Luxury. Travel

Turkish Retreats: Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum

The Spa Spy | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Already being described by deliriously happy customers as one of the best resorts in the world - despite only opening last summer - the second you arrive at the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum you know you're in nirvana.

Turkish Retreats: LifeCo Antalya

The Spa Spy | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Turkey seems to have its finger on the healthy pulse. LifeCo is just one of many emerging health spa's in the country and, it seems, one of the most popular. The latest offering, Antalya branch, located in Akra Barut, overlooks views of the Mediterranean or the Taurus Mountains and is quite new to the LifeCo family.

Hot Treatments: Zhengliao - A Chinese Stress Buster at LUX* Resorts

The Spa Spy | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Let's face it, gone are the days when a little gentle pampering and whale music will cut it in a hotel spa. I want braggable results from my treatments - and at LUX* they kindly pander to that sense of entitlement.

Portuguese Retreats: Conrad Algarve

The Spa Spy | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The taxi slows with reverence as we drive up to the Conrad Algarve. Oranges grow along the path, and one of many gardeners stands thigh deep in water adjusting the fountain. The staff are welcoming in a way that makes you hug them when you leave.

Eclectic France: Five Different Types of Holiday

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

France is such a diverse place; it would be somewhat inane to simply ask whether one has "visited France". The bohemian streets of Paris are worlds apart from the glamorous Cote D'Azur and the opulence of The Alps is a million miles from the Breton countryside.

Idyllic Island Retreats: Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

The Spa Spy | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

A little slice of Indian Ocean heaven, Constance Ephelia is the picture perfect beach retreat that doesn't disappoint. Our journey to the Seychelles is not direct, and somewhat tiring but on arrival the WOW factor and immediate air of calm and relaxation out-weighs the jet lag.

W Hotel and Spa, Verbier

The Spa Spy | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

A design junkie's heaven, you're greeted by red ceramic tigers, crocodiles and cat buddhas, arty-farty mannequins with ski helmets and a double sided glass fireplace to defrost you as you enter.

Spa & The City: The Bulgari Hotel Spa, Knightsbridge

The Spa Spy | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

You'll step out of the lift and straight into a scented-candled oasis of calm and quiet. Set over two floors, the spa feels indulgently spacious, with huge changing rooms and relaxation areas.

Island Retreats: Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

The Spa Spy | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Benefitting from a glorious natural surf break 500m offshore producing waves like something from an eau de cologne campaign, Shanti Maurice has one of the best views on Mauritius. The surf break has the added advantage of warding off cruise ships and megayachts - which for you and me, spells a blissfully quiet stay.

Nine Overwater Bungalows to Escape Your Winter Blues

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

January and February are notorious for being the most depressing months of the calendar. In order to escape your winter blues, why not lust over a holiday in an exotic location? These luxurious overwater bungalow resorts offer privacy, luxury and unbeatable views.

Top Ten Most Romantic Safari Lodges

Jane Anderson | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Anderson

It's not just the wildlife and the vast African skies that will put romance in the air - some of today's safari lodges are incredibly stylish and intimate, with luxury tents, roll top baths and game drives that finish with dinner beneath the stars. Here are 10 of the most romantic lodges in the world.

Spending Money in the Wrong Places.... How to Live the High-Life for Less.

Elle-Rose Williams | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elle-Rose Williams

By re-jigging your spending habits, you can spend the same amount of money (or less) and get so much more for it. Essentially having a luxury holiday for less cash. This is how I've been travelling for years - knowing exactly where I want to spend money, and exactly where we can opt for cheap (without it effecting too much).

Fusion Maia, Da Nang,Vietnam

The Spa Spy | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The passionate chefs, in the open kitchen (whom you will meet if you take a cooking class) are masters in - yep you guessed it... fusing flavours of Asia. Try rice paper noodle rolls, fresh seafood platters, grilled snapper and handmade noodles.

