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The Mandara Spa at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel offers a popular four-handed massage, as well as a treatment called the Javanese Lulur, a traditional body cleansing utilizing many sensual resources, including turmeric, fenugreek, red rice, and ylang-ylang. The Balinese Massage, a combination of stretching, acupressure, and Swedish techniques, provides quick access to the junction where calm meets serenity.

5 601 Universal Blvd.



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At All Hours

Known as one of Winter Park’s “special occasion restaurants,” Park Plaza Gardens consistently scores high in the Zagat ratings. Besides memorable dinners, the Gardens offer an especially tasty – and reasonable – lunch menu. Recommended is the mahi salad, often available as a special. Those who prefer late-night cocktails to lavish lunches, be advised there’s a lively, late happy hour in the cafe from 9 or 10 p.m. till closing, with drink and appetizer specials.

319 S. Park Ave.



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Worthy of Zorba

At Taverna Opa the delicious Greek food is so authentic you’ll be inclined to excla im “Opa!” With a fun atmosphere, catchy music, belly dancers, singing servers, dancing patrons, flowing ouzo, and – yes – plate smashing (by everyone), Taverna Opa is like a great escape to a Greek island. And the freshly made hummus is out of this world.

9101 International Dr.



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On with the Shoe

At Shou’Ture in Winter Park,the staff will not only help you find a beautiful new pair of designer shoes, they’ll give you a free pedicure (with minimum purchase). If you don’t want the shoes but still want to treat your feet, a basic 30-minute pedi will set you back only $35. Even better, there’s a Champagne happy hour in the store every day from 5 p.m. until closing. Enough to sweep yo u off your feet.

339 Park Ave. South



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Alligator Tee

According to Orlando caddies, Tiger Woods says The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes possesses the state’s best greens. The gorgeous course, designed by Greg Norman, winds through a delicate ecosystem of native cypress and oak. If you’re lucky, you might get a glimpse of the six-foot alligator golfers say makes his home in the lake. Just don’t get too up-close-and-personal.

4012 Central Florida Pkwy.



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