How to Plan Luxury Spa Retreats in India?

How to Plan Luxury Spa Retreats in India?
Last Updated: January 5, 2019

In order to have a fabulous spa-cation this holiday season, come to India because this incredible place not only has a bunch of tourist destinations filled with the joyous air but also a number of amazing places to go to that are dotted with luxurious spa resorts. But the question remains, how to plan for such a relaxing vacation in India that not only rejuvenates our tired bodies but also offer a visual treat, well, it is not very difficult. As you continue reading this article, I will in detail let you understand on how to plan a luxury spa vacation by unraveling India’s best destinations and spa resorts to have a holistic experience.

1. Take help from your best friend ‘Google’ to find some exquisite and perfect spa holiday places. Or, continue reading what I have listed from my research.

We are close to the end of 2017 and India no longer remains to just being one of the tourist places that offer travellers a religious and relaxing experience by visiting temples, mountains and beaches. In fact, all thanks to the growth of tourism in India, you can find a hefty number of luxurious spa resorts.

North East India

Spa Resorts in North East India

Come to North East and find bliss where the exploration never ends, home to some of the ‘never heard’ mountain destinations, it is here you can spend the best spa holiday. Although some of these parts are rather less explored, and you’ll probably need a minute to adjust your eyes after seeing the raw beauty of these eight-sister region. However, you can visit the two ideal Northeast destinations where you can find nature and detoxing spa facilities in abundance. Visit the Ri Kynjai Resort in Shillong where you can spend a calm and riveting vacation with a spectacular sight to gorge your eyes on. This resort overlooks the pristine Umiam Lake with thatched hut style rooms making Ri Kynjai an ideal option to spend a spa-cation. MAYFAIR Spa Resort and Casino in Gangtok is also another luxe place to spend your holiday in, along with gambling activities and distressing therapies and treatments. Another majestic and grand, The Ffort Raichak in Raichak is also one such resort you can select if your are in West Bengal and it is located around 56 kilometres from Kolkata.

How to reach Shillong?

Since, Shillong has no direct connectivity with rail, Guwahati in Assam is the closest place located around 99 kilometres. From here, plenty of prepaid taxis are available that will take you to the city centre or to Ri Kynjai Resort. Flights to Shillong are available but are not quite frequent.

How to reach Gangtok?

The closest railway station to get to Gangtok is in New Jalpaiguri around 120 kilometre and the major international airport is in Bagdogra, 125 kilometres. Buses as well as taxi service are available from many places in West Bengal state.

How to reach Raichak?

The small town of Raichak has no airport or railway, the nearby connecting railway station is in Kolkata, it is best if you make the city of Kolkata as your ultimate stop. From here you can get taxis that can take you to Raichak resort.

West India

Atmantan Spa Resort Rejuvenate

You will definately get a huge variety of spa resorts in the west, in fact, many foreign tourists mostly visit the city of Mumbai or head down to the beach destination of Goa. There are assortment of posh accommodation options, you’d never want to leave. Leaving aside the attractions around the coastal cities, here for a spa-cation visit one of Maharashtra’s quaint eco-tourism hotspot called Mulshi at Atmantan Resort Spa. You can take up one of their wellness packages and get pampered savouring their spa cuisine delicacies. The Park Hyatt Resort and Spa in Goa is also one of the best resorts to stay in while visiting Goa and get ultra pampering treatment in their Sereno Spa.

How to reach Mulshi?

Mulshi located amid the beautiful landscapes of Sahyadris near Pune, you can fly to Mumbai (180 kilometre) or Pune (60 kilometre). You can further get a taxi to Atmantan Resort.

How to reach Goa?

Conveniently, Goa is well-connected by other major cities and you can easily get a taxi from either the airport or the railway station.

North India

Ananda in Himalayas Spa Resort

The northern cities of India from Delhi NCR to Rajasthan, Punjab to the mountainous regions of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, you can find a bunch of awe-ing destinations along with some spa resorts where you can have a spa vacation like a king. Some of my favourite spa resorts in north India are Ananda In the Himalayas in Rishikesh and the best part is the location that’s set amid the soothing background of river Ganges and the Himalayas. ESPA at The Leela Palace Udaipur is one such Maharaja experience you just cannot afford to miss and the resorts USB is perhaps the city of Udaipur solely! In order to find tranquility, visit The Oberoi’s Wildflower Hall Resort in Shimla. When it comes to Delhi NCR, you will find more than expected, check out Aheli Spa, it is one of the best spas located on a boutique hotel on the outskirts of Delhi at The Roseate (Dusit Devarana).

How to reach Rishikesh?

The closest airport is located in Dehradun and it is conveniently located 45 kilometres to Rishikesh. However, Delhi has an International airport with a variety of taxi options, you can reach your destination at ease. Besides, you can also find Uttarakhand private and government state buses that offer a comfortable volvo bus rides. But if you happen to travel by train, the closest railway station to Rishikesh is in Haridwar which is an hour ride from there, although Rishikesh also has a small railhead, Haridwar is mostly preferred.

How to reach Udaipur?

