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This new UK hotel wants to mend your broken heart

Just been dumped? You’ll want to check in to The Heartbreak Hotel

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Been dumped? Cheated on? Ghosted? If your heart feels broken, there’s a warm welcome waiting at this new UK hotel. 

The Heartbreak Hotel, which opened in north Norfolk at the end of 2021, is a new retreat that specifically aims to heal heartbreak. How? Through a soothing mix of rest, relaxation, endless cups of tea, beach walks, runs and swims, nourishing food, plush surroundings, engaging fireside conversation – and hours of intensive group therapy. 

The Heartbreak Hotel
Photograph: The Heartbreak Hotel

The hotel, which is run by psychologist Alice Haddon and life coach Ruth Field, offers three-night weekend stays for women who have recently had their hearts broken by their partner. 

The Heartbreak Hotel
Photograph: The Heartbreak Hotel

‘We’ve all had our hearts broken. And it hurts like hell,’ they say. ‘We ask ourselves why. What did I do wrong? What does their WhatsApp message really mean?’

And The Heartbreak Hotel is the place to find the answer. What it isn’t, is the place to vent over a drink (or three) and then text your ex. The retreats are alcohol- and technology-free.

The aim instead is that women leave Heartbreak Hotel having not only fast-tracked their recovery from heartbreak and trauma, but also armed with knowledge about their attachment styles and what they want from life post-break-up.  

The Heartbreak Hotel
Photograph: The Heartbreak Hotel

Each stay, they say, is equivalent to six months of weekly therapy, with every guest taking part in around eight hours of therapy each day. No surprises then that this isn’t a cheap fix. It will set you back upwards of £2,250 ($2,940) to have your heart taken care of for the weekend. 

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