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Spa guide 2018 Winner: Smartest Detox Escape

Written by Condé Nast Traveller on August 23rd, 2018.      0 comments

If Palace Merano is the grande dame of detoxing, then L’Albereta is its gentler cousin. Fans of Henri Chenot and his biontology method (a combination of Chinese medicine and nutrigenetic testing) will sink happily into this vine-clad villa in Lombardy to revel in the cocooning comfort. While the spa is run by Chenot and offers his incredible lymphatic-draining massage, mud wraps and meridian-boosting jet baths – all of which target sluggish organs and ignite flagging mojo – this is not a punitive medi-clinic. It’s like staying in a chic tree house, high up in towering pines. There are endless terraces with pots of lavender and gorgeous views down to Lake Iseo. You can follow the Chenot detox diet – mouse-like portions of exquisite alkaline food – in a separate dining room, but military levels of discipline are needed to avoid swerving dangerously off-piste.
 
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There is a stellar restaurant and bistro on the main deck, which is film-set idyllic with lights twinkling in the trees. Marvel, Oliver Twist-like, at the Italian glamour (Prada-clad guests eating mouth-watering pasta) while the detox headache thumps and hunger rages. If there are temptations to stray, a jolting analytical appraisal of body composition, which includes the percentage of visceral fat around vital organs, is enough to keep you from the bruschetta. As the kilos drop off and your inner pilot light of energy is re-lit, the deprivation pays dividends.

A team of experts jump-start you back to health with programmes for boosting metabolism, anti-ageing and performance assessment. Top marks go to its latest ingenious package, designed to target and tone stubborn areas. Bingo-wings and thigh tops are zapped with IOS 21, a machine that melts fat through radio waves. The treatment for screen-weary eyes is also a must: mini-cupping and expert drainage is an instant eye-lift. Equally impressive is Manuel Viprati, who works his blend of osteopathy and kinesiology to shift the bio-energetics of your system. Not only will he modify stooped posture, but with his intuitive touch will also leave you feeling as if you’re floating on air as you glide out, trance-like, to slug back more water-retention-busting apple-cider vinegar.

Dietician Valeria Brembilla has an almost psychic understanding of the body and offers wellbeing tips, as well as the punch-the-air news that it’s healthier for some women to lean towards being a teensy bit heavier as it supports hormones and bone density. Apart from the interminable pan-pipe music, some dubious art and strange crispbreads for the bio-light breakfast, this is an ideal escape for Palace Merano afficionados amid these insanely pretty surroundings.
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