Top 5 Luxury Spa Resorts in India

Are you looking for a holistic healing treatment that will rejuvenate your body and soul? Do relaxing massages, bathing in milk and rose petals, sandalwood packs, guava scrubs, chocolate body wraps, aromatic lotions and soothing oils and relaxing massages sound enticing?

Then read on to know where you can find all this and more at the best luxury spa resorts in India and why they deserve to be in the top 5!

Ananda – Himalayas
This world class wellness retreat gives visitors the choice of 79 beauty and body treatments that blend Ayurveda with contemporary Western approaches. Ananda has won international acclaim and is the premier Ayurveda spa retreat in India.

Well connected by road, air and rail Ananda is 260 kilometres north of New Delhi and is located in the erstwhile residence of Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal. Your accommodation options at this exclusive wellness resort include luxurious suites, villas and deluxe rooms overlooking the landscape of Rishikesh, the river Ganges or the Palace.

If you are game you can also try your hand at rapelling and rafting, trekking in the Himalayas or aqua yoga while you are here. The signature “Ananda Touch” and an absolute must-do is the treatment which uses “Panchkarma”, a five pronged therapy to soothe your neck, shoulders and upper back.

For more information on Ananda Spa Resort, click here.

Soukya - Bangalore
Soukya, derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Soukhyam’, which means wellbeing is the perfect place for city stressed souls to indulge in some holistic treatments. This residential holistic health centre is spread over an area of 32 acres of an organic farm.

Home grown vegetables and fruits are used in the kitchen of Soukya at Bangalore, making the food nutritious and fresh. You can choose to stay at any one of Soukya’s 16 rooms, which include four suites and 12 deluxe rooms. Each of the suites at Soukya has a private garden and open air shower while deluxe rooms have attached gardens.

The therapies and therapeutic programmes on offer include solutions for stress management, weight loss, arthritis, cardiac diseases, hypertension and asthma. You can also opt for various other programmes like smoking cessation, meditation, mud therapy, nutrition, yoga and Ayurvedic treatment.

For more information on Soukya Holistic Health Centre, click here.

The Angsana - Bangalore
The Angsana in Bangalore, is where visitors are assured of an exclusive spa experience under the auspices of the Singapore based Banyan tree. Six massage pavilions, hydrotherapy in Roman pools and adjoining alfresco showers are places on the resort complex where a range of holistic, customized programmes are administered.

Definitely worth trying are some divine skin treatments like the Tangerine Body Wrap, Tomato Body Wrap, Honey and Sesame Scrub and the Blended Brush Scrub that help to exfoliate and rejuvenate.

For more information on Angsana Spa Resort, click here.

The Oberoi Wildflower Hall – Shimla
Ayurvedic therapists suggest the best treatment for your body type at the Oberoi Wildflower Hall in Shimla while you bask in the sunshine and enjoy the pine scented mountain air in this picturesque hill retreat.

A range of treatments and therapies on offer pamper your body and soul but an absolute must try is the chakra head and shoulder massage followed by a treatment called “Himalayan Mysteries” which includes a wild lavender scrub, cleansing facial and a fragrant jasmine bath.

The Oberoi Wildflower Hall is also known for its pressure point therapy, delicious body wraps like germanium cream, honey citrus and Himalayan spice and contemporary Hawaiian massage.

For more information on the Oberoi Wildflower Hall, click here.

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udailvilas in Udaipur offers a regal rejuvenating experience where you’ll come out smelling of roses and sandalwood (literally)!

With a number of “Royal Treasures” on offer at its spa, you can say goodbye to dull dead skin cells with a turmeric scrub; relax and rejuvenate in a soothing tomato body wrap and surrender to a relaxing body massage followed by a bath in milk sprinkled with rose petals.

Nestled in a picturesque setting, Udailvilas is located by the beautiful Lake Picchola and is the ultimate in regal living experiences in India. Whether you chill out with a drink as you sit by the lake or walk through the majestic corridors of the City Palace, everything you do here will feel like a unique indulgent experience.

For more information on The Oberoi Udaivilas, click here.

With five luxury resorts to choose from, are you ready to experience the healing, magical effects of the treatments on offer at these exclusive spa resorts in India?

