Category: Breaks

summer skin dos and dontsThe cold weather is finally giving way to sunshine and summer is on the horizon. This means it’s time to shed your winter layers and refresh your beauty routine, so you can emerge like a beautiful soft-skinned butterfly into the next season. The Club Spa’s Manager Lyndsey Jackson-Guy reveals the must-know beauty tricks for a rejuvenated you.


Do use SPF even when it still seems like winter! Wind and sun are one dynamic (and evil) duo for the skin. So when freezing temperatures and biting winds have left your skin dry, agitated, and pretty much in the fetal position, UV rays have a clear shot at your skin. Using SPF lotion all year round will add moisture to your skin and make it less prone to lines and wrinkles. In the summer months The Club Hotel & Spa has its very own Sunshine Butler on hand to provide guests with SPF sun cream.

Do keep things natural. Lotions using as many natural ingredients as possible are best as the skin can get very delicate during winter. Use a Herbal Steam room if you are looking to shed your winter weight. Herbal Steam rooms accelerate weight loss and a single steam session can burn as many as 600 calories! The Club Spa’s Herbal Steam Room also helps to eliminate toxins and leaves skin hydrated. The Herbal Steam Room is complimentary to use for all hotel and spa guests.

Do exfoliate. Central heating and icy weather play havoc with your complexion, making your skin look dull and feel horribly dry. Using an exfoliating scrub can help to shed dead skin to reveal softer, fresher skin. The Ayurvedic Master Facial at the Club Spa includes deep cleansing and exfoliation.

Do look after your hair. It’s not just your skin that gets neglected throughout the winter. During the colder months, hair can get dry and brittle from lack of vitamin D, so make sure you give your locks some love and attention once in a while too. For a natural remedy,the Salt Pool at The Club Spa contains essential minerals which can help to repair and protect damaged hair and make it shinier.


Don’t exfoliate too much as this can dry out your skin. This then can lead to the skin getting too oily as it tries to recover from being stripped. It is best to exfoliate your skin once a week.

Don’t just wrap up under warm layers and forget about looking after your body and skin during colder months. Harsh cold weather drains out the moisture in skin, however a body lotion will rehydrate and rejuvenate this. The Rasul Mud Room at The Club Spa is known for its healing properties. The Rasul Mud will leave your skin feeling soft and renewed as it will detoxify your skin and improve the texture.

Don’t stress. Massage is a proven powerful stress reliever which not only helps you unwind but can also help with long-term anxiety issues. The Shankara Bliss treatment at The Club Spa includes a face and scalp massage which aids relaxation – perfect for relieving stress. A happy person is a beautiful person.

Don’t stick with the same products all year around.  You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in the summer.  But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine.  Find an "ointment" moisturizer that's oil-based, rather than water-based for the colder months, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labelled as "night creams" are oil- based.)

The Club Spa is home to an Indoor Salt Water Pool with Hydrotherapy Bench and Thermal Suite, comprising a Salt Cabin, Herbal Steam Room, Sauna and Experience Shower to revive and invigorate.  A soothing Relaxation Sanctuary offers four reclining beds with integrated headphones playing soothing music with  fruit, herbal teas and magazines available.

Both the pools and thermal suite are complimentary for all hotel guests to use between the opening hours of 8am to 8pm. The Club Spa is part of, Europe’s leading health and beauty retailer and uses luxury brands Darphin and Decleor.

If you want to have a little break before the summer and get yourself in tip top condition then you can head to The Club Spa, Green Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4UH, Channel Islands

For reservations please call: 01534 876 500  or visit

z hotels shoreditch affordable London hotel

What a bargain! If you have ever looked up hotels in London and been a little disappointed by how much of your shopping and doing budget will go up in smoke then take a look at Z Hotels in Shoreditch.

The Shoreditch offering is Z Hotels’ fourth London property, it's new too, having just opened its doors, offering guests urban luxury in the heart of the city’s East End with room rates from just £59 per night.

A designer conversion of a former office building in the heart of London’s Silicon roundabout, Z Shoreditch is located in The Bower – a new landmark quarter near Old Street which will also include offices, restaurants and retail units.

