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TRAVEL Page 38 MORE AT DailyRecord.CO.UK with H MELANIE HARVEY ow do you fancy being covered all over in slimy, cold, smelly mud? OK, perhaps that doesn’t sound too appealing but maybe the prospect of firmer skin, soothed muscles ■ Flying from Glasgow and some respite from those on November 20, seven aching joints does? nights in Sharm El Well, I’m certainly hoping Sheikh staying at the so. I’ve come to Portoroz in four-star Sharm Resort Slovenia to explore its small on all inclusive, from coastline, which is just a £399 per person. stone’s throw from Trieste in ■ Flying from Glasgow Italy to the north and Croatia on May 7, seven nights to the south. While it may be in Palma Nova, Majorca, staying at the four-star small – just 29 miles in total Marina Torrenova on – it’s big on attractions. all inclusive, from £379 First stop is the spas that per person. pull in visitors from all over ■ Flying from Glasgow Europe looking for some on May 11, seven nights indulgent relaxation. in Corfu staying at the The Lepa Vida Thalasso four-star Aquis Sandy Spa in the Secovlje Salina ˇ Beach on all inclusive, Nature Park is one its newest, from £379 per person. opening just last year. ■ Also check out I’m not really your typical www.holidayandflight visitor to a health spa. In fact, or call my most recent “treatment” 01698 425444. was a back massage 10 years ago, so when I’m offered a mud wrap, I don’t really know what to expect. The mud comes directly from beneath the park’s centuries-old saltpans, which have a high concentration of minerals, and the spa assures me it has “natural healing properties”. “Change into this, please,” says a beautician, as I'm handed a News Grab a taste of Italy EVER imagined experiencing the romantic beauty of Lake Como, Venice, Verona or other Italian delights? It needn’t be a dream with Barrhead Travel and Shearings Holidays, with exclusive discounts available if you book now. Picture the scene – wake up to a stunning view of Lake STUNNING  Italy's Lake Como Como soaked in sunshine, must-see with its canals and before enjoying breakfast wonderful architecture. while still enjoying views of Verona is packed with the lake and nearby Bellagio. heritage. What could be A range of trips and more romantic than the excursions are available. balcony where Romeo But why end there? How about sampling a trio of Italy’s wooed Juliet? 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Thirty minutes later, I step from the shower a new man. OK, not quite, but I’m refreshed and recharged, and that will do for me. After a gentle soak in the spa’s salt pools, and a quick tour of the historic salt pans – which are still in use today – I arrive back at my hotel with a spring in my step and a healthy appetite for dinner. I’m staying at the Hotel Marita – just a short stroll from the centre of Portoroz. Set in lush, green gardens, it is an oasis of tranquillity and calm. Inside, the accommodation is stylish with light, airy rooms and mine even has a balcony with sea views. After dinner, I take a stroll Lying in the sun caked in rejuvenating mud is not for everyone. But Slovenian health spas are a big draw and there's lots more besides for visitors to enjoy CHRIS PARKER into Portoroz. A relatively modern, purpose-built resort, it has been thoughtfully developed. Green hills, covered in pine trees, surround a pretty bay blessed with calm, warm waters. I pass by the opulent Grand Hotel – widely regarded as one of the best in Slovenia – before settling down for a spot of people watching at the cool, laid-back Cacao. Of the many stylish, swish bars and cafes, this is one of the best and quickly becomes a favourite of mine. Its busy ice-cream counter serves a dizzying selection of flavours – I count nearly 30 – and draws a crowd day and night. Its big, comfy sofas are a great place to stretch out and sip a few cocktails. The following day, I set off to discover what all the wealth from the saltpans has created. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Venetian cities of Izola, Kopper and our destination for the morning, nearby Piran. After a short bus ride, we meet our guide Irena, who grew up in this medieval city. Just 60 miles across the Adriatic by ferry is Venice and there are similarities all around. Its distinctive bell tower is the same design as the one in St Mark’s Square. But don’t expect the canals of Venice – the water here laps around Piran – or thankfully the overwhelming crowds. Here it is a pleasure to walk and explore in relaxed surroundings. As we drop down into the town, we pass through the winding narrow alleys that snake their way between rows of tightly packed houses, dating back hundreds of years. There’s a glint in Irena’s eye as she recalls being a child running up and down the 6R