Mermaid Wellbeing review | Pilates holidays, UK & Spain
Luxury Pilates holidays in Mallorca & UK
The Quick Read: Mermaid Wellbeing is the creation of Susie Mermaid – a gentle, smiling woman who immediately puts you at ease. A Pilates teacher, holistic therapist and make-up artist, she offers luxury Pilates holidays in Mallorca at a gorgeous villa and on an ad hoc basis in the UK. Throughout the year you can arrange private one-to-one Pilates sessions or treatments with Susie at her studio and treatment room in Petworth, Sussex, or a home visit nearby (and by arrangement in London or overseas).
More on the Pilates retreats on Mallorca: These boutique Pilates retreats run for 6 nights and take up to ten people at a time so you can be sure of enough attention. The base is the Hotel Son Arnau, a traditional Mallorcan villa dating back to 1738 in the village of Selva, which has been turned into a minimalistic, stylish boutique hotel – the rooms have views of the village, the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and the Santa Magdalena hill.
It’s a lovely place for small groups to escape to for restoring ‘joie de vivre’. There’ll be two 60 minute morning Pilates sessions on the terrace – one for beginners and one for intermediate level – followed by time to relax by the infinity swimming pool or go out exploring the island. A a cycle tour is included and guided walking or cultural excursions such as wine tasting, can also be arranged by request.
Breakfast and dinner (four nights you will eat at the hotel and two nights at local restaurants) are included, and the menu will be nourishing, using locally sourced ingredients. The retreat costs £1099 per person for 6 nights based on two people sharing.
More on the Pilates retreats in the UK: These are held on an ad hoc basis at venues such as Bignor Park. As well as Pilates the retreats include spa treatments and talks from a nutritionist and life coach. Day retreats start from £75 per person.
More on the Pilates: Susie trained with Stott Pilates in London and has a studio and treatment room in Petworth, Sussex. She also offers home visits in West Sussex and by arrangement in London – read a word from the queen on her Pilates class with Susie.
Susie also runs pregnancy and postnatal classes and is part of the Pink Ribbon Programme, a post-operative programme of Pilates-based exercise specifically designed for those who have had breast cancer treatment.
More on the treatments: Susie offers therapeutic treatments for face and body using luxury organic products. Her facials incorporate natural lifting massage techniques and accupressure points to flush the system and to enhance natural beauty. Available treatments for balance, restoration and confidence boosting include Natural Lift Facial, reflexology and make up design. Pilates and treatments from £50.
Fellow guests: Susie’s Pilates teaching and holidays would suit all-comers, from beginners to those who know Pilates backwards. She will adapt her teaching to individual needs, whether that’s recovering from birth or injury, de-stressing or gentle toning.
What’s lowly: Susie’s dedicated retreats only run a few times a year.
Reviewed by Mimi Spencer
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