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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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French Retreats: Trianon Palace Versailles

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

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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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

(1) Comments | Posted 21 June 2014 | (00:00)


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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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

(0) Comments | Posted 31 March 2014 | (15:32)

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and 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! In fact, you feel like you are doing a good deed...

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Layana Resort and Spa, Koh Lanta

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2014 | (23:00)

There's Something About Layana...

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...

Greeted...

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The BodyHoliday, St Lucia

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (23:00)

Thoughts of new year health regimes duly dwindled, I found myself almost gasping for breath on the short, but steep climb to The Wellness Centre.

"It's fine - it doesn't necessarily mean you're unfit - you just need to learn to breathe correctly" Pranayama practitioner Sam reassured me.

So there...

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Five Aromatic Treats for Spring Rejuvenation

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (11:40)

Hop into Spring with these great new products to create an uplifting aromatic home spa.

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1. Ruby Red Reviving Body Cleanser
One of my fave new finds - a intensively moisturizing body wash literally packed with zingy essential oils...

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Hollywood Retreats: Sunset Marquis

(0) Comments | Posted 9 March 2014 | (23:00)

LA based actress Marsha Thomason, known for her roles in Lost and White Collar, checks out some of Hollywoods' hottest retreats...

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...

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Spa and the Strip: Aria Resort, Las Vegas

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (23:00)

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...

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Serenity in the Seychelles

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2014 | (23:00)

Teeming with wildlife (Aldabra giant tortoises, magpie robins and hawksbill turtles to name but a few) and abundant in natural beauty, 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...

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Managing Stress and Anxiety: A Q and A With Toby Maguire

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (14:56)

Toby Maguire is the Stress Management trainer at The Body Holiday, St Lucia, where he has been working for 3 years. Before joining the renowned wellbeing resort he spent 12 years in Thailand where he set up his own hotel and spa training company whilst working as a stress management...

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A Right Royal Retreat: Royal Mansour, Marrakech

(0) Comments | Posted 23 February 2014 | (23:00)

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.

Commissioned and owned by King Mohammed VI, traditional Moroccan architecture, design...

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Five Facials for Problem Skin

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2014 | (23:00)

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...

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Where the Stars Spa: Fregate Island Private, Seychelles

(0) Comments | Posted 14 February 2014 | (23:00)

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'd been invited to try one of new business class seats...

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