From anti-ageing to weight-loss programmes, these 10 resorts from around the world offer the most comprehensive wellness retreats in the most spectacular settings. By Parvati Mohanakrishnan

ANTI AGEING: NEURO- MUSCULO-SKELETON STRENGTH CARE

1. CARNOUSTIE AYURVEDA & WELLNESS RESORT, KERALA, INDIA

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On the shores of the Arabian Sea in ‘God’s Own Country’ is this wellness resort that serves up a path to wellness via authentic Ayurveda, naturopathy, marma, pranic healing and yoga. The property offers accommodation in pool villas that are scattered over 25 acres of landscaped gardens. A variety of wellness programmes is on offer, including a range of area-specific anti-ageing retreats. The Neuro-musculo-skeleton Strength Care programme uses a combination of Ayurveda, naturopathy, and marma to build strength and improve mobility. It includes sessions of abhyangam, kizhi, mud wraps and deep-tissue therapy, as well as daily sessions of yoga and meditation, and a customised Ayurvedic diet. (carnoustieresorts.com)

De-Stress

2. BUSHMANS KLOOF WILDERNESS RESERVE & WELLNESS RETREAT, SOUTH AFRICA

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The legacy of the nomadic bushmen of the Cederberg Mountains is celebrated at Bushmans Kloof. An ecological oasis, the wellness resort is filled with abundant natural healing energy. The Spa here taps into the beauty of its surroundings and offers a variety of treatments that aim to rejuvenate, beautify, and balance. The treatments use a beautiful conglomeration of ancient wisdom and modern techniques to give you a feeling of holistic well-being. The three-day De-Stress programme is a combination of relaxing massages and efforts to reconnect you with nature. It starts with a session in the crystal steam room followed by a Deep Tissue Muscle Massage. The second day sees you taking a walk in the reserve, soaking in the healing energies it’s steeped in. Then you experience a Herbal Heated Stone Massage and a Facial. A Sole of the Earth Pedicure brings the programme to a close. (bushmanskloof.co.za)

BETTER SLEEP

3. CLINIQUE LA PRAIRIE, SWITZERLAND

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Overlooking Lake Geneva and with the Swiss Alps offering a stunning backdrop, Clinique La Prairie offers peace and serenity. The medical spa is central to the property and is highly acclaimed for its design as well as the services it provides. It is an elegant and sophisticated space of tranquillity and relaxation with beautiful gardens and the lake for company. Done up in whites and beiges with splashes of green and blue, it has large open spaces and windows that allow unhindered views of the stunning surroundings. The medical spa recognises the need for improved sleep patterns, and is of the belief that “the perfect night of sleep starts with the perfect day.” The Better Sleep programme begins with an assessment of your sleep pattern with the help of neurology, ENT, pulmonology, psychology, and night recordings. Your eating, excercise, and stress patterns become a vital part of the evaluation. Thereafter, a variety of therapeutic treatments, fitness coaching, and diet consultations are prescribed to stabilise your sleep cycle. (laprairie.ch)

FAIRMONT FIT

4. FAIRMONT MALDIVES SIRRU FEN FUSHI, MALDIVES

Wellness Retreat Resorts

Turquoise waters and white-sand beaches provide the setting for this exquisitely luxurious all-villa property. As if the stunning views and surroundings weren’t enough medicine for the soul, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi offers a range of rejuvenating treatments and therapies steeped in island culture at its Willow Stream Spa. Spread over 2,000 square feet, the spa gives you the opportunity to reclaim your inherent sense of calm through its indoor and outdoor spaces. The Fairmont Fit programme encourages you to be active and stay fit during your holiday with a combination of massages, private yoga sessions, tennis lessons, and wellness activities. Fairmont Fit apparel is delivered to you when you arrive for the four-day programme. You stay in either a Luxury Tented Villa or a Beach Sunrise Villa, and can choose to indulge in a five-hour-long spa experience at one of the Luxury Tented Spa Villas. (fairmont.com)

RESTORATIVE PHYSIOTHERAPY

5. ATMANTAN WELLNESS RESORT, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

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The Atmantan philosophy is that wellness is omnipotent. Offering a holistic take on wellness, this retreat has a lot going for it besides its gorgeous setting overlooking Mulshi Lake. With luxurious rooms and villas that open out to splendid views, the retreat is centred around uplifting the mind, body and soul. Spa cuisine is an integral part of the Atmantan experience, so all the restaurants here serve healthy, delicious, organic fare with locally grown, unprocessed produce sourced from the resort’s organic farms. Designed to restore physical health and improve functioning, the Restorative Physiotherapy programme starts with a detailed diagnosis and uses manual therapy and mobilisations, electrical stimulations, ultrasound therapy, and hydrotherapy. The package includes body composition and posture assessment, as well as unlimited access to water therapy suites and the indoor heated pool. (atmantan.com)

