Celebrity Super Spa

Written by Dee on 06/09/13, filed under General News, Luxury Spa Holidays | No Comments

The spa industry has been increasing in interest for many years. Initially spa retreats were about a sanctuary or tranquillity in the Himalayas away from the ‘riches’ and material goods of the western world. Spa retreats Ananda In Himalayas and Shambhala In Bali still cater for these travelers, however, there is a new phenomenon of spa retreats gaining more interest from travelers who are not just looking to find the inner spirit but also expect luxury within the spa experience. Five star resorts such as Shanti Maurice a Nira Resort and  The Taj Palace, Marrakech have developed excellent spa retreats with a mix of massage and beauty therapies.

Channel 5 have picked up on the spa phenomenon and will be broadcasting a show dedicated to spa treatments highlighting luxury and pampering. The new show called Celebrity Super Spa will include Helen Flanagan from Coronation Street and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here fame plus ex shameless actor Jody Latham and former boyfriend of Tulisa Contostavlos. The super spa reality show will be based in a Liverpool salon owned by the famous Liverpool Hairdresser Herbert Howe. Celebrity Super Spa contestants will learn a variety of spa techniques including ‘vajazzles’ and fish pedicures. Other contestants include James “Arg” Argent from The Only Way Is Essex, Most Haunted presenter Yvette Fielding and another TV chef, John Burton Race.

The era of simple sanctuary spa retreats and treatments are a thing of the past and a more luxurious experience of spa of pampering and relaxing in luxury seems to be the way to go.

Top Ten Tips for Solo Travellers

Written by arun on 22/08/13, filed under General News | No Comments

Tip 1: Research your Destination

Ensure you research your destination fully before you go abroad. It is well worth familiarising yourself with the language, even if it’s just a few key words. Find out what the social customs are, and make sure you pack appropriate attire especially for a spa retreat.

Tip 2: Don’t Overpack.

Control the amount of luggage that you can handle. Not only will it slow you down, but if you have to run to the loo, there’s no one to look after your bags.

Tip 3: Check the Telecommunications for your Destination

Maintaining your ability to communicate is particularly important when travelling alone.  Therefore, check the mobile network of your destination country in advance and keep communication devices especially your mobile phone charged at all times. Sanctuary Spa Holidays advises buying a backup battery and mobile charger.

Tip 4: Buy and Check your Travel Insurance before you Fly

Before you book flights and accommodation, arrange your travel insurance or call your credit card company to find out what type of coverage you’ll get in case of illness, accident, lost luggage or cancelled flights. You’d be surprised what benefits some card companies will offer. Sanctuary Spa Holidays advises exchanging some money into the foreign country’s currency before your trip so that you don’t have to go to a cash a machine alone.

Tip 5: Prepare Key Documents and Contact the British Embassy

Register yourself with your embassy or consulate and scan all important documents such as your passport and inoculation record and Sanctuary Spa Holidays recommends e-mailing them to yourself at an address easily accessible via the Web.

Tip 6: Stay in Regular Communication with Family

Always have a plan to check in regularly with friends or relatives back home and Sanctuary Spa holidays advise not to tell strangers where you’re staying or that you’re alone and keep information on you regarding names and phone numbers of doctors and an emergency contact.

Tip 7: Engage with the Concierge

Someone well worth contacting on your arrival at the resort is the concierge. They can recommend where to go safely, places to eat or call for a reservation and arrange return transportation. This ensures the hotel is expecting you back by a certain time. Sanctuary Spa Holidays recommends that if you can afford to, hire a driver to take you around the city for a tour and help familiarise yourself with the location.

Tip 8: Use Common Sense

Don’t do the things a tourist alien to a place would do such as stop on the street to study your map or read a guidebook at a restaurant. Don’t drink too much if you are alone and away from the resort.

Tip 9: Connecting with Others Abroad

Be confident in your choice of destination and flavour the culture and atmosphere and do the things you normally would do to socialise. Sanctuary Spa Holidays suggests going to the local folk festival instead of only visiting tourist attractions. If you would like a photo of you then ask other families on holidays to take a picture.

Tip 10: Use the Opportunity to Reflect

Of course health and safety are key to enjoying a wonderful experience but don’t forget the  reasons you did travel alone. Utilise the opportunity to reflect and gain confidence about who you are and your relation to the world. Sanctuary Spa Holidays believes the time to find out who you are is when you are alone and no one is looking or judging you, allowing you to relax and reflect.

The Barcelo Asia Garden Hotel & Thai Spa- Experience the luxury of Asia close to home

Written by Karishma on 08/07/13, filed under Europe, General News, Spain | No Comments

Ever wished that you could escape to a spa hotel which held the luxurious ambience of Asian influences, with traditional Thai spa treatments, Balinese fashioned suites, lush tropical gardens, not far from home? I know I have.

The Barcelo Asia Garden Hotel & Thai Spa is the ideal getaway situated within the vibrant culture of Spain, on the Slopes of Sierra Cortina. This spa hotel is unique through its blend of eastern beauty and the natural splendour of Spain that is the warm weather, intriguing customs, and sublime scenic views.

The Asia Garden Hotel provides unforgettable Thai spa treatments, and a variety of traditional messages which loosen those aching muscles and helps you to discover that inner peace. You will find that with the traditional aromatic messages, relaxing will seem simple, drifting towards blissfulness will be effortless and those moments of serenity will leave you reenergised. The Thai Spa treatments are where fantasy becomes reality and is what makes Asia Garden Hotel such a compelling place to visit.

Now it is my belief that an enriching spa treatment is heightened and only the best when the retreat itself is just as peaceful, a place where you can continue to relax after your message or a refreshing swim and indulge yourself on your holiday.  The Barcelo Asia Garden Hotel & Thai Spa is this place. With its enchanting blend of colours in the form of the flourishing tropical garden, grand suits designed with a fusion of modern and traditional Asian architectural decor, succulent food and tranquil water features, the Asia Garden Hotel is the perfect place to go.

With the Asia Garden being a recent addition of Sanctuary Spa holidays, your stay will be not only a five star one, but also one where etiquette and serenity combines to create an ultimate spa holiday in Spain.