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Review: The Spa at Ye Olde Bell, Retford, UK

The Spa at Ye Olde Bell combines warm and friendly service in a brand-new spa that really knows how to treat its guests. With a great range of innovative thermal facilities and welcoming, knowledgeable staff, it exceeded my expectations (and some). Located on the borders of Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and the market town of Retford, the spa is situated adjacent to the historic Ye Olde Bell which is an independently owned 59 room country hotel, dating back to the 17th Century. The Hotel at Ye Olde Bell The hotel is basically an old-style coaching inn that really plays to its historical past. Expect dark oak paneling, plush fabrics, red walls, period features and art from the 17th and 18th centuries. You may even find a four-poster bed in your room. The hotel is of a particular style and the AA Four-Star Rosette hotel has 59 rooms which have all been recently refurbished. Book a room with a roll top bath for the full spa experience. Expect hearty fare in the restaurants and look out …

Les Source de Caudalie - The Spa Man

Review: Les Source de Caudalie, Bordeaux, France

Les Sources de Caudalie really is a unique spa that connects the brand with its origins in the vines of South Western France. Situated amongst the bucolic vineyards in picturesque countryside just 20 minutes from Bordeaux, it’s international reputation for food, wine and spa is unparalleled. The hotel at Les Sources de Caudalie The hotel features modern rooms that pay homage to traditional French design. Many of the original rooms are decorated with antique furniture, whilst the new suites, opened in 2014 retain the warm sense of charm, with a more contemporary colour palette and quirky design notes that work perfectly in the country setting. Cosy and comfortable, they are of the highest standard with well-appointed bathrooms that are (naturally) stocked full of Caudalie products. The property is the spiritual home of the Caudalie brand (and is the ideal escape for couples wanting to taste wine from the neighbouring Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte whilst dining in the two Michelin Star restaurant, La Grand Vigne. The food was exquisite. That’s not to dismiss the other restaurants. …

Gentleman massage - Thai Square Spa

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 …

Tasmanian Tiger Massage Balm by Beauty and the Bees - the Spa Man

Tasmanian Tiger Massage Balm beats medicated muscles gels by a mile

Seriously, The Tasmanian Tiger Massage Balm has helped to ease pain and muscle ache (plus knee pain) far better than any medicated muscle gel I’ve tried. I’ve put it to the test against Emugel and Iburprofen Gel and it works equally well, and actually better, because it’s not using drugs. This rich solid aromatic balm is formulated with Tasmania’s newest native essential oil, Kunzea (a member of the melaleauca family) which is certified and licensed by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Authority, Australia). It’s topically applied as pain relief and helps massage away muscular aches and pains. It’s better than oil as it stays in one place! Great as a warming after-sports or workout rub. It’s a potent smell, very aromatic, almost pungent, but boy does it work a treat. The balm format, with beeswax, takes more time than oil alone to penetrate the skin leaving its benefits in contact with the skin longer. I massage a small amount of the Tasmanian Tiger Massage Balm into the area needed and make sure that I really work it in. …

Elemental Herbology at Ockenden Manor

Elemental Herbology at Ockenden Manor reviewed

Ockenden Manor has launched a new spa menu featuring a range of treatments from Elemental Herbology and it’s a match made in spa heaven. Ockenden Manor is a cosy Elizabethan manor house with exposed wooden beams and low ceilings situated in the picturesque village of Cuckfield, East Sussex. The spa is built inside a 19th century walled garden and the modern design of the building is a complete contrast to the main hotel building. And as a stand-alone spa it’s is one of the South East’s most impressive. It’s a true countryside setting which benefits from nine acres of parklands and gardens plus all the mod cons you would expect from a contemporary spa. I visited in November 2016 to experience the new partnership with Elemental Herbology. The team at Elemental Herbology has developed a brand new treatment menu, connecting guests with the five elements through a series of bespoke treatments which feature its award-winning products and unique rituals. Elemental Herbology at Ockenden Manor The crowing glory on the spa menu is the bespoke new …

Air Malta creates spa in the sky

Air Malta is bringing the spa culture of the mediterranean island to the skies with the launch of The Sky Spa, said to be the first ever free in-flight spa experience onboard a commercial short-haul flight. Those flying from London to Malta get the first opportunity to benefit from the new in-flight spa experiences on board flights KM 116/7 to and from Gatwick. The initiative has been devised by the local spa group Myoka Spas and will be available on selected flights. And it’s free – and to economy passengers too. Passengers are offered various beauty product samples and later pampered with complimentary treatments, including hand, feet and neck massages accompanied by musics piped through headphones. Customers are also presented with a €20 voucher for use at any Myoka Spa in Malta. “This experience is just the beginning and part of a series of similar projects that Air Malta will be launching in the near future aimed at enhancing customers experience and showing that the airline ‘cares more’,” the airline said. Related articles Air Malta …

