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  • Beauty: The beach-fast rules
    It’s not all sun, sea and sand: Mexico’s ancient beauty rituals, bikini-workout experts and world-class makeup make it the perfect location for a body overhaul, finds NATALIE EVANS-HARDING

    THE MIND and

    Embrace Mexico’s mañana
    mentality and check into
    the intimate Hotel Escondido on
    the Oaxacan coast, where the
    motto is “where time hides”. Occupying its own exclusive
    stretch of white-sand beach, this remote retreat is a surfer and
    yogi’s paradise. The massage-
    focused spa is a highlight, as are
    the seasonal yoga and nutrition retreats. Book your place on the upcoming Viaje al Espíritu
    (‘Journey to the Spirit’) in March:

    a four-day program that focuses on realigning a personal equilibrium
    via traditional healing sessions – meditation, yoga, treks and a traditional Mayan cacao ceremony. Insider tip: Make use of the 50-meter seafront pool and, after watching the sun set on the Pacific Ocean from your hammock, fall asleep in your palapa hut listening to the sounds of the sea.


    Tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas... The temptations of
    Mexican cuisine are abundant, but,
    for a land with a natural wealth of superfoods, including avocado,
    cacao and coconut, a Mexican diet needn’t be unhealthy, says
    celebrity nutritionist Christina
    Lima. Based in Mexico City, Lima’s clients include many of Mexico’s
    most famous faces from cinema, modeling and television – Ana de
    la Reguera, Glenda Reyna and Vanessa Huppenkothen among
    them. Lima advocates tailoring
    your diet to food PH levels, remodeling menus to be more


    Photograph: Chris Colls

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