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Galgorm Resort and Spa - the Spa Man

Good Spa Guide Awards 2017

The Good Spa Guide – the UK’s leading authority on the spa industry – has unveiled the winners in its annual Good Spa Guide Awards 2017. The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, Scotland was named best UK spa, while further awards were given for customer service and design, through to best country retreat and top newcomer. A total of 12 awards were also given for the best spas in each UK region. Winners of the 2017 Good Spa Guide Awards – in association with Spabreaks.com – were announced at a glittering gala dinner sponsored by Temple Spa on 14th November 2017 at Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Over 101,000 consumers voted in the Readers’ Choice National Awards, while the Best UK Spa and the Regional Awards were based on audit scores from annual reviews conducted by The Good Spa Guide’s own ‘Spa Spies’. THE RESULTS IN FULL Good Spa Guide Awards 2017: Regional Awards Best UK Spa (sponsored by Temple Spa): The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, Scotland Best Spa in London: The Bulgari Spa Best Spa …

Rudding Park Rooftop Spa - the Spa Man

Review: Rudding Park Spa, Yorkshire, UK

The Spa at Rudding Park near Harrogate has raised the bar for the spa industry in the UK by creating an innovative spa with some real ‘wow’ moments (yes its totally instagrammable). It complements the smart, modern hotel and with the addition of the modern bistro Horto featuring seasonally inspired dishes by Chef Murray Wilson it makes Rudding Park the place to stay and spa in Yorkshire. The hotel at Rudding Park A privately-owned luxury hotel, Rudding Park has 90 bedrooms, the spa, two restaurants and a kitchen garden, private cinema, two golf courses and conference and events space. Set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, it makes Rudding Park one of the most beautiful places to stay in Harrogate. I loved the use of colour throughout the hotel with perfectly placed pieces of art that attract the eye and give it a modern luxury feel. Rooms are spacious, contemporary and the Follifoot wing opposite the spa is where you want to be. Rudding Park Spa The spa is huge. It’s impressive Rooftop …

Good for your health, mind, body and soul: it’s Spa Week UK 2017

It’s National Spa Week 2017 which means that you can abandon all guilt and book a spa treatment. Or  why not pull out all the stops and book a spa break. There are some great deals to be had, but what’s more important is that it is great for your physical health and mental wellbeing. Trust me – I’m The Spa Man. Running from 3oth October to 5th November, Spa Week 2017 celebrates UK spas and salons by putting them in the spotlight for one dedicated week, giving them the opportunity to showcase the many real physical and emotional health benefits of the treatments that they offer to the UK public. This year the event is sponsored by Groupon and Aromatherapy Associates. Participating spas and salons will be providing some fantastic offers and promotions on a range of treatments so that you can discover for yourself why regularly visiting a spa is a necessary personal investment, not just a one off ‘treat’. The main aim of Spa Week 2017 is to promote the many physical, mental …

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. …

The Spa at Four Seasons Park Lane - The Spa Man

Pop up spa at Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane features Omorovicza

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is holding a week long pop up, The Omorovicza Midnight Suite featuring La Perla, from September 7 to 14, 2017. Spa clients can experience a selection of treatments from the new Omorovicza Midnight Menu which has been designed to celebrate the launch of their Midnight Radiance Mask. The brightening overnight mask is formulated with active ingredients to gently exfoliate the skin while promoting cell renewal and fighting hyperpigmentation. The luxurious pop up will be located at the Hotel’s stunning tenth floor Spa (which is amazing and I speak from experience). It’s a roof-top sanctuary boasting 360-degree views of the London skyline including Hyde Park. It is stunning. It’s going to be a floral affair as Four Seasons very own Floral Designer Rosalind Ackerley has designed the suite using an array delphinium, hydrangea and lisianthus flowers and tones of midnight blue throughout. The boudoir style room is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate and showcases a range of La Perla’s nightwear collection, which is now …

COMO Shambhala London - The Spa Man

The best wellness retreats in September

Most over massage, there’s a new kid in town. It’s wellness. These are the best wellness retreats coming up in September 2017. Designed to boost wellbeing, increase fitness and restore your mind, body and spirit, spas are really tackling some of the big issues facing people in today’s stressful world. These therapies often deliver life-changing results for a happier, healthier life. All of these events and programmes are scheduled to take place in September this year. But often run throughout the year. This is just a taster of what’s available at your local spa. From sleep and stress to gait, posture and gut health, discover why health is the new wealth at a spa near you. The best wellness retreats: Sleep Sleep. It’s an essential element of life and helps to maintain our mental health and physical wellbeing. But for many people it remains one of life’s greatest challenges. Restless nights, poor sleep or tossing and turning until the birdsong of dawn leads to long, difficult days at work and a sluggish body and foggy …

Review: Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

Six Senses Douro Valley is the new-ish 57-room spa resort in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. It’s a world-class spa combining wine and wellness. Situated in picturesque vineyards overlooking the majestic River Douro, the property dates back to the late 19th century and is located around an hour from Porto in northern Portugal. The resort is the first venture of its kind for Six Senses in Europe and marks a period of rapid expansion for the company. Most of the guest rooms have impressive river views and the wine library and restaurants fully embrace the viticulture of the region. As well as the organic garden the 19-acre property offers a large outdoor pool, walking tracks through the vineyards to the river, and its own forest. The spa at Six Senses Douro Valley is vast and was the European launch pad for the brand’s new Integrated Wellness Programme. The spa reception area is a fresh, open space with minimalist surfaces, grey wooden floors and polished concrete walls, complemented by the light grey and sandy tones of the upholstered …

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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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Pamper Camper hits the festival circuit with mobile spa

