For, at Chenot, wellness is not something you can buy in a bottle, it’s something you achieve by focusing on the four pillars of health – nutrition, exercise, relaxation, sleep – via a holistic combination of Chinese medicine and science.
There is much to take away from each stay: your resting metabolic rate, for example; postural and movement tips. Such is the focus on wellness not thinness, that they don’t actually weigh you – though by the end of the week, I’m not only clearer headed and more motivated, but lighter too (to the tune of five kilos). I’ve also managed to turn all my ‘red’ or ‘stressed’ areas (sinuses, heart, pineal gland, spleen) to green, and as well as filling in my PLF, have signed up to a yoga course. Prevention not cure indeed – and if this is the true meaning of detox, sign me up for the next one.
The details: Healing Holidays (020 3372 6945; healingholidays.com) can arrange a seven-night Advanced Detox programme from £6,369pp based on two people sharing, including British Airways flights, full board accommodation and inclusions of the programme. Chenot Palace Weggis (00 41 412 552000; chenotpalaceweggis.com). You’ll need proof of at least two doses of an approved vaccine, the second administered no fewer than 14 days before entry. Unvaccinated British arrivals can only enter Switzerland if they meet certain criteria.
For solo self-care…
Santo Wellness Junior Suites at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Santorini, Greece
Want to get away from everything (and everyone)? Then jet off to Greece to spend four dreamy days hidden away in a Santo Wellness Suite, launching in April. The concept behind the new suites, which are inspired by yposkafa (caves) built into a hillside, is “live well through nature” and the result is an abundance of holistic treats purely for oneself.
These cocooning spaces are perfect for nurturing and filled with a healthy food and drink-stocked mini bar, yoga mat, wellness notebooks for journaling, diffusers with essential oils and sleep spray by the king-sized bed. There’s also a spa beauty kit with exfoliating body scrub, antioxidant herbs, a body sculpture serum and vitamin-rich face mask.