Just like the last poster, I was the only guy in a group of 11, but it really made not a jot of difference. The guests were all lovely, friendly, extremely pleasant company and a treat to spend time with. If you want to detox, if you want to de-stress, if you want to lose weight - there are many reasons to visit this place. I wanted to do all 3 and managed to achieve them all, losing 15 lb in just 6 days. Galia, the owner, is an extremely considerate and likeable lady. Tough? Sure, but she gets results. Of the 11 of us there, we all lost between 9 - 15 lbs each, even those who were not there to lose weight. The regime is strict - a vegan, raw food diet (mostly), no meat, no fish, no carbs, no oil, no fat, no dairy, no tasty sauces, no alcohol, and 400 calories per day maximum. On top of that, there is a countryside walk / march of 2 hours each morning (6 - 9 miles depending on the terrain), then 60 minutes of aerobics, then 60 minutes of yoga. In the afternoon, there were some great treatments included in the price - I had a massage, a facial (my first ever - fantastic), a head massage and a 30 minute steam in the steam bath. I checked in feeling tired, irritable, hungover, overweight and just plain bad. 6 days later I left feeling absolutely awesome. Clear mind, clear head, in just the best mood imaginable. Really on a high. I live in Moscow with a lifestyle that could easily be described as "Bacchanalian", but after this I have no compulsion to drink, I am in the gym every day to continue my weight loss, my fridge is full of salads and really healthy foods and I just feel, well, astonishing.
As per my review title, guys, do not be put off by thinking this is a girly-girly type spa resort. I have been to a number of these, and it is completely difficult. It is tough. You will get headaches. You will feel weak. You will feel drowsy. You will fantasize about cheese on toast and Chicken Madras in your sleep.
But the end results will be worth it. I cannot recommend this place enough, and will be back again in February or March.
An outstanding place.
- Also Known As:
- The Slimmeria Retreat Hotel Battle