Friday, October 15, 2010

Girls Getaway to Orlando With Pilar - Yoga, Massages, Pool Cabana & Cirque du Soleil

The next day, after our breakfast at Oscar’s, we met Marie for a rejuvenating and relaxing yoga experience. It was a fantastic way to start our day, and Marie is terrific instructor.

After our yoga, we were all excited for our spa treatments at the Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain (, which encompasses 24,000 square feet and is one of only eight locations worldwide. The facility includes 23 indoor treatment rooms for individuals and couples, six private outdoor treatment areas, a relaxation lounge and and full-service beauty salon. Signature treatments include the 120-minute Intensive Facial, All-Over Contour Design Re-Defining Body Treatment, and Body Polish, featuring the state-of-the-art Vichy rain-shower room. Mercedes was my therapist for a wonderful 60-minute Guerlain Imperiale Massage (even though I would have been more than happy to stay for another 60 minutes). She provided the perfect amount of pressure. Thank you! And thank you to the spa staff for a lovely champagne toast for our group...what a surprise!!!

After our relaxation treatments, it was time for rest at the Waldorf Astoria Pool and Cabana Experience. We were thrilled to find two private cabanas reserved just for us with the name “Getaway Girls” marked outside. The poolside attendants catered to our every need, including food service and cocktails from the pool restaurant, Aquamarine. We enjoyed Marinated Olives, Hummus & Roasted Eggplant; Gulf Coast Seafood Ceviche; Chicken Feta Flatbread; Fish Tacos and a few pitchers of Watermelon Mojitos. We enjoyed our downtime and girl talk, which was a great way for us to get to know each other better and form some amazing bonds. Some of us stayed in the cabana while others (me) took a quick nap while laying on a float in the pool. Can we just stay here forever?

Dinner that evening was at Downtown Disney’s Portobello Trattoria ( that boasts a menu from the bounty of the Italian countryside. Patterned after a classic osteria, Portobello features fresh breads, sun-ripened tomatoes, imported Prosciutto di Parma, freshly-caught fish, fruity olive oils and sharp, pungent cheeses. Although we thought we were full from lunch, we managed to taste our way through Italy and enjoyed our dinner at Portobello Trattoria.

After dinner, we walked through Downtown Disney to Cirque du Soleil’s ( La Nouba where we had tickets for the 9:00 PM show. La Nouba is French for “party/live it up,” and the show combines circus art and Broadway spectacle with a dazzling array of costumes, lighting, live music and original sets. We all loved the show and couldn’t have had better seats. After the show, we were able to meet and chat with two of the artists, David from Montreal and Sondra from Orlando. They shared some of the back stage secrets with us, as well as the journey that led them to become Cirque performers. It was an amazing opportunity to peak into the real lives of these incredible performers. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us.

PHOTO: Pilar and Idoris enojoy our poolside cabana at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

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