Soulful music, body in therapy under deft hands that apply, clean, scrub followed by steam or sauna does transport one to another world. Nothing works as beautifully to relax a tired body and mind as a spa experience. If you want nothing but the best, here’s our pick from across India.
There is something about Wildflower Hall, Shimla that instantly puts you at ease. The chill in the air whatever time of the year it be, beautiful hill view and certainly the Ayurvedic treatments that detox and uplift are worth your time.
Address: Oberoi Wildflower Hall Resort, Shimla in the Himalayas, Chharabra, Shimla. Ph: (91 177) 264-8585.
Cost: $90-$130 for massages, $50 for body scrubs, $85 for body wraps, Ayurvedic treatments from $80, spa programs from $130, $25 for yoga, meditation, & pranayama.
What’s Good: The luxurious Himalayan Retreat spa program, which includes body scrub, Indian head massage, full body massage and Himalayan cedar bath.
Mountains, water and ancient practices augmented with modern is what Ananda Himalaya has on offer. Just block a few dates on your calendar and loosen your purse strings and voila meet a rejuvenated you post your customized therapy.
Address: The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar Dist. Tehri-Garhwal, Uttarakhand. Ph: (91 1378) 227-500.
Cost: Accommodation and spa packages start from around $500 per person per night, and include special cuisine and treatments.
What’s Good: The five night Stress Management Package will leave you feeling relaxed and energized.
Opulence and luxury are the hallmarks of The Royal Spa at Agra. Turn your trip to the celebrated love monument into a wellness vacation by checking into this place that invokes the best of yogic practices.
Address: ITC Mughal Hotel, Taj Ganj, Agra. Ph: (91 562) 233-1701.
Cost: $35 for a 30 minute tension reliever massage, $95 for a 90 minute facial, $105 for the 100 minute Royal Mughal Hamam Spa Journey, $160 for the 150 minute Passage to India Spa Journey. Three hour couples packages, $350.
What’s Good: Passage to India Spa Journey, which combines guided meditation with Ayurvedic treatments to restore the mind and body.
Address: Zuri Resort & Spa Kumarakom, Kerala. Ph: (91 481) 252-7272.
Cost: Accommodation & spa packages from around $500 for a double per night.
What’s Good: The Cloud 9 massage, where you’ll receive a relaxing head massage while floating on an enveloping water bed to help relax tensed up muscles.
How about enjoying a Spa expreince on boat nowhere else but at erstwhile Rajput kingdom of Mewar in Udaipur? Give in to the royal, relaxing therapies at Jiva Spa.
Address: The Taj Lake Palace, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajashtan. Ph: (91 294) 2528800.
Cost: Signature “Pehlwan Malish” Warrior Massage massage $90. Scrubs & wraps $40. Royal Spa Boat packages from $300 for two.
What’s Good: The Romantic Spa Escapade and Romantic Spa Indulgence packages on the Royal Spa Boat.
Sea, sand, surf and Spa, make your next Goa excursion soothing with Sereno Spa.
Address: Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Arossim Beach, Cansaulim, South Goa. Ph: (91 832) 272-1234.
Cost: Around $600 for a one night spa package for two.
What’s Good: The Synchronised Abhyanga “Four Hands Massage”, designed to invigorate the body. The Traditional Marma Facial, which includes a crown chakra massage, is excellent for mature skin types.
Not only wellness therapies but cuisine too await one at the scenic Taj Malabar Jiva Spa. Give Cochin a try to take home a soulful experience.
Address: Taj Malabar Hotel, Willingdon Island, Cochin. Ph: (91 484) 2666811/2668010.
What’s Good: The signature Jivaniya energizing treatment relives tension an improves blood circulation. It includes an exfoliating herbal scrub, heat stimulating wrap, and massage. The Narikela coconut scrub is a house favorite.
Well, if time is a constraint, trust Amatrra Spa to transport you to another world well within the confines of New Delhi.
Address: The Ashok Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, 50 B Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Ph: (91 484) 2666811/2668010.
Cost: Aromatic baths $35. Massages and detoxification treatments from $60. Spa & lunch package $65. Half day packages $200. Full day packages from $350.
What’s Good: Fully inclusive packages including wellness consultation, spa therapy, meditation, reflexology and food.
Soothing sound of water combined with best practices around the world, Quan could be your go to place to bring together scattered pieces of you together right here in aamchi Mumbai.
Address: JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu Beach. Ph: (91 22)6693-3610.
Cost: $40-$70 for body polish, baths, or massages. $90-$120 for facial therapy and body wraps. $120-$220 for Ayurvedic rituals.
What’s Good: The hotel offers spa and accommodation packages from $400-460, which include a variety of spa massages. The spa also has a lavish room for couples.
Royal splendor to be experienced only in Agra, Amarvilas Spa offers combined therapies that run well into hours to give birth to a fresh you.
Address: Oberoi Amarvillas, Taj East Gate Road, Agra. Ph: (91 562) 223-1515.
Cost: Treatments start from around $50 for a body scrub, and go up to $220 for the most extensive spa program.
What’s Good: The three hour Noor-e-Taj program, which combines body scrub, wrap, massage and bath.