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Ten of the Best Eco-Friendly Breaks

Being green is now a priority for tourists, so more sustainable and eco-friendly places are becoming available throughout Britain.

Top 10 Get-Away-From-it-All Escapes

We lead busy lives, with no escape from the trill of the mobile, the tyranny of the work email arriving on a Sunday and the commuting chaos every Monday. We all deserve a break from this, right? Course we do. So here are my t...

Top 10 Places to See Glorious Floral Displays

Winter be gone! Spring is now fully fledged and in blossom, so get out there and see nature's glorious floral offerings in ten of our favourite UK gardens…

Top 10 Film Location Hotels

My home is in Oxford which can sometimes feel like living in a film set. It's a familiar experience to find the road you want to walk down closed off by a lighting van and location caterers. But the whole of Britain is a gift...

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...

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”...

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...

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 fo...

Dog friendly accommodation this summer

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 pooc...

Hotels for the half term to please the whole family

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 dr...

Ten spas for winter's cold weather

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 y...

The Top Ten Seaweed Treatment Spas

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...

Ten Great British Touring Hotels

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 islan...

Ten Summer Skin Body Spa Treatments

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...

Ten Spas for Summer Pedicures

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 t...

Ten of the Best Spas for Anti-ageing Treatments

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...

Ten Water Therapy Spas

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...

The Top Ten Twilight Spas

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 activiti...

Five things going on in London this weekend

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

Fifteen of the Best New Spa Treatments for 2013

Well done! You've managed to make it through a long, wet, wine-less January - leaving one more miserable month of winter to endure. Before you slink off to the sofa in your onesie, why not book yourself in for a little soul-r...

Ten of the Best Spas for January's Detox

There's no getting away from it, after an indulgent December full of over-eating, too much drinking, late nights and no exercise, most of us need to kick-start the new year with a detox. But that's hard! So make it easy on yo...

Top Ten Skin-softening Moisturising facials

As the cold and wet weather descends, our skin is under pressure from the environment. Going from the dehydrating centrally-heated indoors to bitterly-cold skin-chapping outdoors can take a toll. So change up your spa routine...

Ten Fun Spa Treatments

It seems impossible to imagine but sometimes, even the most avid spa-bunny gets jaded. Bored of the same massage, facial or wrap routine, they long for a change of pace. Or perhaps you're stuck in a rut and want to try someth...

Top Spas for Twenty-Somethings

You and your gal pals just want to have fun, or you're new to the world of spa-ing, then maybe a trip to a hushed temple of wellbeing might not be the day you had planned. So, don't forget the spa motto - there's a perfect s...

The Top Ten Best Gastro Spas

Once upon a time, going to a spa was a one-way meal ticket to carrot juice and cottage cheese. You were expected to have a rumbling tummy and suffer to be beautiful. Thankfully, those days are gone. Nowadays, a trip to a spa...

The Top Ten Medi Spas

For decades spas were places we went to for luxury and pampering – soft lights, sweet music, fragrant smells and Tibetan bells, but these days most of us are looking for a little extra. We want help with aches, pains, bad po...

Top Ten Bikini Body Treatments

Yes, it is that time of year again; the sun is out, the airport is calling and the bikini you have been hiding from all year is back with a vengeance. So tan up those legs, tone up that midriff, shift that cellulite and get r...

Ten 'Gold Medal' Places to Escape the Olympics

Yes, it's the moment we've all been waiting for; the Olympics are coming to London. But as the excitement builds a quarter of Londoners are frantically planning to escape the capital in search of rest and relaxation. So if th...

Ten of the Best Hotels for a Hen Do

Gone are the days of the archetypal hen night when girls staggered around town in pink tutus and L plates. Today's brides are looking for something different and choosing sophisticated breaks that will give them quality time...

Britain's Top Ten Bling Spa Treatments

Newsflash ladies, diamonds really are a girl's best friend. Well, diamonds, chocolate, crystals and caviar that is. You see, all these sweet treats are bursting goodness... Honey is a saviour for spot prone skin and as for ch...

Ten Places for a Perfect Weekend in Hampshire

Hampshire is hot right now. Its handful of uber-sexy boutique hotels, with sumptuous spas to match, are coaxing discerning folk away from the big smoke and into the ‘green county'. Beyond the five-star luxury, you can explore...

The Top Ten Rural Retreats

Remember the Calgon ‘Take me Away' ads from many years ago? That is what you will experience at any one of these seriously wonderful rural retreats. Soak up amazing countryside views and then spoil yourself with a sumptuous...

The Top Ten Girls' Getaway Spas

Whether it's a special occasion or you just want to spend some quality time with your gal-pals, an overnight spa break makes for the perfect location for some "girl-time". There are a bewildering array of spas out there, so b...

The Top Ten Pre-natal Spa Treatments

There's no doubt about it, having a baby is the most amazing experience of any woman's life. But let's be honest, the nine months leading up to it are peppered with aching backs, troublesome skin, swollen ankles and stress. I...

Top 10 UK Spa Hotels' Signature Treatments

Britain has hundreds of spa hotels; from chic city crash pads perfect for pre-dinner pampering to rural country retreats promising to relax and revive. But with so many hotels to decide on and endless lists of treatments to c...

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