Florida Friday Vol. 3, Issue 20 | April 26th, 2019

Wellness and spa holidays in Florida

Spring is the perfect time for a rejuvenating break. From yoga and paddle boarding to chocolate wraps and fabulous facials, here's how you can treat yourself in the Sunshine State.

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Immerse yourself in a digital detox at Lovers Key State Park, a 712-acre park in Lover's Key and three other barrier islands - Black Island, Inner and Long Key. There's very little wi-fi coverage so you can relax and enjoy stand-up paddle board yoga, cycling or hiking the peaceful trails, bird and wildlife spotting, without any interruption.

Florida's Historic Coast
Pamper yourself in historic St Augustine on Florida's Historic Coast, home to top spas and spa hotels, including the opulent Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and the Salt Spa, which specialises in the healing power of crystal salts. For something more active, try stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking (you can even join a guided kayak trip after-dark) or lace up your boots and hike the area's endless trails and nature reserves.

New Smyrna Beach
Treat yourself to a day of wellness and relaxation at The Spa at Riverview, where all treatments include the use of the heated therapeutic waterfall pool and mineral pool, set in a tropical oasis-style garden. Or get zen with the locals at beach and studio-based yoga classes at Om Sunshine Yoga, where private lessons or retreats are open to holidaymakers too.

Florida's Paradise Coast
With stunning beaches and coastal mangrove estuaries, where you can hike, kayak, paddle-board or join yoga and fitness classes, indoors and out, no wonder the Paradise Coast been named the happiest and healthiest community in the US for the past three years. Not resting on their laurels, business owners and locals are working to build a Blue Zones Community, an initiative based on further improving wellbeing for themselves and their customers.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Float away the stresses and strains in the lazy river and tropical reefs at Discovery Cove, where you will also learn about conversation and come face to face with bottlenose dolphins, sharks, stingrays and otters. Or, sink your toes into the sparkling white sandy beaches at Aquatica before drifting over to Loggerhead Lane lazy river and gliding down the water slides.

The Florida Keys & Key West
For a unique yoga adventure, hop aboard a yacht - aptly-named Spirit - for an hour of relaxation at sea. Feel the soft warm sea breeze and admire the beauty of the water's reflections as you stretch and breathe in time with the gentle waves. Sandy Hastings' Yoga on the Sea in Marathon (CHECK) costs from $75 per person.

West Volusia
Chocolate lovers will love the delicious Chocolate Body Wrap and Scrub at St. John Club, West Volusia's premier day spa. This indulgent treatment will hydrate the body with Shea butter, grape seed oil, and vitamins A, C & D and, best of all, it's fat-free! The spa also offers massages, facials and nail care treatments designed to make you feel a million dollars.

Pensacola
Enjoy yoga while the sun sets over the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico every Sunday behind the Hilton Pensacola Beach, where the 'backyard' beach doubles as a yoga studio. Bring a sheet, a large towel or mat, some water and an open mind and join the locals for a memorable holiday moment.

Hertz has created Ride 'n' Seek, the perfect family-friendly game to play while exploring the Sunshine State. Simply select Florida on the interactive map to be presented with 10 top road trip destinations, including family-favourites such as Orlando, the Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Tick as many as you will be visiting and 'Start Your Trip' for 10 different sights to seek. Each time one of those sights is spotted, take a snap and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #ridenseekflorida. Once photos of all 10 sights on the list have been posted, complete the online registration form for the chance to win up to 1,000 Gold Plus Rewards points* or 1 of 10 Polaroid cameras for the best Ride 'n' Seek Instagram posts, as chosen by Hertz. Don't forget to book your car hire from any of the 300+ Hertz locations across Florida.

*800 Hertz Gold Points = one free day's car rental in participating countries.

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