Yourtime A H, BUTLINS. Home of happy campers, Redcoats, knobbly knee competitions, over- weight dads in string vests and knotted handkerchiefs -- and all of them stuck in a Fifties time warp. But the budget seaside holiday company is trying to shed its dated image. Last week it opened a 20m luxury hotel and spa in Bognor Regis, aiming to convince us that its a respectable, design-conscious -- even upmarket -- place to go on holiday. Ocean Hotel is a breath of fresh air, calculated to dispel the faint whiff of chips and candyfloss you might associate with the brand. I went to sniff the West Sussex air for myself, dragging my wife Jessie along. She needed some convincing: A luxury hotel -- at Butlins?! Disco decor FIRST impressions were, well, impressive. The sleek 200-room art deco-style building is funky and vibrant, with piercing white walls and floors and splashes of neon pink, green and acid yellow. There are images of tropical fish projected on to the floor of the lobby to entertain the army of children running around and the lifts are mini nightclubs, neon-lit and belting out disco tunes. Rooms with knobs on MOST rooms have private balconies with views of the sea or the South Downs. There are four types -- from a Compass, which sleeps two (two nights from 136; three/four nights from 272), to a five-bed Neptune family room (two nights from 260; four nights from 520). Prices include access to all facilities. Our room was a not unpleasant mix of pinks, purples and lime greens, with a leather-upholstered headboard at one end of the comfy 12 Friday, 21 August 2009 London Lite ITS HI-DE-HI TO A SMART NEW BY EIFION REES Chilling out: Naomi Campbell and Vladislav Doronin Celebrity hotspot Ibiza BLUE LAGOON, ICELAND THE blue hue of this geothermal spa is from the algae in the seawater. Bathers can explore lava caves, slap on a mud mask or step under the waterfall for a massage. ARAB BATHS, SPAIN THESE baths have Moorish keyhole arches and geometric tiles. Refresh yourself between the steam room and the three pools with free mint tea and a soundtrack of Arabic music, or go for an aromatherapy massage. ROGNER BAD BLUMAU, AUSTRIA AN ARCHITECTURAL gem supplied by three hot springs, with music, incense and a Dead Sea salt grotto with ionised air. Nudity is the norm in Austrian saunas. GELLERT BATHS, HUNGARY THESE art nouveau baths have statues, pillars and stained glass. Its like swimming in a cathedral. Entry 10. KUSATSU ONSEN, JAPAN KUSATSU is proud of the quality of its water, said to cure everything but lovesickness. Etiquette dictates bathers go naked. Ultimate relaxation: Icelands Blue Lagoon boasts lava caves 5 best... thermal pools Yes,this reallyis Butlins Fun: Butlins happy campers WHO Naomi Campbell and billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin soak up the sun. WHY GO Traditionally a hub for party animals, its also a great place to discover sleepy towns and rocky coves. THE VIBE In the summer, its the island that never sleeps. BEST FOR Dancing at Pacha, then recovering on one of the pristine beaches the next day. WHERE TO STAY Hop on a yacht celeb-style with Icon Ibiza ( Prices from 1,027 a day for eight people. WHERE TO EAT For romance go to Plaza del Sol (00 34 97 1390 773), a favourite with locals. Meals average between 13-17pp. WHAT TO DO Spend your Sunday dancing at Space ( from 8am, with world- renowned DJs. Tickets are 47. SOMETHING DIFFERENT Pick up batik wraps and leather moccasins at the hippy market in Es Canar on Wednesdays. TOP TIP Discover the more mellow side of Ibiza and visit in spring or autumn when its not as hot and there are far fewer tourists. HOW TO GET THERE easyJet ( flies from Luton to Ibiza for 95.84 return. FOR MORE DETAILS JENNIFER BARTON index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html