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TAKE A (SPA) BREAK

13.01.13

January is the perfect for month for a spot of clean living before the year kicks in and we start being naughty again. To help out with this newly-instated, healthy, virtuous lifestyle, why not treat yourself to luxurious spa break, where you can really kick back and relax? We've spoken to a few of our favourite spas (as found in the Reiss Guide) and asked for their signature treatments - you just choose where to pull on that fluffy robe.

WHERE TO GO:

One Spa, 8 Conference Square, Edinburgh, EH3 8AN, 0131 221 7777.

WHAT TO HAVE:

Escape at One, 3 hrs (Monday to Friday only), £70.

High above Edinburgh city centre, relax in the spacious, light-filled 19 metre swimming pool or the Thermal Suite (a hidden haven of tranquillity) to explore the collection of heat and water treatments inspired by the ancient Celts and Romans. Soothe aching muscles in the powerful heat of the Rock and Bio saunas and let the warmth of the Laconium and Tepidarium relax and rejuvenate. Allow the enveloping steam of the Hammam and Aroma Grotto to gently cleanse the body, before the scented tropical rain and cold fog showers lift the spirits.

As a final treat, immerse yourself in the iconic Hydropool, up on the rooftop. An invigorating indoor-outdoor warm water experience, the Hydropool’s body jets provide a flow of warming water to rebalance the body’s essential core.

WHERE TO GO:

The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Thompson's Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8AQ, 01223 30 50 60.

WHAT TO HAVE:

The Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow, from £35.

Great for re-invigorating the body after the Christmas binge, this exotic exfoliation uplifts the senses and enlivens the body. After a light body brushing, warm oil and salts are drizzled over the body to leave the skin silky smooth and glowing.

WHERE TO GO:

The Club & Spa, The Cube, Mailbox District, Birmingham, B1 1RN,  0121 643 2200.

WHAT TO HAVE:

Deep Release Massage, 55 mins, from £60.

This revolutionary and unique full body massage uses naturally self-warming shells to deliver a seamless treatment tailored to individual needs. The smooth shells glide over the body with varying pressures, techniques and precision to reach the deepest muscle aches and pains, alleviating stress and tension. Hydrating oils are used to moisturise the skin as the warming energy of the shells helps to revitalise and rebalance the body and mind.

WHERE TO GO:

Ragdale Hall, Ragdale Village, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3PB, 01664 434 831.

WHAT TO HAVE:

The Golden Indulgence Treatment, 155mins, £150.

This all-encompassing, anti-ageing treatment treats the body from top-to-toe. Beginning with a relaxing foot soak using golden crystals, followed by a full body exfoliation with caviar extracts to invigorate and smooth the skin. Then, when cocooned in an anti-ageing full body wrap of champagne and grape extracts, natural lifting techniques are used to massage the face and neck.

A luxurious anti-ageing gold and plant collagen mask is applied to the face to help improve elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  The treatment concludes with a pampering full body massage using hot stones on the back, neck and shoulders for complete relaxation. Gold dry oil will leave the skin with a natural glow.

WHERE TO GO:

Aura Day Spa, 615 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7GT, 028 9066 6277.

WHAT TO HAVE:

The Ultimate Floating Aromatherapy Experience, 150 mins, £145.

An ultimate skin pampering treat for total relaxation of mind and body. A full body exfoliation which leaves skin glowing is followed by a layering of Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Gel, Cream and Oil to leave the skin deeply nourished.  Experience total relaxation of mind and body while cocooned in a unique dry floatation bed with candle light and relaxing music.

Relaxation continues with a Full Body Aromatherapy Associates Massage which combines the power of pure essential oils with specialised massage techniques drawn from East and West to ensure a de-stressed feeling from top-to-toe.

WHERE TO GO:

Champneys, 24 East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HL, 01273 777155.

WHAT TO HAVE:

Personalised Facial, 55 mins, £50.

A facial tailor-made to suit individual skin care needs, the skin will be analysed and specific products used to deliver desired results  - from balancing the skin, to rehydration and nourishment and preventing the signs of ageing. The facial includes cleansing, exfoliation and the use of a selected treatment mask, along with a relaxing massage to the décolleté, neck and face.