You deserve to treat yourself to a deluxe spa break after the busy year you’ve had. What better way to relax and rejuvenate your mind and body than in the luxurious surroundings of an exotic spa resort.

What are you waiting for? Book your spa break now – you know you’re worth it!

Images reproduced from anandaspa.com, soukya.com, angsana.com and oberoihotels.com

Where Can I Get a Good Detox?

London Life Coach & Wellbeing Consultant Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks about detox and the best places to go to detox. Follow Sloan Life Coach on Twitter @SloanSW_London and check out Sloan’s Life Coaching website www.sloansw.com

Well, I have never been a fan of detoxing or suggesting detoxing without knowing a lot more about the history of my client. However if you are going to go on a detox, it’s a really good idea to go somewhere with beautiful views, peaceful scenery and the time to clear both your body and your mind.

One of the most impressive spas that is getting talked about is a spa in Bali which is set on a cliff top with stunning views. It is called Alila Villas in Uluwatu and they have just launched a new detox called Mehta Detox. This detox programme starts off with juices, raw salad, and allows you to take your pick from a vast array of holistic therapies.

You can pick from traditional therapies such as meditation or Ayurvedic massage or go for exercises that are gentle such as yoga and even explore things like Qi Gong and internal martial arts. If that’s not your scene, you can just chill out by your own private pool in this all villa resort. More details can be found on www.alilahotels.com.

However, as I don’t always suggest detoxing as the best form of spa, another alternative would be the Six Senses Spa at Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay in Bodrum, Turkey. This has an extremely picturesque view of the Aegean coast and offers a Life for Inner Peace programme.

These can be taken as a 3-day, 5-day or even 7-day holiday and they also offer holistic therapies in addition to indoor pool, sauna and steam room, and of course the famous Turkish baths. What is lovely about this spa is that you have the added bonus of reiki, hot stone massages, colour therapy, holistic massages, watsu water therapy, shiatsu, and foot acupressure. So if detoxing is not your thing but you would still like a getaway, visit www.kempinski.com for more details.

For those of you who want to go on the Bali detox holiday and want to bring a friend along who happens to be not so keen on detoxing do check out our article by Alan Philippe on the top five restaurants in Bali.

For those of you who are more interested in our spa in Turkey, do check out the Relax and Rejuvenate article written by Sloan Sheridan-Williams on recommendations of five of the best international spas.

Also check out for our travel article by Mariam Noronha on the five best luxury spa resorts in India which was published in August 2011.

If you have any more questions about spas, do not hesitate to leave your comments below. Alternatively if you have visited a spa and want to let us know about it please do get in touch.

Images reproduced from alilahotels.com and kempinski.com

Relax and Rejuvenate

London Life Coach & Relationship Expert Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks about favourite spas. Follow Sloan Life Coach on Twitter @SloanSW_London and check out Sloan’s Life Coaching website www.sloansw.com

The Telegraph and Ultratravel have done a survey on the top ten best spas. We have reviewed their article and choices and agree that five of our favourite spas in the world are included in their list. In no particular order we have listed them below.

The most important thing about spa life is to remember that you are worth pampering and that if you cannot get away for a full retreat, do make time for yourself and run a bubble bath, light some candles, put on a face mask and indulge yourself in the quiet relaxation you have created even if for only 30 minutes. Yes, that goes for men too!

Sha Wellness Centre
Location: Alicante, Spain
Specialities: Anti-ageing and macrobiotic therapies.
Website: www.shawellnessclinic.com

Sense, The Carlyle
Location: Rosewood Hotel in New York, USA
Spa Brochure: Sense Spa Brochure
Website: www.rosewoodhotels.com

Six Senses Destination Spa
Location: Phuket, Thailand
Specialities: Signature treatment is a Thai Massage
Website: www.wellbeingescapes.co.uk

Fortina Spa Resort
Location: Fortina Hotel, Malta
Specialities: Laser hair removal, colonics and bootcamps.
Website: www.fortinasparesort.com

Como Shambhala
Location:Bali, Indonesia.
Specialities: In house resident psychologist
Claim to Fame: Celebrity hang out including Donna Karen
Website: www.comoshambhala.bz

If you have recently been to one of the above spas or think another spa should have made our list, do comment below.

Images reproduced from shawellnessclinic.com and wellbeingescapes.co.uk