Jungle Valley Adventure with Princeville Ranch Adventures Part I: Hiking, kayaking, and a hidden swimming hole

We asked Instagrammer michaeldizon to take us along as he and his wife Niki and kids Jake and Liam explored the Hawaiian Islands in December. Here’s their trip report:

Of all of Hawaii’s islands, Kauai is known for its bounty of natural beauty. Dozens of Hollywood movies have been filmed in Kauai, with its landscape filling in for everything from Jurassic Park to the alien lands of Avatar.

We decided that the best way to explore Kauai was to get up close and personal with the nature the island is known for. That’s where Princeville Ranch Adventures came in. The huge ranch offers a variety of tours including ziplining, ATV off-roading, and horseback riding. We chose the Jungle Valley Adventure, a five-hour tour that included a little bit of everything: hiking, kayaking, ziplining, and a dip in a hidden swimming hole.

My family of four (including two adventurous boys ages 8 and 11) was welcomed to the town of Princeville by its natives – chickens! They roam freely on the ranch and in the nearby area, squawking away at everyone they meet. Our true welcome came once we found the ranch, where two friendly and knowledgeable guides were eager to get us started!

Word to the wise: Princeville Ranch Adventures rents hiking sandals for just $5, and it’s the best investment you can make. The hiking trails are MUDDY, which just adds to the adventure! We hiked up a hill and past some curious cows, taking in the breathtaking scenery as we made our way to a nearby stream.

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Kayaks awaited us at the stream, and the guides made it easy for the novices among us to figure out how to go with the flow as we glided to our next destination. A short hike later we were high above the rainforest and ready to zip through the trees (more on that in part two).

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Our adventure ended with a nice picnic lunch and a cool dip in a hidden swimming hole with a waterfall before we hiked and kayaked back to civilization. We explored many places in Hawaii, but our boys enjoyed this true adventure the most!

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Honeymoon Checklist

By: Stylist Melissa Lynn

Honeymoon Check

We get it. You couldn’t be more ready to go, but are you? This isn’t your typical tropical trip. This is your honeymoon with your honey. So, we’re not just packing the essentials, we’re providing paradise and the perfect essentials to keep the love alive in the tropics.

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CLOTHING: SHOP THIS HONEYPACK

Pack light, pack right. What that means is bring a few things that serve multiple purposes. These are items you MUST HAVE with you that won’t weigh down your bag but will make a heavy statement.

1. The Little Black Dress 2. THE Jeans 3. Wear Anywear Pump 4. Your Favorite Shirt 5. His Favorite Shirt 6. Clutch 7. Sexy Bra 8. SASSY Panty 9. Sheer Suit Set 10. Duel Wrap Skirt/Cover Up

PRO TIP! But, more like a friendly reminder to ALL WOMEN out there… ** THE JEANS & TEE COMBO IS YOUR BEST FRIEND. There isn’t a single man out there that won’t agreed the sexiest thing a woman can wear is NO MAKEUP and just her “jeans and a tee”. I mean it. Ask them yourself. So seriously, don’t leave them behind.

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BODY: SHOP THESE SENSES

Although convenient, hotel toiletries treat us differently. They just aren’t the same as home. So take care and prepare to heighten all senses. From body wash to ear & air scents, make up your room and beauty right.

1. Aromatic Toner Mist 2. Fragrance Earrings 3. Miu Miu Mini scents 4. Brow Kit 5. Naked Eye 6.Clarins Deo 7. Mint Rose Balm 8. Creme De Corps 9. Amazing Grace 3-in-1 10. Bare Naked Nails 11. Mademoiselle 12. Remington Bikini Groomer

*All stock and availability above may vary so book and buy now or find similar items and style inspiration here: Stylist Melissa Lynn

Stylist Melissa Lynn has more than 15+ years in the industry with a degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. SML has styled television appearances and music videos, viral and print advertising campaigns, red carpets, editorial shoots + look books.

Her work has been featured on major television shows and publications like Cosmopolitan, Dazed Magazine, LA Times, MTV and she contributes expert opinion for fashion news leaders such as Luxury Daily and TheHauteMess.com.

