Last Updated: July 9, 2018 Swairik Das
India today is no longer just a holiday destination where travellers roam like nomads from place to place. With the growth of tourism industry, over the years, India has witnessed travellers from different parts of the world coming here for a medical and wellness holiday OR yoga and meditation holiday. The country, being a hub of countless medicinal plants and home to several spiritual leaders, has emerged as one of the Ayurvedic centers in the world AND thus influenced the tourism industry to facilitate tourists outcoming with Spa and Ayurvedic resorts in India. Here is a list of top 11 Spa and Ayurvedic Resorts in India that will drive you from the best of body therapies to luxury retreat in the midst of nature freshness.
Wildflower Hall, Shimla
Atop a hill at an altitude of 2,580 meters and tucked in the midst of 22 acres of lush green landscape that is dotted with pine and cedar trees, Wildflower Hall, Shimla is no doubt a one stop retreat. With perfect interior, wood paneling and original artwork, displaying the grandeur of the colonial era and amenities that mark the modern trend, the property simply burst out a fusion of quaint charm and contemporaneity. Besides the terrace restaurant, Cavalry Bar and 85 rooms – deluxe garden view rooms, premier garden view rooms, premier Mountain View rooms, deluxe suites and Lord Kitchener suite, Wildflower Hall boast off the classic Oberoi Spa… redefining ultimate luxury and holistic Ayurvedic treatment. One can unwind himself with the array of massage, revitalizing body and Ayurvedic therapies that are available here, embark on a luxury journey by taking specialty baths and yoga sessions and even relive at the outdoor whirlpool. Nonetheless, the award winning property – Travellers’ Choice Award by Trip Advisor – is a perfect hideout for honeymooners where one can frame myriad quixotic memories.
The Himalayan, Manali
Perched at an elevation of 2,003 meters, The Himalayan, reviving the Victorian Gothic style of architecture amid the potpourri of nature… is yet another luxury retreat for travellers seeking intimacy and peace. The Castle, which is build with antique and classy interior including cast-iron fireplaces and hand-carved Gothic chimneypieces, houses The Parlour (a communal dining hall), Dungeon bar and guest chambers having en-suite marble bathrooms with shower cubicles, bathtubs, vanity mirrors and bath amenities. Further, from the Crow’s Nest one can simply capture the travellertrap panorama of Manali and cascade of snow clad mountains beyond the lush green rolling hills. Moreover, besides modern amenities and classic exterior, the cottages bring forth a contemporary stay. To step into the world of profound contemplation of an abstruse nature, The Himalayan Spa offering host of massage and Ayurvedic therapies is a haven of indulgence. Overlooking the swimming pool and orchid garden, the Spa centre is a place where one can spend ideal hours and enjoy the wide verity of top notch amenities and commendable services.
Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh
Reflecting the colours of early 20th century, Ananda in the Himalaya, close to Rishikesh, is considered as one of the best spas in the world and recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine. Set over a sprawling landscape of 100 acres in the middle of an evergreen forest, the property holds Deluxe Rooms, Villas and Suites besides modern amenities and also boasts off a dining space, tea lounge and aquamarine pool. At the Spa and Wellness centre, which is spread over an area of 24,000 square feet, one can expect an extensive menu of body and beauty treatments, yoga courses, and massage and Ayurvedic therapies. Further, the qualified nutritionists, Western and Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists with knowledge of ancient Indian sciences and modern western treatments… guides you through several personalized therapies to meet individual health goals – de-stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-ageing and weight & inch loss. The Spa and wellness centre occupies 24 treatment rooms, temperature controlled outdoor pool and gymnasium.
Providing an unparalleled propinquity to culture, spirituality and myths, Aalia that is set on the bank of the River Ganges is an epitome of luxury, elegance and hospitality. Build with stunning slate – clad exteriors and state – of – the – art interior, Aalia houses contemporary accommodations at the Chila Suite, Garden Suite and River Suite and Villa, corporate board room and the Cigar Lounge. At the health and spa centre one can pamper oneself with a blissful massage and also go for sorts of Ayurvedic and health therapies. On the other hand, Aalia also provides various packages for travellers, which includes leisure package, safari package and Aalia signature package.
The Terraces, Kanatal
Set at an altitude of 2,600 meters amidst pine, deodar and rhododendrons forest… The Terraces in Kanatal brings forth a unique experience due to its quaint ambiance and untouched nature. It comprises 8 deluxe rooms, 12 super-deluxe rooms and a luxury suite and also maintains an exotic dining area with a multi cuisine restaurant, terrace café, bar – be – que along the bon fire close to the pond. Further, it also comprises a well equipped business hall that holds 50 – 55 persons. Nonetheless, The Terraces, Kanatal on the Chamba Mussorrie Highway, provides world class Spa facility with several classy body treatments. The wellness centre consists of a unisex Jacuzzi, a separate sauna and steam for different genders, a fitness center and singular/coupled separate treatment areas and gymnasium. Besides all the facilities, the plethora of body therapies – hydrotherapy baths with mineralizing salts, the evergreen -Thai massage, other Traditional massages as well as body wraps and exfoliants; aromatic oil therapies, scrubs and wrap care… makes The Terraces one of the best Spa resorts in India.
Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, Gulmarg
Located in one of the popular ski resorts in India, Gulmarg, the Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, is an ultimate getaway for travellers seeking leisure as well as adventure. With 85 rooms with all modern amenities, the resort also comprises specialty restaurant, a cigar lounge, a well-appointed spa, a heated swimming pool, gymnasium, children’s club and a mini theatre. At the Khyber Spa one can experience the best of traditional body therapies as well as go for Swedish, Hawaiian, Lomi Lomi, Balinese & Shiatsu combined in exclusive L’OCCITANE sequences.
Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village Health Resort, Palakkad
Located in one of the popular tourist destinations in India, Palakkad in Kerala, the Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village Health Resort upholds an authentic principle of Ayurveda in order to propagate health and wellbeing worldwide. With traditional therapies paired with modern amenities, it is one of the few Spa and Ayurvedic resorts in India that specializes in the use of vast range of specific Ayurvedic treatments, vedic knowledge, Ayurvedic diet, Ayurvedic medicines and oils, and Ayurvedic Spa Equipments. Besides the wellness centre, the Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village Resort, which is set in the midst of an eco friendly nature, maintains contemporary villa style accommodations. Nonetheless, the National Geographic Traveler magazine recognises Kairali’s Ayurvedic Healing Village as one of the ‘Top Fifty Wellness Meccas in the World’, as well as the ‘Top Ten Wellness Meccas in Asia’.
Devaaya, The Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, Panaji
Located on an island close to Panaji and set in the midst of swaying palms, Devaaya, The Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, is another popular spa and resort centre in India. It maintains 60 luxurious cottages reflecting the unique Goan style of architecture. Further, Jacuzzis, steam rooms and saunas and outdoor facilities like a swimming pool, tennis court, meditation and yoga centre, hall, gym, jogging track, etc. marks the grandeur of the resort. Devaaya, The Ayurveda and nature Cure Centre has extensive facilities for providing – Ayurvedic Panchakarma & Wellness treatment programmes; Nature cure therapies including massage therapy, mud therapy and hydro therapy; and nature cure diet.
The Leela’s ESPA Spa, Udaipur
At the Leela’s, Udaipur, which is one of the luxury hotels in India, one can experience the best of Spa treatments and can even go for private spa tents with private swimming pools and walled gardens. The Spa and wellness centre holds an extensive menu of treatments including facials, body treatments and hot stone massages unveiling a unique spa and spiritual journey along with a royal retreat. The Leela Palace overlooking the Lake Pichola, comprising 80 guest rooms with a touch of royalty and modernity… is no doubt a dream like place to spend an ideal honeymoon in royal Rajasthan.
Sawadhee Traditional Thai Spa:
Sawadhee is an award winning luxury spa in Delhi. Situated in Vasant Kunj, the spa with its 5,000 sq.ft area boasts being the biggest Day Spa in the city. Offering a range of services including Full Body Massages (International massages like Deep Tissue, Aroma Therapy, Traditional Thai, Signature Massages) to Foot Reflexology, Full Body Scrubs and Wraps and Facials, Sawadhee is an authentic Thai spa with skilled staff from Thailand and North East India. The spa is appreciated for introducing five private rooms with each room equipped with steam and shower and two exquisite couple rooms that have Jacuzzi. Sawadhee Traditional Thai Spa has Geo Spa Asia Spa Award for Most Luxurious Spa (Day) (2015), Geo Spa Asia Spa Award for Best Spa Interiors (Day) (2014) and several nominations in various categories under their belt. They are presently being featured at No. 2 position under Spa and Wellness by Tripadvisor. Does this give you a good enough reason to try out Sawadhee?
Shin Shiva Ayurvedic Resort, Kovalam
Last but not the least, Shin Shiva Ayurvedic Resort, which is close to the Kovalam beach, is far – famed for providing effective Spa facilities and Ayurvedic treatments for a host of ailments. Besides it also provides therapeutic packages and conducts yoga and meditation.
Published: 18 Jul, 2014
Brought up from the cultural capital of India, Kolkata, Swairik Das is a passionate traveller who seeks to travel and explore the length and breadth of the country. He is also a dedicated travel writer, blogger and photographer who by heart is also an adventure freak. His focus is mostly into exploring and writing on trekking, jungle safaris and several adventure activities; religion, festival, heritage, people and cuisine.