Spa Treats: Home & Away


Got the New Year blues and desperate for some rest and recuperation? Grazia magazine 4th January 2016 has just the thing. It says…

“Do your resolutions include prising yourself from your phone? Head to these hot spots for some NY R&R…

Coworth Park, Ascot
At this glorious country manor – set in 240 acres of garden and parkland, 45 minutes from London – serenity-seeking city dwellers can revel in the peace package, a spa-and-stay break at which guests can choose to surrender their phones and other devices for the entirety of their stay (we’re already sold…). The package includes luxury accommodation for two, a proper English country breakfast, a 50 minute Swedish massage to grind out all those knots from hunching over a screen, and use of the private relaxation room. Return to the big smoke rejuvenated, refreshed and unburdened by technology. Stable rooms (including Peace Package) from £460 a night.

Lifehouse Spa, Essex
Try the detox break at the Lifehouse Spa in Thorpe-Le-Soken – a three-night cleanse, with a diet to improve your digestive health, sleep patterns and complexion; a reflexology session; a detoxifying seaweed body wrap; and a full body massage. While digital devices aren’t strictly prohibited, spending the whole weekend on WhatsApp certainly wouldn’t go down that well…There’s 12 acres of listed gardens to enjoy and the whole of the spa floor is strictly phone free – time to totally switch off and be at one. Nightly rates from £649.

Chewton Glen, Hampshire
Escape life’s stresses with a digital detox at Chewton Glen in the New Forest. Here, your tech will be locked away for your two-night full-board stay, during which you’ll participate in relaxation activities including a private yoga class, a meditation session and a country ramble. Also included are two luxury face and body treatments, and breakfast, lunch and dinner based on the alkaline diet. You’ll leave with a hamper of gifts for the mind and soul. Double rooms from £233 a night.

The Westin, Dublin
Liberate yourself from your gadgets with a digital detox package at the Westin. On arrival, you’ll lock your phone and other Facebook-accessing devices in a safe and won’t have them back until you leave. In their place, you’ll get a detox survival kit, which includes a walking map of Dublin, a physical newspaper, a board game and a relaxation candle to help you zone out. Come morning, breakfast will be served in bed, followed by an in-room massage. Digital detox package from £140pp a night, based on two people sharing.

Futon Company says: A 2016 detox is high on our list of priorities right now. But if a spa resort is out of your budget why not plump for a bit of DIY pampering at home? It could be as simple as a face mask, a long hot bath, a good book and something lovely to drink. And to help you get in the mood for an at-home pampering session, we’ve selected some zen-style goodies to get your head in just the right space for the coming year.

Fleece Bathrobe with Hoodie









Bamboo Cube










Cosmetic Washbag/Elephants