With 111 rooms, Z Shoreditch adheres to the Z Hotels ethos of providing the quintessential ‘Urbanite Stay’ experience; affordable luxury in a desirable location. Those coming to the capital for business or leisure will be delighted by the room rates.

Just a stone’s throw away from the area’s plethora of bars, restaurants and hip hangouts, the property is perfectly placed for those guests looking to explore some of London’s most lively nightlife. Culture vultures will also be pleased to know that Z Shoreditch is just moments away from historic houses, independent art galleries and design stores.

Arranged over four floors, each of the bedrooms will feature the latest 48” LED HD TV’s with a full selection of Sky Sports and Sky Movies available at no extra cost, power showers, bespoke hand-crafted beds, luxury bed linen and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Bev King, director of Z Hotels comments, “We are thrilled to be moving east and be increasing our London portfolio to four. Shoreditch is one of London’s coolest areas and we’re excited to continue to expand upon our successful Z concept.” 

Z Shoreditch is hotel group’s sixth property. The brand has expanded rapidly since launching the new hotel concept in 2011 with its flagship hotel in Soho, London. Since then, the portfolio has grown to include Z Victoria, Z Liverpool, Z Piccadilly, Z Glasgow.

For more information visit or call 020 3551 3700.


Another Romantical London retreat for you to consider for Valentines Day at the Lancaster London.

With breathtaking views of Hyde Park and some of London’s most iconic landmarks, guests at Lancaster London are guaranteed a romantic backdrop to their visit.

The hotel has launched a ‘Romance in the City’ package for lovebirds looking to enjoy the stunning panoramic views across the capital’s skyline.

Priced from £239.00 per night, the package starts with a wonderful surprise for guests on arrival. Bedrooms are lavishly decorated with rose petals and balloons, to set the tone for a romantic evening. Shortly after, chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne on ice will be delivered to the guestroom.

The package also includes a relaxing breakfast in Island Grill restaurant the following morning.

Guests can customise the package to include a romantic candlelit dinner in one of the hotel’s two award winning restaurants. Nipa Thai, widely renowned as one of London’s best Thai restaurants, or the contemporary Island Grill.

Just a one minute walk from Lancaster Gate tube station, the hotel enjoys a privileged position close to the bustling shopping districts of Oxford and Bond Street, internationally famed West End theatres, museums and tourist attractions.


Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY

Reservations on 020 7551 6000 or visit

MudefordNeed a gift for someone? Want a good reason to come back to the forest? Need to escape? Why not join us for a beginners art course in the New Forest with local artist Mal Philips.

Mal will pick you up from Cottage Lodge at 10am and return you mid-afternoon on Tuesday and Wednesday for a lovely relaxed day of painting landscapes. One day seascapes and one day landscapes. Mal will provide the canvasses and paints. All you have to do is to bring a fold up chair to sit on and clothing that you don't mind a little paint splattering.

This exclusive offer is only available to visitors of the Cottage Lodge. You are welcome to stay with us and we will give you a free reserved parking space to leave your car safely all day, a free sandwich lunch to eat whilst painting and, space to leave your car/belongings with us for the day on the day of departure.

These lovely courses are available for £100pp paid directly to Mal Philips. Rooms at the Cottage are available from £24.50pppn inc B&B. Dinner is available at the Fallen Tree Restaurant on site. It is adviseable to book the restaurant early. Alternatively there are three lovely pubs and seven restaurants nearby.

To book your stay simply call on 01590 622296.

Dates of the courses are:

10th and 11th February
10th and 11th March
21st and 22nd April
9th and 10th June
7th and 8th July
15th adn 16th September
6th and 8th October

My Hotels are offering a Valentine’s package deal from Mercure. Why not escape the hustle and bustle of London and set aside some time just for each other?
Mercure hotels are offering the perfect romantic getaway with their ‘Ready For Romance’ package. This package includes bed and breakfast with a late check-out until 2pm, an indulgent box of chocolates and a romantic three course dinner including two glasses of fizz – all from just £109*.
It is available to book from now until 19th February and valid for stays from 11th February until 22nd February at participating Mercure hotels around the UK. Please find more information in the attached release.