Detox Getaways: Check In, Zone Out
So if you're eating like it's November in spite of the arrival of spring, here are some lavish spa getaways that take the bite out of detox.
By April the Caribbean has cooled of its paparazzi sizzle as island destinations like Anguilla, Turks and Caicos return to normalcy. It's in the latter that you'll find the glamorous Parrot Cay , a private destination island by the owners of London's Metropolitan and The Halkin. The property is home to an outpost of their COMO Shambhala Retreat that is a magnet for upper-crust and celebrity clients.
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Often via private speedboat transfer, Parrot Cay guests arrive to a stylish oasis where they can pick and choose a hotel stay with various a la carte spa treatments. Multi-day stays can be coupled with meditation and yoga sessions to more intense wellness paths that match multiple treatment regimens spaced out over an entire stay. Those looking for a more comprehensive stay can participate in organized programs like the upcoming Curry Sisters Retreat in late April. The retreat offers a structured six-night trip with daily yoga classes, instructed meditation and all-inclusive COMO Shambhala cuisine priced from $7,645 (based on double occupancy).
Those looking for more detox than a hot yoga room can make the trek to the land of Von Trapp and Austria's acclaimed Viva Centre for Modern Mayr Medicine . The clinic was named after famous Austrian physician Dr. Franz Xaver Mayr, who believed much of human illness and sickness is born directly from the digestive track. Today, visitors to the clinic check-in for thorough medical examinations with the purpose of creating individual treatment plans that extend over an entire stay.
Treatments at Viva Mayr include applied kinesiology, electrolysis baths and Kneipp treatments that improve and regulate blood circulation inside a futuristic contraption. With an emphasis "on rest, strict cleansing of the digestive system and re-education of eating habits," visitors should expect a restricted diet and occasional shot of cultured milk. For those expecting hospital-style guest rooms, the on-site Viva Hotel surprises with a sparse Scandinavian aesthetic that swaps the customary mini-bar out for in-room organic cuisine by staff nutritionists and zero-calorie views of spectacular Lake Wörth.
Fewer doctors and more soul searching can be found at Mii amo in Sedona's Boynton Canyon where this spa bases many of its treatments on Native American practices and beliefs. One of the easier hotel-based programs to navigate prior to arrival, Mii amo offers three- to seven-night journeys that allow guests to personalize the goals of their stay -- whether they be spiritual, stress relief or substantial weight loss.