It’s 2016,Resolve to #TravelforReal ! #TravelTuesday Feature @Loews_Hotels #LoewsAtlanta #SaltwoodAtl

image

January 1, 2016 began a New Year in which one of my resolutions was to travel more. A road trip to the city of Atlanta with a stay at the Loews Atlanta Hotel seemed like a great place to begin.
image

Upon entering the hotel lobby, which was still looking festive from the holidays, I immediately knew this was going to be a chic and cozy hotel stay. My family and I were greeted with a warm smile and hot apple cider. Our bell captain , Kahn was very welcoming and insured us that we would enjoy our stay. Our room was on the 22nd floor overlooking Midtown Atlanta, which is according to Wikipedia” is the second largest business district in the city of Atlanta, situated between the commercial and financial districts of Downtown to the south and Buckhead to the north.”

Our spacious corner room had views of the midtown skyline in 3 directions. Besides the Loews literally being one of the quietest hotels I have ever stayed at, it was also one of the most comfortable. Bedding, pillows and the Keurig coffee machine all made for a very enjoyable stay

image

image
image

Prior to our arrival, I corresponded with Jonathan Vendrick, the VIP/Concierge Manager for the Loews Atlanta Hotel who was beyond helpful with advising what attractions our 4 yr old would enjoy.

Already on our agenda was Lego Land (see article here) and the Children’s Museum ( read more here).
image

image

image

image

image

image

After a long day of travel and sightseeing, it is great to have a hotel that has a restaurant and a spa on the premises. Loews encourages guests to “Add a little well being to their stay” and I took them up on their offer by visiting Exhale Spa while there! Take a look at my feature of their spa here.

Our first dinner of the year was enjoyed at their restaurant, Saltwood. The restaurant specializes in the lost food art of Charcuterie. Chef picked specialty cuts of pork meats and cheeses. We also enjoyed fried Oysters and their succulent fried chicken with homemade gravy. Their whole fish was a favorite at the table also. Stylish space and unique offerings are to be found at Saltwood.

image

image

image

image
image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

Needless to say, my little one and I enjoyed our home away from home at the Loews. Their quality, customer service,attentiveness and attention to detail made this a memorable family travel experience and a great way to start the new year in comfort. Until next time….
image

Detox From Within & Start 2016 Feeling Zen! @exhalespa #LoewsAtlanta #ExhaleSpa #Hammam #Yoga

image

After the Halloween candy of October, the many plates of stuffing with turkey on Thanksgiving in November and the hustle and bustle of the holidays in December, it’s a wonder that everyone is looking to get back on track in January with a detox!

Exhale Atlanta Midtown http://exhalespa.com/locations/atlanta-midtown located inside the Loews Atlanta Hotel offers many options to locals and visitors alike who are looking to improve their health from the inside out.

After reviewing the online menu, I chose to start my new year trying something new! A speciality treatment offered by Exhale Spa caught my attention described on the website as follows: HAMMAM DETOX THERAPY  |  30 Mins: A revitalizing body scrub therapy as you lounge inside the co-ed Hamman.  Enjoy a head-to-toe exfoliation to soften skin, increase perspiration, and stimulate detoxification.

My therapist, Alicia Perdue greeted me in the relaxtion lounge with a selection of scrubs and asked me to choose based on scent. I gravitated towards both the geranium and jasmine sugar scrubs and she advised she will customize the scrub to my liking . They also had a salt based scrub with a ginger scent that I will try next time!

While she prepared the hammam, I sipped on a detox tea as part of the service. She advised the purpose of the tea before and after the scrub is to assist with detoxification as it starts from within. I really enjoyed the treatment and left feeling like a new flower blooming in a botanical garden!

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image
Before treatment…
image
After detox, all smiles….
image

After my spa treatment, I got changed for my Exhale Chill Yoga class instructed by Stephanie Johnson.
This restorative yoga practice was just what I needed after a day of travel and a night of ringing in the new year! Calming, relaxing and informative are just some of the words my guest and I used to describe this class. The studio space was serene and inviting. Yoga mats and props are provided, just bring an open mind and leave with an open heart!

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image