Celebrate National Relaxation Day (Aug 15) in these Dreamy Bathtubs

If your current idea of a peaceful escape consists of the four walls of your bathroom, then it’s time to switch up the scenery! There’s no better place to hide, unwind, and find some peace and quiet than soaking in a geothermal bathtub made of volcanic rock in Iceland, exchanging one filled with bubbles for one filled with bubbly in Italy, or gazing at amazing views while bathing in a St. Lucia sanctuary. In honor of National Relaxation Day, which falls on August 15th, here are some alternative bathtubs we all can’t wait to relax in instead.

Baoase Luxury Resort

Baoase Luxury Resort, Curaçao’s only five-star resort, features gorgeous Asian-inspired villas that pay homage to a signature Balinese style with impeccable attention to detail. The resort’s Superior Beachfront Pool Suites, for instance, feature a private garden, pool, patio and beach, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, an oversized canopy king bed, Dolby surround sound system and a private outdoor bathtub and rain shower. The bathrooms, often surrounded by the lush foliage of the tropics, feature a signature Indonesian-inspired design with elements – including the bathtub and sinks – that have been imported from Indonesia. The gorgeous oversized tubs are carved from large rocks found on the secluded island of Java, while the sinks are often made of Belgian slate, and the shower heads are the creation of an Italian designer.
Hotel Ranga

As one-of-a-kind as Iceland itself, and just like Hotel Ranga’s seven renowned continent-themed suites, the new Icelandic Suite has at its center a freestanding custom-made tub specifically shaped for comfortable sitting. The bathtub is covered in smooth stones that can be found on Iceland’s iconic black sand beaches, and is also surrounded by a floor paved with volcanic basalt rock. The freestanding tub also faces toward the window, providing perfect views of the countryside, East Ranga river and the frequent, favorite visitor, Aurora Borealis. In addition to this bathtub, the other six suites offer interesting tubs, including a square wooden one in the Asia Suite, an old-fashioned, copper tub to fit the North America motif and changes color with age, and a sleek monochrome design from the famous Italian manufacturer Pininfarina (known for designing automobiles, including Ferrari).
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
Cancun, Mexico

Fresh off a $40 million renovation, JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is an ideal destination for beach bums, adventure lovers, foodies, or anyone who can relish in having nowhere else to be. Perfect for a relaxing, stress-free detox, travelers can rest easy knowing Bali-style day beds, brunch baskets, cocktails by the infinity pool, restorative spa treatments, and gourmet culinary experiences await. For the ultimate in-room spa experience without the price tag, guests can draw a steamy bath as every reimagined guest room features free-standing soaking tubs and complimentary aromatic, lavender bath salts. The oversized bathrooms are also marked by sleek rainfall showers, dual sinks and granite vanity tops with chrome detailing that deliver an elevated look and feel.

Top 5 Vegan Dishes to Try While Traveling Europe

Visiting Europe and therefore looking for some ideas on fresh and mouth watering dishes you have probably never tried before as a vegan? No problem, I have a few incredible ideas for you. Here are the top delicious 5 vegan dishes from Europe you really should try while on the tour:

1.Avocat Tatine (Avocado Toast)

Avocat Tatine is a well-liked French dish that consists of a slightly stale French bread that’s toasted and smeared with avocado(avocat in French). Apart from bread and avocado, this French vegan dish can also optionally include other ingredients such as sliced boiled eggs, tomatoes, onions, etc to make it taste even better.

Avocat Tatine is quite delicious and filling, not to mention that it goes very well with tea or coffee, both black or white. The Tatine can be a perfect vegan dish for breakfast or just snacking. Plus, it’s also very good for your health, thanks to the diverse range of healthy nutrients found in avocado that include omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B-6, C, E, and K, folate, niacin, and riboflavin. The rest are magnesium, potassium, and pantothenic acid.

Notably, Avocat Tatine is very popular in France and other European countries with French-inspired food cultures, including Spain, Italy, and Belgium. Nonetheless, the dish is quite inexpensive and served in many restaurants across several cities in Europe that offer French foods. For example, a serving of Avocat Tatine, in Paris, goes for between 6.5 and 14 pounds, on average.

You can also make French avocado toast at home if you like. After all, the recipe is relatively easy and pocket-friendly. Simply obtain the necessary ingredients from your local grocery store for less. Or order those ingredients conveniently online. That said, be sure to check out Home Chef for your online ingredients ordering needs.

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Mushroom Bourguignon with Celeriac Mash
Europeans love to eat this vegan delicacy, which makes for a perfect cold-weather comfort option during winter. Mushroom bourguignon is a rich and hearty dish of fresh vegetables and aromatic herbs. The ingredients are simmered in a red wine sauce and seasoned with creamy celeriac mash. This produces a nutty, celery-like flavor and a light, fluffy, texture you just can’t resist.

Replacing beef with juicy chestnut mushrooms and exotic dried mushrooms, this European vegan dish can be a perfect weeknight dinner just before you wind up your tour day and retreat to your cozy hotel suite. You can eat it with rice, noodles, or pasta, but just don’t forget to order a glass of fine wine for a complete, indulgent, and filling dinner.

Mushroom bourguignon with celeriac mash is served in many hotels in various cities across Europe for less. Just remember to tip the waiter if the delicacy tasted so good that you enjoyed it to the fullest.

Red Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
Red Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is a classic British/Irish vegan delicacy that’s a favorite choice for many Europeans. Hearty, savory, comforting, and seriously satisfying are some of the adjectives one can use to describe this vegan option that is loaded with healthy nutrients. It’s a mouthwatering vegan dish that consists of overwhelmingly delicious and succulent vegetables. The ingredients are combined into a brothy sauce that is topped with fluffy mashed potatoes and baked to bubbly perfection.

Some food historians believe that Red Lentil Shepherd’s Pie originated from Britain. Other historians convince themselves that the delicacy came from Ireland. Either way, its origin really doesn’t matter at any point. Of importance is the fact that it’s luscious, filling, and good for your health.