spa - SHA Wellness Clinic, Alicante, Spain
Written by Ayesha Khan
A temperate Mediterranean climate, a pristine spa, top-class medical facilities and haute cuisine created by one of Spain’s most acclaimed chefs are all key ingredients that make the award-winning SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain regarded as the world’s finest medical spa.
Situated about four hours from Madrid, and slightly longer from Barcelona, guests come from far and wide for medical conditions such as chronic fatigue, or simply to unwind. There is a host of aesthetic and health-related programmes to choose from, which include a sleep well programme, various weight loss programmes, anti-stress, anti-tobacco and detox options, and targeted treatments such as facial rejuvenation. There is even a very popular rejuvenation plan for men. Your programme begins before you arrive, with e-mail correspondence that charts the activities and treatments ahead of your stay.
The extensive spa facilities at SHA include an expansive hydrotherapy area, where guests can enjoy hydrotherapy beds and therapeutic pools of varying temperatures. Taking a page from the bathhouses of ancient Rome, the resort also features caldariums (hot plunge bath) and tepidariums (warm rooms). The entire complex is surrounded by a lush Zen garden, through which guests can stroll after their soothing treatments. The state-of-the-art medical clinic has an international panel of doctors that ensure a holistic approach to the various programmes. The medical facilities include a very popular nutrition and natural therapies section, where age-old herbal medicines are used alongside modern allopathy.
Dining options include a quiet tea salon and library, and SHAMADI – the resort’s acclaimed macrobiotic restaurant – where Chef Pablo Montoro proves that healthy food can also taste great. His years of training at the iconic El Bulli make Montoro an authority on healthy gastronomy, and he is even known to offer lectures and master classes at the resort.
Generous accommodation ranges in size from the 70 m2 Deluxe Suite to an expansive 320 m2 bi-level Royal Suite for family retreats, or a destination holiday for a close group of friends. Each room features a bedroom and living room, as well as a large marble bathroom with mood lighting. Guests can choose from sea or mountain views, and also have the option of an outdoor terrace Jacuzzi.
One of the most outstanding and comprehensive programmes at SHA is the 14-day absolute rejuvenation. There are few wellness clinics in the world that are authorised to administer certain drugs that promote one’s longevity, but SHA is one such clinic. Diagnostic tests are carried out in order to determine the guest’s biological age, genetic markers for certain diseases, and general health. SHA’s team of skilled doctors and therapists then create a tailor-made 7-day programme of massages, acupuncture, food supplements and micronutrient supply treatments, exercises, and an extensive spa circuit. SHA also offers its guests a two-month after-treatment coaching service to make sure their rejuvenation doesn’t stop when they leave Spain.