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Enjoy a Romantic Setting- Sheraton Buganvilias-#1

October 17th, 2011 • by admin
  

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort (Art/ 3-D Photo by Sandy Zimmerman)

What could be better? The Sheraton Buganvilias Resort is like paradise!  From the moment you enter the resort, the beautiful Bandaras Bay, the beach and the exceptionally large pool are just a few steps away. 

I especially love the pool because it is surrounded by Palm trees with one tall tree in the middle of the pool.

(Art/ 3-D Photo by Sandy Zimmerman)

There is also a choice to enjoy their second pool designed with a waterfall, oversized Jacuzzi and bridge. Taking a stroll around the recreation area is romantic when you enter the covered walkway.

 
 
 
 

(Art/ 3-D Photo by Sandy Zimmerman)

I was surprised the window opened in our room so I was able to take photos and feel the gentle breezes.   


Unbelievable Masterpieces of Photographic Art

April 11th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

By Sandy Zimmerman  

(COVER and All Photographs in this article by the William Carr Gallery)

While walking around the Planet Hollywood Hotel waiting to review one of their shows, I noticed one of the most magnificent galleries.

The gallery was amazing, it was the William Carr Gallery and I interviewed the amazing William Carr, the amazing photographer, artist, or whatever you want to call him.

Sandy:  “How would you describe yourself, photographic artist or master of the arts?”

William:  “I am really known as William Carr Modern Master of Photography. My wife and I have been traveling around the world for many years collecting poignant imagery for display in this gallery.”

Sandy:  “But the photographic art is unique, they are not like any other paintings or photography and the detail is just amazing.”

William:  “Yes, the detail is amazing, I shoot with a high resolution, high definition camera with a tremendous amount of intonation built into each image so when you blow them up they have incredible detail.

The color gamut is extremely wide, so the colors have a tendency to pop out.”

Sandy:  “You see the leaves around the branches, the little lines in a house, it is just amazing. I keep saying that, but it is amazing.


William: “The people come here from all over the world and they recognize many of the areas that we photographed- Europe, Germany, France, Austria, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore as well as in the United States.

Bringing back all of that incredible imagery for people to have in a sense a new window in the world of life.”

Discover the Ultimate is honoring William Carr for bringing his travels to life.  Anyone who is seeking Las Vegas attractions, unique photographic galleries, places to go, and unique photography will want to experience his work.


Casa Cody-Untouched by Time

January 16th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Casa Cody- Untouched by Time!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Casa Cody)

I found the most wonderful inn in Palm Springs.

The Casa Cody Inn is different from hotels, motels, and other inns because it is a historic inn.

In addition to a 100 year old adobe,

the 28 one-story bungalows date back to the 30’s- 40’s all still preserved and maintained.

And the interesting mixture of interior and furniture themes range from Moroccan,

Indian, Sante Fe, and India.

Celebrities seemed to be drawn to the Casa Cody’s hacienda-style buildings, gardens,

and citrus-filled courtyards.

Colorful bougainvilleas hang over the

roof, seeming to cover the front of each

room.

During the 30’s,

Metropolitan Opera

baritone/movie star

Lawrence Tibbett

and Charlie Chaplin

entertained guests in

this house.

Other famous guests: “Papa John” Phillips (“Mamas and the Papas” and father of

actress Mackenzie Phillips), Herb Jeffreys (sang with Duke Ellington), and the celebrities

are still coming to the Casa Cody Inn today.

Frank Tyson, the owner, said, “Barry Manalow flies back every night after his

Las Vegas show to his home in Palm Springs. Perhaps the tourists love Palm Springs because it is

so totally like going stepping back in time.

We have a village atmosphere with restaurants, shops, entertainment,

mountain hiking, and everything within a few blocks. to your

bungalow there is no need to use a car.”


Dining for Your Health

December 22nd, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Dining for Your Health

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos:   Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center)

Food is very important when you are on vacation especially at a

health center.

The Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center coordinates all of the

meals with their guest’s health in mind.

Everything is prepared fresh, never reheated or precooked.

They strive for delicious, healthy organic vegetarian food that

stimulates and satisfies all the senses.

And I really enjoyed the difference!

The tantalizing aromas, the wide variety of selections, and

surprising flavorful tastes made each meal an experience.

Chef Mosa is specially trained in the Ayurvedic- style of cooking.

Usually when we are invited to a cooking class at other

restaurants or hotels, there are just one or two dishes to prepare.

Tonight we

watched

Chef Mosa cook

the entire dinner

for all of the guests

in the health center.

While she was busy cooking, cutting, or mashing all of the

ingredients for each dish,

Chef Mosa discussed her recipes and instructions for preparing

Ayurvedic meals.

