Alex Skjong

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Alex Skjong is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Atlanta. The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, nurtured his journalistic foundation and the Internet did the rest, as his interest in new media forms such as podcasts and videocasts has grown over the years. He’s contributed print and online content to luxury and lifestyle publications including Michigan Avenue Magazine and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, and social media content to the guitar website FRET12.com. When Skjong isn’t writing or tweeting, he’s recording music and tightly crossing his fingers for affordable commercial space travel.

  • On September 18, 2013
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    What massages are offered at The Spa at Encore Macau?

    A variety of massages are offered at The Spa at Encore Macau. Because four hands are better than two, the Double Happiness massage given by two therapists is the top choice for serious muscle pain at this luxury Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa. You’re guaranteed to feel twice as relaxed afterward. More exotic treatments range from the Aroma Stone massage, which uses volcanic hot stones and essential oils to soothe and get rid of your tension, to the East West massage, which uses acupressure and a blend of lavender, ylang ylang and ho wood oils. And if you need to get your Qi moving, there’s the Tui Na oil-free deep massage and the Ho Guan, which uses cupping on vital acupressure points.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What is the style of The Spa at Encore Macau?

    From the moment you step off the elevators, the exclusive luxury of The Spa at Encore Macau makes an impression. The hushed reception area with its energy-cleansing crystals creates an instantly calming vibe. Your therapist will lead you to your treatment suite, each of which is its own sanctuary-within-a-sanctuary of three rooms decorated in luxurious wood, mother-of-pearl, bronze, marble and leather. The first is a circular private relaxation lounge, a calming cocoon where you rest, sip tea and change. Next is the heat experience room, which includes a steam shower, sauna and aromatic hydrotherapy bath, and finally there’s the treatment area with its dimmed lighting and candle-lit wall feature. The therapists at this luxe Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa are top-notch, and the treatments are expertly performed using an array of leading skincare brands.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What is the best way to get an appointment at The Spa at Encore Macau?

    The best way to get an appointment at Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Spa at Encore Macau is to call the spa directly at 853-8986-3228. While it is possible to visit the spa in person and get an appointment immediately, the spa suggests booking in advance so that they can be sure to accommodate each guest’s preferred time. At the time of booking, the spa’s staff can help with treatment recommendations and answer any initial questions about which treatments would be most suitable for you. The spa is open from 9 a.m. until 10.30 p.m. and in-room treatments are also available.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    What restaurants does Hôtel St. Germain have?

    Hôtel St. Germain offers one full-service dining experience, Hôtel St. Germain Restaurant, helmed by chef Chad Martin. The multi-course, prix fixe menu rotates monthly and features fine ingredients such as foie gras, oysters and caviar. The quaint, formal dining room is composed of a small number of tables set with Limoges china, antique silverware, cut crystal glassware and Frette table linens. An elaborate crystal chandelier and candlelit centerpieces provide an intimate, Old World ambiance. Dinner is priced at $85 per person and is available Tuesday through Saturday evenings by advance reservation only. Parisian champagne bar service is offered in the two adjacent parlors, where you can cozy up on one of the antique sofas and enjoy assorted canapés or a dessert trio while sipping a fine glass of bubbly.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    What are the rooms like at Hôtel St. Germain?

    Hôtel St. Germain boasts seven luxurious suites, each of which is decorated by Claire Heymann with turn-of-the-century antiques from France and New Orleans. Every room has a quirky feature that makes it unique. Imagine enjoying a romantic breakfast on a wraparound balcony overlooking the New Orleans-style courtyard and debonair circular drive, dressing in a secret alcove hidden behind 100-year-old-doors or sleeping in a stunning half-canopy Queen Mallard bed. Each room features a feather bed canopied from 12-foot ceilings, a working fireplace, a Jacuzzi or soaking tub, and amenities, such as cable television, high-speed wireless Internet, high-end European toiletries and signature terrycloth robes.
  • On September 3, 2013
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    What restaurants does Cypress Inn have?

    The dining venue at Cypress Inn is Terry’s Lounge, which is open throughout the day. Starting at 7 a.m., hotel guests are treated to a complimentary continental breakfast buffet with a variety of cold and hot selections served in Terry’s Lounge. On the weekends, Terry’s welcomes guests and the public for brunch that’s served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While the breakfast is standard American fare, later meals showcase some of the menu’s Moroccan and European influences, as does the décor. The Moroccan chicken, served in a ceramic tagine, is one of the signature dishes. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. while dinner service starts at 5 and runs until 10 p.m. While Terry's gets its inspiration globally, it sources its organic food locally. Ingredients come from farmers in the nearby Salinas Valley, and it was the first restaurant in Carmel to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program to ensure all of its seafood is sustainably sourced.

    If you’re looking for a light snack or a libation, you can find those at Terry’s Lounge or in Cypress Inn’s living room or the courtyard patio. The Carmel hotel honors the Old World tradition of afternoon tea from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. You may enjoy your tea anywhere you like, but just be sure to make advance reservations so it’ll be sure to bake enough scones.
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