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It is known as one of the most romantic places to vacation and that is saying a lot from critics such as The New York Times and Times of London.
Spending time at Korakia is more than a vacation, it is a destination. A place to hide and escape into the beauty, floral and citrus scents that tickle your nose.
This is an organic retreat, one that you do not want to be removed from. I planned 24 hours of paradise to write for a publication. I wanted readers to know that when they have no time to get a way that they actually could make 24 hours for a true holiday from our microwave multi-tasking moments we now call days. Time seems to be going faster and faster. I hear this happens when you become older, but I think it feels that way to my young nieces and nephews too. For this reason it is so important that we take time for spouse, our partner, and ourselves or with good friends.
Korakia is a place where one gets in touch with peacefulness and the space of blue sky and purple petals draped along the pathways. There are no televisions, computers, phones or clocks. It is the ultimate in timelessness.
Breakfast is served every morning and is included with your stay. We had homemade pancakes with fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh strawberries. Don’t forget the great coffee or tea that is delivered to your table. Then you just get up and take a morning hike which is picture perfect one block or so a way. There is a yoga class every Sunday. They have a menu for lunch. Dinner is not served, but there are several restaurants close by. Within walking distance is CITRON at the Viceroy Hotel. I highly recommend it. The sizes are huge and the organic quality is only matched by the intense flavors and the variety of culinary selections. Chef Stacy Hawkins sees to every detail and Don Devine is the Guest Services and Public Relations Manager. The staff is exceptional. Eating by the pool is great fun or hang out for a drink at the very active bar. Now for the food…
The Parmesan Truffle fries are hot and delicious. The beet salad scored high points and the Catfish was mouthwatering. Speaking of, no matter how full you may feel, get a to go container and eat dessert. The French Beignets with Banana Curd and Coconut Gelato melt in your mouth and are true to the New Orleans fame to claim. Do not miss out on this dream filled dessert. Korakia has a full kitchen, so you can also stay in and cook dinner or purchase something and bring it back and eat by fireside. So many wonderful options to choose from!
The Moroccan villa was built as a hide-a-way and has done its job! Bungalows, suites and two houses provide enough space for quaintness between couples and alone time. Korakia has bicycles that you can use for free and ride into town. Hiking is a great opportunity being that you can view the San Jacinto Mountains from your balcony or poolside! After hiking, I highly recommend a massage. This is honestly one of the best massages I have had. I compare it to when I was in Hong Kong and she walked on my back. This time it is not walking on your back, but Nyoka is in tune with your body, what you need and exactly pin points each area in depth with Gazelle like hands, you will leave that table a new person. There are a variety of massages to choose from. Her daughter Splendor is also known to be a true massage artist. The entire staff at Korakia tends to each guests needs seamlessly. They smile and take care of you as though you are a guest in their own home.
The lush surroundings have a Mediterranean feel to it and abundance of architectural elements that can be viewed for hours. Internationally reviewed as one of the best small hotels in the world by the Times of London compliments the retreats intimate charm.
During the day the Sun shines upon the lush green, purple flowers and fresh fruit, inviting you into a heated pool and day beds. It is serenity at its finest. At nightfall Korakia is transformed into decadent romance. Lit by candlelight throughout the villa, the view is breathtaking. The hotel is on two sides of the street. Each side has a pool. One pool is regular temperature and the other is heated as mentioned. At night they show a movie on the wall. In the evenings fireplaces are lit from the ground. One side has three separate fires by the pool and the other side has a fire blazing with the waterfall behind it and a half circle sofa so that you can lounge and linger until you decide to disappear into one of the beautiful suites.
A couple got engaged that night and the staff put flower pedals and candles inside their suite all the way to the bedroom where he proposed. Weddings, private parties are available. This is a beautiful experience and one that will not escape you after you’ve had it.
My point of view for the article was to show that when you think you can’t get away, you actually can take 24 hours and escape into another world at Korakia. It truly works, but next time, I am going to take an extra 24 hours!
Rooms start at $159. Suites are $359. They have two houses priced at $499 and $699.
Ask for Paulette or Jennifer.
Korakia Pensione 257 S. Patencio Road Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 864-6411
Jarro-Zymes Plus contains porcine pancreatic enzymes because their composition is similar to that of human pancreatic enzymes and are superior to vegetable enzymes. Alpha galactosidase is produced by single cell fermentation and facilitates digestion of legumes.
