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David Flatman: You can have an operation between spa treatments

View from the front row with Bath & England prop

Chris Hewett: Craig ready to ruffle feathers in spa town

Bath, city of rugby culture, is in for a culture shock. The club who won pretty much everything during the twilight years of amateurism, but found victories harder to come by once professionalism levelled the playing field, were owned for almost a decade and a half by a man who, when he first put his hand in his pocket, barely knew the difference between an outside centre and an outside loo. Suddenly, they have a genuine aficionado for a boss – someone who will not stay out of the dressing room if he feels his place is inside it.

David Flatman: Chamber of horrors is all I find after nipping to spa

View from the front row with Bath & England prop

Dom Joly: I'm a man. Why would I want to visit a spa?

"For God's sake Dom, stop looking at the prostitute and keep your eyes on the road." My wife had a point. Our two right-hand side wheels had briefly skirted the deep ditch on the side of the Tuscan country road.

Travel Challenge: Malaysian Borneo in May

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a 10-night holiday in Malaysian Borneo in early May. Prices are for two people and include flights departing Heathrow on 11 May and 10 nights' room-only accommodation...

Stay the night: Chester Grosvenor Hotel and Spa, Chester

Chester is a fine place for a quick getaway. It also has one of the best county-town hotels in the country

The more the merrier – and it can save money on days out

Strength in numbers is the theory behind a new website, Group- ola.com. It says it harnesses the power of collective buying to give its users the best possible deal on a range of leisure treats.

An Enemy of the People, Crucible, Sheffield

Theatregoers and snooker fans will applaud the reopening of the Crucible, following a £15m refurbishment and a two-year closure.

Travel Agenda: Rome's Caravaggio exhibition; Air Europa's new Lima route; Hangaroa Eco Village and Spa on Easter Island

Today: A major Caravaggio exhibition opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome. It marks the 400th anniversary of the baroque artist's death and continues – with accompanying lectures and workshops – until 13 June ( scuderiequirinale.it ).

The Big Six: Indulgent British spas

From a five-star 1920s country pile in Scotland to a countryside retreat complete with 'spa butlers' and an igloo...

Friend, not enema – spa life the easy way

Nicola Sturzaker takes a spa break at Grayshott and finds more gain than pain

Stay the night: Evason Ma'In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa, Jordan

This chic and stylish spa hotel is just the place to revitalise for the new year

100 holiday ideas for 2010: Spas

The Blythswood Square hotel (blythswoodsquare.com), in the Georgian-style former headquarters of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, will add a new spa as well as another stylish touch to Glasgow's hotel scene from April.

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