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Six best spas for men on National Men’s Grooming Day

Suggesting a list of the best spas for men is courting trouble as I’m sure to miss out some very, very good ones. Apologies now! and email me if I have missed out a great spa that you think is perfect for guys. I visit lots of spas and most serve men fairly well. However, there is always room for improvement. I’ve made this selection based on a few things: range of treatment options on the spa menu, choice of fitness facilities and how welcome men feel. They are also spas that I have personally been to. I can recommend that they are great spas for men. Either alone or with a friend or partner. So here’s the best spas for men on National Men’s Grooming Day. Galgorm Resort and Spa Galgorm Resort and Spa is just over half an hour from Belfast and its a great place for guys, and excellent for couples (I’m thinking romantic weekend away). The new Thermal Village featuring indoor pool, sauna and snow cave plus cafe and relaxation room. This …

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The hot new spa openings across the UK in 2017

Every year brings a range of new spa openings and 2017 has been no exception. London has certainly created a flurry of media attention with three stunning multi-million pound properties. But when you take a closer look you will see that the lion’s share of investment has taken place beyond the capital, where there are some excellent spa projects which have launched to critical acclaim. And these really offer some of the best spa experiences in the UK today. Read about the hot new spa openings in London here Champneys has expanded south, renovating the hotel at Eastwell Manor to offer its unique blend of spa and health resort to a new audience. Ye Olde Bell in Nottinghamshire combines modern build in the spa with old world charm in the 17th century  coachouse hotel. Whilst in Berkshire the famous Cliveden House has redeveloped its spa with impressive results. Then further North in Yorkshire, Rudding Park has opened to great fanfare with a roof top spa and a huge range of thermal and hydrotherapy options to satisfy the most jaded spa-goer. …

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10 of the best London spas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the most important woman in your world so why not send your Mum to one of the best London spas for Mother’s Day. Whether she is a spa novice or a spa savvy treatment fan, there’s no better way to say I love you Mum than by booking a spa treatment, half day package or even a whole day’s pampering. The spas I have selected for the Best London spas for Mother’s Day include locations where you can laze around all day or just pop in and out for a single treatment. Whether its champagne in hand for a pedicure or something more enlightening at ESPA Life at Corinthia. These are just a few ways of saying Happy Mother’s Day with The Spa Man’s pick of the best London spas for Mother’s Day.     Four Seasons Park Lane The gorgeous spa at Four Seasons Park Lane plays host to a pop up from Hungarian brand Omorovicza. The brand has teamed up with the Chelsea Physic Garden to offer a …

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Hot new spa openings in London 2017

There are some really hot new spa openings in London 2017 and I for one am very excited. The London spa market operates in a bit of a bubble, and it continues to boom. Although, having said that, across the UK there are some very big  projects set to launch this year too. From day spas and urban retreats to the the uber-luxury of five-star properties it appears that our desire for new spa experiences in the capital has not been satisfied. 2017 marks a year of new developments, investment and openings. The City of London is a central focus with the Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square and The Ned bringing spa luxury to the city. Whilst near Hyde Park, The Lanesborough is opening its Club & Spa. Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square (March 2017) From mid-March 2017, Four Seasons is set to open in the City of London. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will boast 1,680 square metres and eight spacious treatment rooms, including a spacious Spa Suite for couples and …

Postcard from Mauritius

Picture perfect views, idyllic beach retreats, green mountains and lush landscapes Mauritius really is the dream destination. Famed for honeymooners, it’s an ideal escape from the cool months of the Northern winter. But equally winter in Mauritius sees sunny days and fairly stable weather settling around an average of 20-24 degrees. Naturally, the beach is the main attraction and the myriad of resorts dotted along the coast make the most of the white sand, azure waters and swaying palm trees. Whilst staying in Mauritius we have enjoyed the hospitality of Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita, Angsana Balaclava and LUX* Belle Mare and LUX* Le Morne. All completely different in both setting, service and style of accommodation – but the one thing in common is the warm Mauritian welcome. This extends throughout the island. A warm smile and friendly people make any holiday to Mauritius that extra bit special. Whilst here, we swam with dolphins, have been blessed in a Hindu temple, walked in the nature park, paddle boarded, water skied, sampled the delights of the …

