Wow, did the Half Moon Resort have beautiful landscaping and gardens. Lush greenery and flowering plants were everywhere you looked. I saw two colors of ginger flower, many different varieties of hibiscus, as well as other tropical flowers, not to mention the amazing shades of green found in the foliage throughout the resort.
The gardens surrounding the Fern Tree Spa also included gorgeous water features- a pool and a wall fountain. The running water is a clever way to make the treatment rooms restful, as other sounds are smoothed over by the relaxing sounds of the fountains. At the back of the spa garden, there is also a labyrinth laid out in stone. What a peaceful spot!
Have you been wondering about reef safe sunscreen?
What is it and why should you should you use it?
You may have read that Hawaii and Key West are implementing bans on the sale of certain sunscreen ingredients in order to protect their reefs. Many scientists now believe that oxybenzone and octinoxate are killing the world's coral reefs. I've rounded up a few articles below with great information and lists of various products that do not contain these two ingredients, or the nano particles that are also harmful. And guess what? The ingredients that are not good for the health of our oceans can impact our health as well.
Over the last few years, I have been trying many brands of cleaner, healthier beauty products. One brand I have come to love is Beautycounter. I love it so much that I signed on to be a consultant! If you are looking for some clean beauty swaps, I highly recommend Beautycounter. Some of the best products for travel are highlighted below. All are available at
Do you want to find out more about Beautycounter? Go to www.beautycounter.com/jennifergreene1 to see the products offered. You can also check on each product's safety at the Environmental Working Group's website www.ewg.org/skindeep/. This is a great resource for checking out your beauty and personal products.
Over the summer I went on a week long cruise around the Greek Islands on the Silver Whisper. One stop that I just loved was Paros, Greece. Paros is a fairly popular island for tourists and religious pilgrims. There is regular ferry service from Athens and neighboring islands, as well as a small airport, making Paros quite accessible. I wandered around the town of Parikia for a bit before visiting a famous church and the beach. The town is full of brightly colored flowers set against white washed houses and stone alleys.
One of the things I loved the most about Round Hill was the enormous vegetable garden on the property. The garden is located at the top of the hill, a quick walk in the cool mornings-a longer walk during the heat of the day!
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