Make it at Home: Aromatherapy Massage Oil

After a difficult day at work, I can find it hard to leave it all in the office and truly relax. When I have days like this, aromatherapy has been a great relaxation tool for me. Aromatherapy make you feel like you are being swept away places to places such as Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana. If you want to get swept up, here is a massage oil recipe that I thought I would share.

This recipe requires essential oils, which are easily purchased online or in candle and bath stores.

Ready for Bed Massage Oil

  • 4 drops – Pine essential oil
  • 4 drops – Marjoram essential oil
  • 4 drops – Melissa essential oil
  • 1 drop – Cinnamon essential oil
  • 15 ml of a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil

Just mix all ingredients and use the oil to massage your temples.

Relax and enjoy!

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Inside Look: Cigar Aficionado Experience

Guests at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita can learn how to roll a cigar like a master at the resort’s Cigar Aficionado Experience.  A master cigar roller teaches guests the history and traditions behind making cigars—and of course guests get to sample the fruits of their labor.

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Artful Living: Invigorating Body Scrub

Coffee is not just a breakfast drink. Did you know that coffee is chock full of antioxidants? This is precisely why it is a wonderful ingredient to use in any beauty treatment because the antioxidants can be topically absorbed into the skin so that they have the ability to neutralize free radicals.

Here is a simple spa recipe that you can make at home to experience the benefits of coffee.

Coffee Body Scrub

  • 2 cups of coarsely ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar or sea salt
  • 2-3 T massage oil Mix all ingredients together.

Take a hot shower to moisten your skin and open your pores. Using wide, circular motions, rub the coffee scrub onto your skin with strong, even pressure. Shower off, pat skin dry, and apply a thin layer of your favorite body lotion

Top 10 Beach Reads

A good book, plus a beautiful beach equals perfection for many people. A comfortable lounge chair, warm sunshine, waves lapping the sand, and an entertaining book is a great way to spend the afternoon at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita. The key is finding the perfect beach read. If you are looking for recommendations, here is our list of 10 books that are perfect for your next vacation.

1. Drop Dead Beautiful by Jackie Collins
2. Heat by Geneva Holliday
3. Satisfaction by Gillian Greenwood
4. Gloss by Jennifer Oko
5. Bollywood Nights by Shobhaa De
6. Under the Rose by Diana Peterfreund
7. The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall
8. School of Fortune by Amanda Brown
9. Everybody Say Amen by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
10. Play Dirty by Sandra Brown

What is your favorite all-time beach read? Maybe your favorite will make our next list!


Artful Living: A cooking class like no other.

Each week we offer an intimate cooking class taught by our Executive Chef. This class is always held on the day that our fresh fish is delivered by boat to the resort from local fishermen. After the fish is purified in a Mayan ritual done by the resort shaman (Mayan spiritual healer), the guests each choose a fish to use for the class, where they will learn the Mayan recipe called Tikinxic. The fish choices usually consist of Red Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper and Grouper.

After choosing their fish, the guests are then escorted to our resort garden to gather fresh ingredients, such as organically grown onions, cilantro and tomatoes, which are all raised with fertilizer from our own compost. Before the cooking begins, each guest is fitted with a chef’s uniform (including the fun chef’s hat) and then takes part in the required sanitizing process prior to entering the kitchen.

Aside from the ingredients from our garden, this dish uses various local spices, such as achiote (annatto), sweet local limes and mixed sweet peppers, which are mixed together and crushed using a “molcajete” (which is a mortar and pestle made from local volcanic rock). This mixture is used as a marinade for the fish. The fish is then cooked over Mexican zapote wood, which gives it a distinct flavor that is similar to flavor of mesquite. Our Executive Chef walks the class through this entire process and at the end of class guests can choose to enjoy the fruits of their labor then or have it served at one of their meals later in the day.

Bringing Resort Hospitality Home

Greet1When expecting out-of-town guests, there are a few simple things you can do to make them feel welcome the moment they enter your home. At Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita, we like to greet guests with a glass of champagne, a moist towel and refreshing lotion as soon as they arrive. These small gestures are designed to begin the relaxation process after a lofoto 2[2]ng day of travel.

You can replicate this at home with your own personal flair. Offer just-arrived guests sparkling water with fresh lime juice or a glass of homemade sweet tea.  Make your home inviting with fresh flowers during the summer or a warm fire during the winter months. But, always allow your guest some time to unwind and adjust before rushing into scheduled activities.Greet 3