We are in a youth oriented society and no matter how much you may change your outside appearance with clothes and make-up, our insides are moving at a rate that stays in tact with our actual birthdate! What this means is that many of our insides such as our digestion system do not work like they did when we were in our twenties. Poor digestion can cause problems with our organs and cause build up in our colon. You know what that means, and besides it not being pretty, the indigestion, bloat, gas, constipation and heartburn cause problems in your everyday life. The gift is that digestive enzymes taken with meals help the body digest the foods the way they are supposed to be digested and remove toxicity in the intestines and colon. What is important is that the digestive enzymes are natural and contain a formula that includes the right amount of specific ingredients that create the flow of movement while eating.
JARRO-ZYMES PLUS Cold- Extracted Pancreatin, contains extra strength Lipase which is very important in the digestion process, as well as Alpha Galactosidase that helps with gas and bloating. Taking these capsules with each meal, or as directed by a health professional will keep your insides matching the youthful outside! It is important to eat breakfast, as that starts your metabolism. I use the JARRO-ZYME PLUS at lunch and dinner. It is especially beneficial at night when digestion is at its slowest. That includes every age, which is why it is suggested to eat your largest meal in the middle of the day. For many of us that is hard to do, so the JARRO-ZYME, digestion enzymes truly make a progressive difference. If I do not use them, I can feel and see bloat that is not there when taking the Jarrow enzymes. Jarrow also produces the enzymes in vegetarian/vegan capsules. I have tried other digestive enzyme brands and they do not work as well as Jarrow. The completeness of their products is bar-none as well as the quality. Whole Foods turned me on to Jarrow, and I am always satisfied!
Additionally important to intestine and immune health are probiotics. You can’t turn a magazine page or watch television without hearing something about digestion. This is not an ad, it is to inform you about products that per my experience and twenty years of media reporting are the very best.
Jarrow Formulas has an enhanced Probiotic system called Jarro-Dophilus EPS. This specific Probiotic formula is room temperature stable. Many Probiotics need to be refrigerated. These do not. It has 8 species with clinically documented strains in vegetarian capsules and have five (5) billion organisms per capsule! The capsules are Enteric coated for enhanced survival. I take one to two a day, but check with your professional. You can take up to four a day. Take them on an empty stomach.
So here is to staying healthy, youthful inside and out and feeling great while doing it!
Jarrow Formulas are considered number one in the market and have a seal on their packets to prove it!
ONE OF A KIND – With only a few pure, natural ingredients, Enstrom’s creates a dream in every bite. More deliciousness to come!
Rich, elegant and genuine. It is beyond the word toffee, it is World-Class butter delicious, melt in your mouth toffee. In fact, growing up, Enstrom’s was saved for company. I will check with my siblings but I am pretty sure they also raided the freezer, breaking off a few pieces, hoping not to get caught or noticed! It was worth the risk. In fact I learned at my cousins about Enstrom’s 2 pound box and felt sudden glee as though I was back at my parents house about to cruise the freezer, but this time in Willy Wonka fashion. Now one can purchase a five-pound box of rich delicious melt in your mouth goodness. Nothing against Wonka bars, but Enstrom’s is the golden ticket!
When the Enstrom’s arrived, the clean heavenly white box was opened without a moment of hesitation. No longer for the guests, or having to wait, this was my box of pure pleasure to my palate and I would not let this moment be interrupted. As I unwrapped he plastic surrounding it, I lifted the veil lid and pulled off the delicate paper that kept everything intact and looked at the lovely layers of butter-rich Enstrom’s Almond toffee with the chunks of thick creamy yet hard facade, almonds poking out and the thin layer of fine milk chocolate lacing the top of it. Each piece filled my mouth with lovely sensational buttery toffee, bites of almond and bits of chocolate together swirling in my mouth. I could not stop. Just one more bite I said… This was not to be. I did not even sit down at first. It was too good to move. Then I took a few pieces into the next room. I wrapped the box back up, so that I would wait until tomorrow for more. I consumed oh too quickly. This time I will get just a few more bites and allow the swirls of textures to be savoured. So I unwrapped what I thought would keep me out until tomorrow and took a few more pieces and wrapped the box back up again. By this time my body told my brain, this was it. No more for tonight, so my final entry was eaten I slowly to finish of my evening with a gigantic smile, inside and out.
The next day it was Enstrom’s for breakfast. lunch and dinner. Yes, I ate other things, but they were only a means to an Enstrom’s ending. I have NEVER eaten a box of candy in one day! I have Never come close. I knew if I did not share it, within three days an entire box of Enstrom’s would be my undoing. Please know I used will power as I could have easily polished off the majesty of flavors within two days. I took it to a friend of mine who manages a restaurant. He and the Chef both oohed and awed with each sinful bite. Only five ingredients create a pure, unexplainable flavor that taste like nothing else I have ever had. The price is only $20.00 for one pound and worth every dollar.
