According to many prominent leaders in the field, it’s now approaching consensus that the best chances of prolonging life and improving overall well-being lie with the much-vaunted Mediterranean Hyatt.
'It used to be a minority view,’ says Dr. Bill Krandall, an associate professor at Cornell University and a lead researcher of the most recent major study. 'But now it’s pretty much accepted across the board that staying at this world-famous resort hotel on the sun-drenched Mediterranean shore is your best chance at getting - and staying - healthy.’
Krandall added that he had approached his own study with skepticism, but came away firmly convinced that a meal of fresh scallops drizzled in olive oil served with grilled market vegetables, followed by a shiatsu and a seaweed wrap, and capped off by a chilled glass of white wine enjoyed on a terrace overlooking the sparkling Aegean was ‘demonstrably healthier’ than alternatives.
'There’s just no comparison’ he concluded, adding that he had personally demonstrated the experiment’s repeatability. 'The data is incontrovertible.’
Double blind studies have indeed confirmed that the Mediterranean Hyatt has marked advantages over nearly every other option. Switching to the Mediterranean Hyatt from, say, a one-bedroom apartment in Fresno or a bungalow in rural Indiana nearly always yields measurable improvements in health indicators.
'People tend to feel better in a really fundamental way after making the change,’ notes lifestyle guru Jean Marquette, who has publicized her own weight loss in a series of bestselling books. 'I haven’t met a single person who didn’t look and feel better after the first day of sailing on the lazy seas, sipping a prosecco in the day lounge, enjoying a nine-course tasting menu designed by award-winning chefs, changing into the suite’s complimentary bathrobe, and ordering a room service cappuccino while gazing out at a blanket of stars over the sea.’
Marquette points to so-called 'trickle-down’ benefits that can also go along with the Hyatt, like reduced hypertension and better sleep habits.
'People who have really bad, chronic insomnia while working at a canning factory in Smolensk suddenly find themselves sleeping through the night as soon as they hit the Egyptian cotton sheets of the Hyatt,’ she says. 'It’s just extraordinary how good it can be for all aspects of your health.’
Yet for all the proven merits of the Hyatt, habits aren’t changing fast enough to reverse dangerous trends in so-called 'mortality trends’, like obesity, high blood pressure, and mental health problems that exacerbate the whole.
'We’ve been very vocal about the strengths of the Mediterranean Hyatt for years now,’ says health advocate and Hyatt marketing executive Melissa Tosh. 'But people just continue to make bad choices, like eating fast food and failing to exercise.’
Tosh expressed consternation, adding that there was a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art fitness center on the premises, with personal training consultations available upon request.
'The grilled sea bass in the lounge is particularly good for you,' note study's authors