She explained, “We believe the food you eat reflects in your

health and our food is part of the treatment.”

Some guests were taking the Ayurvedic program under the

supervision of the Vaidya while others had the option of deciding

for themselves.

Cooking is an art and Chef Mosa creates a healthy menu with just

the right mix of spices that taste good!

Chef Mosa recommended, “We wanted to give our guests the

opportunity to cook this food at their home because it is not

difficult.

You can still have great taste bringing healthy food into your

life!”

Their meals consisted of grains (wheat products), pastas, soup,

nuts (except peanuts), seeds (in small amounts), spices, fruits,

vegetables, legumes, and more.

They do not use onions and garlic but leaks instead.

Some types of cheese are better for digestion and health.

Since cooked food is easier to digest, most of the fruit and

vegetables are cooked in different ways.

The guests took notes about Mosa’s cooking techniques and

received the recipes.

They had previewed the cooking process and finally everyone

walked to the dining room curious about tasting the meal she

had just prepared.


Pizzichili: The Ultimate Indulgence!

December 13th, 2010 • by admin

Pizzichili: The Ultimate Indulgence!

By Sandy Zimmerman

In ancient India, the Maharajas were pampered with spectacular

Ayurvedic wellness treatments but don’t be jealous.

Today these wondrous treatments are NOT ONLY for Maharajas,

they are being enjoyed at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center,

just one hour from Boston.

Pizzichili, one of their unbelievably comforting treatments, is

known as the Royal Treatment and that is the perfect name for it!

The “Wet table” is similar to a Vichy Treatment but without all of

the showers above you.

The two therapists (Ayurvedic technicians) do it all!

It is the personal attention that makes all of their spa

treatments so different!

The technicians entered the treatment room holding glass

pitchers of a specially prepared blend of warm herbalized oil.


With one technician

on each side, they

slowly poured the oil

simultaneously in

perfect harmony as

though they were one

person.

How could the two be so in tune with each other, their

movements synchronized so well?

After I am practically swimming in a warm bath of oil, the table is

a little slippery as I turn each way to let the technicians reach the

areas of my body.

They also used a hose to apply the warm oil for an entirely

different feeling.

The two women spend so much time with a constant flow of oil

for this 90 minute treatment!

Pizzichili is considered a deep massage although it does not hurt

you.

The technicians do not poke and probe your body.

This is a gentle massage with warm oil penetrating deep inside the

skin to balance the body and rid you of the toxins.

The gentle massage includes “marma points” – similar to the

pressure points in reflexology, acupuncture and acupressure.  

Clients choose whether they decide for

themselves which spa treatments they wish or have a

consultation with the Vaidya, an Eastern

Ayurvedic medical practitioner from India, to

recommend a special preparation of warm blended herb oil just

for their medical imbalances.



The Ancient Abhyanga Oil Therapy

November 28th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

The Ancient Abhyanga Oil Therapy

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by MAHC unless indicated.)

Visiting the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center was truly an

unforgettable experience of everything from their spa

treatments, the food we ate, and their eastern philosophy of life!

After reviewing

spas around

the world for

over 25 years,

I suddenly was in the

world of India’s

5,000 year old

classical Ayurvedic

treatments, and best of all,

I did not have to leave

the United States.

The entire Maharishi

Ayurvedic experience was planned to relax,

rejuvenate, and refresh their clients.

I was surprised to see two technicians (therapists) waiting for me

in the treatment room, not just one as in most of the other health

centers.  One professionally skilled technician could create a

feeling of serenity but two, at the same time, are the height of

luxurious indulgence.

I wondered about

the

Abhyanga

(abh-yan-ga)

oil therapy

treatment the

Vaidya

(Vigh-dyah),

their

eastern

Ayurvedac

physician,

had

recommended

for me.

He composed the exact formula blend of massage oils

specifically for each client.

These massage oils are composed of carefully chosen organic

herbs, sesame seeds, or other natural ingredients all prepared in

their Oil Kitchen.

Gentle is the word for their treatments!

These are not the usual probing, kneading, intrusive massage.

Just before the treatment, they warm the massage oil to body

temperature in a pan over low heat.

This allows the oil to become more liquid and be able to penetrate

into the skin while the effect continues for hours.

It is important that the oil is not overheated.

First I sat in a chair with my feet on a

warm towel heated by a hot water bag.

The warm massage oil felt soothing as one technician

gently rubbed the oil into my head, then they both

massaged my face, ears, and neck.

