Detox retreats: 5 great hotels for a cleansing holiday

Jun 19, 2017

Been indulging in too many unhealthy food and drinks recently? The boutique hotel hunters at Mr & Mrs Smith aren’t doctors, but if they were, they’d prescribe a stay at one of the five calming finds below: relax, rejuvenate, repeat.

1. The Sarojin, Phang Nga, Thailand


The best way to detox? Lie down on a sun-kissed Thai beach (preferably one with a top-notch hotel close by) and don’t move. Head over to The Sarojin, a tropical treat with 10-acre gardens, spacious suites, two excellent restaurants and a cosseting spa. You won’t have to expend any energy wondering what to do here (our choice: not a lot), since the hotel has a dedicated “imagineer”, who will put together a personalised itinerary for your stay. Pick from scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and other adventures. If all that sounds too tiring, don’t worry: just run a bath in your room’s imperial oval terrazzo tub and stay put, stirring only to summon room service. You’re here to detox, so we won’t dwell on the open-air Cellar Bar’s stash of wine and cigars (though we do recommend Sarojin medicinal champagne cocktails).

If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: A 60-minute Thai massage for two people, to be taken within 48 hours of arrival.

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2. Capella Singapore, Singapore


Two words: Auriga Spa. Capella Singapore’s shrine to wellness has four signature treatments, designed around the cycles of the moon. It also has a wet area that’s well worth losing hours in: hop between the herbal steam room, ice fountains and vitality pools in a garden setting – then do it all over again. This crowd-pleasing Sentosa Island hideaway has plenty of other refreshing tricks up its sleeve: an eye-pleasing marriage of colonial and contemporary architecture, styling by Indonesian designer Jaya Ibrahim, three pools and a family-friendly beach. Try Chinese fine dining at swish Cassia restaurant, decorated in black, beige and ivory; for more casual meals, the Knolls offers all-day dining (pick from an East-meets-West menu). If you’re off the sauce, post-partying, swap champagne and cocktails for the hotel’s house-made (and deliciously fiery) ginger beer. (Ginger has long been acknowledged as a handy hangover buster.)

If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: English high tea for two at the Knolls.

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3. Tree of Life Resort & Spa, Jaipur, India


If you’re craving the blissed-out serenity of a maharajah with his own magnificent mansion, book a stay at Tree of Life in Jaipur, a candy-floss-pink palace in the Rajasthan desert. Expect vast villas dotted amid gorgeous grounds, a bell-shaped infinity pool and the opportunity to experience the villages nearby among other experiences. Naturally, service is brilliant, the spa is pampering and the food and drinks are excellent – try pan-Indian specialities at Ashtam restaurant, followed by Passion of Amer cocktails in the chilled-out bar. To get optimum relaxation out of your room, book a Luxury Pool & Spa Villa, whose charms include: a suburban-sized backyard complete with plunge pool, Jacuzzi, marble bath tub, waterfall shower and massage pavilion. Honeymoon heaven.

If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: A 10-minute head-and-shoulder massage for two.