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42 DAILY STAR SUNDAY, January 2, 2011

DAILY STAR SUNDAY, January 2, 2011 43

L ATES L ATES n COSTA RICA: Pay from
£619 for a week, all-inclusive, n HONG KONG: Spend three
nights at the three-star

‘N’
at the three-T Occidental Allegro Metropark Hotel in Kowloon for

‘N’ Papagayo, including flights from
Gatwick on January 11. See
£681 on room only, with flights
from Heathrow on February 16.

BREAKS BREAKS thomson.co.uk or call 0871 231
5595 for details.
See thomascooksignature.com
or call 0844 879 8014.

SHAPING UP FOR 2011
SALE TIME:
n Cosmos is
celebrating its 50th
birthday with
discounts on
summer holidays of
up to 50% and
n PEACE
WORK:
The Hub,
deposits of just left, and
£50pp. Free child the famous
places are available. Goan
There are one-parent sunset,
family offers and no below
single supplements
at some properties.
Visit cosmos.co.uk
or call 0844 573
4261.
TENERIFE: Fly
n from Birmingham
THE boy’s grin spread from
Indian retreat the place to Goa to take weight off your mind
on January 11 for a
week at the two- ear to ear as he snapped
diamond Laguna
Park II, from £179pp one of our skipping ropes
self-catering. See into action. n by GEORGIA PETTIPHER fishermen haul in huge nets and glasses – I knocked them back with and mind healing makes it all about become enema junkies. An
monarch.co.uk or “Look! look!” he cried, as his drag their catch on to the beach. both nostrils firmly clenched. you, you, you. “interesting” account (legend has it
call 0871 423 8642. giggling friends mimicked our of split-level studio apartments in Families gather from Colva (the We were also given potent vitamin In one day I had a session with the even Lego and worms have been
FLORIDA: Stay yoga poses. the grounds. nearest village) to paddle in the supplements and psyllium husks – a programme’s nutritionist, where my “passed”) was met with whooping
n at the Clarion Inn
Lake Buena Vista in
It was some light relief from the
“warrior” position we’d eased our
Decorated in neutral tones, each
apartment has a living area and large
warm water and watch the breath-
taking sunsets.
natural source of fibre, which
expands in the belly and helps to
weaknesses were identified
(chocolate and booze) and healthier
and high-fiving.
A number of the group even took
Orlando, close to aching limbs into…again. bathroom downstairs while a dark It is “the” place to be for the local clean the digestive tract. alternatives worked out. their enema kits (plastic jug and
Walt Disney World We were on Sernabatim Beach, wooden staircase leads to a bedroom community. Even farmers stick to The main “meal” of the day was a I also had an Ayurvedic full body rubber tube) home with them.
Resort, from £495 for Goa, winding up an exercise class and washroom. the beach, herding cows across the vegetarian lunch such as rainbow massage and a hypnotherapy A day trip to a beach market took
a week room-only. during a “weight management” week Floor-to-ceiling picture windows sand. salad (shredded beetroot, cabbage session. us back into the real world. People,
Includes flights from at The Beach House Retreat. next to huge four-poster beds give It was best to walk briskly past the and beans shaped into a rainbow). We were encouraged to de-junk our dust, motorbikes, honking horns,
Gatwick on January Already we looked decidedly views over the tropical gardens. beach bars offering two-for-one On day three we had a more filling lives – and a few tears were shed in haggling with market traders and
28 and car hire. See healthier – and trimmer. The mini-bars are brimming too – cocktails, though a regular supply of roasted vegetable and chickpea the process. converting currency all seemed a bit
jetsave.com A few days earlier we’d been met at with bottles of mineral water. virtuous drinks are provided at the salad, which sparked near hysteria If we had ever doubted the point of much after being wrapped in cotton
the airport and taken deep into the A series of thatched huts form the retreat. among our group. it all, it was put into context by the wool at Sernabatim Beach.
Indian jungle. spa area, surrounding a central At the sweeping breakfast bar in Roast turkey dinners, mince pies retreat’s owner, Ajit Patel. On the plus side, we all stocked up
From the moment the gates of The water fountain. the Hub, tall glasses of all kinds of and booze may still be fresh in the In a former life as a stressed-out with Indian spices and jewellery at
Beach House opened, calm and At the main house, known as the liquid concoctions were lined up for memory but at The Beach House, pharmacist, he was reduced to such bargain prices and saw monkeys,
serenity took hold. Hub, friendly staff members are on our delectation. tofu, pea soup, pomegranate and a debilitating physical condition that giant reptiles and even a snake.
We were greeted in the sunny hand to see to every need (other than Solid food is kept to a minimum mung beans start to look like the his colon had to be removed. If Back at the Hub on the last day, we
courtyard dotted with vibrant pink pizza delivery, of course) and there’s and in the evenings you choose your future. anyone has learned the importance faced the final “reveal” – how much
and yellow flowers – and handed a lounge area with sumptuous sofas. juices and smoothies for the next day Our personal schedules were set a of a healthy body and mind, it’s Ajit. weight had we shifted? One of us
coconut shells brimming with sweet Infinity pools may be all the rage – beetroot, orange, carrot or sweet day in advance too. The more time Suddenly, our daily self- (not me) had lost a whopping 12lb.
juice. but Sernabatim has an infinity pineapple. filled, the less opportunity to focus administered enemas didn’t seem I lost 8lb, 14 centimetres from my
The retreat comprises a main house beach. Its sands stretch further than Dark green wheatgrass or super- on rumbling stomachs. such a hardship. In fact, by the end waist – and a huge weight off my
overlooking the beach and a cluster the eye can see. Every morning, food drinks were served in shot The Beach House’s bespoke body of the week my housemates had mind.