Hungry for Hawaii?

We asked Instagrammer michaeldizon to take us along as he and his wife Niki and kids Jake and Liam explored the Hawaiian Islands in December. Fair warning: Don’t read this if you’re hungry!

Click on each photo for all the delicious details!

Endless Love

By: Stylist Melissa Lynn

It may not be summer yet, but we’re dreaming of our next endless love. But, for those who are headed to a romantic destination this month, I recommend a spot that has the best of both worlds: a vacation is complete with Unlimited-Luxury®, but also privacy,  suits, sand and spa? Count me in, in Cancun.

Whilst away, celebrate your sexiness with these suggested dresses that he can’t look away from. My favorite styles include wrap dresses, long maxis and rompers. No matter the length, these dresses have subtle silhouettes that highlight features every woman needs to show off.

Styles:
The sexiest part of a woman can be her back, collarbone (true!) and legs. Showcase your assets with these fits: Open back, halter top and/or side slit.

Design&Detail:
Ditch the typical tropical cotton and try more delicate, yet versatile materials like chiffon, ruffles and softer prints. This simple detail will upgrade your outfit without being uncomfortable or overdressed. Plus, they can work double duty: beach day cover-up then off to a dinner date.

Colors:
Don’t be too on-the-nose, think “on the beach”. While red is the staple color of love, instead, try nudes and blush (pink). Neutral tones are chic and pair nicely with sunsets, sand and blue hues of the ocean and gemstones.

The exception(s) the to rule:
Black: Flattering and sexy
White: Brightens your vibe, and the look of your fresh tan ;)

Accessories: You wear your heart on your sleeve, now try on your wrist or neck. Charms and chokers, hearts, rose-gold and diamonds say it all. And for those long walks (on all surfaces) pack a wedge!

SHOP THIS LOOK

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1. Endless Love 2. Blush Maxi 3. For Love & Lemons 4. Chiffon Mini 5. Choker 6. Love
Band 7. Heart Necklace 8. Sea Shell Charm 9. Zoe Chicco Tiny Heart 10. Seychelles
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*All stock and availability above may vary so book and buy now or find similar items and style inspiration here: Stylist Melissa Lynn

Stylist Melissa Lynn has more than 15+ years in the industry with a degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. SML has styled television appearances and music videos, viral and print advertising campaigns, red carpets, editorial shoots + look books.

Her work has been featured on major television shows and publications like Cosmopolitan, Dazed Magazine, LA Times, MTV and she contributes expert opinion for fashion news leaders such as Luxury Daily and TheHauteMess.com.

Love in the Sun

By: Stylist Melissa Lynn

As February begins, we start to the prep for plans with loved ones, so why not pay special attention to what we pack when we are wearing less? (Wearing less to the beach that is!) You’re under the sun, and love is in the air. A great way to maintain those sexy beach vibes is with a little opposite effort!

  1. LACES OUT. Swap the typical floral prints for a some lace or crochet to show some skin.
  2. Toss those ‘flops. An alternative slip-on sandal in patent or a strappy wedge is great, and MUCH easier on all surfaces, even sand!
  3. Kiss your hair with highlighting treatments, and let the salty sea do the work.
  4. Opt for nudes or blush colors to set the tone instead of bright colors.
  5. Cover up and out. A sheer cover-up works well to wear at the beach or as a dress!
  6. A natural glow looks good. However, be safe, not sorry. Bring a hat, and use a sheer foundation that includes sunscreen for healthy fun in the sun.

Now that’s a day well-spent at the beach, babe.

SHOP THIS LOOK

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1. Love+Salt 2. Malibu C 3. Randall Beach Tote 4. Becca ‘Amore’ CoverUp Pant 5. Tory Burch Miller Flop 6. Riona Sheer Gown 7. Becca Tankini 8. Miguelina + Oceana Panama Hat 9. Sophia Webster Strappy Wedge 10. Laura Mercier Foundation

*All stock and availability above may vary so book and buy now or find similar items and style inspiration here: Stylist Melissa Lynn

Stylist Melissa Lynn has more than 15+ years in the industry with a degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. SML has styled television appearances and music videos, viral and print advertising campaigns, red carpets, editorial shoots + look books.

