When it’s safe to step out of your house and it’s time to trudge back to normalcy, reconnect with yourself at these quiet retreats to ease back into life and find wellness in solitude. By Bayar Jain
The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh
Located 30 minutes from the city centre, The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort radiates harmony from every inch of its 1,115-square-metre space. Embellished with water features and adjoining a natural forest, the resort is designed to ensure a relaxing environment and to promote a sense of well-being through Eastern and Western therapies and Ayurveda. Whether you choose to indulge in their week-long Ayurvedic programme or pursue mindfulness activities like gardening, happiness is bound to seep in. To further enhance the efﬁcacy of your treatment, you can dive into their hydrotherapy pools, aromatic steam rooms, infrared saunas, or heated tepidarium.
The Roseate Ganges Rishikesh
When your destination holds the reputation of being the yoga capital of the world, peace is sure to weave its way into your experience. The Roseate Ganges taps into this tranquillity, taking it a notch higher as a serene retreat boasting impeccable design, architecture, and service. The exquisite property offers 16 well-appointed villas, each opening to a private balcony overlooking the Ganga valley and the forest. Its signature dining options are based on local cuisine. Here, relaxation reaches its epitome at the Aheli Spa. The spa assures you of a detoxed, cleansed, and renewed you. It integrates ancient Ayurvedic wisdom with contemporary international practices and makes use of pure, natural products in all the treatments. The pristine surroundings, the gentle echo of the Ganga flowing nearby, and the chirruping birds add to the serenity, allowing you to emerge rejuvenated, irrespective of the treatment you opt for.
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
Once you are able to avert your gaze from the picturesque seven acres of coniferous forests surrounding you, you’ll notice The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa with 85 keys is a haven of luxury, designed to pamper you in every way. Clad in locally sourced pine and slate in Kashmir’s Gulmarg, THE KHYBER SPA by L’OCCITANE resonates the beauty of its setting. The spa brings to life the changing seasons of Gulmarg with signature treatments that let guests choose from a range of homegrown seasonal flora, which is mixed with natural L’OCCITANE products and fresh Himalayan water for the treatments. Transcending national borders, the sensorial journeys at this property incorporate Swedish, Hawaiian, Balinese, and Shiatsu treatments, among others.
Kumarakom Lake Resort
Home to reconstructed manas, the 16th-century traditional homesteads of Kerala, Kumarakom Lake Resort brings the state’s many wellness offerings under one roof at Ayurmana—the heritage retreat of Ayurvedic healing. Here, the traditionally styled, luxuriously modern villas and suites with aesthetically designed courtyards help you reconnect with yourself. Their Ayurvedic packages and treatments help in making this connection stronger. Whether you’re looking for a week-long Panchakarma treatment, or a three-week-long beauty treatment using only traditional herbal ingredients, you are ensured the desired results.
Alila Diwa Goa
Goa is a consistent favourite among Indians when it comes to vacations, and Alila Diwa Goa is a great abode in the popular coastal destination. Tapping into the sylvan abundance of the state, the Spa Alila provides unique treatments that fuse ancient Asian and Ayurvedic healing techniques, which employ the curative beneﬁts of fresh, natural, and high-quality ingredients like dried fruits, flowers, herbs, and organic essential oils. On your rejuvenation journey here, the sea breeze sweeping through the green fields is sure to relax you, as is the property’s extensive range of pampering, reviving, and relaxing spa therapies. Let the soothing fragrance of aromatic oils and the calming sound of lapping waves take you to your happy place.
Evolve Back Kabini
Offering sweeping panoramic vistas, and bordered by the gushing water of the Kabini River on two sides, Evolve Back Kabini pays homage to the hadis or tribal villages of the area without compromising on its luxury quotient. Each dwelling at the property incorporates the colours and textures of the landscape, paying attention to every detail. From ethnic furniture to patterned tribal furnishings to little touches like bottle-gourd lampshades, you don’t need to venture far to see the parallels between the property and the people—especially in the Ayurvedic centre, Vaidyasala. All the therapies on offer aim to iron out any kinks in your system. From a simple rejuvenation massage to more advanced therapeutic treatments, their doctors and therapists ensure you return from your wellness retreat in better shape, devoid of life’s stresses.