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THAIlAND T£MPI'S
SEVENnights In Krab.,
Thailand, with Virgin
Holidays now costs
£1,OO1pp.stay at the 5V Sofltel
Krabl Phokeethra Golf le Spa
Resort, with Its three golf
courses, 700sqm pool and spa.
PrIce based on two adults sharing
a deluxe room, BleB,scheduled
return flights with Thai Airways
from Heath row, and airport
transfers. Based on March 31
departures.
0844 551 3810,
GO WITH YOUR GUT
virginhoZiciaY8.co.uk.
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LUXURY BERMUDA
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Holidays
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offers a special rate on
seven nights In a Onebedroom suite at the Rosewood
Tucker's Point Hqtelln Bermuda,
between January 6 and Aprll1S.
The luxurious waterfront property overlooks Castle Harbour
and Harrlngton SOUndand has a
spa, private beach and 18-hole
championship golf course. From
£2,079pp, room only, Including
BA flights
from
Gatwlck
and private transfers. Book by
February
6. 01425 480400,
prestigehoZicia1ls.co.uk.
DELICIOUS
MAURITIUS
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SITUATEDon Its own
white sandy peninsula
on the east coast, One&OnlyLe St
Geran Isan established exclusive
resort. OVerlooking the Indian
Ocean,It offers a range of watersports. WEXASTravel offers sewn
nights' half board from £1,699 pp,
based on two people sharing and
Includes return flights and
private airport transfers. Valid
for late spring and late summer
departures. Book by January 31.
020 1838 5892, wexas.com.
SKI LA ROSIERE
1161J1IJI
A WEEKat the Chalet
.
Paplllon In this hlghaltitude resort costs
up to £914pp this season, but
departures on January 18 neve
been reduced to £399pp. Tt\e
resort straddles the French-ItalIan border and hasextensive skI.Ing and a great snow record. The
price Includes full board with
wine, return Gatwlck flights and
transfers.
01243 180405,
skibeat.co. uk.
Grayshott Health Spa,Surrey
SWANKY boarding school for grown-ups
meets traditional country hotel and spa.
People have flocked here to diet and detox
since the Sixties.
Grayshott believes that optimum health
starts with a fullyfunctioning digestive system,
so fasting and dieting is its forte.
Its new health regime takes a minimum
seven days up to 21 and includes blood tests,
nutritional and dietary programmes, castor oil
compresses and more.
BEST FOR:Those with a sti1f-upper-lip approach
to weight loss.
DETAILS: Seven-day health regime costs
£1,495pp, full board, including all associated
treatments.
01428 602020,
From healing caves to
pampering in a palace
- spa expert Suzanne
Duckett picks the ten
best health retreats
grayshottspa.com.
DETAILS: Three, four or five-night
FRESH AIR FITNESS
optimal fitness breaks, from
£l,259pp, full board. 07527407589,
38° North at The Scarlet Hotel,
Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
TAKE a fitness company based in
Ibiza fizzingwith energy and plonk
it in an eco-friendlv, but luxurious
cliff-top hotel. Perfection!
FUelled with local Cornish food,
get stuck into coastal hikes along
the rugged Atlantic coast, surfing,
beach circuits, mountain biking
through moorland, yoga in a daylight-filled studio, soaks in outdoor
hot tubs and massages.
BEST FOR:Sporty types who want
to lose the festive nab fast.
thirtyeightdegreesnorth.com.
BEST FOR BEGINNERS
The Llfehouse Spa & Hotel,
Thorpe-Le-Soken, Essex
THIS modem health spa is set in
12 acres of gardens. Detox packages overseen by naturopath Sue
Davis are unintimidating for firsttimers. Enjoy cleansing juices in
between detox treatments, massage and group activities.
BEST FOR:Fasting virgins who want
to take it slowly.
DETAILS: Detox for life, £599 for
three nights full board pp. 01255
860050, utenouse.oo.uk:
TAILOR-MADE THERAPIES
SHAWellnessClinic,Allcante, Spain
WITH its backdrop of dramatic
mountain and sparkling Mediterranean views, and a crack team of
specialists from practically every
field of wellbeing, SHA is one of
the best destination
spas in
Europe. It is seriously pampering
with serene modem architecture.
Everything is tailored to your
needs from macrobiotic food to a
post-treatment health plan.
BEST FOR:Trendy spa-seekers.
