Everything in our world is all completely suffused with static: life, death, work and happiness. A transmission trying to work its way across the dark. So, if one tunes up to the static rather than what matters, it unravels sedentary lifestyle. Meditation and Yoga help the awareness of body to find harmony with your mind and soul; an effort or a quest to experience one’s serenity and divinity. Whether you’re looking for a detox in the outskirts of the cityscape or just pampering in pristine forests, here are some of the top spa destinations our country has:
#1. Ananda In The Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Nestled in the eternally beautiful Himalayan foothills, Uttarakhand is a leading wellness and spiritual destination in India. With a fusion of well-being principles of East and West and focusing on the virtues of Ayurveda and Vedanta treatments combined with international wellness programmes, Ananda is held in high esteem as a wellness retreat. Guest can relax with over 80 body and beauty treatments, outdoor lap pools and yoga classes.
#2. Jiva Spa at Taj Malabar, Kerala
When it comes to a traditional spa-vacation experience, it doesn’t get any better than the serene backwaters of Kerala. Reinvigorate with an extensive range of therapeutic massages, body scrubs, and wraps offered by trained expert hands in this luxury hotel along the Malabar Coast in Kochi. The secret herbs of Ayurveda and a perfect natural setting will soothe your limbs and freshen up your mind.
#3. Wildflower Hall, Shimla
For a surprisingly uplifting experience, get to Shimla – the undisputed queen of hill stations. Situated at 8,250 feet and lapped in 22 acres of dense alpine woods, this multi-award-winning spa resort by The Oberoi oozes elegance, luxury, and most of all, is a getaway from an erratic lifestyle. Don’t leave without a dip in the outdoor whirlpool – which sits on the edge of a cliff offering soul-stirring views. Try holistic Ayurveda treatment as well as Oriental offerings based on age-old practices.
#4. Devaaya Ayurveda Spa Resort, Goa
Beaches and forts are just the upper crust of Goa, dig deeper to find a true Konkan experience. Located 12 kilometres from Panjim, Devaaya is a premium Ayurveda and yoga retreat offering residential programmes for ‘Panchakarma’ – which is the best way to detoxify, cleanse, and revive body, mind, and soul by a holistic treatment.
#5. Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort, Kerala
Experience the healing powers of therapeutic treatments in the oldest Ayurvedic resort in the world located near Kovalam Beach. This beautiful beach resort is a frontrunner in encouraging travellers on Ayurvedic holidays and meditation tours. While ‘Pizhichil’ is a massage that uses lukewarm herbal oils to cure paralysis and nervous disorders, ‘Nasyam’ and ‘Snehapanam’ are capable of battling skin diseases and sport-related injuries.
#6. SOUKYA Holistic Health Centre, Bangalore
Located in a suburb of Bengaluru named Whitefield, Soukya is a one-of-its-kind luxury wellness spa that specializes in alternative health treatments. Run by Dr. Mathai, it’s a residential integrative medical centre that gives a slice of renowned Indian saatvik lifestyle to visitors. Wellness packages include Shareera for weight loss, Santosha for detox and relaxation, Sukha for de-stressing, and a unique Leech therapy to cleanse the body off toxins.
#7. Maya Spa, Kerala
On the palm-fringed shores of Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom lies Zuri Kumarakom Resort which has among the largest spas in southern India. Its two wings – one focuses on Ayurvedic treatments and the other on western-style massages – include a bouquet of skin treatments, reflexology and even Shiatsu. Certified by local government for its thorough approach and authenticity, Maya Spa is truly an ideal destination. Make sure to ask for the Cloud 9 massage – a relaxing head massage on a floating water-bed.
#8. The Terraces, Uttarakhand
This boutique spa resort is second to none in its quality, surroundings and delivery. Located in a hamlet of Kanatal near Mussoorie, it appeals to everyone who desires a quiet cathartic vacation. Its Spa Esencia offers exotic body pampering treatments, aromatic oil therapies and Thai massages. It also boasts an outdoor unisex Jacuzzi and Sauna at the rooftop so that guests can enjoy the breathtaking snow-blanketed valley in winter.
#9. Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village, Kerala
Blessed with the lush greenery of Western Ghats, the picturesque town of Palakkad in “God’s own Country” is home to Kairali – an eco-friendly resort. This state-of-the-art resort offers the benefits of traditional Vedic hospitality and renowned health practices for stress relief and treating arthritis, migraine and weight loss.
#10. Mayfair Spa Resort, Sikkim
While you’re visiting the famous Buddhist monasteries and scenic valleys in Sikkim, check out this upscale resort. Its spa with 12 therapy rooms exude a heavenly aroma. It has a wide array of value-for-money pampering including facials, mud massages, reflexology, and special packages for honeymooners.
Nature is undoubtedly a perfect remedy for balancing the human senses. So, embark on a journey to relax, revive, and rejuvenate yourself with nature’s healing bounties.
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