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Madeira: Weekend in Porto Santo, Day 1

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The Madeira Airport

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One of My Shortest Flight Ever: 

From Funchal to Porto Santo, a dreamy small island with a unique nine kilometer beach of golden sand lined and crystal clear water! I go there for a long sport and wellness weekend, between ocean and spa. I am super excited: it will be my first time in the island! Departure from the Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport (Madeira) with some arty monochrome-corridors, where I am in transit (above photo). 

Of course I didn’t sleep the night before: as always a thousand things to absolutely do! I’m in great shape, if I sit down, I fall asleep (lol)! A little walk to the shopphing corner. Photo below: some Poncha, the ultra strong cocktail of Madeira! The pretty bottles on the top look like sunscreen aerosols flavored with orange, passion fruits etc …

That’s it, we are three passengers to board : ) The small plane could be a private jet (first photo of the post)! 25 minutes flight including the wait on the tarmac, takeoff, landing and probably 10 minutes in clouds. I feel euphoric! No you will not see my tired eyes (lol)! Photos below: beautiful views from my window of the Atlantic Ocean and Porto Santo.

I love the rocky side of this volcanic island! An island is always a little magic!

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The View

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How Many Shades of Blue?

Awesome ocean and beach view from my room balcony! Oops, I lost the key of my suitcase lock and need to take my swimsuit. Nice afternoon program: after a light lunch, I have a treatment at the Hotel Porto Santo spa, a specialty of the island … 

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The Spa

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A Superb Spa All to Myself!

This is luxury, I know it’s insane! And even crazier: me in this “sandbox” (picture above)! I should say : me, from chin to toe, covered by the island warm sand (40 degree celcius, I believe). Muito obrigada to the therapist to have refreshed my face with a wet towel several times.

The explanation: the volcanic island of Porto Santo is famous for the beautiful 9 km beach. The “biogenic carbonate” (Terramiga) sand of this beach is good for the skin, arthritis and rheumatism among others. In the past, the islanders took sand baths on the beach, but there were a lot of accidents due to the burns. Now in spa, the temperature is controlled.

After the Geomedicin sand treatment and a long cold shower, I can notice the relaxing effect. The body released tensions, is deeply relaxed and flexible. The skin is extremely soft (still a little redish due to the warm). In photos below: the different spaces of the elegant spa with modern facilities and direct access to the beach (photos below). To be continued… 

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Visit Madeira, Visit Portugal & Hotel Port Santo


Many thanks to Visit Madeira and Visit Portugal for this wonderful discovery of the island of Porto Santo. As always these are my opinions.

The Hot Cold Wellbeing Treatment of The Thermes Marins de Saint Malo @ Sapsiba, Brussels

I recently experienced the new hot cold wellness treatment of the Thermes Marins de Saint-Malo, very effective for problems of heavy legs. I took a  late afternoon appointment at SpasibaI prefer, to enjoy the full benefits, without having to run after. As I arrived very advance, I choice to relax in the sauna and steam bath cabins. After my training in South Tirol, now I can enjoy the dry heat of the sauna I alternate with the steam bath. I could spend hours, when Paola, my therapist, fetches me. The hot cold treatment begins with a cryogenic wrapping of legs to revitalize the circulatory function. Understand the cold effect: more you have circulatory problems, more you feel a bitter cold in your lower body, like a plogeon in an ice cube tray! This wrap is made of kelp, derivative of mint (cooling agent), extract of small Holly (draining venotonic) and extract of Horse Chestnut (tonic, decongestant and draining). For the upper body, the application of the Mousse Marine Auto-chauffante relaxes and releases tension in the upper back. The ingredients are the famous kelp that revitalize stimulate, tone and remineralize the skin, as well as clay to drain, clean, remineralize, soften and absorb impurities from the skin. Once coated the entire body, Paola works by pressures the points of tension between my neck and shoulders : not very pleasant. Then I take a shower: not so easy to rinse the clay! And it smells like the sea, the Brittany coat, yes really, lol!

I still feel the Arctic in the legs, while Paola applies the Crème Criste Marine for hydration of the upper body. This cream contains extracts of spirulina (to nourish, regenerate and remineralize the skin), Samphire (for brightness), Chondrus (for hydration), water Sea (to regenerate and remineralize) and sesame oil (as a moisturizing and anti-irritant). For legs: the Gelée Fraîche Jambe Lourde, with kelp  (to tone, stimulate and remineralize), Sea water (tonic and invigorating), extract of Horse Chestnut and Butcher’s Broom (as  adraining and venotonic), menthol (cool), essential oils of sage and rosemary (as a tonic and decongestant) and minerals and marine trace elements (such as catalysts of cellular metabolism). Sorry for this long list of components and their action, but I think it is important to know what we apply on our skin. FINALLY I feel REALLY detressed and completely “mellow” and almost asleep. Unfortunately it’s already the end of the treatment. And I stay a bit in the relaxation room before going to the changing room, where I notice my legs were deflated! In the street, I feel like having a fresh light pair of chopsticks (the cold feeling persists), it’s very pleasant! And I just feel good.

Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2012, tous droits réservés.

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