ZoiA Spa at the Hyatt Regency Aruba

We’ve been home in NYC for a week and a millions things have already come and gone. When I get overwhelmed with well…everything, I tell myself, the speed at which NYC moves is not normal. Then I set my watch on Hawai’i time and go draw a soothing bath.

Back in March I was in Aruba to visit ZoiA Spa at the Hyatt for gotham-magazine.com. The article is up and I wish I was there right now. They do Spirit Ritual baths which couple a hot stone massage with a color-inspired bath. Each color is linked to a mantra – I picked red for strength (and took my phone into the spa ;). The bath is paired with essential oils, flowers, red berries and tea from Dinah Veeris, an herbalist in CuraƧao.

Now I just have to figure out how to recreate this bath at home…

Aruba: Balashi, Madame Janette, and Local Supermarkets

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A few more Aruba scenes before heading back to NYC (where it is 40F!)

A view of the beach from the catamaran.

Visiting a Dutch supermarket. Just a 10-minute cab ride from the hotel, $15 flat fare each way. Stocked up on stroopwafels, cheese and the rather addictive Hagelslag, aka dark chocolate sprinkles (to top buttered toast). I’d love to learn the local language of Papiamento one day…so much more to explore.

Aruba Riba is the local cocktail, potent and an alarming shade of red. If I’m not mistaken it has a splash of every possible liquor on the shelf! But it was the local beer – Balashi, that I found myself drinking every afternoon.

Dinner at Madame Janette where they specialize in beautiful Argentine cuts of beef. Feeling extra decadent, had tenderloin done black and blue, then topped with mashed potatoes, mushrooms, fried onions. And a glass of Malbec.

Afternoon on the catamaran, snorkeling off the coast of the island. We spotted the MS Antilla shipwreck (from WWII, 1939)! The ship was only 20 feet deep at it’s highest point, though I didn’t go that far down. Sailing back as the sun set, followed by…

…dinner on the beach, barefoot.

Aruba: Sunscreen, Pomegranates, Herbals Teas, and Cactus

Sunscreen is key in Aruba. Face, arms, legs, leave nothing untouched. Sunglasses and big hats. I’ve gone though half a bottle of 55SPF in no time, so far so good. No lobster-face yet. Am here for work and loving the 85F weather, effortlessly casual atmosphere and abundance of local seafood. A few photos from the last two days…

Staying at the Hyatt Regency Aruba, how could you not smile with a view like this?

Eating and drinking in bed is a major guilty pleasure. Iced tea with local pomegranates on a hot afternoon, a pile of books and magazines on the side. I always leave the balcony doors wide open when at beach resorts, no need for air conditioning.

Took a super bumpy off-road Jeep ride around the island. Aruba is not a tropical island, but a dessert island…arid weather and cacti everywhere you look.

A tasting of eight different teas at the Hyatt – all the blended teas are customized by a local herbalist in Aruba.

Natural rock formations. This looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie.

A huge ‘thank you’ Rocky for this photo. Hope everyone has a good weekend ^_^

Off to Aruba

Tea is always the last thing I drink before flying. It’s warm, incredibly soothing, and makes me feel organized and put together. What more can you ask for? So. One pot of peppermint tea at Lincoln (can’t get over the shape of that beautiful teapot) and then it’s time for Aruba. Feels like I <a href="http://static.squarespace.com/static/51895797e4b07dc9727307ce/518957d3e4b04dec96da1667/51895806e4b04dec96da1c6c/1331801082000/#img no complaints. ^_^ Just a short 4.5 hour flight. Can't wait, it is my very first visit to the island!