New year’s resolutions often get a bad rap. But not this year. This year, we’re here to help: giving the idea of making resolutions a 2013 makeover and offering a host of exciting, unusual and, above all, fun ways to welcome a brand new year with a brand new you. From One&Only’s Fitness Director Maggie Derblay, we’ve got ten easy-to-follow tips to help you slim down post-Christmas turkey, while One&Only Reethi Rah’s jog with the GM offering takes the pain out of running. 2013 will also see the arrival of internationally renowned holistic wellness experts at One&Only Reethi Rah and the debut of a holistic wellness journey at One&Only Le Saint Géran, and the latest rejuvenating spa treatments and retreats at the rest of our resorts around the globe. Meanwhile, the expert bar tenders at One&Only Cape Town have created a delightful carrot and ginger crush cocktail to help you toast the New Year in healthful style. Reservations at One&Only resorts can be made online at oneandonlyresorts.com.
|Ten Tips to Trim Down & Shape Up |
|Follow these easy-to-execute steps from One&Only's fitness guru, and you're well on your way to a whole new you in 2013.|
At One&Only, our wellness goal for the New Year is to give you ways to look and feel great without disrupting your already busy lives. That is why we believe simple solutions and tiny tweaks to your food and fitness routines are the way to go. For a bevy of tips on how best to move past the pounds that may have crept on over the winter holidays, we turned to One&Only Fitness Director Maggie Derblay. Not only has Maggie been with us for more than a decade—rising from a role as senior personal trainer at One&Only Le Saint Géran—she has also run four marathons, climbed Kilimanjaro and captained the bronze medal-winning Mauritian basketball team at the Indian Ocean Games in 2003. So it's safe to say she knows more than a thing or two about getting and staying in shape. And so, herewith, her pointers to banish the bulk.
1. Gradually establish a regular pattern of physical activity in your lifestyle: Aim to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, using a combination of cardio and strength-training routines.
2. Be aware of what you eat: Restrictive diets don't work. Instead of prohibiting certain foods, maximise those that are nutrient dense (with lots of vitamins and minerals) and low in calories, such as fresh fruit and vegetables.
3. Select appropriate portion sizes: Choose smaller portions, and practice stopping before you are full.
4. Weigh yourself regularly and set realistic weight-loss goals: Don't seek solutions promising quick weight loss. Instead set realistic goals such as losing half a kilo a week, at most. That's the amount that experts consider safe and reasonable.
5. Stay healthy when eating out: Even at restaurants, choose the healthiest options and a sensible portion size.
6. Sleep long enough: Get seven to eight hours of rest a night to recharge both physically and mentally.
7. Travel smart: On the road, make a commitment to staying physically active. Take advantage of the workout facilities wherever you are, and book a personal trainer in advance to commit yourself to getting to the gym.
8. Move throughout the day: Think of every day as a continuous 24-hour exercise program, and get in as many 'unstructured workouts' as you can by walking anywhere you have to go and by using the stairs whenever possible.
9. Manage chronic stress with mind-body exercises such as meditation and yoga: In some cases, stress has been known to increase cravings for fat, sugar and salt, which can lead to weight gain. Combat these cravings by combatting stress. Meditation and yoga can be the answer.
10. Drink plenty of water: Water makes up more than half of our body's composition, and it must be replaced daily. Every day, drink six to eight glasses of pure water or another calorie-free beverage that is mostly water, such as herbal tea, diluted fruit juice or sparkling water with lemon.
|Ready, Set, Go|
|Get your heart rate up by joining marathon-running General Manager Mark Hehir on a gentle oceanfront jog around One&Only Reethi Rah’s private Maldivian island. |
When Australian-born Mark Hehir was appointed General Manager of One&Only Reethi Rah last February, we knew he had extensive and impressive experience running hotels and resorts across Asia, and, not least of all, on other inlands in this breath-taking Indian Ocean archipelago. But we didn’t know that he also had extensive experience in running – a passion he’s now sharing with all of his guests.
Mark has been completing marathons for the past two and a half years—his favourite is Dubai’s—and these days he’s taken to training on the long stretches of oceanfront pathways and trails on our private island’s picture-perfect periphery. Now, he is offering guests the chance to join him on these jaunts, or to run at their own pace on some of his most frequently trod ground.
In total, One&Only Reethi Rah’s acreage offers some 6.5 kilometres of coastal jogging paths, all of them made of compacted sand, so they’re especially easy on the feet, knees and other joints. Mark leads three runs a week, offering a different distance each time—5km (30 minutes), 10km (60 minutes) and 15km (90 minutes)—but he’s always available to suggest the best route to suit any of his fellow runners, be they novice joggers or marathoners like him.
Speaking of which, the next marathons on Mark’s calendar are in May 2013, when he plans to complete the Great Wall Marathon in China; and the in the autumn, when he will head to New York for the Big Apple’s world-famous run. That will be take-two for Mark in Manhattan, who was meant to complete the race that was cancelled on account of Hurricane Sandy last year. Instead, he put his time in New York City to another good use, joining his fellow athletes on a marathon-length run around Central Park followed by volunteering around town to help out those most affected by the storm.
|Inner Peace Is Only A Plane Ride Away|
|Discover a whole new world of holistic wellness with Ken Rosen, the first in a series of practitioners-in-residence at One&Only Reethi Rah .|
Beginning on 1 February 2013, One&Only Spa in the Maldives will welcome Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) expert Ken Rosen for a ten-week residency, the first in a series of holistic programmes that will offer guests unparalleled journeys of wellbeing during their stay at One&Only Reethi Rah. During his time at the resort, Ken will join our team of top-flight fitness, yoga, Pilates and meditation instructors, as well as our spa therapists, to design and implement customised itineraries of extraordinary quality and diversity.
