Tropical spa resorts are increasingly becoming à la mode tourist destinations with their multiple therapeutic and rejuvenating retreats, ranging from Ayurvedic massage, hot stone massage, Thai massage to aromatherapy. This, thereby, contributes significantly to India’s foreign exchange.
With the effectiveness of spa therapies being recognised universally, the spa resorts have become significant tourist destinations, especially in India. Spa retreats in India are designed as an intrinsic reflection of the country’s rich cultural heritage. A large number of native travellers are also flocking the spas for weekend rendezvouses.
The article is going to list four exotic Indian spa resorts and destinations, concentrated in the famous Indian hill stations, from the Himalayan laps to the snow-capped peaks of Himachal Pradesh.
Ananda in the Himalayas
The Ananda Spa in Rishikesh, along the foothills of the Himalayas, spans over 100 acres and offers a variety of spa treatments to its patrons. The clients can avail from a plethora of choices ranging between weight loss, meditation, yoga and wellness, cleansing, de-stress, detoxification, anti-ageing and personal grooming. The spa provides an example of Indo-western fusion, as the treatments infuse Ayurveda with western techniques for enriching customer experience. Ashna Jain, who visited Ananda on a family trip, stated, “Visiting Ananda was a decision we made when we wanted a hiatus from the busy life we have been living and this helped in focusing on the body, mind and soul.”
Wildflower Hall in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, is where beauty retreats meet relaxation treatments. The spa specialises in Balinese Massages, Thai Massages, Aromatic Massages and Stress-Relieving Massages, and is an internationally acclaimed luxury spa maintained by the Oberoi Hotels and Resorts. “We welcome guests from all over and ensure our clientele gets the best of luxury facilities, from fitness to skin care and even speciality baths,” an official informed.
Tarun Goel, who visited the five-star property, reviewed, “The excellent thing about the hotel is that it is far away from the hotchpotch of Shimla. Weather always remains pleasant here as can be seen in images. It has all the modern amenities like indoor swimming pool and an open air Jacuzzi. It’s in a wonderful location within walking distance to the Kufri.”
Vishranti Resort and Spa
The in-house spa at the Vishranti Resort, located in Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand, offers treatments that have its roots in Sweden, China and the middle-east. The spa ensures that the services one receive are not just authentic but also effective long term. Termed the Rudraksha Tree Spa, under the umbrella of an ancient Rudraksha tree, it has been created with a Ganges river stone, which is believed to add to its therapeutic abilities. Rohini, a guest at the resort maintained, “The offered therapies help bridge the gap between the body and the soul. Nestled within the encompassing luscious greenery, the spa is romantic and mystic.”
Banasura Hill Resort
The resort, located in Wayanad, Kerala, is set at an altitude of 3,500 feet above sea level. The BanasurAyur Spa, as the Ayurveda themed spa is referred to, is a holistic system of treatment that restores physical, mental and spiritual well-being and enhances life expectancy. One of the special features of the BanasurAyur is Sweda Karma, a medicated herbal steam bath of 20 minutes, which alleviates pain, reduces fat and improves the constitution of skin.
“The herbal oil head-body massage was rejuvenating and performed by a professional masseur, marking it as a bona fide experience,” commented Isa, a German citizen, who recently visited the heavily frequented resort atop Wayanad.