Postcard from Madeira

An emerald-green dot in the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is a nature lovers dream. Mountainous and picturesque, the island offers walks through the levadas, swimming in the ocean, diving, whale and dolphin watching, adventure activities and much more besides. It’s sub tropical climate and mild winters ensure that it’s gardens thrive so a visit to the botanic gardens or one of the various Quinta gardens is a must. There really are some spectacular plants to be seen. Just three and a half hours from the UK, served by many direct flights from TAP, easyjet, BA and Monarch, it’s possible to have a long weekend in the capital of Funchal, but a week or more will give you a real perspective on the magical moments the island has to offer. Marking it’s territory as a wellness destination, you can opt for an Ayurvedic retreat, yoga break or just indulge in some chill out time at one of the spa. In fact here are so many hotels with spas it’s hard to list them …

Spa in the sky: Dubai

Burj Al Arab, arguably, the world’s most luxurious hotel, has taken rejuvenation and wellness to new heights with the launch of male heat and steam spa lounges looking out to the World Islands and Downtown Dubai. Sleek, smart and sophisticated, the new panoramic spaces feature exceptional visibility at all times thanks to a rare fog-proof glass. The steam lounge also has a special crystal frame which, when heated, becomes covered in a veneer of ice, against the exquisite mosaic tiles designed exclusively for Burj Al Arab. It’s all part of the Burj Al Arab’s Talise Spa (formerly Assawan Spa) which provides bespoke treatments designed to match guests’ needs and desires. Located on the 18th floor with uninterrupted views over the Arabian Gulf, the spa offers 14 therapy rooms incorporating the traditional colours of the UAE. Talise Spa is open for both in-house guests and visitors. To further enhance guests’ experience, the steam and sauna lounges have chromotherapy colour light systems increasing energy and relaxation. These new additions further complement the spa’s exquisite panoramic infinity pools …

The Spa Man’s favourite spas – 2014

This year its been a privilege to visit some incredible spas around Europe and a little further afield. From banana body wraps to mango body scrubs and some pretty intensive facial massage – I’ve been poked, prodded, refined and renewed. It’s been one incredible year of spa. Here’s a snap shot of my favourite spas of 2014. The Dolder Grand – Zurich The Dolder Grand certainly lives up to its name and reputation. Positioned high on the hill with commanding views across Zurich.  It combines modern five-star luxury, with old world charm and was magical. The spa is modern, spacious and covers an area of 4,000 sqm with room to move . It  offers a grandeur that few spas achieve, combining wellness with world class luxury. I honestly didn’t want to leave. Read the review here www.thedoldergrand.com Sri panwa – Phuket Sri panwa is in a class of its own. Effortlessly cool, it is a mix of private residences and pool villas perched at the tip of Cape Panwa in Phuket. Set in lush tropical …

Where to spa in 2015

The spa market never stands still and 2015 is already shaping up to be an exciting one with spa resorts opening across Europe and some impressive locations abroad, it’s time to get booking ahead for the best opening deals. Portugal – Six Senses Douro Valley Overlooking the vineyards of the Douro Valley, this is the first European spa property for Six Senses. Taking over a 19th century manor house, it’s given a 21st century make-up bringing it bang up to date ensuring its ready to deliver some top notch spa treatments. www.sixsenses.com Italy – JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Venice This has recently opened on Sacca Sessola, a private island in the Venice lagoon, this new 266 room resort is set in 40 acres of olive groves and has an eight-room spa. Promising views of St Marks Square – this is the place to spa in style in 2015. www.marriott.co.uk Maldives – Amilla Fushi Minimalist lines, sea views and daily spa treatments – what could be better. Modern villas and infitity pools set the …

Postcard from Istanbul

Istanbul is many things to many people. And the cliches ring true.  In a city where East meets West, there is a convergence of cultures where two continents meet at the Bosphorus. Its a surprising city, steeped in history, yet vibrant, modern, hip and happening. And its busy. With over 14 million inhabitants and the heavy traffic that goes with it, you can find glimpses of old and new at almost every turn. The key tourist sights (of which they are many) are grouped around the old part of the city, notably the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar give a flavour of old. But its the new wave of restaurants, the flourishing art scene and growing coffee culture that demonstrates its confidence. It’s definitely going places. The luxury hotel market continues to grow each year, with Raffles making Istanbul its home in September 2014. It’s why I’m here – to review the spa (more of that to follow). For jaw-dropping views and magnificent memories. I heartily recommend you visit Istanbul.   Related …

