Author Jessica Baldwin

An award-winning luxury travel journalist, Jess stops at nothing on her quest to uncover the world’s most luxurious spas and indulgent (and unusual) beauty treatments. Struggling to breathe whilst her face was plated in 24 carat gold in Tuscany, and enduring 1000 injections as her own blood was re-injected into her face in Spain, currently top the list.

Travel
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“THUD. I’m dicing with death here. That’s the third coconut to narrowly miss my head. In the Seychelles, more people die from falling coconuts than shark attacks.” Jess visits Desroches…

Hotels
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It was my first evening at Banyan Tree Double Pool Villas in Phuket and an excitable looking Thai man was beckoning me away from my bubbly. “Miss Jessie, please follow me, I have something to show you…”

Travel
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“I have never really fancied visiting Dubai. Dubai to me has always been like liver, or spinning – I do not need to try it to know that I won’t like it.” Jess puts aside her forebodings and discovers a different Dubai…

Hotels The Grove pool
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“The Grove, London’s self-proclaimed country estate, has played host to everyone from Kylie Minogue to Johnny Depp.” Jess embarks on a celebrity safari in Hertfordshire.

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“Hundreds of colourful characters have graced the tapestry-clad, marble enveloped rooms of Luton Hoo over the years.” None more colourful than our very own Jessica Baldwin…

The Lifestyle
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A Mother’s Day with Jess and Mother B: “I love my mother, I do, but many are perplexed by our unusual relationship. How was such an uptight, irritable perfectionist born from a free-flowing, spiritual hippy?”

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“Just half an hour’s drive from the airport lays a blissfully peaceful sandy stretch, hidden amidst a steep coconut plantation, hugged tight by a five-star hotel at either end. This is Pansea Beach…”

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“The Balinese are without doubt the happiest people I have ever met. The contentment certainly rubbed off on me, but then I was staying at the area’s most luxurious residence, Amandari.”

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Jess stays at the perfectly formed Four Seasons Hampshire: “Ha, got them this time!” I whispered excitedly as a knife clattered to the floor at the other end of the restaurant. Bugger, it was a clumsy guest, not a waiter…

International
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Rules. I simply can’t abide by them, never could. Maps, recipes, instructions, it’s like I’m…

Spas
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While everyone else is busy detoxing and eating carrots, treat yourself to a chocolate body wrap, a martini and a manicure, or perhaps a glass of champagne in a sensuous Moroccan spa: Welcome to the New Year Retox.

Travel The author undergoing a jamon cutting class at the Iberico estate of the Sierra de Sevilla
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“I’ve fallen…again. It’s my last evening in Seville and I have spent the past four days falling off curbs, walking into lamp posts and narrowly avoiding getting run over by mad Spaniards on mopeds…”