SHA Wellness Clinic
I consider myself reasonably well and healthy (I am a yoga teacher after all) and have a genuine passion for wellbeing therapies and concepts, although I admit I live a “balanced” lifestyle and love a glass of champagne or two and sweet treats….so my three day break at SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain was warmly anticipated.
On route from Alicante Airport to SHA Wellness (approx 45 minutes) I was therefore surprised to notice a feeling of apprehension. I’ve been to several health resorts in the past including Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland, Chiva Som in Thailand and Como Shambhala Estate in Bali to name a few - so I scanned my thinking process to gauge which unruly thoughts were causing this butterfly feeling in my stomach. Bingo! It was when the words “clinic”, “doctor” and “medical consultation” came up that the butterfly sensation picked up and the apprehension kicked in; I admit I was feeling a tad nervous and out of my comfort zone. Ah well, I was here now so take a deep breathe put a smile on and get on with it.
On arrival I felt that I’d arrived at a 5 star hotel; cool neutral tones, contemporary furniture, designer boutique and jewellery stores in the foyer and smart staff who couldn’t do enough to welcome me to SHA. This impression continues throughout, the public areas and the open air roof top terrace with inviting pool and enormous muslin decorated daybeds, overlooking the stunning Sierra Helada Mountains and ocean views have me starting to look around for my arrival cocktail!
The welcome was friendly and speedy, and check-in was conducted in my suite (spacious, light and well equipped) so with SHA iPad in hand (every guest receives one on arrival) and my 3 day “Feel Good” programme along with the complimentary guest programme all stored within it, I was certainly ready and lunch was first on my program.
Served on the terrace, mid September and blue sky and temperatures in the mid twenties are not to be missed by the British, all cuisine is a modern range of macrobiotic cuisine. As I was on a relaxing package and not under strict medical provision, I had three types of menu from which to choose; Kushi for strict weight loss and detox), Biolight (a good healthy 3 course meal) and SHA haute cuisine. I opted for Biolight. The smaller than normal portions (well smaller than the portions that I’m used to) took some getting used to but they were surprisingly filling and indeed tasty – we’re talking no sugar, no salt, no dairy, no meat and lots of organic ingredients - predominantly grains, seasonal vegetables and some fruits.
The days flew by and these typically included a 1 hour power walk on the beach, breakfast, a Thai massage, consultation with the macrobiotic doctor, relax by the pool, lunch, a lecture on detoxing, afternoon medicinal tea, meditation, rest and dinner (with live music in the background most nights). I am an active type, and if guests preferred to relax and read by the pool in between treatments that’s all they need do!
I could have happily stayed on for another day or two especially as I am a huge fan of music and dancing and there was a flamenco show planned for the evening after I was due to depart. The initial apprehension was totally unnecessary and I’ve made an early new years resolution to steal away by myself at least once, hopefully twice a year to recharge. Further motivated by the fact that many people nowadays don’t see such breaks as a luxury and make a firm commitment to scheduling in a healthy break in their annual schedule, SHA has 94 suites in total and only 4 were unused during my stay.
Would I go back to SHA Wellness? Definitely! You have nothing to loose except toxins and excess body weight, and with everything positive to gain!