The Gourmet Traveller

Are you a foodie looking for a short-haul health-conscious escape? These resorts offer some enticing options
Indulge in fare that's created to bring out the best in you
Indulge in fare that's created to bring out the best in you
January 08, 2019

Resorting to the cookbook

With locations from Bhutan to Turks and Caicos Islands, COMO Hotels and Resorts has enhanced its brand by developing a healthy-food concept into an entire cuisine, known as Shambala. Stay at any resort and you’ll eat from a menu of portion-controlled dishes made with organic ingredients selected for their active enzymes and essential vitamins. Even non-guests can prepare these recipes at home, using the Shambala Power of Wellness cookbook.

Taste, and the other five senses

Guests at Six Senses Kaplankaya, a lifestyle resort and wellness centre on the Turkish Aegean coast, get the benefits of a menu designed to complement the in-house spa treatments. Eat With Six Senses forms part of a holistic anti-ageing programme based on traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Professionals trained in that art and science assess your individual ‘dosha’, or body type, and work with the chefs to tailor personalised meal plans, with an emphasis on weight loss, fitness, or intestinal health, as required. The idea is that you feel a little younger
with every bite.

Mood food

It’s probably a given that anyone staying at the Milaidhoo Island Maldives resort will be feeling pretty happy and relaxed, but there’s still room for subtle variations in a generally good mood. The chefs there have capitalised on this with a new ‘mood dining’ concept, designing a series of five menus to produce subtle variations in brain and body chemistry. Deep Sleep, for example, is based around a balanced meal that promotes peaceful slumber – served after a spa treatment and before a moonlight meditation session and candlelit bath. Sunrise Awakening should have the opposite effect by way of a breakfast menu packed with energy-boosting fruits and grains, served on the deck of the guest’s private villa or right on the beach for early exposure to the serotonin lift of the morning sun.

Cycle through a choice of menus

The five-star Almyra hotel on the beach at Paphos hosts bespoke training camps for triathletes that include state-of-the-art fitness facilities and spectacular road-trips to remote Cypriot villages. Nutrition is a big part of any training regimen, and the resort’s varied dining facilities cover everything from carb-heavy pastries at Mosaics breakfast buffet to organic Greek salads and therapeutic juices at
the Eauzone spa cafe.

Chef Hari in the Gili garden

The island paradise atmosphere of Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is centred around its organic garden, a hypercolour burst of native fruits and vegetables that feed into all the resort’s dining facilities. Guests can also opt for a Gili Vegan Experience, and tour the garden with chef Hari as he picks out ingredients for the eight-course dinner to follow.