14 Mar 10 Best Detox Destinations in the World
Feel like the stresses of everyday life are getting to you? Too many glasses of vino, not enough veggies and not enough sleep? Perhaps it’s time to detox, but instead of going on a juice cleanse at home, why not turn your detox into a holiday? By visiting a detox retreat you can get proper help from experts to learn the best methods to suit your body. Eliminate the toxins, learn about proper nutrition and try specialised holistic therapies to ensure you leave with improved mental clarity, purer skin, increased energy and better digestion.
Here are some of the best detox retreats around the world, which are all bookable on Health and Fitness Travel
BodyHoliday, St. Lucia
Combine an exotic Caribbean holiday with a complete body detox by staying at BodyHoliday, a luxury resort that sits on Cariblue’s crescent shaped beach. Surrounded by lush rainforest, the resort boasts four bars and restaurants that all serve fresh, local produce. To rid your body of toxins, BodyHoliday offers several detoxifying practices including manual lymphatic drainage, abdominal massage, and Thalgo marine body treatments. When you’re not detoxing there are also plenty of places to visit in the area, including Pigeon Island and the lovely Rodney Bay Marina.
Ananda in the Himalayas
If you really want to improve your body and mind, then why not head to the birthplace of yoga? Set in the foothills of the Himalayas, Ananda allows you to discover the ancient regimes of Ayurveda, yoga and Vedanta. If you book their detox programme you’ll be put under a controlled diet and nourish your body with delicious, healthy cuisine. You should also see improved circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems with the help of natural detox therapies. If that’s not enough, you’ll also have access to hydrotherapy facilities including steam, sauna, chill plunge pool, Kneipp hydrotherapy foot bath and heated lap pool.
Kamalaya is an award-winning luxury holistic spa located on the south east coast of Koh Samui. Lily ponds and tropical jungle foliage give the resort a calming atmosphere, and the cave temple at the heart of the resort was once a place of meditation for Buddhist monks. If you’re looking for a pampering holiday, Kamalaya is definitely the place to relax and unwind, offering a private beach and a variety of spa treatments, cleansing programmes and yoga sessions.
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
Located on the Musandam Peninsula of Oman, the Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort sits in its own secluded beach, with spectacular mountains acting as a backdrop right behind it. Over the course of your detox holiday you’ll take part in yoga sessions and guided meditations, as well as enjoying various spa treatments, including massages, scrubs and body wraps. You’ll also enjoy a nutritious diet and a Yogic intestinal cleanse to help improve your digestive system and leave you feeling cleansed both inside and out. At night time enjoy a peaceful slumber in your own private villa, which has been styled to mirror the local Omani culture with natural stone, warm woods and colourful cushions.
COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali
At COMO Shambhala Estate you’ll enjoy daily detox treatments that include massages or colon hydrotherapy. You’ll also enjoy complimentary access to the steam room, sauna and pool, as well as group classes including yoga, pilates, meditation, circuit training, rock climbing and rice field treks. This private estate is located 20 minutes from the centre of Ubud, so in your spare time you can hop on the free shuttle bus and explore the surrounding area. Two on-site restaurants, Glow and Kudus, serve fresh foods that maximise personal performance, increase concentration and energy and calibrate blood-sugar levels.
Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa, Portugal
This 11-hectare medical spa in The Algarve boasts beautiful botanical gardens that overlook the Atlantic Ocean and offers direct access to the golden Gaivotas beach. The resort offers several different detox programmes, including Detox, Intense Detox and Weight Loss and a Juice Fasting Detox. The standard detox programme includes comprehensive medical and biophysical evaluations to understand your body’s needs, along with anti-inflammatory diet plans to improve your overall health. Other features of the programme include osteopathy sessions, bubble baths, lymphatic drainage and body scrubs in a warm Roman bath. If that’s not enough, you’ll also receive a daily supply of pH9.5 Alkaline water, herbal teas and detox supplements, along with access to daily activities and a spa relaxation area.
Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda, Italy
Overlooking the magnificent Lake Garda, Lefay Resort & SPA is set amongst secluded mountains and luscious greenery. Dining here focuses on the Mediterranean diet, offering authentic Italian cuisine using quality produce. During your stay you’ll undergo a variety of treatments, including energizing body scrubs, aromatic mud wraps and detoxifying massages. Each day you’ll have access to the World of Water and Fire Area, which offers several swimming pools and saunas. When you’re not chilling out in the spa or being pampered, there are also plenty of group classes to take part in, including Qi Gong, meridian stretching, Tai Chi, yoga, aqua gym, abs, Pilates, circuit training, fitball stretching, and step.
Shanti Maurice Resort & Spa, Mauritius
Spread over 35 hectares of tropical gardens, this luxury retreat definitely makes for a peaceful setting while you undergo your detox programme. Nestled on the south coast of Mauritius, the resort offers pristine white sands, turquoise waters and stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Choose from three different detox programmes with 7, 14 or 21 day durations, depending on how long you can take time off work and how much you need to detox. At the Shanti Maurice you’ll focus on the connection between mind, body and spirit, enabling you to explore your inner self. Treatments include natural body scrubs, slimming detox body wraps, reflexology massages, Thai massages and anti-oxidant facials, while activities include fitness training sessions, Hatha yoga or Pilates.
Euphoria Retreat, Greece
Euphoria Retreat, set in the Taygetus mountain range, blends both Greek and Chinese healing traditions to help transform your mind, body and spirit. At the start of your detox journey doctors will assess your metabolic health including levels of glycogen, glucose and glutathione. Over the course of your stay you’ll enjoy treatments such as infrared sauna sessions, cleansing body wraps, hammam rituals, cupping massages and antioxidant facials to help you on your wellness journey. You’ll also receive a nutritional guidance session and the menu here follows the scientific concept of Intelligent Mediterranean Metabolic Homeostasis Therapy (IMMOT), developed by Eucrasia as mentioned by Hippocrates.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
This award-winning medical spa in Alicante offers tailored programmes using far East-inspired therapies with the latest western advances. Upon arrival you’ll be given an initial laboratory test, along with various medical consultations. A nutritionist will give you a prescribed nutrition plan and depending on your condition, your programme may include short periods of macrobiotic detox specific foods or juice fasting. You’ll also receive various treatments, such as Chinese medicine treatments, colon hydrotherapy sessions, detox massages, seaweed wraps, lymphatic drainage, ginger therapeutic compresses and pressotherapy sessions. In order to continue the healthy living at home, you’ll be given a recipe book and take part in a healthy cooking class.