Need a recharge? We bring you our roundup of the top wellness experiences in India that will offer you just that and more!
When you hear the term ‘wellness travel’, chances are your mind wanders off to meditation centres offering digital detoxes and yoga retreats with strict diet plans. But if it is holistic well-being that doesn’t compromise on luxury is what you are looking for, these exceptional spa treatments and wellness experiences in India are what you need.
Sand Scrub and Wrap at SUJÁN The Serai, Jaisalmer
An oasis of calm set on a 100-acre private estate of indigenous desert scrub in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, SUJÁN The Serai makes the perfect hideout for the seekers of peace and rejuvenation. Book yourself a session at the SUJÁN spa, where traditional therapies with Ayurvedic products will leave you soothed and cured. Try its signature treatment of Sand Scrub and Wrap that includes gentle body exfoliation with sand, beeswax, chamomile, and ginger essential oils, followed by a body wrap prepared with a fresh mix of rose petals, rose oil, vetiver, black pepper, and sandalwood. The oils and creams used in the treatment are hand-blended and made bespoke for the brand.
What’s more? The spa setting here, with four treatment tents, is home to heated pools inspired by the traditional Indian stepwell, and Jacuzzi where you can unwind.
Bamboo Massage at Sheraton Grand Pune Bund Garden Hotel
Next time you are in Pune, embark on a sensory journey of holistic beauty and personalised wellness therapies at Shine Spa of the Sheraton Grand Pune Bund Garden Hotel. One of the exceptional inclusions on the elaborate menu is the Bamboo Massage. The 90-minute treatment starts with a deep body massage using bamboo sticks of varying lengths on your pressure points to calm nerves and loosen up knotted muscles. It also helps in improving blood circulation and lymph drainage.
What’s more? Follow this with their Marine Mud Wrap, in which a combination of absorbent clays blended with flowers, fruit and vegetable juices, and herbs, is used to deep cleanse, tone, and polish your body.
Sowa Rigpa at Vana Wellness Retreat, Dehradun
One of the few places around the world where Sowa Rigpa is performed in its true form, a healing trip to Vana Wellness Retreat is just what you need when you feel worn out from daily challenges of life. Still an unheard concept to many, the traditional Tibetan medicine practice of Sowa Rigpa is deeply rooted in Ayurveda, Buddhism, and Chinese medicine, and aims at the overall well-being of body and mind. The treatment starts with inviting ancient healing powers by placing hot towels on the feet, and using herbs, therapeutic oils, and warm poultices on the body along with soft, relaxing touches. Tibetan chants running in the background help in calming your mind as the 75-minute process slowly relaxes each part of your body. The session ends with a steaming cup of turmeric and ginger latte.
What’s more? Enroll yourself in one of the retreat’s wellness programs that includes yoga and meditation sessions, complimentary therapies, healthy and delicious meals, functional fitness classes, talks and more.
Revitalizing Aromachologie at Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg
Indulge in Provencal-inspired wellness rituals at the revered The Khyber Spa by L’Occitaine located in the pristine valley of Gulmarg. Add to it panoramic views of the lofty Pir Pangal ranges, lush valleys, and rolling meadows that make Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa an ideal place to stay at. Pick their Revitalizing Aromachologie massage that combines gentle Swedish effleurage and deeper-pressure Lomilomi movements with the a blend of mint, pine, and rosemary essential oils. This is followed by gentle stimulation of the acupuncture meridians from head to toe, releasing all negative energy, fatigue, and weakness from the body.
What’s more? Spend your downtime skiing along some of Asia’s finest slopes in winter, trekking through unspoilt forests, and enjoying a picnic spread amid flower-bedecked meadows.
Magic Water Package at Dune Eco Village, Puducherry
Look no further when you are looking to explore holistic wellness and laidback beach life along with the rich Tanjore heritage. The 62 uniquely designed bungalows and rooms at Dune Eco Village in Puducherry fuse together traditional and modern architecture, while offering unforgettable rejuvenation experiences through the healing centre located here. Try the three-day Magic Water package that includes chroma therapy in calm waters of the 14-metre pool, aqua yoga or Woga, hot water shiatsu or Watsu, hydrotherapy, dolphin dancing (fluid Sufi-inspired movements in water to make you feel like a happy dolphin), and aqua zen ai chi (deep breathing meditation).
What’s more? The beach resort offers a variety of recreational activities ranging from pottery, rural sightseeing, surfing, diving, and more.