If the thought of the seasons festivities has left you feeling the opposite of zen; or you want to head into the new year a new you; a wellness retreat might well be the answer. Take some time out to rediscover your soul and detox your body. Check out the unique retreat of Chenot Palace Health Wellness Hotel in Azerbaijan for a beautiful facility that does just that.
Azerbaijan may not be the first place that you think of when you think of wellness retreats but don’t underestimate this transforming nation; cosmopolitan cities neighbour stunning landscapes and there is a delightful and welcoming hospitality about the place. The luxurious Chenot Palace is located in Nohurgishlag in the region of Gabala in north-west Azerbaijan. Arguably the most beautiful part of Azerbaijan, Gabala is filled with a rich and ancient history; glorious forested mountains, and importantly for the promotion of wellness; pure fresh air and peace and tranquillity. The hotel is 118 km from Ganja International Airport and 210 km from Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport. There are direct flights from London to Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport currently operated by Azerbaijan Airlines.
Style & Character
The hotel is set in a 26-hectare park right next to the Nohur Lake, surrounded by the tranquillity of pinewood forests. This sets the tone for your entire experience. The rooms are designed to be calming and the lush garden views certainly tick the box.
Service & Facilities
This is a state-of-art health 6000m2 wellness facility entirely dedicated to promoting health and wellness. A medical spa if you like, but a beautiful, luxurious one! You are accompanied on your wellness journey by a team of highly qualified European medical professionals. The process starts with a medical check-up and state of art diagnostics to assess your current status of physical wellness in a holistic and systemic method. This targeted approach then leads to your personal customised treatment plan. Your plan can consist of medical treatments, blissful spa treatments, dietary advice and advanced medical aesthetic treatments. There are also a range of standard programmes that you can choose from: target weight-loss, recovery from stress, aging-well and the very popular 3-day and 3-night Active Detox Programme which gives you a short but effective stimulation to the body to detox physically and mentally and to recharge. Facilities include a gym, indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna and steam bath with colour therapy. There is a Metabolic Laboratory for metabolic optimization, a Cryo Chamber at -110° C for whole-body cryotherapy, a Sports Lab for fitness screening, Antigravity technologies and Normobaric Hypoxic (oxygen reduced) training for physical wellness. But it’s the treatments themselves that are the most tempting; even the actual names of some of the treatments make me feel better! Consider a Hydro-Jet Treatment or a Phyto-Mud Treatment; sounds heavenly doesn’t it?! The multi-lingual staff here are fantastic; welcoming and supportive which is exactly what you need in this setting.
There are 72 rooms and 3 spacious villas all with balconies or terraces to make the most of those soothing views. The Junior, Deluxe or Executive Suites would suit discerning travellers, the Executive Suite is particularly spacious and includes a dining area. If your budget will stretch, the Presidential Suite is awe-inspiring with a private gym and spa or the beautiful three-bedroom villas which are tucked in the forest by the lake also have spa rooms as well as private pools.
Food & Drink
The restaurant is responsible for helping you detox, but they do this with such delicious, gourmet cuisine so you certainly don’t feel as if you are missing out on anything. There is also a bar that serves teas, juices and a range of smoothies
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