On Global Wellness Day we bring you a list of the most luxurious spas nestled in the heart of the Himalayas
On the second Saturday of June, Global Wellness Day is celebrated worldwide, drawing attention to the importance of living well. It aims to create awareness about the value of our lives, being stress-free and making peace with ourselves.
When we think of those three objectives the one word that comes to mind is – spa. While spas across most of the country haven’t reopened, they will soon. Take a break from your hectic schedules, shuffling work and home and the anxiety brought about by the pandemic by checking yourself in into one of these spas for a few days. Just breathing in the mountain air makes you feel healthier.
Ananda in the Himalayas
Rated as one of the best luxury spa resorts in the country, Ananda in the Himalayas is a 40-minute drive from the Dehradun airport. Located on 100 acres of an erstwhile maharaja’s estate, surrounded by forests and overlooking the Ganga and the valley, the resort offers weight loss, meditation, yoga and wellness treatments. It is currently also offering a 21-days post-Covid recovery package. While at present the spa is shut, certain massages are being given in the open. The property is maintaining all Covid protocols.
You can choose packages such as stress management, pain relief, yogic detox for between five to 14 days.
Ananda’s USP is its wellness cuisine. The chefs make great efforts to provide you with delicious yet healthy food. They also offer you tips on how you can change your diet and prepare healthy dishes at home.
JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa
A few kilometres away from the hustle and bustle of Mussoorie town is JW Marriott’s Walnut Grove Resort which houses the Cedar Spa by L’Occitane. With changing seasons, the Cedar spa introduces refreshing new treatments to make your experience more comfortable and relaxing. It offers handpicked therapies from both the east and the west – so you have Swedish, Hawaiian, Lomi Lomi, Balinese, Shiatsu and Ayurveda therapies combined in exclusive L’Occitane sequences.
One of the USPs is the ‘Couple Escape’ therapy suite that offers a 90-minute spa journey sequenced to de-stress and reconnect in the best way possible.
The signature sandal wrap with cedar wood, sandalwood, honey and shea butter nourishes and replenishes the skin.
At the spa, go on a delightful journey that pampers the senses with the soothing aromas of essential oils, scented candles and melodious music.
Wildflower Hall, Shimla– An Oberoi Resort
The former residence of Lord Kitchener, erstwhile commander-in chief of the British army, Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas – An Oberoi Resort exudes the ambience of a grand stately home.
The Oberoi Spa offers a range of signature eastern and western massage treatments to relax, revitalise and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. Wildflower Hall has treatment rooms at bespoke locations around the hotel and grounds.
The open air whirlpool affords magnificent views across the Himalayas, while the indoor pool is lit and adorned by overhead crystal chandeliers, and temperature controlled throughout the year.
You can take your pick from Swedish, Balinese or a dry massage. The Oberoi signature massage is excellent for releasing muscular tension, increasing circulation, and relieving physical and mental stress.
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg
Imagine being 8,825 feet above sea level in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. The serenity and beautiful views are enough to make you forget your worries and de-stress. The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa in Gulmarg is spread over seven acres of a sylvan coniferous forest. This luxury resort with its plush interiors and fine cuisine has The Khyber Spa by L’Occitaine. Soak in stunning views from your treatment rooms and pamper yourself with a combination of eastern and western therapies. The signature treatments take into account the changing seasons of Gulmarg and guests are encouraged to choose from a repertoire of homegrown seasonal flora, which is mixed with L’Occitaine products and fresh Himalayan water to create fusion recipes. Besides the massages, there are a number of beauty treatments such as anti-ageing facials, treatment to combat sun exposure, and dry skin revitalisation.
Taj Theog Resort and Spa, Shimla
The Taj Theog Resort and Spa in Shimla has Taj’s signature award-winning Jiva spa that provides you with a unique range of spa treatments which blend traditional Indian healing techniques with natural ingredients. The treatments focus on both wellness and beauty.
Try out their signature 2-hour Jivaniya treatment for relieving muscular tension and improving blood circulation. The treatment includes an exfoliating herbal scrub and a heat stimulating wrap, followed by a massage.
Or undertake a one-on-one yoga session where a series of asanas will gently stretch and relax your muscles, followed by postures to help you concentrate. End the session with yoga nidra (a state of conscious deep sleep).