Well, I'll be, says Juliet Kinsman. I went to north India for a week's holiday, ate to my heart's content and spent most of my time supine. And you know what - it was the most life-changing holiday I've had. That's because Vana Retreats is a new breed of destination spa with extraordinary wellbeing cuisine, ideal for anyone who fears abstinence or bootcamps. This salubrious road to wellness is smooth and only gently sloped.
Golden Door comes with a starry spa pedigree that other destination spas can only dream of. Opened in 1958 by Deborah Szekely, philanthropist, writer and early pioneer of the So-Cal wellness movement, this groundbreaking spa was soon attracting Hollywood luminaries such as Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Burt Lancaster, in preparation for film roles.
Landing in Goa I found myself instantly falling in love with the inherently chilled, lushly tropical beach state. Quickly finding myself nestled in the back of a bright white resort car, the drive from the airport to Resort Rio in the north gave me the chance to marvel at Goa's serene green fields, tranquil rivers and multiple palm clusters.
A haven for hippies and healers since the 1960s Ibiza is the perfect choice for those looking for a bit of a recharge in their holiday time. The Balearic island is home to hundreds of retreats, from purifying cleanses to spiritual stays, and the five star fitness break is the latest way to harness the magical energy of the White Isle.
Inside, The Sukhothai is an elegant haven away from the crowds, crazy tuk-tuks and smoldering traffic jams that seem to clog the city from dusk till dawn. And outside, hidden in gardens behind the hotel courtyard, we discovered a glamorous way to beat the heat at the hotel's peaceful pool and spa pavilion.
As we've kissed goodbye to the winter months - apart from the very random snow storms recently. We've stepped into all things spring. New life is appearing in all forms. We have beautiful blossom on the trees, bluebells, daffodils, green leaves and the appearance of brighter sunshine and longer days.
I'm no stranger to fasting: I've tried hippyish water fasts in Thailand, juice fasts in Devon, and the Mayr cure (yogurt and copiously-chewed bread) in Bavaria. But I've never experienced this degree of thoughtfulness and support, and that's what makes the Buchinger Wilhelmi the natural choice for first-time fasters.
It's hard being a young girl these days. Someone always has a better instagram than you, with more pictures of detox smoothies that have more likes than your profile has put together. It seems that everyone else is exercising more, is doing better career wise than you, and has perfect hair while they do it.
Celebrity fans such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley are just a few of the Bone Broth evangelists who argue that the popular liquid diet can transform your appearance, improve health and revitalise energy levels. The Bone Broth programme founded by Tim Connor is just one of the new health food, clean eating regimes which is attracting a lot of admiration. ..
Before arriving at The Mulia, I have to confess I didn't know what to expect, I had heard that it was massive and wondered how a resort so large could pull off a luxury service. On our approach to the resort seeing the building looming in the distance I thought perhaps this wasn't the right fit for The Spa Spy.
Hopefully 2016 will see me take some more downtime, I've been spending a little bit of time (ok a lot but I'm a blogger!) each evening undertaking research for some of the best spas around the world to unwind. Here are my findings I thought I'd share with any fellow busy folk who are looking for somewhere to escape from the everyday rat race....
What's the first thing you do in the morning? Is it make a coffee, hug your spouse or check your smartphone? I'm guessing it's the latter. After all, the average person checks their phone 85 times a day, receives just over 100 emails and spends around three hours actively using the internet - so you'd probably need to get going with all of that from your first waking moment.