Chrissy's Collection: Grayshott Health Spa, Surrey, England
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What is Chrissy’s Collection?With her lengthy travel background, Chrissy has years of experience assessing accommodation with quality and customer satisfaction firmly in mind. She was also a hands-on Director of an upmarket Kensington apartment-hotel for five years.
As our own Silver Travel Advisor we are delighted that Chrissy brings her experience and eye for stylish detail when she reviews Boutique and Country house hotels. Chrissy’s Collection are her personal recommendations of hotels with something extra that makes them stand out from the rest: discreet and exceptional levels of personal service; stylish, contemporary and comfortable interiors where relaxation is key; smaller, quirky or character properties; luxury hotels with super spa facilities, exquisite dining or amazing locations. In short, very special places.
Low-fats, margarine, red meat, eggs,
alcohol, chocolate - are they on the shopping list or off the shopping list
this week? Arrrgh!
With a seemingly endless stream of
conflicting nutritional directives issued on an almost daily basis it’s
increasingly difficult to navigate an array of food advice when doing the
weekly shop to know what we should and should not be eating and the effect it
will have on our long term health.
Grayshott Spa’s 7 day Regime programme will
support and educate you through this fascinating subject in the comfort of
their lovely country house spa. Not only
will you eat really well with truly inspired, delicious, food, you’ll be
pampered too and come to some interesting conclusions about your health, which
may be, quite simply, life changing.
So if you are interested in improving and
prolonging your health in a relaxing environment, read on, because it’s never
too late to start!
On your behalf I was invited to sample a 3
day taster on one of Grayshott’s popular 7 day Health Regimes, conceived
specifically to address health issues and improve well-being through the food
we consume. As the sampler also included
some well-deserved R&R I jumped at the chance.
A month or so before my intended arrival I
received some very detailed information about the course but with Christmas
cards to write I put it all to one side and never got round to reading it! Early in January I received a phone call from
one of the friendly nurses who did a health check on the phone, discussed my dietary
needs, and advised reading the pre-arrival information. I retrieved the booklet and, to my horror,
saw I had to decrease my consumption of alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and almost
everything yummy in this world to prepare myself for the Regime. Oh dear, this wasn’t what I signed up
for! Having had a quiet Christmas the
beginning of January was quite sociable so once again I put the documentation
to one side and forgot about it. A few
days before my arrival, just as I was finishing my extra strong Builder’s Tea,
the phone rang. Yes, it was the friendly
nurse from Grayshott just checking I had given up alcohol and caffeine. She didn’t want to nag but she didn’t want me
to suffer from headaches because of withdrawal symptoms. Blimey, I almost felt like an addict but, it
did make sense, so for the next 4 days I deprived myself of life’s little
luxuries in preparation. I’m glad I
did. And if truth be told I should have
acted upon their very sound advice a few weeks earlier. However, I survived, thrived, and am here to tell
The Regime is based on
scientifically-backed dietary protocol with specific eating practices and therapeutic
treatments and is designed to rest and restore the health of your digestive
system which helps improve a wide range of issues. If all this sounds too much, let me assure you
it’s delivered in such an understandable way by expert nutritionists that if
you have any interest in the subject at all you will be completely blown away
by the experience. They also include a 45
minute private consultation with one of the senior nutritionists so if you have
any questions or concerns they will outline a personal plan for you to follow
when you are home.
In our group there were 15 other people,
(all women on this occasion though apparently men do participate) which I
understand was quite a large group. But
nevertheless it was an interesting mix of people, including a couple of
doctors, and a fair number who had stayed before who had come specifically to
do the Regime having heard everyone raving about it. There were also some Regime returners coming
back for a ‘top up’.
The Regime package includes: health
consultation and blood analysis; 1-1 nutritional consultation; body composition
analysis; abdominal massages, hydro baths and castor oil compresses to support
healing and detoxification; expert daily lectures to explain the relationship
between body and food; pre-arrival and post departure support and a 7 day
eating plan designed to heal and regenerate. In addition all the facilities are included: a well equipped gym and
weights room; separate male and female steam and sauna rooms; swimming pool;
tennis courts. And, lets not forget the
wonderful choice of therapies that you can book in advance as additional treatments. I had a top class aromatherapy massage and a
facial so was feeling several years younger when I left!