 

 

 

 


INVITATION

August 8th, 2010 • by admin

Now you can experience the “real” INSIDE Las Vegas with us as Sandy Zimmerman meets the stars backstage to tape interviews backstage in their dressing rooms, cook with the top chefs in their kitchens, learn about unique spa treatments, visit fitness centers, and discuss the latest developments in medicine with doctors.

It is like a REALITY SHOW, but MORE because Sandy covers

ALL of these topics, not just one!

ANY TIME the Public is Invited we will let you know!

WATCH FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS about Las Vegas Openings, Events, Red Carpets, Free Entertainment, Cooking Demonstrations,

Wine Tastings, Openings, Celebrity Appearances, Discounts,

and Specials.

Sandy’s articles are not like any

other publication,

they are written as “in depth

pictorial stories where you feel you

join us in the experience.

Our FOUR website Magazines are

interactive, just ask questions,

make comments, and join the fun!

 


Each day is different as Sandy covers Las Vegas and produces

travel specials in other countries.

Sandy and her guest Phyllis Diller in the 80's

Sandy Zimmerman is a

syndicated

features

columnist

published in

Dubai, Japan,

England, South

America, as well as

other countries

and in the United States;  

She is talk show host of

the Las Vegas Today

Show programs

and Discover

the Ultimate Vacation

travel specials taped on

location in Las Vegas

and

around the world;

Celebrating 29 years as

the longest running talk show host, columnist, and

entertainment reviewer in Las Vegas, Sandy also covers dining

reviews, travel, spas, health and lifestyles;  

Two of Sandy’s programs were named “Program of the Week” by

the Review Journal for her “Marco Polo’s Silk Road Tour of

China” and “Food, Wine and Castles Tour of northwestern

Italy”;  

  

Sandy Zimmerman
information@discovertheultimate.com

 

Discover the Ultimate, Discover the Ultimate Dining, Discover the Ultimate Health (Spas), Discover the Ultimate Entertainment.


“Visiting a Ranch in the Forest”

July 17th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman
“Visiting a Ranch in the Forest”
 
By Sandy Zimmerman
 
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
 
I thought we were just stopping for breakfast but was surprised when our van drove through the gate at Rancho La Botija Mountain Hotel & Spa. It was a small, traditional Costa Rican hotel with extensive grounds and activities for their guests to enjoy.

Experiencing Rural Costa Rica

June 25th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Experiencing Rural Costa Rica”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

During our first day on tour in Costa Rica, even breakfast was an event!  We began at the traditional Restaurante Tipico el Trapiche de Nayo, stopping to see the authentic Trapiche process for crushing whole sugar cane originally used in the early days of the sugar cane plantations.

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A Ceremony for Cheese Fondue

June 24th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

 

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

We sat in Le 3 Sifflets Cafe Restaurant sipping our glasses of wine when suddenly marching music startled us.

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Imagine Paradise before it was Discovered!

June 20th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

 

“Imagine Paradise before it was Discovered!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by the Savegre Resort and the

Costa Rica Tourist Board except where indicated.)

Imagine a wilderness yet to be discovered, a place of beauty for wild animals and birds to flourish.

Imagine walking through this wilderness for the first time, your excitement, your senses are heightened!

This is the tropical paradise Efrain Chacon and his brother Federico discovered and immediately loved.

In 1954, they had been tracking a tapir and veered off the trail as fate changed their lives.

So extraordinary was the setting, Efrain immediately decided to settle there.

Although the wilderness was untouched, it would not yield shelter easily.

They had to sleep in caves by the Savegre River and endure the hardships of life in the rain forest.

There were no people, no roads, and no trails, only wild animals and the beauty of nature.

The closest neighbor was many miles away.

Efrain claimed the land and began to raise cows but the jaguars kept eating them.

Industrious and always thinking, Efrain stocked the river with trout.

When people heard of the abundant number of exceptionally large trout, they hiked from San Jose through the jungle to the river.

Finally the Club Nacional de Pesca (fish) promoted his retreat.

The only place to stay and eat was with Efrain and his family in their home.

Because so many people were coming by the end of the 70’s, Efrain had to build three cabins and a road which would take four-wheel drive vehicles.

Later the beautiful natural untouched region drew visitors for its other attractions.

The Savegre Resort Today (Photo by Sandy Zimmerman)

 



The James Bond Wine Table

May 15th, 2010 • by admin
When you visit Del Friscos, do not miss seeing the most amazing $1.2 million dollar James Bond table. Looking like a normal table at first, Jacque touched her remote control pad and the table suddenly opened to present the James Bond OO7 Films Wine Collection. Eighteen magnums of Cabernet wine from Napa Valley wineries each represent different Bond films. These one- of-a kind bottles are each laser-edged.

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