New to Spabreaks.com this year, The Montenotte Hotel in County Cork combines contemporary style in its interior design with historic elegance, particularly when it comes to its unique Victorian sunken garden. The hotel has wonderful views of the city but the peace of a country house hotel – the perfect escape for a romantic mini break!
Thus called because of its historic links to the region’s salmon fishing past, where the fish was preserved under ice before being shipping to market in Dublin, Ice House Hotel is now a contemporary hotel using lots of glass to make the most of its river and woodland views. The spa area is all about relaxation rather than working out, and in particular the outdoor hot tub taking in the magnificent views is a real treat. Make sure you indulge in a seaweed bath while you’re there!
Warm and tranquil with spectacular views from its clifftop position, Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa is surrounded by the UNESCO Heritage Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and offers guests both sea and mountains, food from around the world, local wines, and a spa with treatments using natural ingredients such as citrus, almonds and olive oil.
A medical wellness resort, Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel 5* combines luxury and wellbeing, not to mention a significant amount of history, housed within an emblematic building by King Fernando VII. The 18th century surroundings make for a wonderfully romantic space in which to dine and unwind, while the healing powers of its sulphurous, calcium and magnesium thermal waters are the reason eminent figures throughout the centuries have visited, including Eugenia de Montijo (wife of Napoleon III).
A private enclave in the hills of Ibiza, Hacienda Na Xamena & La Posidonia Spa dates back to 1971 and offers a luxurious, bohemian atmosphere a la Jade Jagger. Its unique lifestyle philosophy has attracted visitors across the decades and today you can still tuck into an array of goji berries and chia seeds in the morning, and organic fare from the vegetable garden in the evening. Top it all off with a dip in one of eight pools and treatments from SkinCeuticals.
A five star hotel in the Chianti region in Tuscany, Castello del Nero Hotel and Spa is a luxurious hotel in a 12th century castle. Surrounded by 300 hectares of rolling hills, it has a Michelin star restaurant to its name as well as an array of sports facilities and treatments that combine ESPA products with the local additions of sea salt, olive oil, pink clay and rosemary.
A luxury hotel by CURIO – A Collection by Hilton, La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena sits in a former Medieval village around 75 minutes from Florence. The hotel is set across various buildings so it still has a village vibe, and the restaurant is undeniably romantic. The whole resort is geared towards relaxation, but the spa takes it up a notch with therapeutic waters of an outdoor thermal pool, supplied from a local spring and infused with natural minerals.
Surrounded by beautiful Sardinian scenery, Villa del Parco & SPA is an intimate five star hotel set amongst the centuries-old gardens of Forte Village Resort. You can stay in rooms, bungalows or villas, and the wider Forte Village is home to a phenomenal 21 restaurants to choose from as well as cafes, bars and nightclubs. Meanwhile, you are just 450m from an ivory sand beach or can swim in one of nine pools. There’s also yoga, thalassotherapy and plenty of beautiful treatments.
A longstanding favourite and a brilliant family friendly hotel, Aphrodite Hills is surrounded by an 18-hole championship golf course and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The five star hotel has 290 rooms, each with a balcony or terrace, as well as villa accommodation, and offers a wealth of sports facilities, spa facilities and treatments. More like a village than a hotel, it also has shops and 11 bars and restaurants on site.
Sitting on Venice’s sparkling Jesolo beach, Almar Jesolo Resort and Spa is a multi award-winning hotel where each room has its own private terrace and the design throughout is contemporary and chic. Very much an adult hotel, the Almablu Spa is an extensive space with a 70 metre outdoor pool, a wellness area with extensive thermal facilities and a seafront hot tub as well as treatments using their own product line and all rooted in Chinese medicine.
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