Spa Reviews

Super-Luxe French Retreats: La Reserve, Ramatuelle, France

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

Between the rolling vineyards and aqua seas of the Cote d'Azur, perched just below the picturesque village of Ramatuelle, you'll find La Reserve - the chic wellness retreat of St Tropez. Walking through the sliding glass doors with panoramic views of the Mediterranean beyond feels like entering a sleek private member's retreat...

BATH Humbug! Part One

Charli Morgan | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charli Morgan

My husband and I worked our way through the hotel's endless attractions, in the weekend break equivalent of ramming your face with Selection Box chocolates on Christmas morning.

Rural Retreats: Cowley Manor, Cotswolds

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
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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 Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
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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.

Spa and The City: Lisbon and Cascais

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

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...

Cliveden House and the Pavillion Spa, Berkshire

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
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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.

Spa and the Strip: Aria Resort, Las Vegas

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

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.

Amanda Byram's Australian Retreats: Part One

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
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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!

That Crap Week After Christmas Before New Years...

Gina Lyons | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

The dead week between Xmas and New Year sucks. You feel fat and bored and the excitement of seeing your family for the first time in 6 months has worn off. It's a dull week, with rubbish weather, and half your friends are already back at work.

10 Best Spa Breaks for January

Mark Hodson | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

Once the Christmas party season is over, thoughts inevitably turn to those twin January obsessions: diet and detox. But instead of signing up for an expensive gym membership that you'll never use, why not escape the winter gloom with a few days on a spa break, with nothing more strenuous to do than choose your treatments and splash in a pool?

Stoke Park: An Actual Bridget Jones Mini Break

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
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Inside, en route to our room, we climb a grand staircase. It happens again. I know this staircase, but where from? OMG It suddenly dawns on me. It's the staircase from the "mini break weekend" scene in one of my favourite films, Bridget Jones's Diary!

Super-Luxe Retreats: Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
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I visualise - for relaxation, sometimes during yoga, to get to sleep or if I'm just feeling a bit 'fed up'. I've got a few places I go to. Sometimes country hills or mountains, more often somewhere near the sea; a white sand beach with crystal clear waters. One of my favourite places is the reception terrace at Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui.

Spa Spy: Banyan Tree, Koh Samui, Thailand

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
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Set on a hillside on the south dast coast of Samui with stunning views over Lamai bay, Banyan Tree is the epitome of an idyllic get-away retreat. On arrival, flower garland in hand, sipping fresh, ice cold coconut water and looking out on to the sapphire waters of the Gulf of Thailand, I can't help but feel peace and serenity take over.

In Need of a Retreat? I Know Just the Place

Louisa Mallejacq Flynn | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Mallejacq Flynn

Do I want to return to Lime Wood to taste the food of Angela Harnett (who famously worked under Gordon Ramsay at Aubergine) and Luke Holder (who has worked in many highly acclaimed restaurants throughout the world including the OXO Tower)? YES! I would return to Lime Wood in a heartbeat.

Five Fundamentals of a Good Facial Treatment

Cari MacLellan | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Cari MacLellan

A facial treatment can have so many benefits when done properly. If you've never been for one before and don't know what to look out for, the advice in this article will be useful.

Are Essex Men More in Touch With Their Feminine Side?

Sabi Phagura | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sabi Phagura

The Lifehouse Spa is certainly different to the numerous spas I have visited and I can see why it would appeal to the male clientele.

Spa Spy: Escape to Paradise - The Maldives

Lisa Stokes | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Stokes

Brochure porn, I think they call it. When you drool for hours over photographs of exotic destinations. Thing is, when it comes to The Maldives, I've never seen the money shot. I've never seen a photograph that actually captures the true beauty of this breathtaking garland of magical islands...

Spa Spy: Mexico

Lisa Stokes | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Stokes

'Five star all-inclusive' worries me. Can you really achieve a five-star experience on an all-inclusive basis?

Spa Spy: Spa and the City, Manchester and London

Lisa Stokes | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Stokes

Mooch around galleries, stroll along the river, take in a show, and a pre-theatre dinner... You can't beat a UK city break. Combine culture, cuisine, sightseeing and shopping, throw in a spot of relaxation for a perfect city spa break.

Spa Spy: Chilling in the Cotswolds

Lisa Stokes | Posted 24.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Stokes

Picturesque villages, chocolate box cottages and endless rolling countryside, all within two hours of London. Switch off, chill out and head for a relaxing spa break in the enchanting Cotswolds.