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5 PERFECT Christmas spa escapes


Fancy getting the hell out of town this Christmas? Founder of Queen of Retreats Caroline Sylger Jones suggests some healthy ways to escape.

Put on a party hat – Skyros on the Isle of Wight


Skyros is offering two celebratory breaks over the festive period with creative courses, coastline walks, fabulous food and cosy, contemporary rooms based at their Edwardian retreat The Grange. From £425 per person in a shared room. Read more, ask my honest advice or book here.

Do your own thing – Ard Nahoo in Ireland

Spa Ard Nahoo

Ard Nahoo is an eco-haven that’s great for self-catering DIY wellbeing breaks – there’s a little steam room and outdoor hot tub with uplifting country views, and treatments can be booked as long as you tell them in advance. A cosy cabin for two costs from €500 (approx £419) for five nights including an organic welcome pack. Read more, ask my honest advice or book here.

Make it a clean escape – Vitalisé, Portugal 

Spa Vitalise

Detox at this laid back, friendly family-run retreat for a week starting on 22 December – prices start from £890 for 7 nights days. Your body will thank you for it in January when all your friends are feeling rank. Read more, ask my honest advice or book here.

Mix it up – Jnane Tamsna, Morocco

Spa Jnane Tamsna

Stay at this art-filled, peaceful, spacious place just outside Marrakech and you can pre-book private yoga, pilates or in-room treatments – there’s also a luxury hotel nearby for decent hammam treatments. It’s especially good for families or friends. Rooms costs from €250 (approx £209) per room per night bed & breakfast. Read more, ask my honest advice or book here.

Make it a Caribbean Christmas – The BodyHoliday, St. Lucia

Spa The BodyHoliday resort

This fun, beachside healthy holiday resort is a fabulous place to be this season if you want to get fit, chill out but also celebrate. Rates from US$ 660 (approx £411) per person per night and include a treatment a day, fitness classes and all meals (including wine).  Read more, ask my honest advice or book here.

Posh house party – Chewton Glen, Hampshire

Spa Chewton Glen

One of my favourite UK spa hotels, Chewton will make you feel nourished and elegant all at once. Their three night Christmas House Party’costs from £1,937 per person based on two people sharing a Garden Room with Shower. Enjoy classic movies, warming drinks by the fire and all the festive trimmings. Read more, ask my honest advice or book here.

Read more from Queen of Retreats, Caroline Sylger Jones :

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