Begin 2017 with a relaxing spa holiday
Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica
On a island famed for its laid-back way of life, Round Hill Hotel in Jamaica takes things to a whole new level. This restored 18th-century plantation house turned luxury hotel and villas is nestled between a sprawling tropical hillside and a private bay lapped by the warm Caribbean waves.
And things are no less impressive indoors, with chic Ralph Lauren interiors and local cuisine given a fi ne-dining makeover courtesy of chef Martin Maginley. Meanwhile the property’s reinvigorating four-day/three-night holistic January retreat is hosted by wellness coach Shayna Hiller, a nutritionist, yoga instructor and meditation expert who aims to make people feel their best physically and emotionally, all the while surrounded by balmy temperatures and spectacular views.
● Three Night Wellness Retreat from £2,742pp (two sharing), full board.
Penha Longa, Portugal
A palazzo-style estate on the coast situated in the middle of a Unesco World Heritage Natural Park with views of the hills, gardens and lakes of the southern Sintra Mountains around it, Penha Longa Spa is a holistic retreat where yoga is practised on a platform floating on the swimming pool beside a serene waterfall.
The spa is devoted to natural healing and offers the opportunity to try ancient wellbeing practices such as shiatsu, abhyanga, reiki and Hopi ear candling. The Three Night Signature Spabreak includes surfing and a jeep tour as well as a Penha Longa Signature massage (50 minutes), a golf massage (60 minutes) or a facial (50 minutes).
● Three Night Signature Spabreak from £297pp (two sharing), B&B.
The indoor pool at Chewton Glen
Chewton Glen, Hampshire
Hidden away in 130 acres of prime Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park, Chewton Glen is a fi ve-star country house hotel and spa that’s just a short walk from the sea and is one of the finest spas in the country.
Its innovative “Treehouse Suites” are lifted straight from a fairy tale and are a more than memorable place to bed down during the property’s signature Treetox Detox break. This four-night getaway will leave you feeling refreshed and full of life thanks to a one-day juice cleanse (additional days include an alkaline breakfast, lunch and dinners), heavenly treatments, private personal training or Pilates, a spot of Nordic walking and steam room experiences.
● Treetox Detox break from £2,750pp (two sharing), full board.
InterContinental London the O2 Spa, London
Bringing a little escapism to the capital at the start of 2017, InterContinental London is an ultra modern hotel on the Greenwich Peninsula with 453 rooms over 18 floors and views of the O2.
Offering even the weariest of Londoners a welcome respite from the rat race, the tempting New Year Detox spa day includes a body wrap treatment and relaxing scalp massage, a light lunch in the Meridian Lounge and three hours’ use of the facilities by which time you’ll be ready to “retox” with a drink at the Sky Bar where the city views are as sweet as the cocktails.
● The New Year Detox from £115pp.
Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica
Ramside Hall Hotel, Co. Durham
Relax in a herbal sauna and indulge in an Himalayan salt steam experience at this four-star country house set in 350 acres of private grounds, which balances contemporary design with a sense of grandeur.
But it is the spa that really impresses, with everything from a tepidarium, sunken amphitheatre and hydrotherapy pool to get you feeling your best. The overnight Classic Spa Break, including a two-course dinner, a 45-minute treatment and a spa brunch, does just the job.
● Classic Spa Break from £195pp (two sharing), half board.
Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa
Pennyhill Park, Surrey
A king among spa retreats, Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa in Surrey is famed as the training ground of the England rugby team.
Built in 1609, the hotel is sumptuous and visually pleasing with four-poster beds and understated grandeur harping back to its Jacobean roots. Elsewhere there’s a Michelin starred restaurant and plush spa that recently underwent an impressive £1.2million renovation.
Some treatments are carried out in the Natura Bissé Bubble, one of only 24 in the world, a controlled environment where the air is specially purified.
And if you fancy a little naughty along with the nice, the Diamonds Are Forever Day Spa package includes a 60-minute Diamond Energy Facial and a two-course Themis lunch that is washed down with a sparkling cocktail.
● Diamonds Are Forever Spa Day from £195pp.
Ockenden Manor is the perfect place to get healthy
Ockenden Manor, West Sussex
Among the peace and quiet of the countryside, this Elizabethan manor is set close to the village of Cuckfield, the history of which is reflected in the hotel’s interiors. In contrast, however, the spa, which is located within a walled garden, has a strong contemporary feel and is the place to go for those seeking to start the new year with a healthy kick.
The two-night Fitness Retreat package offers a private consultation, extensive one-to-one personal training sessions, a circuit class, a deep tissue massage and there is even some time available for a session in an ultrarelaxing gravity-free flotation tank.
● The Fitness Retreat at Ockenden Manor from £688pp (two sharing), half board.
All bookable through Spa Breaks (0800 043 6600/ spabreaks.com)