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Goa as a wellness destination

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Looking beyond its sun kissed beaches and churches Goa is slowly but surely emerging as a wellness destination in its own right

Wellness today has become a key driver not just in daily life but also as a means to travel. Well, after all there has been a spurt of destination spas and wellness getaways that offer Yoga, Spa, Ayurveda, trekking expeditions and the like. And with India being the seat of Ayurveda, Goa is now being seen as the next wellness destination.

The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) promotes and markets Wellness Tourism through various verticals like Social and Digital Media to promote and create a buzz in the online space. The travel trade events that Goa Tourism participates in, highlights the state’s potential as a Wellness destination. Incidentally the state is also home to several spice plantations that have significant medicinal use. For instance did you know that curry leaves help in lowering cholesterol and the local cloves helps cure tooth aches, gum problem and stomach ailments? Well it is not just these, but several medicinal herbs that are used in various treatments. The state is also betting big on Ayurveda and Naturopathy treatments that treats the body, mind and soul in a holistic way. Special retreats and wellness camps are conducted by the hospitals in the State, especially for international tourists who fly in from various countries seeking wellness in Goa.

At Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat, the Ayurvedic physician prescribes personalized Ayurvedic Therapy programs after a detailed consultation. These holistic healing programs are performed by expert therapists that constitute specific daily routines, regulated nutritious diet and wellness activities. The Health Management Programmes includes Post Chemo Recovery Programme along with other treatments. Varun Albuquerque, Director, Alcon Victor Group avers, “Goa offers a perfect platform to attain peace with its bountiful beauty. The refreshing air, organic food and rustic accommodation upsurge wellness and yoga’s effectiveness in cleansing mind, body and soul. Due to all these naturally available requisites, Goa is definitely a home to several wellness retreats, resorts and centres tucked away in the cozy services of nature with soothing landscapes and scenic shorelines. Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat on Divar Island in Goa provides holistic treatment through Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Yoga under one roof. The retreat follows an integrated alternative medical treatment and has helped several clients reverse lifestyle diseases and helped many others quit smoking too. A preferred destination for treatment seekers from across the globe because of its location, professional service and best in healing and tranquility, the property is like no other.  The ambience, serenity and spiritual environment make the retreat property, a living paradise for its guests.” Some of the other wellness getaways include the Ashiyana Yoga Retreat Village, Mandrem Beach, Goa, the Jiva Spa at Taj Exotica Goa and the Oorja Wellness Centre – Margao. Incidentally very few people know that the only place where an Ayurvedic doctor’s statue is erected in the centrum is in Goa. And certainly there is no better way to vouch for its commitment to wellness.

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