Luxury. Travel

Rural Retreats: Cowley Manor, Cotswolds

The Spa Spy | Posted 30.11.2014 | 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 27.11.2014 | 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 18.11.2014 | 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 16.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 02.11.2014 | 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.

Amanda Byram: Italian Retreats, Ti Sana

The Spa Spy | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

After two weeks living it up in Paris, the thought of a visit to Ti Sana was very welcome indeed. It is a beautiful retreat which lies in the heart of a sleepy hamlet in northern Italy and is constructed from part of a former Italian nobleman's home dating back to 1711.

French Retreats: Trianon Palace Versailles

The Spa Spy | Posted 24.09.2014 | 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 20.09.2014 | 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 13.09.2014 | 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 02.09.2014 | 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 31.08.2014 | 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 26.08.2014 | 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 23.08.2014 | 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.