Weekend breaks in the UK – special gifts for loved ones

There are times when you simply want to spoil the special people in your life with a thoroughly thoughtful and special gift. If this Christmas is one of those times, presents don’t come much more thoughtful than treating a deserving friend or family member to a weekend in the ultimate retreat: a spa.

It’s worth mentioning at this point, that spas have moved with the times, so if you’re still picturing the old-fashioned draconian “regime” of half a grapefruit and a lettuce leaf (albeit a large one) per day followed by a pummelling by a matronly masseuse, then you couldn’t be further from the truth.

Today’s health resorts are the epitome of relaxation – serene havens of peace and quiet, far from the hubbub of 21st century living.

In the gentle ambience of the spa environment, your loved ones will be able to escape from outside stresses and recharge their batteries in an atmosphere of indulgent tranquillity.

The easiest way to arrange for your friends or family to enjoy the delights of a spa experience is to give them spa vouchers for a day visit or a weekend break, depending on how much you want to spend.

Vouchers make ideal special gifts for overworked mums and dads, ever-supportive grandparents, and friends in serious need of pampering. And pampering is what spas do best…

If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting one yourself, it’s well worth Googling some of the top British spas online to find out how your lucky chosen recipients could redeem their vouchers. The truth is that this special gift will open the doors to a wonderful world of wellness beyond their wildest dreams.

New treatments are regularly being developed, such as a lava shell massage – the hottest new eco-treatment. This amazing stress-busting treatment uses beautiful recycled tiger clamshells, which have come all the way from the balmy South Pacific.

Thanks to the non-toxic lava gel inside them, these smart shells act as the world’s first-ever natural self-heating massage tool, and they don’t cool down during the treatment in the way that stones do. Treatments such as lava shell massage can usually be booked for any daytime or overnight stay.

And should your spa visitors prefer active rather than passive pursuits, the UK’s leading spas certainly won’t disappoint. Whether you have a penchant for Pilates, a yearning for yoga or a passion for pom-poms, there’s bound to be an activity that suits your level of fitness.

These days, spas genuinely cater for all tastes. So by choosing spa vouchers as a special gift this Christmas, you can be sure your presents will go down well with everyone. Truly in-spa-rational!

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