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Domes Noruz Chania, Crete

Domes Noruz Chania, Crete

Where: On the northwest coast of Crete, five kilometres from Chania’s old town.

The lowdown: The word “noruz” means new light and this hotel certainly lives up to its name. With its sand-coloured walls and huge, ornate arches, it has the feel of a Moroccan villa mixed with a stunning contemporary design to set off the vivid blue of the Aegean beyond. The hotel has two generous swimming pools (one with a beach bar and spectacular sea views), a spa and gym. However, the rooms are the hotel’s real talking point. Each is decorated in stylish neutral and pastel tones with a choice of an outdoor whirlpool bath or a hot tub. 

USP: The alfresco breakfast was without doubt a favourite experience with its amazing assortment of local fruits, freshly baked breads and eggs cooked any way you wish. When you find yourself asking, “Should I create my own smoothie this morning or go for champagne instead?” you know you’re in the right place. Enjoying a second cappuccino while gazing beyond the palms and watching early morning swimmers was an uplifting start to the day.

It’s all about relaxation at Domes Noruz. As soon as you settle in your sunlounger you’re handed a towel and a fresh juice. It’s very easy to while away the entire holiday here if you’re that way inclined, but the hotel is a convenient 10-minute taxi ride away from the centre of Chania, where you can stroll around the old town’s narrow streets and market squares. Its architecture reflects the town’s Venetian heritage and it is ideal for a relaxed waterside lunch while taking in views of the lighthouse and old armoury that influenced the design of the hotel.

Who you’ll see in the steam room: The hotel is relatively new, but Pixie Lott was recently a visitor and it seems to be a fashion blogger’s paradise (the vast swimming pools and the amazing light make a great selfie background). Part of Domes Noruz’s charm is that it is unpretentious and welcomes anyone, from honeymooners to middle-aged couples. It’s an adults-only hotel that is perfect for complete peace and quiet.

Time for one treatment: The spa at Domes Noruz is a haven for those wanting to relax even further. Its pool, sauna and steam room area lined with comfy day beds, soothing music and dark lighting is really quite hypnotic. 

A whole host of treatments is on offer, from Elemis facials and hot-stone massages to specialist sports treatments. I opted for a one-to-one session with a personal trainer, though, partly because I got to stay outside. 

It was relaxed but thorough with a bit of yoga and Pilates combined to suit me. It was lovely to exercise as the sun came up and it was just enough toil to earn another decadent breakfast.

Paula O’Connor

Double rooms at Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection start at £204pp per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Call +30 2310 810624 or visit marriott.com/herdo.

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Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand

Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand

Where: On the southwesterly point of Koh Samui, Thailand’s second-largest island. Domestic flights run regularly or you can take a leisurely ferry from mainland Surat Thani.

The lowdown: An hour’s drive from the airport and up an impossibly steep cliff-side road, the five-star Conrad hotel is private, secluded and a total retreat from the rest of the world.

Hidden around the mountainside are 81 villas, three restaurants, a gym and a spa and it all looks out on to truly incredible views over the Gulf of Thailand. If you can bear to leave your room (more on that later), there’s a main pool, a small stretch of sand dotted with hammocks and floating sundecks to relax on.

The remote location means you are practically cut off from any other form of civilisation (no bad thing in my opinion) but the hotel puts on free daily boat trips to a nearby beach, transfers to Chaweng, the island’s party central, and daily classes such as yoga, Tai Chi and children’s activities to keep guests occupied.

Savour a cocktail and watch the sun go down in the main lobby lounge before dining at one of the three restaurants – Azure for a casual poolside grill, Zest, which serves a mix of Asian and Western dishes or, for a real treat, the fine-dining tasting menu at Jahn.

The spa is, if possible, an even more serene spot at the top of the cliff. The 10 treatment suites are vast and offer more of those jaw-dropping views.

People say hotels are generally of excellent standard in Thailand, but this place really took my breath away. Luxury like this doesn’t come cheap, but it’s worth treating yourself to a couple of nights of paradise here.

