The Spa Spy
The Spa Spy, recommending luxury spa hotels and resorts around the globe.

The Spa Spy was established by celebrity make up artist Lisa Stokes. Having worked for a number of years on fashion and celebrity shoots, Lisa has travelled extensively. This, combined with her love of all things beauty inspired her to write ‘Spa Spy’, a luxury hotel and spa review blog. The Spa Spy website launched in 2012 and is a luxury hotel and spa recommendation website alongside a beauty and lifestyle shop.

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Fusion Maia, Da Nang,Vietnam

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2015 | (15:11)

Look up the word fusion in the dictionary and you will find this:

"Fusion: Noun. The act or process of fusing or melting together; union. The state of being fused. Something produced by fusing."

There might as well be a photo of Fusion Maia hotel next to it, because it...

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Rural Retreats: Cowley Manor, Cotswolds

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2014 | (00:00)

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...

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Tried and Tested, Valmont Facial for Men, the Dorchester Spa

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2014 | (17:41)

Dalton Wong is one of the UK's leading health and fitness experts. Dalton started his career in rehabilitation at a leading health clinic on Harley Street. He now trains A-list actors specifically to transform their bodies for roles, and has worked closely with the leading experts in the field for...

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Chiva Som. Hua Hin, Thailand

(0) Comments | Posted 28 November 2014 | (00:00)

There is something about the traditional Thai salutation I find mesmerising. Upon crossing someones path, you smile and greet them with warm eye contact and gently bow your head with your hands pressed together as though in prayer. It acknowledges others respectfully and nudges you to abandon the million-and-one other...

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Como Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

(2) Comments | Posted 16 November 2014 | (14:52)

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...

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Spa and The City: Lisbon and Cascais

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2014 | (00:00)

Rich in art, culture, music and gastronomic delights (it's not all salt cod and custard tarts these days you know - step forward the freshest fruits de mer and award-winning local wines) paired with sprawling white sand beaches and a year round mild climate, Lisbon and its neighbouring coastal villages...

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Italian Retreats: Borgo Egnazia, Puglia

(0) Comments | Posted 23 September 2014 | (01:00)

When you check in, you are handed a map. Not a map of Puglia, the beautiful region that houses Borgo Egnazia. Not even a map of Italy. It's a map of the hotel and its grounds. Immediately this conjures panic. Does this indicate that you have arrived at an impersonal...

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Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo

(0) Comments | Posted 20 September 2014 | (01:00)

Monte Carlo. 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...

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Family Friendly Greek Retreats: Daios Cove, Crete

(0) Comments | Posted 17 August 2014 | (17:33)

The Greek Islands have a fast growing reputation for sporting some of the swankiest spa resorts in the Med. A three hour flight with perennial warm climes, Crete - the largest of the isles - is a popular destination for Brits looking for a spot of luxurious autumnal r&r. Sure...

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Amanda Byram: Italian Retreats, Masseria San Domenico, Puglia

(0) Comments | Posted 9 August 2014 | (01:00)

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. No surprise then that the secluded building...

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Amanda Byram: Italian Retreats, Ti Sana

(0) Comments | Posted 6 August 2014 | (01:00)

Anyone who knows me, knows that as much as I love to live it up, I also love to create a balance. I'm a keen juicer, raw foodist and all round de-toxer and I believe that in this day and age, we take in way more toxins that our predecessors...

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French Retreats: Trianon Palace Versailles

(0) Comments | Posted 26 July 2014 | (01:00)

When I think of Versailles I immediately think of the ill fated Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France whose life was the stuff of dreams when she moved into the Chateau de Versailles. She was eventually stripped of her riches, imprisoned and beheaded during the French Revolution. But don't let...

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Cliveden House and the Pavillion Spa, Berkshire

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (01:00)

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...

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New Forest Retreats: Careys Manor Hotel and Spa

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (01:00)

Nine times out of ten getting away for a weekend on a Friday evening is super-stressful. When you do finally manage to find your way through the traffic and the commuter crowds, you arrive at your destination late, hot and bothered, feeling like you've done battle, and it takes well...

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Thai Retreats: Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2014 | (01:00)

Overlooking the Andaman Sea and with a horizon view of the majestic limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay, Phuket welcomes the new-kid-on-the-island hotel scene with open arms.

Point Yamu by COMO offers 106 rooms and private villas, with a collection that are for sale if you understandably can't bear to...

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Portuguese Preening: The Oitavos, Cascais, Portugal

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2014 | (01:00)

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.

Every room at the Oitavos is a suite. And...

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Spa Spy Spain: Asia Gardens, Alicante

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2014 | (01:00)

A Touch of Eastern Promise in the Med...

Benidorm. It doesn't exactly ring bells of escapism does it - more reputably, hen parties, stag do's and handkerchief hats. There was a definite whiff of a pre-vows knees up on arrival at Alicante airport. Hot pants, hair extensions, pink...

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Spa and the City Berlin: A Spot of Serenity at Steinplatz

(0) Comments | Posted 4 June 2014 | (01:00)

Hotel Am Steinplatz, Charlottenburg, Berlin

Berlin isn't the first place you might visit to recharge your batteries. In fact, this city sleeps less than New York. But its huge collection of beautiful empty buildings and booming tourist numbers has started attracting high-end hotel groups looking for the next euro hotspot....

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Affordable Luxury: The Maldives

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2014 | (01:00)

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. A recent survey conducted by honeymoon specialists Kuoni bagged the Cruisoe-chic islands...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2014 | (01:00)

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. But I realise that it is...

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