Spending a few days or weeks in India? Here is the round up of ten best wellness / Ayurveda Spas that will most certainly restore the vitality of your body, mind and spirit.
1. Ananda In The Himalayas
The Himalayas, Uttaranchal
Ananda is a name that is synonymous with wellness and luxury. International wellness meets Ayurveda in the epitome of luxury over an area of 24,000 square feet located on the foothills of the Himalayas between the cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar and overlooking the Ganga.
Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedanta and dozens of other therapies from around the world are integrated into a personalised plan to soothe the senses and invigorate the weary. Getting away from a fast paced lifestyle is the first step towards the synergy of mind, body and soul that awaits you in this tranquil paradise away from it all.
From spas to de-stress to detox and deep relaxation as well as anti-ageing treatments they’re 24 treatment rooms and qualified therapists will ensure a holistic wellbeing package lets you leave Ananda completely rejuvenated like a phoenix rising.
A range of fitness activities as well as a temperature-controlled lap pool is also at your disposal.
The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar Tehri –
Garhwal, Uttaranchal 249175, INDIA India
T: 1800 102 5333
From Outside India: +91 124 4516650
2. Wildflower Hall
Another idyllic location situated 8000 feet in the Himalayas near Shimla, Wildflower Hotel (of the Oberoi Group) is famous for its indulgent beauty and relaxation treatments. You can unwind in their spa suites and spa pavilions that offer transcendent views of the majestic mountains while you wait for your next massage: Ayurveda, Balinese, Hungarian or Thai perhaps.
They also have Signature Indigenous Rituals that are tailor made to your body type and comprise four steps: 1) an Indian head massage, 2) a herbal poultice massage, 3) an exfoliation session under an aromatic steam bath to open your pores and finally, 4) a hot water bath.
Detoxifying body wraps, anti-ageing therapies, skin and nail care cleansing and special massages for men are also on offer.
Shimla Kufri Highway, Chharabra
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171012
P: 0177 264 8585
3. Kalari Kovilakom: The Palace For Ayurveda
As the name suggests, this is the ultimate destination for your Ayurveda healing needs. Here, you can’t wear shoes, only mat-soled slippers or barefoot. To keep the cosmic energies pure and flowing, no meat or alcohol are allowed. This is the place to come to for a re-awakening of your mind and soul. But don’t worry, there’s air-conditioning, luxury fittings and four-poster beds as comfortable as clouds to give you sleep that will refresh every cell in your body.
Personalised herbal preparations and food are served so that you are healed from within after a purifying bath and herbal massage. In the evenings, there’s no loud music or television to watch, just the simple chanting of hymns to ring through your ears and enchant your every sense. All the knots and tightness in your body and mind will unfurl as the days go by.
Payyallur, Kollengode, Palakkad
P: 04923 263 737
4. Spa Esencia – The Terraces
Located about 300 kilometres from Delhi, Kanatal is a charming little place in Uttaranchal state that houses one of the best spas in the world: Spa Esencia.
The location coupled with a plethora of treatments like hydrotherapy baths with mineralising salts, body wraps, aroma oil therapies and scrubs provide you with the perfect getaway experience. Want a bit more pampering? Then ask for their signature treatment or a bit of luxury with their Chocolate Sin or Wine Vintage full body therapies.
A unisex Jacuzzi, separate sauna and steam facilities as well as a gym are also on hand.
Kanatal, Chamba Mussorrie Highway,
Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand 249145
P: 01376 283 170
5. Spa Niraamaya – Surya Samudra
Spa Niraamaya is perched on a cliff overlooking a beach; now that sounds divine. Heritage cottages, an infinity pool with underwater sculptures and a world-class spa are on site as well.
Their therapists are trained in yoga, Thai and Western relaxation techniques, meditation and reflexology. A doctor will tailor make a plan of rejuvenation for you that will extend to what you eat as well.
Surya Samudra, Pulinkudi, Mullur,
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695521
P: 0471 226 7333
6. Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort
This Ayurvedic Health spa is situated in the Shivalik Range of the Himalayas besides the River Kaushalya in Himachal Pradesh.
At the spa you will find peace and tranquillity through their treatments that follow the principles of ‘Rebirth’ and ‘Release’. Their therapies focus on the seven chakras or energy centres of the body for a reinvigorated wellbeing.
Ayurveda is combined with Oriental massages as well as Signature Rituals for couples, face care, hand and foot care and multiple spa treatments.
The food here is also delicious!
Parwanoo, Shimla, Himachal
P: 01792 232 340
7. ESPA Spa – The Leela
Looking for a unique spa experience? Here’s one at the Spa by ESPA at The Leela Hotel in Udaipur. Billed as India’s only tented luxury spa, it is inspired by Rajasthani design but don’t worry, it’s fully air-conditioned. You can also have your very own suite with a private pool and walled garden overlooking Lake Pichola. Amethyst crystals and anthracite glass adorn their Aroma Steam rooms.
While you’re there you can get yourself an intensive facial or a massage; their hot stone massages are pretty awesome.
ESPA Spa also has the Warren Tricomi Salon (New York based chain) for your styling and grooming pleasure.
Lake Pichola, Udaipur
P: 0294 670 1234
8. The Zuri Kumarakom Resort & Spa
Awarded the Green Leaf certification for authenticity, the Maya Spa at The Zuri Kumarakom Resort & Spa has been awarded the Asia Spa Award for Best Resort Spa in India in the past and is known for its top-of-the-line treatments and facilities. It’s one of the best in Kerala and considering Kerala has more Ayurveda spas than all of India combined, that says a lot.
Bask in some solar therapy or hydrotherapy, indulge in a Thai massage or treat yourself to the Sabai stone therapy in one of their 14 treatment rooms from which you will re-emerge refreshed.
Plenty of treatments for the face and body are on offer including yoga and meditation. Then go and relax on their hammocks along the backwaters of Kerala.
V 235 A1 to A54, Karottukayal, Kumarakom
Kottayam, Kerala 686563
P: 0481 252 7272
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9. Khyber Resort and Spa Gulmarg
This ski resort in Gulmarg houses the Khyber Spa by L’Occitane surrounded by all the beauty of nature. The Provencal region (a geographical region and historical province of southeastern France) is known for its spas and the treatments they use there are incorporated in the delectable spa menu here as well. Get a couple’s suite and choose from Hawaiian, Lomi Lomi, Shiatsu and Balinese treatments that are combined especially into sequences for your pleasure.
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
Gulmarg 193403, Kashmir (J&K), India
8. The Jiva Spa
The Jiva Spa – all 27,000 feet of it – at the Vivanta by Taj Bekal helps you get back in touch with yourself. They’ve uncovered the secrets of Ayurveda and use only the purest Indian creams, herbs, potions and nature’s bounty to remedy your ailments and relax your nerves.
The spa has a unique floating paradise called the Spa Boat where you can enjoy a massage or a beauty treatment aboard a ceremonial barge, the type the royal family of Udaipur used.
They have bridal spa packages as well: the Jiva Spa Sojourn nurtures your every need from mind to body to what you eat and drink. There’s a long list of interesting treats on offer and you won’t be disappointed.
Palakunnu, Kasargod, Kerala – 671 319
P: +91 92111 77444