The lifting of the lockdown and easing of travel rules has been a sort of new beginning for many. For those of us who travel often, it’s been strange to look at the world and realise that nothing is the same anymore. As Indians, we still face a lot of travel restrictions giving us only a limited spectrum of destinations to visit.
A good idea for a break from the mundanity of life at home would definitely be a wellness resort. It’s definitely the need of the hour with the endless stresses the pandemic has bestowed upon us. Wellness resorts are also ideal as they follow social distancing protocols to the T and are extremely safe during a time when visiting a busy city would still be a worrisome idea for many.
The trend of wellness resorts to combat stress isn’t a new concept globally. Worldwide, especially in Europe, there are many exceptional resorts that specialise in wellbeing programmes for mental and physical health. Viva Mayr Altausee and Viva Mayr Maria Wörth, Austria are quite popular amongst jet-setting Indians, for example. Time spent at these Austrian resorts has known to yield authentic and long-lasting benefits. The resort’s philosophy balances traditional diagnostics with modern medicine. Ask anyone who’s been here and they’ll tell you that Viva Mayr is a lifestyle, not just a resort.
Villa Stephanie in Baden-Baden, Germany with its expansive history of healing; Sha Wellness in Alicante, Spain with its exceptional Mediterranean location between the Bay of Altea and the Sierra Helada Park; and Lanserhof Tegernsee, Germany and Lanserhof Lanz, Austria - a leading health resort, are some others you could consider when borders open up.
Indian wellness resorts are not too far behind. The country boasts of several five-star and budget resorts that pride themselves on programmes that offer a mix of Ayurveda, yoga, Naturopathy and other traditional healing methods that have originated in India. Here are a few you must definitely consider for that much-needed rest and relaxation.
ANANDA IN THE HIMALAYAS
Perched on a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate in Northern India, Ananda in the Himalayas is a world-renowned wellness retreat focusing particularly on Ayurvedic practices such as yoga, meditation and the philosophy of Vedanta. The private luxury villas and suites and lavish guestrooms make Ananda a perfect gateway for relaxation, detox, and rejuvenation. The place offers comprehensive programmes including the post-Covid rejuvenation that can be customised according to individual needs. The team at Ananda aims to bring about long-term lifestyle changes with the panchakarma, holistic detox, yogic detox, chronic pain, and stress management programmes. Hydrotherapy facilities at the property include steam, sauna, chill plunge pool, Kneipp hydrotherapy foot bath among others. The retreat is also well-known for offering various experiences hosted by the experts each month. They conduct daily Vedanta talks, golf classes, tours of ancient temples in the neighbourhood, adventure activities like trekking, white water rafting, and wildlife safaris. anandaspa.com
ATMANTAN WELLNESS RESORT
Atmantan Wellness Resort is a spectacular retreat nestled in the hills, overlooking the scenic Mulshi lake in Maharashtra. Spanning across 42 acres of lush green valley, this beautiful 106-key resort is the holistic amalgamation of the atma (soul), mana (mind), and tan (body), and is dedicated to providing guests with a variety of rejuvenating experiences. From master cleanse for cellular detoxification to incorporating the healing energies of traditional Ayurveda, research programmes on guest-centered physical conditions, sessions on improving cardiovascular fitness to lifestyle enhancement, the team ensures their guests attains peace, both mentally and physically. The concept of farm-to-table is highlighted in the dining and is curated with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. This integrated wellness destination is certified by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), a constituent Board of Quality Council of India. atmantan.com
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