A native New Yorker and former filmmaker, Ken received his master's degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where he learned the fundamental practices of TCM—including acupuncture, facial acupressure, Taoist yoga and meditation, nutrition and herbal remedies—all of which he's honed in his more than ten years of practise around the globe. Today, he devises remedies that combine these various treatments into perfectly personalised regiments of health and wellness. Improving lives the world over, the type of TCM practised by Ken has been proven to address a wide range of wellness goals from weight loss to smoking cessation, skin rejuvenation to body-mind imbalances.
We are thrilled and honoured to welcome Ken to One&Only Reethi Rah from 1 February to 9 April 2013.
For more information or to book a session with Ken Rosen, call the spa on +960 6648800 or email email@example.com
|Life in Balance|
|Check in for a Mauritian escape and check-out with a whole new sense of balance—achieved through the new Harmonia wellbeing journey at One&Only Le Saint Géran.|
With the just-launched Harmonia wellness journey at One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius, you can now find the rich healing traditions of the Far East just off the coast of Africa. This seven-day programme, based on the core principles of traditional Chinese medicine, combines the best modalities from both Eastern and Western practices, to create individual itineraries of detoxification, harmonisation and balance for every guest. Designed and developed by Francesc Miralles, a highly respected Chinese medicine authority and practitioner who came to Mauritius to train One&Only’s expert therapists in his methods, the Harmonia wellness package creates a customised program of initial and daily assessment; energy-harmonising techniques including acupuncture and cranio-sacral therapy; body-harmonising techniques like physiotherapy, osteopathy and passive stretching; and a variety of massage and spa treatments. There is also an adaptable dairy-free diet that’s low in fat, sugar and wheat and includes nothing that will promote acidity, as well as tinctures of herbal blends individually created just for you.
|The 2013 Tune Up|
|Take a walk on the well side this year with the latest rejuvenating spa treatments and wellness retreats at One&Only resorts around the globe.|
From the Maldives to Mexico, the thoroughly relaxing spas at One&Only resorts the world over have added a host of especially invigorating and revitalising therapies and programmes that will help you start 2013 with an entirely new lease on life.
One&Only Cape Town, South Africa
Our urban retreat in Cape Town is debuting a pair of new experiences that mix spa treatments and fitness activities to achieve new heights of wellbeing. The Revitalise and Rejuvenate combination joins a stretch/kinesis class with a back, shoulder and neck massage to help you elongate and strengthen your body and then relax it completely, alleviating the stresses and tensions of daily life. Meanwhile, the Fat Burner program, kicks things into ultra-high gear, with a selection of four different one-hour fitness classes—Jogging, Rowing & Cycling; Bootcamp; Boxing & Skipping; Killer Abs & Stretching. But not to worry, you do not have to complete them all in one day, but instead across the length of your stay.
One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
The two-hour Renew programme here heals you both inside and out. It begins with either an Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage or a Body Sculpting Cellulite and Colon Therapy treatment to firm and tone the body, and then it concludes with an anti-aging Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial, which reinvigorates and smoothes the skin, ensuring you lead with your best face forward.
One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
One&Only Le Saint Géran has created a pair of his-and-hers three-day-long experiences: Sweet Unwind for ladies and Special Agent for gentlemen. The former is a full-body journey designed to cleanse your travel-tired self, to prepare your skin for the Mauritian sun and to leave you feeling restored and relaxed. It combines an exfoliation and wrap on day one with a hydrating facial on day two, and concludes with a tension-relieving aromatherapy massage on day three. The men, meanwhile, partake of a programme meant to distress and revive: day one sees a deep and dynamic sports massage, day two a complexion-boosting skin treatment and day three a Thai-inspired energising massage.
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
The first of many more new and inspiring experiences to be introduced this year, the three-hour Maldivian Journey incorporates the primary natural element of the Indian Ocean archipelago—the ocean. The Journey begins by immersing you in the warm, healing mineral water of an ocean-side pool, where your expert therapist will perform a soothing Watsu massage, a flotation technique combining rhythmical and flowing movements, joint mobilisations and muscle stretches to repair and relax. Next follows a body polish with indigenous ingredients and a restorative massage that uses the powerful properties of coconut oils.
| ||One&Only Recipe of the Month|
Toast a New Year and a New You with this scrumptious 'mocktail' from the cocktail gurus at One&Only Cape Town.
We are delighted to share a surprisingly healthful, but no less delicious, ‘mocktail recipe for January, one rich in wellness-increasing ingredients like carrots, yoghurt and ginger. Devised by bar manager Johnny Lawler, it’s available at Vista Bar, as well as the resort’s One&Only Spa, the guest-only Isola restaurant and Reuben’s, the gourmet stomping ground of star South African chef Reuben Riffel.
Carrot and Ginger Crush Cocktail from One&Only Cape Town (Non-alcoholic)
Makes 1 serving
• 2 carrots (roughly chopped)
• 12.5ml Ginger syrup
• 25ml fresh lime juice
• 50ml pineapple juice
• 125ml Bulgarian yoghurt
• Garnish: Carrot sticks and mint sprig
Place all ingredients in a blender and whizz for 30 seconds until blended together. Garnish with carrot sticks and mint sprig.