Spa Breaks with Alex Eagle: Europe’s Most High-Tech Resort, Lanserhof Tegernsee

A week spent fasting and relaxing at Europe’s most rigorous health resort and spa reawakens an appreciation for life’s simple blessings at Germany’s Lanserhof Tegernsee.

health resort of Lanserhof Tegernsee has been at the top of
my must-visit list for a few years now, ever since it opened its
doors in 2014 and everyone I knew started raving about it.

I went a couple of weeks before Christmas, arriving from
London where the party season
was already in full swing. I was coming down with something so it
was the perfect opportunity to take refuge from excessive eating
and drinking and give my body a reboot.

Just making the trip from tinsel-clad London into the frosty
countryside was a tonic in itself. The air near Lake Tegernsee is
like champagne, your hair shines after a shower, you feel like you
can drink the bathwater, it’s so fresh and heavenly. I relinquished
my clothes for bathrobes and slippers and committed to a week of
fasting, consuming just broth, tea and water.

The Lanserhof system is focused on cleansing, detoxifying and
rebooting the digestive system,. Studies have shown that human
digestion works best in the morning between 7 and 9am, and barely
works at all 12 hours later. With this in mind, the first and only
meal of the day is breakfast, which, for those fasting, is clear
broth. After that, the menu slims down to a range of delicious teas
and filtered water, a prospect that does initially sound quite

Indeed, the first few days were tough, not least because I was
fighting off the flu. I felt weak and exhausted and endured the
nagging headache that comes with weaning one’s body off its
crutches of sugar and caffeine.

But by day four, I began to feel better, helped by the array of
soothing treatments on offer throughout the week. I had lots of
massages, the best being the hour-long lymphatic drainage. The
electrolysis foot bath was deeply relaxing, too. The on-site
osteopath was a particular revelation – he helped me with my jaw,
easing the tension brought on by a stressful year and working with
me on exercises I could continue to do at home.

Best of all was the outdoor saltwater pool. It felt unbelievably
luxurious and nurturing to swim in warm, salty water, steam rising
into the frosty air, the surrounding countryside a mass of
evergreen trees and snow tipped hills. There was even underwater
music playing to add to the experience.

One of Tegernsee’s pleasures is its scale – even when the spa is
busy, it often feels like you have the space to yourself. It is a
calm, futuristic bubble where everyone is given permission to leave
their anxieties at the door and quietly, deeply relax. There is a
programme of evening events, lectures discussing diet, fasting and
exercises to help clients take the lessons they’ve learnt at the
clinic back into their regular lives. As I was still battling with
my cold, I made the most of the opportunity to get to bed early,
which made waking up at 6am every morning was less a chore than a

The combination of nature, age-old practices and cutting-edge
medical technology is a potent force. By the end of the week, my
skin was brighter, I felt lighter and I was leaping out of bed,
full of energy. My final medical check-up showed I had lost some
festive pounds, but the most important changes were in how I felt
physically, mentally and emotionally.

Heading back to London, back to the Christmas madness, I felt
more connected, more conscious of what and how I eat, reminded to
take more pleasure in the simple things.

Creative director of her eponymous fashion label and luxury
concept store, Alex Eagle Studio and The Store X, Alex Eagle is a
contributing editor at SUITCASE, specialising in spas and

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