India’s Best Wellness Getaways

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Travelling for health is a sure and certain trend that is here to stay and retreats across the country and betting big on wellness.

According to a recent report by FICCI and EY the Indian wellness industry is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 12% for the next 5 years and is pegged at a whopping Rs. 1.5 trillion by FY20. Wellness naturally seems to be the flavour of the season and destination wellness options in terms of retreats and resorts are booming. We list ten of India’s best wellness centers where your health is always first.

Pema Wellness, Vizag
Pema Wellness, Vizag

Pema Wellness, Vizag

The Place

If you are looking for a disciplined regime of naturopathy in an environment seeped in luxury, head to Pema Wellness. With 66 operational rooms that includes Suites, Executive, Premium, Luxury and Deluxe, the resort soon plans to add 66 more rooms and 5 Presidential Suites soon. ”Our healing hub has 68 rooms equipped for more than 100 types of treatments. The custom designed program for each guest begins with diagnostics, consultations with our naturopathic doctors and yoga specialist. The healing is aided by state of the art healing equipment, outdoor reflexology track, nature’s walking trail, Kriya rooms, Yoga halls, restaurant and juice bar, infinity pool, and modern library stocked with renowned publications on wellness. A private beach is the perfect backdrop for uplifting wellness activities in the midst of the therapeutic sea breeze,” explains Col Surendra Singh Minhas, Retd, General Manager, Pema Wellness.

The USP

Pema Wellness has a highly competent team of doctors under the leadership of Dr. S N Murthy, who recently been conferred with ‘the lifetime achievement award in Naturopathy’ by Government of India. The center has been producing unparalleled results in alleviation of health problems, especially in the lifestyle diseases space and has received much appreciation from its patrons for the same. “Our location is our biggest USP. Green ‘Healing Hill’ overlooking the majestic Bay of Bengal, gentle breeze and enthralling view of beach road fascinates each and every guest of ours,” adds Minhas. Further, a customized vegetarian diet plan is made for every guest where the chef ensures the nutritional value, healing properties and calorie composition of various super foods and herbs. The tasty and nutritious food at Pema enables indulgence that is guilt-free, detoxifying and satisfies the palate and the food has had only positive reviews from guests. “All organisations are proud of their human resources, the uniqueness of our staff is the compassion, zeal, enthusiasm and service with genuine smile which absolutely floors our guests and there is an instant bond of appreciation,” says Minhas.

The Ambience

Pema Wellness at Baypark is a leading naturopathic wellness resort. It is perched atop the ‘Healing Hills’ in Vizag, with breath-taking and stunning views of the Bay of Bengal on one side and a panoramic view of the mountains on the other side. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets, along with fresh and soothing sea breeze form the perfect destination for a healing and rejuvenating experience.

The Treatments

The routine (Dincharya) is customized for each guest and driven by doctors. Besides the manipulative therapies, the following are some of the important treatments given here that include Fusion Hydrotherapy, The Quartz Therapy, The Colon Treatment, The Ozone Steam, Spinal Bath and Infrared Bath.

Address: PEMA Wellness Resort, BayPark – Healing Hills, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh – 530045, India

Phone: +891-2825555

Email: info@pemawellness.co

Web: www.pemawellness.co

Price Range: The Tariff policy is comprehensive and the package includes accommodation, food, treatment and consultation. Rates vary by category Premium Room double for INR 43412, Luxury Room  double for INR 39376, Deluxe Room  double for INR 37340, Executive room double for INR 45430 and Suite double for INR 67100. All prices are for one night and include taxes.

SwaSwara, Gokarna
SwaSwara, Gokarna

SwaSwara, Gokarna

The Place

If holistic wellness is on your mind SwaSwara is the place to head to where you listen to your inner voice as you go on a path of self-discovery. A retreat to press pause, purge out the grind and reset back to your best self, this is where the curative power of Ayurveda comes together with the calming strength of yoga, and the therapeutic effect of art – for a wholesome experience that rejuvenates the body, nurtures the mind and satiates the soul. Located on Gokarna’s Om Beach, the 24 Konkan villas are crafted in colours of the earth, using locally available material such as laterite and coconut thatches AND have an open-to-the-elements aesthetic, with an open inner courtyard and partially open-to-sky bathrooms. The bedrooms are enclosed and air-conditioned, while the rest of the villa gets you in touch with nature directly. “All the offerings here draw from the age old wisdom we like to call the ‘Indian consciousness’. Each recipe is a labour of love, crafted with handpicked ingredients, prepared with meticulous precision and served with customised care. The fresh produce, sourced from our own organic farms as well as villages around us, consists of seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs. The fish served for those on the Swa Well-being programme is freshly caught every day,” says Mini Chandran, General Manager, SwaSwara.

