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Travel Ideas - Spas

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

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 top ten places from which to type “And relax” onto... more

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…... more

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 to film makers. One reason is the extraordinary... more

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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-reviving pampering sesh. From treetop treatments to... more

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 yourself; gently ease into a healthier new year by... 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

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 to include a moisturising facial and fight back... more