Six of the best: new spas

By Anna Melville-James, TravelMail

Last updated at 12:41 17 November 2005


Soothe your soul at the Mulberry-owned Monty's Spa

What better way to dispel the winter glums than with a bit of self-indulgence? A spa break can top up your wellbeing levels and leave you ready to take on the world again. We pick six of the best new places to pamper your cares away...

Tsar treatment Play an altogether more relaxing kind of Russian roulette with the signature caviar body wrap at the recently opened Okeano Club Spa in New York.

Run by two Russians, the spa, designed in the kind of austere and simple style that screams money, has rough stone tiles, dark woods and deep blue colours.

This is serious beauty, in the Russian tradition, with essentials that include the banya (Russian steam sauna) and platza (a stimulating treatment involving steam-softened birch leaves). Accompany both with a glass of Heidsieck & Co Monopole champagne, the prefered tipple of Tsar Nicolas II or a spiced Russian coffee.

The spa also follows the traditional Russian ethos of a mixed community and men and women chatting together in the sauna.



  • The Caviar Wrap treatment costs $120 (£70) The Complete Retreat package costs $295 (£172) and includes an Optimum Facial, Russian Sports Massage and Over The Top Pedicure.; 212 223 6773

Beat the blues in Bali Detoxify in Bali at the Maya Ubud Resort and Spa, where herbal treatments based on ancient Thai healing therapies are the speciality.

Try the Hot Compress Herbal Treatment, where pouches are stuffed with eleven local herbs such as ginger, turmeric, galangal, betel, pomelo, kunjit and cinnamon are heated in a steamer and then applied directly to the body.

The warm bundles are said to help relieve joint stiffness, rheumatism, and arthritis. Also don't miss the special Indonesian treatment packages, including the Riverside Special, which includes a Balinese massage, body scub with either tangerine and frangipani, balinese pandan leaves or javanese lulur, and is followed by a flower bath.



  • A Maya Facial costs $50 (£42), a 60-minute Balinese massage costs $50 (£42), the Riverside Special costs $100 (£60). A superior Room at the Ubud Resort and Spa costs from $175 (£102)per night (internet booking rate).

The Full Monty's Set in Somerset's rolling hills, Charlton House is an uber-stylish retreat, created by Mulberry designers, Roger and Monty Saul.

The hotel and spa are beautiful, and provide an ultra-chic background to rejuvenating treatments (with the Monty's Spa own range of products) that include Thermal Therapy Massage, Detoxifying Lymphatic Drainage and Restorative Body Envelopment.

Signature treatment packages are available, including Heavenly, which involves skin brushing, exfoliation and full body massage, a facial including a unique organic facemask including Omani Frankincense, Linden Blossom, Rose and Jasmine oils.

The hotel/spa also runs Free2Be breaks, offering a taster of a number of complimentary therapies by expert practitioners. After all that relaxation, retire to the Michelin star restaurant to keep your strength up.



  • A double room costs from £165 per night, price includes use of Monty's Spa, breakfast and morning newspaper. The Heavenly treatment packages takes two hours and costs £105.00. Free2Be weekend breaks cost from £980 per person and include two nights accommodation on a full board basis, spa treatments, and workshops in a selection of complementary practices, from reflexology to Zen massage. 01749 342 008;;

Greek treats The Sani Resort, Halkidiki on mainland Greece has launched two new spas - The Spa Suite at the Porto Sani Village and My Spa at the Sani Beach Hotel. My Spa offers a quality, and inexpensive, introduction to spa treatments for anyone wanting to have a massage or facial as part of their holiday treat.

The Spa Suite, at the Porto Sani Village, offers a more comprehensive top to toe experience, with a private consultation and treatments that are tailored to suit. The spas use Anne Semonin and Apivita products, the latter is a Greek range based on indigenous natural ingredients, including olive oil, cedar, rosemary and bee products such as royal jelly.

Personal trainers and one-to-one yoga tuition are also available. The Sani resort is particularly parents who want a bit of pampering - it's very family-oriented, with children's clubs, indoor and outdoor children's activities and even a babysitting programme on the beach at the boutique accommodation, Sani Asteria Suites.



  • A week at the Sani Resort from April 2006 departure starts from 840 Euros per person (around £580). Price includes seven night's accommodation in a Junior Suite, including breakfast and complimentary airport transfers. Reservation telephone no: +30 23740 99 520.

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Treatments at both My Spa and The Spa Suite start from 20 Euros (£13.50) for a manicure to 250 Euros (£170) for The Slimming Experience Package (scrub and wrap with essential oils, detoxifying and draining massage and slimming management with Spirulina algae).

Finding Utopia The Utopia Spa, due to open at the fabulously luxurious Alexander Hotel in Sussex in 2006, is now taking bookings. The spa will offer 19 new bedrooms and suites, complete with Egyptian cotton sheet, walk in power showers and direct lift access to the spa.

You can choose from a ready-made break, ranging from one night to four nights, or personalise your own with the treatments of your choice. Signature treatments include the 85-minute Holistic Body balance (£80) a massage involving hot volcanic stones and the Chocolate Fondue Indulgence Wrap (£65), a sugar cane scrub followed by an exclusive chocolate body mask. Yum! The hotel is set in 170 acres of private gardens, and activities such as horseriding, tennis and croquet are also available.



  • Day spa packages start from £130. A three-day Holistic Spa Escape costs from £430 with accommodation in a superior room.; 01342 714914

Hong Kong Phewee Take the weight off your feet - and your credit cards - with a visit to the new spa at the Landmark Mandarin in the shopping capital of South East Asia. The Landmark is the Mandarin Oriental's first boutique hotel in Hong Kong, located in an unbeatable central location - and with two floors dedicated to unwinding.

Along with the usual array of manicures, pedicures and facials, the spa offers signature treatments such as the four-handed Oriental Harmony massage or Oriental Salt body scrub, using frangipani, jasmine, ylang ylang and patchouli essential oils. For a truly indulgent A-list experience visit The Sanctuary Suite, a private spa suite for two people.

The suite has an amethyst crystal steam-shower, vitality tub, dual massage beds and flat screen TV - you can enjoy up to three hours here, tucked away from the outside world - two hours of treatment time, and one of relaxation.



  • The Landmark Mandarin : Doubles from £200, on a room-on basis. Kuoni World Class offers five nights at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, incl flights and transfers from £1114 per person.; 01306 747 732

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