Don't bother with the detox diet!
If you spent the festive period over-indulging in everything from champagne to selection packs, you’ll probably be planning your annual detox. You could give up everything, go for 10-mile in the rain, or go on a healthy-ish holiday that'll make you feel amazing! Here are five spa-vellous breaks guaranteed to bring a brand new you this New Year.
1. Feel spa-vellous in Switzerland
Detox needn’t be hard work. Banish the January blues by lazing in a Jacuzzi while sipping a glass of something fizzy (no, not mineral water!), unless you are off the drink ‘til February. For a full-on five-star pampering break, there can’t be much better than lazing around a luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps in a white robe, indulging in massages, saunas and swims in a spectacular setting. Hopefully you’ll get chatted up by a super-rich heir(ess) in the steam room, like you’re in a 1930s murder mystery novel. How about the Grand Hotel Kronenhof near St. Moritz? Check the indoor infinity pool – it’s rather impressive.
2. Get steamy in Istanbul
Away with you toxins! One way of getting rid of all those festive bad things is to sweat them out. There’s no need for exercise. Instead, pay a visit to a hot and steamy hammams. Turkey has over 1,300. Istanbul is the ideal place to experience one: try Cemberlita Hamami, Cagaloglu Hamami and Galatasaray Hamami in particular. Get a good scrub before sweating it out in a series of hot rooms, and follow it up with a massage. It’ll sort you right out after all those mince pies.
3. Malaysian magic in London
Escape to ‘an oasis of tranquillity’. If the party season, or just dealing with your relatives, has left you in need of an exotic holiday, but you just don’t have the time to jet off, how about a visit to Ushvani in London? Said to be London’s most luxurious day spa, this Malaysian-inspired sanctuary is a pleasant place for a break from all that sales shopping. Have your weary shoulders sorted out with a Balinese massage, and detox in your own private steam room.
4. A dip with a difference in Berlin
Swim in a river in Berlin. Well, almost. Whereas it’s a New Year tradition in several countries to take a dip in a freezing waterway, such a sharp shock to the circulation is not generally recommended for busting hangovers. But in Berlin you can swim in a heated swimming pool, in a proper river, in January. The Badeschiff is an old barge on the River Spree that has been converted into a 32 metre-long public swimming pool. In summer it’s a cool hang-out with boardwalks, bars and buff Berliners. In winter it is enveloped in a see-through plastic cover so you can have a bash at the breaststroke in comfort with a city view, go for a sauna and then prop up the bar with a well-earned beer.
5. Deluxe detox in Thailand
You don’t have to go to the other side of the world to detox. But if you need an excuse, Six Senses Yao Noi Beyond Phuket. As well as all manner of spa treatments and Thai body therapies, you can cheer yourself up with a spot of sunbathing on the private beach, and go scuba diving in the tropical waters of Phang Nga Bay. For a little extra luxury, try to blag your way into the resort’s Hilltop Reserve, ‘a private haven for the rich and famous, royalty and high society’.