Luxury. Travel

French Retreats: Trianon Palace Versailles

The Spa Spy | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The Trianon Palace Hotel. It emanates an air of royalty, perhaps due to the fact that it is situated on seven and a half acres on the edge of the royal domain of Louis XIV, and architecturally, it mirrors the classical style of the famed Palace.

Ten Unusual Honeymoon Destinations

Jane Anderson | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Anderson

Just because you're going on honeymoon doesn't mean you have to stick to the tried and tested "romantic" destinations for newlyweds. Here are 10 alternative honeymoons that will be sure to get your hearts racing...

Cliveden House and the Pavillion Spa, Berkshire

The Spa Spy | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

When you ask for directions to your hotel and the reply is: "Turn left at the fountain and head straight for the grand entrance", you get the sense that something pretty spectacular lies at the end of the driveway. Sure enough, Cliveden House - a majestic neoclassical country house, perched within 376 acres of National Trust parkland - is no let-down.

Is This The Most Luxurious Train Ever Made?

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech

A company in Japan has revealed the first designs for a ultra-luxury Cruise Train which will include private suites as well as a candlelit dining area...

New Forest Retreats: Careys Manor Hotel and Spa

The Spa Spy | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

A hour and half train ride from London, then a quick hop, skip and a jump from the train station, and you're there. Careys Manor is a 19th century hunting lodge in the middle of the New Forest. With its cosy sofas, log fires and quintessentially English gardens it's got all the ingredients for a perfect country weekend away from it all.

Thai Retreats: Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket

The Spa Spy | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Overlooking the Andaman Sea and with a horizon view of the majestic limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay... this slice of opulence is located on the east coast of the popular Thai holiday island.

Portuguese Preening: The Oitavos, Cascais, Portugal

The Spa Spy | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

We all like to be treated like a VIP on holiday. Even if we're not paying quite as much as the 'actual' VVIPs staying down the hall. Which is why the Oitavos had us hooked from the moment we checked in...

Top Ten Boutique Hotels for Hipsters (Moustache Not Included)

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

With their vintage threads, vinyl records and penchant for independent coffee shops, hipsters are well known for their discerning tastes. But thanks to the global popularity of this exclusive subculture, hipsters no longer need to settle for a mainstream chain - they can now unpack their skinny jeans in the boutique hotel of their dreams.

Top Five Luxury Family Resorts

Faye Jacobs | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Faye Jacobs

Following on from a previous review of the Sensatori Holiday Resort in Crete, I wanted to put together a brief summary of some of the other places we have visited that I would recommend to families with young children.

Spa Spy Spain: Asia Gardens, Alicante

The Spa Spy | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

I was braving the boisterousness of Benidorm to uncover its hidden secret. A serene Mediterranean retreat, full of Eastern promise... Hidden in the foothills of Sierra Cortina - 20 minutes away from the hullabaloo of the high rise Solanas and alcopop discos - amongst 90 sprawling acres of olive and pine trees lies a perfectly manicured Mediterranean retreat.

Spa and the City Berlin: A Spot of Serenity at Steinplatz

The Spa Spy | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Berlin isn't the first place you might visit to recharge your batteries. In fact, this city sleeps less than New York. But its huge collection of beautiful empty buildings and booming tourist numbers has started attracting high-end hotel groups looking for the next euro hotspot.

Is This the Best Way to Cruise the Greek Islands?

Mark Hodson | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

He pointed to the postcards. "This is how the island used to look." We peered at the sun-bleached images, their corners bending with age, then gazed back at the tiny square where half a dozen men nursed glasses of raki. The only sound was the slap of waves on the small fishing boats in the harbour.

Affordable Luxury: The Maldives

The Spa Spy | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Scattering the idyllic crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, with pristine white beaches, romantic sunsets, swanky water villas and holistic spa havens - it's no wonder the Maldives are among the top honeymoon destinations in the world.

Amanda Byram: New Zealand Retreats - Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand

The Spa Spy | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

I love writing reviews, I really do. But this was one I was reluctant to write. No, not because it was not worth reviewing. Quite the opposite! Matakauri Lodge is SO wonderful that I want to keep it all to my selfish selfie self.

Amanda Byram's Australian Retreats: Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

The Spa Spy | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, is a conservation-focused resort nestled deep in the Blue Mountains in a dream world of its own. A 4,000 acre carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve dream world of its own, to be exact!

Layana Resort and Spa, Koh Lanta

The Spa Spy | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Arriving by speedboat transfer, then whisked through a world of white sandy beaches and lush tropical greenery, I felt terribly glamorous - like I'd arrived on the set of a Bond film. I know I have a wild imagination, but it sure beats a taxi...

The BodyHoliday, St Lucia

The Spa Spy | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

So there I was, 40-something years old, chanting, humming, and heartily exhaling - hypnotised by the Caribbean sea - learning to breathe (correctly). And I really can't remember the last time I felt so energised...

Hollywood Retreats: Sunset Marquis

The Spa Spy | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Steeped in history, the Sunset Marquis has been a renowned Rock n' Roller's destination since its doors opened off the Sunset Strip in 1961. A stone's throw from many of Hollywood's top music venues - it's been a home from home for many a rock royalty...

No Kids Allowed: 10 Most Romantic Adults-Only Hotels

Jane Anderson | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Anderson

Finding a child-free haven of calm with no toddlers in the pool or teenagers hanging around the bar, can be tricky. Here are ten of the best from an arty B&B in the West Country to a castaway resort in Zanzibar.

Spa and the Strip: Aria Resort, Las Vegas

The Spa Spy | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

If you don't need a bit of a detox after a trip to Las Vegas then you aren't doing it right. But why not indulge in some TLC while you are still there? Aria is one of the newest five star hotels to land in the Nevada town and it is a tower of glamour, offering a huge menu of treatments in a vast luxury spa far, far away from the casino halls and neon lights.

Serenity in the Seychelles

The Spa Spy | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The Crusoe-chic Islands of the Seychelles are one of the top luxury relaxation destinations in the world. A favourite amongst the glitteratti, from royals to rock stars, the scattered archipelago houses some of the most lavish accommodations in the Indian Ocean - with some wonderful state of the art spas to boot...

New York Hotels - Where to Stay?

Emyr Thomas | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emyr Thomas

As a regular visitor to New York, I usually struggle with where to stay. A bit of downtown cool or uptown sophistication? Cool Soho or beautiful Central Park?

A Right Royal Retreat: Royal Mansour, Marrakech

The Spa Spy | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Hidden in a secret oasis behind the ancient city walls - amongst palms, citrus, olive and pomegranate trees -the tranquility of The Royal Mansour feels a million miles away from the vociferous bustle of nearby Djemaa el Fna square.

Fantasy Holiday Homes for Real

Andrew Matthews | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

One of the most enticing aspects of renting someone else's home in another country for a little while: the chance to live in your fantasy house/castle/boat/apartment without the type of income that drives you to wear a paper bag over your head and pontificate about sardines in the manner of dear, humble Shia Le Boeuf.  

Where the Stars Spa: Fregate Island Private, Seychelles

The Spa Spy | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Gently awoken on the descent to Mahé with fresh coffee, a warm croissant and a selection of BVLGARI products to freshen up, I felt curiously perky - It felt strange arriving in the Indian Ocean virtually jet lag free... I felt GREAT.