Featured Blogger: Michele Peterson Shares 8 Detox Secrets from Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya

At Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, we don’t think feeling healthy should be about sacrifice. It’s our philosophy that wellness extends beyond traditional health, fitness, nutrition and spa approaches, as Toronto-based travel writer Michele Peterson discovered on her trip to Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya. On her blog, Michele shared her 8 Detox Secrets from Zoëtry Paraiso. After enjoying all that the Cancun Riviera-Maya Wine & Food Festival had to offer, Michele was ready to kick start her own holistic wellness regimen at Zoëtry.

Travel writer Michele Peterson visits Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita.

Travel writer Michele Peterson visits Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya. Photo credit: Michele Peterson

Instead of indulging in frequent cocktails, for example, Michele sipped iced herbal tea. “Chugging three or four glasses of organic tea a day didn’t leave much room for boozy drinks although I did sample a few for research purposes,” she says.

Another tip included eating outdoors to keep portions under control: “Dining on my terrace helped avoid mindless eating while browsing  my iPhone. Executive Chef Antonio Torres’s “green cuisine” philosophy meant plenty of fresh herbs from the resort’s organic garden, big flavors and unprocessed local ingredients. As part of Zoetry’s commitment to Healthy Eating Choices, the menu displayed the calorie, carb and fat content of each dish. Delicious grilled fish vs. pasta most days for me.”

Eating well at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya is easy with our abundance of delicious fresh fruit!

Eating well at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya is easy with our abundance of delicious fresh fruit!  Photo Credit: Michele Peterson

Michele also took advantage of Zoëtry Paraiso’s fitness center and spa during her trip: “After working out in the gym (running on a treadmill while watching the waves break made the time speed by) I headed for a Swedish massage and the Thalasso spa to soak up the beneficial powers of seawater. The water, a warm 27-31C, was so  effervescent it felts like floating in a  glass of bubbly champagne.”

Thalasso Center & Spa at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya.

Thalasso Center & Spa at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya. Photo credit: Michele Peterson

To read more of Michele’s DIY detox tips, visit her blog here and book your stay with Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts for a vacation that combines unrivaled luxury and holistic wellness for an experience that will exceed all your expectations.

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Happy Beach Thursday! Get Fit at the Beach!

How would YOU like to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana in the beautiful Dominican Republic? Thanks to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), for one lucky grand prize winner, that dream will come true! In an effort to help individuals combat some of the effects of holiday weight gain, ACE has declared Wednesday, Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving, Workout Wednesday. ACE is currently hosting a photo contest on Twitter and Instagram. Everyone who uses the hashtag #ACEWorkoutWed with a photo of themselves participating in a fitness activity will be automatically entered to win prizes each week. A grand prize winner will be chosen on Workout Wednesday, Nov. 27, to receive a 3-night stay for two at Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana. Now there’s a great excuse to get moving!

Once you’re at Zoëtry Wellness Spas & Resorts, there’s plenty of ways to stay active and healthy! At Zoëtry Paraiso la Bonita, for example, guests may start with a Nutritional and Body Composition Assessment that will analyze the proportion of various important components of the body to maintain a healthy lifestyle such as fat percentages, total body water and muscle mass. The Comprehensive Exercise Assessment recommends a personalized regime for guests to take back home with them, while certified personal trainers offer various techniques designed to meet fitness goals.

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Zoëtry Wellness Spas & Resorts offer a variety of activities to get your blood pumping in new, exciting ways. The ocean provides the perfect place to stay active. Try snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking and stand-up or paddle-boarding. Swimming in itself has enormous health benefits and seawater has long been known for its restorative properties. Running on the beach is a great way to get fit while protecting joints from high-impact surfaces. There’s also volleyball and tennis courts, an aqua gym, golf course and yoga and dance classes. The possibilities are endless. Getting fit at Zoëtry is so much fun you won’t even think of it as exercise!