The USP

At SwaSwara, the team believes in preserving the natural flora and fauna by planting only flora indigenous to the area they are based in. “We have created an eco-system that coexists with the land that surrounds us. The infrastructure is eco-sensitive, with the only source of water being three big reservoirs into which water is collected during the monsoon. The rainwater is then treated and used for drinking and cooking. The infrastructure also comprises of waste-water treatment and bio-gas plants. The property is a plastic-free zone, with even the water bottles provided being made of glass,” says Chandran. The property uses hydel power, the generator only kicks in for about an hour every day during outages. The solid waste management system comprises converting food waste into cooking gas or manure which is then further used for cooking and in the organic farms respectively.

The Ambience

Cradled in hues of the earth and designed to organically blend with its environs, SwaSwara’s design is a tribute to the terrain, ecosystem and the spirit of the land that surrounds it. The landscape seamlessly blends with the topography of the destination. Each bend in the path follows the natural curve and each elevation matches the rising waves. The library has an eclectic collection of books, where you can immerse yourself in a world of your own all-day long. The art and pottery studio is a space for creative expression, under the guidance of our resident artist.

The Treatments

Swa Wellbeing the signature programme is about rejuvenating the SwaSwara way – by slowing down so that you can listen to your ‘SwaSwara’, or inner song. It comprises of various mind and body techniques based on Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation to combat the daily rigours of modern life. Ayurveda Rejuvenation the newest programme uses traditional Ayurvedic principles to de-stress and revitalise from inside out. It includes Ayurveda-inspired meals and the diet is pure vegetarian. Ayurveda Detox and Panchakarma is an intense, detox programme that starts with a detailed consultation with the Ayurveda doctor to analyse the patient’s ‘prakruti’.

Address: Om Beach, Donibhail, Gokarna, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka-581326

Email: greswaswara@cghearth.co.in

Web: www.swaswara.com

Phone: +91 484 4261751, +91 9744070099

Price Range: Swa Wellbeing (3 days onwards) starts at Rs. 17,000 per night on single occupancy. Ayurveda Rejuvenation (7 days onwards) starts at Rs. 27,730 per night on single occupancy

Dharana Wellness at Hilton Shillim, Maharashtra
Dharana Wellness at Hilton Shillim, Maharashtra

Dharana Wellness at Hilton Shillim, Maharashtra

The Place

Dharana Wellness by Hilton Shillim offers a comprehensive bespoke healing regime with deliberate attention to conflict resolution, stress management, anti-aging, and weight management.  A customised consultation under the able guidance of Dr. Arun Pillai curating an individualistic approach especially for you ranging from a three-day schedule to twenty-seven day program. “The itinerary encompasses a plethora of Dharana tradition of – Acupressure – Acupuncture – Reiki – Pranic Healing – Ayurveda – Yoga – Chakra Cleansing – Shamanism – Meditation – Naturopathy – Hydro Therapy – Ozone Therapy – Fire Healing – Music – Dance to – Body Work. Encapsulated from two core aspects of Panchkarma and Minbos (Mind-Body -Soul); the Dharana Life Science Program focuses on fitness through wellness activities and cognitive stimulation in a sustainable environment, mindfulness through meditation and nourishment through sustainability”, says Srikant Peri, General Manager, Dharana Wellness at Hilton Shillim. During the Dharana program, the stay is at the Spa Pool Villas and Spa Villas which are in the close vicinity of the Dharana wellness center where The Green Table resides – The wellness restaurant.  The curated menus imbibe the five elements of Ayurveda (Water, Air, Fire, Ether and Wind); with special emphasis on organic ingredients.  Thoughtfully designed by the Executive Chef Shubhendu Kadam, the menu introduces the forest-to-table concept with all ingredients sourced from the Shillim forest.

The USP

Inspired by the ancient healing culture of South Asia with a holistic blend of Environmental practices, Yoga, Ayurveda, Spirituality, Naturopathy, Modern diagnostics and Balanced diet; the eco wellness retreat invokes peace and inspires one to find their ‘Dharana’ – a collection or concentration of the mind or the act of holding, keeping back (in remembrance), firmness, steadfastness or certainty. “Dharana is related to the verbal root dhri to hold, carry, maintain, resolve. Embracing these ideologies, the eco-wellness retreat offers the Dharana Life Science Program,” says Peri.

