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Tony Robbins’ Namale Resort Mends Broken Hearts

Getting rejected by Brad Womack on the 15th season of The Bachelor may have been the best thing to ever happen to Ashley Hebert.

Not only did she get her own show (Season 7 of The Bachelorette), but she was able to invite suitors to a 3000-square-foot villa at Fiji’s ever-amazing Namale Resort and Spa. And she’s not the only celeb to have had her name carved into a huge piece of wood at this luxury resort in Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island.

Russell Crowe, Donna Karan, Meg Ryan, Edward Norton and Tom Selleck are just a few stars whose names have been carved and hung from the doorway of a Namale bure, just one of many special touches guests can expect at this remote getaway on the Koro Sea.

Namale is owned by motivational speaker/author Tony Robbins, himself a bit of a household name, and has everything from its own private waterfall to one of the best fitness centers in the South Pacific. It even has a bowling alley where you can bowl barefoot.

Namale’s slogan, “Separate Yourself from the Rest of the World” is no exaggeration. It has 325 acres, 200 of which are protected rainforest, and only 19 bures and villas. That means you pretty much have the place to yourself. Each bure (Fijian cottage) has a thatched roof, Fijian hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, infinity pools and hanging beds.

As remote as it is, there’s plenty to do at this five-star resort from horseback riding and picnics at the waterfall to couples massage and yoga classes at the 10,000-square foot spa.

But perhaps my favorite feature, besides the fact that Tony provides scholarships for the kids of all employees, are the stones each guest receive. When a guests checks out, he or she is invited to carve a note into the stone, a memory will stay on this property in paradise forever.

The Bachelor goes to Costa Rica’s Springs Resort and Spa.

Next Monday’s episode (2/7/11) of “The Bachelor” is guaranteed to set off some seismic eruptions. Not because Brad Womack is planning a repeat performance of his 2007 refusal to marry either of the final two contestants, but because the episode is shot in entirety in Costa Rica at the base of one of the world’s ten most active volcanoes.

Although Volcan Arenal hasn’t seriously erupted since 1968 when it buried three small villages and killed 87 people, it still rumbles every day with showy smoke, ash columns and glowing orange lava. Every room and suite at the five-star Springs Resort and Spa where Womack and the six remaining beauties were filmed in October 2010 has stunning, floor to ceiling views of the volcano’s nightly fireworks show.

Nestled on 165 acres of its own rainforest reserve, Springs Resort and Spa was a match made in heaven for the popular reality show. With 18 natural hot springs, spectacular mountaintop views and lushly-landscaped grounds, the resort is a regular Cupid at inspiring romance. No wonder it won TripAdvisor 2011 Traveler’s Choice Award as best spa resort in Central or South America.

The spectacular La Fortuna region, where the resort is located, draws tens of thousands of tourists each year who come to not only gawk at the volcano’s nightly light spectacle, but to swim and fish in Costa Rica’s largest fresh water lake and to soak in the region’s many heavenly hot springs.

Womack and his dates were no exception as they rappelled down waterfalls, explored caves and ziplined through the jungle compliments of Pure Trek Costa Rica, an outdoor expedition company that has also been known to arrange horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, bird watching and other romantic adventures.

Springs Resort and Spa, in conjunction with Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy, operates a wildlife rescue preserve with 25 jungle cats and monkeys. It also has a magnificent 14,000 square foot spa, four restaurants and five bars.

For more about this romantic getaway, click here.