Her work has been featured on major television shows and publications like Cosmopolitan, Dazed Magazine, LA Times, MTV and she contributes expert opinion for fashion news leaders such as Luxury Daily and TheHauteMess.com.

 

Advice from a Fitness Pro: Top Workouts in Mexico & the Caribbean

As owner of Fit Bodies Inc., which places fitness, yoga and sports professionals as guest instructors at luxury resort properties throughout Mexico & the Caribbean, fitness pro Suzelle Snowden has toured hundreds of resorts. We asked her for her favorite places for a good workout, and here’s what she had to say:

  1. The spin studio at Secrets the Vine Cancun has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pools and the sea. It’s the perfect view to fuel you through your workout.

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  1. Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa has a great gym and indoor studio for spin and fitness classes, but the real standout here is the outdoor yoga classes held in the wedding gazebo.

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  1. Negril’s Couples Swept Away has an amazing 10 acre sports & fitness complex that includes lit tennis courts, two squash courts, two racquetball courts, a fully equipped gym, 25-meter lap pool, aerobics, yoga, an outdoor jogging track, steam rooms, saunas, Jacuzzi and a basketball court. Fit Bodies Inc. sends two professional instructors there each week – one for yoga and one for fitness.

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  1. Head out to the pier at Secrets Silversands Riveria Cancun for yoga classes. But you have to get there early – classes at this dreamy location fill up quickly!

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  1. With a well-stocked gym, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa would be a great choice for any fitness fanatic, but what makes this resort stand out is the early morning powerwalk through Cinnamon Hill Golf Course to the famous Rose Hall Great House at the top of the hill.

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  1. While Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica has a beautiful spa and fitness center, the pro tip here is that every single member of the resort’s entertainment team is a professional dancer – guaranteed to get that heart rate pumping during poolside dance lessons or water aerobics!

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  1. Secrets St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay share a fitness facility that overlooks manicured tropical gardens. Fit Bodies Inc. offers a yoga teacher and a fitness teacher there each week. SEMB_Aerial3_1

THE TEMAZCAL – AN ANCIENT RITUAL TO PURIFY BODY AND MIND

by Dorte Nielsen

Since pre-Hispanic times the Temazcal, which consists in a steam room and purification rituals, have been part of the spiritual traditions for health and purification all over Mexico. Ancient cultures, including the Mayan culture, have always included the temazcal in their traditions and in some archaeological areas it’s still possible to see remains of ancient temazcals.

In former times, it was normal use that women recently after giving birth should undergo the temazcal post-purification in order to get “cleaned”.

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Blue Diamond Riviera Maya offers a meditative and purifying temazcal ceremony in their distinctive oval torito, which represents the womb of Mother Earth.

The sauna of steam for the temazcal ritual is a kind of oval “oven” with enough space for several people. This steam oven symbolizes the womb of Mother Earth, and the spiritual part of the ritual works with the four elements: fire, water, earth and wind.

Traditionally, the shaman has been commissioned to do the “cleaning” of people through prayers, incense and touches with leaves and herbs, followed by the hot steam bath inside the temazcal. The result? A purification and detox of body, mind and soul.

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The shaman at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Rivieray Maya leads vacationers through the ancient temezcal ritual.

The ritual is today still practiced according to the ancestral customs and there are temazcal places both in Cancun and Riviera Maya that offer the ritual to anyone interested. Even several of the major resorts have their own temazcal as part of a spa.

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After a cleansing with copal smoke, participants in the temazcal ceremony at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort end with a plunge in a natural jungle cenote.

You should consider this wonderful millennium experience to have a purification of body and mind on your next well-deserved vacation. It will definitively allow you to enjoy your vacation in a renewed way with much more energy and well-being!

Dorte Nielsen works for Amstar dmc, a destination management company dedicated to providing world-class destination services and inspiring travel experiences to individuals, groups  and meeting planners. As the leading DMC in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, Amstar dmc has more than 25 years of experience offering innovative and dependable destination solutions for everything from tour circuits and memory-packed destination weddings to customized V.I.P. itineraries and major corporate meetings.