SPA BREAKS: If you're looking for the ultimate in relaxation, there are few places in the world which do it better than these ten spas. Seclude yourself away in the Himalayan peaks or take some time out from the bustling streets of New York - here is where the pampering's at.
1. Como Shambhala Hotel, Bali
Acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, naturopathy - they're all at your disposal during a stay at the wonderful Como Shambhala. Add to that a couple of swimming pools, yoga sessions and the superb surroundings of the Balinese jungle and you'll be Como-tose in no time.
2. Huvafen Fushi Hotel, Maldives
Fancy some time out at the world's first underwater wellness centre? Then look no further than the Huvafen Fushi, squirrelled away on the beautiful North Malé atoll in the Maldives. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the company of clownfish or get up to speed with the hotel's latest technological gadgets - all in aid of ultimate relaxation.
3. Mandarin Oriental, New York
Boasting stunning views over the Hudson and Central Park, New York's Mandarin Oriental provides its clients with world-class pampering from head to toe. From thai massage to chakra therapy, you'll find the perfect treatment to suit your needs.
4. Bahia del Duque, Tenerife
The unbelievable spa at the Bahia del Duque is home to what can only be described as an endless procession of saunas, hammams, whirlpools, sensation showers and thalassotherapy circuits. Do your own thing or choose your therapy, the possibilities are astounding.
5. The Salt Cave, Burgundy
Just a short two-hour trip out of Paris, you'll find Burgundy's Cave ŕ sel and its unique offering of halotherapy. A centuries-old technique of relaxation involving the inhalation of saline air, a relaxing session in this cave made entirely of salt allow the body's aches and pains to simply fall away.
6. Jalousie Plantation Hotel, St Lucia
It may not be the largest of spas, but the Rainforest spa at the Jalousie Plantation Hotel provides one of the most unique settings you'll find anywhere on earth. With Indian massages, hot stone therapies and gorgeous St Lucian spa products, relaxation never felt so good.
7. Dinarobin Hotel, Mauritius
This little slice of heaven deep in the Indian Ocean offers the perfect escape from stress and into a world of sea-water pools, mud wraps and gastronomic delights. Each treatment room at the Dinarobin has its own unique atmosphere, including Balinese, Indian and Thai.
8. Ananda Spa, Indian Himalayas
The Ananda Spa, buried deep in the Indian Himalayas, offers a haven of peace and tranquility. Join in with the robust schedule of yoga, dance and gymnastics or slide into a relaxing jacuzzi with stunning views out onto the Ganges valley.
9. The original Banyan Tree, Thailand
The Banyan Tree Phuket was the very first of its kind to open and to this day offers its clients a truly sensual experience on the shores of the lagoon. Relax into oil-based massages, coconut milk wraps and a fresh menu to cleanse the system.
10. Masseria Torre Coccaro Hotel, Italy
Surrounded by ancient olive groves in the stunning region of Puglia, the spa at the Masseria Torre Coccaro offers a true taste of Italian luxury. Indulge in olive oil-based treatments and experiment with the firming properties of the spa's organically-produced, homemade products - all at the fingertips of experienced masseurs.