All posts tagged: Spain

Review: Hammam al Andalus, Granada, Spain

THE STORY:Hammam al Andalus, Granada, Spain The tradition of the hammam is well documented in Moroccan history and played an integral part of daily life during the reign of the moors in Southern Spain. No where is this more prominent, than in Andalucia. In Granada, the magnificent Alhambra offers a glimpse of the public baths as they once were and makes it the best spa in Granada. Visitors can walk through the various bath house rooms with star light roofs, but it doesn’t give a sense of how the baths operated. Enter the Hammam Al Andalus chain of hammam bath houses across the region. With locations in Malaga,  Granada, Cordoba and Madrid, these hammam spas are faithful recreations of the traditional hammams from Moorish times. THE BEST SPA IN GRANADA: During a visit to Granada, I made some time to visit the local spa chain, situated in the shadow of the Alhambra. Said to be located on the site of a former historical hammam, although the evidence is a little sketchy, this labyrinth of bathing …

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 …

World Spa Awards

Looking for inspiration for your next spa trip? The winners of the World Spa & Wellness Awards were recently announced at the London Hilton on Park Lane. If you’re looking for the very best spa locations around the world – here’s a good place to start. Pictured above, Como Shambala Estate, Bali. The winners: Destination Spa of the Year – Middle East Winner: Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Hotel Spa of the Year – Middle East Winner: Shuiqi Spa and Fitness at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai Spa of the Year – Africa Winner: One & Only Spa Cape Town, South Africa Destination Spa of the Year – Asia and Australasia Winner: Como Shambhala Estate, Bali Hotel Spa of the Year – Asia & Australasia Winner: The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Destination Spa of the Year – North & South America Winner: Lapinha Spa, Brazil Hotel Spa of the Year – North & South America Winner: Spa Montage Laguna Beach, USA Day Spa of the Year – Europe Winner: Urban …