News and Reviews
I’m going to start with two cliched adjectives to describe Ultima Gstaad: jet set and flashy. Which, at the risk of making me sound a bit old fashioned, hit the nail on the head in summing a chalet hotel that is the ultima(te) in Gstaad resort opulence. With the crystal chandelier in the entrance by Baccarat, the Schimmel glass grand piano, customised by street artist Alec Monopoly – is one of two, the other owned by Alicia Keys. A piece that, along with the giant Harrods teddy bear in a corridor, and most of the other art on display in the hotel, is available for the international and monied guests to buy at whim.
Chiva-Som has announced the launch of Chiva-Som Online Wellness Services to provide support and encourage wellness goals during this challenging time. The online services will be provided by the resort’s wellness advisors, practitioners and experts and feature some of their most popular services. These include consultations, activities and physical training, all of which will be conducted one-on-one.
Staying connected at any time is important, but particularly at this uncertain time it is imperative to maintain all-round wellbeing and a sense of calm.
Seaham is renowned for making guests feel and find their home away from home. This time around with a virtual content programme, they hope to connect with households to breathe some positivity in the most unprecedented of circumstances.
They share their innovative new concept with us.
Anazoe Spa at Costa Navarino, the luxury sustainable destination in the Greek region of Messinia in the south-west Peloponnese, is introducing a new calming, detoxifying spa programme for guests using indigenous Messinian ingredients, to rebalance and energise mind and body.
Guests staying at The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Costa Navarino Resort will be able to clear the build-up of stress and improve wellbeing and vitality, whilst relaxing in one of the most unspoilt landscapes in the Mediterranean. The resorts and spa are set within 130 hectares of rich natural environment overlooking a one km stretch of untouched sandy beach and the Ionian Sea.
The birthplace of modern medicine, renowned for its philosophers, natural beauty, and healthy cuisine, Greece is soon to become the fifth Aman destination to offer personalised Individual Wellness Immersions. Three life-enhancing, multi-day programmes will launch at Amanzoe on 1 April 2020, promising guests expert guidance and cossetted time in which to reflect, recalibrate and reset the course of their long-term wellbeing.
Following the success of the multi-day Individual Wellness Immersions at Amanpuri in Thailand, Amanbagh in India, Amanoi in Vietnam and Amanemu in Japan, Aman is bringing the concept to the shores of the Peloponnese.
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 trialling an ‘Oxygen Facial’, the whole affair gains a futuristic edge.
The prestigious clifftop resort, VILA VITA Parc – located in the charming town of Porches in Portugal’s beautiful Algarve – have enhanced their credentials for being Portugal’s go-to destination for wellness-seekers, with the exciting launch of the Elite Fitness Retreat hosted by the world-renowned health and wellbeing guru Harry Jameson and Alice Liveing in May 2020.
World-class beauty and wellbeing therapies in Europe’s largest spa, 500 metres above Lake Lucerne.
Nine years and a 550 million Swiss Franc investment, Bürgenstock Resort has been reborn as one of Switzerland’s most prestigious addresses. Here in the Alps, the estate represents a landmark in ecological thinking due to its construction practices, the Bürgenstock Bahn, the world’s oldest electrical funicular delivers you into the lobby of Bürgenstock Hotel where the carbon-neutral credentials continue.
This March, much-loved country house hotel Beaverbrook in Surrey will launch its first Spring Renewal Retreat, providing a getaway for guests to reset, revitalise and refine their day-to-day wellbeing practices as they enter into spring.
Set on a 470-acre estate and centred around the nurturing Coach House Health Club & Spa, from 16 – 19 March, guests will work closely with spa, nutrition and fitness specialists to refresh their wellbeing rituals and lay strong foundations for a lasting commitment to healthy lifestyle changes. The carefully curated optimal wellness programme will leave guests feeling reinvigorated for everyday life.
We may well have discovered that the All Blacks aren’t as tough as they would like us to think… but the people at Rockliffe Hall had a little forewarning about it some time ago.
For many, the very fact that you are in Dublin is sufficient to bring about a sense of wellbeing – a welcoming city, friendly people and when it stops raining, a glorious place to be.
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.
At the height of their reign as the planet’s most famous couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had their pick of the world’s most exclusive resorts to escape the prying eyes of fans and paparazzi.
One of their favourites was the five star Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort in the beautiful Provencal hills above France’s Cote D’Azur – and having been lucky enough to spend a few days there myself, I can totally see why.
The place oozes class and is the ultimate in peace, tranquility and discreet luxury.
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.
Renowned as one of the UK’s most luxurious eco retreats, The Scarlet sits in an enviable spot overlooking the rocky shores of Mawgan Porth, North Cornwall. A trip to this grown-ups only, dog-friendly, coastal bolthole has been on my bucket list for years.
Kicking off the Marbella Club’s year-long retreat series, transformational breath work specialist, Rebecca Dennis, will be returning to the resort from 29 January – 2 February 2020 for a dedicated four-night retreat.
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 tranquillity ensues on entering the Royal Mansour. It feels a million miles away from the velocity of nearby Djemaa el Fna square…
A hop and a skip from the market town of St Albans, and just 20 minutes by train from St Pancras, Sopwell House is a glorious Georgian country house hotel & spa, set in 12 acres of magical gardens. Once home to Lord Mountbatten, the house has played host to royalty and dignitaries since the 18th century. Nowadays the family-run abode is regularly graced by the England football team, who train nearby.