I had opted for the detox programme – a decision I had already begun to regret as I saw some of my fellow guests drinking wine with their lobster meal. I mean, where is the sense of camaraderie in that?
Forget all those images of a Spartan regimen and fasting, Kamalaya wins awards for its cuisine. The latest of which was at the Asia Spa awards 2016 where it scooped the Spa Cuisine of the Year. Just avoid the three shots of energy boosts you take for breakfast each morning – ranging from almost palatable to disgusting.
Unlike many health and wellness centres, Kamalaya is not a female exclusive reserve. Around 40 percent of customers are men, drawn to the excellent fitness centre and the range of programmes aimed at getting your body as well as your mind fine tuned.
I had spent the previous day marvelling at the range of healthy choices on the menu, only then to deny myself most of them. Gone were meat, fish, egg, dairy, wheat and corn. Raw vegetables and lentils replaced a variety of other ingredients including tomato, aubergine and peanuts.
“Which day?” asks a German woman passing me at breakfast, having noted my preference for all things detox. “The first two days are really tough,” she confides, “but after that it gets easier.” I felt as though I had just enrolled at the Betty Ford Clinic as she explained how she had more energy than before. I almost expected to discover an ‘I took the detox course and survived’ sticker on her blouse.
As forewarned, the first day of my diet was accompanied with a dull pain at the back of my head, but truth be told it was no worse that the morning after a heavy night before. If anything, I felt reassured that the long-stored toxins had finally got the message that they had outstayed their welcome.
Actually, I found my new regimen a relative stroll in the park. Having avoided meat for several years, I derived a reassuring familiarity from the restricted diet. However, those with a more carnivorous mind-set might find it difficult to forego the steak and ostrich meat – it’s apparently very lean – offered within the “beware” section of the resort’s menu.