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Scottish Retreats - Cameron House, Loch Lomond

The Spa Spy | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Scattered family-friendly lodges fringe the edge of the colossal Loch - which, incidentally, sports two Seaplanes should you wish to peruse the waters and islands in style. And a championship golf course, Marina, Michelin star restaurant and an award winning, state of the art spa span the estate.

Detox in Deutschland: Buchinger Wilhelmi, Uberlingen, Germany

The Spa Spy | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

I'm no stranger to fasting: I've tried hippyish water fasts in Thailand, juice fasts in Devon, and the Mayr cure (yogurt and copiously-chewed bread) in Bavaria. But I've never experienced this degree of thoughtfulness and support, and that's what makes the Buchinger Wilhelmi the natural choice for first-time fasters.

Caribbean Retreats: The Club Barbados

The Spa Spy | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The hotel is one of the few all-inclusive adult only resorts on the glamorous west coast and pretty much everything is included in your package price, offering affordable luxury. It's clear from the warmth of the staff and the way that some of the guests greet them like long lost family, that the hotel has many returning guests.

Chilean Retreats: Alto Atacama

The Spa Spy | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Situated bang smack in the middle of the Atacama desert in Northern Chile, it would be easy to describe the Alto Atacama hotel as an oasis, as it offers welcome and luxurious respite from what NASA has stated to be one of the most arid climates on the planet.

Greek Retreats: Eagles Palace, Halkidiki

The Spa Spy | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Perched on the stunning 'third finger' coastline of Halkidiki in the spiritual surroundings of Mount Athos, Eagles Palace, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the world, is a boutique resort spanning a golden beach with a majestic mountainous backdrop. Surrounded by manicured gardens, lavender, pine and olive groves and pretty courtyards there's a cool and tranquil vibe throughout the resort.

Majorcan Retreats: Castell Son Claret

The Spa Spy | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Peace and tranquility embrace you as soon as you enter the opulent iron gates to Castell Son Claret. A serene tree lined drive leads to the stunning 18th Century castle set in 132 acres of woodland, manicured lavender gardens, olive and fruit groves.

Caribbean Retreats: The Coral Reef Club, Barbados

The Spa Spy | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

On arrival we were greeted by Cynthia O'Hara. The resort has been owned by the O'Hara family for over half a century and it maintains a friendly family atmosphere and a refined and personal service. Cynthia's love of nature is reflected in the fact that the rooms have names such as bougainvillea, gerbera and orchid rather than numbers.

Why Your Next Holiday Should Be A Cruise

The Huffington Post UK | Dave Leonard | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

As all discerning travellers know, the best holidays aren't just about the destination but the overall experience: the journey, the memories, the like...

Digital Detox: Brenners Park, Baden Baden, Germany

The Spa Spy | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The Romans knew a thing or two about spas. The thermal waters and spa towns they used are still flocked to thousands of years later by people looking for everything from a hardcore health fix to a chance to rejuvenate and relax, and Baden Baden is no exception.

Balinese Retreats: The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villas, Bali, Indonesia

The Spa Spy | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Before arriving at The Mulia, I have to confess I didn't know what to expect, I had heard that it was massive and wondered how a resort so large could pull off a luxury service. On our approach to the resort seeing the building looming in the distance I thought perhaps this wasn't the right fit for The Spa Spy.

Six Spa's Around the World you Need to Visit in 2016

Tilly-Jayne Kidman | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tilly-Jayne Kidman

Hopefully 2016 will see me take some more downtime, I've been spending a little bit of time (ok a lot but I'm a blogger!) each evening undertaking research for some of the best spas around the world to unwind. Here are my findings I thought I'd share with any fellow busy folk who are looking for somewhere to escape from the everyday rat race....

The Invaluable Art of Hospitality

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

I cried a little when we left our tropical vacation. As the seaplane ascended into the cloudless blue sky leaving the sparkling waters below, a tear formed. Normally embarrassment would keep me from admitting this.

