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Travel Ideas from Julie Vuong

Here are the Travel Ideas for Britain's Finest chosen by Contributing Editor, Julie Vuong.

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Julie Vuong

Julie Vuong

Thanks to a desire to dip her toes into the best spas, Julie Vuong globetrots for some of Britain’s leading publications in wellbeing and beauty including European Spa, Natural Health and runninginheels.co.uk. In pursuit of outstanding spa stories, she’s happy to go to extremes, experiencing freeze therapy at minus 110-degrees and taking a birch leaves ‘bashing’ in an effort to discover the benefits of a Russian banya. However some of her most memorable spa experiences have been on Britain’s shores, including a romantic cliff-top bath at The Scarlet in Cornwall and the historic Harrogate Victorian baths, which she hopes will inspire readers to de-robe and dive in…

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

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

My lords, ladies and gentlemen, with the new series of ITV's hugely popular Downton Abbey upon us the appetite for squabbles in the scullery, inappropriate dress codes at dinner and class warfare is set to go through the palace roof. Among the decadent costumes and... more

As the sun begins to set on one of the hottest summers in recent years, pack your shorts for the final time and indulge in a last holiday hurrah. From the coast to the country, there’s ample excuse to luxuriate in the warm rays and long days left ahead. Whether it’s a group... 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

Great places to stay along the South West Coast Path

Leaping over boulders, ducking under low-growing trees and splashing through muddy paths; the 5.3 mile ‘assault course’ (as I have dubbed it) from Mousehole to Lamorna Cove on the Cornish coast demands a bit of grit and determination, not to mention a pair of good boots.... 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

Dispel the preconception that spas are an indulgent luxury out of reach of mere mortals. Thanks to Britain’s Finest, your spa time needn’t be a splurge given the veritable crush of special deals offering a good dose of downtime. Banish the winter blues and embrace the warmth... more

Where do broken hearts go? I suggest if they’re in need of a little TLC then a trip to one of Britain’s spas is the antidote. Up and down the country, spas are serving as welcome retreats for the relationship weary, offering the distance, distraction and indulgence injured... more

Think detox retreats are all about enduring cold showers and making do with miniscule dinner portions? Think again. Nowadays spa programs have kicked out the Spartan diets and taken on more sumptuous sensibilities. Combining indulgent massages and delicious healthy cuisine... more