Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

SHA Wellness, Alicante

I am at SHA Wellness, the renowned Spanish clinic just outside Alicante for a three-day immersion at this world-famous health retreat.

The first thing to strike me is the calm atmosphere, which is what you would expect at a top-notch health resort but, believe me, it’s not always achieved. The hotel is incredibly cleverly-designed with very few solid walls and masses of greenery so you feel you’re walking through a beautiful, many-tiered garden whether inside or out. The fact that this has been designed by a Feng Shui expert is evident.

When Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe opened the iconic Marbella Club in Spain just over sixty years ago, he defined luxury as ‘a blend of privacy and gardens’.  Over the last half century the concept of luxury has been hijacked by the big brands and turned into a prized saleable asset.  Many of us are now suspicious of this ubiquitous label, used freely to describe anything from a hotel that provides a flat screen television and a modicum of service to a bottle of champagne or a new watch.  Increasingly, with so many publications dedicated to ‘luxury’ brands, we are wondering what the word really means and questioning its value.   So how refreshing to discover Cugó Gran, a small, discreet, brand new villa in Menorca, offering privacy in a spectacular garden setting and perfectly encapsulating Prince Alfonso’s enduring definition.

Spring Break Holidays Around the World

As winter very slowly recedes and fades into spring, it’s time to dust off the cobwebs and consider a break to restore body and soul. Perhaps a short hop to Europe to enjoy the time honoured culture and traditions for which the continent is so famous, or perhaps some family adventures in Oman or South Africa. Explore the emerging hot spots in south-east Asia or simply unwind and enjoy the harbour views from your pool in Antigua. Red Savannah CEO, George Morgan-Grenville, suggests destinations for a spring break this year.