The beautiful city of Udaipur in Rajasthan is easily reached via air, although if you are flying internationally, you will have to interchange from any international airports like in Delhi and Mumbai. However, Udaipur has a superb rail connectivity as well as private and government buses. And without a doubt, your journey to Udaipur will be as smooth as a melting butter, i.e. if you book your ticket in advance.

How to reach Himachal Pradesh?

The state of Himachal has three domestic airports but the closest to the resort is located in Shimla, Bhuntar Airport. Kalka Railway Station is the closest railhead located about 90 kilometres to Shimla, you could either take a taxi or experience a soothing ride on a toy train from Kalka to Shimla traversing picturesque sights of hills and pine trees. However, you could also take a comfortable bus ride to Shimla that are government operated.

How to reach Delhi NCR?

Delhi is conveniently connected by all popular destinations in India, with the International airport well connected to other countries and a well functioned railway system, reaching here won’t be a hassle. There are also private and government buses that run to and fro from other places to Delhi. From the city, you can get on a cab or any online taxi services to your spa resort in the NCR region.

South India

Spa Retreat in South India

The southern parts of India is where you can direct your compass if you are looking for a balmy paradise surrounded by backwaters, pristine beaches and riveting tea estates. It is here you will find bliss where the local tourist sites sit illuminating their beauty and during your luxury spa holiday, make sure to visit some of the best spa resorts in South India. Some of my top picks are Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra in Kovalam, here you can delve into the natural therapies and ayurvedic massages. Jiva Grande Spa at Vivanta by Taj is another soothing call for rejuvenating holiday, located in Bekal of Kerala. Expect to find peace and serenity in Ayurmana Spa located in the Kumarakom Lake Resort of Kumarakom.

How to reach Kovalam?

Trivandrum International Airport located in Trivandrum is the closest to Kovalam from where you can get private taxis to your resort and it is well connected to major destinations in the world. If you visit Kovalam by train, the Trivandrum Central is the major railway station however, you can check out Kerala State Road Transport for roadway options.

How to reach Bekal?

In Kerala, the closest airport is located in Kozhikode, Calicut International Airport, some 200 kilometres. However, Bajpe Airport in Mangalore, Karnataka is even more conveniently nearby, (70 kilometres), you can get plenty of taxis from these two airports. For train voyagers, Kottikkulam Junction connects major Indian cities and the roadway connection is also convenient in Kerala.

How to reach Kumarakom?

Kumarakom by the beautiful Vembanad Lake can be easily accessed via roadways with plenty of taxis and bus options but the closest railway station is located in Kottayam, some 30 kilometres away. You can fly to Cochin International Airport and it is distanced approx 73 kilometres away.

2. For the first time travellers visiting India, you can book train /flight tickets to have an Indian exploration yourself or take help of some trustworthy travel agents like Tour My India.

Flight or Train Booking

Now…when we think of visiting a certain spa centric destination in India, we often wonder if the spa resort really is worth the visit. Thus, to ease your worries, you can always consult a travel agent for best travel deals and spa vacation packages. In fact, it is a safer choice in order not to get scammed, but then again, the question remains whom to go and consult, well, India has a large number of recognized and trustworthy agencies like Tour My India, you can always contact us for any kind of travel plans.

3. Not every month can welcome you with a gleeful sunshine or a balmy environment so, it is important to have a look at the best season to visit India.

Best time to plan spa retreat holiday in india

In order to have an Ayurvedic treatment, monsoon is the perfect time to visit the southern states of India, during this season, the south state of kerala is an ideal hotspot. Since it is a traditional and a natural healing process, it believed that it is even more effective during monsoon season. However, India is best visited for spa-cation anytime of the year except mid-april to july.

4. If you decide to come out of the spa resort rooms and take a sneak peek of some Indian tourist places, here are a few luxury travel options that will take you all round the Indian places chug chugging in a luxurious train.

Luxury Train Rides in India

The sightseeing activity is definitely a must do while in India because this country possess so much of exploration to do and amazing treasures to see that you may be required to visit twice. However, one fabulous way to see the local attractions and its cities is by taking a luxury train ride around India. You can check out Tour My India’s Luxury Train Packages where we offer posh and luxe trains such as Palace On Wheels, Heritage On Wheels, Golden Chariot and Deccan Odyssey.

Get the much needed spa vacation in some of India’s luxurious resorts, apart from the aforementioned list, India has more to offer than just that. And if you know some best resorts perfect for a spa holiday you can always comment below. We hope this blog was of some help to you and you can learn more about these spa centred destinations in India by calling us at +91-9212553106 or e-mail us at You can as well hear our incredible spa packages that will make your vacation even better with only the finest of luxuries to offer.

Published: 22 Dec, 2017
Abhishek Gurung


Abhishek Gurung is a writer whose passion for food and travel is an unending affair. He likes going on treks and camping in the woods, loves exploring forts and architecture, he is a cycle enthusiast who likes to contribute something to the environment, travel photography and videography is another interest as he sees life in a cinematic point of view. He likes the idea of living in offbeat destination where the mode of communication is to interact with each other. Coming from Nagaland, he has visited some beautiful valleys and remote villages and appreciates nature as it is and as it should be.

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