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.

Entries by The Spa Spy

Festive Scent - Our Top Five Luxury Scented Candles for Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2015 | (10:46)

Create an aromatic festive ambience this Christmas with our top five luxury scented candles.

Diptyque: Sapin
Scent saints Diptyque have teamed up with artist Julien Colombier to create three limited edition Christmas creations dedicated to the olfactory attributes of trees. Our favourite, Sapin, radiates a woody fragrance of winter,...

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Portuguese Retreats: Water and Wine at Six Senses, Douro Valley

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2015 | (12:51)

At last, Six Senses has arrived in Europe with its first resort and spa on the continent, and they couldn't have chosen a more beautifully tranquil, picturesque spot. "Remote yet accessible" is the Six Senses motto, and the Douro Valley is just that. You fly into the Unesco World Heritage...

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Thai Retreats: Aleenta Phuket Resort and Spa

(0) Comments | Posted 21 November 2015 | (00:00)

Phuket, Thailand. Doesn't exactly conjure images of peaceful nights and quiet luxurious romantic moments does it? Yet a mere 40km outside of the madness of Phuket town, sits the Aleenta Resort and Spa.

Aleenta is perched on Natai Beach, one of the few undeveloped and unspoiled coastlines in Thailand. The...

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Country Retreats: Yoga and Wellness at the Spread Eagle, West Sussex

(0) Comments | Posted 26 October 2015 | (15:38)

Yoga and Wellness Retreat with Elaine Vaughn.

We'd all like to be able to embark on regular yoga retreats, right? Achieve that balance between our work, families and our mind and bodies that everyone knows would be so beneficial. But its not easy to consistently take seven days + out...

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Chicago Chic: Virgin Hotel & Red Flower Spa

(0) Comments | Posted 26 October 2015 | (15:35)

Virgin has opened its first hotel in Chicago - why? The British travel company spotted a gap in the market for a lifestyle hotel brand, and found a grand 1928-built neoclassical bank ripe for conversion. The result is a 26-story fully Virgin-branded hotel, which promises a Premium Economy experience. What...

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Five Of The Best: Luxury Organic Spa Products

(0) Comments | Posted 28 September 2015 | (01:00)

September is Organic Month, and if you care as much about what goes on your skin as what goes into your body (you should) it's the perfect time to switch up your beauty routine, inspired by some of the world's best spas.

The good news is that being kind to...

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Super-Luxe Irish Spas: The Top Four by Amanda Byram

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2015 | (01:00)

Ireland. Land of the Leprechauns, the best Guinness, the friendliest people, Molly Malone, cockles and mussels and U2 to name but a few. And nowadays, home to spa hotels to rival the world's best. Being Irish I am sure you'll think I'm being biased. But if you don't agree, then...

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Maldivian Retreats: Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Noonu Atoll

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2015 | (15:22)

Located in the lesser-visited waters of the Noonu atoll in the north of the Maldives, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is one of the larger resorts in the Maldives. It's also one of the few that is actually Maldivian-owned and Maldivian-run. Thanks to this, it has a wonderfully authentic unpretentious vibe...

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Space-Age Spas: Lanserhof Tegernsee, Bavaria, Germany

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2015 | (13:19)

Of all the detox tribes - juicing, raw, paleo, macrobiotic - Mayr cure disciples might be the most hardcore. Named after the Austrian scientist and pioneering holistic therapist Franz Xaver Mayr, FX Mayr clinics and medispas are dotted across Germany, Austria and Switzerland, peddling a spartan, results-driven regime of fasting,...

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Super-Luxe French Retreats: La Reserve, Ramatuelle, France

(0) Comments | Posted 30 July 2015 | (01:00)

Between the rolling vineyards and aqua seas of the Cote d'Azur, perched just below the picturesque village of Ramatuelle, you'll find La Reserve - the chic wellness retreat of St Tropez. Walking through the sliding glass doors with panoramic views of the Mediterranean beyond feels like entering a sleek private...

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Spa and the City - Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa, Bath

(1) Comments | Posted 18 June 2015 | (01:00)

Beautiful Bath is unsurprisingly one of the most visited cities in the UK, with its swathes of gorgeous honey-hued Georgian buildings, plethora of parks, chi chi shopping, quirky atmosphere and, of course, the incredible Roman thermal baths and temple, the best preserved of their kind in Northern Europe.

It's also...

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Thai Retreats: Kamalaya, Koh Samui

(1) Comments | Posted 23 May 2015 | (01:00)

Kamalaya (translation Lotus Realm - a symbol for unfolding life's potential) is a game changer. Truly. The brainchild of John and Karina Stewart, a former traditional yogi monk and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, respectively, this is one hotel where you know you'll be in great hands. Set in...

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Turkish Retreats: Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2015 | (01:00)

Already being described by deliriously happy customers as one of the best resorts in the world - despite only opening last summer - the second you arrive at the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum you know you're in nirvana. Just stepping across the threshold tells you every 'i' has been dotted and...

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Turkish Retreats: LifeCo Antalya

(1) Comments | Posted 16 May 2015 | (01:00)

Turkey seems to have its finger on the healthy pulse. LifeCo is just one of many emerging health spa's in the country and, it seems, one of the most popular. The latest offering, Antalya branch, located in Akra Barut, overlooks views of the Mediterranean or the Taurus Mountains and is quite...

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Portuguese Retreats: Conrad Algarve

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2015 | (01:00)

There is nothing to suggest you're approaching an area of immense privilege on the short drive from the airport. A rundown bar. An unfinished road. And then off to the right, this white mansion and its lush green gardens. Over the road a new shopping centre features a plastic surgery...

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Hot Treatments: Zhengliao - A Chinese Stress Buster at LUX* Resorts

(0) Comments | Posted 5 May 2015 | (16:19)

More than just a back rub: this Chinese-medicine spa treatment gets Juliet Kinsman's yu and qi in working order.

Let's face it, gone are the days when a little gentle pampering and whale music will cut it in a hotel spa. I want braggable results from...

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Idyllic Island Retreats: Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

(0) Comments | Posted 17 February 2015 | (14:58)

A little slice of Indian Ocean heaven, Constance Ephelia is the picture perfect beach retreat that doesn't disappoint. Our journey to the Seychelles is not direct, and somewhat tiring but on arrival the WOW factor and immediate air of calm and relaxation out-weighs the jet lag. The idyllic resort is...

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W Hotel and Spa, Verbier

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2015 | (15:16)

If you're aware of the USA chain of hotels the W, you will know that they represent all that is cool, kitsch modern and funk about the hotel world. What W stands for, I'm not sure, but i would hazard a guess at Wowza. When I heard they has opened...

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Spa & The City: The Bulgari Hotel Spa, Knightsbridge

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2015 | (13:03)

Knightsbridge may be one of London's most exclusive areas, but it's also one of its busiest. If you want to escape the Harrods shoppers and bus fumes, then this hidden gem in the heart of the city is your answer. As you'd expect from a hotel that boasts the name...

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Island Retreats: Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2015 | (10:31)

Benefitting from a glorious natural surf break 500m offshore producing waves like something from an eau de cologne campaign, Shanti Maurice has one of the best views on Mauritius. The surf break has the added advantage of warding off cruise ships and megayachts - which for you and me, spells...

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