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Can You Rebalance Negative Energy?

How’s your bio-energetic state? Did you know that the body can store negative energies that affect your health? Hado Counseling, a fairly new contemporary holistic therapy, and up until now was only available in Japan, where it originated can scan, measure and offer a solution to help rebalance negative energies in your body. Museflower Retreat & Spa Chiang Rai in northern Thailand (pictured here) is the world’s first retreat and spa to offer Hado Counseling outside Japan in English. Hado counseling sessions are given by Museflower founder and owner Tania Ho.

Tania first heard about Hado counseling (called Hado Kaizen in Japanese) when she first tried it in Japan during a family holiday when her mother took her and her sisters to receive Hado counseling sessions in Tokyo.  Already certified in various holistic therapies including Flower Essence Therapy and Reiki, Tania decided to get trained to become a Hado counselor because “I wanted to offer something very unique at Museflower Retreat and I didn’t want to rely on other people. I had to look within myself and ask what can I offer? It was also the right timing. The Hado Kaizen program had always been only in Japanese, but in 2015 it was finally translated into English.”

“One thing that I really like about the Hado program is that it can scan the energy of negative emotions. It can tell you what negative energy is in your body that you aren’t even aware of.  The whole philosophy behind the Hado program is also very aligned with my own belief – that we must heal our own mind and emotions first as they are linked with our physical illnesses.”

hado counseling scans and measures negative energy in the body

Here, a Q & A with Tania Ho explains the what, how, and why of Hado Counseling:  

What is Hado counseling? Hado means resonance or vibration. Every particle, sound, color, emotion, and microorganism carries its own Hado – its own energy frequency. The Hado sessions use the Hado Kaizen (Improvement) Program, a computer program that scans and measures a person’s bio-energetic state, and analyzes any negative vibrations that are affecting the person’s health – whether it be vibrations of negative emotions, toxins and viruses, or unbalanced body areas. After all the bio-energetic information is measured, a personalized Hado water is made by imprinting the specific positive vibrations to neutralize and balance out any negative vibrations in the client’s energetic body.

How does a Hado counseling session heal people? During the session, the client will need to give his/her full name and age. Then they will wear a sensor device that looks like a headset. We then start to scan the client’s bio-energetic state of each body part, and the energy level is indicated with a score from 1 to 6 where 6 indicates low energy. With the information we collect from the first scan, such as any unbalanced body areas and negative emotions, we then input this information into another system called Kazutama system (spirit of numbers) to measure the client’s energetic state again to come up with Hado codes. These generated Hado codes are positive information that the client needs at that moment to neutralize any negative information stored in the body. Negative information in this case represents any illness, toxins or virus, imbalances, or negative emotions in our body that are negatively affecting our health.

personalized Hado water Spa Chiang Rai

The Kazutama system will then imprint the positive information into water, thus creating what we called Hado Water.  Hado water is a personalized vibrational (or energetic) remedy for the client to drink after the session, to help balance the body’s energetic state.

How long does a Hado counseling session take and how does it feel? A full Hado session usually takes about 2 hours which enables the Hado device to measure a person’s bio-energetic state three to four times. This is because in the first or second scan, sometimes some imbalances may not appear until later in the third or fourth scan. During the session, most people will feel sleepy or nothing. Those who are sensitive to energy may feel the tingling session from the Hado device that is measuring their energetic state. The healing effects during the session are present yet very subtle, as the Hado device would also send positive vibrations to the client. One guest told me that after her two-hour session and once she drank her Hado water, she felt this heat rising from her lower abdominal area upwards.

What is Hado best suited for healing and who can benefit from it? Hado counseling is suitable for all types of ailments and anyone can benefit from it. As the Hado device and Hado water work on an energetic level, sometimes guests may feel only subtle or no effects on the physical level. Like most vibrational remedies (such as homeopath and flower essence), it doesn’t mean that the Hado water has no effect.