The Ambience

Nestled amidst the spectacular range of Sahyadri Mountains, rests a haven of wellness and healthy living – Shillim Estate is situated at the heart of a UNESCO world heritage site and spans over 3500 acres of lush and abundant forest, flora and fauna. Ensconced within this vast mountainous terrain and spread across over three hundred acres of the panorama is The Dharana Wellness at Hilton Shillim.

The Treatments

The Elixir of Dharana Life (3/5 Nights) will help you through goals of detox, lifestyle change, diet shifts, and treks to challenge your physique or yogic learnings. Art of Detox (5/7/14 Nights) helps expel oxidants that suffocate your whole system through our non-conventional detoxification process. Sustainable Weight Management (7/14/21/28 Nights) combines conventional analysis with Ayurveda Shodhana procedures to eliminate Ama (toxins), correct your metabolism, promote absorption of core essential micro-macro nutrients with our unique culinary practices, dosha based diet and cherish sustainability through Yoga and Meditation therapies from a mind perspective. Ayurveda Panchakarma (7/14/21 Nights), The Dharana Endurance (5/7/14 Nights), Dharana Ega (5/7 Nights), Dharana Yogic Life (5/7/14 Nights) And Healing Holiday (7/14 Nights) are other treatments on offer. Do check the Dharana Minbos (3/5/7/14 Nights) – MINBOS (Mind Body & Soul) is a comprehensive program for busy executives who are always under stress and under high risk of major illnesses. The program renders preventive practices to help fight stress and its effects and eliminates it through wellness therapies and lifestyle changes.

Address: Dharana Wellness at Hilton Shillim, Pawana Nagar, Taluka Maval, Shilimb, Maharashtra 410406

Email: shillimestate.reservations@hilton.com

Web: https://www.shillim.in

Phone: 02114 712 468

Price Range: INR 1,20,000 for a minimum of 3 days stay

Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre, Mysore
Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre, Mysore

Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre, Mysore

The Place

Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre (IVAC) was founded with a vision to promote the 5000 year old ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to the modern society and to create empowerment to unemployed rural youth and tribal population who live below poverty line and belong to Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe.  “An unwavering belief that each individual has a potential to realize the best in life, provided the right help comes along at the right time. We have been successful in training and providing jobs to many rural youth. What began as a small venture has now transformed into a dynamic Health Care Centre and a Training Institute with its services reaching out to its clients in over 55 countries worldwide. With a dedicated team of doctors and Therapists, the Centre has helped thousands of people tread the path of holistic health. The 50 bedded (Resort) Medical Centre providing HealthCare, Wellness and Fitness is in a naturally gifted ambience,” says Dr. Talavane Krishna, Founder & Chairman.

The USP

IVAC offers Ayurvedic Massages, Herbal Steam Treatments, Rejuvenation packages, Weekend Stress Management packages, Yoga, Diet and Nutrition counselling, Synchronized Revitalizing Massages, Detoxification Programs, Weight Loss packages, Educational and Health awareness seminars and conferences. “Various concepts of ayurveda are being analysed and understood by modern science and new ideas through instrumentations are being developed to deliver and enhance the potential of ayurvedic treatments. Our Centre is at the cutting edge of adopting these methodologies,” adds Dr. Krishna. IVAC’s Ayurvedic Cuisine is simple nutritious healing vegetarian food and the diet is tailor-made at the center to suit the guest’s health condition. “Our chefs and doctors work in coordination to provide you the most appropriate diet during your stay here. We provide organic food based on availability,” avers Dr. Krishna.

The Ambience

Nestled in a 25 acre expansive space amidst lush greenery the retreat is well laid out. The residential ambience can be matched with any high end resorts of international standards. IVAC is well equipped with eight treatment rooms, yoga hall (indoor and outdoor), swimming pool, tennis court.

