This a guest post by Mimi Spencer.
We all know it’s fantastically easy to indulge yourself on holiday – in fact, it’s one of the main reasons to fly off to sunny shores, in search of fine wines, eight-course suppers and late-night cocktails looking out over the bay. Anyone who knows Constance will tell you that it is renowned for luxury and serves up the high life as a matter of course: expert wine tastings, a comprehensive mixologist’s menu, world-class cooking from the island’s chefs… But what if you’re looking to distress and detox? What if you want to hand over the kids, switch off the phone, kick back, get fit and return to the fray with a leaner, lighter look?
January is, of course, the time to be considering such things, the traditional ‘New Year, New You’ month when all of us have to face the music (and the mirror) after the high jinks of Christmas and New Year. But that doesn’t mean you have to go into denial and out of your comfort zone. Constance has as its company motto ‘inspired by passion’ – and while there’s no denying that luxury lies at the heart of all they do, I’ve found that there’s a keen sense of well-being and healthy living too, if that’s what you’re after.
The New You could, for example, opt to start the day with an early morning yoga session on the beach, gazing out over the turquoise lagoon. Next stop, the Spa. Halaveli and Moofushi, like all seven Constance outposts in the Indian Ocean, tailors its ‘U-Spa’ programmes to best benefit the individual. At Halaveli, the menu incudes the exclusive rejuvenation range from Swiss uber brand Valmont; over at Moofushi, the new Ymalia products combine expert therapy with “Sophrology” breathing techniques to help still the mind.
For anyone with fitness in mind, both resorts feature state-of-the-art gyms, with personal training sessions to give your exercise regime a reboot, while the tennis court at Halaveli is a favourite of Roger Federer when he comes to stay. It goes without saying that the endless array of watersports will get your heart-rate going, and at Halaveli, there’s childcare on hand too, to let guests grab some ‘me’ time while the sprogs are kept busy beach-combing and finger painting.
You can, if you choose, feast on grilled lobster, fillet steak and exquisite desserts wrought from the finest chocolate – but it’s just as easy for the New You to eat frugally, healthily and exceptionally well. The buffets offer a sumptuous selection of salads, lean protein and gluten-free bakes, while Halaveli’s new beach sushi bar serves fabulous sashimi, some of it straight from the ocean at your feet. It’s best served with a glass of chilled white wine, of course. Perhaps just the one?