Spas

People Are Lying In 'Adult-Sized Wombs' To Chill Out

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Even the most dedicated meditators can find it difficult to find a spot that's calm, quiet and distraction free. So it's not that surprising that ...

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.

Planet Appetite: Velas Luxury Hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Rupert Parker | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Mexico represents remarkably good value for money and specialises in all-inclusive resorts. Cancun and the Riviera Maya have been favourite destinations for some time, but now Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit are taking their place on the map.

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.

Planet Appetite: All at Sea in the British Virgin Islands

Rupert Parker | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

I'm on my way to the British Virgin Islands, BVI for short, East of Puerto Rico, part of an archipelago which also includes the US and Spanish Virgin Islands. It's a British Overseas Territory and consists of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, plus 50 other smaller islands and cays.

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.

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.

World's 10 Most Amazing Places For a Spa Treatment

Jane Anderson | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Anderson

Feel in need of some pampering? Here are 10 of the world's most dreamy locations for a spa treatment.

Tried and Tested, Valmont Facial for Men, the Dorchester Spa

The Spa Spy | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

I've tried many facials in the past and it's been pretty much the same procedure as it would be for a female clientele. The main difference with some male grooming spa menus is that they swap the natural aromatherapy products for musky scented creams and potions. I guess this swap is supposed to make us feel more masculine - in reality it can be somewhat overbearing.

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.

Meet The Spa-rtans: The New Breed Of Spa-Loving Men Who Just Love To Be Pampered

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

An increasing number of men are swapping their football boots for bathrobes in a bid to look and feel good. Can we blame them? Man-pering (or man p...

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...

Can A Mani-Pedi-Facial Combo For Men Ever be Worth £170?

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's not often I find myself in Mayfair on a Monday night. And by often I mean never and by Monday I mean ever. In fact I'm fairly sure the area h...

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...

Escape Spas in the City

Kiesha Meikle | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiesha Meikle

If you often feel the need to get away, only to realise that you don't have the funds...you are not alone. Despite a recent survey finding Brits now more likely to holiday abroad, many of us are still feeling the effects of the economic slump and are staying put this year.

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...

The World's Deepest Pool Looks Really Scary

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Tech

This is the world's deepest pool. It's called Y-40 and from the top it looks like a hole into the underworld. Located at the Hotel Terme Millepini ...

Travel Eye: A VERY Different Country Spa Retreat

Karen Edwards | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

It left me feeling completely relaxed, calm and knot-free - but also wide-eyed, energised and emotionally healed. Sensations that seem to have lasted long after that inevitable return to busy, everyday life.

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.

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.