Lara Dunn sheds her worries and rebalances her chakras in a luxury Indian Ocean spa resort
I am in a five-star restaurant on the tropical island of Mauritius, enjoying one of the tastiest meals I have ever eaten. So far, I’ve tucked into a local fish dish, nori seaweed stuffed with fig, and green vegetables with fennel oil and chlorophyll beads (whatever they are, they taste good). But the highlight, and something I never thought I’d find on a week-long detox, is pudding! I hurriedly tuck into the creamy confection of mint and chocolate in case the chef realises his mistake. If this is the route to inner peace, I’m in.
It’s been a year of turmoil for me. Having been made redundant, I’ve been flat-out building a new life as a freelance writer, with little time for anything but my computer. The end result is a few extra pounds, and a mind so frantic with to-do lists I can no longer find the off switch.
First stop is The Millesime Seven Colours Spa where all treatments revolve around the oriental idea that the human body has seven energy centres or chakras, each of which are represented by a colour. The aim is to harmonise your chakras with a tailor-made spa programme, so I’m asked to choose the colour that best sums up my feelings each day, and the consultant then prescribes tailored treatments, including my meals, to suit.
I decide I am feeling indigo, which is colour of the chakra that’s located on the forehead between your eyes. Choosing it shows I am out of touch with my intuition and feel confused and disconnected. I’m duly prescribed a Hot Stone Massage and while hot stones are placed between my toes and along my chakras, the room is filled with a mist of indigo-blended essential oils and soothing music to ‘intensify the restorative energy in the room’. Afterwards, I tuck in to my indigo meal which apparently contains essential oils and edible floral waters. Being blue has never felt so good.
The week blurs into a gorgeous blur of rest, intensive spa treatments and deliciously healthy food. I join the hour-long morning yoga session every day – there’s no hard-sell required to convince me that practising Hatha outdoors under a blue sky is good for the soul.
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I even feel ‘red’ one day (which denotes action, energy and confidence, apparently) and revert to my hardcore action self with a mountain bike ride in the neighbouring Frédérica Nature Reserve, where the undulating dirt trails really get my heart pounding. I ride by herds of deer and spot giant non-nocturnal fruit bats and bright green parakeets, too.
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I have to come clean now; I didn’t lose any weight on this break. But to be fair, I didn’t put any on either, which says a lot for the quality and balance of the food - because I ate literally everything put before me. Instead, and more importantly for me, I lost the weight of the world from my shoulders. So am I a convert to all the chakra philosophising? Well yes, to an extent. Whether it was thanks to the divine setting or the therapeutic care, I definitely left some emotional baggage and turmoil behind in the Indian Ocean. As medicine goes, this one was pretty easy to take…
Try a 10-day spa break at Heritage Le Telfair, with individual wellness package from Spa Breaks. Flights from Heathrow to Mauritius with Air Mauritius.
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