Eat, sleep, spa

Eat, sleep, spa

At new destination spa Lonhea Alpine Clinic, in the village of Villars-sur-Ollon in west Switzerland, a team of chiropractors, massage therapists, nutritionists and personal trainers is tasked with knocking guests into shape.

After a thorough (it takes four hours) consultation, guests are prescribed a week-long treatment plan focusing on one or more issues, from nutrition to sleep disorders and weight problems. There are daily massages, sauna and steam-room sessions, yoga and fitness activities (both outdoors and in the gym), as well as an emphasis on quality sleep.

It doesn’t stop there: guests are given heart-rate monitors to measure output during fitness sessions at home. Diet and training guidance is given in fortnightly online follow-up sessions for four months in order to help guests maintain good health.

The brain behind the programme is Dr Michael Golay, who specialises in cardiovascular disease, problems associated with weight gain, and strength and fitness at competition level (he worked with athletes at the Sydney 2000 Olympics).

While the priority is health, comforts are not forgotten – after all, a decent bed is essential for a good night’s sleep. There are a maximum of nine guests staying at a time in four simple, Alpine-style chalets. Food is, as you’d expect, of the nutritional variety, and menus are individually tailored.

A seven-night stay at Lonhea Alpine Clinic, all inclusive, and four-month follow-up costs from ?7,100 (00 41 24 495 38 88;

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