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Welcome to the Essential Escapes blog, where we give you the latest from the frontline of luxury spa holidays. We interview experts in the field of wellbeing, and bring you unique first-hand reports from discerning spa-goers, covering every corner of the globe. Read our reviews from our hardworking team of spa testers!

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WILL | The new essential oil body care brand

We are always on the lookout for products that can elevate our training experience in and out of the gym. As an office we are very much into our fitness and the latest wellness products as with most of our new finds, we come across them through Instagram. So, when we came across WILL it stood out immediately with its sleek packaging and clear message, we had to find out more. With more and more ‘wellness’ products claiming to be the holy grail it was refreshing to see a brand that only uses ingredients that serve a particular purpose.

What WILL have to say –


“WILL formulas are professionally designed using modern aromatherapy techniques to elevate your workout experience.

WILL enhances your training ritual by blending essential oils that protect, energise, refresh, relax, moisturise and groom the body and mind. There are two ways your body receives the benefits of our essential oils:

#1 Repeat skin absorption of natural and functional ingredients

#2 Consistent stimulation of the brain and olfactory system through aromatic scents”

All their products are cruelty-free, made in Canada and are 100% pure grade essential oil with no artificial colouring. Make sure to have a proper read up and they offer FREE samples for $1 shipping, so you can try before you buy.

Here are top 3 to check out –


Olfactic Inhalers, well there are 3 in this collection, but we had to include all of them as an aid in breathing and clearing the mind.


The Yoga Mat Spray with tea tree and lavender acts as a cleaner and prepares all training equipment surfaces by clearing most bacteria and germs with a few sprays.


Finally, we always have to try a post workout muscle oil. WILL’s Soothe and Cool Post-Training Massage Oil provides a soothing and cooling effect to tired muscles while moisturising the skin.



Cheryl Visits Marbella Club

The world famous Marbella Club has launched new wellness programmes so you can combine the luxury and class of this wonderful property with a Mediterranean approach to healthy living.

The new packages include:

Purifying, boot camp, stress management, stop smoking, beauty and Mediterranean Renewal.

My favourite is the Wellness Weekend which is designed for those in need of a recharge. Revitalise from the inside out with fresh nutritious Mediterranean cuisine and the healing power of Thalassotherapy. Enjoy a Vichy exfoliation, Multi-jet bath with magnesium, marine massage, back massage and a Thalasso facial topped off by a spot of retail therapy in nearby Puerto Banus! Heaven on earth ….


Cheryl Visits Grand Velas Hotel and Spa Resort in Cancun

Booking a Spa treatment at the Signature Spa Grand Velas all suites Hotel & Spa Resort in Cancun is taking the first step on The Path to Wellbeing.
All guests are encouraged to prepare your body and relax your mind with the hydrothermal journey to help activate your metabolism. This is not for the faint hearted, as you are led from boiling hot sauna and steam to the ice room and eventually plunged into a hot and cold jacuzzi pool with numerous water cascades and jets in between.
I took the Path To Wisdom and had the Uumbal Shawl Massage (80 mins)- head to toe massage which aligns the body posture and cleans the energy channels.
As you enter the spa you are taken through the registration process easily with no fuss with fresh watermelon juice to enjoy. As you enter your Spa room you take part in a welcome ritual, invoking the four elements, your feet are placed in warm millet filled slippers and the whole experience is very spiritual.
You are massaged with cold lemons to make pressure, and then your limbs are stretched with the shawls-a pre-Hispanic method...heavenly...
As I relaxed in mental and physical euphoria after my sensational massage drinking my Organic green tea with low caffeine my masseur handed me the 2 lemons that she used for my massage in a brown paper bag , and told me to throw it into the ocean and make a wish!
An hour later I felt quite emotional as I stood on the beach, made my wish, and threw my brown paper bag into the blue waves of the Caribbean.


Cheryl Visits Penha Longa Spa & Resort

I was lucky enough to visit Penha Longa Spa and Resort – a breathtakingly beautiful hotel which also encompasses a 19th century palace, 27 spectacular golf holes set within historic ruins and a stunning Spa and Wellness centre. The resort is just 30 minutes' drive from downtown Lisbon, or a 10 minute drive from the beaches of Estoril and Cascais, and the enchanted UNESCO Sintra village.

Treatments at this spiritual spa include; walking the Labyrinth to de-clutter the mind and learn to deal with stress.

All treatments feature the Nature Bisse world famous products which make your skin feel like velvet.

Dining at Penha Longa is a gastronomic delight with a choice of 6 restaurants including the BEST Japanese restaurant in Portugal.

Penha Longa, with its tranquillity, natural beauty and plethora of outdoor activities make this one of Europe's most attractive and exclusive escapes.


Spring clean your diet

Nutrition consultant, Claire Cantor, offers her advice on eating for the new season.

"Chinese and Japanese philosophies teach that our bodies are naturally drawn to different foods, depending on the season. We also learn that upward-growing vegetables may boost our creativity and lift our spirits after a long winter.

Here is some inspiration of food choices to help you make the most of the season.

Reach for refreshing, cleansing and energising foods such as radish or daikon, cabbage and leafy greens, shitake mushrooms, sauerkraut, fennel.

Enjoy asparagus, artichokes, spring greens, bok choy, courgettes, watercress, sugar snaps, spinach, spring onions, baby potatoes, fresh peas and pickles.

Oranges, pineapple, all berries, melons, mandarins and clementines, lemons.

Use more barley, quinoa, lentils and lighter grains and serve with grilled fish, tofu, lamb, chicken.

These are “clean tasting” and lively foods for an uplifting and wholesome spring taste. "

Coming up in our next blog, Claire shares some delicious recipes making use of these spring clean flavours.

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