Weavers’ House Spa is in the picturesque village of Lavenham in Suffolk. The Swan at Lavenham Hotel is very tradition with low-ceiling and sloping beams, but…

The Spa at Roe Park

Northern Ireland

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

Roe Park Resort is a traditional Irish county house hotel on the dramatic Inishowen Peninsula near Derry. The health club and spa has a pool with a Jacuzzi…

Lamphey Court Hotel and Spa

Wales

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

Lamphey Court is a complete spa and leisure retreat overlooking the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside. Set in a restored Georgian mansion within acres of grounds in Pembrokeshire National Park,…

An elegant, red-brick Georgian mansion in the Garden of England, Brandshatch Place is a four-star hotel with a modern spa and health club. A perfect recipe for a…

Imagine Spa at Hethersett is set in a converted Norfolk barn within the landscaped grounds of the Georgian Park Farm Hotel. Spa goers can drift between the indoor…

Galgorm Resort and Spa

Northern Ireland

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

Galgorm Resort and Spa is set in 163 acres of parkland with the River Maine flowing through the estate. Inspired by the estate's woodland and…

Pennyhill Park an Exclusive Hotel and Spa

Surrey

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa has firmly established itself as one of the UK's leading spa destinations, and for good reason. The facilities are fantastic,…

Rockliffe Hall

County Durham

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

The perfect spa experience is waiting for you at Rockliffe Hall. The spa has a number of indulgent areas where you can relax, unwind and be utterly pampered.…

Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa

Wiltshire

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

Lucknam Park is a luxurious country mansion with stunning pools, a beautiful spa, and dream treatments. The spa is interesting enough to spend a whole day in. Don…

Dormy House Hotel and Spa

Worcestershire

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

Dormy House Hotel and Spa is a renovated Cotswold farmhouse which aims to be your "home from home". The modern spa contrasts clean Scandinavian…

Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall

County Durham

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

The setting for Seaham Hall is the expansive and exhilarating north east coast, so you're onto a winner already. The spa building and the facilities are impressive…

Chewton Glen Spa

Hampshire

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

Chewton Glen is a real country-house hotel with all the class, comfort and quality you could wish for. A place for lavishing and pampering; don't book in…

Sequoia Spa at The Grove

Hertfordshire

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

This five-star, modern country-house hotel offers an impressive multi-storey spa and health club, situated within a 300-acre estate. The facilities are extensive and luxurious. If tranquillity and luxury…

The Vineyard Spa

Berkshire

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

The Vineyard is a luxury hotel with an air of exclusivity; it's the perfect destination for celebrating in style. The spa is compact but elegant, the pool…

The Bulgari Spa

United Kingdom

The Bulgari Spa is a beautiful mixture of Europe spa with gentle Asian influences, right in the heart of Knightsbridge. Descend beneath the hotel and you’ll…

Gleneagles has a reputation for excellent Scottish hospitality, dramatic landscapes and impeccable design – and it absolutely lives up to the rumours. Play a round at the King…

ESPA Life at Corinthia is a very classy spa within a five-star hotel a short skip from Covent Garden. The design is dazzling, from the all white relaxation…

Eden Hall Day Spa

Nottinghamshire

A listed mansion built in 1875, Eden Hall is a grand building set within acres of luscious lawns and lavender-filled gardens. Once crammed with plants from the farthest corners…

The Thai Spa at Lough Erne Resort

Northern Ireland

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

The Thai Spa at Lough Erne Resort brings a Thai inspired spa experience to Ireland. Traditional Thai therapies and luxurious ESPA treatments and delilvered by well-trained Thai…

The Spa at Suites Hotel

Merseyside

Spa Spy™ Recommended!

The Spa @ Suites Hotel is a four star hotel in Merseyside, close to the cultural hub of Liverpool. The hotel is named after its design,…

Spain: Princesca Yaiza Resort,…

Spa holidays

Sunshine, space to breathe and an easy flight from the UK: escape the winter blues with a trip to Lanzarote. Supreme Spy found that with eco-villages, wide beaches...

Five Super DIY Peels

Spa products

The idea of a face peel makes some people recoil – maybe it’s the words ‘peel’ and ‘acid’ that sound so gruesome,...

Brilliant Bright Eyes

Spa products

The Spa Spies test creams that will lift, shine and add a little sparkle to your eyes. Thalgo Ultimate Time Solution for Eyes and Lips - 1...

Come Home Stronger

Spa lifestyle

Baby it’s cold outside, and most of us would rather be snuggled up on a sofa drinking hot chocolate watching Scandi dramas instead of working out...

Skin that Sparkles

Spa products

You’ve probably seen or heard of diamond and gold facials, and perhaps assumed it was just pampering taken to a new and decadent extreme. However,...