DETAILS; The seven-night Essence
top-to-toe programme costs from
£2,680pp, including flights; full
board and treatments with Healing
Holidays, 020 7843 3597, healing
holidays.co.uk.
FULL MoT
Parkhotellgls,
Innsbruck,
Austria
A CONTEMPORARY medical spa
that bases its regimes on Modern
Mayr Medicine. The one-week
medical MoT is second to none
with daily blood analysis, ECGs,
physiotherapy and lung function
tests par for the course. It's serious
stuff but all done with a smile.
The hotel is also famous for
Nordic walking, hot saunas, cold
dips, strong massages, morning
shots of Epsom salts, spelt bread
and lessons in chewing.
BEST FOR: Those who believe in no
pain, no gain.
DETAILS: The seven-night super
medical check, £3,688pp including
flights and treatments with Healing
Holidays, 020 78433597,
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healing holidays. co.uk.
ECO STRESS-BUSTER
Lefay Resort and Spa,
Lake Garda, Italy
SET on Lake Garda, the Lefay
Method combines Chinese medicine
with modern Western therapies,
while saving the environment.
Even their approach to dieting is
sustainable, changing eating habits
psychologically
as well as
nutritionally.
The light menu is low-calorie, but
vibrant, Mediterranean fare. Fill
your time having anti-cellulite
massages, body wraps, trying t'ai
chi or cycling round the lake.
BESTFOR: Yoyodieters who want to
get their eating on an even keel.
DETAILS: Five-day weight-loss
programme costs £2,259pp, including flights and treatments, with
Wellbeing Escapes: 020 7644 6111,
that involves getting on a little
train that chugs you to the heart of
the mountain, where people loll
around in swimwear on loungers.
Independent scientific studies
say the unique atmosphere of the
cave combines heat and high
humidity that improves health by
boosting immunity.
It is particularly good for people
suffering from skin complaints,
musculo-skeletal
disorders and
respiratory conditions.
BEST FOR: The open minded.
DETAILS: Grand Get to Know offer
costs from £415 per person,
including three nights sharing a
double room, one healing cave
introduction session, one Gasteiner
thermal bath and daily activities:
0043 6432 63560, grandpark
hotel. at.
weZZbeingescapes.com.
CELEBRITY FAVOURITE
NATURE'S CURE
[space Henrl Chenot,
Palace Merano, Italy
Grand Park Hotel Health & Spa,
Gasteln Valley, Austria
THIS spa has a giant healing cave
HENRI CHENOTis detoxing in fivestar style- no stark, clinicalinteriors
here, just swanky Italian grandeur.
This is why celebrities such as Elle
Macpherson and Princess Caroline
of Monaco are big fans.
Programmes are monitored and
the 'biolight' cuisine is renowned
for its tasty food-combining.
BESTFOR: Divas.
DETAILS: A one-week stay at Espace
Henri Chenot, Palace Merano,
costs from £3,682 including the
comprehensive
Henri Chenot
health programme, a classic double
room, all meals and the compulsory medical visit, 0039 0473 271
000,palace.it.
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DIGITAL DETOX
Absolute Sanctuary,
Koh Samul, Thailand
ON A hillside overlooking the Gulf
of Thailand, this small spa resort
offers fasting, yoga at dawn and
meditation classes.
Plus they will take your phone
from you should you need to do
the hardest purge of all - the
digital one.
BESTFOR: Hardcore hipsters.
DETAILS: Seven-night detox costs
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Healing Holidays, 020 7843 3597,
healingholidays.co. uk:
TIBETAN TREATS
Vana Malsl, uttarakhand,
India
ONE of the most exciting new spas
for years, Vana offers unadulterated wellness with a capital W.
Treatments are authentic (the
Tibetan therapies are in affiliation
with the Dalai Lama's school of
traditional medicine - a spa first).
The yoga is the real deal and spa
treatments are seriously therapeutic. Food is organic and delicious
- the chef has worked at Le Manoir
aux Quat'Saisons. Check in for
three days to simply relax, seven
days to detox or 21 for the
ayurvedic panchakarma,
which
involves ablutions.
BEST FOR: Eat, Pray, Love types on
a stylish self-help journey.
DETAILS: From £350 per night, full
board (no alcohol), consultations
and daily treatments, activities
and transfers. Check online for
opening offers. 009111 40600000,
vanaretreats.com.