Rounding a bend in the zig-zag footpath, our destination comes into sight: a sturdy stone refuge once used by Amalfi Coast forest rangers. Inside, a fire has been lit, and a simple snack awaits: wholegrain bread cut into thin slices, drizzled with olive oil and dressed with thin slices of Amalfi lemon rind and freshly gathered rosemary flowers.
We came from Italy, the States, the UK and Mallorca, and we bonded over walks, afternoon workout sessions and the low-calorie Mediterranean menu chef Gennaro Russo had prepared for us. After a while we even forgot the food was Vegan: dishes like zucchini ‘spaghetti’ with basil and pine nut pesto, in which thin slivers of zucchini are twirled into a pasta-like tower on the plate, came to seem positively indulgent. As did the ‘cocktails’ served by barman Robert Wimmer on this alcohol-free retreat, like a memorable kiwifruit and ginger smoothie.
We discovered muscles we didn’t know we had (thank goodness for the afternoon massages…). We refocused our energies during yoga sessions on the terrace, lulled by the scent of lemon trees just emerging into blossom. We emerged trimmer and slimmer. Renewed and invigorated.
And if those waistlines start to expand again, if our new exercise-regime resolutions fall by the wayside, all the better. It just means we’ll have to come back in November.
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