Thailand: Aleenta Resorts &…

Spa holidays

Eco-luxe is a major trend in wellness. In Thailand, two five star resorts are setting the bar high while supporting local communities. Stylish Spy discovers that opulence with...

USA: Four Seasons Scottsdale…

Spa holidays

What's on offer Just outside of Scottsdale, seemingly encircled by the mountain ranges, Four Seasons Scottsdale is a resort in the truest sense of the word....

USA: The Phoenician, Scottsdale

Spa holidays

What's on offer The Phoenician is in downtown Scottsdale; it’s big, it’s glamorous and it’s a lot of fun. The resort...

USA: Miraval Resort and…

Spa holidays

What's on offer Miraval has a bit of a cult following. Two of America’s top talk show hosts rave about it, as do Vanity Fair,...

USA: Canyon Ranch, Tuscon

Spa holidays

What's on offer It’s difficult to imagine how life-full the Sonoran Desert is – forget what you know of drifting yellow sand, dusty dunes, and...

Spa Spotlight on Arizona

Spa holidays

If you haven’t visited the American South West, you’re probably familiar with the terrain from Western movies and sand-blown photography. However, it's not...

Italy: Peak of Wellness…

Spa holidays

Spa Spy luxuriates in the largest wellbeing resort in the Dolomites I always thought you had to be into skiing, hiking or some other form of extreme sports...

Turkey: Canyon Ranch at…

Spa holidays

Visiting Canyon Ranch Tuscon, the iconic wellness resort in Arizona, has been on my bucket-list for as long as I can remember. For many years it’s...

Review: ESPA Tri-Active Advanced…

Spa products

We reviewed ESPA Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial (30ml £58) First Impressions: A delicate frosted glass bottle with a silver lid packaged in a classically elegant ESPA...

Egypt: Somabay and The…

Spa holidays

Somabay is a gated holiday resort on its own sandy peninsula in the Egyptian Red Sea. Somabay has white beaches, clear blue waters, coral reefs, and views of...

Can I spa with…

About spas

Spas have been associated with healthfulness for centuries, but cancer patients have regularly been turned away from these deeply relaxing spaces. Karen Hockney finds out why spas have...

Five Organic Brands

Spa products

Natural and organic skincare has become increasingly popular in recent years. Stylish Spy has previously delved into the muddy waters of defining what can be classed as...

Italy: Discover Health Through…

Spa holidays

For centuries water has been used for its healing properties. The Romans instilled a level of decadence and perhaps even gave spa-ing its name: ‘salus per aquam...

Spa To The Music

Spa lifestyle

There was a time when heading off to a summer festival meant a mud-encrusted weekend with no sight of a shower, bar the odd downpour. But the cash-strapped...

Maldives: Four Seasons Kuda…

Spa holidays

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa is the sister resort of Landaa Giraavaru, just a speed boat ride away from Malé. You arrive to the sound of a beating...

Maldives: Hideaway Beach Resort…

Spa holidays

Hideaway is in the northern part of The Maldives; some 40 minutes’ flight from Malé. But the distance buys you size and isolation. The island is 1.6 kilometres...

Maldives: Four Seasons Landaa

Spa holidays

Landaa Giraavaru has the whitest sand and bluest waters – it is as close as you will get to paradise on earth. Take a sea plane from Mal...

Maldives: Amilla Fushi

Spa holidays

Amilla Fushi is on Baa Atoll, a 25-minute flight from Malé. As with many Maldivian resorts, there’s plenty of pristine beaches, coconut groves and a...

Maldives: Devarana Spa Dusit…

Spa holidays

If you’re a fan of Thai travel, the Dusit Thani is an enclave of gracious hospitality on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll – a 25-minute flight...

Maldives: Coco Bodu Hithi

Spa holidays

Coco Bodu Hithi is a smaller boutique resort in the North Malé Atoll. It’s a 40-minute boat ride from the airport so easy if you...

Maldives: Six Senses Laamu

Spa holidays

Six Senses Laamu is on one of the southern-most atolls in The Maldives, a 50 minute flight from Malé and a short speed boat ride from the local...

Portugal: Macdonald Monchique Resort…

Spa holidays

The Good Spa Guide was delighted to receive an invitation to the stylish new resort and spa at Macdonald Monchique, shortly after its official opening in June 2016. In...

Floating for Beginners

Spa treatments

What is floatation, anyway? Why would you do it? What is it like? Single Spy went along to The Float Spa in Hove to have all your questions...

Portugal: Epic Sana Algarve,…

Spa holidays

Epic Sana is a large hotel set in eight hectares of gardens and pine forest on the clifftop above Falésia beach, one of the most popular...

