I left LeSport, after a week’s detox, thinking that this was the best I remember feeling – ever. Which is wonderful, and also a little terrifying, because when one knows what feeling "amazing" is like, how can you ever go back to "fine"?
A bespoke programme was put together for me by Dr Abishek Jain, who is the spa manager at LeSport. He’s a doctor, and an Ayurvedic practitioner, and I wish he was based in London, not St Lucia.
Before I went, I emailed Dr Jain a rough breakdown of my current state of health. Basically, felt very stressed, had an addiction to caffeine, insomnia (not surprising), mood swings, and wasn’t getting much from my workouts or my diet. I felt I was firing on only one cylinder, and turning into an automaton. I work in a creative industry, but found I didn’t have any…
Every day of my seven-day stay was packed with treatments and therapies, from Iridology and nutrition consultations, to reiki, one-on-one yoga sessions, MLD, tai chi, and treatments such as udwarthana, shirodhara and body wraps.
Everything was tailored to my needs, by Dr Jain, and some where tweaked and adapted as the week went on, and he got to know my body, and mind, better. The standard of treatments is super-high, and the therapists knowledgeable, and incredibly friendly.
Dr Jain’s attitude to detoxing is surprisingly relaxed. Nothing was banned, or forbidden. He said it would ‘be better’ if I could go without coffee, for example, but that it shouldn’t feel like a chore or painful. And because nothing was forbidden, I found I could go without – and did. Which was nothing short of a miracle, actually.
I had one day of feeling terrible, but thereafter, and thanks to two sessions of MLD, I began to feel better than I ever thought possible. I was energised, found I was getting up a full hour earlier, my skin looked amazing (still does), and I lost 5lbs without even trying (in fact, I am pretty sure I ate more at LeSport than I do at home).
I can’t recommend it enough. I’ve traveled extensively, and visited dozens of spas across the globe, and while this isn’t the most polished, or luxe, it is for me, thus far, the best I've visited in terms of effectiveness.
If you like to travel alone, as I do, then you can choose to enjoy total solitude, or join in with a raft of activities, from morning walks and yoga sessions, to more sporty pursuits such as watersports, and hiking.
The number of people who visit LeSport only once is few, and I can see why. I flew with Thomas Cook Signature, who I’d also totally recommend as they know their stuff, spa-wise…
I suppose you can tell how good a spa is by how you feel three weeks or so after the event, and I am happy to report that I’m still off the coffee, the white wine, eating better, getting more from my workouts, and have got my creativity back, to boot… and oh, still haven’t gained a pound.