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Five of the best: late sun spa escapes

There’s nothing better than a last minute break to chase the final rays of autumn sunshine. Flights are cheaper and you probably have a few extra days holiday to take before the end of the year. It’s time to get planning – a sunshine spa break awaits. Even better, prices at the spas are often cheaper too, look around, do a bit of research and you easily can secure a great package deal that includes accomodation and spa treatments.

conrad algarve

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 meditation and relaxation, as well as special body treatments. Boasting Aromatherapy Associates, Intraceuticals and Essie products, the treatment menu has a holistic focus and there are the usual heat and water facilities to occupy your relaxation time.

Enjoy a round of golf, dine and drink ini the five bars and restaurants. And hold onto summer sun for just a bit longer.

www.conradalgarve.com

 

selman

MARRAKESH

Weather:

17 degrees in November as an average isn’t bad, with 11 hours of sunshine. In December it cools off to an average of 14. The sunshine remains but December can see a touch of rain.

Spa:

The Selman is just a 10-minute drive from the centre of Marrakesh, this 5-star hotel has 3 heated outdoor swimming pools and a Henry Chenot Spa. Espace Vitalite Chenot Selman is based on Biontology; ‘the study of the essence of life and its evolution’. This runs through the treatments, consultation and extends to the food. 

The spa is equipped with 7 treatment rooms, 4 hydrotherapy rooms, a jet-massage pool and an expansive Hammam area.

The spacious rooms have views of the swimming pools and are decorated in an arab-andalusian style, there’s even a stable with purebred Arabian horses. Whilst in Marrakesh you can of course eat some fabulous food, bargain in the Souks and explore the gardens and walled Medina.

www.selman-marrakesh.com

Gozo Kempinski

MALTA and GOZO

Weather:

November sees an average of 17 degrees in Malta and Gozo with 7 hours of sunshine. December does cool off somewhat, but still a reasonable 14 degrees, although it has reached 17. Expect about 5 hours of sunshine. Expect to see some rain, but it’s milder than Northern Europe.

Spa:

Kempinski The Spa in Gozo offers spa journeys that are inspired by European seasons. Treatments are designed to help restore the body’s natural equilibrium using Herbology products. The Spa has a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam bath, and three outdoor pools (though it maybe a touch cool to use in Autumn).

Covering 2,600 square meters, with 23 treatment rooms and a hammam made of Turkish marble, this is an impressive space that also boasts an Ayurvedic Centre, headed by a chef and Ayurvedic doctor. you will find experienced therapists who provide personalized programmes to rebalance the five elements, by engaging the five senses through pure aroma oils, plant-based products, ancient Indian techniques and nurturing treatments.

www.kempinski.com

LWRM - Outside View of Pools and Restaurant Terrace

ALGARVE

Weather:

Average temperature in November is 16 degrees, dropping to 14 degrees in December. Hours of sunshine around 6 (day light – 10).

Spa:

The Longevity Wellness Resort is hailed as Portugal’s first anti-ageing Medical Spa specialising in health management and preventive medicine. Situated in the lush mountain region of Monchique in the western Algarve it’s for a more serious spa break that delivers results – in the sun.

The luxury wellness facility offers dedication to health and pampering within the five-star hotel which opened in 2010. The Longevity Medical Spa has an exclusive partnership with La Clinique de Paris and its founder Dr Claude Chauchard, who is one of the world’s top specialists in ‘Preventive Medicine’ and ‘Ageing Management’. An extensive menu of individual spa treatments is also on offer using Elemis products and includes a range of relaxing and cleansing facials, massages, body scrubs and signature treatments.

www.longevitywellnessresort.com

la manga

SOUTHERN SPAIN

Weather:

Promising 300-plus days of sunshine a year,the weather in November and December can be pleasant averaging around 15 degrees, but come prepared as it can really cool off or get up to 17!

Spa:

Spain’s La Manga Club is a large resort that brings a taste of the Orient to Spain. It’s a five-star resort in Murcia that has just launched a new Thai spa area for guests with two experienced native Thai therapists are offering a wide range of therapeutic, oriental massages at the award-winning venue’s spa. If you can’t afford the flight to Thailand then this is your next best option. Treatments include a Thai massage, a traditional therapy based on acupressure, stretching and application of pressure on energy meridians and muscles; Nuad Tao, a reflexology treatment applied to energy points on feet, hands and legs; and Nuad Nah, a facial and scalp massage which also covers the neck and upper back and shoulder area and is designed to provide relief from migraines and ease away signs of facial tiredness, stress and anxiety.

www.lamangaclub

 

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