With the onset of the holiday season and the subsequent unlocks happening around the country, there’s never been a better time to consider a short gateway. Moreover, with ‘health & wellbeing’ being such a big talking point during the lockdown, wellness retreats have proved to be an ideal choice for many; from nutritious wholesome meals, mind-calming asanas to covid-focussed immunology programmes, there’s everything that you would need for a quick holistic reboot. What’s more? These retreats and spas have been following stringent hygiene checks and contactless services, making them a completely safe haven to hit refresh—and balance your chakras.
To make your life easier, we have curated a list of charming spa and wellness retreats out there that you should check out—if you had enough of the lockdown city life. Scroll down for all the deets.
1. Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
Where: Shilimb, Maharashtra
Why: The expansive private villas with the gorgeous views of the Sahyadri are reason enough to book a weekender here. If you ever get bored of the views, then connect with a personalized Dharana wellness program with yoga, meditation, conservation walks, and cooking lessons that can calm your mind and all your lock-down anxiety. Other facilities include Ayurveda-inspired dining, quiet zones and holistic spa therapies that will help you relax and rejuvenate like no other. Oh, and the breakfast spread is to die for!
2. Ananda In The Himalayas
Where: Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand
Why: Bask in the sunny hills, recuperate from the anxiety, be cocooned in the lap of nature, let the healing Sal forests, the nurturing Ganges and the crisp Himalayan air revive you. From rose quartz facials to Tibetan energy healing, the palatial Ananda in the Himalayas' daily yoga programme comes with plenty of luxurious extras. You can also experience the best of farm to table gourmet cuisine served under clear blue skies or from your private balconies overlooking the Ganges Valley. Love.
3. Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
Where: Gulmarg, Srinagar
Why: Situated 8,825 feet above sea level in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, this plush resort is a haven of luxury. Spa connoisseurs can Indulge in restorative treatments at The Khyber Spa by L’Occitaine followed by a fine dining experience. What we are really excited about most is the range of activities that the resort offers; you can ski on some of Asia’s finest slopes in winter, trek and picnic through unspoilt forests and flower bedecked meadows in spring or tee off on the world’s highest golf course, the world’s your oyster!
4. Niraamaya Retreats Surya Saumdra
Where: Kovalam, Kerala
Why: Where do we even begin? Dotted with traditional Keralite heritage cottages, nestled in the shade of breezy coconut palms and perched on a dramatic cliff edge, the retreat is a gateway to your very own ayurvedic heaven. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at their award-winning spa and opt for personalized curative programmes that are designed just for you. They also have a number of holistic wellness packages aimed at detoxifying, purifying and de-stressing!
Where: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
Why: If you are looking for a self-transformative experience, this boutique resort won’t disappoint. Set amidst rippling waters, Svatma Ramnivas is an oasis of calm surrounded by lush greenery and organic farms. Surrender to the arts and heritage of Tamil Nadu with Carnatic concerts, vedic chanting, bronze sculpting etc. or take a culinary trip to the expand your palate at their special guest experience kitchen; you can also opt for their award winning Siddha Programme where guests can enjoy holistic wellness and healing through methods used in Siddha – the ancient system of medicine and healing.