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Here are the Travel Ideas for Britain's Finest, chosen by our team of professional travel journalists.

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Detox With Less Suffering

Soon it will be New Year and all over the country Drinkcember will give way to the hairshirt self-denial of Dry January. Anything that seemed celebratory over the Christmas period is out, and we will become a nation of herbal tea-drinkers and carrot-stick munchers. If all... more

Britain's Finest Hotels For Afternoon Tea

In the opening to his novel The Portrait of a Lady, American author Henry James declared, “under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”. James then went on to set his perfect scene with... more

Best hotels for a January Detox

After the toxic delights of Drinkcember and our Christmas bacchanalia, comes Dry January and everyone telling us ‘Tis the Season to Detoxify. For many years January was as joyless as a 31-day hangover with nothing pleasurable on our grey wintery horizon except the hope of a... more

10 Hotels for Great Spring Country Walks

Not all countries have great country hotels. I’ve travelled in parts of Eastern Europe and the Balkans where you always aim to get to a city by nightfall because rural accommodation is very basic. But in Britain we’re very fortunate that so many old country houses have been... more

We are a nation of dog lovers so it makes sense that we would want to take our faithful Fidos on holiday with us. This is something the hotel industry is more than aware of and enlightened managers now positively welcome pooches, offering all sorts of incentives for you to... more

Whether you are an enthusiast or not, the sight of seeing the world’s top cyclists whooshing past at incredible speeds in the Tour de France is pretty special. And this year, fabulously, you don’t even have to cross the channel to see it either as Stage 1, 2 and 3 are all... more

Let’s face it, life is about compromise and no more so than when choosing a family weekend getaway. Mum and dad want a bit of peace and quiet, swanky hotel bedrooms with fluffy white towels, attentive staff, great food and drink and a chic spa to chill in while the kids want... more

Spring cleaning can mean more than getting your marigolds and dusters out. With winter (thankfully) over and done with, it’s time to correct those dry patches and dull complexions and add a bit of zing to your skin. Ready with a well-moisturised hand is a host of expert... more

The British have been celebrating their landscape since Constable, Gainsborough and Reynolds took their sketch books outside in the eighteenth century. This tradition continued during the nineteenth century with Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites drawing inspiration from the... more

Has that dry January resolution already gone down the drain? What about the 5:2 diet that’s become more like 6:1? If your Spartan regimes and attempts at abstinence always fail at the first hurdle but a health reboot is much in need, a trip to a spa might be the answer. From... more

The return of the rain and gloomy skies can make you feel tired and sad - add that to dehydrating temperature changes from radiator-hot rooms to chilly winds outside and you definitely have no need to find excuses to pamper yourself. Here are ten spas which will have you... more

One of the world's most ancient organisms, seaweed is really rather amazing; this mineral and vitamin-packed 'superfood' doesn't have roots and instead grows by clinging tenaciously to rocks which allows them to grow upwards absorbing all those nutrients direct from the sea.... more

Listen up guys, spas are manning up. Britain’s wellbeing sanctuaries are ushering in more men by tending to their specific needs, essentially feet that are overworked, unkempt or overactive. When you consider that the average person takes 18,000 steps a day, there’s good... more

Sometimes, you just need to get away with the girls. Leave the husband, boyfriend, kids to fend for themselves and have some time to catch up on the gossip and put time and effort into those precious friendships that can last a lifetime. Why go abroad for a break when the UK... more

We rush around so much these days I feel we have lost the sense of glamour that used to attach to road journeys. Recreate the days when touring Britain by car was an adventure rather than a way to get from A to B. This island has very effective motorways but I’d propose... more

I can't be the only person out there who failed to keep up a strict winter skin routine of regular exfoliation combined with dedicated sessions of slathering my dehydrated skin with ultra-hydrating lotions and potions. So, if like me you're looking for a magical quick fix to... more

Your poor feet. Wrapped up in boots and socks for months on end and then expected to look instantly catwalk-ready just because we get a day of sunshine and you want to wear flip flops. Make it easy on your tired winter-worn tootsies by treating them to a long pampering... more

I’m 33 but I don’t feel like it, so I sure as heck don’t want to look like it. Spas that relax and rejuvenate are all well and good but if I’m worn down by work and stress, it shows all over my face. Prevention is better than cure, so get serious about spas in your 20s if... more

May is the month that everyone who is anyone in the film industry will descend on the French Riviera for the 66th Cannes International Film Festival. This year, Steven Spielberg will head up the votes as new films compete to prove their worth at this iconic event. And, as... more

I'll come clean: spas which have plenty of water features are my favourite kind; swan pipes, experience showers, those amazing under-water loungers with billions of bubbles zipping away underneath - give me a couple of hours playing around with those and you'll see a very... more

She carried you for nine months, she endured sleep deprivation, recorder concerts and, later, a whole world of horrendous hormonal abuse...so it’s only fair that - at least once a year - you say a big thank you to your mum! Book her into one of the sumptuous spas below and... more

No, not spas where you can have a relaxing time with a teenage heart-throb Vampire, but spas which have special deals so you can drop by for a few hours after work and enjoy an evening indulging in your favourite spa activities. Perfect for the dedicated spa-goer who's busy... more

If you’re in search of a weekend destination for lusty debauchery and, perhaps even the first flutters of love – Edinburgh can provide. This city is sexy: from the dramatic silhouette of the old town dotted with medieval turrets and spires, and the fairytale castle perched... more

The sea, the sea… the fresh air, sound of soft breaking waves and horizons stretching out as far as the eye can see are simple pleasures so often wrapped up in the spa dream. The joy of being near the coast is a sentiment not lost on the many spas in Britain who are lapping... more

Plan your weekend now! It's the only way to get through the week...... more