In the shadows of the Sierra Helada mountains, lies SHA Wellness Clinic. The Spanish award winning wellness resort combines the best in western technology with ancient healing remedies to provide an inclusive experience unlike any other.  

Foundered by Alfredo Bataller Parietti, it was his own search for wellness that led to the creation of SHA. After a worrying diagnosis in 2002 — and rounds of ineffective pharmaceuticals — Parietti was recommended a doctor who specialized in natural therapies. He was so inspired by the results that he went on to launch this amazing facility; the doctor, now a member of SHA’s medical team.

The aim of this scenic retreat is to re balance the body, mind and spirit through a series of treatments, healthy eating and the latest advances in western medicine. Designed by prestigious Uruguayan architect Carlos Gilardi and award-winning European designer Elvira Blanco Montenegro, the structure itself is designed to flow from one area to the next with a seemingly never-ending option of wellness services. Comprised of five buildings, SHA has 93 suites that are between 70 and 320 square meters with Zen, Mediterranean and tropical gardens, an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, waterfalls, numerous relaxation areas and more than 4000 square meters of amenities that include a complete hydrotherapy circuit, various treatment rooms, relaxation areas and consultation rooms.

The variety of programs on offer covers a plethora of modern-day ailments from sleep deprivation and stress, to programs created to aid weight loss and counteract the harmful effects of tobacco. Dedicated to positive lifestyle changes, SHA also has its own Chef’s Studio that features daily healthy eating classes in either a group of personalized setting. It’s no wonder that they find themselves once again on the receiving end of yet another award, winner of The Best Spa of Europe Category in the Wellness Travel Awards. — J.S.