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After the chaos of the festive season has passed, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a winter getaway to escape the cold. Here are five options where you can rejuvenate your skin, as well as your mind.  


As enjoyable as the lead up to Christmas can be, it often becomes something of a festive frenzy, between present-buying, your jam-packed calendar and entertaining family and friends. Now that it’s passed, it’s definitely time to wind down and relax, and take some time to focus on your own wellbeing.

A trip away is the perfect way to do this, whether you’re dreaming of some winter sun or just want some time away to yourself, either a solo treat or with a partner or friend. It’s a tough time of year for your skin, too, between the inevitable festive excesses, late nights, and the constant shifts between the freezing air outside and our central-heated homes.

With this in mind, we’ve picked five dreamy destinations where you can avail of VOYA treatments. An Irish organic brand with the natural power of seaweed as its focus, it’s an easy way to restore your skin to its best, while also treating yourself to a moment of me-time.

For a spectacular setting…

winter breaks

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Situated in the stunning location on the beach front of Anse Chastanet with views of the Piti and Gros Piton mountains floating upon the Caribbean Sea, Jade Mountain is a truly special destination. A series of platforms that all look out to the beautiful landscape, it feels intimate and private, yet with all the facilities you would expect of a world class resort.

One such facility is the spa. Guests can choose from an extensive list of treatments to truly unwind during their stay, including the VOYA Sleep Deeply treatment. A sensory treat to help you achieve the perfect night’s sleep, it incorporates products especially chosen for their soothing properties. Massage and meditation techniques also help you to achieve real calm and serenity.

For white sandy beaches…

winter breaks

The Cove, Eleuthera, Bahamas

The island of Eleuthera feels like a well-kept secret, and its quiet seclusion is the perfect environment to relax. The Cove resort has two private white sand beaches, so you can lounge in utter bliss to your heart’s content.

The spa is also a must-visit, including one of their signature treatments, the VOYA organic seaweed leaf wrap. After a detoxifying body buff, you are covered in Laminaria seaweed leaves known for their skin benefits. Afterwards, a massage application of VOYA’s signature Softly Does It further nourishes and softens your skin.

For a family friendly getaway…

winter breaks

Martinhal Sagres, Portugal

A family friendly resort, perfect if you want to bring the kids on your break, Martinhal Sagres has a range of accommodation, from large villas to apartments with ocean views. There are also plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, including tennis, a kids’ club, and an adventure course for bicycles.

While they’re enjoying themselves, take the opportunity to retreat to the spa, where you can indulge in a VOYA Essential Nourisher treatment. First, a sweet almond and orange exfoliation leaves your skin perfectly smooth. This is followed by a revitalising massage with orange aromatic oil, and to finish, a hydrating facial to leave you feeling both relaxed and nourished.

For a city location…

winter breaks

Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, Croatia 

Rovinj is a city on the west coast of Croatia, and the Grand Park Hotel is a great choice if you want to combine your getaway with the sights and culture of a city break. Each room has a travel journal and an instant camera so that you can capture memories of your trip and store them in the journal.

The hotel’s spa features saunas, pools, and sun decks, not to mention its range of luxurious spa treatments. A Seaweed Complete Retreat is a total body treatment, a purification retreat that unfolds gently over several hours. After tea and a candlelit bath amongst large winding Fucus seaweed leaves, you get an organic seaweed leaf wrap with an exfoliating body buff. Finally, an organic seaweed leaf facial will leave you fully refreshed.

For somewhere closer to home…

winter breaks

Aqua Sana Spa, Center Parcs Longford

You don’t have to stay at Center Parcs in Longford to make use of their brand-new spa. Made up of four distinct areas: the Nordic Forest, Hot Springs, Volcanic Forest and Treetop Nesting, there’s something to suit every mood.

If your skin is looking a little worse for wear after the festive season, the VOYA organic Illuminating Facial will help restore it to its best. Deeply detoxifying, it includes a 20-minute relaxing facial massage to release the build-up of toxins, enhance radiance and restore a glowing complexion.

VOYA is a multi award-winning brand, boasting a certified organic status, a family ethos and a tangible relationship with its core ingredient seaweed. A global provider of luxury retail, spa and amenity products in over 42 countries worldwide and trusted by elite brands such as Emirates, the Ritz Carlton and Cunard.