Nestled in the mighty Sahyadris, Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa effortlessly marries nature with wellness to offer an unparalleled escape from the city humdrum. By Shikha Pushpan
Till a few years ago, an apartment with views of the ocean was considered luxury in Mumbai. A couple of years and a few million more people later, spaces offering ‘tree views’ have become the new stars in the business. Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, a three-hour drive from Mumbai, ticks all the right boxes when it comes to satiating the senses of
a city dweller with its sylvan setting: manifold shades of green, crisp air, and an astonishing sense of space. The all-villa eco-wellness retreat is located amidst rice fields with stunning views of the Western Ghats, and the surrounding landscape is dotted with forested ridges, buttes, and open grasslands. Check into one of the villas with a private deck and outdoor shower and enroll yourself into the Dharana Wellness Life Sciences programme ranging from three to 28 days. While the place offers a range of customised programmes, such as Ayurveda Panchakarma, Dharana- Ega: Age Reversal, Dharana-Minbos: The De-Stress Programme, Healing Holiday, Shillim Yogic life, Sustainable Weight Management, and the Shillim Endurance, our favourites are the Art of Detox and Elixir of Shillim Life programmes.
THE MODERN DETOX
Unlike the conventional detox treatments, the Art of Detox therapy at Hilton Shillim uses colon hydrotherapy, infrared detoxifying sauna, and the traditional Chinese therapy of moxibustion for a complete detox. A typical 14-day programme involves ayurveda/naturopathy/ yogic consultations, detoxifying element bio energy therapy, oligo scan toxin analysis, marma and chakra massage, and manual lymphatic drainage therapy, besides recreational activities such as pottery, nature walks, treks, etc.
THE WELLNESS ELIXIR
Short on time? The three- or five-night Elixir of Shillim Life programme makes sure you go back home rejuvenated with a marked shift in your diet and lifestyle habits. Allow a team of experts to customise treatments for you to attain optimal performance of the mind and body. The wellness programme involves herbal supplements, personalised yoga, meditation, and pranayama sessions, iridology analysis, cupping therapy, vanaushadhi scrub, and hot stone massage.
The five restaurants at Hilton Shillim Retreat & Spa are inspired by the five elements of Ayurveda— Fire, Library Lounge; Water, The Green Table; Air, The Tea House; Earth, Terrazo; and Ether, The Mountain Bistro.