Spas

Cliveden House and the Pavillion Spa, Berkshire

The Spa Spy | Posted 14.07.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 01.07.2014 | 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 26.06.2014 | 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 20.06.2014 | 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 20.06.2014 | 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.

A Weekend in South Beach, Miami

Vogue.fr | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vogue.fr

By Isabelle Granger South Beach is the place to be in Miami right now, with on-trend hotels, restaurants with unforgettable views and edgy art galler...

Amanda Byram's Australian Retreats: Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

The Spa Spy | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, is a conservation-focused resort nestled deep in the Blue Mountains in a dream world of its own. A 4,000 acre carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve dream world of its own, to be exact!

Layana Resort and Spa, Koh Lanta

The Spa Spy | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Arriving by speedboat transfer, then whisked through a world of white sandy beaches and lush tropical greenery, I felt terribly glamorous - like I'd arrived on the set of a Bond film. I know I have a wild imagination, but it sure beats a taxi...

Best of London Spas

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

I found that unlike at the Sanctuary where it's possible to pay for a day pass to enjoy the spa facilities, most of London's spas are accessible only when a treatment is purchased. The spas I visited were all in luxurious/boutique hotels that probably don't want to be overrun by noisy hen parties and the like.

The BodyHoliday, St Lucia

The Spa Spy | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

So there I was, 40-something years old, chanting, humming, and heartily exhaling - hypnotised by the Caribbean sea - learning to breathe (correctly). And I really can't remember the last time I felt so energised...

Hollywood Retreats: Sunset Marquis

The Spa Spy | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Steeped in history, the Sunset Marquis has been a renowned Rock n' Roller's destination since its doors opened off the Sunset Strip in 1961. A stone's throw from many of Hollywood's top music venues - it's been a home from home for many a rock royalty...

Spa and the Strip: Aria Resort, Las Vegas

The Spa Spy | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

If you don't need a bit of a detox after a trip to Las Vegas then you aren't doing it right. But why not indulge in some TLC while you are still there? Aria is one of the newest five star hotels to land in the Nevada town and it is a tower of glamour, offering a huge menu of treatments in a vast luxury spa far, far away from the casino halls and neon lights.

Serenity in the Seychelles

The Spa Spy | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The Crusoe-chic Islands of the Seychelles are one of the top luxury relaxation destinations in the world. A favourite amongst the glitteratti, from royals to rock stars, the scattered archipelago houses some of the most lavish accommodations in the Indian Ocean - with some wonderful state of the art spas to boot...

A Right Royal Retreat: Royal Mansour, Marrakech

The Spa Spy | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Hidden in a secret oasis behind the ancient city walls - amongst palms, citrus, olive and pomegranate trees -the tranquility of The Royal Mansour feels a million miles away from the vociferous bustle of nearby Djemaa el Fna square.

Five Facials for Problem Skin

The Spa Spy | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Problem skin can have an incredibly negative impact on the way we feel - prolonged problems can cause low self esteem, anxiety and sometimes, in extreme cases, depression. The last thing we need are false, often expensive, 'quick fix' promises (and there are a LOT of them out there). Can a good facial really help improve problem skin?

Where the Stars Spa: Fregate Island Private, Seychelles

The Spa Spy | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Gently awoken on the descent to Mahé with fresh coffee, a warm croissant and a selection of BVLGARI products to freshen up, I felt curiously perky - It felt strange arriving in the Indian Ocean virtually jet lag free... I felt GREAT.

Amanda Byram's Australian Retreats

The Spa Spy | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Ohh la la... The Shangri-La's reputation definitely precedes it, possibly as one of the world's most luxurious hotels. Stepping into the lobby - a little oasis in the heart of Sydney's CBD (Central Business District) you feel a sense of old world grandeur that you don't find much of in Sydney's kicking modern city.

Escape to Ireland: Country and Coast Retreats

The Spa Spy | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

It's pitch dark, and we're driving through a tiny Irish village best known for its ancient Christian heritage and fishing - not for luxury spa hotels. And yet as our friendly chauffeur, Sean, turns past the beach, windswept and foreboding on a dark January night, we approach the Cliff House Hotel...

New Year New You; 10 Health and Fitness Holidays to Recharge

Paul Joseph | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Joseph

The Christmas break may have gotten the best of you and your waistline but it's never too late to start your journey back to health. I suggest the best healthy New Year breaks to recharge. Fulfil your New Year resolutions to get fit, detox, lose weight, de-stress or re-energise on one of these health and fitness holidays in 2014.

Super-Luxe Country Spa Escapes for New Year Rejuvenation

The Spa Spy | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

In need of some R&R after the festivities and new year celebrations? Move away from the fire, banish those New Year blues and head to a spa retreat to rejuvenate yourselves into 2014... Here are ten of our favourite super-luxe country spa escapes to help you glow through the winter months.

10 Best Spa Breaks for January

Mark Hodson | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

Once the Christmas party season is over, thoughts inevitably turn to those twin January obsessions: diet and detox. But instead of signing up for an expensive gym membership that you'll never use, why not escape the winter gloom with a few days on a spa break, with nothing more strenuous to do than choose your treatments and splash in a pool?

Luxury in the Lakes: Cumbria

The Spa Spy | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

You may think it strange that winter is my favourite season to visit Cumbria - but this is the time of year its' landscapes are most dramatic. Dawn mists rising over the lakes, crisp frost glistening on the heathers, and serene muted winter tones. It's breathtaking - sometimes, curiously haunting...