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You might not have time for candles and soft music, but with the right scented beauty product, your bathroom can become a serene spa...

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Album: Gwilym Simcock, Good Days at Schloss Elmau (Act)

Wunderkind pianist Simcock's two previous albums were marred a little by dad-jazz tendencies and what could be seen as bumptiousness (putting a pic of the tip of an iceberg on the cover does rather tempt fate).

The Big Six: Spa town hotels

The 50 Best spas

Need a cure for the New Year blues? Rhiannon Batten presents the experts' guide to steamy saunas, perfect plunge pools and tempting treatments

Dance 2010: Blazing Sadler's gallops home

Most Cheering Statistic of 2010 Flying in the face of every gloomy prediction about personal spending, last season Sadler's Wells reported its biggest audiences ever, with 600,000 people turning out to see 136 shows – predominantly of contemporary dance.

Vettel spurred on by Spa spearing criticism

Sebastian Vettel believes his positive response to mid-season criticism was vital to him becoming Formula One's youngest world champion. The German Red Bull driver found himself in the firing line after the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa when a bungled overtaking manoeuvre on Jenson Button culminated in the 23-year-old spearing into the side of Button's McLaren.

Business analysis: breaking the glass ceiling, one networking event at a time

It is unfortunately still noteworthy when a woman reaches a senior position in a big company. When interviewed they generally have to spend as much time talking about the unusual position in which they find themselves as they do about the performance of their business. Over the years, there have been various initiatives aimed at improving the numbers, while in some cases women themselves have formed networking groups as a way of giving each other support and inspiring each other to press forward and upward through the glass ceilings that are still so prevalent in many sectors.

Relax in the South-east's most soothing spas

Heythrop Park Resort, Oxfordshire

Where better to unwind than in the elegant surroundings of Heythrop Park Resort? The Health Club & Spa boasts three luxurious and tranquil spa treatment rooms. Don’t miss the state-of-the-art gym, sauna and steam room, and the beautiful 20-metre heated swimming pool. The resort also offers a new 18-hole championship-level golf course and clubhouse, two hotels including a new Crowne Plaza due to open on 1 October, and an onsite crèche for little guests.

Contact: 01608 673333; heythropparkresort.co.uk
Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5UE

If you think this sucks, try the fire hose

From the slightly unusual to the downright wacky, when it comes to spa treatments Chantal Cooke has seen (and done) it all

Travel challenge: A family holiday in the Austrian Tirol

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a week in the Austrian Tirol. Prices are for a family of four travelling in the second half of August and include flights departing from Gatwick.

Carola Long: 'Beauty treatments are deeply personal – one person’s facelift in a jar can be another person’s snake oil'

When we're busy, beauty routines can often boil down to applying blusher at the bus stop or simply feeling smug about not sleeping in our make-up. So the idea of an entire day devoted to beautification and self-indulgence is pretty appealing. But how best to spend that day?

24-Hour Room Service: The Cornwall Hotel, Spa and Estate, St Austell, Cornwall

Old meets new in this Cornish retreat

Spiritual home of motor racing awaits British GT

The highlight of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship calendar is its annual visit to the spiritual home of sports car racing, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, and this year the popular round is set to be more exciting than ever thanks to a host of new sporting features and the return of the fearsome Ford GT.

If the Étang de Thau's extensive range of summer activities for families doesn't float your boat the thermal spa and complementary care packages will sort you right out

Relaxation and wellbeing
Balaruc-les-Bains has a well-earned and well-established reputation for the therapeutic cures and preventative complementary care packages that are provided by its two big thermal spa institutes. Next month a state-of-the-art wellness centre opens here. It will be the first of its kind along the Mediterranean coast.

The ten best spas

Chopsen by Harriet Walker, Gemma Hayward and Carola Long

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