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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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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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Majorcan Retreats: Castell Son Claret

(0) Comments | Posted 21 February 2016 | (23:00)

The Low Down
Peace and tranquility embrace you as soon as you enter the opulent iron gates to Castell Son Claret. A serene tree lined drive leads to the stunning 18th Century castle set in 132 acres of woodland, manicured lavender gardens, olive and fruit groves. Hidden in the...

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Greek Retreats: Eagles Palace, Halkidiki

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2016 | (12:38)

Perched on the stunning 'third finger' coastline of Halkidiki in the spiritual surroundings of Mount Athos, Eagles Palace, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the world, is a boutique resort spanning a golden beach with a majestic mountainous backdrop. Surrounded by manicured gardens, lavender, pine and olive groves and...

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Caribbean Retreats: The Coral Reef Club, Barbados

(2) Comments | Posted 17 February 2016 | (18:40)

Entering The Coral Reef Club, the first thing that strikes you are the lush green gardens surrounded by beautiful quaint white colonial buildings. The resort is set in 12 acres of tropical paradise with direct access to the Caribbean sea. The hotel has an elegant old school understated luxury -...

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Digital Detox: Brenners Park, Baden Baden, Germany

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2016 | (11:35)

The Romans knew a thing or two about spas. The thermal waters and spa towns they used are still flocked to thousands of years later by people looking for everything from a hardcore health fix to a chance to rejuvenate and relax, and Baden Baden is no exception. And with...

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Balinese Retreats: The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villas, Bali, Indonesia

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2016 | (11:27)

Nusa Dua is a first for me, I usually boomerang myself to the usual suspects, the hippy mecca and wellness rich Ubud area and the glitzy, boutique laden Seminyak, so something a little different on this occasion. The area is very attractive, for many holiday makers, I summise that it...

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Three Top Treatments For A Party Season Preen

(1) Comments | Posted 6 December 2015 | (23:00)

Jo Hansford, Keratin Straightening Treatment

The Low Down: Colour queen Jo Hansford's Keratin Straightening Treatment contains a rich concentration of the primary protein in hair (keratin) amino acids, antioxidants and essential oils, improving the hair fibre, eliminating frizz and enableling a quick and easy home blow dry.

The Treatment: The...

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Festive Scent - Our Top Five Luxury Scented Candles for Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2015 | (09:46)

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 | (11:51)

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 20 November 2015 | (23:00)

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 | (14:38)

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 | (14:35)

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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