You are probably wondering what I ate or, indeed, if I ate. Adam Palmer, Grayshott’s Executive Chef firmly believes that a healthy balanced diet, with the correct portions of the five main food groups is the key to effective weight management and health. He also believes “healthy eating is inspiration not deprivation” with no calorie counting.
Certainly the food served was absolutely delicious,
nourishing, and I never felt hungry at all, even on one of the two semi-fasting
days following the 5:2 principle when we skipped breakfast and dinner. The food was so good we were all clamouring
for the recipes, many of which are detailed in GutGastronomy, a book based on
the Health Regime – an excellent comprehensive guide – created by Adam and Stephanie
Moore, Grayshott’s Clinical Nutritionist. As part of the Regime package you receive a copy of this beautiful hardback
book that I have now read cover-to-cover as I am keeping up the regime at home
for the next few weeks to get the full benefit and have already tried two of
the recipes - both were delicious.
You may have heard of the Mayr Clinic in
Austria, a famous health spa where celebs and politicians book themselves in to
lose weight, undergo colonic irrigations and recover from stress. The Regime offers a much gentler programme to
the Mayr basic package with the emphasis on delivering realistic eating habits that
can be adopted into your everyday life to achieve long lasting health benefits.
It’s also about £500 cheaper than Mayr and doesn’t incur the cost of flights
and two days travelling. Who would have thought you could have such an experience
without going too far from home?
Grayshott is about an hour ‘s drive south
of London surrounded by 700 acres of stunning National Trust land in the South
Downs. With spectacular walking from the
doorstep, which you can do individually or on one of three guided daily walks
is a real joy and in spite of mixed January weather I walked each day. There is also a full programme of around 40
exercise and relaxation classes each week to suit all levels of fitness and age
if you are so inclined. But, like many
people, in between the treatment and lectures I preferred to relax and wander
round in my dressing gown. Grayshott is definitely the kind of place where no-one
bats an eyelid if you arrive for meals or lectures wearing your dressing
gown. Of course you can wear civvies and
dress for dinner if you want, but why bother? And not many do. How often do you
get an opportunity to pad around in your dressing gown without having to worry
about your appearance. Not often I suspect, but here it is actively encouraged.
Grayshott has been open since the ‘60s and many
people have been returning for years. Their guest list includes a veritable
roll-call of the great and the good, famous actors, tv personalities, athletes
and interesting ordinary people like me and you! But as one guest told me
everyone is treated with the same care, whatever their background, and are able
to relax as soon as they walk through the doors. High praise indeed, but when
you take into account the number of brilliant therapists and staff who’ve
worked there for years – and I do mean years, including the ‘Fab Five’ with
over 25 years service each – it helps explain why they have such a loyal fan
base and approximately 50% repeat business. As always, it’s the people that make a place
special and I certainly found that to be the case.
Grayshott also offer a Recuperation
programme for recovery from illness, sports injuries, post surgery, respite
care and emotional upheaval and I honestly couldn’t think of a better place to
retreat to for their expert care and holistic individual approach.
Perhaps Spa is a misleading name for this
wonderful sanctuary, as its much more an extremely comfortable and relaxing country
house with wonderful staff and might not be everyone’s idea of an ultra modern
spa. But I loved it and having visited
several spas can assure you I will be returning for the full 7 day Regime and
probably taking him indoors too. Well, he could do to lighten up a bit and,
possibly, so could I.
And I’m sticking to the Regime principles
since I got home. I know. Early days. But I’m ready and waiting for Grayshott’s friendly nurse to give me a
call as part of their follow-up support and looking forward to our chat.
More informationChrissy Nason stayed as a guest on
Grayshott’s 7 day Regime – which includes all meals,
inclusive treatments and accommodation.
A free room upgrade, subject to
availability, is offered to all Silver Travellers who wish to book at
Grayshott. To take advantage of this fantastic offer please quote STA Upgrade
when making your enquiry.
For more information about the packages offered, please call or visit www.grayshottspa.com
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