Luxury. Travel

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

The Spa Spy | Posted 01.04.2014 | 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 28.03.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 28.02.2014 | 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 28.02.2014 | 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 23.02.2014 | 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 21.02.2014 | 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.

Amanda Byram's Australian Retreats

The Spa Spy | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Ohh la la... The Shangri-La's reputation definitely precedes it, possibly as one of the world's most luxurious hotels. Stepping into the lobby - a little oasis in the heart of Sydney's CBD (Central Business District) you feel a sense of old world grandeur that you don't find much of in Sydney's kicking modern city.

Escape to Ireland: Country and Coast Retreats

The Spa Spy | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

It's pitch dark, and we're driving through a tiny Irish village best known for its ancient Christian heritage and fishing - not for luxury spa hotels. And yet as our friendly chauffeur, Sean, turns past the beach, windswept and foreboding on a dark January night, we approach the Cliff House Hotel...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 59 - Westward by Road

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Back behind the wheel, with my trusty giant Twix nestling in my glove compartment, ready to grant me the benison of its exquisite chocolate, caramel and biscuit melange when a sugar crisis raises its head. Even now, as I guzzle the chocolate stick I cannot resist pretending I am smoking a cigar, something I have never done in real life!

Amanda Byram's Australian Retreats: Part One

The Spa Spy | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

In the lower level of the hotel, the spa is discreet and quiet, and has a magnificent original apothecary display. You feel as though you are Alice in her slightly eccentric Wonderland. The door to your treatment room has an Alice style mirror with the number of your room - the door opens as you approach it, as if by magic!

Super-Luxe Country Spa Escapes for New Year Rejuvenation

The Spa Spy | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

In need of some R&R after the festivities and new year celebrations? Move away from the fire, banish those New Year blues and head to a spa retreat to rejuvenate yourselves into 2014... Here are ten of our favourite super-luxe country spa escapes to help you glow through the winter months.

Ten Hot Honeymoon Destinations for 2014

Jane Anderson | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Anderson

One place that is inescapable in 2014 is Brazil. It will be beamed round the world when the World Cup kicks off on June 12. It's a country that has been growing in popularity with the type of couple looking for an experiential honeymoon that combines adventure and relaxation. South and Central America continue to capture the imagination with emerging destinations such as Nicaragua.

Luxury in the Lakes: Cumbria

The Spa Spy | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

You may think it strange that winter is my favourite season to visit Cumbria - but this is the time of year its' landscapes are most dramatic. Dawn mists rising over the lakes, crisp frost glistening on the heathers, and serene muted winter tones. It's breathtaking - sometimes, curiously haunting...

Christmas Spa and the City: Super-Luxe London

The Spa Spy | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

As a warm festive glow lights up the city skies, there's no better time to visit London. Why not take some time out this Christmas and treat yourself to a weekend of pampering and preening. Here's a selection of my favourite luxury London spa hotels. Yule be mad to miss them...

Is Ras Al Khaimah the Next Dubai?

Mark Hodson | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

Few tourists are familiar with the name, but Ras Al Khaimah is being widely touted as the next Dubai. RAK, as it's known locally, is one of the "other" emirates, along with oil-rich Abu Dhabi, that make up the United Arab Emirates.Few tourists are familiar with the name, but Ras Al Khaimah is being widely touted as the next Dubai. RAK, as it's known locally, is one of the "other" emirates, along with oil-rich Abu Dhabi, that make up the United Arab Emirates.

Super-Luxe Spas of Marrakesh

The Spa Spy | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

I'm so attached to the centre of the 'Red City' and the maze-like alleys of its old town, the medina, that I am always reluctant to leave. Any hotel outside of the city walls... was going to have to really impress to contend with my love for those intimate places in the old town.

Adventuring in the Pocono Mountains

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Bhattay

Just 75 miles from New York and 85 miles from Philadelphia, the Pocono Mountains make for a convenient retreat and with so much to offer throughout the seasons, from outdoor adventures, fine dining, shopping and pampering, it's a destination that can be enjoyed by all.

London's Best Hotel Suites

Emyr Thomas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emyr Thomas

With so many excellent hotels, ranging from 5 star grandes dames to modern, stylish boutique hotels, read my guide to some of London's best hotel suites.

Pennyhill Park, Surrey

The Spa Spy | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

As I approach the beautiful ivy-clad manor house I have some reservations; large can be impressive but it can also feel impersonal. Thankfully I'm VERY pleasantly surprised - a roaring fire, flickering candles...

How to Find Happiness in Bermuda

Emma Rose Black | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Rose Black

Now I say all this, after just coming back from a blog trip to Bermuda. And I openly admit... it was a little bit more extravagant than I would normally go for. In fact it was fancy as!