Inhale the incense, absorb the fragrant herbal oil and embrace the exotic treatments and therapies — for in India, world-class pampering takes on a blissful new level. Whether immersing yourself in ancient Ayurvedic treatments, seeking solace in a tranquil lakeside palace or finding inner peace in sacred Rishikesh, there is plenty to discover to soothe your mind, body and spirit. From embracing Ayurvedic medicine — one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, developed in India more than 3,000 years ago — to more contemporary approaches to health, wellness, diet and beauty treatments, there is plenty to explore and an abundance of natural herbal ingredients to detox, heal and rejuvenate. India is a luxury spa destination guaranteed to induce blissful relaxation.
With its intoxicating blend of mesmerising culture, diverse landscapes, vibrant colours and a myriad of flavours, India is an exotic attraction filled with contradictions. The crowded streets and frenetic modern cities are beautifully counterbalanced by the serene lakes, historic palaces and vast national parks filled with elusive animals that grace this diverse land. From the sumptuous city spa treatments of The Leela Palace New Delhi, to the blissful backwaters of Kerala in the south or the invigorating Himalayan foothills in the far north, there is a sanctum worth seeking and perfect place to find you inner beauty. Spa, yoga and meditation often go hand-in-hand in India and guests are encouraged to experience more than a simple massage. Whether it is a pampered ending to a tiring tour or simply an indulgent hotel treat, every visitor should experience a relaxing spa treatment in India.
Our Top Six Luxury Spa Holidays in India
Ananda In The Himalayas
Starting from the top, travel north for a dedicated approach to spiritual health and wellbeing at the lofty Ananda in the Himalayas. Nestled in the stunning Himalayan foothills, this 25,000 ft² destination spa is located close to the holy city of Rishikesh and the sacred Ganges River. Providing stunning views and cool tranquillity, this is arguably the best luxury spa experience in India. With a host of world-class wellness experts incorporating the principles of Ayurveda and creating custom-made programmes — alongside nutritionists, physicians and fitness experts — this multi-award-winning spa offers a grand escape from the stresses of modern life, in a remote and regal setting.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Tis splendid palace — located in the middle of Lake Pichola, in Rajasthan — is a shimmering vision of white marble and promises a beautifully serene stay. Guests will board the Jiva Boat, complete with circular bath on deck, before indulging in a signature spa experience whilst floating peacefully across the lake. Here, Indian head massages and therapies combine with wonderful aromatherapy treatments and body scrubs, to create a heavenly lake escape and the best luxury spa afloat.
Still within Rajasthan, yet providing a modern-day, Mughal-inspired palace, this opulent interpretation of Maharajah life is perfect for restoring the soul. Boasting an enticing Aman Spa, offering a complete wellness experience, guests can indulge with yoga, qi gong, meditation and reiki, alongside sumptuous pampering. Personalised programmes provide spa aficionados with immersion programmes lasting from 4 to 21 days and incorporate Ayurvedic, Rejuvenate and Purify courses. When not enjoying treatments, guests can simply stroll to nearby forts and temples to experience the beauty and culture of rural India.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas
As one of India’s finest wildlife destinations, this Ranthambore retreat is a leading jungle resort with twenty-five luxury tents. Not simply a glamorous base from which to explore Ranthambore National Park and the famous tiger reserve, guests can relax in style at the comprehensive Oberoi Spa. Stroll beyond the fountained courtyard to discover steam rooms, plus private therapy suites, and indulge with stimulating Indian Spice or Orange Wraps, massages, aromatherapy treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures — all guaranteed to relieve stress and promote deep relaxation.
Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa, Goa
This impressive world-class resort, built in the style of a traditional Indo-Portuguese village, boasts the most extensive spa in Goa. The 36,000ft², award-winning, Sereno Spa is a complete health and wellness destination, offering holistic treatments and unique therapies inspired by Ayurvedic and yogic traditions. In perfect harmony with the unblemished shores of Arossim Beach and complementing the lush green setting, guests are destined to leave the spa feeling refreshed and serene.
The Leela Kovalam, Kerala
This scenic southern gem is Kerala’s largest beachside resort and its sumptuous Divya Spa is an Ayurveda wellness haven specialising in sublime signature massages. The lush surroundings are matched by memorable massages such as ‘Indian Magic’ and the ‘Jet Lag Reviver’ and guests will relish the hot stone therapy for synergy between body and mind. A stay here, is designed to relieve stress and massage away any tension.
India certainly hits the spot when it comes to luxury spa holidays and whichever divinely decadent spa or luxury spa treatment you choose, pampered guests are bound to leave India feeling enriched and blissfully relaxed.
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