Ten Hot Honeymoon Trends for 2015

Jane Anderson | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Anderson

If you're planning to tie the knot in 2015, your first thought might be a luxury hotel on a beach. But in a world where many couples have already travelled extensively, there's a search for something with more pizazz. More of a "wow" factor.

Rural Retreats: Cowley Manor, Cotswolds

The Spa Spy | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

It's the attention to detail that makes Cowley Manor stand out. The rack of Hunter wellies at the door, to wear while you stroll around the exquisite Grade II listed gardens. The golden triple cooked chips that compliment the club sandwich. The funky, Scando-style rugs and throws. From the service to the salt cellars, everything feels like it's been carefully and lovingly thought out.

Chiva Som. Hua Hin, Thailand

The Spa Spy | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Situated on a long beach in Hua Hin district, this holiday resort-come-health spa makes you acknowledge your surroundings, live in the present, slow down and smell the lotus flowers. Be prepared to abandon your mobile, disown your laptop and shun your camera. Even tablets and kindles are kindly forbidden in communal areas, so I had been warned.

Soneva's Slow Life Symposium Is Proof that the Luxury Travel Industry Is Continuing to Innovate

Diana Verde Nieto | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Diana Verde Nieto

Jet-setting around the world isn't what it used to be. While the travel industry is still contributing to pollution and a global CO2 footprint, the world of travel is slowly undergoing a transition that sees the industry on a path to treading more lightly.

Como Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The Spa Spy | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Overlooking the terraced forests in the cooler central region of Ubud in Bali, Como Shambhala Estate sits within one of the most serene locations I have ever experienced. With forest noises ranging from an evening frog chorus from the lily ponds to the robust chattering of the larger variety of gecko...

The World's Best Spas for Honeymoon Couples

Jane Anderson | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Anderson

Over 15 years of writing about honeymoons, I've visited and experienced many fabulous hotel spas. During that time spa and wellness holidays have moved on apace. They are no longer regarded as faddish or niche, but mainstream and fashionable.

Spa and The City: Lisbon and Cascais

The Spa Spy | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Lisbon and its neighbouring coastal villages are the perfect destination for a chic city-beach weekend break. On my recent inaugural trip to city and its cosmopolitan cousin Cascais I also discovered a thriving luxury spa scene...

Five Reasons Your Next Holiday Should be to Mexico

Chloe Gunning | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

Let's face it, in the UK Mexico hasn't got the best reputation. The news paints a picture of a country overrun with drugs cartels, violence, hurricanes and more. It's hardly surprising the average traveller in the UK still sticks to comfortable holidays in European or American resorts.

Top 5 English Stately Homes

Ceri Tinley | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Tinley

There are numerous reasons for visiting England's Stately Homes, one being that you learn history right where it happened. However, another is that they offer a wonderful reference point for interior design, often being the ambassadors for style of a particular era.

Italian Retreats: Borgo Egnazia, Puglia

The Spa Spy | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Stepping into Borgo is like stepping into an episode of Game of Thrones...It boasts oodles of cloisters, bountiful high ceilings and sweeping staircases. A noble house in itself, it may be large, but there is a sense of regality and exclusivity here. The biggest dilemma you will face here is whether you are want to be a member of the Baratheon, Lannister, or Stark family.

Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo

The Spa Spy | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Dubbed 'The Millionaire's Playground', it's a playground where you need quite a few of those millions before the government will even let you live here. So it comes as no surprise then that as I walked past the Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys parked along the hotel's cypress lined avenue, I assumed I would get kicked out for wearing a pair of Havaianas and a bank balance that cowered in shame...

Barefoot Yoga Luxury at the Ends of the Earth

Jane Egginton | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Egginton

Martinhal prides itself on offering barefoot chic at the beach and my friend and hairdresser, Nancy and I, who have come to experience Martinhal's first yoga week, don't put our shoes on all week. We patter from our beautiful wooden cubed beach room with beachfront view to our 'pod' complete with beanbags, overlooking the ocean.