By Anushriya Sethi
The body and the mind call for a vacation when tired from the humdrum of life. On this International Day of Yoga, gift yourself a healthy, relaxing holiday. Head to these luxurious wellness destinations. Breathe in some fresh air and breathe out all the toxics. Go do some pranayams.
Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Located in the northern state of Uttarakhand, Ananda is a luxurious destination spa resort. With the view of the Himalayan foothills, the 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate is surrounded by Sal forests and the Ganges river valley. Ananda integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore balance and harmonise energy.
Besides Ayurveda therapies; treatments de-stress, detox, anti-ageing treatments, healing particular ailments, weight-loss, inch-loss and chakra balancing are some of the other experiences that it offers.
Vana’s ambition is to make it a place of learning, where all who visit can contribute and share. Retreat itineraries explore each aspect of wellbeing: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual through the use of Ayurveda, Sowa rigpa (Tibetan healing), Yoga, natural therapies, spa, fitness and aqua. Inspired from nature, its architecture and design lets you be comfortable with your own self. The facilities include an outdoor pool, an indoor water therapy pool, a fully equipped gym, various studios and pavilions, and scores of treatment and consultation rooms.
Ku nye, an ancient massage with herbal poultices and chanting to release tension; raag therapy, healing via time spent with a flautist; hor gyi metsa that works on white channels and nerve pathways are few of the attractions of the place.
Atmantan Wellness Resort, Mulshi, Pune
Nestled in a unique crystal hill, Atmantan has its abode in the the majestic Sahyadris, overlooking the Mulshi Lake near Pune. The resort houses 106 luxurious guest rooms and villas, with attached balconies or private sit-out gardens. The fitness facility of 6525 square feet includes a high-tech gymnasium, a separate physiotherapy wing, functional studio, indoor spinning studio, expansive yoga studio, pilates and dance studio, and an indoor, temperature controlled, chemical-free, salt water pool.
The Atmantan Spa provides guests with 23 spacious treatment rooms, enabling therapies of traditional Ayurveda, oriental acupressure, aromatherapy massages, purifying body polishes, cocooning wraps and Pranic Chakra Cleansing.
Jiva Spa At Taj Bekal,Kerala
Spread across 26 acres of landscaped gardens and backwaters, Taj Bekal Resort & Spa has just 71 gorgeous villas which have been inspired by the shape of traditional Kerala houseboats with Chitra Pothi art on the walls. The Jiva spa design embraces water bodies for its calming visual effect, the therapeutic sound of water and the restorative attributes of soaking in water.
The spa is built by the backwaters with its Satvik dining lounge, courtyards, landscaped relaxation spaces and meditation grounds and a wellness library.
The spa has four single massage suites, three double massage suites, beauty treatment suites, Yoga pavilion, wet area-steam, sauna and vitality pool, vaidya’s (Ayurveda Physician’s) House, satvik dining lounge and homam (Ritualistic Fire Ceremonies).
Wildflower Hall, Shimla
Wildflower Hall is located in the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. A recreation of the grand style of the colonial era with stunning views of snow-capped peaks and cedar forests, the Wildflower Hall resort’s spa offers Ayurvedic, Asian and Western treatments, aromatherapy, yoga and meditation in private spa pavilions and suites.
It provides the guests opportunity for sight seeing, outdoor Jacuzzi and the heated swimming pool. Some of the other therapies available at the spa are Marma Therapy, Chakra Head and Milk Baths.