What's the rub? Reid's Palace introduces a family spa menu

The Spa at Reid's Palace, which opened last year on the Portuguese island of Madeira, introduced a family spa menu. Therapies incorporate plant and mineral ingredients found on the subtropical island, such as basalt, rose, banana and orchid.


Treatments include the Nangfa "Angel Bliss" for children, an acupressure treatment designed to boost immune functions and help kids sleep; the Chumyen After Sun Cooling Wrap, in which cooling white clay, cucumber and mint are applied to the body; and LaStone Therapy, a 70-minute treatment that combines deep massage with and application of heated basalt stones.

Reid's Palace offers packages such as Sparadise: four nights in a superior room, daily buffet breakfast, one dinner, a four-hour Botanical Indulgence treatment and a 50-minute massage. It's priced from about $1,657, based on two sharing, through Dec. 20.

For more info, call (011) 35-129 171 7171 or visit www.reidspalace.com. To book, call (800) 237-1236 or visit www.orient-express.com.

Seeing green

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Naples, Fla., is also getting in on the family travel act, offering ecological education programs in conjunction with a preservation group, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

Staff naturalist Randy Belanger takes families staying at the property on field trips to the Conservancy Nature Center. One of the adventures is a 45-minute boat tour on the mangrove-lined Gordon River.

Other programs at the 450-room hotel are a three-hour, guided tour on a 28-foot sailboat to see birds, fish, dolphin and manatees; a daily evening lecture series about alligators, sea turtles and other Florida wildlife; and a guided nature walk. 

The grounds of the Ritz-Carlton, Naples are home to protected mangroves. Employees work with authorities to protect the beach in front of the resort during sea turtle nesting season.

For more information, call (239) 589-3300. To book, go to www.ritzcarlton.com or call (800) 241-3333. 

Deluxe Dublin digs

Dylan, a 44-room boutique hotel, has opened on the site of the former Hibernian Hotel in Dublin after $32.5 million in renovations by the owner, Fylan Collection.

Rooms have memory foam beds with Frette linens, lavender-scented linen spray, plasma-screen TVs, iPods, free wireless Internet and high-end bath amenities by Etro. There's also a pillow menu.

Dylan is home to Still, a restaurant that serves contemporary Irish cuisine. Rates start at approximately $515 per night.

Visit www.dylan.ie or call (011) 353-1 660-3000. 

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