With experts agreeing that a well-earned break can help to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit, spa weekends provide a healthy diversion from our busy everyday lives, offering both soothing relaxation and sheer indulgence to minimise stress levels. Hotel sanatoriums can be found almost everywhere now, but for those seeking great alternative spa breaks in Europe, we shine a light on some of the continent’s most blissful temples of calm. With thermal infinity pools, holistic treatments and soothing massages, these tranquil retreats will leave you feeling fresh, light and ready to face the world.
Set within the heart of Garonne, the largest wine region in France, Bordeaux is famed for its gorgeous vineyards, but has far more to offer than its brilliant claret. Named the Best European Destination of 2015, the neoclassical architecture and old world splendour of Bordeaux’s historic inner city makes for a real melting pot for culture, earning it protection as a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. To inspire your own adventure to this exciting wine capital, we take a look at some of the fantastic activities the port city has to offer.