Health and wellness in Sunny Isles, Fla., a Derby getaway in California, a golden egg at the Thompson Chicago, and a Panama Canal excursion

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By Paula Conway
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Grab your partner for an enlightening retreat to the Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. Your inner yogi can enjoy personal training, health and wellness coaching.

Deal: Book the “Health & Wellness” package, designed for two people and priced at $950 per night, Receive oceanfront accommodations, two YOGiiZA services (personal training or one-on-one yoga session), two 50-minute body or facial treatments at Acqualina Spa by ESPA, one spa lunch for two, a welcome amenity, $40 daily spa credit per person and complimentary Internet access. This offer is valid through May 31.

Experience: Guests enjoy reaching their goals with personalized one-on-one services from within the spa’s 20,000 square-foot facility or alongside the resort’s serene 400-foot strip of Atlantic beachfront. Guests also enjoy relaxation lounges, ice fountains, a Roman waterfall, showers that feature cool Arctic or warm Caribbean mists, Finnish saunas, a crystal steam room, as well as an ocean view outdoor spa pool and heated jet pool.

Book it! Online at or by calling (877) 312-9742.


With the year’s most anticipated horse race fast approaching, Bernardus Lodge & Spa guests can experience a California take on the Kentucky Derby weekend’s Southern charms.

Steal: Book the “Get Down and Derby” in Carmel Valley, Calif., and get access to the on-property viewing party. Plus: two mint juleps per guest, turndown service, a 100-minute Vineyard Romance couples treatment, and a four-course dinner at Marinus, paired with Bernardus wines. This offer starts at $1,058 per night. A three-night stay is required and the offer is only available May 1-4.

Experience : Guests and locals will enjoy a Kentucky Derby-themed hat contest and viewing party at Wickets Bistro on May 3, complete with bistro classics. The Lodge & Spa is set on 26 acres awash with vineyards and lavender and with 57 guestrooms, two swimming pools and an alfresco bocce court.

Book it! On the Web at or by phone at (888) 648-9463.


A king room at Thompson Chicago, which will provide surprise treats to many visitors on April 19.A king room at Thompson Chicago, which will provide surprise treats to many visitors on April 19.

Hop up and over to Thompson Chicago, where treats are hiding for guests in their rooms.

Deal: Guests staying overnight at the hotel on Saturday, April 19 might find a treat-filled egg hidden in one of 10 guest rooms. Guests must book a room for that date to be eligible to find a treat. Room rates start at $233 per night.

Experience: There will be 10 guest rooms with treat-filled eggs of varying prizes. They include: a pair of cocktails at Salone Nico, continental breakfast for two, free parking, dessert room service, and the gilded prize — a golden egg filled with a complimentary night stay at Thompson Chicago.

Book it! Online at or call (312) 266-2100.


Celebrate a famous canal’s 100-year anniversary with the Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City, Panama — and discover the region’s rich history.

Deal: Book the “Panama Canal 100 Years” package and receive a full-day tour for two, starting with a visit to the canal’s visitors center. Rates start at $290 a night. The deal is valid through Dec. 31.

Experience: Guests will learn the importance of the man-made wonder while watching ships cross the canal’s locks. The tour also invites travelers to explore Casco Viejo (The Old City) and includes a visit to The Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum. After a long day of exploring historic treasures, guests retreat to their own balcony at the hotel or a cozy lounge chair by the water. Watch ships from across the globe waiting to enter the canal.

Book It! Visit online at and select the “Panama Canal 100 Years” package or phone (877) 800-1690.