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Deep clean: give your body an all-natural detox

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Whether it’s from working too hard, partying too hard, or simply festive over-indulgence, we can all get to the point where our bodies are clearly trying to tell us that they just can’t take anymore. Enough is enough. Sometimes we need to breathe only fresh air, consume only things that are good for us, and, in a nutshell, thoroughly cleanse our bodies and minds.

Modern city living isn’t kind to your body. From pollution in the air to chemicals in food and skincare products, and even toxic build-up from stress and emotions, it has a lot to deal with. Thankfully, we have an inbuilt system that works hard to process and eliminate toxins, but it could do with a little help occasionally.

A detox works by removing foods from your diet that can make you feel sluggish and bloated and unable to focus, and replacing them with cleansing teas, juices and soups, designed to flush out harmful toxins and give your immune system a much-needed boost. Toxins can also be sweated out through our skin, so increasing exercise and taking saunas will help, too.

From its enviable position high up in the mountains, surrounded by fresh air and lush, green forests, and close to a source of alkaline-rich thermal spring water, Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa has everything you need for a detox retreat.

Here, as well as following a carefully controlled diet, you can take restorative walks in the mountains, getting close to nature and enjoying the views across the Algarve from Foia, the highest point in Monchique. You can also enjoy exhilarating walks on beautiful, windswept beaches, which are just a short drive away.

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But a trip to the region isn’t complete without a visit to Caldas de Monchique. Just a short stroll from the resort, along paths lined with pine and eucalyptus trees, this charming little village has a cobbled, tree-shaded square and is built around a thermal spring. The Romans named the area ‘Mons Cicus’, meaning ‘Sacred Water’, and they used the medicinal waters to heal skin and digestive diseases.

Today, you can sit at one of the stone benches and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings, before sampling some of the special waters for yourself. With a pH value of 9.5, this mineral-rich water has been proven to help neutralise acid in your bloodstream, increase metabolism and aid urological function and digestion, making it an essential ingredient for a successful detox.

Back at the resort, you’ll find daily classes to rejuvenate both your body and mind, such as yoga, Pilates and mindfulness. There’s also a state-of-the-art gym, and a number of fitness classes are available, to help you tone up and lose weight during your stay.

Another key part of the detox programme here is the spa offering. Designed to enhance all your senses, the Sensorial Spa pays homage to the resort’s natural environment, and takes you on a sensory journey that harnesses the power of nature.

The extensive thermal facilities include a Himalayan salt-wall sauna (good for aiding breathing), a Fonte de Vida (‘source of life’) aroma cabin, rain and storm showers, a footbath and a Hammam steam room. There’s also an indoor hydro pool featuring whirlpool jets, heated stone beds and floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking the mountains.

Treatment-wise, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with indulgent and specialist treatments from luxury spa brand ESPA and local brand Monchique Cosmetics, using products that contain Monchique spring water as well as ingredients from local plants, flowers and fruits, such as medronho, a red fruit grown only in the Monchique mountains that’s rich in antioxidants.

The calming treatment rooms are decorated in warm, neutral colours, creating the perfect environment for the soothing treatments. Try the Monchique Water Therapy Detox Ritual, a deep-cleansing, detoxifying and nourishing treatment that stimulates blood circulation and provides the body with beneficial and essential nutrients.

So when you want to retreat from daily life and renew body and mind, try one of the special detox packages at Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa, available all year round to help you feel relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.

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