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
The Spa Spy

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.

Five Ways to Change Your Relationship With Food for Good

Rachael Phillips | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Phillips

Our society has an obsession over how we look and that obsession can be linked directly to what's on our plate. Our desire to be thin outweighs our desire to just be healthy. It takes away our perspective and sense of balance and as such food is seen as an emotional crutch instead of simply a source of fuel.

Coconut Oil Is Over, RIP Coconut Oil

Laura Thomas PhD | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Thomas PhD

If it's your thing, use coconut oil to take off your makeup but leave it the f*ck out of your smoothies. Have you heard that coconut oil has a higher smoke point than other oils and therefore generates less free radicals when heated up? Yeah, that's BS too. If you must use it in cooking, use the least amount possible. Capisce?

In Defence of wellness, Not Wellness

Chloe Tomlinson | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Tomlinson

The main difference to my mind between wellness and Wellness is that the former is actually accessible to everyone. Before I clarified this distinction in my mind, I wrote a blog post dripping with sarcasm and rage, in which I vented.

What Your Insatiable Sweet Tooth Is Trying to Tell You

Lauretta Ihonor | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lauretta Ihonor

If you have a relentless sweet tooth, next time you're hit with a craving, stop and take stock of what exactly is going on at that present moment. Accept that 'yes I really want chocolate right now' but ask yourself why. There's always something else driving the desire for a sugar fix - especially if the desire is sudden, strong and all-consuming.

Beauty Detox - Tips to Spring Clean Your Skincare and Beauty Routine

Katy Hull | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Style
Katy Hull

As we've kissed goodbye to the winter months - apart from the very random snow storms recently. We've stepped into all things spring. New life is appearing in all forms. We have beautiful blossom on the trees, bluebells, daffodils, green leaves and the appearance of brighter sunshine and longer days.

Unlocking Your Capacity for Brilliance

Lisa Regan | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Oh hello, yes you- hard to believe it but you in fact are brilliant. Imagine if we spoke to each other and ourselves like this, what a different space in our heads and in the world we would live in.

Unsocial Media - Keeping It Real

Lisa Regan | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Whilst I am an advocate of living a healthy lifestyle and training your body for agility, strength and movement; I am not however living in an obsessive vault where I am defined by what the aesthetic now is for what people have pre conceived as the perfect body type.

Scottish Retreats - Cameron House, Loch Lomond

The Spa Spy | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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.

The Black Dawg Launch - Aiding Emotional Wellbeing

Louis McIntosh | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louis McIntosh

Over the past year I have been involved fully in The Black Dawg project. It started off simply, writing down late at night my thoughts and feelings in the wake of a debilitating depressive episode in my life.

Choose Life, Choose Hope: The Black Dawg Project

Louis McIntosh | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louis McIntosh

I have been writing or discussing depression for a few years rather than brushing the experience under the carpet. Whilst moving on to a happier and more hopeful phase, I realised I have a duty of care to share.

Inside My Natural Makeup Bag: A Better Kind of Beautiful

Xochi Balfour | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Style
Xochi Balfour

To me, being beautiful is letting your inner light shine through undaunted, treading lightly on mother earth, trying to live as harmoniously as possible with her and the life she sustains, learning to love ourselves and each other unconditionally and without judgment, and giving our magical bodies the best fuel and ingredients we can.

Welcome to My Family of Addicts

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

Both my uncles are obsessive shoppers, both of whom are equally obsessive about paying the bill at any given restaurant. Both my grandfathers died from a smoking addiction and my Grandma has a tendency to clean manically when stressed. Three members of my family have a tendency to over-eat and are incapable of stopping and my mum can't sit still until all the drawers and doors in the house are shut.

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.

Self Love: Lessons in Catching the Most Important Person (You)

Xochi Balfour | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Xochi Balfour

Self love is a term often banded about in spiritual enquiry and I touched on what it means to me in my blog post on vitality last week. It is not some selfish indulgence, as our minds might lead us to believe: in fact, it is quite the opposite. In order to love others fully and without judgment, conditions or limitations, we must first love ourselves in this way.

A Little Bit of Quiet Please: Five Ways to Be Still

Kate Taylor | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Taylor

We've all got busy lives. There's always something we should be doing, or something we should start doing that we're not, but think about it this way; if you can find time to get exercise for 30 minutes per day to keep your body healthy then why would you not find time to keep your mind healthy?

Letting Go of 'Should': Opening to the Here and Now

Xochi Balfour | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Xochi Balfour

On Tuesday my husband Ben and I took part in a magical cacao ceremony with Joel and Aiste from the Wild Food Cafe, supported by the beautiful music of our friend Antarma. We played the singing bowls, danced, sang, drummed and prayed and it transformed what had been a challenging few days into new horizons and rememberings.

Pandora's Box IS Depression

Louis McIntosh | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louis McIntosh

Oh no, not another blogpost about Depression, I wish it would go away. Funnily enough so do a lot of us. But it won't. It's here to stay, this 21st Century disease, or could there be signs of similar dark phantoms in the psyche of our past?

The Expensive Soul

Chloe Tomlinson | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Tomlinson

It all began with a pair of Sweaty Betty Chandrasana Yoga Leggings. They cost £75, and I wanted them as soon as I laid my eyes upon them. I rang my boyfriend and, in the most wheedling voice I could muster, said, "so there are these leggings I really like. I'll send you a screenshot of them. Just so you can see.

Five Ways to Address Wonky Boundaries

Jayne Hardy | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Hardy

We all have boundaries. There are certain things we just wouldn't do. No matter what. Then there are the other boundaries, you know the ones - the boundaries which are a little wonky. The boundaries which we are a little unsure of and struggle to assert. The ones which lead to resentment, anxiety and anger.

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:

Five Easy Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

Lucy Beresford | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Beresford

It's hard to motivate yourself to go outside in grotty weather, but we are group creatures. Socialising lifts the spirits. Invite friends round to watch comedy shows on TV. Or tap into your inner child by going as a group - male as well as female - to a shopping centre or department store to have free makeovers at the beauty counters.