Lisa Stokes

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Spa Spy: Romance and Rejuvenation

(0) Comments | Posted 8 February 2013 | (23:00)

Looking for luxury, romance and relaxation for a Valentine's break? Try one of my favourite romantic spa hotel retreats

Barnsley House, Gloucestershire
A beautiful Grade-II listed manor house set amongst 11 acres of breathtaking gardens designed by renowned gardener Rosemary Verey. Cosy sitting rooms with roaring log fires and...

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Spa Spy: Escape to Paradise - The Maldives

(1) Comments | Posted 4 January 2013 | (23:00)

Brochure porn, I think they call it. When you drool for hours over photographs of exotic destinations. Thing is, when it comes to The Maldives, I've never seen the money shot. I've never seen a photograph that actually captures the true beauty of this breathtaking garland of magical islands...

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Christmas Spa Spy: The Golden City, Prague

(0) Comments | Posted 23 December 2012 | (23:00)

Right on cue, just in time for the renowned festivities of Wenceslas Square, snow has fallen on the Golden City. As we stroll across Charles Bridge, carols echo down from the tower. White-tipped Baroque buildings and a twinkle of Christmas lights create the backdrop. Hot wine and chestnuts fill the...

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Spa Spy: Mexico

(0) Comments | Posted 13 October 2012 | (00:00)

Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun (adults only)

'Five star all-inclusive' worries me. Can you really achieve a five-star experience on an all-inclusive basis? I instantly think of The Solana; love the programme, not sure I could cope with staying there. Thankfully as we drive along The Cancun Strip it echoes...

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Spa Spy: Wiltshire, Lucknam Park

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2012 | (00:00)

As I make my way down the mile long, sweeping avenue of lime and beech trees that lead to Lucknam Park, I'm stunned. A beautiful 17th century greystone mansion appears, set amongst parkland, rose and lavender gardens. An equestrian centre sits to the side. It suddenly feels like the backdrop...

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Hot Summer Locks: A Q&A With Errol Douglas, Celebrity Hairdresser and OBE

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2012 | (00:00)

Want to keep your locks looking hot all summer long? I caught up with celebrity hairdresser Errol Douglas at his Knightsbridge salon to get some tips on holiday and festival hair.

Holiday Hair

Q. Is it a bad idea to colour our hair before heading for the sun?


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Spa Spy: Spa and the City, Manhattan, NYC

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2012 | (00:00)

The Greenwich, TriBeCa

A hub for A-listers and fashionistas, Robert DeNiro's ultra-cool downtown hotel and home from home, echoes a sumptuous private residence; 88 individually designed rooms and suites, cosy drawing rooms with roaring fires, Tibetan rugs and eclectic antiques, surround an enchanting Tuscan-style candle-lit courtyard. As I arrive a...

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Spa Spy: Spa and the Golden Mile, Marbella, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted 7 July 2012 | (00:00)

The Marbella Club, Golf Resort and Spa

Once a sanctuary for the Hollywood glitterati; former guests include Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, the recently modernised Marbella Club still hints at the glitz and glamour of days gone by. As I walk through the doors I almost feel like...

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Spa Spy: Spa and the Home Counties - The Shires and the Sexes

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2012 | (00:00)

Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield, Sussex

In the middle of the rolling Sussex countryside, tucked behind a picture postcard Tudor village, you'll find an enchanting Elizabethan house; it's Ockenden Manor and it's beautiful. Roaring log fires, cosy wood panelled bars and elegant drawing rooms with a wafting scent of fresh flowers. If...

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Spa Spy: La Source, Grenada - The Amazing Holiday

(0) Comments | Posted 5 May 2012 | (00:00)

When I was invited to review LaSource I was excited, very excited but also slightly worried. This sounds odd, I know. I realise how incredibly lucky I am, and believe me, I never take it for granted. But I'd been there before, a long time ago, I had memories, good...

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Spa Spy: Spa and the City, Manchester and London

(0) Comments | Posted 21 April 2012 | (00:00)

Mooch around galleries, stroll along the river, take in a show, and a pre-theatre dinner... You can't beat a UK city break. Combine culture, cuisine, sightseeing and shopping, throw in a spot of relaxation for a perfect city spa break.

The Lowry, Manchester

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Spa Spy: Chilling in the Cotswolds

(0) Comments | Posted 24 February 2012 | (23:00)

Picturesque villages, chocolate box cottages and endless rolling countryside, all within two hours of London. Switch off, chill out and head for a relaxing spa break in the enchanting Cotswolds.

2012-02-21-Calcot1.jpgCalcot Manor, Near Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

A beautiful 14th century...

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Golden Globes Beauty; The Only Way Is Hollywood, Classic Nudes With a Touch of Glamour

(1) Comments | Posted 16 January 2012 | (12:44)

At last night's Golden Globes we saw Hollywood glamour at its best, and guess what? There wasn't a fake strip lash, tattooed brow or hair extension in sight.

Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman all chose to play down their classic coutures and enhance their natural beauty with nude...

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The Stress Free Road to Christmas - 20 Stylish Gifts for Grown Ups

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2011 | (22:00)

2011-11-17-bag.jpgIf, like me, you leave 'it' until the last minute you'll know how stressful it can be. Panic lists, crowds, panic buys, crowds, panic attacks...CROWDS. Come Christmas Eve, whilst my smug, organised friends are relaxing by the tree sipping mulled wine, I'm the one...

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Scented Candles for Winter, 10 of the Best

(1) Comments | Posted 3 November 2011 | (23:00)

Roasting chestnuts and mulled wine, sweet orange, cinnamon and musky cloves, mmm, the homely scents of winter.

Snuggle down through the long dark winter nights, lift your spirits and indulge yourselves. Relax in the comforting glow of one of my '10 of the best' scented winter candles.

1. Jo...

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Winter Spa Breaks in Devon and Cornwall

(1) Comments | Posted 25 October 2011 | (00:00)

Peaceful rolling hills, blustery coastal walks, quaint village pubs with cosy log fires, fresh fish suppers and comforting cream teas. Devon and Cornwall offer it all, along with some of the best spa hotels in the UK. Combat the winter blues, relax and rejuvenate; take a spa break...

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S/S12, The Make Up and how "Tops and Bottoms" Affect us all

(0) Comments | Posted 7 October 2011 | (00:00)

"It's just tops and bottoms", a friend once told me. "People take it so seriously, it's not brain surgery". He's right of course, it's not brain surgery, it doesn't save lives. But it is a form of therapy, for me anyway. As soon as New York Fashion Week gets under...

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Beauty for A/W: It's all gone 40s

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2011 | (00:00)

London Fashion Week is under way. Make up maestros Val Garland, Pat Mcgrath and co, are buzzing away creating our spring/summer beauty trends for next season. But what's hot this autumn?

On the catwalk at Marc Jacobs, Stella and D&G we saw fresh skin, defined brows, contoured cheeks and liquid...

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Spider Season and how to Keep Boris at Bay

(0) Comments | Posted 15 September 2011 | (00:00)

Spider season is in full swing. I've seen them hanging out in the garden. Gangs of them, with their little suitcases, ready to move in. Because autumn is the time of year spiders descend upon our homes.

As the weather turns, so do the spiders. Into squatters. Experts have warned...

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An Anxious Nation Needs To Relax

(3) Comments | Posted 6 September 2011 | (00:00)

I remember the first time it happened like it was yesterday. Marks and Sparks, Whiteleys, Bayswater. I was doing my weekly shop, and there it was, out of the blue, my first panic attack. Of course, I didn't know it was a panic attack at the time. My heart was...

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