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The These top Alpine me medics fol­low the ren renowned de­tox pr pro­gramme that FX Mayr de­vel­oped ne nearly 100 years ago ago, be­liev­ing that all a ail­ments stem from a dys­func­tional in­test in­tes­tine. Swal­low­ing heal­ing and cleans­ing lo­cal Glau Glauber salts and mag­ne­sium cit­rate en­cour­age goo good gut ac­tiv­ity (golden rule: don’t ven­ture far from a loo) and ad­dress slu slug­gish liver, high cholesterol and stress eat­ing. As they say: “Weight loss isn’t our aim, it just hap­pens.” But there’s a softer side, too – aerial yoga, lake hikes, moun­tain climbs and soul­sooth­ing views. Rooms from £162 (0043 3622 71450; vi­va­mayr.com) The eight-acre gar­den at one of the Cape’s most beau­ti­fully pre­served Dutch farms is sur­rounded by Fran­schhoek’s moun­tains, with neat rows of veg­eta­bles, or­chards and but­ter­flies, as well as don­keys and tor­toises. The newly ex­tended Gar­den Spa, with lap pool and whirlpool tub, is set among sun­light-dap­pled green­ery and is full of herbs freshly picked from the gar­den. En­joy the wa­ter rit­ual in the ham­mam, body wraps, be­spoke fa­cials and mas­sages, some us­ing bam­boo rollers to smooth away ten­sion.

Rooms from £267 (0027 21 863 3852; baby­lon­storen.com) This fan­ci­ful tented re­treat is set in an emer­ald rain­for­est above Bali’s sa­cred Wos river, backed by shim­mer­ing rice pad­dies. There may be dim­pled teak floors, ul­tra­com­fort­able beds and ho­tel-stan­dard bath­rooms, but na­ture is up close and per­sonal: the mag­i­cal dawn cho­rus of trop­i­cal Ba­li­nese birds as

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