USP: In my opinion a good hotel room is one you never want to leave and I could happily have remained cocooned in my heavenly villa at Conrad. Elegantly decorated, it had lots of little luxuries, such as an iPad, a chest full of board games and the biggest pillow menu I’ve ever seen. The marble bathroom was as big as the bedroom and had mood lighting, a rainfall shower and a circular bath big enough for two.

You’ll forget about all this though when you open the curtains and see the 10-metre long infinity pool overlooking that azure sea dotted with striking island formations. It takes hotel rooms to a whole new level.

Who you’ll see in the steam room: Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has stayed in the past but guests here are generally after a slower pace of life – typically couples celebrating honeymoons or anniversaries.

Time for one treatment: I stayed at Conrad at the end of a 10-day trip around the country and I’d already had my fair share of traditional Thai massages – all in the name of research, of course – so I was after something a little less grimace-inducing (if you’ve ever tried a Thai massage you’ll know what I mean). I opted for the Real Aromatherapy Experience, a complete treat from start to finish. The 60-minute treatment began with a foot scrub then my whole body was stretched and kneaded using Asian and Western massage styles.

The masseuse really listened to my needs, getting the pressure just right and focusing on the areas I requested. The whole dreamy experience finished with a head massage, a hair braid and a cup of hot stone apple tea, and left me walking out in a haze of relaxation.

Laura Mulley

Conrad Koh Samui’s Ocean View Pool Villa starts at £660 a night for one to two guests. Visit conradkohsamui.com for further information. The Real Aromatherapy Experience costs about £81.

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St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Guernsey

St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Guernsey

Where: A 15-minute drive north from the tiny Guernsey airport in the Channel Islands.

The lowdown: The newly renovated hotel, spa and golf resort set over 35 acres holds the key to a weekend of total relaxation. While a 10-minute drive takes you to St Peter Port, with its cobbled streets and quaint teashops reminiscent of a bygone era, the hotel itself will meet all your spa requirements. 

The £2.5million redevelopment is obvious, with five indulgent treatment rooms, a spacious new indoor pool with LED mood lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out across the tranquil grounds. The sauna, heated by volcanic stones, faces outwards to a view of the lake through privacy glass – you can see out but from the other side it looks like a mirror and we got much amusement from watching fellow guests checking themselves out. The steam room offers 100 per cent humidity and all wet areas lead out to a decked terrace, which is perfect for stretching, yoga and, of course, taking a dip in the outdoor whirlpool bath. 

USP: At just over an hour by plane from London, St Pierre Park offers a place of serenity that can be enjoyed even as a quick overnight stay. Whether you’re deciding on a treatment from the list available, pumping it out in the gym or relaxing poolside, the staff cannot do enough for you.

One of the highlights for us was the evening meal in the Victor Hugo Restaurant, which offers a varied menu of local produce and a very attentive maitre d’ who helped us match a different wine to each course. 

Make the most of your time here by enjoying the benefits of the Nordic-inspired outdoor spa bath and shower, which has the added bonus of a button to press if you decide to order food and drink for a spot of alfresco lunching. 

Who you’ll see in the steam room: Former athlete and Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell was a guest of honour at the hotel’s opening night as part of her role as an ambassador for fitness brand Matrix. St Pierre Park is the first UK health club to offer Matrix In-Trinity classes, which are held on raised platforms – so you never know which gold medallist you might bump into. 

Time for one treatment: It would have to be the Elemis BIOTEC Radiance Renew Facial. In terms of effectiveness, it worked miracles. Prior to the stay, I had blemishes that I could not clear, but two days after the facial they had all but vanished and I had an added feeling of overall rejuvenation. If you can squeeze in another treatment, make it the Elemis Deeper Than Deep 55 Minute Hot Stone Massage. With the memory foam bed and excellent overall technique, my mum, Val, said it was the best she’d ever had.

Sian O’Donnell

Hand Picked Hotels (0845 458 0901, handpickedhotels.co.uk) is offering Two Night Classic Breaks at St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort from £228 per room for two people. This includes two nights’ accommodation in a classic double or twin room, a three-course dinner for two on the first night and a traditional breakfast on both mornings.

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