ANANDA RENEW

6. ANANDA IN THE HIMALAYAS, UTTARAKHAND, INDIA

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Housed in the former residence of the maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, Ananda in the Himalayas aims to bring about a change in modern-day lifestyles to include the traditional Indian regimens of Ayurveda, yoga, and Vedanta. The philosophy is to create a space in which an individual can retreat to seek harmony and balance, and become one with the surroundings. The 24,000-square-feet Ananda Spa offers over 80 treatments in 24 treatment rooms. An effective and non-invasive way in which to unlock youthful beauty, Ananda Renew combines yoga with ancient beauty rituals and modern anti- ageing techniques, and a nuritious diet to revitalise body and mind. The programme starts with a jasmine salt scrub, followed by the application of sunflower and wheat germ oil, and essential oils. Then, Ayurvedic treatments, customised yoga sessions, and a variety of energy flow improvement massages are used to detoxify, improve immunity and blood circulation, and increase flexibility. (ananda.com)

Turtle Spa First Experience Package

7. SCHLOSS ELMAU, GERMANY

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Set in the Bavarian Alps, this ‘Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Centre’ offers an unmatched wellness experience. With six adult and family spas that propagate a variety of wellness philosophies ranging from yoga to Chinese medicine, the retreat has everything you need to enrich your body, mind, and soul. The Turtle Spa First Experience Package introduces you to the Turtle Spa concept. Treatments offered here combine traditional Chinese medicine with sports science, herbal medicine, nutrition, and aromatherapy. A thorough medical examination forms the basis for the treatment, which uses acupuncture, cupping, Japanese meridian therapy, and auricular acupuncture to heal and renew. The five-day programme also includes an introduction to Taijiquan and Qi Gong, both traditional meditation techniques. (schloss-elmau.de)

EMBRACING CHANGE

8. KAMALAYA WELLNESS SANCTUARY & HOLISTIC SPA, THAILAND

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Located on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Kamalaya offers a synergetic wellness experience that combines its exquisite natural setting, healthy cuisine, and result- oriented wellness programmes. With a focus on exploring your emotional disposition, Embracing Change is perfect for anyone seeking support through life changing experiences, emotionally driven eating habits, break-ups, work-related stress, and grief. The five to seven-day programme includes wellness consultations, a Body Bio-impedance Analysis, a Traditional Asian Foot Massage with Herbal Foot Soak, a Vital Essence Oil Massage, an Embracing Change Session, and a Traditional Chinese Medicine session. (kamalaya.com)

AYURVEDA SUMMER RETREAT

9. GRAND HYATT GOA, INDIA

Wellness Retreat Resorts

Spread over 28 acres of tropical gardens, Grand Hyatt Goa has all the trappings of a luxuriously rejuvenating escape. Set on Bambolim Bay, the resort has panoramic views of the Arabian Sea, offers accommodation in 313 rooms and suites, and is home to several dining options, a fitness centre and Shamana Spa. The ethos of the 35,000-square-feet spa is to bring about a state of equilibrium between your wellbeing and lifestyle with the help of a combination of modern and ancient wellness philosophies, so that you look and feel great. To this end, the comprehensive spa menu offers a range of rejuvenating treatments and programmes. With an aim to treat psychosomatic disoders, hypertention, and insomnia, the Ayurveda Summer Retreat starts with a Patrapotala Swedam that relieves muscular stiffness and pain. This is followed by a Takra Siro Dhara with buttermilk and herbs that calms the mind. (hyatt.com)

MIND SOUL AND BODY

10. THE LALIT MANGAR, HARYANA, INDIA

Wellness Retreat Resorts

Surrounded by the picturesque Aravallis and nestled in Mangar Bani Valley, The LaLiT Mangar is an immaculate wellness gateway. The five-star property is built on a rugged piece of land, and blends in seamlessly with its surroundings. The resort boasts a unique earth-rammed architecture in which raw materials such as earth, chalk, and gravel are used to create thick walls that stay cool in summer and warm in winter. At the heart of the property is Time Reversal Spa. A perfect blend of traditional and modern medicine, the therapies offered here are truly time reversing, and will refresh you. Mind Soul and Body focusses on providing relief from daily stress. It offers you the opportunity to let go and immerse yourself in wellness-enhancing activities such as yoga, cycling, healthy organic meals, rejuvenating massages, pottery classes, cultural experiences at the neighbouring village, folk music performances, and stargazing. (thelalit.com)

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