The Treatments

Five basic cleansing procedures as prescribed by Ayurveda is one of IVAC’s principal purification treatments that helps remove deep rooted stress and impurities from the physiology while balancing the doshas i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha, the principles that govern all physiological and psychological functions in the body and mind. IVAC offers both regular and tailor made packages. Packages are offered for detoxification, rejuvenation, stress management, weight management, Women care and also disease specific packages. Panchakarma therapies are offered as well. A unique treatment is the Low-Level Laser Therapy – Cold Laser Therapy or PhotoBioModulation, is an emerging medical technique where exposure to low-level laser light or light emitting diodes stimulate cellular function have beneficial clinical results for various conditions and diseases. PBMT can treat Acne, Aging, Hair Loss (Regrowth), Pain Relief, Fat Loss, Stem Cell Production, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Heart Attack, Spinal Cord Injuries & Nerve Regeneration. IVAC offers full range of Yoga therapies through highly qualified Yoga teachers.

Address: Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre Pvt. Ltd. Lalithadripura, Mysore – 570 028

Phone: +91-821-2473437, 2473263, 2477555; Hot Line No: (+91) 80 33013047

E-mail: reservations@ayurindus.com

Website: www.ayurindus.com

Price Range: The per day expense at IVAC ranging from Rs 5000 to Rs.15,000 inclusive of all services, therapy, food, accommodation, consultation, medicine, group yoga and the amount depends on the accommodation selected.

Shreyas Yoga Retreat, Bengaluru
Shreyas Yoga Retreat, Bengaluru

Shreyas Yoga Retreat, Bengaluru

The Place

Shreyas, a sprawling 25-acre verdant retreat on the outskirts of Bengaluru is a private and tranquil haven to pamper, nourish and recharge yourself. This is where fine living is combined with a spiritual touch with a generous helping of Yoga Vedanta and Ayurveda. A 50 minutes from Bengaluru International Airport, Shreyas is a member of Relais & Chateaux, a collection of the finest hotels worldwide. “The essence of Shreyas is the concept of wellness of body, mind and soul, for the purpose of self-mastery that manifests as excellence in all that we do. The principal medium through which guests are exposed to this is Yoga which is non-denominational and open to people of all faiths. We demonstrate through various customised programs that, contrary to popular belief, Yoga can be practiced by everyone fit or unfit, old or young, supple or brittle. It has an amazing effect on the body and mind and Shreyas will appeal to those who wish to understand/familiarise themselves with the philosophical tradition of India, without necessarily delving into its organised religious aspects,” says Rucha Sukhramani, Head of Sales, Shreyas.

The USP

Shreyas has been rated as one of the Top Ten Yoga Retreats in the world and offers completely customizable itineraries. There is no rigid time-table or routine and guests are free to spend their time as they choose. Unique Community Service and Volunteerism exercises are available as well where guests can interact with and contribute to the local community and working in the organic farm planting and picking the produce is another activity. The retreat also organizes a village tour and temple visit with a private arati (prayer offering).

The Ambience

All the rooms and tents are done up in calm, earthy colours in an almost minimalist ‘Aman’ style. The linen and furnishings are of the highest quality and the finish of almost every aspect is second to none combining the immensely stylish with the supremely comfortable.

The Treatments

Shreyas offers a variety of packages and retreats, which are individually customised for each guest according to their preferences and level of experience. They include Wellness for the Soul, Yoga Retreat, Ayurvedic Rejuvenation, Panchakarma, Culinary Experience, Shreyas Detox, The Joy of Giving, Weight Management and Silent Retreat, and vary in duration from 3 nights to 28 nights. The Anaha Spa is designed as a ‘Retreat within a Retreat’ and is spread over 16000 square feet. The Spa has four dedicated Ayurveda therapy rooms, all with their personal steam rooms. Panchakarma treatment has been introduced at Shreyas. Besides this, the Spa has four rooms for Western massages, two rooms for Mud therapy and Thai massage, a separate Naturopathy section with three rooms for hydrotherapy, acupressure and acupuncture. The in-house Ayurveda and Naturopath doctors to guide you for treatments based on your body type or dosha. At Shreyas traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga are practiced which includes simple posture classes for stress management to more advanced modules. Breathing exercises (Pranayama), visualisation techniques (Sakshi bhava), deep relaxation classes (Yoga Nidra), Yogic kriyas (Jala neti, Vaman dhouti), candle and chakra meditation are also offered.

Address: Shreyas Retreat, Santoshima Farm, Gollahalli Gate, Nelamangala, Bangalore – 562123

Phone: +91 80 7737102, +91 99161 17773 / 6

Email: reservations@shreyasretreat.com

Web: www.shreyasretreat.com

Price Range: Tariff begins at US $280 plus taxes and service charges.

