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Where better to relax and find yourself again than on an unspoilt, white sandy beach, watching pink dolphins dancing in the waves? The boutique Aava Resort and Spa, with just 28 rooms, in the fishing town of Khanom, southeast Thailand, is ideal for a week of “me time”. Our Marie Claire Thailand spa break includes seven nights’ accommodation in a deluxe bungalow, 60-minute massage, return flights from the UK, all breakfasts and evening meals, half-day dolphin-watching tour, and daily activieis including Tai chi, Pranayama (yogic breathing), Sun Salutation yoga, stretching class, pilates, group flow yoga class, and meditation – all for just £1,499 per person. See the details
Dubai is a city that celebrates luxury, and its spas definitely live up to their sumptuous image. The majority of spas can be found within the lavish hotels in the emirate – perfect for those who want convenient treatments while on holiday. 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 hide away in.
Look to the fabulous St Moritz hotel in Cornwall for stylish rooms and a wonderful Cowshed spa, two swimming pools, gym, two gourmet restaurants and a bustling bar. The location is equally enticing: Greenaway Beach is at the bottom of the garden, and the pretty towns of Rock, Padstow and Polzeath are nearby. It’s the ideal destination whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach stay, indulgent spa break or romantic retreat – and our fabulous spa break offer includes three nights’ accommodation, all breakfasts, and a £20 Cowshed spa voucher.
The city of Bath has been a spa retreat for centuries: it was the first destination in the UK to offer natural thermal waters to laze away in. The city’s historic and beautiful Roman Baths are beautifully maintained and date back over 2,000 years, giving visitors the chance to enjoy the thermal waters in a natural and unique environment. Thermae Bath Spa offers a modern twist on Bath’s 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, and enjoy Bath’s picturesque skyline. Ahh…
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 Malta’s 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.
Away from the busy streets of the Big Smoke are a selection of historic spas, providing some of the world’s most exclusive offerings in relaxation and rejuvenation. Set in the heart of Covent Garden, The Sanctuary Spa is deserving of its superlative reputation. Known as a retreat for the Royal Ballet and its prima ballerinas, the female-only spa prides itself on its history, with oodles of indulgent treatments and celebrity clients.
As one of the world’s largest producers of aloe vera, it’s no surprise that Lanzarote boasts a fabulous spa culture. Away from the striking black volcanic beaches you’ll find lots of indulgent spa hotels and retreats, which often take their inspiration from the island’s multicultural roots. 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.
Paris is a truly luxurious setting for spa breaks. 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. Once you’ve finished relaxing, spend lazy days exploring the beautiful architecture and sophisticated pavement cafes that provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing retreat.
The Algarve is renowned for its laid back luxury, and with a host of pampering resorts and spa centres it’s a great option for spa seekers. CS Sao Rafael Atlantic Hotel is the essence of peace and serenity along the Algarve coast: spend your days relaxing in the unique thermal circuit, languishing in the floatarium or wallowing under the waterfall. Pure bliss.