Four of the best

Euro­pean wellness re­treats,

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - FOOD & DRINK - by Francesca Syz

Sha Wellness Clinic Near Ali­cante, Spain The great and the good fock to Sha for its win­ning com­bi­na­tion of glam­orous ho­tel and se­ri­ously good med­i­cal spa. Opened by a man who had spent years bat­tling with chronic dis­eases be­fore cur­ing him­self with a mac­ro­bi­otic diet and natur­opa­thy, it of fers the per­fect blend of East­ern and Western medicine. Just above the pretty, white-washed town of Al­tea, it is also lucky

enough to be sun-drenched for about 320 days of the year. Host­ing a feet of the world’s lead­ing med­i­cal ex­perts, in ar­eas in­clud­ing mac­ro­bi­otics and mind­ful­ness, Sha gives you a

con­stant sense of be­ing in the best hands pos­si­ble. Pro­grammes in­clude detox, weight loss and gen­eral well­be­ing, and there are ther­a­pies to treat stress and in­som­nia. There is

even a cog­ni­tive-de­vel­op­ment test that can pre­dict your like­li­hood of de­vel­op­ing Alzheimer’s. What­ever you opt for, it will pro­vide a thor­ough MOT of both body and soul, and you

will go home with a plan. The de­tails Heal­ing Hol­i­days (020-7843 3597; heal­inghol­i­days.co.uk) of fers a four-night stay

from £1,655pp, based on two shar­ing a Deluxe Suite Moun­tain View, or £2,099 for sin­gle oc­cu­pancy,

in­clud­ing full board, fights and trans­fers.

Health Re­treat Parkho­tel Igls Inns­bruck, Aus­tria This smart, com­fort­able sanc­tu­ary – set within a leafy park over­look­ing Inns­bruck – em­braces the Mod­ern Mayr prin­ci­ple, which is that bad diet, overeat­ing and lack of ex­er­cise are the causes of most health prob­lems, and a week spent here can set all that straight. While weight loss is a com­mon goal, many come for di­ges­tive is­sues, ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome or to boost their im­mune sys­tem af­ter a treat­ment such as chemo­ther­apy. The re­treat’s pre­ven­ta­tive ap­proach is based on cleans­ing, sub­sti­tu­tion, self-dis­cov­ery, ex­er­cise, rest and train­ing, and each guest is med­i­cally as­sessed us­ing cut­ting-edge test­ing de­vices com­bined with al­ter­na­tive med­i­cal pro­ce­dures. From this, a tai­lor-made pro­gramme and meal plan is cre­ated. Your days are spent do­ing ev­ery­thing from anti-stress ex­er­cises to cook­ing classes. Two new pro­grammes have just been launched: one fo­cuses on men’s health; the other is an eight-day fast.

The de­tails The Ba­sic Pro­gramme costs £896 for a one-week stay, ex­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, which costs from £110 per night for a sin­gle room (0043-512 377305; parkho­tel-igls.at).

Longevity at Vi­lalara Tha­lassa Re­sort Al­garve, Por­tu­gal The great thing about this serene, Scan­di­na­vian-chic re­sort is that it’s a lovely place for a hol­i­day in its own right, set in beau­ti­ful botan­i­cal gar­dens with six out­door pools and di­rect ac­cess to its own pri­vate beach. So you can bring a friend who just wants to hang out. It is also home to Longevity med­i­cal spa, which has one of the world’s best tha­las­sother­apy cen­tres and aims to re­dress the im­bal­ances be­tween mind and body through med­i­cal as­sess­ments fol­lowed by per­son­alised treat­ments. Pro­grammes in ev­ery­thing from detox to anti-age­ing span three to seven nights. For some­thing in be­tween, why not opt for the

fve-night Wellness Booster, which in­cludes os­teopa­thy, cra­nial sacral ther­apy, per­sonal train­ing and well­be­ing-en­hanc­ing spa treat­ments. There are also two good Por­tuguese restau­rants and a

pool­side bar. The de­tails The Healthy Hol­i­day Com­pany (020-8968 0501; the­healthy­hol­i­day com­pany.co.uk) of­fers a fve-night Wellness Booster from £2,055pp, based on two shar­ing a Ju­nior

Suite Gar­den View, or £2,280 for sin­gle oc­cu­pancy, in­clud­ing half board, fights and trans­fers.

Ti Sani Lom­bardy, Italy Housed in what was once a noble res­i­dence within an 18th-cen­tury ham­let, this fam­ily-run health re­treat, a 45-minute drive from Mi­lan, is a great place to go to com­bine a tai­lored wellness pro­gramme and de­li­cious food in a ru­ral Ital­ian set­ting. The re­treat refers to its wellness pro­grammes as be­ing ‘healthe­atar­ian’, with each com­bin­ing or­ganic ve­gan nu­tri­tion, holis­tic ther­a­pies and tai­lored phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity to fo­cus on a par­tic­u­lar theme, whether that be detox, weight loss, tack­ling in­som­nia or learn­ing how to de-stress. Just re­lax­ing is also in­te­gral to the ex­pe­ri­ence. The or­ganic, sea­sonal ve­gan food – both raw and cooked – is a high­light, as is the spa with its bril­liant menu of mas­sages, hy­drother­apy pools, saunas and show­ers. You can add in Nordic walk­ing, re­bound­ing, mar­tial ft­ness, yoga, Pi­lates, cook­ery lessons and ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars. The de­tails Health and Fit­ness Travel (020-3397 8891; healthandf­t­nesstravel.com) of­fers seven nights at Ti Sani from £2,198pp, or £2,433 for sin­gle oc­cu­pancy, in­clud­ing full board, a choice of pro­grammes, fights and trans­fers. Next: Alpine chalets

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