Best Beaches in Jamaica

Black Tomato | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

vWhether you're after a romantic getaway or a good old Jamaican celebration, we've rounded up the best beaches on this magnificent island.

Portuguese Retreats: Water and Wine at Six Senses, Douro Valley

The Spa Spy | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The resort has just 50 rooms and six garden villas in a former late-19th-century mansion surrounded by gardens and woodland, with commanding views. Ask for a river view room, or a terrace. The décor is an uber-stylish mix of country retreat meets streamlined modern, all in soft sage, slate grey and fawn.

Thai Retreats: Aleenta Phuket Resort and Spa

The Spa Spy | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Phuket, Thailand. Doesn't exactly conjure images of peaceful nights and quiet luxurious romantic moments does it? Yet a mere 40km outside of the madness of Phuket town, sits the Aleenta Resort and Spa.

Turkey: From City to Coast

Black Tomato | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

Turkey is the perfect year-round destination for the traveller who simply can't make up his mind. Whether you're looking for the hustle and bustle of a city, or the slower pace of life on the coast, Turkey can cater for you.

Country Retreats: Yoga and Wellness at the Spread Eagle, West Sussex

The Spa Spy | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

At a manageable two days and one night the mini retreat is a bid to restore and relax through breath work and yoga, located just an hour and a half outside of London in the beautiful landscape of the South Downs.

Chicago Chic: Virgin Hotel & Red Flower Spa

The Spa Spy | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Virgin has opened its first hotel in Chicago - why? The British travel company spotted a gap in the market for a lifestyle hotel brand, and found a grand 1928-built neoclassical bank ripe for conversion.

A Taste of the Sweet Life

Lizzie Mulherin | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Mulherin

Between June and October each year, thousands of sun-seekers from across the globe make their way through the infamous windy roads of Italy's iconic Southern Coastline and it's certainly no mystery as to why.

Five Of The Best: Luxury Organic Spa Products

The Spa Spy | Posted 27.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

September is Organic Month, and if you care as much about what goes on your skin as what goes into your body (you should) it's the perfect time to switch up your beauty routine, inspired by some of the world's best spas. The good news is that being kind to your skin doesn't mean having to sacrifice product performance...

Super-Luxe Irish Spas: The Top Four by Amanda Byram

The Spa Spy | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Ireland. Land of the Leprechauns, the best Guinness, the friendliest people, Molly Malone, cockles and mussels and U2 to name but a few. And nowadays, home to spa hotels to rival the world's best. Being Irish I am sure you'll think I'm being biased. But if you don't agree, then we will have to roll up our sleeves and scuffle it out like the fighting Irish!

Maldivian Retreats: Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Noonu Atoll

The Spa Spy | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Located in the lesser-visited waters of the Noonu atoll in the north of the Maldives, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is one of the larger resorts in the Maldives. It's also one of the few that is actually Maldivian-owned and Maldivian-run.

Space-Age Spas: Lanserhof Tegernsee, Bavaria, Germany

The Spa Spy | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Devotees swear that a ten-day stay at a Mayr clinic leaves them several kilos lighter, fresh-faced, well-rested and miraculously rid of any rashes, bodily aches or stomach rumblings, but there was a resounding complaint: the decor.

Most Luxurious Cocktail Bars in Edinburgh

Ceri Tinley | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Tinley

The Edinburgh Fringe is over and while that may be a disappointment to many art enthusiasts and tourist hot spots, it is good news for those of you who really want to explore the city. The crowds are clearing and you can finally get your foot inside many of the secret delights Edinburgh has to offer.

From Budget Backpacker to Five Star Traveller

Nicole Ettinger | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Ettinger

Fifteen years ago I backpacked through Thailand and although it was a wonderful adventure, the budget accommodation side to it never did appeal to me; staying in windowless rooms with bunk-beds and stale air...Sleep - an impossible thing to achieve because of the bedbugs partying beneath me!