Spa-time at WOMAD festival

It’s become a bit of a “thing” to host pop-up spas at festivals. So, nestled amongst the trees at WOMAD Festival (23-26 July), The World of Wellbeing offers a calming space for festival-goers to relax, unwind and indulge in a host of holistic activities beyond the shady arboretum at Charlton Park. From massage, yoga and inner reflection, the options are as wild and varied as basket weaving and Didgeridoo Healing. A series of tents, yurts and cafes give you the chance to find tranquillity with a host of treatments to ease aches and pains or it might go a little deeper with self-reflection during discussions and workshops. There’s a WOMAD Spa on site too which is kitted out with two outdoor jacuzzis, picturesque gardens, hammocks perfect for lounging, a wood-fired yurt sauna and treatment rooms. And WOMAD Spa Weekend ticket-holders can make the most of daily yoga classes, an exclusive backstage bar with a range of cocktails, luxury showers and loos, as well as a variety of aromatherapy, massage and beauty treatments. Apparently Laughter Yoga, …

Dominate your day at Four Seasons Canary Wharf

THE HOTEL: A definite cut above the average corporate hotel, Four Seasons Canary Wharf is a welcome retreat from the grey facades and steely austere front of London’s new city hub. On a grey, wet day, the warm reception from the staff was just what the doctor ordered. The big draw at this hotel is its prime river front location. Bag a room with a river view and you could sit and gaze at the ever changing London skyline all day. When you tire of that make use of the guest passes for Virgin Active – just next door. It modern health club with a huge pool that looks out across the river is spot on. The rooms are spacious, the beds comfy (and big) and the bathroom has a massive bath. Definitely make some time for a soak. DOMINATE YOUR DAY: Visiting the hotel to experience the new Dominate your Day Energy Programme, I didn’t get to have the renowned breakfast, feasting instead on porridge made with almond milk, topped with blueberries and chia …

Matt Roberts fitness retreats in Sardinia

Combining spa with fitness and health is to my mind a perfect pairing. Forte Village Resort in Sardinia has just announced a new health and wellness partnership with Matt Roberts Personal Training, who will be running a series of new specialist Fitness Retreats this year. The Matt Roberts Fitness Retreats, led by Matt and his expert team, will offer individually designed programmes aimed at increasing fitness and boosting metabolism. The retreat will provide a mix of daily exercise sessions, carefully balanced meals and sports massages. Forte Village, in southern Sardinia, is set in 55 acres of sub-tropical gardens with outstanding sporting facilities, a leading Thalassotherapy spa and beautiful beach. It’s quite an incredible offering and to get top advice, daily massage and a week away in Sardinia, it’s well worth the upgrade. Fitness Retreat Itinerary: Daily exercise sessions including high intensity training, core strength and conditioning, cardio, mobility and flexibility Daily deep tissue massage Use of the Thalassotherapy pools Nutritional energising meals Evening talks and Q&A sessions with Matt and his team But note, that …

Review: Spa London, Wimbledon

THE SPA: Spa LONDON, Wimbledon is a public sector spa that offers an accessible, luxury spa experience in a local leisure centre. It’s a joint venture between not-for-profit social enterprise GLL and Merton Council and is making real inroads in the spa market. It’s modern, new, light and airy. Once you walk through the doors you forget you are in a leisure centre completely. It makes spa accessible and more affordable, but don’t get me wrong. The spa treatments aren’t dirt cheap, but you can enjoy the facilities for under £20. The range of thermal facilities was impressive and includes a Hammam suite, steam rooms, sauna, plunge pool and relaxation lounge. Lots of treatment rooms (so easy to get an appointment). the only drawback is that the relaxation area is also the corridor to the thermal suite – so perhaps not as relaxing as it should be. I was really impressed with the spa – it’s bringing the spa experience to the masses, whilst retaining quality brands and treatments in a smart, modern space. THE …

Bodhi Ginger Brew

THE STORY: I nearly fell over when I took a whiff of this. OK that might be a bit dramatic, I love ginger and was excited to try this new launch – but seriously, if you love ginger – Bodhi Ginger Brew should be on your Christmas list, Birthday list and top of your shopping list too. It’s potent, packs a ginger punch and maintains this without any hint of a synthetic or manufactured smell. That’s no mean easy thing. An inferior brand would have delivered up a sickly sweet or chemically induced product. But no, not Bodhi. Designed to relieve muscular aches and pains it’s a potent blend of Plai, Galangal, Turmeric and Ginger oils. Inspired by traditional Thai massage techniques, this aromatherapeutic blend of essential oils helps to alleviate physical and mental stresses.  Ginger oils help reduce inflammation and soothe muscle aches and pains. It’s penetrates the skin quickly and is hydrating at the same time. THE SCIENCE: Plai –  Grown wild in Thailand, this uplifting oil is highly regarded for its analgesic, …

What is wellness?

Wellness is one of the big buzz words circulating in the spa industry. I’ve listed wellness as a category for The Spa Man and rightly so. It’s a growth area and one that really interests me. When you look into the reasons why people go to a spa (which are many and varied) it usually comes under two headings: they want to feel healthy and look good. So for the obligatory dictionary definition, The Collins Dictionary defines wellness as the state of being in good physical and mental health. So far so good. Spa-goers treat themselves to a spa experience or treatment to look good, feel good, remedy a problem (that’s usually stress related) and generally take some time out. But should it be more than a treat? I love to spa because it’s an escape, it offers some down time, a chance to chill out, relax, eat a little better, maybe take some exercise, have a treatment and refocus on what’s important. Wellness. SpaFinder Wellness (it’s in the name) takes wellness seriously and each …