Vana, Dehradun
Vana, Dehradun

Vana, Dehradun

The Place

Vana is a refuge for all beings. Authentic traditions of wellness, medicine and wisdom have been brought together at Vana with creative thought, deep commitment and personalised support. These exist in spaces that are a homage to nature and the sublime. Nourishing cuisine, experiences for all the senses and a kind-hearted team complete the offering that is Vana. Ayurveda, Sowa Rigpa and Yoga have been thoughtfully integrated, yet rooted in their individual authenticity. Vana believes that by aspiring to achieve our best spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual self, we can live life more wholesomely. Vana’s journey is evolving in different ways. In what has become a world constantly in flux and with India trying to craft its future, we wish to play our part. Indian Wisdom and traditions, farming and food, creative arts and the youth, are areas of deep interest for Vana. As we explore interesting paths, we remain focussed on our home and source of inspiration, Vana in Dehradun, India. Our aspiration is to make Vana a singular institution in the world and a place from where many positive activities spring forth. We have become more inclusive and have found unique ways to become relevant to young people too. Learning, teaching, music, creating, exchanging ideas and deeper spiritual practice have steadily become a greater part of life at Vana.

The USP

Vana means forest and those that take abode within it are Vanavasis. Surrounded by nature, forest the environment at Vana promotes stillness and mindfulness. Well established traditions and practice of Ayurveda, Sowa Rigpa, Natural Therapies and Yoga integrate together at Vana to create a wellness journey. The Vana cuisine helps reconnect with nature’s rhythm, awaken realisation and evoke a sense of gratitude. Vana has a robust weekly Retreat Program and specially curated retreats  based on wisdom, arts, music, cuisine, literature and learning.

The Ambience

Vana’s design and every element within it has been created with love. Each space and object here is honoured by considering its mission to evoke wellbeing, be coherent with nature, respect ecology, endure and refrain from indulgence. The approach to design was to take inspiration from nature and be in harmony with it.

The Treatments

Vana is a refuge from the chaos of everyday life, imbued with wisdom, wellness, learning and giving. Each Vanavasi’s journey at Vana is suited to their own distinct needs, which is why there are three retreat types for Vanavasis to choose from, offering varying levels of immersion and activity. From simply resting the mind and body to working on your health to undergoing a long term physical and spiritual transformation, the retreats have been designed at Vana to help Vanavasis live their goals and deepest aspirations.

Address: VANA, Mussoorie Road, Dehradun – 248001

Phone: (+91) 135 3911114 / (+91) 80060 00945

Email: retreat@vana.co.in

Web: http://www.vana.co.in

Price Range: A Retreat Program with yoga, meditation, cuisine lessons, functional fitness, talks, music and more and prices vary based on the number of days the Vanavasi stays and starts at Rs 150000 for a 5-night retreat. Room rates until September 2019: Garden/Forest Room (Rs. 30000), Forest/Bodhi Suite (Rs. 55000) and Casa (Two-Bedroom) – (Rs. 60000) for one person per day. Since each Vanavasis’ journey is distinct, longer and varying levels of immersive retreats can also be planned based on the intent/objective with which a Vanavasi would embark on a journey at Vana.

Kairali - The Ayurvedic Healing Village, Palakkad
Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village, Palakkad

Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village, Palakkad

The Place

Located in Kerala, the home of Ayurveda, Kairali has a history that dates back to 1948 and is currently being managed by the third and fourth generation of the family of Ayurvedic practioners. Accommodation options include the deluxe villa that provides simple and basic facilities to guest while ensuring that they can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. These rooms make guests effortlessly surrender to the warmth of the place. “Our Royal villas are the personification of elegance and class combined together. These royal villas have timeless furniture, the most exquisite amenities, plethora of tools at their disposal and a comfort laden atmosphere. One can experience the comfort and satisfaction of living in a miniature palace,” says Abhilash K Ramesh, Executive Director Kairali Ayurvedic Group. Maharaja in English means “Emperor” and as the name itself suggests, the Maharaja Villa is of supreme standard. Furnished with the most exotic pieces of furniture and decorated with embellishments of the highest order, these rooms have their own personal sit out’s which is situated next to the swimming pool. With these custom amenities available, a private environment is guaranteed which is the ideal way to meditate and enjoy the scenic beauties of the surrounding. Basic amenities that are included in all villas are air conditioning, television, telephone and bathing accessories.

The USP

Kairali supports a comprehensive approach to health and works towards enhancing positivity and wellbeing. Kairali is nestled within dense foliage and is an alcohol free, no smoking, no caffeine vegetarian retreat. In house products are used as part of all treatments and there is a store on site in case you wish to buy any of these products that are all made in the in house factory. The retreat believes in no preservatives and no refrigeration as well has an organic farm for its vegetables.

