It's the time of year to examine your lifestyle, not to mention your vitamin intake, at some of the world's finest spas, says Sue Ryan.
Nutrionist, and National columnist, Amanda Hamilton has devised her own programme for detoxing and weight loss. She runs courses in several locations but the programme, based on fasting, is largely the same. Most guests lose at least three kilogrammes after a six-day diet consisting only of fresh fruit and vegetable juice and broth, vitamin pills and daily coffee or garlic enemas. Her philosophy, like that of Dr Joseph Mayr, is that a malfunctioning digestive system is the cause of most physical and emotional disorders - but her remedy is different. Once the body works optimally it will absorb nutrients and expel waste - which is why the weight drops off even after you get home, and your energy levels increase. The six-night "total detox and weight loss" retreat at Champneys Spa, costs $1,590 (Dh5,842) all inclusive. At Grayshott the six-night programme costs $3,190 (Dh11,725), and there is a five-night, "baby too" boot camp at Cameron House on the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland for $1,590 (Dh5,842). Visit www.amanda-hamilton.co.uk, or call 0044 871 890 1331).