Luxury. Travel

Idyllic Island Retreats: Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

The Spa Spy | Posted 18.02.2015 | 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 13.02.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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 30.01.2015 | 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 30.01.2015 | 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 30.01.2015 | 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.

Become A Bond Villain With This Luxury Submarine

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Tech

DeepFlight has unveiled its latest product, the stunning $1.7m Super Falcon Mark II personal submarine that has been designed to mimic the feeling of ...

Why Retreats Are the Ideal Way to De-Stress Your Life

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

Retreats have been happening for a long time, the sense of freedom away from your everyday life can provide relaxation and can be the ideal solution for releasing pent up stress and anxiety. This time is a great opportunity and ideal time to implement a change in lifestyle

Family Friendly Greek Retreats: Daios Cove, Crete

The Spa Spy | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Sure enough, as I step foot inside Daios Cove the wow factor hits. Nestled in a tranquil private sandy bay, a short ride from the bustling town of Agios Nikolaos, a wall of floor to ceiling windows creates a stunning elevated panoramic of the crystal clear turquoise waters and rugged cliffs that don the bay.

Five British Castles You Can Stay In

Good Hotel Guide | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Good Hotel Guide

Sometimes a trip away needs to have that extra magical touch to make you feel like a prince or princess in a fairytale. So why not stay in a castle? ...

Amanda Byram: Italian Retreats, Masseria San Domenico, Puglia

The Spa Spy | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Dipped, dunked and steeped in history, like a crispy biscuit in a cup of tea that survived the test of the heat, Masseria San Domenico remains solid and magnificent. The whitewashed fifteenth-century building is nestled deep amongst 60 hectares of ancient olive groves.