Post-treatment, there's a good-sized adults-only outdoor pool to flop out next to, or a small air-conditioned relaxation room. Don't miss the make-up counter in the lobby piled high with shimmering powders, pearlescent lipsticks and SPF 30 foundation, so you can skip straight from the spa to supper...
Perched in a idyllic location on the banks of Lake Geneva, surrounded by 10 acres of park and woodland, La Reserve feels a million miles away from the nearby city. Designed by Phillip Stark and French designer Jacques Garcia, the resort-style hotel evokes, as it's name suggests, an African game lodge. Leopard print carpets, rare butterfly displays...
Arriving by a glamorous 20-minute seaplane ride from Pula, I was enamoured by the lush pine forests, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of the island below. For a moment it felt as though I was flying over a tiny island in the Indian Ocean, alas this was in fact Croatia - my first visit, yet to land, I was already sold.
Awash with architectural treasures, galleries and captivating backdrops, Barcelona is the epitome of European urbanity. Elegant Art Nouveau eateries, Basque-style tapas bars and Michelin-starred restaurants enchant narrow streets and shadowy lanes. Prestigious landmark Hotel Arts Barcelona provides a perfect base to soak up the exciting atmosphere of the city.
Well, I'll be, says Juliet Kinsman. I went to north India for a week's holiday, ate to my heart's content and spent most of my time supine. And you know what - it was the most life-changing holiday I've had. That's because Vana Retreats is a new breed of destination spa with extraordinary wellbeing cuisine, ideal for anyone who fears abstinence or bootcamps. This salubrious road to wellness is smooth and only gently sloped.
The Marbella Club is set in a stunning location on Marbella's golden mile - enjoying a beachfront location, striking mountain views and immaculate lush gardens. A white promenade, lined with palm trees, is situated adjacent to the hotel - with 'beautiful' people walking their dogs or honing their beach bodies, you could easily imagine that you are in California.
Golden Door comes with a starry spa pedigree that other destination spas can only dream of. Opened in 1958 by Deborah Szekely, philanthropist, writer and early pioneer of the So-Cal wellness movement, this groundbreaking spa was soon attracting Hollywood luminaries such as Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Burt Lancaster, in preparation for film roles.
With lush green landscapes and wide-stretching white sand beaches, The Algarve is the one of the most popular European destinations this summer. Just 30 minutes from Faro, between Albufeira and Villamura and overlooking the jaw dropping Falesia Beach, (complete with Gold Flag) Epic Sana is a contemporary family, group and solo friendly luxury retreat.
A haven for hippies and healers since the 1960s Ibiza is the perfect choice for those looking for a bit of a recharge in their holiday time. The Balearic island is home to hundreds of retreats, from purifying cleanses to spiritual stays, and the five star fitness break is the latest way to harness the magical energy of the White Isle.
Praise be for ila's new range of products. After feeling the effects of a long haul flight, I was more than happy to offer up my face in order to road-test the Brit brand's Gold Cellular Age-Restore Collection. The range of anti-ageing skincare has recently launched at Harrods and this is where I headed to give it a try.
Built in the 1920s, the charming chateau-esque building set in 850 acres of stunning Perthshire countryside is a quintessential Scottish escape. Most famous for its championship golf course, the vast estate also boasts super-luxe suites, a posh shopping arcade, an equestrian and shooting school, a falconry centre, Michelin starred restaurant and of course a state of the art spa.
Crossing the rickety bridge to the private Isle of Eriska you get the feeling you may be about to infiltrate the land of Narnia. Perched on the west coast of Scotland in 350 acres of manicured gardens, woodland and rugged beaches, against a stunning rural landscape, Eriska lulls you into an immediate state of calm.
Inside, The Sukhothai is an elegant haven away from the crowds, crazy tuk-tuks and smoldering traffic jams that seem to clog the city from dusk till dawn. And outside, hidden in gardens behind the hotel courtyard, we discovered a glamorous way to beat the heat at the hotel's peaceful pool and spa pavilion.
I'm no stranger to fasting: I've tried hippyish water fasts in Thailand, juice fasts in Devon, and the Mayr cure (yogurt and copiously-chewed bread) in Bavaria. But I've never experienced this degree of thoughtfulness and support, and that's what makes the Buchinger Wilhelmi the natural choice for first-time fasters.
The hotel is one of the few all-inclusive adult only resorts on the glamorous west coast and pretty much everything is included in your package price, offering affordable luxury. It's clear from the warmth of the staff and the way that some of the guests greet them like long lost family, that the hotel has many returning guests.