Stoke Park, UK
When it opened in 1908, Stoke Park was the first country club in the UK, giving guests the chance to enjoy leisure and sporting activities spread throughout acres of rolling countryside. More than a century on, it’s still a luxurious destination, due in no small part to the resplendent spa facilities housed in the Pavilion building. Here you’ll find everything you need to unwind: a large indoor swimming pool, a five-metre tropical aquarium, outdoor Scandinavian sauna and hot-tub, and marble Italian steam rooms. There’s also a long list of treatments to try, many using marine-based Thalgo products known for their powerful healing and rebalancing properties. Masseuses are on call to work out tense muscles in your back or you can have a purifying facial that will leave you glowing for days. If you know someone who could do with a day or two away from the daily grind, buy them a Stoke Park retreat package. They’ll thank you for it later, trust us.
Chalet Resort LaPosch, Austria
Who doesn’t crave a little peace and quiet from time to time, away from the demands of city life? Well, you’ll find that in abundance at Chalet Resort LaPosch, alongside a whole lot more. Set in Austria’s stunning Tyrolean mountains, in the charming village of Biberwier, this rustic-yet-luxurious hideaway provides a perfect means of escape for stressed-out urbanites. Guests stay in cosy cottages, all of which come equipped with traditional saunas, a wellness room, a spa-style jacuzzi tub on the terrace, a romantic fireplace and, of course, incredible mountain views. The area is a true nature lover’s paradise with its many walking trails and a natural swimming pool, which comes into its own in summer months, while guests can also enjoy a delicious selection of traditional Tyrolean food, including a sumptuous dinner delivered to your cottage. It means the only thing you need to worry about is leaning back, breathing out and just relaxing.
To feel whole
38 Degrees North, Ibiza
38 Degrees North pioneered the luxury fitness retreat concept in Ibiza back in 2012 and since then, they have grown to operate award-winning retreats in Marbella and London too. It’s not just early-morning workouts: 38ºN offers DNA and blood testing add-ons to deliver a truly personalised nutrition and training approach based on genetics. The company recently launched an online training and nutrition portal 38nacademy.com – an accessible, on-demand platform featuring hundreds of videos, including at-home workouts, recipes, and in-depth workshops and resources. 38 Degrees North’s philosophy and focus is firmly on sustainable wellbeing supported by mindset techniques needed for lasting success. With backgrounds and degrees in psychology, hypnotherapy and stress management, the 38ºN team offers a holistic toolkit for mental and physical health.
“Busy” is the buzzword of the 21st century – there just never seems to be enough hours in the day. That’s why USPAAH (Your Spa at Home) is your new best friend. Born out of its founder’s time-poor schedule and desire for quality spa treatments at the last minute, USPAAH can help you squeeze a bit more out of every 24 hours, yet add in some ‘ahhh’ time. Its team of more than 200 vetted and insured wellness professionals will come to you, wherever you are in London zones 1-6, within an hour of your booking. Alternatively, book up to three weeks in advance with just a few clicks. Appointments are available from 7am-10pm, seven days a week. Treatments include massage, manicure and pedicure, hair and make-up, facials, threading, eyelash extensions and spray tan. USPAAH is offering £15 off the first treatment before 12 December 2019 with the promo code SPA15. Book online or via the mobile app and enjoy bliss delivered right to your door.
Clinic Lémanic, Lausaunne
We only get one body so it stands to reason that if you’re seeking to give it a tune-up, then you should only settle for the very best. With more than two decades at the forefront of regenerative and anti-ageing medicine, Clinic Lémanic has those credentials. Established by Dr Veronique Emmenegger and Darrell Jacobs in the Swiss city of Lausanne, its founding ethos is to provide individualised treatment for every patient and an after-care policy that extends long after they’ve left the clinic doors. So what can they do for you? One of the most popular packages right now is, unsurprisingly, the City Detox. Anyone who lives a non-stop lifestyle will be familiar with the tolls it can take on your well-being, but Clinic Lémanic puts on a five-day escape to give your body some overdue attention. The bespoke programme eliminates toxins, aids weight management and revitalises your body from the core – all so you can return home feeling like a completely new person.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
As anyone who’s ever visited will know, Abu Dhabi is a place of one-of-a-kind experiences and its most opulent spa package is no exception. The Day of Gold treatment at the Emirates Palace Spa – where else? – begins with a Signature Palace Massage, followed by the opportunity to relax in the glittering environs of the golden Hammam. After a world-class lunch, you’ll enjoy a 24 Karat Gold Radiance Facial where hand-pressed 24K gold sheets are loosely and individually adhered to your face and neck. This is not just about sheer decadence: throughout history gold has featured in beauty regimes and is believed to help relax blood vessels, therby aiding your skin’s glow. Your five-and-a-half-hour experience concludes with a pedicure in our Bastien Gonzales Mani:Pedi Studio, before you leave relaxed, satisfied and, of course, glowing all over after a day of incomparable opulence.
Calda Clinic, Zurich
Located in Zurich, the Calda Clinic is a rehabilitation centre run by Dr. Claudia M. Elsig, a medical specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Over an extended period (all programmes, barring one, last four weeks or more), patients can be treated for a wide range of mental disorders – such as trauma, addiction, and stress – using Elsig’s holistic approach. This eschews psychotropic drugs in favour of a personalised combination of psychotherapy, alternative medicine and orthomolecular treatment to rebalance the body’s biochemistry. Full recovery is supported by peaceful onsite accommodation and a large team. The pillarstone of the Calda Way is a commitment to treating every patient with the same non-judgmental methodology. As long as the patient is pro-active about seeking changes in their life, Elsig and her team of discreet professionals will be able to help them overcome any obstacles with a tailor-made programme.
Remede Spa, St Regis, Abu Dhabi
From the crushing tiredness that seems to arrive out of nowhere to an inability to concentrate on even the simplest of things, all regular travellers know that the symptoms of jet lag are no laughing matter – especially if you’re heading straight into a business meeting after a long flight. Fortunately, there are ways to help. The 75-minute Jet-Lag Recovery treatment at the Remède Spa in The St. Regis Abu Dhabi has been formulated with the sole aim of combatting the physical effects that come with travelling long distances in the air. A 30-minute facial refreshes and revitalises dehydrated skin, while customised back and foot massages target the body parts most affected by flying. Then there’s the opportunity to re-energise in the 3000m2 spa, which is one of the UAE’s largest. It’s the perfect post-flight remedy.
Dr Sam Bunting, London
Dr Sam Bunting’s prestigious Harley Street clinic has become the destination for discerning individuals who desire flawless skin and are tired of wasting money on products that promise the world and don’t deliver. An appointment in the beautifully appointed rooms involves a thorough exploration of your skin issues, including a detailed analysis of your current skincare practices, lifestyle choices and goals. A personalised treatment, skincare and makeup plan will be put together for you at the end of your visit, ensuring that you’ll leave the clinic feeling enlightened, enthusiastic and optimistic about the future health and beauty of your skin. Dr Sam’s clinic also stocks her cult products, Flawless Cleanser and Flawless Moisturiser.