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SPRING-SUMMER 2011I sea&iI43topfiveTHERMAL SPAS Thermal waters have been associated with health, wellbeing and vitalityfor centuries and they continue to be one of the most popular therapiesavailable today. Thermal waters are rich in minerals that can be absorbed bythe skin and help to stimulate the body's defences, eliminate toxins,reactivate a sluggish metabolism, help with rheumatic problems, and relaxmuscles.Thermal baths are usually situated near natural mineral springs andmany spas and wellness centres have been developed in these regions. Thereare a number of celebrated thermal spas, predominantly in Europe, providingtreatments that focus specifically on the health benefits of water. Sea&i recommendsthe Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. Locatedat the base of the Pizol mountain in Switzerland, the resort is renowned forits 36.5°C healing thermal waters and incorporates them in various pamperingtreatments. Physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths are also on handto offer expertise in all areas of physical therapy and rehabilitation. For information, visit www.resortragaz.chOtherestablished resorts where treatments focus on the therapeuticbenefits of water therapy include the Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay in the RedSea, Egypt,, and the Terme di Saturnia Spa& Golf Resort, Italy, Wellnesstrendssea&ireports on five of the top wellbeing trends for 2011, withrecommendations on where to relax, detox and improve your healthByMiriam Caintop spa trendsGrand Resort Bad Ragaz

44Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2011BODY CLEANSINGA detox is the perfect way to get your body in shape for summer. Althoughthe body is able to detox naturally through the skin, liver and kidneys,toxins can accumulate and lead to excess weight, stressed skin, digestivedisorders and exhaustion. Stepping out of your routine and signing up for adedicated detox retreat can help with weight loss, stress reduction, skinconditions and flagging energy levels. For more details on the benefits ondetoxing, see page 72. Sea&i recommendsthe Six Senses Sanctuary Retreat, Thailand. TheBody Refuge retreat at the Six Senses Sanctuary Phuket is a seven-dayresults-oriented retreat designed to improve the body's ability to burn fateffectively and increase energy levels. Combining a variety of detoxifyingtreatments, such as Chi Nei Tsang, colonic hydrotherapy, juice-fasting andraw and seafood cuisine, along with cooking classes and daily yoga andmeditation sessions, the programme aims to revive body and mind and helpguests make sustainable changes towards a healthier lifestyle. For information, visit www.sixsenses.comOther well-known detox retreats include Espace Henri Chenot at PalaceMerano in Austria,; the Dr Mosaraf Ali Wellnessprogram at the Castel Monastero Spa in Italy,;and the infamous Chiva Som in Thailand, www.chivasom.comNATURAL FITNESS Many hotels and resorts hosthealth and fitness programmes that incorporatethe unique natural challenges of their surrounding terrains. Think hiking andcycling in mountains, swimming in oceans, lakes and rivers, outdoor gymsand fitness trails that wind through jungle or desert terrain, and yoga inremote and peaceful surroundings. Most offer a variety of programmes tobest suit your level of fitness. High-intensity workouts that incorporatecardiovascular, strength and endurance exercises have become a popularchoice for those who really want to challenge themselves, while others focuson more relaxing activities, such as meditation walks along scenic beachesand alfresco Pilates and yoga lessons. To compliment the wellbeing focusof your holiday, a holistic approach often also incorporates diet, beauty ther-apies, meditation and general health check-ups.Sea&i recommendsLa Réserve Ramatuelle. Located near St Tropez inFrance, this hotel and spa occupies a stunning region between the sea andthe mountains. Throughout the year it runs a five-day Boot Camp, whichinvolves a medical check up, yoga lessons, Nordic walking, and a programmeof tailored spa treatments, complimented by a diet of gourmet spa food.For information, visit www.lareserve-ramatuelle.comFor yoga fans, both in:spa and Destination Yoga offer excellentdestination-based reteats:; Six Senses Sanctuary RetreatEspace Henri Chenot at Palace MeranoLa Réserve RamatuelleLa Réserve Ramatuelle