The Ambience

Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village is situated at Palakkad, a land of palm trees and paddy fields. It is known to be rich in flora and fauna and has thirty exclusive villas conforming to the principles laid down in Vaasthu Shastra. Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village has a distinctive design that beautifully merges with its surrounding flowers and trees. “The spacious and tranquil villas surrounded by lush foliage are allocated to you on the basis of your birth sign. We also offer many modern day necessities such as library, wifi, recreational room, billiards room, swimming pool, badminton and lawn tennis court, conference hall and an amphitheater,” says Ramesh. There is a beautiful waterbody that meanders through the length of the retreat that attracts several birds as well.

The Treatments

While the treatments are numerous, the retreat has special success in treating Weight loss (Udhvardhanam is the key Ayurvedic Therapeutic Massage offered with medicines and diet), Joint pain management – Pidzchil, elikhadi, (are the key Ayurvedic Therapeutic Massage offered along with diet and medicines and other treatments), Mental Stress (Shirodhara is a known treatment along with detox and diets and massages) and Facial (Navra).

Address: Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village P.O. – Olassery, Kodumbu, Palakkad Dist. – 678551, Kerala.

Phone: 9555156156

Email: info@kairali.com

Web: https://www.ayurvedichealingvillage.com/

Price Range: The minimum duration of stay at Kairali is 3 Nights. Villas Deluxe (Rs. 16,355), Royal (Rd. 23,818) and Maharaja (37,616) for double room per night.

Atmantan, Mulshi
Atmantan, Mulshi

Atmantan, Mulshi

The Place

Atmantan, an international, luxury wellness destination in Mulshi, in Pune and close to Mumbai and is a center for integrated wellness. The retreats and programs here are aimed for rejuvenation, relaxation, detoxificatin, fitness and even to indulge oneself in a pampering spa holiday. Atmantan is spread over 42 acres of lush greenery and nestled in a valley amidst the majestic Sahyadris, overlooking the pristine Mulshi Lake. Atmantan offers its guests result oriented wellness experiences, such that they return to their daily lives healthier, happier and transformed. “While using the freshest ingredients and seasonal produce from our organic farms, Atmantan offers guests spa cuisine that is exquisitely customised to complement their dietary requirements and the individual’s retreat goals. Atmantan is accessible by road and air, due to its strategic location in Mulshi, (a hill-station near Pune) and can be reached within a 3 hours’ drive from Mumbai. Atmantan offers guests myriad views and sizes of accommodation spaces. The Asoka & Arjuna Garden Groves are spacious garden facing rooms, the Acacia & Almatas Lake Groves are breath-taking lake facing rooms and the Mango Tree Villa is an indulgent, private, one-bedroom suite villa. With glass walled living spaces, a personal infinity pool overlooking the lake waters, a couple spa and a gravity defying pagoda with sweeping views of the valley and lake, this villa is completely exclusive,” says Nikhil Kapur, Founder and Managing Director at Atmantan Wellness Centre.

The facilities in Atmantan include Shakti (meaning ‘strength and endurance’ in Sanskrit), a 3500 square feet high-tech gymnasium is at your disposal. A functionally inspired fitness studio aerobics, an indoor spinning studio, an expansive yoga studio, a multi-functional Pilates and dance studio, and a unique enclosed temperature-controlled environmentally friendly, chemical-free salt water pool. Supplementing this is a spacious recreational sports complex, the amphitheatre – Prana (meaning ‘life giving force’ in Sanskrit). “We are the only specialised and professional physiotherapy center in India for a wellness resort. We have the best physiotherapists on-board who help interpret and offer corrective workouts to the guests based on their customized requirements. Lifestyle and other life incidences cause a variant in our body mechanics and this can only be rectified through isometric and prescribed exercises,” says Kapur. Atmantan Spa treatments are natural, aromatherapy based, and free of harmful chemical preservatives and parabens. This ensures comprehensive therapeutic benefits inside out. The ultimate healing power of each treatment at this luxury spa is not just skin deep but resonates on a more holistic level, transcending the individual to a renewed level of harmony and tranquility. Atmantan is one of the best spa resorts near Mumbai where you can rejuvenate and relax and is the best spa deal for your mind, body and soul.

