Spa Spy: Mexico

Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun

‘Five star all-inclusive’ worries me. Le BlancCan you really achieve a five-star experience on an all-inclusive basis? I instantly think of The Solana; love the programme, not sure I could cope with staying there. Thankfully as we drive along The Cancun Strip it echoes of South Beach rather than Benidorm. It’s surprisingly glamorous. At the top, lodged between a beautiful lagoon and the ocean, is a pristine shiny white building, it’s Le Blanc Spa Resort.

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Spa Spy: Wiltshire, Lucknam Park

Lucknam ParkAs I make my way down the mile long, sweeping avenue of lime and beech trees that lead to Lucknam Park, I’m stunned. A beautiful 17th century greystone mansion appears, set amongst parkland, rose and lavender gardens. An equestrian centre sits to the side. It suddenly feels like the backdrop to a romantic period drama. Inside, the theme continues, opulent Georgian-inspired drawing rooms, with Chesterfields, open fires and huge floral displays, lead on to perfectly manicured patios. It’s all very grand, very grand indeed. There’s even a wood-panelled library…

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Spa Spy: Spa and the City, Manhattan, NYC

The Greenwich, TriBeCa

Greenwich RoomA hub for A-listers and fashionistas, Robert DeNiro’s ultra-cool downtown hotel and home from home, echoes a sumptuous private residence; 88 individually designed rooms and suites, cosy drawing rooms with roaring fires, Tibetan rugs and eclectic antiques, surround an enchanting Tuscan-style candle-lit courtyard. As I arrive a familiar face strolls past. I couldn’t possibly say who. This place is far to discreet for name dropping.

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Spa Spy: Spa and the Home Counties – The Shires and the Sexes

Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield, Sussex

Ockenden Manor

In the middle of the rolling Sussex countryside, tucked behind a picture postcard Tudor village, you’ll find an enchanting Elizabethan house; it’s Ockenden Manor and it’s beautiful. Roaring log fires, cosy wood panelled bars and elegant drawing rooms with a wafting scent of fresh flowers. If you’re looking for the quintessential country house hotel, without the airs and graces, look no further, I’ve found it.

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