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Lady in Marrakech

It’s sunset in Marrakech. On the roof terrace at Dar Les Cigognes riad, the scene is spectacular. The sinking sun makes silhouettes of giant storks nesting on the rose colored walls of the royal palace, and a long table is set for dinner under the Moroccan stars. I’m offered a glass of local wine, and as I put my nose to it, I breathe in a terroir redolent of exotic spices and souks.

Rooftop of Dar Les Cigognes Riad in Marrakech

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Lady in St Martin’s Courtyard

JoJo is a miracle worker. She really knows how to get the knots out of my perennially stressed shoulders. As she massages my upper back, she doesn’t cut corners. JoJo singles out every knot and wages a gentle war until it surrenders. It’s exactly what I hope for in every massage I get. No wonder she works at a day spa called Relax in the heart of Covent Garden’s St Martin’s Courtyard.

Covent Garden Academy of Flowers in St Martin's Courtyard, London

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Lady in Rancho Santa Fe

Mention Rancho Santa Fe to someone in San Diego and you’re bound to get a memorable reaction. “It’s where all the golf courses are,” some say. “It’s where all the rich people live,” others claim. “It’s where my favorite spa is,” my brother’s mother-in-law tells me. And it’s that last one that gets my attention. Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is her favorite place to relax and rejuvenate, and I have a feeling it’s going to be mine, too.

Rancho Valencia Hotel in Rancho Santa Fe

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Lady in Paso Robles

There’s nothing quite like taking a road trip in California. The bright sun, the beautiful coastal scenery along the state’s iconic Highway 1, and the golden beaches make it one of the most popular routes in the world to travel. But there’s one catch. With so many wineries up and down the coast, it can be hard to stay focused on the road. That’s particularly true in Paso Robles.

Vineyards in in Paso Robles

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