The USP

Atmanatan is highly recommended by celebrities and is known for its spa which includes treatments like Master Cleanse ; Fitness : weight balance, Yoga , Ayurveda Panchakarma, Holistic Helath, Radiance Ritual, Fitness Challenge , Restorative Physiotherapy and Yuva Edition Atmantan has been awarded with titles like Best Spa Cusine by Asia Spa India, Best wellness Retreat in India and Best destination Spa in India.

The Ambience

Atmantan Wellness Resort is a luxury resort that is ideal for recuperation and “recharging” surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Nestled on a unique crystal hill, (that lends the land healing frequencies), Atmantan is the holistic amalgamation of the atma (soul), mana (mind) and tann (body). With integrated and customized wellness programs, Atmantan offers its guests result oriented wellness experiences, such that they return to their daily lives healthier, happier and transformed.

The Treatments

Atmantan Living, Spa Life, Master Cleanse, Weight Balance, Journey through Yoga, Radiance Ritual, Ayurveda Panchkarma, Holistic Health, Fitness Challenge, Restorative Physiotherapy and Yuva Edition are some of the treatments offered at Atmantan.

Address: Atmantan Wellness Resort, Mulshi, Pune – 412108, Maharashtra

Phone: +91 20 66766666

Email: reservations@atmantan.com

Web: https://www.atmantan.com/

Price Range: Packages for 3 nights start at Rs. 69000 and 5 nights at Rs. 115000 – rates vary based on kind of room and occupancy (single or double). Peak season rates apply between December 16th and January 8th.

Ananda in the Himalayas
Ananda in the Himalayas

Ananda in the Himalayas

The Place

A luxury destination spa resort on the foothill of the Himalayas, Ananda is spread over a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate. The retreat integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta and combines it with international wellness experiences, organic food and fitness regimens that are customized per individual guest requirements and are aimed to restore balance and harmonize energy. The retreat has 78 rooms, suites and villas have a colonial architectural that has an elegant style and make for a stunning addition to the lush surrounding landscapes. The 70 elegant rooms offer panoramic views of the valley or of the palace and is fitted with top notch luxury facilities.

The USP

The spas here are spread over a whopping 25000 sq. ft. and there are 24 treatment rooms in all. A state of the art gymnasium, outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool and luxurious hydrotherapy facilities are part of the facilities. The spa menu includes over 80 body and beauty treatments that merge traditional Indian wellness practices of Ayurveda and Yoga with premim international wellness experiences. The personalized therapy and activities program are designed to meet individual’s needs. Ananda’s specially curated wellness cuisine incorporates key principles from Ayurveda, which takes into consideration suitability to body type. The cuisine comprises fresh and natural foods that are low in fat and calories and emphasize on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products. The food is free of added and artificial salts, colours, flavours and preservatives so you know you are eating right.

The Ambience

Surrounded by the Himalayan foothills, with Sal forests and the meandering mighty River Ganga, Ananda in the Himalayas is located amidst Haridwar and Rishikesh. The natural environs ensure n ambience like no other.

The Treatments

Ananda provides its guests with signature all-inclusive packages of wellness programs which are tailor made for individual health goals and follows a holistic approach. Ayurvedic Rejuvenation and Re-balance are the most known wellness programmes of Ananda in the Himalayas. Ananda has planned wellness programmes packages 3, 5, 7, 14 and 21 night package stay. Ananda re-balance is a circadian rhythms influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, eating habits and digestion, body temperature, and other important bodily functions. Irregular rhythms have been linked to various chronic health conditions, such as sleep disorders, obesity, diabetes, anxiety and depression. The new Ananda Rebalance programmes assesses your Circadian cycle and works toward harmonising the natural biological clock and enabling systemic heal across digestive and neuro-muscular system. The introductory three night Rebalance program starts with an assessment of Appetite, Digestion and Evacuation on. Specific herbal supplements are provided to promo on digestion and absorption. Treatments such as Abhyanga, Takradhara, and Grounding Aroma therapy improve circulation and use Ayurvedic massage or lymphatic pressure point massage techniques to initiate removing metabolic waste thereby improving Agni, soothe the nervous system and remove redness, and improve sleep quality. Ananda’s signature Ayurvedic Rejuvenation programme improves immunity, enables better metabolism, enhances energy and vitality and ensures glowing and refreshed skin. This program starts from a 7 night package that contains a series of detoxifying, de-stressing and revitalizing experiences. Key treatments include Shirodhara (to revitalize the mind), cleansing experiences like Nasyam Sneha Vasti and Hatha Yoga techniques. Treatments like Udhwarth hana and Abhyanga improve the Agni or the digestive fire and boost the circulatory functions. Purvakarma or pre-operative measures like Abhyanga and Choornaswedana are done to dislodge the toxins from “Srothas” or circulatory pathways to prepare the body for major cleansing therapies.