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Pictures: LEIGH MYTTON

n AN all-inclusive stay at The
Beach House in Goa costs
from £770 per person for three days
on the Weight Management package
or £622 per person for two sharing.
n TWO-WAY STRETCH:
Yoga on the beach
and, far left, Georgia (left)
See thebeachhousegoa.com for
more information.
and her pal Leigh take a
more relaxed approach n Return flights with
Monarch start at £200.
See monarch.co.uk or call
0871 423 8642.

Hall right as
FEELING rough after the Christmas n by ELLA BUCHAN toiletries, LCD TV and digital radio. touches – four-poster bed, chaise
excesses? Rather than wallowing You can also dine in candlelit cellar longue and reproduction antiques.
in your hangover, pretend you’re evening meals, leisure facilities restaurant Fenocchi’s, a favourite In factm, the entire Old House felt
the Lord or Lady of the manor and and most of the activities on offer. with younger couples on romantic like living in a different era.
head to Thoresby Hall. The Ambassador rooms are the weekends. In the Great Hall, older couples
As we arrived in the grounds on cheapest but they’re still pretty We opted for total hibernation in expertly swept their partners
the edge of Sherwood Forest in luxurious – lovely big beds, one of the historic suites in the Old across the plush carpets while

winter blues
Nottinghamshire, our first thought en-suite bathrooms, plus all the House. Right at the edge of the others sipped classic cocktails in
was how huge this place is. facilities you’d expect like tea and hotel, it felt like our own wing. front of the log fire.
You would have to walk for about coffee, ironing board, telly etc. There are bathrobes, luxury You can work off all the food with
20 minutes just to get to the But the more you pay, the more toiletries – and an incongruously free activities such as archery and
entrance gate, past the croquet you get. Stay in one of the classy modern Nespresso coffee machine. dance lessons.
lawn and woodland trails. Signature rooms and you get better Otherwise it’s about traditional Or just retreat to the spa with its
One of 13 Warner Leisure Hotels hydrotherapy pool, ice cave, steam

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specialising in “adults only” room and sauna.

drift away...
breaks, the fact that it seems to be THORESBY Hall Hotel & Spa, in We had the rassoul, where you
always full speaks volumes. Nottinghamshire, is a Grade I listed smother detoxifying muds on your
It also says a lot about how many mansion built in 1875. Four-night face and body, relax and let the
people want to get away from kids midweek breaks in January start at £229 and three-night weekend steam rinse it off, leaving smooth,
every now and again – whether breaks start at £237. Prices are based on two people sharing an glowing skin.
their own or everyone else’s. Ambassador room and include dinner, bed & breakfast. Visit I followed that with an ESPA facial
A break here is a bargain, starting warnerleisurehotels.co.uk or call 0800 1 388 399. Ella travelled by and as I drifted away, cocooned in
at just £229 for four nights train with East Coast from London. Book online at eastcoast.co.uk the soothing scent of essential oils,
midweek – including breakfast, my winter blues just drifted away. GRADE ONE: The magnificent Thoresby Hall was built in 1875