Need an escape from the holiday hustle and bustle? Although most widely known for its world-renowned theme parks, Orlando also offers opportunities to rejuvenate body, mind and soul as you escape into a world of peace and relaxation. Whether you are traveling with family or just seeking some "me time," Orlando has relaxing options for everyone.
The Wine Room on Park Avenue is the perfect place for a low-key evening with your special loved one. Whether you are a novice or a wine connoisseur, this fantastic location gives visitors the opportunity to taste a variety of wines by the glass. For those looking to master the art of wine, sign up for a series of wine classes or advanced seminars. Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Consider purchasing their "Wine Room Gift Card," for a new and relaxing experience for all pallets. Indulge your taste buds with an array of world-class wines as you top your evening with a selection of fine cheeses.
Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain provides several new and complimentary experiences in December. Join the team Monday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 30 for Essential Skin Care. This program invites guests to learn how to properly treat their skin through exfoliating and masking techniques. On Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Wednesday, Dec. 28, Spa by Guerlain is offering the Couples Instructional Massage Techniques program. Solo, or with a partner, learn some excellent massage tips to share with someone special this holiday season. Working on starting the New Year looking glamorous? Visit the spa Thursday, Dec. 29 for The Smoky Eye workshop on getting that perfect look for the big festivities. Advance registration is required.
The Nutcracker is a classic ballet piece that cannot be missed during the holiday season. Each year, The Orlando Ballet performs their interpretation of this two-act dance from Russia at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. The story takes place on Christmas Eve and includes special interactions between nutcrackers, children and mice. The performances will take place Dec. 15-18. The Russian Ballet of Orlando will also be presenting their interpretation of the Nutcracker at venues around Orlando including a complimentary performance at Lake Eola.
The Mall at Millenia offers specialties to take your shopping experience to a whole new level of ultimate relaxation. Upon arrival, shoppers are automatically greeted as they would be at a 5-star hotel with the option of valet parking. Once inside the mall, multilingual concierges are on-site to assist with directions, dining reservations and even with securing Personal Shopper services. These Personal Shoppers use their time wisely to gather the list of items you are in need and are responsible in delivering them your way. With all that extra time available, holiday shoppers are then encouraged to indulge in other mall services such as the Salon Cielo day spa or image and make-up consulting offered by Neiman Marcus. Personal Shoppers are a great way to get pampered and have your holiday shopping taken care of all at the same time.
The Barefoot Spa is the first spa in Orlando to make the "guest of honor" your feet. This unique spa is located in Ivanhoe Village, in downtown Orlando, and focuses all their treatments on spoiling your feet. This holiday season, guests are encouraged to bring in their own wine and snacks at no additional charge. All foot treatments begin with Foot Tea, a piping hot mix of organic dried herbs like chamomile, peppermint and lavender. Visitors can then choose to add a sprinkle of fun to their massage such as the Happily Dying of Chocolate, a treatment featuring a shea butter blended with cocoa.
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