Award-Winning Indian Resorts have everything from luxurious spas to Ayurvedic Wellness Tourism.
As the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have placed our travel plans on hold forever. However, people are starting to dream about relaxing and what a potential vacation could look like.
Since being cooped up in their homes for a long time, many travelers would seek health and medical tourism destinations to rejuvenate their minds, bodies, and spirits.
India is one of the most common global destinations for health and medicinal tourists seeking a holistic break at an accessible price, thanks to centuries-old proven therapeutic therapies such as Ayurveda, meditation, and naturopathy.
From the Himalayan mountains to the beaches of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Goa, India has a wide range of treatment centers, spa resorts, and wellbeing retreats that include preventive health services, stress relief, exercise packages, and detox therapies.
Here are 16 of the Best Wellness Retreats in India that should be on your post-pandemic travel itinerary. But before we start, I would like to invite you to join my traveler’s community to meet new travelers around. Also, you can follow me on Instagram to get the latest travel news and updates during the covid pandemic. Let’s get started now with our topic of today.
Ananda is one of the country’s most famous luxury spa resorts, spread around the former royal estate of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal in the Himalayan foothills. It provides guests with a selection of suites as well as individual villas surrounded by a sal tree.
Ananda provides 80 different spa therapies, including Ayurvedic treatments like abhyanga, Shirodhara, shloka, takradhara, and mukh lepa. In addition, its experienced team of physicians, nutritionists, meditation coaches, and clinicians collaborate to build custom programs to meet the fitness needs of their customers.
Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Travel Awards 2019 named it the World’s Best Destination Spa; Haute Grandeur Global Excellence Award 2018 named it the World’s Best Destination Spa on a Global Level.
Peaceful, trendy, and somewhat bohemian, Neeleshwar Hermitage is a small resort that offers a tranquil setting for a wellness retreat. With just 18 thatched cottages, this is the spot to go if you want some luxury and seclusion. Beyond health, Neeleshwar offers the chance to learn more about India and the surrounding environment and celebrate the local culture through Keralan cookery classes and cultural talks. This is the place, and come to get away from it all, restore the mind, body, and spirit, and reconnect with nature. It is located in a fantastic position right by the water.
Ayurveda is the subject here; however, with various Ayurvedic therapies available, exercise, detox, and other services round out the excellent wellness offering.
Jindal Naturecure Institute, located on 100 acres of land on the outskirts of Bengaluru, does not have the same extravagances as some of the spa resorts on this list. Nonetheless, it compensates for a wide range of herbal therapies that address health conditions such as cholesterol, obesity, skin disorders, arthritis, and addictions.
Guests are often recommended to sign up for a three-week treatment, although the institute often provides a 10-day program. Visitors will remain in the budget dorms or a private air-conditioned cottage.
The hospital employs 12 specialized alternate therapists and nurses who develop a customized diet and recovery plan dependent on the patient’s illnesses. Non-invasive and drug-free therapies incorporate herbal remedies with yoga, diet therapy, physiotherapy, and acupuncture.
On Tripadvisor, Jindal Naturecure Institute has a 5-star ranking.
If you want to discover your spiritual side and develop your Yogi poses, The Shreyas Retreat might be the place for you. A mystical ashram with a luxurious twist.
This charming yoga retreat is located an hour northwest of Bangalore in 25 acres of lush gardens. Owner Pawan Malik, an ex-banker, decided to build an escape environment where you could practice yoga and meditation and enjoy a strictly vegetarian diet in cozy, quiet surroundings.
There are two massage rooms where therapists have Thai, Indonesian, Swedish, or aromatherapy massages and facials, scrubs, wraps, and specific ayurvedic treatments.
Ayurveda is one of the world’s firstborn medicinal systems, and Kerela is widely regarded as its epicenter. Set on 15 acres of Chowara Beach, Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort offers a variety of ayurvedic remedies for illnesses as well as an Ayurveda hospital and training center.
Ayurvedic therapies, Panchakarma treatments, ayurvedic body care, ayurvedic skincare, yoga and meditation, and nutrition and medicines are all accessible. In addition, the resort makes its herbal remedies from herbs sourced locally.
Three times recipient of the Government of India’s National Award for the best Ayurvedic wellness center in India.
Dharana Wellness at Shillim, a one-of-a-kind eco-wellness retreat offering a healing haven for body, mind, and soul, is located only three hours from the booming metropolis Mumbai in the serene mountains of the Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Aside from its tranquil location, what attracts visitors to this all-villa resort is its unique wellness concept, which incorporates cutting-edge Western diagnostics with age-old Eastern Ayurvedic practices to help cure, avoid, and change.
Boutique wellness programs ranging from detox to yoga to stress management combine modern medical diagnostics such as DiSC (Dominance Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness) profiling or polysomnography sleep analysis with ancient Ayurvedic treatments such as herbal oil massages, synchronized abhyanga massages, and much more, many of which are performed using seeds, flowers, roots, and oils grown and produced locally.
Though Vana Retreat is concerned with the wellbeing of its visitors, it is also worried about staying in peace with its surroundings. The property uses environmentally sustainable water harvesting and wastes disposal practices. This and other efforts to be in touch with nature add to the retreat’s holistic environment. Vana has Ayurvedic therapies, Sowa Rigpa (Tibetan traditional medicine), and regular yoga classes.
Vana is one of the only locations on the planet where Sowa Rigpa is available in its entirety. Thus, Tibet’s centuries-old formal medical method is known as Sowa-Rigba.
Vana earned LEED Platinum certification in 2015, making it India’s first retreat to reach this level of environmental design.
