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Spa holidays

January 27, 2004
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Spas are booming and no new hotel iscomplete without one. Celebs from Naomi Campbell to have taken advantage of down time between work sessions to relax, shape up and pamper themselves. In case you fancy a little of the same, here are the fabfour currently making waves…

For full-on glamour, the Banyan Tree in theSeychelles is near the top of the luxury league.

A host of celebrities have alreadydiscovered this pampered paradise of 35villas scattered around the secluded IntendanceBay (the land was once owned byPeter Sellers and George Harrison).If there’s any spa setting more soothingand relaxing, we’d like to know about it.

Treatment rooms are open to the sound ofwaves and warm Indian Ocean breezes ripplethrough the lush foliage. Thai women serveherbal tea, smother you with exotic bodywraps and massage with strong, experthands that belie their delicacy. You’ll emergefeeling like a million dollars.

The Blue Palace, Crete

There are nearly 50 wet and drytreatments on offer, ranging from traditionalolive-oil massage and Indianhead massage to cellulite wraps. And ifyou’re not interested in the treatments,watersports, snorkelling safaris,sandbar picnics and island-hopping byyacht will keep you happy – to saynothing of the five restaurants.

In the past Greece’s largest and most fascinatingisland has not really been able to boast about its spa facilities. That all changed, however, last summer with the opening of the Blue Palace hotel which sports a 2,000-square metreThalassotherapy spa that is rapidly gaining global recognition. The setting, on the beach overlooking the sparkling Bay of Elounda, isglorious; the philosophy is to combinethe benefits of seawater treatment(Thalassotherapy) with the pamperingsurroundings of a luxury hotel. Atleast half the bungalows and suiteshave their own private infinity pool.

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