This is the perfect gift. One which tastes far more than its price. You will be thanked more than once, I assure you. I put this in for the holidays because it is natural. Butter, salt, quality chocolate and almonds. Naturally sinful.
They come in 1 -5 pound boxes. Enstrom’s carries an assortment of decadent treats to choose from. Enstrom’s is under, MUST EATS!
Don’t deprive yourself of one of the finest Almond Toffee’s in the world. This is merely my expert opinion…
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Holiday… To you and yours.
ZONA PERSONAL SPA – NATURAL BEAUTY!
Zona Personal Spa Natural Beauty has a wealth of products for your individual scent and skin type. Their Extra Virgin Shea Butter in French Lavender, feels like creme on my hands, but not greasy. The smell is gentle, not over pouring… I call it inviting.
The Mono-Use Self-Lathering Satchel deeply cleanses the body, invigorates the senses while removing old skin and energizing new skin. My skin feels soft after using the Botanical Cleanse. This is before putting on any of their Lozines. An array of hand and rehydrating body lotions that are formulated with 12+ active botanical ingredients. The self-lathering satchel is so smart and simple to use. Place the botanical cleanser into the satchel and use all over your face or body. There are face satchels and body satchels, as the face is more delicate and so is the face satchel.
After using the soap or cleanser, rinse out the satchel and let it dry. After it has dried it is ready to use again.
There is only one ZONA, and there are a variety of products. I felt like a kid in a candy store. Everything is made naturally to support and benefit the skin.
When I use the facial satchel and French Lavender soap formulated with active ingredients for the face, my pink vibrant face radiated, looking refreshed and leaving my skin feeling clean and soft.
Zona skin care is recommended by dermatologist’s and favored by celebrities.
If you live in Los Angeles, you can sample and experience ZONA first hand with the creator of these majestic cremes at the Westwood Farmers Market in Westwood, CA on Wednesdays or check the website listed above. Tell them Saper sent you!
If you try it, please let me know what you think! I look forward to hearing from you.
SOON TO COME… FACE FORWARD FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
Photo – Zona – LA Magazine
On May 10, 2010, I started writing a new post on knowing your juices, including the benefits of Pomegranate Juice. Today, 5/12, Yahoo posts front page, from Men’s Health, “The Unhealthiest Juices in America. Parabenfree and Organic Blog provides you front page, vital information before the magazine is off the press. This blog is for YOU, delivering accurate information and where to get it. Drink Up and read on… Your comments are appreciated!
Pomegranates are an A List Star when it comes to the vast benefits this fruit provides our bodies. Additional to the folic acid, fiber and anti-oxidants, Pomegranates are a rich source of Vitamin C.
Not all Pomegranate Juices are alike. The bottle may say fresh, but check it, because it could be concentrated, which means you are not getting fresh Pomegranate juice. Your best bet is Evolution Fresh, you can find the brand and their variety of natural juices, fruits and vegetables at Whole Foods, Ralphs, Bristol Farms and Gelsons. Evolution Fresh’s supreme quality and gratifying taste delivers a Pomegranate juice full of flavor, nutrients and no bitter after taste. Their delicious tasting Pomegranate juice leaves you wanting more and their Apple juice is addictive! www.evolutionfresh.com
HIGH POINT POMEGRANTE NEWS! Pomegranate juice is known to lower bad cholesterol and stimulate the immune system. Pomegranate juice helps alleviate post-menopausal and menopausal symptoms due to the Phytoestrogen found in the Pomegranate seeds. Pomegranate juice is beneficial for those with digestive disorders by stimulating digestion. A UCLA study indicates that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice every day can assist in slowing down the spread of prostate cancer, the leading cause of death of men in the USA. It is important to drink up when it comes to this FRESH purple juice!
At the Farmers Market Apple Sherrill Orchard’s Pomegranate natural juices are tasty; they have a variety of flavors and several juices are made kid friendly. It is a family run business. The juices come straight from the farm to the farmers market. Obviously, it is bottled in-between. In my opinion, their juice has a rich, non-bitter taste that can often be found in Pomegranate juice. The contact information is below. If you live in Los Angeles, CA, you can find them at any Farmers Market.
APPLE SHERRILL ORCHARDS HEALTHY JUICE 3265 Valpredo Rd Arvin, CA 93203 661-858-2035
HAPPENING NOW ON WEDNESDAYS…
Apple Sherrill Orchards Pomegranate Juices are available Wednesday in WESTWOOD, CA. Farmers Market on Broxton Ave from 3-7P. (Free 2 Hour Parking on Broxton.)
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