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Travel Ideas from Jessica Baldwin

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

Jessica Baldwin

Jessica Baldwin

Jessica Baldwin is an award-winning spa and hotel reviewer. Having written for everyone from Time Out to EasyJet she specialises in testing out the finest spas and most luxurious hotels around the globe. So far her search for the best spa in the world has seen her get gold plated in Italy, trek into Switzerland’s Pennine Alps looking for medicinal Moiry Glacial mud and even get her own blood injected in to her face in Spain. But despite her foreign travels she believes that Britain has some of the world’s best hotels and spas and is passionate about finding the country’s most decadent rural escapes.

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a chore. Forget manically searching tourist-packed Oxford Street and manically fighting over the last shirt on the shelf. This year is all about retail therapy, finding the perfect city to suit your tastes and enjoying it! I have... more

As the days shorten and the winter nights draw in, the London 9 – 5 feels more like a 5 – 9! But away from the city slog this is when Britain’s glorious countryside is at its most dramatic; breathtaking sunsets, glittering dew-scattered fields and fiery Autumn leaves spring... more

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to explore beautiful Britain... on horseback. Yes, Britain is home to some of the best hacking around and with stables that cater to all abilities you could be discovering Britain’s best bridleways in no time. From... more

From the second our dashing prince presented the nation with Kate, the tides turned. Up went the bunting, out came the union jacks, Britain’s streets became one big party to celebrate the fairy-tale union. Now, with the royal baby’s arrival upon us, it’s time to celebrate... 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

East Anglia crops up more frequently in jokes than it does vacation plans – trust me, I am a Norfolk girl! However, with dramatic coastlines, quaint villages and beautiful countryside this unique part of Britain has everything you need for the perfect staycation. East Anglia... more

Calling all single ladies, this year we are reclaiming Valentine’s Day. My alternative guide to February 14th features everything from flowers and chocolates to diamonds and champagne... even Brad Pitt has wangled his way in. So forget the riveting night of television you... more

Stop! Step away from that tree and abandon those shopping bags, for now t’is the season to be merry. In just a few sleeps you will find you have lost your home to Santa, your mind to the children and your arm inside a turkey. So, make the most of this calm before the storm... more

The dark nights have set in and the snow has started falling but Christmas is the time for festive fun with friends. So pull on those boots, dig out that scarf and get ready to party. My essential guide to the best hotel bars for seasonal gatherings in London reveals... more

You did it! You made it through the summer! Weeks of hectic theme parks, noisy cinemas and family jaunts. Yes, the summer holidays are over. Autumn is here, the young kids back at school the older ‘kids’ are back at university… It is time for some overdue ‘me time’. So... more

Great Britain, we did it! Our tiny little island managed to pull in 65 medals in the Olympics – and an astonishing 29 of those were gold! Our athletes are fantastic and have done us proud. But it wasn't easy; it took grit, determination and some seriously tough training... more

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 ready for some poolside posing with the help of my... more

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 the thought of travel mayhem and overflowing crowds... more

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 chocolate not only does it release a natural high... more

The candlelit bath is running, the bed’s covered in rose petals and the champagne is on ice... oh and the little one is screaming her heart out in the corner. A romantic break with the kids in tow? Impossible. Not any more, here I reveal the best UK breaks to entertain your... more

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. It is at this time that your really need some TLC... more

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 choose from it can be hard to know where to start.... more