Checking into a wellness retreat for a complete mind, body and soul experiences can be super rejuvenating and de-stressing, not to mention a healthy thing to do. Who doesn’t want to indulge into a spiritual odyssey amidst the eloquent ambience of luxury wellness retreats that present a blissful concoction of peace and serenity? A welcome break from the humdrum of city life is on our list this season.
From therapeutic medicines to integrative medicine, Yoga to Ayurveda, therapeutic programs and complementary services, wellness retreats and spas in India offer the most enriching experience. We bring you the top 10 wellness retreats in India.
1. Bio Resurge Clinic, Alila Diva, Goa
Developed by Glen Schirmer, the Australian fitness guru who has trained many Olympic athletes, the Bio Resurge Clinic offers a comprehensive 28-day wellness/fitness program that focuses on aiming to help individuals improve health and reverse health pathologies by gaining as much lean body mass as possible and loosing maximum body fat through massages, special workouts, treatments and healthy eating. (Image source)
2. OSHO International Meditation Resort, Pune
Feted as the “Spiritual Disneyland”, the OSHO resort in Pune is one of the largest meditation and spirituality dedicated facilities in India. The spirituality courses offered cover major schools of spirituality like Zen, Tantra and Sufism, apart from the meditation programs, Basho spa-gym and courses for personal growth. The OSHO ashram specialises in multidisciplinary therapeutics and meditation. You may remember this name from Netflix, however, we couldn’t not include it and our sources say the present-day experiences are life changing. (Image source)
3. Kalari Kovilakam, Kerala
A premium wellness retreat in South India, the Kalari Kovilakam retreat offers Ayurveda in its purest form. It also offers Pranayama, Yoga and Kalaripayattu apart from anti-stress and anti-ageing treatments. Nestled among the Anamalai Hills, the resort is nothing short of a palace, offering the varying indulgence of royal living. Four packages are offered at the Kalari Kovilakam resort: Manashanthy (anti-stress), Rasayana Chikitsa (anti-ageing), Pancha Karma (rejuvenation) and Thanlyakina Chikitsa (weight reduction). All packages are offered for a duration of 14, 21 or 28 days. Experience austerity and the healing touch of Ayurveda in this palace resort and head out feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. (Image source)
4. Ananda Spa, Uttaranchal
Nestled among the gorgeous Himalayan foothills, the Ananda spa will not only amaze you with the mystic surroundings it is set in, but also change your overall lifestyle. It aims to help you integrate traditional wellness therapies like Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda with your daily life. The Ananda spa offers a variety of wellness and healing therapies, while it's setting in the serenity of the Himalayas ensures you a blissful, healing experience. (Image source)
5. Vana Malai Estate, Uttarakhand
Condé Nast traveller described the Vana Malai Estate as a “5-star Ashram”. Hidden away from the rest of the world by fragrant lychee and mango forests, it offers an overall therapeutic experience of the mind, body and soul. It offers different, personalised programs for every individual visiting - making sure that you have an effective healing experience in your time spent off the grid. (Image source)
6. Carnoustie Ayurveda And Wellness Resort, Kerala
Set amidst the gorgeous palm groves and the pristine backwaters of picturesque Kerala, the Carnoustie wellness resort offers you a luxury spa and wellness getaway. It boasts of possessing probably the most architecturally sound and lavish spas in the country. A variety of treatments ranging from anti-ageing, detox, weight reduction and stress reduction are offered. (Image source)
7. Wildflower Hall, Shimla
Unwind in the spa pavilions and suites of the Wildflower Hotel, a venture of the Oberoi group, which is synonymous with opulence and luxury. An idyllic location situated at 8000 feet in the Himalayas, it offers transcendent views of the mountains and valleys while you avail a plethora of services ranging from Hungarian to Thai massages, sauna treatments, detoxifying wraps and anti-ageing therapies. (Image source)
8. Spa Esencia, Kanatal, Uttaranchal
A charming little place located 300km from Delhi, Kanatal is home to one of the best spas in the world: Spa Esencia. Located in Mussoorie, this spa couples their best-in-class aroma oil therapies, mineralising salts, body wraps and scrubs to ensure an overall perfect getaway experience. Unisex jacuzzis, sauna and steam facilities can also be experienced here.
And if you're in the mood for a little more pampering, ask for their Wine Vintage or Chocolate Sins full body therapies. (Image source)
9. Somatheeram, Kerala
The world's first Ayurveda Resort, Somatheeram is a serene ayurvedic resort by the sea in Kerala surrounded by 15km of pure greenery. The resort offers traditionally styles bungalows, built in wooden architecture, carved pillars and doors; rooms built in a way to attract bio-energies. Somatheeram aims for providing a holistic experience with a unique range of modern and traditional ayurvedic treatments and therapies. (Image source)
10. Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort, Kalka, Himachal Pradesh
Located beside the river Kaushalya amidst the Shivalik Ranges of the Himalayas, the Moksha spa resort helps you find peace and tranquility through their one of a kind treatments that follow the principles of 'Release’ and 'Rebirth’. The therapies focus on the seven chakras of the body for an invigorated and rejuvenated well-being. Oriental massages are combined with traditional Ayurveda practices that offer a calming, soothing experience. Treatments offered include couple therapies, face, nails, hand and foot care therapies and a plethora of spa treatments. (Image source)
India is a treasure trove of ancient wisdom as well as physical and spiritual well-being, from serene ashrams to luxury spas with king-size amenities, the country offers a huge number of spas and wellness centres to take you away from the hustle bustle of your daily lives, promising you a return to daily life stress-free and with a sense of self-discovery. Take your pick and head off to the wellness centre of your choice to calm your nerves and experience spiritual renewal and serenity in the the lap of nature.
Rohit Agarwal is a travel aficionado and a wordsmith fascinated by his fellow journeyers. Rohit documents his journeys on TransIndiaTravels.com. He spends part of his days trying to board the Hogwarts Express, the rest of which he spends travelling the world, meeting new people and creating breathtaking memories.