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Driving in Florida
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Orlando - The Sight – Zumba Convention
Orlando - The Flight – Virgin Atlantic London Gatwick to Orlando
Orlando - The Hotel – Hilton Orlando
Orlando - The Shopping – Zumbawear Retail and Outlet
Orlando - The Healing – Hilton Orlando Spa Pool or Massage at the OCC
Orlando - The Food – Denny's
Orlando - The Packing
Orlando - Other Tips For Surviving Convention
Clearwater - The Sight – Dolphins – Caladesi Beach and Little Toot
Clearwater - The Hotel – Pier House 60 Marina Hotel
Clearwater - The Healing – Full Moon Fall Clearwater Beach
Clearwater - The Food – Frenchy's Saltwater Café
Clearwater - The Journey – Drive From Orlando
Clearwater - The Shopping – Caladesi Island
Clearwater - The Packing
Clearwater - Side Trip – Homosassa Springs
Key Largo Escape
Vero Beach Escape
Vero Beach - The Sight – Sunrise, Turtles, Waves
Vero Beach - The Hotel – Costa D'Este
Vero Beach - The Healing – The Spa at Costa D'Este
Vero Beach - The Food – The Wave Kitchen And Bar
Vero Beach - The Journey – Drive From Key Largo (and back to Orlando)
Vero Beach - The Shopping – Shells And Things
Vero Beach - The Packing
Vero Beach - Photos
The Glorious Spa Company Chichester
Iceland Spa And Hotel Break
About Our Trip To Iceland
Iceland - The Spa - Blue Lagoon
Iceland - The Sight - Northern Lights
Iceland - The Hotel(s) – Northern Light Inn, Grindavik and Centerhotel Arnarhvoll, Reykjavik
The Activity - The Icelandic Horse
Iceland - The Restaurant - Eldur and some more eating and drinking tips
Iceland - The Flight - Icelandair from London Heathrow to Reykjavik
Iceland - The Shopping
Iceland - The Rest
London Day Spa Retreats
Marrakech Spa And Hotel Escape
New Forest Spa And Hotel Break
New York Italian Escape
Paris Escape With Kids
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I tried the rest, this was the best. Although I have to give an honorable mention to La Blaireau's (also part of Careys Manor) - great service, excellent saucisson, chocolate fondant and above all the wine of the month (of which I only had a very small glass) which was recommended by the waiter and was excellent. Sadly this type of food didn't really agree with the whole spa experience so I spent the rest of the time in the Zen Garden.
Downsides were when I cut my leg on the broken mosaic (now they really should have given me at least a dessert for that!) and when I was asked to change out of my spa robe for dinner (but they were more embarrassed than me). It does tell you this – but on page 231 of the guest book in your room (I exaggerate) and it does it like this: "guests are welcome to stay in their robes for breakfast and lunch in the Zen Garden". Alright, I admit it, I over-relaxed. It could have been worse.
Anyhoo, I fell in love with their coconut rice – I could have eaten this for breakfast, lunch and dinner and pretty much did – they also gave me some tips for making it and I've succeeded in making a passable version at home.
Any dish with tofu is also worth trying here, they make it exciting without having to add three green chillies. Their chocolate brownie is good (although not the best I've tasted) and their smoothies are unparalleled.
The chicken with ginger is also delicious, and service is always friendly, fun, if a little confused at times (I asked for no mushrooms, but kept getting them and there's a part of me that is still not convinced my last bowl of coconut rice wasn't really jasmine rice – they said it didn't taste of coconut as much because I had it with red curry which was coconut too).
Another advantage of the restaurant is that it's situated right next to the spa, so you can wander in, and have coffee, tea, a smoothie or even lunch in your spa robe. If you're feeling even lazier you can call through to the restaurant from the phone next to the hotel pool and relax on a lounger while they prepare your smoothie (but they don't serve food by the pool).
Their espresso is also spot on – and, if you can tear yourself away from the pool loungers, served with a handmade biscuit – and a smile.
Review a sample menu from Zen Garden.
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