On the other hand, some people may experience a healing crisis (like in detox) before feeling better again after drinking the Hado water. For example, when I received my first Hado counseling session in Japan, my Hado operator and later my Hado instructor, Mr. Oki, explained to me that I carried the vibration of having stomach inflammation problems in the future.  My own personalized Hado water was made, and I started drinking it after the session. The same evening my stomach started to feel heavy and I felt nauseous. I wasn’t able to eat anything for dinner. Following that week I still felt a heavy sensation in my stomach but I kept on trusting and drinking the Hado water. About a week later, my stomach’s heavy sensation was gone, and I felt better.

In general, it’s best to clear of any expectations from Hado counseling or in fact any other types of holistic therapy.  When our minds and hearts are open then we will definitely be able to reap and see the benefits of the session. The Hado device and Hado operators also do not claim to diagnose or heal any illnesses or sickness.

Is one session enough or does it require a series of sessions to be effective? One full session usually takes 2 hours, and it is already quite effective as the Hado water works to balance the body’s energy on the subconscious level. However, for those who would really like to improve their health condition, it’s also recommended to have another Hado counseling session after one and a half months for a series of four times over a period of 6 months.

Have you seen significant effects on clients who’ve tried Hado? Most importantly it always begins with awareness. We are used to finding out what problems or imbalances we have only after we experience any pain or symptoms in our body. From the results of the Hado measurement, most people become aware of how their lifestyle choices impact their health. For example, if a potential illness is shown, it serves as a wakeup call for that person to take responsibility of their health, and they can choose to make changes to their lifestyle or not.

How much does a Hado session at Museflower Retreat cost?At Museflower Retreat & Spa we charge 3,600THB net including a bottle of Hado water. A shorter session is also available for people who just want to experience Hado counseling session as a demonstration. The demo session takes about 30 minutes and costs 1,200THB net which does not include Hado water.

For people who want to try Hado – what’s the best benefit they can get from having a Hado session? The best benefit is to understand yourself more– what kind of negative emotions we may have, what kind of potential illnesses we may have in the future and what kind of toxins and viruses are affecting our health energetically.

How have your guests responded to Hado counseling so far? Here are some recent comments from Museflower guests.

“It was an interesting session as I had not heard about it. I went with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised how accurate it was about my current stage of life. The take-away for me was a gentle reminder to be grateful and love which are the foundation of many beliefs/ philosophy of life. The sharing from Tania on the action plans to enhance the wellbeing were good and simple.” – Y.H.Y, Singapore, Dec 15

“I enjoyed it and some of the things that were revealed were quite accurate. I’m going to take into consideration the advice provided, especially the one on allowing emotions, as this is something that I sometimes struggle with.” ~ I.B, Romania, Dec 15

” I experienced the Hado treatment for the first time with Tania.  Tania explained clearly every step of the way. The device could detect a broad spectrum of areas while Tania combined this with her intuitive gift to provide me a thorough reading. After drinking the Hado water, I felt more energized and less bloated. It definitely worked on me.” ~ M.C., Hong Kong, Mar 16

“After the Hado session I feel emotionally happy because now I know what is missing in my body system. I learnt what my body and my mind want from me.  This Hado session made me realize that many symptoms or sickness that i get mainly start from my mind then the mind gives the signal to my body to get my attention to listen to my body. Now i feel more alert and more active. I don’t feel tired like I used to and feel i have more energy to exercise. Special thanks to Tania who gave me such an incredible Hado session.”  ~ S.K, Thailand, Apr 16

Says Tania, “Guests are usually quite amazed with what the Hado program can measure and the results are surprisingly accurate to them. It’s also a great way to introduce the Message of Water to guests, where they can learn about how water can retain information and how powerful our words and thought forms can be.”

For more information about Hado counseling sessions in Chiang Rai, contact:  Museflower Retreat & Spa Chiang Rai, 159/1 Moo 1 Ban Samanmit, Donsila Sub-District, Wiang Chai District, Chiang Rai 57210 Office: +66-(0)52-029-823, +66(0)-93-137-0414


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Weekly Wellness Round-Up: Celebrity Couple Workouts, Off-Season Serenity, & More!

They say those that sweat together, stay together. These celebrity couples love to workout with each other.

