Best Spa in Portugal


Vitalise, Portugal Hidden away along a countryroad, just 7km from the hustle and bustle ofthe Portuguese resort of Albufeira, Vitalise, based at Vila Mimosa, is a homely escape ifyou’re after a healthy detox holiday.


The Moorish-style villa is more retreat than spa, with 14 bedrooms with en suite showers, a dining room and comfortable sitting room, indoor and outdoor exercise rooms, a beautifully planted garden with a heated pool, jacuzzi and sauna. The beach is just a 10-minute stroll away.


You can choose between two fasts for yourstay (eight, 12 or 15 days): a juice fast or a mild fast. With the juice fast you get fruit and vegetable juices three times a day and a vegetable soup in the evening. The mild fast is a gentler form of fasting, with severallight meals based on an alkaline diet, plus water and herbal teas. After a few days, I found I simply wasn’t hungry anymore.


Each morning starts with a stretch class and then a ö-7km walk, and your days are punctuated with bodyshape classes, yoga, meditation, aqua-jogging and relaxasize. The schedule is full on, but you’re encouraged to rest when you need to.


On the menu are massages, lymphatic drainage, body wraps, colon hydrotherapy and a selection of beauty treatments. Everything you experience at Villa Mimosa is very nurturing and personal.


Anyone wanting to reboot their energy, lose weight, de-stress. change the direction of their lives and learn about healthy eating.


Vitalise is open from February to November. Prices start at £980 pp for an eight-day stay, including transfers, accommodation, detox programmes, two lymph drainage treatments, a massage and daily hot compresses for a liver detox. Find out more at

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H&F’s Siân Lewis treats her tired and congested skin to a facial What? Tata Harper Collagen-E Boosting Facial, £8o, 6o mins Where? Content, Marylebone, London ( As i settled onto the treatment couch, my therapist, Vanessa, introduced the Tata Harperbeauty range. Organic and ioo per cent natural, the products aim to relax body and mind. 1 was guided to take three deep breaths to relax before my skin was cleansed twice. Warm muslins opened my pores, then = Vanessa used extraction to clear any congested areas. Said to increase collagen production, anti-bacterial manuka honey was massaged into my skin,which smelt heavenly. The Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (£44, 30ml; was applied to take the pinkness out of my blemishes and my aching shoulders were given a relaxing massage. Finally, a collagen- boosting Rejuvenating Serum (£80, 30ml), applied with acupressure massage, stimulated my skin’s rejuvenating process. When my time was up, I left feeling very content indeed.


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