All posts tagged: spa inspiration

Dreaming of…Costa Rica

I have always wanted to visit Costa Rica and one day I will. In the interim, I am left to dream about it, and what better way than to dream of a spa in a tropical treehouse – I mean, seriously. Get me there now. Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is situated on the north pacific coast of Costa Rica and has launched  the new ONDA SPA, elevated into the trees of Costa Rica’s lush tropical forest. The new ONDA SPA features nine treatment rooms – six indoor and three outdoor with sweeping vistas of forest and sea. Two of the three dual ONDA Suites, which are ideal for couples treatments, come complete with a luxurious soaking tub and private relaxation area. The spa menu comprises a wide array of therapeutic treatments and for the more active, there is also a 24 hour fitness centre with steam and shower rooms too. Treatments at the ONDA SPA are individually tailored for each guest, but all use the healing power of water, natural local ingredients and Costa Rica ancestral …

Best spas for Mother’s Day

Giving your mother a spa break as a gift is (for me) the perfect present. No doubt she has a whole range of perfumes, candles and skin creams in the cupboard. Pass on the cook books and kitchenware – even the clothes. What mum needs most is a little time to herself, to chill, to sip a glass of champagne and indulge herself. Now. To spa can be expensive, so I have provided a little round up with some top end options and some that are more affordable, but still just as enjoyable and indulgent. I am only listing spas below that I have actually tried, so they have The Spa Man stamp of approval. Spa London Starting with the wallet friendly Spa London, it’s a new-ish brand with six locations around London that extends to Epsom. I’ve visited the Wimbledon branch and can confirm it’s professional, smart and a great way to spend an afternoon. There are a whole range of Mother’s Day packages available. Check out the website for more ideas. In Soho, …

Award-winning spas: UK/Ireland

So, here’s three of the best spas and they are award winners too. Aligned with the World Spa and Wellness Awards, the Professional Beauty Awards has a few categories to recognise the best spas in the UK. Focussing on high standards and best practice if this list doesn’t inspire you to visit a spa today, nothing will. Day Spa of the Year Winner: The Woodland Spa, Burnley Residential Spa of the Year – 10 Rooms or Fewer Winner: The Spa at Armathwaite Hall, Keswick Residential Spa of the Year – 11 Rooms or More Winner: Oceo Spa at Seafield Golf & Spa Hotel, County Wexford, Ireland

World Spa and Wellness Awards 2014

The 3rd annual World Spa & Wellness Awards ceremony was held this week to honour some of the world’s best spas. The awards are designed to acknowledge excellence of care, service and standards and aim to inspire spas around the world and serve to raise international industry standards.  The winners of the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2014: Hotel Spa of the Year – Asia & Australasia Winner: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Singapore Destination Spa of the Year – Asia & Australasia Winner: Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort, Thailand Hotel Spa of the Year – Eastern Europe Winner: Mandara Spa at Lotte Hotel Moscow, Russia Destination Spa of the Year – Eastern Europe Winner: Spa Vilnius, Druskininkai, Lithuania Hotel Spa of the Year – Middle East Winner: ShuiQi Spa & Fitness, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE Destination Spa of the Year – Middle East & Africa Winner: Banyan Tree Spa Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE Hotel Spa of the Year – North & South America Winner: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental …

Where are you going?

 Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show returns to London this weekend (it’s already been in Manchester) and is a one stop show for anyone who loves to travel (well obviously). There are 500 specialist travel brands displaying their wares and offering lots of advice and on the spot discounts for booking. Use it as a research resource or head along with your credit card ready to book. I’m heading to the MASTA Travel Health Zone for some travel health info and advice (and possibly a few inoculations). Learn photography, hear celebs talk about their travels, there’s food and wine to taste from around the world and generally, it looks like a good day out. According to the organisers here are Ten Reasons You Can’t Afford to Miss The Times Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, Earls Court, London, 6-9th February 2014: 1.    Discover the biggest choice of independent and specialist travel companies with over 500 brands waiting to create your perfect trip. 25% MORE EXHIBITORS FOR 2014      2.    The MASTA Travel Health Zone is …

Spa trends: 2014

Spafinder Wellness 365™, is an organisation devoted to feeling good and living well. It observes, identifies and outlines key trends in spa and wellness and has released its annual report of the top 10 spa and wellness trends, focussing on where, why and how people will spa, exercise and feel great. 1. HEALTHY HOTELS 2.0 In 2014 “Healthy Hotels” becomes a megatrend fulfilling the profound human need for restorative travel and helping people stay well on the road. Look for hotels to move from healthy as a marketing differentiator to deeper, more multi-faceted, inspired and comprehensive programming. Check out Wyndham’s TRYP Hotels (Europe and Latin America), which offer everything one needs to workout. 2. WIRED WELLNESS For some, connecting the words “wired and wellness” is counterintuitive, especially as we are tethered to mobile phones, computers and tablets every waking minute. It turns out we can actually turn our wired lives into a wellness tool. Today there are hundreds of fitness apps out there to help you get in shape, get healthy and keep your fitness …