Seeking a summer escape that isn’t too pricey? Kimpton’s Life is Suite blog suggests four property-centric locales that are currently off-season, but still totally picturesque.

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Summer is here! Stock up on these stylish beach towels and embrace an endless summer.

Priceline says traveling is the number one mood booster for Americans.

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How To Find The Love You Want (And Fast!)

By Julia Ford-Carther

The dating advice circling out there these days involves some varied combination of: Love yourself (lots of trial and error there), forgive your past (but, wow, was that a steep learning curve), know what you want (I think?). But what if what you think you want isn’t getting you what you actually want, much less what you needIn fact, I’m 99% sure it’s not. I’m willing to bet that your list of what you want in a relationship—you know, that 154-line spreadsheet of partner must-haves—is full of criteria that are leading you down the wrong partnership paths. What if, instead of focusing on the surface-level traits that can creep into that list (must speak five languages, must drive a sports car, must be 6’5…), we looked at how a partner is going to satisfy you emotionally in a relationship? One of the strongest indicators of a good match is that a person fulfills your top relationship needs.

How would your dream partner make you FEELNot what would he look like, not what would he do, not how would you meet him, but what’s the ideal way you want to feel, at all times, in this warm, loving, supportive, fun relationship the two of you would share? The perspective starts to shift a bit, doesn’t it? What if you could replace your entire 154-point list with five items and start finding partners with real potential immediately? Yep, five. It’s very simple: If your needs aren’t met, you won’t feel satisfied in your relationship (even if all 154 items on your list are checked off).

A relationship need is an emotional state. It’s a feeling that is absolutely non-negotiable, one you are not willing to compromise in a relationship, because it is reflective of who you are at the core. Part of the “loving yourself” and “forgiving your past” portion of the finding-love process is determining how you want to feel in this life, who you truly are, and how you can express and celebrate your authentic self. Your partner should be your plus-1 to that celebration. So, the most important question you should be asking yourself is not “Do I know what I want?” but, “Do I know how I want to feel?” This is where your 154-point checklist can actually be of use. There are reasons why you chose the criteria you chose, and those reasons are more important than the actual criteria. So go through your list and with each line item ask yourself, “If my partner possessed this quality, how would that make me feel?”

The goal is to boil down each quality into a feeling. For example, “Good in social settings” could actually mean you want to be with someone who is lively, friendly, and charismatic, which could make you feel excited, like the center of attention, and adored by your friends. This indicates that “excited,” “center of attention” and “adored” are potential relationship needs to be included on your short list. Or, alternatively, this quality could mean that he could make you look good at work events, which would make you feel supported by him because he’s willing to attend and respected by colleagues. This indicates that “supported” and “respected” are potential relationship needs to be included on your short list. Now, what I’m about to say next is VERY important: The only way this exercise works is if you do it with honesty and without judging yourself. If you identify a feeling that some could consider as a negative, WHO CARES? This is your list, not theirs. And it is a judgment-free zone. Remember that. After doing this, your short list of relationship needs could very well be a long list. But in reality, your partner only needs to satisfy your top five relationship needs. That’s right, you only need five.

So once you’ve established a list of feelings, go through that list and start to whittle your list down to the most important. You’ll notice that some are similar enough to others and can be eliminated. For example, ‘listened to’ and ‘heard’ may imply the same behavior, but one might carry more significance for you. Keep the one that does. At the end, you’ll have the five feelings that resonate the most. These are your top five relationship needs. Keep this list close by at all times. Cherish it. Take a photo of it and put it on your phone’s screen saver. And if at any point in the dating process it becomes abundantly clear that a suitor will not satisfy one of your needs (or downright doesn’t value it), cut him loose. The goal is to find someone who satisfies 4 out of 5 of your needs 100% of the time, bumping up to 5 out of 5 at least 80% of the time. Anything less than that is a no-go. Because who wants to be happy less than 80% of the time?

