The 17th-23rd September 2012 marks the UK's eighth National Spa Week.From the traditional Hammams of Marrakech to the Oxfordshire Countryside, we look at spa’s out there...
Dubai is a city that celebrates luxury, and at the forefront of that luxury is the citys comprehensive spa and wellbeing services. With a large focus on hotel complexes in Dubai, the majority of the spas can be found within the grounds of the luxurious hotels in the area, perfect for those that want convenient treatments when on holiday in Dubai. Away from the hotel complexes in Dubai, there is a selection of spa gems in the desert. The Talise Spa is the largest in the Middle East, with a focus on self-discovery and complete retreat. Set in calm gardens, the spa takes on an oriental theme and offers private treatment villas to really indulge yourself in.
The World Heritage city of Bath and spa culture are synonymous, with Bath the only destination in the UK to offer natural thermal waters to laze away in. The historic and beautiful Roman Baths are beautifully maintained from over 2,000 years ago, giving visitors the chance to enjoy the thermal waters in a natural and unique environment. The Thermae Bath Spa is a modern twist on Baths spa heritage, combining the citys natural thermal waters with modern services to create a complete spa experience. Visitors can bathe day and night, with the glass bordered rooftop spa the highlight. Kick back and relax, taking in Baths picturesque skyline and surrounding views. Ahh…
Away from the hustle and bustle of New York there is a lively spa culture to enjoy, allowing guests to gain some serenity and peace in a city that is known to never sleep. The ‘Day Spa’ culture is a mix of tourists and locals convening on pockets of calm throughout the city for a mix of relaxation and rejuvenation, with comprehensive offerings of gym classes, spa services and even food. Set in the world famous Trump Hotel, the Trump Spa is a luxurious sanctuary for busy New Yorkers and tourists to enjoy. Services include facials, herbal body wraps and body scrubs, perfect for those that want to rejuvenate after a busy day in the city. There is also an adjacent health club for guests that catch New Yorks excitement and want to burn off the city’s never ending energy.
With their breath-taking natural beauty, rich ancient history and warm sunny weather, the islands of Malta and Gozo are the perfect place to enjoy a spa holiday. Gozo promises a rural spa paradise with its rolling green hills, whilst spas in Malta enjoy a more cosmopolitan atmosphere. The 5 star Palace Hotel on Maltas east coast is the last word in Mediterranean-chic; the stylish spa, roof-top infinity pool and personal touches make it a perfect retreat for a romantic spa holiday.
Busy days in London are the norm, but away from the busy streets of the big smoke are a selection of historic spas, providing some of the worlds premier offerings in relaxation and rejuvenation. Set in the heart of Covent Garden, The Sanctuary Spa is amongst the most Iconic in the country. Known as a retreat for the royal ballet and its dancers, the womens only spa prides itself on its history, with 35 years of comprehensive treatments and celebrity clients. A a mix of fun and serenity, the Koi Carp pools provode stylish peace and the flow of champagne the excitement.
Marrakech is a city famed for its vibrancy, but beyond the exciting souks and enticing medinas lays a rich spa culture to explore. Whether it’s modern treatments or authentic rejuvenation you seek, Marrakechs spa scene provides both and also serves up a healthy dose of Moroccan charm. The 5 star Albatros Garden Hotel is a green oasis under the heat of the North African sun and is a great choice on breaks to Marrakech. The hotel has comprehensive spa services with Turkish bath, Suana and spa massages on offer.
As one of the worlds largest producers of Aloe Vera, Lanzarote is an Island famed for its spa culture and natural healing properties. The Volcanic Isle is also home to mineral rich black sands that make lying by the beach a healthy experience! Away from the gorgeous beaches is an established spa and health culture, with the Islands multicultural roots evident. The Dream Gran Castillo Hotel in Playa Blanca is one of the most luxurious hotels in Tenerife and offers its very own Wellness and Thalassotherapy centre, for relaxation of body and soul. Here guests have exclusive use of the on-site Vitanova Spa that offers both therapeutic and beauty treatments.
The ultimate in city chic, Paris breaks offer a luxurious setting for spa breaks. The citys effortless beauty lends itself to a selection of hotels and spas, perfect for encapsulating yourself in and really getting away from it all. Once you have done relaxing, spend lazy days exploring the beautiful architecture and sophisticated pavement cafes that provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing stay.
Located on the Champs Elysees the U Spa at the Hotel Fouquets Barriere is a haven in the middle of the city. There are a number of treatment rooms, a hammam and one of the largest indoor pools in Paris.
To make the most of Spa Week you dont necessarily have to escape to foreign lands. Whilst the sunshine provides healing qualities of its own, there is nothing like nestling inside while the autumn rain pours. The Heythorp Park Spa Resort in Oxford is a habitat of the highest order, with fantastic spa services and facilities, all set in the beautiful setting of the Oxfordshire countryside. Enjoy the classic beauty treatments on offer, or try something new with the resorts holistic therapies.
The Algarve is not renowned for its spa culture, but the southern coast of Portugal is most definitely famed for its laid back luxury. With a host of modern hotel resorts and spa centres, The Algarve is great option for winter spa seekers. The CS Sao Rafael Atlantic Hotel is the essence of peace and serenity along the Algarve coast, and a great spot to enjoy Algarve Holidays. Explore the unique thermal circuit on offer, guests can languish in the floatarium or rejuvenate under the water fall. Pure bliss.