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1711 Ti Sana Detox Retreat & Spa, Italy In Northern Italy, close to Milan, 1711 Ti Sana sits along the lush banks of the Adda River inside a spectacular natural park. This area has its roots in Roman times, rising to prominence in the Middle Ages. Rich in historical landmarks, there is an astounding number of Romanesque churches and military fortifications from different eras, all fascinating to see on a daily excursion. But I chose to stay at Ti Sana for more than the scenery—although it is hard to beat. Central to their philosophy of living a healthy lifestyle is their detox juice and raw food diet. I was skeptical at first about how filling and satisfying this diet could possibly be—fine for a week, but what would keep me motivated? The chef and knowledgeable staff at Ti Sana explained, taught, demonstrated, prepared and shared their delicious new cuisine. The kitchen is a food lab, where only the purest plant foods are juiced, dehydrated and transformed into delicious meals. This wholesome food packs in all the nutrients we require, with none of the harmful additives that have become a major part of the commercial marketplace. To be sure, it is a monumental switch in mind-set, and doesn’t happen overnight. But when you have experienced just how great you feel, and understand why, the renewed energy will change your outlook. I have always valued my time spent in and among ancient buildings and surroundings. Ti Sana consists of three historical stone buildings connected to each other by an inviting courtyard. Time has a way of standing still and reaching back as you hike through the nearby forest, or paddle on the river. Yoga, therapeutic and toning exercises, deep breathing and meditative exercises complement the dietary classes, along with water and heat therapies. You self-direct your time to suit your goals. Spacious bedrooms have wood ceilings and floors, plaster walls and large windows draped with sheer white fabric. Simple rustic style, done up in neutral shades and colours taken from nature, suits the ancient buildings. Modern amenities are present, but don’t interfere. LED lights behind the bed afford mood enhancement. 38 Good Life Connoisseur | Summer 2012

Good Life Connoisseur Summer 2012  

Good Life Connoisseur Summer 2012

Good Life Connoisseur Summer 2012  

Good Life Connoisseur Summer 2012

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