Located on the banks of Lake Wörthersee, a verdant corner of northern Austria recalling The Sound of Music with its weeping willows and jagged Alpine mountain views, Viva Mayr is Zen and pristine: half medical clinic, half luxury spa. Viva boasts numerous doctors, a full spa, a beauty salon, a gourmet restaurant, and private docks for sunning and swimming while immersing yourself in the cure.
It’s the kind of place where guests wander around in robes and slippers. Bikes are available for riding to the next town, and weekly hikes in nearby Italy and Slovenia are led by the staff. Viva’s spa is particularly expansive, featuring numerous steam rooms, saunas, color and heat therapy rooms and a gorgeous indoor pool overlooking the lake—but unlike the nearby pampering palace Schlosshotel Velden, the daily treatments guests receive at Viva all have one goal in mind: to stimulate digestion.
After a 4 mile hike to the Pyramidenkogel above Viva and Lake Worthersee
Under the watchful care of Dr. Nadia Aichbichler, my food intolerances were tested; my abdomen was massaged to stimulate digestion; daily Epsom salts were ingested to promote—ahem—cleansing; and my lifestyle habits were discussed to find long-term, sustainable solutions. As a beauty and travel-writer, wine plays a significant role in both my social and work life, so I was relieved to discover that, after the initial weeklong Mayr detox, wine is allowed. Phew!
Back home a month later, when I’d lost and easily kept off 15 pounds thanks to the simple diet modifications I learned at Viva, I forever joined its legion of devotees. With the benefit of hindsight, I can genuinely say that my week at the Viva clinic changed my life. Get The Viva Mayr Diet by Dr. Harald Stossier and Helena Frith Powell and mimic your own Viva experience at home with these steps:
The Viva Mayr Diet book is full of helpful tips and recipes to mimic your own Viva experience at home