When we think of a spa resort, we think of luxury - and why not! Spa resorts are a wonderful place to go when you need to relax and unwind and increasingly men and women are using them.
As recently as 10 years ago, a spa resort was still thought of as somewhere just for the rich and famous, out of the price range of mere mortals. But in recent years, more and more facilities have opened, in all different price ranges, making this a luxury that most people can now afford.
By definition, spa resorts tend to be located in 'destinations' - places that you would want to visit for a holiday. You will therefore find a spa resort in a busy city, attractive towns, in the heart of the countryside, or by the coast.
This is a worldwide phenomenon, so your choices aren't just limited to the UK - widen your horizons and you will find locations from Paris to Madrid, Miami to Los Angeles, Thailand to the Seychelles.
What all of them have in common is a commitment to providing their guests an experience that is both relaxing and invigorating.
Whatever you are looking for you will find it - from refreshing facial treatments to relaxing massages, from long walks in the country to energising yoga sessions, from a cleansing detox diet to low cal haute cuisine.
This is also a great time to find bargains - with increasing competition, there are some great deals to be found. Do your research, and you could soon be relaxing in the lap of luxury, without needing to take out a second mortgage!