Spas

Spa and the City: Hotel Arts, Barcelona

The Spa Spy | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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.

Vana, North India: A New Breed of Life-Changing Retreats

The Spa Spy | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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.

Elite Spanish Retreats: The Marbella Club, Spain

The Spa Spy | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
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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.

Bavarian Retreats: Schloss Elmau, Germany

The Spa Spy | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Schloss Elmau, located in the lesser-trodden parts of south east Germany (45 minutes from Innsbruck airport) is one of the swishest family-friendly ho...

Summer Ready - Four Luxe Treatments We Love

The Spa Spy | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Often, when I'm heading to the sun, I'll give my nails a break and leave them clean to soak up the vitamin E. If I do opt for a manicure I always go for a Shellac over a Gel - I find it kinder to the nails, and it usually stays chip free for around a week.

Californian Retreats: Golden Door, Escondido

The Spa Spy | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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.

Portuguese Retreats: Epic Sana, Algarve

The Spa Spy | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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.

Escape to Ibiza: The Top Three Retreats for a Mind and Body Recharge

The Spa Spy | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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.

Opulent and Ethical Skincare - Ila's Gold Cellular Age-Restore Facial at Urban Retreat, Harrods

The Spa Spy | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Style
The Spa Spy

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.

Elite Scottish Retreats: Gleneagles Hotel and Spa

The Spa Spy | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
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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.

Idyllic Scottish Retreats: Isle of Eriska, Argyll

The Spa Spy | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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.

Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa

Lucy Self | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Self

The BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice was a pivotal telly moment for me. I learnt that you can still be a strong sassy woman whilst obsessing over Colin Firth. Bore a lifelong love of corset-heaving period dramas. And gave me a bit of a thing about driveways.

Thai Retreats: The Sukhothai and Spa, Bangkok

The Spa Spy | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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.

Chic Retreats: Chateau Saint-Martin Hotel & Spa, France

The Spa Spy | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Everything about this hotel says French Riviera - the chateau, the sophistication, the period furniture, the magnificent wines (there are over 12,000 bottles in the cellar), the 300 century old olive trees, and its location - nestled between the mountains and sea...

Scottish Retreats - Cameron House, Loch Lomond

The Spa Spy | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
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Scattered family-friendly lodges fringe the edge of the colossal Loch - which, incidentally, sports two Seaplanes should you wish to peruse the waters and islands in style. And a championship golf course, Marina, Michelin star restaurant and an award winning, state of the art spa span the estate.

Detox in Deutschland: Buchinger Wilhelmi, Uberlingen, Germany

The Spa Spy | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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.

Caribbean Retreats: The Club Barbados

The Spa Spy | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
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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.

Chilean Retreats: Alto Atacama

The Spa Spy | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Situated bang smack in the middle of the Atacama desert in Northern Chile, it would be easy to describe the Alto Atacama hotel as an oasis, as it offers welcome and luxurious respite from what NASA has stated to be one of the most arid climates on the planet.

Greek Retreats: Eagles Palace, Halkidiki

The Spa Spy | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Perched on the stunning 'third finger' coastline of Halkidiki in the spiritual surroundings of Mount Athos, Eagles Palace, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the world, is a boutique resort spanning a golden beach with a majestic mountainous backdrop. Surrounded by manicured gardens, lavender, pine and olive groves and pretty courtyards there's a cool and tranquil vibe throughout the resort.

Majorcan Retreats: Castell Son Claret

The Spa Spy | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Peace and tranquility embrace you as soon as you enter the opulent iron gates to Castell Son Claret. A serene tree lined drive leads to the stunning 18th Century castle set in 132 acres of woodland, manicured lavender gardens, olive and fruit groves.

Caribbean Retreats: The Coral Reef Club, Barbados

The Spa Spy | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
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On arrival we were greeted by Cynthia O'Hara. The resort has been owned by the O'Hara family for over half a century and it maintains a friendly family atmosphere and a refined and personal service. Cynthia's love of nature is reflected in the fact that the rooms have names such as bougainvillea, gerbera and orchid rather than numbers.

Digital Detox: Brenners Park, Baden Baden, Germany

The Spa Spy | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The Romans knew a thing or two about spas. The thermal waters and spa towns they used are still flocked to thousands of years later by people looking for everything from a hardcore health fix to a chance to rejuvenate and relax, and Baden Baden is no exception.

Balinese Retreats: The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villas, Bali, Indonesia

The Spa Spy | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Before arriving at The Mulia, I have to confess I didn't know what to expect, I had heard that it was massive and wondered how a resort so large could pull off a luxury service. On our approach to the resort seeing the building looming in the distance I thought perhaps this wasn't the right fit for The Spa Spy.

The Lowdown on Current Trends in Wellness Travel...

Stella Photi | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Photi

I'm always being asked what's 'new' in the world of wellness travel which makes it very inspiring to be part of and hopefully we are responsible for helping to set the trends too! The start of the year is a good time to think what lies ahead and I'd say these are the main trends that are coming to the fore:

Three Top Treatments For A Party Season Preen

The Spa Spy | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

I'm obsessed with spa smells. Walking down the stairs to the basement of the Dorchester, I'm hit with a aroma of uplifting eucalyptus, I take a deep inhalation and feel instantly relaxed - like I've had a mini treatment before I even step through the door.