The takeaway here is that your imperfectly perfect partner most likely isn’t going to arrive in the package you thought he would. And that’s ok—better, even. Because it means this person shows up with a few fun surprises PLUS the ability to satisfy your deepest emotional needs in ways even you might not know you needed. And that’s better than driving a sports car any day.

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This Father’s Day, you can actually give dad the “Nothing” that he asks for. Except, in this case, Nothing is a piece of remote land. If a slab of desert isn’t what you seek, check out this year’s Father’s Day Gift Guide.

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It’s Global Wellness Day! Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Don’t know what Global Wellness Day is? Read more about it here.

Want to celebrate this day with others? Check out our Global Wellness Day Guide 2016, complete with free events across the country.

Make sure to share your outings and conscious actions on social media with the hashtags #gwd and #gwd2016.

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What’s It’s Like To Get Massaged With Corn On The Cob

By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon

In Mexico, corn has been held sacred by the indigenous Maya for thousands of years, prized for its ability to sustain tribes through periods of food shortage. Stateside, the summer veggie is iconic and packed with vitamins A, B, and E, as well as fiber. (June 11 marks Corn on the Cob day, which means you have a nationally sanctioned excuse to indulge in an ear (or more) of this seasonal staple.) According to Mayan mythology, the god of maize is decapitated at harvest time and miraculously reborn at the start of the crop’s growing season.

You might feel reborn, too, when you try the Bacal Massage, an a-maize-ing therapy (sorry, I couldn’t resist) offered at Tulum, Mexico’s Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort. The 80-minute treatment begins with a traditional Mayan blessing honoring the elements. First, water was poured over my hands, then heated stones (representing fire) were applied to my neck and shoulders and a wooden bowl of fragrant copal (incense made from the resin of a tree Mexicans use for medicinal purposes) was wafted around my head to cleanse the air.

Next came an exfoliating body scrub made with ground corn and Mexican honey (harvested from the stingless melipona bee, kept by the Mayans for centuries), which my therapist, Maria, applied with long, sweeping strokes. At the start of my treatment she’d set half a dozen ears of raw corn in a cooker to be tenderized in clouds of copal-scented steam, and once I’d rinsed my now-velvety skin clean, I lay back on the table for the corniest rubdown ever.

The bumpy cobs were firm yet yielded slightly as Maria masterfully rolled them over my flesh, from neck to ankles. The best way I can describe the sensation is to say that it felt like being purposefully kneaded with balled fists, but in the most delicious sigh-inducing, muscle-melting way. Within minutes of her expert ministrations, I was transported to that blissful place between consciousness and sleep.

And when Maria finally roused me with a gentle hand on my shoulder, I surfaced content and, if only for a moment, absolutely carefree.

The ancient Mayans would have been pleased.

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On a similar note, these Miami chefs share their favorite guilt-free go-to. For more food inspo, check out this watermelon and feta salad recipe or this vegan cornbread recipe.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide: 5 Items Dad Will Love

When it comes to those on your shopping list, Dad might just be the toughest person to buy for. A nice tie? Been there. A toolkit? Done that. If you’ve exhausted the gift-giving options for the guy who seemingly has everything, read on—we have unique, wellness-driven Father’s Day gift ideas to celebrate Dad’s special day.

kiehls mens skin care


Best face forward: Myth: Women are the only ones who pay attention to things like skin-care products. Fact: Men like to look good, too! (They sometimes just need a little bit of guidance.) Guys tell us they love Kiehl’s new anti-aging line, Age Defender for Men. This trio of men-friendly products (Age Defender Power Serum, Age Defender Moisturizer, and Age Defender Eye Repair) utilizes cypress, linseed, and rye seed extracts and capryloyl salicylic acid (LHA) to combat aging concerns like wrinkles, lack of elasticity, and under-eye bags. Starting at $30;

fitbit blaze


Game changer: Whether it’s Dad, Gramps, or Uncle Jon, the fitness guy in your life will be pumped about sporting the new Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch. Built-in features include all-day activity tracking (think calculating calories burned, steps taken, hours slept, etc.), PurePulse™ heart rate, on-screen workouts, connected GPS, and more to help keep fitness goals in check. Trackers start at $199.95;


soap and hatchet set duke cannon


Well-groomed: Dad will look and smell great when you surprise him with one of Duke Cannon Supply Co.’s gift sets (which come complete with cheeky names like Working Man’s Supply Can [$75]). Though less-expensive options like The Dapper Dad Sack ($50) and The Un-Droppable Soap Set ($25) are great choices, we think Dad will adore the manly American Soap and Hatchet Set ($175). This vintage-style military ammo can is filled with a survival hatchet for camping trips, Tactical Soap on a Rope, Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm, and a steel bottle opener.


