Need a break? Run down? Fed up? Pissed off? Feeling discontented, dehydrated or generally discombobulated? We hear you, and to help get you back on form is Oasis: Wellness, Spas and Relaxation, a guidebook to the world’s most sumptuous, luxurious and soothing health centres.
Of course, most people don’t have the time or the money to leave their lives behind and check in somewhere exclusive for a week of pore cleansing and colonic flushes – that’s half the problem – but even the very act of reading this book is a cathartic exercise. It’s all based around water, biologically essential, culturally important and spiritually revered by every civilisation worthy of the name. Oasis is not only concerned with high-end retreats for the rich and famous either. Although there are plenty of places that could attract a detoxing A-lister, there are also more minimalist retreats which focus on clarity of mind rather than purity of urine sample. As someone whose last visit to a spa resulted in a fridge pack of Stella and 20 fags, I promise you’ll feel all the better for reading Oasis. The 256-page hardback is on sale now from publishers Gestalten.