Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - August/September 2023 (Issue 102)

HONEYMOON News: ITALY Hilton Lake Como in Italy is offering new spa treatments for guests and locals at its award-winning eForea Spa and Health Club. A celebration of Lake Como’s centuries-old tradition of silk craft and the property’s history as a former silk factory, the ‘Signature Silk Touch Treatment’ harnesses the material’s relaxing and soothing benefits. Tailored entirely to the couple’s needs, the therapist will select an aromatic oil, then the skin is prepped to release toxins and the flowing massage works into areas of tension, encouraging optimum circulation. Hilton Lake Como is a new-generation hotel with spectacular scenery, traditional charm, and jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the lake from its rooftop pool. Steeped in history, it’s home to 170 spacious guest rooms, with a variety of stunning suites to choose from, and a popular rooftop cocktail bar and restaurant. Check out for more information. CROATIA Recently renovated for 2023, the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel offers luxury rooms and suites, a range of fabulous amenities and an exemplary culinary offering across multiple restaurants, including its new Mezzino Snack Bar and redesigned à la carte restaurant. Creating the ultimate rejuvenation experience is the hotel’s luxurious Balance Mediterranean Spa, which has been fully upgraded with a complete redesign of both its wellness area and indoor pool. With complimentary access to the ‘Valamar Signature Wellness Programme’, guests can relax in the steam bath, Finnish sauna, soft sauna, sauna lounge, indoor pool and room with water beds. Those looking to indulge even further can book one of the spa’s extensive treatments, including soothing massages and refreshing facials. Head over to for more information. MALDIVES The eco-luxury resort, Gili Lankanfushi, has announced a new ‘Ultimate Vinotherapy Wellness Journey’ at its award-winning Meera Spa. The 150-minute wellness experience includes a relaxing foot ritual followed by a pampering body exfoliation. Next, guests are wrapped in a unique blend of cabernet, clay and fresh grapes to cleanse and tone the skin while boosting circulation. Couples will then enjoy a deep muscle fusion massage, leaving them floating on a cloud before they step into a candlelit rose and wine-infused bath for two. Gili Lankanfushi’s luxurious spa is comprised of glass-floored treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam room and plentiful relaxation areas connected by open-air walkways. From immersive, one-to-five-day wellness journeys to new active programmes that combine surfing and scuba diving with tailored spa treatments, there is something for everyone at Gili Lankanfushi. Visit for more information. THAILAND Aleenta Retreat Chiang Mai is a new property in Northern Thailand. The spacious 44 rooms, one-and-two-bedroom pool residences and teak villa, merge traditional Thai design with a soothing palate of natural hues, sophisticated furnishings and tech-savvy facilities. Embracing its spiritual location in the ancient city of Chiang Mai, the resort is home to one of the brand’s signature wellness centres. Retreats are enriched by healthy cuisine and a wellness cooking class, as well as bespoke nutritionist-led plans with plant-based options. Aleenta Retreat Chiang Mai enables couples to work with a resident ‘master healer’, doctor, nurse and nutritionist to achieve optimum wellness and balance. Elevated gastronomy is available at the resort’s restaurant, which offers breakfast, lunch and a refined menu in the evening. Menus have been curated to provide nutritious dishes that preserve the flavours of traditional Northern Thai cuisine alongside Western cuisine with a Lanna twist. For more information, visit SPA SPECIAL 86 Travel editor Melissa Cullen reveals new openings and honeymoon essentials