Health and Wellness: The Benefits of Drinking Tea

At Zoëtry Resorts & Spas, we’re all about stress-relief, health and wellness. An integral part to a healthy mind is a healthy body, and a healthy body is achieved through good dietary practices. This doesn’t only include what you eat, but what you drink as well. Herbal teas are the perfect place to start! Frequently served at Zoëtry Resorts & Spas, herbal teas boast an impressive number of health benefits. Below, we’ve highlighted five reasons why you should make an effort to drink more tea.

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  • Tea is full of antioxidants! Antioxidants help your body to combat aging and the wear-and-tear of everyday life.
  • It won’t make you jittery.  Tea contains less than half the amount of caffeine found in coffee. Fed up with feeling wired after every cup of coffee? Try tea!
  • Studies show that tea can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.  Tea helps to keep your arteries clean—just ask habitual tea drinkers in the Netherlands who have a 70 percent less chance of suffering a heart attack than their peers.
  • It promotes bone health.  One study found that tea drinkers had stronger bones after 10 years than their non tea-drinker counterparts.
  • Tea strengthens your immune system.  No one likes being sick all the time! Combat the common cold and other illnesses by drinking tea every day.

What are some of your favorite herbal teas? Sample some of our fabulous teas at Zoëtry Resorts & Spas today!

Wellness Lecture at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya

On Saturday, January 19 at 3 p.m., Dr. Sergey A. Dzugan, a respected physician in natural medicine, hormonal restoration and human physiology, will be speaking at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya.  Dr. Dzugan speaks all around the world on wellness and ways to optimize health and optimize life.  Some topics that will be covered in the wellness talk are:

  • Menopause
  • Low energy levels
  • Cholesterol
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Weight issues
  • And more!

Dr. Dzugan will also be signing complimentary copies of his book for guests titled, “The Magic of Cholesterol Numbers.”  If you will be staying at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita on January 19, be sure to sit in on this insightful and important discussion to learn more about your wellness and ways to improve your health and your life!

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Our Favorite Fall Foods

Fall is right around the corner and even though it’s summer all year round at Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, we still love fall foods and flavors. In fact, we try to incorporate many of them into the dishes at our resorts.

Here are just a few of our favorites:

Apples: Apples are the perfect food for fall. Whether sweet or tart, apples are delicious raw or cooked and can be used in anything from salads to desserts. And as a plus, apples are full of antioxidants and contain 4 grams of dietary fiber per serving.

Pumpkin: It’s not fall without pumpkin. Pumpkin can be used to make ravolis as a main course, pie as a dessert or even bread as an appetizer. Whatever you choose, this ingredient is one that will leave you wanting more!

Squash: In the cooler months, squash has a fine texture and slightly sweet flavor and is a favorite of many. It tastes delicious with other fall flavors such as cinnamon and ginger. Also, this veggie contains omega-3 fatty acids and is an excellent source of Vitamin A!

Sweet Potatoes: Let’s face it. A dinner table during the fall months likely contains sweet potatoes! This vegetable is yummy fried, baked or roasted. It’s also a good source of iron and has anti-inflammatory benefits.

Do you have a favorite food you crave during the autumn months? If so, leave it in a comment below and tell us why it’s on your must-eat list!

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Morning yoga at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya

Wake up each morning and rejuvenate your body and soul with yoga classes on the dock at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita. Unlike normal yoga classes, yoga at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita is offered on the dock overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea providing an extra level of tranquility and relaxation.  Through the yoga classes at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita guests young and old will work towards improving flexibility, strength and posture. Although a non-aerobic exercise, the intricate breathing techniques required in yoga have also been proven to improve lung capacity and breathing, and in-turn can improve sports performance and endurance. Yoga is also performed as a stress-relieving exercise and can help increase calmness and stability for those who perform yoga frequently.  Whether you perform yoga on a regular basis, or want to try this exercise for the first time, there is no better way to enjoy this practice than on the beautiful dock in the picturesque setting at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita.  Relax, rejuvenate and refresh your body and mind every day at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita.