Spas

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

The Spa Spy | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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...

Chanel Are Opening Their First Spa

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Style

Coco Chanel once said "Le Ritz est ma maison" - and it seems the hotel is still playing host to the luxury fashion house, who have just announced plan...

Thai Retreats: Kamalaya, Koh Samui

The Spa Spy | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The spa at Kamalaya is set amongst an abundance of nature. Treatment rooms are little thermoses overlooking the beach. Evening treatments are a bonus as they allow you to watch the sun set over the ocean just as you open your weary eyes to reality again. Kamalaya's main focus is on your mind, body and soul.

Turkish Retreats: Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum

The Spa Spy | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Already being described by deliriously happy customers as one of the best resorts in the world - despite only opening last summer - the second you arrive at the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum you know you're in nirvana.

Turkish Retreats: LifeCo Antalya

The Spa Spy | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Turkey seems to have its finger on the healthy pulse. LifeCo is just one of many emerging health spa's in the country and, it seems, one of the most popular. The latest offering, Antalya branch, located in Akra Barut, overlooks views of the Mediterranean or the Taurus Mountains and is quite new to the LifeCo family.

Hot Treatments: Zhengliao - A Chinese Stress Buster at LUX* Resorts

The Spa Spy | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Let's face it, gone are the days when a little gentle pampering and whale music will cut it in a hotel spa. I want braggable results from my treatments - and at LUX* they kindly pander to that sense of entitlement.

Portuguese Retreats: Conrad Algarve

The Spa Spy | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The taxi slows with reverence as we drive up to the Conrad Algarve. Oranges grow along the path, and one of many gardeners stands thigh deep in water adjusting the fountain. The staff are welcoming in a way that makes you hug them when you leave.

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 19.04.2015 | 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 14.04.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 30.03.2015 | 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 01.04.2015 | 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.