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A MACRO BREAK IN SPAIN SHA Wellness Clinic, L’Albir, Spain Few spa resorts have a reputation quite like SHA Wellness Clinic, on Spain’s Costa Blanca near Alicante. Founded by Alfredo Bataller Parietti in 2008, the retreat has welcomed A-list stars such as Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow and even Russian president Vladimir Putin to its heady mix of macrobiotic detoxing and top-end luxury. SHA was founded after Bataller Parietti, an economist, saw a doctor after receiving an early-stage colon cancer diagnosis. The doctor recommended a natural overhaul of the businessman’s lifestyle including diet and exercise. The change injected into Bataller Parietti’s life inspired him to create a space for others to do so. “When you find something positive, you want to share it with others,” says his son, Alejandro Bataller Pineda, who himself beat debilitating migraines by converting to a macrobiotic diet. Perched high up in one of Spain’s most naturally spectacular spots, at the former Bataller family retreat, SHA offers a wide array of facilities including a fitness club, library, tennis courts and even a multifaith meditation room across more than 6,000 square metres. Depending on guests’ requirements, they’re prescribed a bespoke diet and schedule of appointments that may range from acupuncture and mud wraps to fitness plans. More recently the spa has begun offering brain training in the form of cutting-edge neurocognitive and stimulation programmes. Last year SHA even opened a branch in Dubai, to cater for the growing number of converts to a place where you’ll return from holiday more relaxed and rejuvenated than possibly anywhere on earth. “Some people, like well-known models and actors, appear to be the picture of health, but come here to de-stress, find peace and readjust,” the elder Bataller recently told The National. “Other people are recovering from serious illness and they want to learn new habits.” Fly there KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flies to Alicante daily via Amsterdam.


Dubai Voyager | January 2017  
Dubai Voyager | January 2017