With a backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, villas that make you want to stay forever and verdant gardens showcasing a kaleidoscope of over 100,000 roses, Mandarin Oriental Marrakech is a showstopper in The Red City. Just a fifteen-minute drive from Marrakech Menara airport and a stone's throw from the magical Medina, resort highlights include world-class eateries, super-luxe pool villas, breathtaking gardens and some seriously stunning spa and wellness facilities.
The Lanesborough Club & Spa is the first spa in the UK to welcome the globally loved ‘Queen of Green Beauty’, Tata Harper as a resident partner...
Hidden in a verdant oasis behind ancient city walls, a feeling of calm and tranquility ensues on entering the Royal Mansour. It feels a million miles away from the velocity of nearby Djemaa el Fna square...
The Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane has long been acknowledged as one of London’s big hitters, perched on a statement corner by the grand entrance to Hyde Park. So the invitation to review the new signature treatment menu at its eponymous spa is no small deal, particularly when these treatments include a 24 carat gold facial. Ascending to the 10th floor the lift doors open to an ultra modern circular reception area, all in white with floor to ceiling windows looking out to the city. Busy looking women sit around the circumference urgently tapping on tablets. Combined with the fact I am trialing an ‘Oxygen Facial’, the whole affair gains a futuristic edge.
In its past glory as a private country house estate, it’s said that no one would turn down an invitation to Cliveden. In its 350-year history, Cliveden has hosted every British monarch since George I and is most famous as the home of the Astors and the setting for the scandal of the Profumo Affair.
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, chew-training and purging epsom salts. Its no-nonsense approach to digestive health is particularly popular with the international fashion crowd (Alber Elbaz and Karlie Kloss are fans), wealthy Russians and high-powered German CEOs and bankers, all of whom think that superfood smoothies are for wimps.
Two speedboats and a limousine transfer from Singapore lead us to Indonesian private island Cempedak, created by friends seeking a city escape combining a culturally sensitive ethos with barefoot chic style. Our excitement is piqued not only by its description, but that Cempedak is for adults only, a prospect that has these parents of three in a frenzy over potential sleeping opportunity. As we approach, organic bamboo structures emerge from rainforest, with white sand beaches peeking out of turquoise sea. On a side of the world where every island inspires James Bond comparisons Cempadek surely out-Bonds them all.
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 spa with extraordinary wellbeing cuisine, ideal for anyone who fears abstinence or bootcamps. This salubrious road to wellness is smooth and only gently sloped.
Tracie Cant is an alchemist - for she can change the way your body feels, how you look and how you perform in just one session. She can even help you change the way you live.
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An have announced this year’s green season getaway. Retreat is a three-day program designed to help guests tune into the body to tune out the mind and discover the bounteous benefits of mindful living.
Nestled among the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Willow Stream Spa, which offers stunning views of the lake and The Alps. The authentic spa experiences are inspired by local traditions, plants and herbs as well as Willow Stream signature treatments.
There are some spa hotels that are all kale juice, bamboo robes, hush zones and early starts. The Preidlhof is not one of those spa hotels, as this very happy and fully recharged guest is delighted to report.
Yes, there is green juice (you can choose from the daily house blend or DIY from a basket of fresh fruit and veg) as well as yoga and gong baths and plenty of space to get quiet in the beautiful nature of the South Tyrol mountains. But there is also cake for breakfast, a lot of pink shagpile carpet, indulgent three-hour body treatments and gala dinners complete with raucous conversation and free-flowing local wines...
Central Reading may not immediately spring to mind for a mini break, but as we approach our destination in historic Forbury Square a grand old red brick building rises into the blue sky that could give any stylish European city hotel a run for it’s money.
Lefay Resorts unveils the second jewel in its collection, Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti this week. The new spa resort is set amongst a mountain landscape, declared by UNESCO a "World Heritage site” for its beauty.
Where better to experience ULTRAcel therapy - the non-invasive ‘lunchtime facelift’ that beauty influencers and A-listers have been raving about - than a renowned London clinic that has had celebrities flocking at its doors for decades. Lisa Brown checks in to the Dr Rita Rakus Clinic in Knightsbridge to find out if the age-defying treatment lives up to the hype.
From stress-busting yoga retreats to gut-cleansing detoxes, a beauty overhaul to a mind and body MOT, The Luxury Spa Edit shares the world's best luxury retreats to refuel your mind and body.
Bianca Estelle Aesthetic’s (BEA) unassuming clinic, tucked away down a leafy west London side street, is easy to miss. Inside the decor is equally restrained; the only sign that this is something other than an ordinary health clinic is that my fellow patients look anything but under the weather.
For a small island, or in truth a small group of islands, Zanzibar has always punched above its weight.
Historically it was where traders, pirates, rogues and romantics met and merged between east and west, just off the coast of Africa, a few miles from Tanzania. It was an important stopping off point for spice and silk traders alongside those carrying diamonds, porcelain, philosophy and disease…and it’s from where Dr Livingstone headed off to Victoria Falls. It was also home to the largest slave market in the east while its capital, Stone Town, became the capital of the Sultanate of Oman.
Renowned luxury wellness resort Chiva-Som has announced that it will reopen its doors on 15 October 2019. The date will mark the completion of the fourth and final stage of a top-to-toe renovation – the first major works since its inauguration 24 years ago.
Almar Jesolo is gaining momentum as one of Italy’s leading spa resorts...