Spas and Retreats

The variety of spa breaks on offer in Kent is stunning. At Utopia Spa, at Rowhill Grange, awards include South of England Finest Spa, Best Hotel Spa of the Year, Elite Spa, and within Worlds Top 50 Spas by Mail on Sunday. Therapeutic waters, massage beds, a sauna and steam room combine with more than 40 revitalising treatments.

People have flocked to the healing waters of Royal Tunbridge Wells for more than 400 years. That heritage gets a 21st century makeover at the town's Spa Hotel, an exquisite Georgian mansion with state-of-the-art facilities. Or check into the nearby Hotel Du Vin for a luxury stay plus in-room treatments.

Head over to the luxury spa facilities at the London Beach Hotel, Spa and Country Club in Tenterden. The inifinity swimming pool, saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzi, large hydrotherapy pool plus plenty of treatment rooms ensure relaxation and beauty for all. Trained beauticians offer a varietyof aromatherapies and treatments to suit any age or gender.

At 3000-acre Eastwell Manor book a four-poster bedroom or Mews Cottage, then swim in the pools, work out in the gym, un-kink in the sauna, and indulge in a treatment in the award-winning Dreams beauty salon.

The Garden of England Spa at Wallett's Court is set high on Dover's White Cliffs. Relax in its pool, sauna, steam room, fitness studio and hot tub. Special packages include overnight stays, indulgent treatments and gourmet dinners - you can even tag on golf and clay pigeon shooting too.

Elsewhere, opt for deeply relaxing facials and body therapies at Kalmora Spa, near Goudhurst, or re-balancing Ayurveda treatments at the serene Tor Spa Retreat at Ickham. Or try Kent Yogaworks, which aims to refresh and refocus you on a series of themed retreats in plumb Kent destinations.