Are We There Yet? – Sun-drenched Hotspots

Travel news for California and Jamaica.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

I love the West Coast, especially Cali, and I'm a huge fan of beautiful Jamaica, so I was super stoked when I received news about these two awesome destinations.

First up, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in California has partnered with VR Green Farms of San Clemente to acquire the market's supply of local, seasonal, and organic produce, incorporating these ingredients into spa treatments. "The Spa at Laguna Cliffs is proud to support local business by incorporating natural, high quality ingredients from VR Green Farms in our seasonal spa treatments. We source avocados, rosemary, honey, and olive oil. Wellness is expanding to include eating local and spa-ing local," said Spa Director Jessica Timberlake in a release. "Our partnership with VR Green Farms allows us to pamper our guests with fresh, organic ingredients from sunny Southern California."

All ingredients featured in their Farm-To-Table Spa services are sourced from VR Green Farms, like the Farm-to-Table Facial, where avocados sourced from the farm are an excellent eye treatment and one of two honey masks are also used. A 60-minute treatment will cost $160. You can also try their Farm-to-Table Body Treatment and get some relief from the winter season. Fresh rosemary is blended with sea salts and extra virgin olive oil, then massaged all over the body to buff away any hint of dryness. Then, a hand-whipped blend of sage-infused honey and organic shea butter is gently applied, absorbing completely into the skin for the ultimate hydration. Another 60-minute indulgence, this treatment is $165.

For more information, or to make reservations, please visit or call 949.661.5000.

And out of Jamaica, there are new travel packages that are now available, so if you haven't been here, you've gotta check these out. Take a romantic gamble with Couples Resorts Jamaica and book the “Couples Secret Rendezvous” package – the resort you’ll be staying at remains a “secret” until seven days prior to arrival. Travellers will stay at one of four Couples Resorts in Jamaica: Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Negril or Couples Swept Away. Visitors will save up to 57% with rates starting at $388 per couple, per night.

At ClubHotel Riu Ocho Rios, they're offering a Valentine’s all-inclusive package that includes accommodation in a standard room, food and beverage, watersports, plus entertainment and evening shows. Rates start at $178 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and including tax. Visitors should book by March 15 for travel from January 21 through March 31. Or escape to The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort in Montego Bay for a romantic island getaway. Customize your stay with daily breakfast plus a $100 daily resort credit to enjoy the resort’s acclaimed amenities, such as a pampering couple’s spa treatment, round of golf or delectable cuisine. Rates start at $439 per night, not inclusive of taxes and gratuities. Visitors must book by March 31 for travel valid through 2013.

Finally, embrace the romance of Jamaica at the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa and Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, both located in Lucea just 40 minutes from the Montego Bay airport. Guests will enjoy 25% off hotel bookings and a 15% discount on Zentropía Palladium Spa & Wellness services when they use the online promotional code “Valentines Day." To take advantage of this deal, visitors should book by February 13 for travel from February 1 through February 18.

For more information or to book a trip to Jamaica, go to or contact your local travel specialist.

Bon Voyage,



Jenn Cox is a Montreal-based freelance journalist. Visit her website or email her at