I was after all on the newly launched detox program at the Kempinski Hotel in the Upper Engadine Valley. But I must confess I had banked on having a blow out meal before I started the next day. Still, I had signed up for the three day detox and there was no way out. Not even any nuts in the mini bar. In fact the usual contents of one were replaced by six cold pressed juices of varied colours.
Day one began with an almighty wake up with my first detox juice of the day. It was a citrus lemon flavour and oh my it really did have a sharp taste. But hungry from the night before it really wasn’t a time be fussy. Juice down and it was off for a yoga session at 8am in the studio. Our instructor Ivonne Mazzel was kind to us as she gently eased us in before moving on to complicated poses. The shivasna at the end was very much welcomed.
As detox is all about measuring our success, we had our body analysis taken including our height, weight, fat, water body via a machine. Day four would be d-day when we found out how well we had done.
Lunch was tiny but beautifully presented. Spinach, avocado, strawberries formed the meal and despite being deflated at the paltry portion I realised I wasn’t even hungry. Besides, with a wrap and scrub scheduled for the afternoon I certainly didn’t need a food coma of a belly.
Day two began with a fasted hike before breakfast. The juice was a lot nicer made of carrot and oranges. It went down rather well and I was excited to get out on my bike around the lakes. St Mortiz has some of the most beautiful lakes that you can’t help wanting to be by them in any weather. The afternoon followed by lunch was spent on my back again as I enjoyed an hour long massage. I felt like I really was giving my body the best treatment ever through nourishment, exercise and treatments. If people think detoxifying is depriving themselves, they should rethink. You’re actually doing yourself a huge favour and giving it the best you can to kick start healthy long term goals.
And surprisingly I started to really enjoy the juices and looked forward to the foods. In three days I felt like my taste buds were changing and I was developing a keen interest in raw food. The final day’s smoothie of strawberries, nuts and almond milk was just divine.
Again life is about balance and about making sustainable healthy choices. The detox program here at the Kempinski Hotel gives you a much needed boost to start that journey. Even the General Manager Reto Stockenius embarked on his healthy journey by doing the programme and has lost several kilos so far. And did I feel like I was on a luxury holiday at the same time? How could I not with the beautiful surroundings I found myself in – both in and out of the hotel.
During my visit I was hosted by Kempinski Hotel, St. Moritz and My Switzerland. All views and opinions are my own. Images courtesy of Kempinski Hotel St. Moritz.