Oh, the summer body pressure is on as soon as you go under the cruel fluorescent lights to try on a bikini. 🙈 Then you get the invites to poolside parties, beach outings, or vacation. 😱 It is enough to drive anyone into a gym, or a Weight Loss Spa.
If you are struggling with those extra hibernation pounds, and you want to see results within a week look no further than these Budget Friendly Weight Loss Spa’s Around the World:
Epic Sana Algarve, Portugal
This Algarve hotel combines a seaside setting that’s hot and close to home, with comprehensive wellness retreats. Sign up for a boot camp and your first glimpse of the sand could be while running up and down the 149 steps of the wooden boardwalk that leads down to Falésia beach. Twice. There are also circuits – burpees on the lawn, tricep dips on the tennis courts, press-ups on a tyre by the family pool – and mountain bike rides through pine forests and along red-soil cliffs towards Vilamoura Marina. The other five programmes range from de-stress to detox and include personalized meal plans, one-on-one fitness sessions and non-surgical cosmetic procedures like mesotherapy for targeted fat reduction. The vibe is friendly and laid-back – there’s often live music in the courtyard, and when there is a full moon, a bar is set up on the sand, and a reggae band plays late into the night.
Address: EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel, Pinhal do Concelho, Praia da Falésia, Olhos de Água, 8200-593 Albufeira, the Algarve, Portugal
Telephone: +351 289 104 300
Price: Healing Holidays (+44 20 7843 3592) offers a five-night yoga retreat from £1,250 per person, including flights, transfers, treatments, and activities as per the programme.
Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samul, Thailand
Absolute Sanctuary is an absolute bargain. You can get a week’s stay here, including flights and the most delicious, healthy breakfasts – chili-and-coriander omelet, coconut-and-mango yogurt, courgette pancakes – for less than what many spas in the UK charge for a long weekend. Specialising in Pilates Reformer, yoga, and detox, as well as pure weight loss, this 38-room retreat lies on a terraced hillside on Samui’s coast. Besides the thorough health consultation you get with Alena Kwong, who heads the spa, other highlights include the tranquil atmosphere – no alcohol or children allowed. At night, the great treat here is an open-air Thai massage, with velvety darkness and that tropical blare of cicadas all around. And for a total overhaul rather than a restful week’s tweak, the new 30- and 60-day lifestyle change programme promises transformation.
Address: Absolute Sanctuary, 88 Moo 5 Bophut, Koh Samui, Thailand
Telephone: +66 77 601 190
Price: Healing Holidays (+44 20 7843 3592) offers a seven-night yoga programme from £1,939 per person full board, including flights, transfers, and all treatments according to the programme.
Amchara, Gozo, Malta
The skilled staff at this retreat are fixated on functional health. As well as fasting (championed by the onsite team of neuro-linguistic programming therapists), raw and vegan diets are on offer to give your insides a rest. Since digestion uses so much of our energy supply, eliminating food stimulates the body’s natural healing processes. And when you don’t do anything more taxing than snooze by the pool or stroll to the infrared sauna, it’s surprising how little fuel you need. Away from the stresses of daily life, you will finally get a chance to attend to your feelings. Health mentoring with Kirstie Chisholm has a startling impact, and her ability to connect the dots between mind and body allows for a total awakening – you’ll be rebooking before you’ve left the first session.
Address: Amchara, Mongur Street, Gozo, Malta
Telephone: +44 1823 475307
Price: A three-night retreat costs from £639 per person, including a juice detox programme.
La Primavera, Mexico
Head south for the Rio Caliente Hot Springs Spa and Retreat, on the slopes of an ancient volcanic valley surrounded by the mountainous Primavera forest of central Mexico.
Five-, seven- and 10-night packages have spa treatments and excursions. Or you can opt for paying a nightly rate and get treatments à la carte. All stays include lodging, buffet-style vegetarian meals, yoga and water exercise classes, guided hikes, use of the mineral pools and steam room, and access to evening programs.
Address: La Primavera, 20 miles west of Guadalajara and less than an hour’s drive from Guadalajara Airport,Real Camino a Queretaro | Salida Real #189-A, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Website: www/tripadvisor.com (added this link for best price)
Price: Nightly rates are $135 per person based on double occupancy, or $165 for singles. The seven-night Classic Spa Vacation includes all of the above, plus one mud wrap, two spa treatments/facials and a day trip for $1,059 ($1,269 for solo travelers).
Best times to go: Throughout the year; March, April, September, and October are the best months to visit
Sending healthy and relaxing weekend vibes! 💋
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