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

Ibizan Wellness Retreats: Yoga Rosa

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2016 | (12:04)

There is something magical about Ibiza. Basking in the middle of the Mediterranean sea the 'white isle' has long been a holiday destination for bohemians and forward thinkers. Sitting on ancient ley-lines which have long been associated with focusing mystical energy, both budding and longtime Yogi's flock to the island...

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Spa and the City: Hotel Arts, Barcelona

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2016 | (15:53)

Awash with architectural treasures, galleries and captivating backdrops, Barcelona is the epitome of European urbanity. Elegant Art Nouveau eateries, Basque-style tapas bars and Michelin-starred restaurants enchant narrow streets and shadowy lanes. Prestigious landmark Hotel Arts Barcelona provides a perfect base to soak up the exciting atmosphere of the city.


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Maldivian Retreats: Amilla Fushi

(0) Comments | Posted 12 July 2016 | (17:02)

Landing in the Maldives is enough to make even a hardened cynic's jaw drop in wide-eyed wonder. Each mini island boasts a postcard-esque paradise that blurs the lines of reality and Amilla Fushi - situated in the Baa Atoll - is no different. But what sets this resort apart from...

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Vana, North India: A New Breed of Life-Changing Retreats

(0) Comments | Posted 5 July 2016 | (17:01)

Well, I'll be, says Juliet Kinsman. I went to north India for a week's holiday, ate to my heart's content and spent most of my time supine. And you know what - it was the most life-changing holiday I've had. That's because Vana Retreats is a new breed of destination...

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Bavarian Retreats: Schloss Elmau, Germany

(0) Comments | Posted 1 July 2016 | (17:29)

Schloss Elmau, located in the lesser-trodden parts of south east Germany (45 minutes from Innsbruck airport) is one of the swishest family-friendly hotels in Europe. A wickedly indulgent spa-hotel-cum-castle with a roster of cultural events to rival the Royal Albert Hall, it's not uncommon for famous authors to drop by,...

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Elite Spanish Retreats: The Marbella Club, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted 1 July 2016 | (17:22)

The Marbella Club is set in a stunning location on Marbella's golden mile - enjoying a beachfront location, striking mountain views and immaculate lush gardens. A white promenade, lined with palm trees, is situated adjacent to the hotel - with 'beautiful' people walking their dogs or honing their beach bodies,...

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Summer Ready - Four Luxe Treatments We Love

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2016 | (17:14)

Aromatherapy Facial at Jo Hansford, London

From Oxygen to No-Tox, there's a plethora of great high-tech facials on offer these days. Before heading to warm climes, I always opt for a good old fashioned deep cleanse. I feel like I need to banish the winter grime. Dee Stanford has been...

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Californian Retreats: Golden Door, Escondido

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2016 | (17:00)

Golden Door comes with a starry spa pedigree that other destination spas can only dream of. Opened in 1958 by Deborah Szekely, philanthropist, writer and early pioneer of the So-Cal wellness movement, this groundbreaking spa was soon attracting Hollywood luminaries such as Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and...

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Portuguese Retreats: Epic Sana, Algarve

(0) Comments | Posted 9 June 2016 | (16:07)

With lush green landscapes and wide-stretching white sand beaches, The Algarve is the one of the most popular European destinations this summer. Just 30 minutes from Faro, between Albufeira and Villamura and overlooking the jaw dropping Falesia Beach, (complete with Gold Flag) Epic Sana is a contemporary family, group and...

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Goan Retreats, Resort Rio, India

(0) Comments | Posted 7 June 2016 | (00:00)

Landing in Goa I found myself instantly falling in love with the inherently chilled, lushly tropical beach state. Quickly finding myself nestled in the back of a bright white resort car, the drive from the airport to Resort Rio in the north gave me the chance to marvel at Goa's...

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Escape to Ibiza: The Top Three Retreats for a Mind and Body Recharge

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (11:21)

A haven for hippies and healers since the 1960s Ibiza is the perfect choice for those looking for a bit of a recharge in their holiday time.

The Balearic island is home to hundreds of retreats, from purifying cleanses to spiritual stays, and the five star fitness break is the...

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Elite Scottish Retreats: Gleneagles Hotel and Spa

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (15:48)

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...

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Opulent and Ethical Skincare - Ila's Gold Cellular Age-Restore Facial at Urban Retreat, Harrods

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (13:07)

Don't get me wrong, holidays are truly wonderful but my skin often suffers once I'm back home.

Regular slatherings of SPF means blocked pores - my heat rash leads to blotchiness and combined with the air pressure on flight home I'm left with troublesome outbreaks. Add a sprinkling of sun...

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Idyllic Scottish Retreats: Isle of Eriska, Argyll

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2016 | (13:49)

Isle of Eriska

Crossing the rickety bridge to the private Isle of Eriska you get the feeling you may be about to infiltrate the land of Narnia. Perched on the west coast of Scotland in 350 acres of manicured gardens, woodland and rugged beaches, against a stunning rural landscape,...
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Thai Retreats: The Sukhothai and Spa, Bangkok

(0) Comments | Posted 13 May 2016 | (11:49)

Even city slickers need a recharge every now and then, and so it's good to know that one of Bangkok's most stylish addresses also offers some serious spa options.

Inside, The Sukhothai is an elegant haven away from the crowds, crazy tuk-tuks and smoldering traffic jams that seem to...

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Chic Retreats: Chateau Saint-Martin Hotel & Spa, France

(0) Comments | Posted 10 May 2016 | (00:00)

As you wind your way up through the scenic landscape towards the gates of the Chateau Saint Martin Hotel and Spa you are transported into the splendour of a world gone by. A one-time 12th century Templar Knight Commandery, the hotel has been sympathetically restored to an elegant luxurious five-star...

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Scottish Retreats - Cameron House, Loch Lomond

(0) Comments | Posted 15 April 2016 | (14:54)

You wouldn't think you were just 15 miles from Glasgow on entering the sweeping driveway that leads to Cameron House, surrounded by lush green woodland, majestic mountains and perched directly on the banks of Loch Lomond, city life seems a million miles away. Walking through the doors of the Castle-esque...

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Detox in Deutschland: Buchinger Wilhelmi, Uberlingen, Germany

(0) Comments | Posted 13 April 2016 | (16:08)

The original - and many say still the best - therapeutic fasting clinic, Buchinger Wilhelmi is a no-nonsense medi-spa that promises to restore and revive body, mind and soul. An impressive medical pedigree elevates the Buchinger Wilhelmi above its imitators; Dr Otto Buchinger's therapeutic fasting cure was developed some 80...

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Caribbean Retreats: The Club Barbados

(0) Comments | Posted 12 April 2016 | (00:00)

Set in 4 acres of tropical gardens on the stunning west coast of Barbados, The Club Barbados Resort and Spa has the feel of an exotic friendly paradise home from home. Nestled on a rock formation fringed with white sand beaches the hotel offers panoramic views of the crystal clear...

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Chilean Retreats: Alto Atacama

(1) Comments | Posted 15 March 2016 | (23:00)

Situated bang smack in the middle of the Atacama desert in Northern Chile, it would be easy to describe the Alto Atacama hotel as an oasis, as it offers welcome and luxurious respite from what NASA has stated to be one of the most arid climates on the planet. However,...

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