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Take your pick in Courchevel, Chamonix, Sainte-Foy, Megève, and Val Thorens

Win an epicurean two-night spa break in a luxury York country house hotel worth nearly £800

Middlethorpe Hall and Spa is a York institution: a gorgeous red-brick William and Mary country house, built in 1699 and lovingly refurbished into a sumptuous, historic hotel. 

The Weekend's Viewing: subtitles are the modish accessory of the moment

Spiral, Sat, BBC4 // The Spa, Sun, Sky Living

On the case: FBI agents investigate a jewellers in Jersey City

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Rooms with a view: The Caley's exterior

Room Service: The Caledonian, Edinburgh

Parisian chic on Princes Street

We're buying... I should Coco

The Fashion Audit

We love... Modern nostalgia

How To Be Beautiful: Scrub up nice

Exfoliation is just about the only thing you can do to feel instantly better about the state of your physical being.

<p>1. Reboot Five days from £495, rebootdorset.com</p>
<p>This boot camp serves nutritious food as a core part of the fitness plan. A week's stay includes plenty of exercise and healthy living workshops.</p>

The 10 Best fitness boot camps

Whether you want gentle instruction or need a sergeant-major shouting to get you going, try an exercise break

The Big Six: Miami beach retreats

The Freehand, Indian Creek Drive

This hip hostel comes from the Sydell Group, notable for The NoMad and The Ace hotels in New York. Once again, they've drafted in Roman & Williams for the interiors (responsible for the industrial-chic look at the Ace), so low rates won't equate to a style compromise. At The Freehand, they've opted for a beach cabin feel, with wooden floors and nautical hues in the dorms and doubles. There's a tropical pool, a Broken Shaker cocktail bar and a new restaurant, The House, to come in March.

The Freehand, 2727 Indian Creek Drive (001 305 531 2727; thefreehand.com). Dorm beds start at $30 (£19), room only.

Reborn: The Thalasso Spa at Anassa Beach Resort in Cyprus offers non-surgical alternatives to facelifts

Something to Declare: A hotel that makes you look as good as you feel? Yes please

As a youngster, talk of "health farms" and time spent swanning about in big fluffy robes and plopping into hot tubs with mountain views sounded like the pinnacle of glamour.

Beauty: The best face masks

1. Blue/black berry enzyme mask

Deals of the week: Lille, Marrakech, Kenya

Less than £200... Lille is celebrating winter in style with the "Fantastic" festival of music, theatre and art until 13 January. Cresta has a three-night break that gets you there for £185pp with Eurostar from London St Pancras and B&B at the simple Hôtel Alizé Opéra from 10 November. Cresta holidays.co.uk

I used to be a libertarian. But then someone stole my gold clubs.

Wanting the state to intrude less in our personal lives is all well and good until a lack of CCTV cameras lets a man walk off with your prized belongings

The 10 Best British spas

The perfect places to have a relaxing soak

Get me out of here: Melogy salon, French Riviera, Crete

Under £200... Forgotten about Father's Day? The Melogy salon at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London has a "Dad and Lad" package. It includes a wet shave, hair cut and gift for dad and son for £195. Redeem it anytime before 17 Dec; book by Sunday. melogy.com

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