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

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

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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (15:19)

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 | (13:58)

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 | (14:16)

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 | (12:03)

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 | (09:31)

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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Fusion Maia, Da Nang,Vietnam

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2015 | (14:11)

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 30 November 2014 | (23:00)

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 | (16:41)

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 27 November 2014 | (23:00)

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 | (13:52)

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 2 November 2014 | (23:00)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (16:33)

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 | (00:00)

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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