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Five spoiling recovery retreats

Posted in HEALTH + WELLBEING By Maggie O' Sullivan

What could be more spoiling for post-cancer sufferers than a pampering spa break? A number of companies, including Spabreaks, Health and Fitness Travel and The Healthy Holiday Company, now offer recovery retreats, while a handful of spas have introduced special programmes. Here are five that tick all the boxes.

Chiva-Som, Thailand

If you’ve come through the worst and are longing for a proper getaway, how about this legendary resort in Thailand? With wellness and longevity at its core, Chiva-Som (above) has recently introduced five new retreats designed to support treatment of specific conditions. ‘Cell Vitality’ has been carefully created to support guests who have recovered or are in remission from cancer. A selection of nurturing and non-invasive treatments is accompanied by a gentle exercise programme to promote physical and mental wellness and sustain cellular health. A dedicated dietary plan is designed to stimulate the appetite. The Healthy Holiday Company offers a 10-night retreat from £4,957, including flights from London to Bangkok and transfers.Kurotel Longevity Medical Centre and Spa, Brazil

Located in Brazil’s beautiful Gramado Mountains, Kurotel is another long-haul option. Focusing on preventative and rehabilitative medicine, it offers a wide variety of personalised wellness programmes including one for post-cancer devised by medical and wellness experts, including dermatologists, physiotherapists and nutritionists. It’s not just about treatments: guests are encouraged to explore the surroundings on a guided hike, or join a group yoga class. Health and Fitness Travel offers seven nights’ full board from £4,890 per person, including a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.Pennyhill Park, Surrey

The spa at Pennyhill Park was awarded Best Spa for Luxury in The Good Spa Guide Awards 2015 and it certainly is a fantastic amenity. Its one-day Recovery Retreats are open to guests and non-residents and aimed at anyone with an acute medical condition, undergoing or recovering from chemotherapy or any other intense treatment. Retreats are tailored to individual needs discussed in advance and include one treatment and lunch. Contact the hotel for price details. Grayshott Health Spa, Surrey

Grayshott’s Nurture & Support Post Cancer is a four-night holistic programme of treatments devised by Elaine Williams the spa's Director of Natural Therapies. Guests also have access to Grayshott’s team of in-house professionals, including natural therapists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and fitness experts. The aim of this gentle programme, says Grayshott, is to leave guests feeling ‘totally cherished’ and all the treatments have been especially created to soothe, relax, nurture and nourish both face and body. Four nights from £1,165.Lighthouse Spa & Hotel, Essex 

If you’re looking for something a little less expensive, Lighthouse Spa & Hotel offers great value for money. Its two-night Recovery Retreatment programme promises complete relaxation for anyone recovering from cancer or still undergoing treatment. Therapists have been trained by the NHS Christie Trust, experts in cancer care, research and education, and the treatment features a technique called HEARTS – Hands On, Empathy, Aromatherapy, Textures and Sound. From £399 per person, midweek.

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