new year brings new adventures … in bhutan!

December 17th, 2008

Eggnog, latkes with crème fraîche, holiday hams, cookies … the holidays can be a time of over-indulgence.   As sugar levels start to stabilize, the new year leaves us hungry (well, maybe that’s not the best word …) to do something that is not only invigorating but also authentic and meaningful.  So for 2009, why not commit to one of Uma Paro‘s eleven Adventure Retreats that are sure to shake off the post-holiday blues? (more…)

yoga retreat with erich schiffmann

December 16th, 2008

This spring, Parrot Cay will be rolling out the red carpet for guest celebrity yoga instructor Erich Schiffmann, who will be joining the resort’s A-List roster of wellness specialists to lead a special six-day COMO Shambhala yoga retreat from May 31st -June 6th, 2009. The LA-based Schiffmann will enlighten guests with his unique Freedom-Style yoga, an intuitive approach to yoga involving meditation and inner guidance within practice poses.

With over 40 years of experience, Schiffmann teaches yoga essentials that foster inner development and deeper self-trust on the distracting West Coast; imagine how much further that development will go in the secluded oasis of private island resort Parrot Cay

For those not familiar with Schiffmann, he is the phenom behind the popular yoga DVDs starring actress Ali MacGraw.

The Essentials of Freedom Style Yoga” retreat Information: (more…)

real (if forced) relaxation in bali

December 2nd, 2008

Although we here at AMPR love NYC, we admit that it can be a very noisy, distracting city.  For instance, the deafening sound of jackhammers right outside our office window!  If only we were in Bali…

To honor the Balinese Lunar New Year, (March 29th, 2009), the entire island shuts down with a “Day of Silence.”  This Hindu holiday, called Nyepi, is a holiday of mediation and self-reflection, and is observed by Hindus and non-Hindus alike (even tourists are not exempt, although rules are lax within hotels).  For Balinese residents, anything that could possibly interfere with self-reflection is restricted; no speaking, no obnoxious entertainment, and best of all, no ear-splitting construction! 

And while this might be a scary leap for those physically incapable of detaching themselves from their Blackberrys, we see Nyepi as the ultimate gift: real, if forced, relaxation.  Uma Ubud, one of two luxe COMO outposts on the island, embraces the holiday by offering guests two complimentary yoga classes to practice reflection and meditation, as well as a traditional Rijitafel feast at the Kempiri restaurant.