Healthy Body

Could an all-woman retreat by the sea be the body overhaul you need?

In the last few years, there’s been a real buzz about wellness retreats – from getaways promising to help you lose pounds, to hotel packages focusing on getting a good snooze.

At the age of 43, I’m still a wellness retreat virgin. But the idea of going on holiday with a group of girlfriends does sound fun. Choosing a location close to home – Guernsey, just an hour’s flight from Manchester – is also good way to ease myself in.

My base for the week is the luxury Fermain Valley Hotel on the Channel Island’s south-east coast, a spa property with sauna facilities and a focus on yoga, where I stay in one of the four treehouses tucked into a patch of forest.

All five women on my retreat have come to escape the rat-race and find a bit of ‘me time’. After arriving, we head down a winding, tree-lined

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