Speaking of Bond villains, Vladimir Putin supposedly spent some time in SHA Wellness but don’t let that put you off. Just outside Alicante on the Costa Blanca, SHA Wellness is almost the exact opposite of the Palácio’s old-fashioned courtesy and grand comfort. This is a chic minimalist clinic for the physically temporarily exhausted or comprehensively banjaxed. Proper rehab, and even prehab if you’re that organised. Get in there before the creeping vicissitudes of age get you first.
No alcohol, no sugar, no meat, no caffeine, no dairy; the food is based on Japanese macrobiotics master George Ohsawa’s approach, around since the 1960s. Supplemented by acupuncture, colonics, gym sessions, massages, watsu, stress management lessons, cognitive improvement classes, yoga, Pilates, and anything else that can be thrown at your problem to help fix it.
If re-education in the sun doesn’t do it, reconditioning might, and SHA has a full-on medi-clinic with injectables and procedures too, so you can certainly look rested going home, one way or the other. A modern white building that looks like any other tastefully swish Costa hotel, with a waterfall pool and plenty of sun-traps for that most healing of experiences – lying around in the sun doing nothing – SHA Wellness is the stealth attack on your health you need every so often. For the holiday list in my head it falls under “Emergency Break”.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Carrer del Verderol 5, 03581 L’Albir, Alicante. www.shawellnessclinic.com
Tim Magee @manandasuitcase
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