The term ‘gluten free’ is suddenly everywhere, from Hollywood stars to professional tennis players praising its health benefits as well as supermarket shelves and restaurant menus showing off their gluten free options.
The Healthy Holiday Company has recently seen a significant increase in clients actively seeking advice on where they can holiday in a ‘gluten free’ enclave.
Over fifteen years ago the company launched its successful in:spa brand which features a gluten free detox diet on a number of retreats throughout the year. However there now many other options out there for ‘glutenphobes’, hence the reason for putting together a new guide to the best gluten-free holidays.
But is it just another fad? Absolutely not, says expert nutritionist, Amelia Freer. “A gluten free diet is not just for those who have been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. There’s the emergence of Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS), which is thought to affect at least 10% of the population and cause common issues such as headaches, IBS, asthma, weight gain and nutrient deficiencies,” commented Freer.
“A holiday is the perfect chance to try out a gluten free diet to see if it has a positive effect on your health – a week where you are free of the everyday stresses and have someone on hand to advise you on what you can and can’t eat,” Freer added. See Amelia’s article.
From a Thai island yoga retreat, a wellness programme in Portugal, to a health and fitness resort in Turkey, or a health, fitness and detox holiday in Marrakech, here are our top options for a gluten free holiday.
Here are some of our favourite hotels, where we know you’ll have delicious gluten-free options either in their restaurants and/or as part of one of their wellness programmes.
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