RAAS Devigarh is a stunning heritage resort located in a tranquil and scenic area of Udaipur. It is a luxurious boutique hotel that offers the ideal place to hideaway and recuperates. The grand exterior of this landmark structure would immediately take your breath away, and the amazement continues as you step inside.
The spa sees a smooth convergence of the British brand and the Indian surroundings for a unique experience, making it ideal for a pampering holiday and a more natural lifestyle experience.
Raas Devigarh has received the Best Spa Awards 2017 from Conde Nast Traveler’s
Ashiyana, situated along Goa’s Madrem beach, is a common choice for learning yoga and kickstart a more sustainable lifestyle. The signature Holistic Yoga Therapy (H.Y.T.) incorporates classical Yoga therapy with new lifestyle appraisal. Visitors to this yoga retreat will experience some sun and sand when choosing among the different treatments on offer.
In addition to customized meditation classes, Ayurvedic therapies, and massages, Ashiyana offers a range of artistic practices and workshops, such as AcroYoga, inversions, Yoga Nidra, karma yoga, drawing, essential oils, and creative poetry.
Ashiyana also been on CNN International as well as Travel&Leisure.
In the rocky outcrops of the Aravalli mountain chain, Amanbagh exudes sheer beauty. This rose-pink Rajasthani escape, inspired by Mughal architecture, is a tranquil haven just 90 minutes outside of Jaipur. The property is located in the open countryside, and each of its 40 suites and pavilions has a private courtyard or terrace with views of the verdant garden surroundings.
Lofty ceilings inside domed cupolas and regal vaulted openings evoke the palatial grandeur of the ancient Mughal period. Marble finishes, accented by elaborate wooden screens, provide a dash of elegance, and you will be enrobed in grandeur as you visit the vast grounds.
The health immersions at the resort built on the ancient medicinal experience of Ayurveda and India’s incredible wellness heritage.
Soukya, a 30-acre Bengaluru house, aims to restore the natural harmony of mind, body, and spirit by providing various ancient, time-tested, and natural medical systems such as Ayurveda, homeopathy, yoga, and naturopathy.
Ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, and yoga are both forms of alternative medicine.
H.R.H. In 2019, the Prince of Wales and H.R.H. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, paid a visit to the Soukya health center.
Atmantan, located on the shores of the pristine Mulshi Lake in Maharashtra, is a luxurious spa resort specializing in Ayurvedic and Western wellness treatments. The resort has 106 villas and guest rooms, each with its balcony or private sit-out garden. The resort promotes food behaviors that fuel the mind and the body by offering a wellness menu that is both healthy and delicious.
A high-tech gymnasium, saltwater pool, physiotherapy wing, functional workshop, spinning studio, yoga, pilates, and dance studios are among the workout facilities.
In 2016, Asia Spa India won the Spa Finder Award for ‘Best for Wow Factor’ and ‘Best for Fitness,’ backed by Spa Finder Award for ‘Best for Wow Factor’ and ‘Best for Fitness.’ In 2017, she earned the World Spa Award for ‘Best Wellness Retreat in India’ and the Conde Nast Traveller award for Best Destination Spa.
SwaSwara provides a variety of services ranging in length from five to 21 days. The resort, located near the beachside town of Gokarna on Karnataka’s coast, offers rejuvenation of mind, body, and soul by a combination of yoga, meditation, hobby style hobbies (e.g., painting and sculpting), and safe living.
Guests are also invited to discover the local region by kayaking, camping, and participating in cultural tours of the neighboring temple town. Zentangle is a doodle-based art style and meditation and is a meditative and healing exercise.
Outlook Traveller Boutique Hotel Award for Best Wellness Experience, 2018 – 2019.
The Leela Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan, combines grandeur and charm with luxurious convenience and quality wellness. The 5-star property is located on the shores of Lake Pichola and is host to Espa, one of the city’s finest spas.
Espa, which is equipped with modern facilities, provides various Ayurvedic therapies, hot stone massage, seaweed, and soothing mud treatments, and its line of skincare items. Guests will appreciate the city’s diverse cultural opportunities while they are not indulging in the hotel’s wellness facilities.
The hotel provides Spa and Spiritual Journeys packages that include exercise, reflection, stress reduction, and uniquely curated health food.
The Leela was named to Conde Nast Traveler’s gold list of the world’s best hotels and resorts for 2020.
If you want a wellness holiday with some beach activity, go to Varkala in Kerala, where this resort mixes the quest for inner harmony with the excitement of riding the waves. Soul & Surf, as the name suggests, combines Yoga lessons with chances to study or perform surfing. The resort is widely regarded for its simplistic pleasures, welcoming workers, and sandy sand.
Along with yoga and surfing lessons, Soul & Surf has several seminars, talks, exercises, music activities, and an opportunity to meet the local group.
On Tripadvisor, the property has a 4.5 ranking, with a perfect 5-star rating for operation.
Unlike the other names on this page, Auroville is a township that is partially situated in the former French colonial settlement of Pondicherry and the remainder in the state of Tamil Nadu. There are many resorts and homestays in town that sell health packages. Choose between a meditation retreat and day sessions in painting, music, and dance therapy. For health travelers, Auroville has a variety of holistic services.
Choose to volunteer in the society during your stay in Auroville. Some businesses encourage tourists to get their hands dirty in the local parks, while others invite them to participate in green energy, education, and animal care programs.
Auroville has earned several prizes for its multiple programs. It is also one of the most renowned attractions in Pondicherry.
So this is my list of know wellness retreats in India where you can heal yourself both physically and mentally post this covid-19 pandemic. Let me know if you have visited any of these retreats before and any others that you may know. you can let me know in the comments and I would love to share that with my community under your name.
I will come up with another post for you. Until then, keep exploring, keep loving, keep traveling.