In need of some rejuvenation? Book into one of these EUROPEAN WELLNESS RETREATS …
To a clutch of high net worth wellness tourists the names Viva Mayr (Austria), Steigenberger Sanatorium (Bonn) or Villa Stephanie (Tuscany) will be familiar stopovers for a physical and, in some cases, emotional reset. Victoria Beckham, Karlie Kloss and Kate Moss are all fans of intensive results-driven weekends. One to add to the list is the Longevity Health & Wellness hotel in Alvor, Portugal, due to open in June. The 70-room, adults-only, state-of-the-art wellness centre will house a two-floor medical spa. It will offer “light” programmes for beginners which include relaxation and detox stays, to more specialised programmes targeting cardio-vascular repair, sleep optimisation and obesity management programmes.
Closer to home, a visit to Frances Flannery’s Vitality Centre in Dublin 4, is recommended. Her new book Let’s Talk About Happiness – The Ultimate Guide To Functional Gut Health, makes a convincing case for rethinking colonic hydrotherapy. All disease starts in the colon, believed Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Flannery’s three-step prevention programme is on our to-do list. www.dublinvitalitycenter.com.
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