shingle navy bixby bike


Freewheelin’: Dad might just declare you his favorite child when you gift him The Bixby bicycle. Touted as an editors’ choice by Outside Magazine and Bicycling Magazine, The Bixby is designed to blend the style of a cruiser bike with enhancements such as a Shimano 3-speed internal hub. Available in navy or dark green. $1,950;

spafinder giftcard


One gift card, countless options: For all Dad’s done for you, give him the gift that truly counts—a bit of chill time. A Spafinder Wellness 365™ Gift Card is good for a much-needed massage, heart-pumping fitness class, personal training session, and numerous other wellness offerings. (We also love that the gift card never expires, so Dad can use it when he’s ready.)

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Vegan Cornbread: It Looks & Tastes Like The Real Thing!

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Pamela Wasabi’s vegan rosemary cornbread with jam.

Vegan Rosemary Cornbread

Rosemary Liquid Sweetener Ingredients

2 cups of water

1 cup of honey or maple syrup

3-4 rosemary sprigs

Rosemary Liquid Sweetener Directions 

Boil the two cups of water with the honey or maple syrup. Once boiling, add the rosemary sprigs and lower the heat to low. Let it steep for 20 minutes. Then let it cool and store for later use.

Cornbread Ingredients

2.5 cups of fine cornmeal

1.5 cups of all-purpose gluten-free flour. I recommend using Bob’s Red Mill.*

1 cup of coconut oil, melted

1 cup of rice milk + ½ lemon, squeeze the lemon into the milk

1 cup of rosemary-infused maple syrup or honey (recipe above)

1 flax egg (1 tablespoon of ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons of warm water)

1.5 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp of baking soda

*Not all the gluten-free, all-purpose flours are the same. Each brand manufactures different kind of blends, which will drastically change the result of your baked good. Stick to the recommended brand in the recipe.


Preheat oven to 350’ F

Grease your desired mold with coconut oil. I used a bread loaf mold.

In a small bowl and with a spoon, mix the ground flax with the water. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients — the flours, baking powder and baking soda. Whisk to fully incorporate and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the rice milk and lemon juice, whisk, then add the rest of the liquid ingredients — the honey, coconut oil, and the flax egg. Whisk thoroughly.

Add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients bowl, and mix with a wooden spoon.

After mixing, pour the batter into the mold. Do not overfill your mold; leave 1/3 of a gap to the edge to help with even baking.

Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the mold in the oven to assure equal baking of all sides. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes more. Check the mold with a toothpick — if it comes out clean, then your cornbread is ready.

Let it cool down before removing from mold — the cornbread will compress a bit and become firmer as it cools down.

Serve with spicy jams or berry flavor jams, and a drizzle of honey.

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Feng Shui Stylings Anchor EAST, Miami’s Stunning Design


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“Water Music” in the EAST, Miami lobby.

Clodagh Design has become synonymous with sublimely stunning spaces, called upon to create healing interiors for Miraval, Six Senses, and Equinox. Clodagh is also the hand behind EAST, Miami, the recently opened, 352-room hotel declaring the brand’s stateside foray. The glass edifice is an impressive site, seamlessly flowing from its architectural sister, the Brickell City Center. EAST’s rise is a new moment in Miami’s urban upbringing, reflecting interiors more prominent in prime city markets—There are no all-white washes or a sprawling lobby so often associated with Miami hotels. EAST’s details go upward instead of outward, lending themselves to some of the best, if not the best views around town: The 360-peerings scope out Brickell Key and South Beach, wrap around to Coral Gables, and on a clear day, stretch as far as downtown Fort Lauderdale. EAST’s unprecedented vantage point pillared much of Clodagh’s design, as the team made sure its essence reflected its unobstructed perch and beachless neighborhood. Overall, the property’s aesthetic aims to inspire “oohs” and “ahhs” layered with feng shui: That palpable pursuit begins when one steps into the EAST, Miami lobby.


