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The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Boca Raton

By Rohan:

“Getting away” usually means visiting an exotic locale, experiencing a new way of life, or trying something completely out of the blue. However, in sunny Boca Raton, Florida, you can escape to an oasis of luxury and comfort at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Located along the Atlantic Ocean separated only by a picturesque white-sand beach, this Hilton property should not be missed. The main building resembles an old Spanish castle, with a variety of restaurants, shops, and amenities for you to enjoy. All of this in one beautiful location makes for an excellent trip, any time of the year.

The rooms at this Waldorf-Astoria will surely make similar properties jealous. While some five star hotels promise luxury, the Waldorf aims at making you feel like a king. With large, plush king beds featuring gorgeous patios overlooking the ocean, there is not a single inch of the room that won’t cause your jaw to drop.

The star of this property would be the wide variety of restaurants. The Palm Lounge is located in the main building and features a stunning atrium that lets in plenty of natural sunlight. As the name suggests, the restaurant is filled with Palm Trees with free wireless internet and casual American fare.

If you’re into a more chic way of ending your day, check out Morimoto, a sushi bar founded by Iron Chef Morimoto himself. And to keep the kids’ sweet tooths satisfied, a 1950’s-themed Ice Cream Parlor right across from Morimoto will surely do the trick.

Perhaps the best beverage at the restaurant is offered for free near the reception desk. A sweet, nectar-like lemonade is provided on behalf of the hotel staff, and is absolutely divine when served with a thin slice of lime.

When it comes to amenities, the Waldorf at Boca Raton is truly an oasis. Award-winning golf courses, beautiful pools, tennis courts, water sports, and more are all available within walking distance or a short, ten-minute shuttle ride. If you can imagine it, you can do it at the Waldorf.

Here at Paupers, we pride ourselves on exploring cities and historical sites around the world. But sometimes, even we need a break from  the traditional notions of travel. If you want a place to sit back, relax, and take in sunny weather with crashing waves as your soundtrack, look no further than the Waldorf-Astoria in Boca. To book your ticket to paradise, visit www.bocaresort.com

A Turkish Hamam – A Relaxing, Cleansing Experience

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone who is visiting Istanbul, has a few hours to spare and wants to partake in this old-fashioned bath prevalent for many centuries.

What? A Turkish Hamam or bath which is both a deep cleansing and a relaxing experience.

How? There are many Hamams all over Istanbul.  Many have been raved about in books and magazines and others are less known entities.  For example, Cagaloglu Hamami is listed in the book, 1000 Things to Do Before You Die.  We actually had read mixed reviews about some of the more famous ones and decided to indulge in our Hamam experience at our hotel, the Hotel Levni in Istanbul.

Why?  We had spent an entire day walking around the historic sights of old Istanbul and were tired.  So off we went to the spa at our hotel, ready to experience a Hamam for the first time.  Since there were two Hamam rooms, my daughters decided to double up and I did one one my own.  My Hamam room was  absolutely gorgeous and laying on a giant slab of marble in this atmosphere transported me to a world gone by.  My masseuse was a Balinese woman who had been working at Hamams for a couple of years.  Over my treatments of a scrub and massage, she told me about her family in Bali, her siblings, how she got to Istanbul and of course her plans for the future.  It was a surreal journey, taking about the beauty and life in Bali over a Hamam treatment in Istanbul.  I don’t have other benchmarks to compare this to, but the experience was very good and we all emerged feeling squeaky clean.  It was one more feather in the cap for this lovely property as well.

If you are in Istanbul and want to know more about a Hamam experience, this article by Lonely Planet is a good read.