Sitting in front of the computer or during a long work meeting, you may drift your thoughts to unwinding on a beach or enjoying the cool breeze at a mountain lodge. More often than not, we need a break from our hectic urban life to these picturesque destinations. However, due to binge drinking, eating at odd hours and lack of sleep, our vacations have also become hectic! Hence, we need a break after our holidays too.
India has some amazing wellness retreats that give a ‘break’ to your mind and body in the real sense. From enjoying fantastic vistas to eating right, being away from gadgets, and relaxing your body, these luxurious trips offer a vacation of a lifetime. We’ve compiled a list of places where you can check-in, switch off your gadget, and tune in to yourself.
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Atmantan is popular amongst celebrities and VIPs who seek a much-needed break. It is nestled amongst the majestic Sahyadri Mountains and overlooks the Mulshi Lake. Close to the financial capital of India, Mumbai, Atmantan is spread over 40 acres.
It has a holistic approach for the mind, body, and soul by combining the goodness of Ayurveda, naturopathy, yoga, meditation, fitness, and nutrition. It has a host of packages that focus on different areas such as detoxification, living a healthy life, weight management, restorative physiotherapy, yoga workshops, and pre-wedding bridal retreats. You can avail of the spa facilities at the location along with Turkish hammam and Vichy showers.
One of the first and oldest luxury retreats in India is Ananda In The Himalayas, and it’s definitely a favorite as it constantly offers new services and packages to suit the modern lifestyle. It has a strategic location amidst the glorious Himalayas and between the holy cities Rishikesh and Haridwar. Spread over 24,000 square feet, Ananda offers customized plans for individuals that include Ayurveda and Yoga. There are treatments for aging, weight loss, de-stress and detox, healing ailments, and chakra balancing, overlooked by a panel of experts. The resort even offers sightseeing options such as exploring the holy cities, the iconic Ganga aarti, and wildlife safari.
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If yoga is your preferred way of unwinding, then Shreyas Yoga Retreat is the place to be. It is a luxury resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Limited to just 12 rooms across 25 acres of greenery, this cozy place is ideal to get some alone time. The experts here lead you on a journey of self-discovery with the help of alternative therapies of purifying your mental and physical energies. Be ready to do some Hatha yoga, pranayama, meditation, along with Ayurvedic treatments, and simple food. You can also be a part of nature-based and community-based activities such as preparing meals for children at the local orphanage and visiting local villages. Avail of silent retreats, Panchkarma, weight management, detox, and other packages.
Get some of Kerala’s finest hospitality at Niraamaya. Perched on top of a cliff and flanked by secluded beaches, this is the destination to give your mind and body a break. Stay at traditional South Indian heritage cottages by the infinity pool. This retreat has an award-winning spa that offers modern as well as Ayurvedic treatments, along with yoga and pranayama. You can also opt for customized treatments like Panchkarma, Ayurveda stress and strain buster, slim body, corporate stress management, and joint & bone management.
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Goa doesn’t always equate to binge drinking and parties. In the midst of this party destination is Aura, a tranquil wellness retreat. Set in the quaint village of Manderam in four acres of greenery, this place offers yoga retreats with experts, additionally, you can host your own yoga workshop with friends in their private yoga shala. You can get customized meals as per your requirement and enjoy their outdoor pool. Their serene spa a mix of Indian Ayurvedic and international treatments to help you feel completely relaxed and rejuvenated.
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Enjoy a solo or group trip to Puducherry and stay at the massive 35-acres Dune Eco Village and Resort. With a traditional Tanjore heritage architecture, this destination is one of the finest wellness and organic living retreats in the country. They have a separate, 12,500 square meter wellness facility with 10 treatment rooms. You can avail of their unique offerings such as The Chopra Healing Centre by Deepak Chopra, various Ayurvedic treatments with medicinal consult, yoga and meditation, as well as Thai and Swedish spa therapies.
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Located on the popular Om Beach at Gokarna, SwaSwara is more than just a wellness retreat, it is also one of India’s top art hotel. Along with amazing Ayurvedic treatments to heal and rejuvenate, Hatha yoga for your physical fitness, simple cuisine to detox, and a fancy spa, this place offers art yoga. It helps you explore yourself and de-stress your mind through art. You can explore a range of activities like tribal Warli painting, watercolor on handmade paper, origami, and clay work on a potter’s wheel.
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Go for a holistic wellness retreat at Nimba Nature Cure Village, one of the largest naturopathy centers in the country. Located near Ahmedabad – Mehsana Expressway, this place offers personal, group, and corporate retreats, along with membership options. Treat your chronic and acute issues with naturopathy experts, and avail of a range of Ayurvedic treatments and special therapies. Here you can also learn and practice yoga as well as benefit from the state-of-the-art physiotherapy equipment. In the retreat, you will also enjoy organic farming and meditate in caves.