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Indulge in Chocolate Mousse and Wine Guilt-Free Here

It was when the chocolate mousse with extra chocolate arrived that I realized this was a diet plan I could stick to.

Upon inquiry, I discovered the decadent dessert was actually a cacao-and-avocado-based foam, but it looked and tasted just like the real thing. The confectionary doppelgänger is typical of the signature High-Speed Weight Loss program at the Lily of the Valley wellness resort on France’s Côte d’Azur in that it plays with guests’ assumptions-in this case, a low-cal, nutrition-infused morsel masquerading as a lavish gastronomic experience.

The resort, near Saint-Tropez, is open year-round, unusual in the strictly seasonal Riviera. I traveled there from the UK in the late fall, hoping to catch a few final Mediterranean rays before the long gray winter set in. After I’d spent two Covid-restricted holiday seasons dealing with lockdowns, masks, and cancellations, the getaway felt like both an indulgence and a necessity-a much overdue chance to revitalize. Lily of the Valley caters to this exact post-pandemic mood. Read more…

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