Cor! It ain't half muggy out there today, spa-goers! Time to don the cossie and hit the lido ...
Spa aficionados know that there's more to an outdoor pool than a concrete hole in the ground, filled with freezing, chlorine-riddled water and inhabited by screaming children, Band Aids, and inflatable whales.
When it comes to cooling off out-of-doors, swimming under the sky doesn't come much more spectacular than the recently opened infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.
A whopping 55 storeys up, this 150-metre pool is the largest outdoor pool at that height IN THE WORLD! The view certainly looks magnificent (if not a little terrifying!). With a Banyan Tree Spa due to open on the same floor in 2010, this is a must-see for all international Spa fanatics.
A little closer to home, The Scarlet Spa in The Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall has an amazing outdoor fresh-water pool that is filtered by reeds... glorious, and chlorine-free!
The Good Spa Spies are crazy about salt-water swimming -- but you don't have to jump off the end of your nearest pier. Many spas have salt-water pools; swimming in briny waters is a fantastic experience, leaves your skin soft, and balances out the chlorine, meaning your eyes don't sting. The Club Hotel & Spa in St Helier has a delightful pool -- a little slice of watery heaven.
13th March 2014
Luxurious scented candles; hot massage oil; being warm; unusual treatments; fluffy towels; natural light; firm pressure.
Mould; slamming doors; being walked in on while treatment in progress; therapists with cigarette-laced breath.
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