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The Glass House Retreat, Upminster

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

I had the pleasure of kick starting my 2020 with a trip to the brand new, state of the art, Glass House Retreat, conveniently located abround 45minutes outside of London. This trip was out of my usual comfort zone of holidays involving indulgence and excess but rather a trip focussing on my health and development, which after the decadent Christmas period was a welcome change!

The Glass House is the first custom built weight loss and wellness facility in England and is home to the most incredible facilities. Muted tones and minimalism compliment the aim of total relaxation and wellness. I spent my time swimming in the beautiful heated indoor pool, working out at the fully equipped gym and relaxing in my luxury en suite room.

The retreat serves a vegan diet to everyone with the option of 3 meal plans; Equilibrium, weight loss or juice only. My husband and I opted for Equilibrium which comprised of a choice of 7 expertly prepared vegan dishes for Lunch and Dinner and a fresh juice of granola for breakfast. The inhouse chef also holds a food demonstration at 4pm daily to inspire guests with recipes of vegan snack and desserts.

My personal highlight was the spa, more specifically the fabulous treatments. I opted for a lift and scuplt facial and a full body swedish massage, both of which were heavenly. All products used in the spa are Elemis and treatments take place on a water bed, a fabulous touch! There is a cryotherapy chamber on site although I did not get the chance to try it out.

Did I go to bed hungry? yes.... Have I been transformed to a vegan diet? No.... But did I leave the Glass House retreat feeling fabulous? Yes! And that was only after 24 hours so I can only imagine the transformation which would occur in a week. A wonderful kick start to 2020!

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