Address: Ananda In The Himalayas – The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar Tehri – Garhwal, Uttarakhand – 249175.

Email: reservations@anandaspa.com

Web: https://www.anandaspa.com/

Phone: +91 124 4516650

Price Range: Ananda Rebalance and Ayurvedic rejuvenation approximately cost INR 35000 per night plus taxes.

Madhubhan Resort & Spa
Madhubhan Resort & Spa

Madhubhan Resort & Spa

The Place

If you are looking for holistic wellness in a five star luxury resort setting complete with naturopathy and spa facilities, head to Madhubhan Resort & Spa at Charotar near Anand, Gujarat. The retreat can be accessed from Vadodara and Ahmedabad easily too. This retreat is a complete holiday destination that promises a unique experience to families, NRIs, tourists and corporate alike. It offers a choice of accommodation and experiences that can cater to a variety of needs and preferences all tastefully furnished and offering unparalleled luxury, privacy and an array of amenities. Guests can choose to enjoy the luxurious yet cozy contemporary deluxe room or the traditional Gujarati style ‘Mandavdi Gom or Zamkudi Gom Cottages which are replete with intricate woodwork and old world charm.  ‘The Banyan Tree’ is the in house multi cuisine restaurant while ‘24Seven’ Gujarat’s largest 24 hours coffee shop serves an extensive buffet, mid-night coffee and snacks. Italian and Mediterranean cuisine is served at the bistro Kouzina. The Wellness Juice Bar serves wellness drinks that include a selection of raw foods and fresh juices.

The USP

For those looking to tie the Love Knot at a fantastic venue away from home, Madhubhan Resort & Spa is an ideal wedding destination. The resort has large lush green lawns that can comfortably accommodate 3000 plus guests, varied choices of open and covered venues and ample parking space, Madhubhan becomes the obvious choice for the discerning guests to host their prestigious wedding events at Madhubhan. Professional wedding and event planners at Madhubhan are experienced to manage all aspects of weddings and events, be it an out of this world theme wedding or a simple but elegant personal event. Madhubhan Resort & Spa provides personalized and innovative services which will make that special moment an unforgettable celebration.

The Ambience

Spread over 25 acres of verdant greenery this is Gujarat’s first luxury retreat is a paradise with modern amenities and luxurious accommodation that ensure relaxation, family bonding and rejuvenation. The water bodies including the 300 feet long pool that meanders across the accommodation options that makes for a perfect contrast against the lush green environs.

The Treatments

RejouThe Healing Spa & Naturopathy at Madhubhan Resort & Spa is spread over 13,000 sq. ft. and offers a range of skin care and body therapies administered by a carefully selected team of experienced and dedicated professionals. Rituals from Ayurvedya and international holistic therapies are all customized to suit needs of individual guests. The Signature unisex salon offers a host of beauty and hair spa treatments. The resort has Diabetes management (7-21 days) program, Improve body immunity therapy (14-28 days), Destress Therapy (7-14 days), Weight Management with Yogic Detox (5-21 days), beauty Enhancement and Anti-Ageing (7-21 days), Spine and Joint Care Program (10-30 days), Body and Mind Relaxation (5-10 days), Anti Cellulites Program (14-21 days) and Psoriasis Treatment (14-21 days).

Address: Madhubhan Resort & Spa, Anand – Sojitra Road, Vallabh Vidyanagar – 388 120, Gujarat.

Email: reservations@madhubhan.com, hsm@madhubhan.com

Web: http://www.madhubhanresortandspa.com/

Phone: +91(2692) 239268 to 76; Toll Free: 1800 233 9009 (Valid for India Only)

Price Range: The deluxe rooms for single occupancy start at Rs. 39100 while the Mandavdi Gom Cottage starts at Rs. 42000 for 3 days. This includes accommodation, vegetarian meals, one hour yoga session, one time consultation, 4-5 treatments per day, water bottles, swimming and gym, arrival and departure from Baroda airport / Anand railway station and all applicable taxes. Final treatments are decided by the doctor post consultation.

This story first appeared in Healthcare India’s July 2019 issue here:

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