Spas

BATH Humbug! Part One

Charli Morgan | Posted 17.12.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 01.12.2014 | 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 30.11.2014 | 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 27.11.2014 | 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 16.11.2014 | 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 02.11.2014 | 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.

Cliveden House and the Pavillion Spa, Berkshire

The Spa Spy | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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.

New Forest Retreats: Careys Manor Hotel and Spa

The Spa Spy | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

A hour and half train ride from London, then a quick hop, skip and a jump from the train station, and you're there. Careys Manor is a 19th century hunting lodge in the middle of the New Forest. With its cosy sofas, log fires and quintessentially English gardens it's got all the ingredients for a perfect country weekend away from it all.

Thai Retreats: Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket

The Spa Spy | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Overlooking the Andaman Sea and with a horizon view of the majestic limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay... this slice of opulence is located on the east coast of the popular Thai holiday island.

Portuguese Preening: The Oitavos, Cascais, Portugal

The Spa Spy | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

We all like to be treated like a VIP on holiday. Even if we're not paying quite as much as the 'actual' VVIPs staying down the hall. Which is why the Oitavos had us hooked from the moment we checked in...

Spa Spy Spain: Asia Gardens, Alicante

The Spa Spy | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

I was braving the boisterousness of Benidorm to uncover its hidden secret. A serene Mediterranean retreat, full of Eastern promise... Hidden in the foothills of Sierra Cortina - 20 minutes away from the hullabaloo of the high rise Solanas and alcopop discos - amongst 90 sprawling acres of olive and pine trees lies a perfectly manicured Mediterranean retreat.

Great Weekend Getaways -Countryside Spa Hotels

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

After recently visiting some excellent hotel spas in London (Four Seasons, Bulgari, St Pancras and Cafe Royal), I decided to travel slightly further afield to find luxury countryside spa hotels with an interesting history.

Affordable Luxury: The Maldives

The Spa Spy | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Scattering the idyllic crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, with pristine white beaches, romantic sunsets, swanky water villas and holistic spa havens - it's no wonder the Maldives are among the top honeymoon destinations in the world.

Amanda Byram: New Zealand Retreats - Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand

The Spa Spy | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

I love writing reviews, I really do. But this was one I was reluctant to write. No, not because it was not worth reviewing. Quite the opposite! Matakauri Lodge is SO wonderful that I want to keep it all to my selfish selfie self.