Val d’Aran (Pyrenees), Spain (April 17, 2006)- Pick wild berries, mushrooms and Catalan escargots, bring the bounty to the hotel’s Executive Chef for dinner that evening, or to the spa for a fresh berry spa treatment. Guests at La Pleta Hotel & Spa are guided by a local expert on three, half-day tours through the Val d’Aran forest in the Spanish Pyrenees, learning how and where to pick their own ingredients, to be used that evening in a personalized dinner or spa treatment. The 4-day/3-night Mushrooms, Berries and Snails program is available from September 1 to September 30, 2006, and includes accommodations in an Occitania Superior room, breakfast each morning and three, half-day guided tours. The program costs $561 USD per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes and service charges are additional.

La Pleta offers two dining options- Del Gel al Foc, serving creative international cuisine with a Catalonian twist in a stylish and relaxed setting and the hotel’s new restaurant, Petita Borda, specializing in Mediterranean style dishes offering a la carte breakfasts and light lunches. In addition, the hotel features an extensive wine cellar and a new Cigar Bar, where you can relax after dinner and sample some of the best and rarest cigars and brandies in the world.

From the creators of Ikal del Mar and Esencia Resort in Mexico, La Pleta Hotel & Spa offers world-class skiing in the winter and endless soft adventure in the summer. Tucked away in Val d’Aran, Baqueira, Spain, the five-star resort is a scenic 2 hour drive from the Toulouse Airport and 3   hours from the Barcelona Airport. Member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the 70-room La Pleta is popular with Spanish high-society including the Spanish Royal family.  Occitania, the resort’s mountain spa, introduces the celebrity-popular Erno Lazlo skincare ritual to Europe for the first time. For more information and reservations, call toll-free 800-525-4800 or 713-528-7862 or visit www.lapleta.com.