to travel agents surveyed in SpaFinder’s Fifth Annual State of Spa Travel study.

In 2011, 55% of travel agents surveyed reported that hotel, resort and destination spas were being more aggressive with pricing and value-add packages than they had been in 2010. The trend is holding firm for 2012, Ellis indicated.

“Spas’ greatly expanded focus on health, wellness and prevention, rather than mere pampering – combined with their ongoing attractive pricing – have been the two keys to this travel category’s resiliency over these last tough years,” said Ellis.

Changing customer needs
Increased customer interest in spa travel specifically for its health and wellness benefits was the number one emerging trend in spa travel identified by travel agents in the SpaFinder survey.

Pampering and pleasure have become less important as motivating factors in consumer desire for spa travel, agents indicated.

Health is very important to people traveling today, whether for business or for leisure, Ellis told Travel Market Report. Understanding that is key to agents developing this niche market successfully.

The growth of wellness tourism shows that “a new vacation concept is gaining traction,” Ellis said.

“People are stressed and burned out, and they increasingly want to use their precious vacations to jumpstart healthy lifestyle changes, so they can return from trips feeling revitalized, rather than worse than when they left.”

Spas go social . . . and solo
The second and third top emerging trends – respectively, growing interest in group travel to spas and in individuals traveling solo – also offer opportunities for agents, Ellis said.

The group trend in spa travel – which Ellis calls “social spa-ing” – can be a lucrative opportunity for travel sellers. Ellis explained that in addition to destination spas, group spa travel can involve groups booking hotel spas locally, and agents can facilitate those bookings.

Celebration travel
Group spa travel started out as girlfriends getting away. Now it is morphing into celebration travel, including for reunions, birthdays and “babymoons.”

It is also increasingly common, almost the norm, Ellis said, for bridal parties to have a spa date. The trend even encompasses multigenerational travel, according to Ellis.

Spa facilities a top priority
In the SpaFinder survey, travel sellers noted that their clients rank spa facilities as the most important offerings/amenities at destinations.

“People want to have a fitness facility and a spa,” said Ellis. “That doesn’t necessarily mean they will use them, but the availability of those facilities is important to them.

“So agents have to become more informed about what facilities and spa services are available at properties and destinations.”

International aspects
It is also important for agents to know that spa travel, by definition, is international, according to Ellis.

This is the case even when booking a U.S. facility, because spa and well-being treatments are globally sourced, she noted. For instance, traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and shiatsu; European water treatments, and Asian treatments are now available at most spas.


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