“The goal was to create an enclosure surrounded by space, light, and greenery, making it welcoming and not challenging,” explains design director, Nancie Min. “It is a necklace of experiences. We wanted people to like the way it feels, not necessarily how it looks.” 

The rectangular lobby is as breathable as it is welcoming. While texturally rich, each element comes together to create transcendence, a BioGeometry co-created with Reiki master-teacher and spiritual teacher, Alberto Amura. Shrubs block off the busy street front, cocooning arrivals. A traditional “welcome carpet” has been replaced by a “stone welcome rug,” marked by its contrasting color and flanked by lanterns from curbside to entranceClodagh called it an homage to painter Sean Scully, thoughtfully keeping with EAST’s penchant for artistic pursuits. The lobby walls are travertine chiseled—reminiscent of Floridian coral stone—adding a temple-like setting to the space.

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On the eastern lobby wall, EAST’s signature floating desk hovers in front of two-story keyholder: The pockets are painted orange on one side and gray on another. The different surfaces create the effect that those entering or exiting the building experience the lobby differently. A similar eye trick is at the lobby bar, Domain: As the day transitions, the orange and turquoise back bar doors are slid into place, creating a fresh ambiance expanded by strategically lined mirrors. Domain’s nook is separated by an installation Clodagh calls “Water Music,” a piece inspired by her travels that mimics an upside organ that is gently dripping water into the ground beneath it. “The dark metal, steel is male while the copper is a female element, according to feng shui. Everything somewhat glows and has a sense of place no matter what the hour. It takes a few visits to see the full depth of all the elements. There is a sense of discovery as you keep coming back,” Clodagh notes. 

The lobby results are intricate but never ostentatious, but there are also energetic commitments visitors can’t see: The design team poured distinct crystals into the building’s foundation so EAST would be built on positive intentions.

“We used carnelian, a stone that stimulates creativity, gives courage and promotes positive life choices; rose quartz, the stone of unconditional love, and citrine, that absorbs bad energy and anger,” shares Clodagh. 

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Liana Lozada in the EAST, Miami elevator.


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An elevator symbol for stability and balance.

Once guests move from the lobby into their elevator, they are transported to their rooms surrounded by Michael O’Brien‘s infinity light installation. At their feet are etched symbols representing ancient cultures and their intentions, which include hopes for purity, balance, and power.

After exiting the elevator, a moody hallway in warm bronzes leads guests to their rooms. EAST’s key transitional moments are a Clodagh signature: “We specialize in things like passageways. Everything was custom designed, even the carpet,” she adds. 

And the rooms are where the relaxed “ahhs” come in. “The floors are a feeling of driftwood: Lightly bleached, warm, and comfortable. We embrace the Japanese philosophy, wabi-sabi, celebrating a material’s natural aging. We used all sustainable green woods; furniture is FSB-certified,” says Min. “Ocean images taken from are Miami hang over the beds in the guest rooms.”

To boot, every room on every floor has a balcony, opening the visitor up to Miami’s growing expansiveness.   

east miami pool


The fifth-floor pool area gave Clodagh room to play, marrying sensory experiences with a youthful vigor. Four pools make up the deck: A lap pool, spa pool, cold plunge, and hot tub answer year-round aquatic yearnings. Loungers can sit in the sun or shade, accented by a dramatic concrete overhang. There is an oversized game table with exaggerated benches and another Wonderland-like gathering table, each promoting interaction and easiness. Even the plantlife was strategic: “We selected plants that were gentle, so if you touched them they weren’t prickly or spicy. There’s really no bad seat at the pool,” Clodagh explains. 

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