• Jinal Inamdar

8 Wellness Retreats In India To Unwind At When Its Safe To Travel

The second wave of coronavirus in India is calling all shots this time. Which means staying at home, wearing masks, and sanitizing is a must. Amidst the rising cases in the country and the imposed curfew in different states, one can only hope for a better tomorrow. In the interim, I've made a list of the wellness retreats in India that you can visit once the curfew lifts and its safe to be travelling once again. Because I don't know about you, but once things are better, I'm definitely going to need to let loose at a wellness retreat!

1. Dharana at Shillim- An Eco Wellness Retreat, Maharashtra

Set amidst rice fields and bamboo plantations at Shilimb village in Maharashtra, the villas at Shillim offer you sweeping views of a valley and the forest. The best part is that you can view all this in the tranquility of your own private space, as each villa features a private balcony. If you choose to stay at Dharana Pool villas or the Presidential Pool villas, expect a private pool and patio, as well as butler service!

Dharana at Shillim is home to 'Dharana food philosophy' for carefully chosen meals while you stay, basis the 'Dharana approach' you choose, from a wide choice of offering. Or choose to retreat for a string of days, as part of Dharana's 'Hollistic programmes'.

Well all I'd say is, retreat here and come back a new person!

2. ITC Grand Goa Resorts and Spa, Goa

Vibrant and effervescent, ITC Grand Goa Resorts and Spa is an intimate, relaxing getaway in South Goa, where you can experience ITC’s signature Spa treatment. Their aromatherapy incorporates dynamic blends of essential oils with soothing massage strokes. They also offer an exotic Goan ‘cashew ritual” where indigenous Goan ingredients are put to play with contemporary spa techniques. The experience starts with a comforting cashew scrub followed by a relaxing full body massage.

3. Soukya Holistic Health Centre, Bengaluru

Soukya Holistic Health Centre claims to be the world’s first holistic health centre. basically, holistic treatments focus on wellness and prevention, rather than just treating disease after it happens. Soukya's website features pictures of dignitaries and celebrities that have been a part of their wellness treatments and therapies. Nestled on a 30-acre organic farm, with over 300 medicinal plants & herbs at their medicinal garden, Soukya is a healing sanctuary that exudes calm and natural serenity. They practice an integrative treatment approach featuring Ayurveda, homoeopathy, yoga & naturopathy, and other complementary therapies.

4. Niraamaya Retreats Suryavilas, Himachal Pradesh

After Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Nagaland, Niraamaya Wellness Retreats has also entered the North Indian radar with its latest property at Solan in Himachal Pradesh. Niraamaya Retreats Suryavilas offers a breath-taking coniferous view of the forest, which adds to the wellness luxury that it proudly flaunts. The newly introduced Niraamaya Spa houses 8 treatment rooms, featuring internationally acclaimed Ayurvedic and western therapies. Their therapies focus on functional medicine programs and holistic healing experiences.

5. Amanbagh, Rajasthan

Wellness retreats act as a miraculous cure for all the stress & illnesses that the stressful city-life bestows on us. And so, Rajasthan grabbed onto the opportunity to provide people with some of the best wellness treatments and spa experiences in the country. Amanbagh is a modern Ayurveda retreat in Rajasthan where nature and luxury amalgamate to give you a relaxing staycation. Here, you can indulge in a range of treatments and therapies guided by professionals and experts, along with an immersion session in yoga and mindfulness.

6. Raas, Devigarh, Rajasthan

Nestled in the Aravalli Hills, under an hour away from Udaipur, this 18th-century palace is an outstanding heritage property offering ace wellness within the magic of old-world Rajputana. Besides the pleasure of indulging in the hot tub, gardens, fitness centre, spa and delightful views, this Devigarh hotel also offers an unmatched wellness retreat. From yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and traditional Chinese medicine to healthy food options, and treatments by their award-winning Ayurvedic brand Mauli, Raas Devigarh is a cure for the soul, not just the body.

7. Svatma, Tamil Nadu

Svatma is an experiential boutique hotel that strives to provide a new wellness experience through vibrant sound therapy. The therapy utilises the transcending technique of healing through music. Located at an hour’s drive from Trichy and a couple of hour’s drive from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Svatma offers wellness sessions as part of the Soukyam spa program named Swaram, which aims to create a deep harmonising effect of pure sound and relaxation. The aim is to alleviate stress and relax the muscles, thus realigning the body to stimulate inherent self-healing transformative powers.

8.Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg

Coorg is celebrated among travelers for its emerald landscapes and expansive coffee plantations. And a getaway to Coorg is a wellness retreat in itself, but if you really want to indulge and open your senses to therapies and treatments, then Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa is the place to be. Experience their signature Jiva Spa here that offers Ayurveda therapies, yoga and meditation, and beauty treatments. Using traditional Indian herbs and oils, they promise to leave you satiated via various experiences.

Don't forget to share this with your buddies or bae who you've been meaning to take that getaway with, once everything is well again!

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