Portugal: Conrad Algarve, Almancil

Spa holidays

Conrad Algarve is a luxurious marble-lined hotel, proud of its strongly Portuguese architecture and styling. This area was Moorish for several hundred years so there are fountains,...

Portugal: Cascade Wellness And…

Spa holidays

A multi-level cascade of water welcomes guests to the reception of the Cascade Wellness and Lifestyle Resort with the gentle sound of falling water. A great...

Portugal: Bela Vista Hotel…

Spa holidays

A stunningly elegant hotel with tons of character, there is nothing corporate about Bela Vista. Built in 1918 as a seaside villa, it still retains much of the atmosphere...

Top Summer Tints

Spa products

One minute it’s coat weather, the next it’s time to whip out those pasty pins. But don’t despair: our favourite spa brands...

Detox Queen Amanda Hamilton

Spa lifestyle

Q&A with nutritionist and bestselling author Amanda Hamilton famous for her glamorous detox retreats and best selling book Eat, Slim, Fast...

Looking to up your…

Spa products

So you’ve heard of cleansing brushes, you know they’re good at getting your skin super clean. You might have even used one as part...

Review: Voya’s Dry Skin…

Spa products

We reviewed Voya Pearlesque Hydrating Moisturiser (£52 for 50ml) First impressions: This hydrating moisturiser has tastefully restrained packaging in the form of a glass jar with silver lid....

Austria: VivaMayr Maria Wörth

Spa holidays

Situated on the southern shore of Lake Maria Worth in Austria, the VivaMayr medical spa was established in 2004 by Harald and Christine Stossier and is nestled in the...

Herb Garden Signature Treatment…

Spa treatments

In the wide Norfolk countryside, Congham Hall sits between green fields and winding lanes. The petit hotel does rural; there are 30 acres of parkland surrounding the hotel and...

Carol Joy Hair Salon…

Spa treatments

Unlike our American counterparts, beauty seems to have taken a back seat in most UK spas. We rave about the latest facial or most decadent massage, but I...

Ayurvedic spa treatments

About spas

Ayurveda is an ancient lifestyle practice which aims to create harmony within the body. Practised widely in India, it works on the belief that all life forms have...

Spa Tips for Busy…

We Love

Spa vouchers would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift, but how can a busy mum switch off? Serene Spy discovers the art of relaxation... The school...

Turning Back Time

We Love

In my darker moments, I can be a jaded spa cynic. Ayurveda in the Maldives? Tick. Detoxing in Austria? Been there, done that. But I couldn&rsquo...

The Gentleman’s Quarter in…

We Love

As men’s spa-ing becomes more popular, spas are embracing their male clientele and created spaces ‘for him’. Shy Spy and The Man visited...

Switzerland: Digital Detox and…

On the Road

Could you hand over your phone, laptop and kindle for four days? The Spa Spy booked in for a digital detox break at the glamorous Grand Hotel...

A mindful afternoon with…

We Love

Who doesn’t love getting party invitations? When an ESPA invite dropped onto our figurative doormat, The Spa Spy snapped it up, speeding her way to London. ...

Decadence: Escape to Spa-La…

Musings

I find it bizarre that in the coldest, darkest months, my friends are depriving themselves of life’s little luxuries. I know we’re supposed to...

Top 10 Luxury Lurgy…

We Love

Despite our astonishingly healthy lifestyles (ahem), even Spa Spies are felled by the Dreaded Lurgy. Yes, it’s a made-up word invented in the 1950s by comedian...

The Spa Spies 2016…

Musings

As 2016 draws to a close, The Spa Spies have been reminiscing about the fabulous experiences, trips and treatments we’ve had over the past 12 months. From out-of-this-world...

The morning after the…

Spa Spy

January 1, 2017. Some of us may be feeling virtuous and optimistic, either because we drove to the party the night before, we are teetotal, or are one of...

Where the Spa Spies…

We Love

What spa would be brave (or foolish) enough to host the Spa Spies for a Good Spa Guide Christmas party? One that didn’t know they were...

Christmas Wellness

Wellbeing

You’d think Christmas and wellness go together like a horse and Louboutin heels. One involves wild excess verging on insanity, the other moderation and balance. However,...

Natura Bissé Pure Air…

We Love

Once Upon a Time, Natura Bissé’s Pure Air Bubble was a rare pop-up spa event – a fabulous facial in a rotund tent filled with 99. 95...

Spa Lovers Christmas Gift…

We Love

After the Christmas stress build-up, what could be more delightful than giving and receiving the gift of spa? While a spa day makes the perfect present for...

Five rich body creams…

We Love

With drying winds and central heating, it’s not just our faces that need extra nourishment to combat the effects of winter dehydration. Our bodies also ...

