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DRIVE UP TO WIND DOWN: THE GRAHAM & CO.

Sabi Datoo-Lalji

Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes north of Manhattan is a quaint little town named Phoenicia. Home to fresh air, farm-to-table cuisine, painting-worth views and a real sense of zen. Now, Fashion Week is about to start so you may be wondering about the timing of this post. Well, I for one am already thinking about some R&R come October. For those of you who are not associated with NYFW, but still need a staycation, you can keep on reading as this little feature is for the masses. 

Introducing The Graham & Co., a charming, modern mini hotel, in the heart of the Catskills. Housing a handful of double and bunk-bed style living spaces, a common games room, outdoor pool, campfire site, friendly staff and their own take on a gift shop, this is one reason to stay in NY.  

Stony Clove Creek 

Stony Clove Creek 

Staying true to the Catskills heritage, The Graham & Co. has successfully built a zen-like haven in New York, where it only takes one lap of the grounds to forget the city noise, and melt into a bubble of crisp air and elation. A feeling every New Yorker strives for, but rarely finds.

The first action on the agenda was to slowly sip on the homemade lemonade, while slipping into a bikini and grabbing a book. An hour into sunbathing and an on-off pool dip, I looked around and decided I was never leaving. However, that dream was squashed by hunger pangs and off we cycled into the local town of Phoenicia for our evening meal. 

The two days that followed felt like a beautiful blur; we played a little badminton on the hotel's courts, relaxed in the common room and soaked up every bit of sun humanly possibly. 

Before leaving, I took some time to sit alone in the grounds and gather my thoughts. Appreciating the minimalistic decor, the addictive customer service, the greenery and sunshine, I realized that zen really does exist in New York, and if we ever finds ourselves in a tizzy, we just need to jump in a car and head north. Simple. 

THE MOON LIVES ON THE WEST COAST - THE RITZ CARLTON

Sabi Datoo-Lalji

Have you ever been somewhere so awe-inspiring, that within an hour you are making plans to move in? Well I was definitely ready to unpack at The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Located 45 mins outside of San Francisco, we stopped off at this zen-filled hotel for lunch, with a side of sea. 

This magnificent hotel is set on a bluff, overlooking the big blue; its location is secluded, yet accessible. With a golf course, restaurants, luxury spa and a beach, this hotel is the epitome of zen and tranquility. They say, to live by water is a very therapeutic blessing, so before we got back onto Route 1, I escaped away to meditate for a while. Upon opening my eyes, I looked at the Pacific Ocean and felt elated, and as I got up, I bottled away that feeling of calmness and purity into my heart. 

For now, I have that feeling of elation tucked away in me, any time I need to feel, mmmm.... However, I will be going back to re-visit this beauty on the West Coast, as soon as I possibly can. 

ZEN WITH A SIDE OF CLASS - OMNI RANCHO LAS PALMAS RESORT AND SPA

Sabi Datoo-Lalji

It was at this very moment and time last Tuesday that I was lying in a relaxation room, waiting for a sugar scrub at the Las Palmas Spa in Rancho Mirage. Fast forward a week and 10 minutes and I am sat here with a glass of floral water, battling nostalgia. As some of you may know, the boy and I embarked on a West Coast adventure three weeks ago, which included walks around San Fransisco, sunsets in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Celebrity spotting in LA, Coachella and much more in between. We had decided a while back that we wouldn't rush back to the City after the Coachella Music Festival, but, instead, spend two days relaxing, feeling zen, and getting centred before coming back to the daily grind. Not only was this a brilliant idea, as we were sleep deprived beyond safety, but we got the chance to stay in one of the most beautiful resorts we have ever laid our eyes on: The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa.

This resort offered us exactly what we needed after three days of festival madness. It houses a 20,000 square foot spa, 27 hole, Ted Robinson designed golf course, and Splashtopia, a water park with it's very own beach. We checked in early Monday morning and were warmly greeted by the tentative staff. The spa on-site is called Las Palmas Spa; it is a decadent and blissful space where you can put your feet up, sip on fruit-infused water and just be in the moment. The changing rooms, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna are separated into male and female, and are connected by a lobby, the spa shop and a hidden-away pool. While the boy played golf, I sat back with a book and found my zen. 

Splashtopia

Splashtopia

Las Palmas Spa Beauty Products

Las Palmas Spa Beauty Products

Las Palmas Spa - Private Pool

Las Palmas Spa - Private Pool

The hotel also offers a range of dining options on-site; Splash Grill, Spa Cafe, R Bar, and my two personal favourites, blueEmber (for their fish tacos) and Palms Cafe, (for their killer iced, almond milk lattes). The resort has been designed to be spacious and authentic; the grounds boast a variety of exotic flowers, plants and palm trees, all key ingredients for a relaxing and tranquil holiday. 

Golf Course

Golf Course

For the month of April the Las Palmas Spa, within the hotel, is offering a promotion on multiple treatment bookings, as well and as inviting you to join them for an evening of zen. See below for details.

Las Palmas Spa Shop & Reception

Las Palmas Spa Shop & Reception

April Spa Offer

1) 50 Minute Treatment for $109/each

2) 50 Minute Treatment for $99/each

3) 50 Minute Treatment for $89/each

Treat your friends and family to an evening of contentment at Las Palmas Spa

Spa, Sip & Savour - April 30t

5.30pm-8.30pm

For more information call +1 760 836 3106

To say we got back to New York relaxed, is an understatement. We were so entranced by this gorgeous hotel we are already planning our next trip! Thanks again to The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa for delivering a large plate of zen, with a side of class.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa

41000 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

www.omnihotels.com