India has a long history of gentle wellness traditions based in the ancient medical system of Ayurveda, such as Abhyanga massage, Swedana herbal steam baths and exfoliating Garshana treatments. Translated, Ayurveda is the combination of two Sanskrit words — Ayur, meaning “living or life,” and veda, meaning “knowledge.” Try them for yourself at these luxury destination resorts.
Ananda Spa, in the Himalayas, is located on the 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate in Northern India’s mountainous foothills. Within the 24,000-square-foot spa center, guests choose from more than 80 therapies drawn from Ayurveda and Western spa traditions, and enjoy a meditation class or a session of hatha, Kriya or Gatyatmak yoga.
High on a towering mountainside, Wildflower Hall Spa in Shimla is surrounded by thick, heavenly forestland. Reflecting graceful Colonial-era architecture, this Oberoi Hotels & Resorts property takes spa-going seriously, with treatment spaces scattered around the lush grounds.
Located in Kerala, Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort offers themed integrative getaways including healing, rejuvenation, yoga, weight loss, anti-aging and detox (panchkarma). Choose the healing path, and enjoy daily meditation plus Pranic Healing sessions, Reiki therapy, Kundalini yoga and Pranayama.
The intimately luxurious 47-room LaLit Temple View Khajuraho provides contemporary luxury and indulgent treatments at Rejuve – The Spa. Begin your day with a morning yoga session, and then unwind with your choice of pampering from aromatherapy and herbal treatments to Ayurvedic therapies and color healing.
Boost your wellbeing with holistic therapies at Devi Garh in Udaipur, a former palace now a famed healing destination. Tranquility is key, and guests can unwind in the healing salt air of the Himalayan Cave, or choose from treatment menus that include Devi Blessings Journeys, a yoga menu and a blessings menu.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
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FOR THOSE OF US PASSIONATE about wellness pursuits and who feel most at peace close to the sea, there’s nothing quite like the synergy offered by a floating spa integrated into the setting of a luxurious cruise ship. I’m sailing through the Mediterranean from Rome to Barcelona, discovering along the way that the Crystal Life Spa & Beauty Salon on board the Crystal Serenity provides not only the element of high-end indulgence but also the cruise line’s signature commitment to attention and service.