Now the 7th Heaven Pamper Camper ticks all the right boxes for a summer of fun. Multi-award-winning beauty brand 7th Heaven is hitting the festival circuit with its Pamper Camper mobile spa, providing free treatments to lucky revellers. The cruelty-free, vegetarian and natural face mask brand has transformed a beautiful VW Campervan into a pop-up beauty haven. It made its UK debut at the last ever Secret Garden Party from July 20-23 and was a huge hit (naturally). see pic below. Most recently you may have spotted it at London’s ExCel Centre for Summer in the City, the UK’s largest gathering of bloggers and online influencers from August 4-6. Were you there? This weekend the summer roadtrip closes with a massive celebration in the VIP area of Cornwall’s Boardmasters Festival, from August 9-13. I only hope they have some good weather. the forecast is looking mixed. 7th Heaven’s expert beauty therapists will provide Indian head massages, shoulder, neck, hand and arm massages. Festival goers opting to treat themselves to a walk-up massage can kick off …

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Review: Eagles Villas, Halkidiki, Greece

Eagles Palace and the new Eagles Villas form part of a family run resort in a stunning location just a few kilometres from Ouranoupolis, Halkidiki. In the shadow of Mount Athos, it’s the most incredible setting for one of Greece’s premier five-star resorts. Eagles Palace Hotel is where most of the action happens and sits right on the beach. Note, that the new Eagles Villas are slightly separated from the main hotel with an even more exclusive feel, situated up the hill with jaw-dropping views of the sea (more of that later). From water sports on the beach to the large pool and a host of fitness, cultural and relaxing activities, there’s plenty to do for everyone. The resort is family friendly (yes there are quite a few kids) but the kid’s club keeps them occupied most of the time. If you want to brush up on your Greek alphabet or Greek cooking skills, there’s a class. Take pilates or personal training too – it’s all covered in the daily activity schedule. The list is …

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New beer spa opens at Bjórböðin in Iceland

Iceland has launched a new beer spa at Bjórböðin, located on the north coast of the island. The new beer spa (which is a Beerspa & Restaurant) offers spa treatments in Kambala wood hot tubs filled with beer, water, hops and yeast.  I’m told that each of the tubs comes with its own beer tap with ales provided by the associated Bruggsmiðjan microbrewery. As it’s International Beer Day today (4th August) I thought it was the perfect time to post this story. Beer spas seem to be growing in number. There are a number in Prague and the Czech Republic and a few spas in the UK tried to jump on the trend by launching beer-lite spa treatments. These were ‘inspired’ by brewing and hops. you didn’t actually soak int eh beer though – but could enjoy a pint before or afterwards. The new beer spa on the block is called Bjórböðin, and is located on the northern tip of Iceland in the village of Árskógssandur. Guests can take a relaxing soak in giant tubs of beer, which is …

Stoer Jet Set facial for men launches atGatwick Spa, Virgin Clubhouse

Stoer Jet Set Facial for Men launches at airport spas

STOER Skincare for Men, has launched the STOER Jet Set Facial for Men at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Spas at London Heathrow, London Gatwick and John F. Kennedy International Airport in the USA. STOER Skincare for Men is a performance driven range of skincare products designed to act as the ultimate defence shield for male skin and protect it from the environment. STOER Jet Set Facial for Men, available from 1st August 2017 will raise the bar for male facial spa treatments at airport lounges.   The facial is designed to recharge, replenish and rehydrate skin before boarding the plane with STOER’s power-packed range of products. It helps to reinforce the skin’s natural barrier and keep it feeling healthy, comfortable and protected so you can touchdown at your destination fresh-faced. The STOER Jet Set Facial incorporates their signature cleanser, scrub, serum, eye serum and mask: STOER Skincare for Men Firm & Protect Moisturising Serum This turbo-charged high-tech layer of serum works wonders to hydrate and help soothe skin, combat environmental aggressors, strengthen the skin’s natural barrier …

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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. …

Penhaligon's Savoy Steam - The Spa Man

Penhaligon’s Savoy Steam: inspired by the steam baths

Penhaligon’s Savoy Steam has a great story. The idea and resulting Eau de Cologne and Eau de Parfum were inspired by the steam baths that were once adjacent to the historic Savoy Hotel in London. Long gone and almost forgotten, the chance discovery of a poster of the steam baths led to a journey by the fragrance and development team at Penhaligon’s whereby they created something brand new. Long story short, this chance discovery led to these new blends. There’s also a nod to a very early fragrance: Hammam Bouquet, 1872 which also provides a stepping point for these delightful fragrances. They are designed to evoke the scent and sensation of steam. Now, quite how you truly capture that in an essence is beyond me. But it’s an excellent inspiration for the fragrance that you now find win these smart bottles. It’s fresh, refreshing and gives you a sense of purpose. I like this on hot steamy days when the air is heavy and you need a light refreshing boost. But you really do need to apply this …

Olverum Bath Oil - the Spa Man

You need this bath oil in your life (PS: it’s Olverum)

Olverum Bath Oil really is a product you really do need in your life. It’s relaxing, stress-relieving, soothes aches and pains and helps to clear the head too. Regular readers will know that I love to bathe. It’s one of the few times I truly stop. I put down the iPhone and iPad, step away from the computer and stop. I might light a candle, play some music and occasionally will read a magazine. But one constant is an excellent bath oil formulated with the very best quality essential oils. Olverum Bath Oil is one such oil. It’s a heady mix of potent oils that pack a punch. You don’t need much – they say 5ml is plenty and thus, it spreads the cost and makes it a reasonable purchase and quite pocket friendly. It has a carefully selected range of botanical oils and plant extracts that is unisex and perfect after a long hard day in the office. This blend has been around since 1931 when it was developed in Germany. Give yourself a little me-time right now. …