The founder of the Australian skincare brand has partnered with the exclusive London hotel to offer her signature facial treatments in Britain for the first time.
Mention the words St Moritz to most people, and their thoughts will turn to the exclusive ski resort in the Swiss Alps. But you can have your own slice of luxury closer to home at Cornwall’s sumptuous St Moritz Hotel and Spa for the perfect winter break - and if you really want to be sporty, just swap skiing for surfing.
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.
Wellness journeys and beauty retreats in Paradise - Niyama Private Island & Drift Spa, Maldives, announces three new retreats for spring...
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.
This summer sees the opening an exclusive Clinique La Prairie chalet in the heart of the breathtaking Alpine village, Verbier. Offering a highly exclusive detox experience in utmost privacy, this one of a kind hideaway has been devised to provide guests with outstanding health and wellness care.
With a dedicated team of private medical experts and staff on hand around the clock to provide an outstanding service to guests, this exclusive retreat offers the world-class luxury Swiss hospitality the clinic is famous for, in the most private of settings.
A pioneer in resort spas, Aman has always delivered a transforming, holistic wellness experience, taking care of mind, body and spirit. Now, in February 2019 Amanpuri – home to the flagship Aman Spa in Phuket, Thailand – is expanding its offerings even further with the introduction of integrative medical services and Intensive Wellness Immersions at its new and revolutionary Holistic Wellness Centre.
Glowing Flow has announced two new retreats in April 2019 at the Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort in Rawai, Phuket. Nestled on a hilltop in lush tropical gardens with spectacular ocean views, the uniquely designed resort is adults only and offers privacy and relaxation for guests away from the crowds.
The Indonesian island of Nikoi holds almost mythical status. Known as THE private island of all private islands, so desirable that it’s 15 villas can be booked up a year in advance. Those who visit are treated with a hushed reverence, not just due to the knowledge that they are clearly in possession of exceptional forward planning skills. Nikoi is the brainchild of a group of friends seeking a stylish and sustainable escape from Singapore, and its many devotees conjure a vision that melds Robinson Crusoe, Lord of the Flies and a hefty sprinkling of luxury. I’m intrigued; when contacted to say that a villa has become available for my family we feel like we’ve reached the inner circle. Approaching via speedboat from nearby Bintan island excitement levels are high. The first glimpse doesn’t disappoint: A huge sand bar so white it hurts the eyes; Driftwood villas with thatched roofing glimpsed through lush foliage; A boy holding what looks like a hand-whittled bow and arrow. My children are momentarily silenced. Nikoi, we’re ready for this.
This glorious resort hotel is set in 55 acres on the Algarve coast along cliffs that lead down to the ocean – it’s the Atlantic here, creeping round the corner towards the Mediterranean. So it’s huge. There are seven swimming pools on the premises, spread around the landscaped and immaculately maintained gardens (there’s one gardener who does nothing but mastermind the bougainvillea).
VVP, as it is colloquially referred to, opened in 1992 and is constantly updating one part of itself or other. The one constant is the lovely staff, some of whom have been there all that time. I know I was there as a reviewer, I know it was low season, but they were all utterly, consistently delightful and helpful, with the sort of easy charm that makes you feel instantly at home.
Who comes here? People who have found it and love it, ranging from families to international sports stars, socialites and celebs (sorry, no names). Half of all guests are return visitors.
On the mini break-ometer, just the journey to Bawah Reserve sets bells ringing. Arriving by seaplane from nearby Batam off the coast of Singapore, after a travel escorted first leg, the glamour rating is high pitch excitement inducing. Through the pilot’s windscreen a tropical paradise is glimpsed: all lush vegetation, white beach and the most turquoise of seas.
The day of love day is almost upon us and what better way to treat your beau than a romantic spa break. From blustery coastal retreats, to cosy countryside hideaways - here's our edit of the most romantic spa hotels in the UK.
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.
Ananda is a world-renowned wellness retreat, located at the foot of the Himalayas in India. Set among 100 acres of virgin forest, Ananda enjoys views of the mountains, the valley of the holy town of Rishikesh and the river Ganges. The 24,000 square foot Ananda Spa is a complete wellness experience offering over 80 treatments.
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 years ago, the clinic – in the bucolic setting of Lake Constance in Southern Germany – is still run by the Buchinger family, and many guests have been coming here for over 40 years for their annual ‘tune-up’. Recent years have seen mounting evidence that the health benefits of calorie restriction and fasting extend far beyond weightloss, lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol.
I’m not sure how I might react if somebody told me I was looking SMUK…however if that person were Danish, I would be thrilled. For SMUK is the Danish word for beautiful…and now it is the name of a new salon, devoted to all things beauty and beautiful in Belgravia. How the locals will react to the name, remains to be seen…but in the short few months since it opened it is attracting both custom and great interest.
Dramatic rocky coastlines, verdant pine forests, pretty olive groves and rolling vineyards - the Peloponnese is as rich in natural beauty as it is in history. The wealth of archaeological sites in the area include the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus, with its renowned amphitheatre, and the legendary citadel of Mycenae – both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Standing out from the pack in the Maldives is not an easy task. The country consists of 1200 islands within 26 atolls and boasts over 105 resorts, each equally unique and luxurious. However there are very few which are very truly private. Billionaire Jiri Smejc and his wife Radka were so passionate about the country that they decided to build their own private heaven and lucky for us, they have been kind enough to share it with the world. The island is their interpretation of how luxury should really look and their desire to create the most private place on earth. And boy did they get it right.
Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine is offering a one-of-kind ‘Mindfulness Experience’ by a leading international expert that takes a unique approach to discovering your personal path to mindfulness and wellbeing. The restored 12th-century abbey and winery is the ideal setting for this breakthrough program: a genteel and serene atmosphere imbued with the spirit of the monks who created a peaceful monastic life here, located in Spain’s bucolic and beautiful Duero wine-growing region - just two hours from Madrid.
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.