SpaFinder Wellness Travel Awards

SpaFinder Wellness 365 has been busy judging its Wellness Travel Awards which honour spas, hotels, resorts and retreats around the globe on how they boost their guest health and wellness.  Awards are given to the top properties on six continents, in 41 countries/regions and in 18 special categories. A panel of Wellness Travel experts nominated 373 nominees for the awards and over 14,000 consumers voted for the winners. It’s a massive undertaking and you can see the full list of winners here: Spa Finder Wellness Travel Awards. I wanted to highlight a few outstanding spas which I have visited, and it shows, I have a long way to go before I get around all the winners. Crystal Award winner Europe: George V Paris Four Seasons, Paris, France Country Awards winners: Switzerland: The Dolder Grand, Zurich (read my review) Thailand: Banyan Tree Resort, Phuket (read my review) Nordic: Blue Lagoon, Iceland  

Spa on the wildside at Armathwaite Hall

It’s time to unleash your inner Bear Grylls with the ‘Wilderness Therapy’ break at Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa. Get back to nature and learn some wilderness survival skills on the shores of Lake Bassenthwaite in the Lake District surrounded by some of the UK’s most breathtaking scenery. Get back to nature with wilderness expert Ben Mcnutt who offers a gentle introduction to wilderness living, teaching skills such as creating fire by friction, using carving tools, building effective natural shelters, cooking on a camp-fire and re-connecting with nature as you forage for wild foods and track mammals. You will also be taught the art of barefoot running and ‘movement naturelle’ before ending the day spending the night in a ‘Wild Camp’. It’s not all about survival skills, there are some treats and luxury at the end. The next lunchtime you head to the spa for a soak in the outdoor hot-tub,  and then you can enjoy a 60 minute treatment and dine at the restaurant before retiring for the night in the luxury …

The best autumn spa escapes

A sunshine spa break always pops into my head as the night’s draw in and the Autumn chill hits the air.  Flights are cheaper in Autumn and it’s a great way to use those few extra days of holiday you have left. A spa break in Southern Europe is an easy option, and often much cheaper than in high season. Whether it’s a weekend spa break or a week long spa programme to sort you out. Look around, do a bit of research and you easily can secure a great package deal that includes accomodation, spa treatments and food. Here is the Spa Man’s top pic of Autumn’s sunshine spa escapes. ALGARVE Weather: Average temperature in November is 16 degrees, dropping to 14 degrees in December. Hours of sunshine around 6 (day light – 10). Spa: Situated in Quinta do Lago, around 20 minutes from Faro Airport, Conrad Algarve and the Spa & Health Club is one of the tops spas in Portugal. The Spa & Health Club is a haven providing holistic therapies, combining …

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Five of the best spas for fitness

Spas are turning high-tech when it comes to fitness, so now you can enjoy a fitness break, really working on your technique or taking time to hone your skills and then soothe any aching muscles with a relaxing, targeted massage in the spa. The Spa Man picks the best spas for fitness in the UK. * Picture credit above: courtesy of Champneys Champneys Tring Location: Wigginton, Hertfordshire Price per visit: Double bed and breakfast from £398, Single bed and breakfast from £224.  Sports performance analysis from £45 Fitness focus: Recovery and rehabilitation, movement and gait analysis A comprehensive sports treatment menu provides a rounded approach to sports injury rehabilitation. Integrated screening techniques like gait analysis and Tensiomyography (TMG) assessment (a diagnostic tool used by Barcelona FC) helps to identify muscular imbalances, asymmetries and weaknesses to pinpoint the root causes of injury. The team then design a corrective training programme and can incorporate traditional sports psychology, such as goal setting and the motivational aspects of NLP to maintain a positive approach to recovery. Added extras: FIFA sized football …

The best places to spa outside in the UK

Summer has turned all “scorchio” on us, so it was timely to round-up the best places to spa outside. What better way to enjoy our fabulous summer, than to enjoy relaxing spa treatments and the great outdoors. The UK has some brilliant spas and what’s more – lots of them have an outdoor pool or patio. Book it now. Aqua Sana, Center Parcs, Woburn Forest A woodland setting and infinity edge outdoor pool, this is a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. Powerful water jets help sooth aches and pains and all looking straight out to the trees. It’s a pure forest experience. www.aquasana.co.uk Pennyhill Park There’s a new spa’s decking area with additional seating for up to 200 guests around the outdoor pools.  Luxurious loungers and new dining tables and chairs have been introduced to take advantage of the revamped pool bar which now includes a Pimms pump to complement The Spa’s summer barbeque menu. www.pennyhill.co.uk The best places to spa outside continued Bamford Haybarn Spa at the Berkeley Unique among London hotels, …