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Fancy a diamond-encrusted facial or a herb-infused sauna? Head to your nearest retirement home

A swimming pool and a gymnasium used to be a rarity at retirement homes. But the era of fusty spaces and spartan living is well and truly over; now you can indulge in a face mask made with caviar, or inhale salt in a Nordic sauna.

Throw on a towelling robe and walk from your apartment to a spa for hydrotherapy, an Indian head massage, or even something called an “experiential shower”.

High-end retirement homes are increasingly adding on luxurious spas, and not just with run-of-the-mill treatments, but more exotic and unusual ones that you might expect to see in the pages of magazines. Spa consultant Jo Foley isn’t surprised. “No matter what age you are, you will benefit from a spa treatment,”…