Winter Treat: Home Massage…

We Love

Winter indulgence doesn’t come much more decadent than a massage candle. It is romantic, magical and utterly Hygge-luxe. It’s basically a scented candle, but...

Q&A with Beata Aleksandrowicz

We Love

When Beata Aleksandrowicz realised massage could be so much more than just selling products, pampering or improving posture, she set out on a 17-year-long voyage of discovery and...

The Power of Touch:…

We Love

Having a good massage is a blissful experience, even more so when delivered by an expert.  So naturally I was looking forward to a session with the...

Review: Perfect Party Products

We Love

Party season is just around the corner, and while the winter chill makes it tempting to join our hedgehog friends and hibernate, all that champagne won’t...

A date with a…

On the Road

On a bright, cold autumnal morning in Northern Ireland’s Five Bubble Luxury Galgorm Resort and Spa, me and a bunch of ladies are waiting for our...

Onsen bathing in Japan

On the Road

As a volcanically active country with an abundance of natural hot springs, Japan has a culture of public bathing. People bathe for relaxation, for cleansing, for hadaka no...

Magical de Mamiel Facial…

On the Road

An exclusive facial led me on an overseas spa pilgrimage – not to the Maldives, Thailand or Ibiza – but to the Channel Islands. De Mamiel products are...

Treatments at the Cascades…

On the Road

The Cascades Spa offers everything from familiar massages and facials to hydrotherapy and hammam. A great place to start is with the Before-Sun Scrub (25 minutes, €45) to exfoliate...

Gaia Spa: Mother Nature…

On the Road

When the Spa Spies heard about the launch of Gaia Spa at Boringdon Hall, we were so interested in the holistic and healing attitude towards spa-ing that we...

Spa with your BFF

Musings

Spa-ing with a dear friend can be a fantastic way to catch up, chill out, feel great and – thanks to the absence of too many cocktails –...

Sleeptember with Neom

Spa Spy

I am obsessed with sleep, mostly because I’ve reached an age when my looks suffer if I don’t get enough shut-eye. I remember in...

Alpine Detox at Lanserhof

On the Road

I recently decided that the best way to give up wine and coffee would be to leave the country and be restrained by strict European doctors....

Sensitive Skin: Spa Spy…

We Love

This Spa Spy, like all creative geniuses, is a sensitive soul, and has the skin type to match. So when Aromatherapy Associates announced their new Inner Strength Range,...

16 Super Spa Travel…

Spa Spy

I know it’s nearly the END of Summer (did it ever really begin??), but since I’ve been living out of a suitcase these...

Yoga One-to-One at Chewton

Wellbeing

I am, I confess, a Type A personality; competitive, outgoing, ambitious, impatient.  So Yoga has never really appealed to me; all that steady breathing and doing things...

Summer Spa Party

Spa Spy

Spa Spy slipped on her glad rags for a Spa Party at Sopwell House in St Albans, a rather chic golf club and elegant hotel with its own...

Unisex skincare?

Spa Spy

Natural Spa Company’s “gender neutral” Capsule Collection is a great idea – in theory. But what’s the reality of sharing skincare products...

Treatments at the Macdonald…

On the Road

We tried several treatments at the Macdonald Monchique Spa, the first of which was the Caldas cleansing ritual (90 minutes, €100). My therapist, Rafaela, took me through to the...

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

We Love

You may not notice art and spa as long wedded partners, but cast you mind to your favourite spa. We’re certain there will have been calming,...

Achieving a healthful balance

Wellbeing

Struggling to find a balance between healthy eating, exercise and a busy schedule? There are so many conflicting messages about what, how much and when to eat. And...

Wellness Retreat at Ribby…

Spa Spy

Spa Spy was thrilled to be invited to a ‘blogging retreat’ at The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village, a charming holiday resort between Manchester and...

Spa Spy Gets Tango’d

Spa Spy

Kissed By Mii (60 minutes, £37) is an enjoyably and relaxing treatment for sure, and now, a week later, my skin looks glowingly golden and natural. However,...

Club Yoga in Ibiza

Spa Spy

The Ibiza I knew in my (pre-kids) 20s was the island of moonlit raves, with late nights morphing into early mornings as you watch the sunrise on the...

Bamboo Massage

Being whipped with bamboo sticks in a former asylum might not sound too tempting. But for this Spa Spy it was tension-relieving bliss at Bannatyne’s flagship...

Licence to Chill

Spa Spy

As a Spa Spy, I should feel quite at home in Pimlico's Dolphin Square. Its salubrious past is littered with agents from both sides of the...

Scent of Spring

Spa Spy

I’m a bit late to the reed diffuser party. My ignorance was highlighted when I ordered some in to test in the office and prepared to...

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