Imagine a plan based on the combination of ancient yoga traditions and healthy cuisine, which incorporates the most important Ayurvedic principles and your body shape, all in an unparalleled environment at the foot of the Himalayas, or a yoga retreat based on local cultural background, art and history. Imagine relaxing on a quiet beach and practicing yoga under palm trees against the backdrop of the Arabian Sea. From Ananda in the Himalayas to Svatma in Tamil Nadu, these 5 best retreats allow you to practice asanas in tranquil scenery and recover from the horrific year 2020.
Stay: A 40-acre property in Maharashtra, overlooking the scenic Mulshi Lake in Sahyadris. From a meditation pavilion, yoga area, juice bar, and spa with Turkish bath and UV treatment and other benefits included in the complete package.
Reason: Atmantan has been working on collecting rainwater to raise the groundwater level in the area for the past two years. The innovative method used provides a continuous water supply to the surrounding villages. (double room from 1,12,500 rupees; minimum three nights).
This 42-acre resort overlooks peaceful Lake Mulshi, is an ideal place to relax. As the name suggests, Atmantan combines physical and mental health and soul health by offering one-on-one sessions with yoga practitioners, fitness instructors and massage therapists. Focus on rejuvenation and relaxation in health programs ranging from detox and fitness to Ayurvedic therapy. The 106-room complex also equipped with a spa, yoga studio, gym, and indoor and outdoor. Doubles from Rs14,000 per night includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, Wi-fi and an evening yoga session. Check out the website
Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Immerse yourself in this award-winning luxury spa resort in the Himalayas, surrounded by stunning views of Rishikesh and the Ganges. This 100-hectare retreat combines yoga, Ayurveda and Vedanta philosophy to provide you with the perfect health retreat. Ananda offers food for the soul, because it combines physical and mental health with a personalized plan, from yoga detoxification to the treatment of chronic pain, to Ayurvedic exercises and yoga classes. During your stay, you can choose a garden suite with a private garden, a villa with a private pool or a deluxe room. A double room starts from 26,000 rupees, including breakfast; a minimum stay of two nights. Check out the website
The health resort of Dehradun covers more than 21 hectares and is surrounded by forests and lush greenery. Vana specializes in Ayurveda, Yoga and sowa rigpa (Tibetan Medicine), offering services ranging from organic restaurants to yoga classes, reflexology and detoxification. Its 66 spacious rooms and 6 suites all have balconies and terraces with views of the sal forest. While you are here, you can also stroll among the hotel’s gardens and trees and watch the various birds and butterflies that inhabit the area. Doubles starts at 35,000 rupees; minimum stay is three nights. Check out the website
Naad Wellness, Haryana
From yoga and guided meditation to Turkish bath and aromatherapy, Naad Wellness in Haryana incorporates the principles of Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy into its plans. After consultation, you can arrange accommodation for various therapies or medical programs and treatments. Medical programs include migraine and spinal treatment; experimental projects include hammam and salt glow massage. The most important of these is the Naad Experience package, which includes therapeutic yoga, body analysis, meditation and more. Starting from Rs. 65,000; minimum stay of three nights. Check out the website
Svatma, Tamil Nadu
Located in Thanjavur, Svatma introduces the culture and heritage of Tamil Nadu through its architecture and culinary experience. Of the 34 rooms, 7 are part of a restored 150-year-old mansion known as the Historic Wing, while the rest are part of the Millenium Wing. This boutique hotel has a gym, yoga center and spa, with health treatments based on the principles of Siddha, a traditional South Indian healing system. When you are here, you can choose from a personal health plan developed by a local consultant. One of the main attractions is The Svatma Experience, which includes eight different modules covering different aspects of Tamil culture. It offers everything from Carnatic concerts to Vedic chants and weaving classes. Double rooms starts from 4,500 rupees per night. Check out the website
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