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Health and Wellness Travel in India Part II

Spas at luxury hotels in India

wellness travel indiaMore and more people the world over are travelling for health and wellness nowadays. If it is five star luxury that you want, many of the leading luxury hotel brands here in India have attached spas that offer a spectrum of authentic and traditional Indian wellness treatments and experiences in a stylish and soothing ambience. The treatments include a choice of Indian, royal and holistic experiences, applications and ceremonies specially designed to maintain physical, mental and spiritual equilibrium. The spas at such hotels are generally equipped with single and double treatment suites, beauty treatment rooms, meditation and yoga pavilions, relaxation pools and fully-equipped gyms. Highly trained and dedicated spa therapists offer treatments with unique products made from pure Indian herbs, Indian aromatherapy oils, natural creams and special ingredients.

The hotels of the Oberoi (whose spas are affiliated to the Banyan Tree Spas) and the Taj Groups in different parts of the country, and the Park Hyatt in Goa are a few of the many five star hotels across India that provide a comprehensive menu of spa therapies, some of them offering the complete range of Ayurvedic treatments – from Shiro Dharas to Marma Abhyangas and detoxifying Panchkarma. Yoga Asanas and Pranayam under the guidance of expert Yoga masters also form an integral part of the wellness program. So those interested in spa travel will not be disappointed if they pick India as a wellness destination.

Massages and other treatments in India

The other treatments complementing Ayurveda include touch therapies like Yoga massage, Crystal Healing, Blissful Aroma massage, Marma Energy Zone Massage, skin refining treatments, replenishing body wraps, holistic facial therapies and marine facial therapies. The fusion of the ancient and the modern systems of spa therapeutics seek to concentrate on the body’s natural healing power to bring about a positive change in physical health, emotional balance and spiritual enlightenment.

Some of the five star wellness spas pamper you with royal treatment like for example, the Oberoi Group’s Amarvilas at Agra, offers a royal three hour experience which has an almond cleansing scrub, honey citrus wrap, Balinese massage and an old-fashioned lavender milk bath. The Neemrana Fort-Palace, an ancient 25 acre property, barely an hour’s drive away from Delhi has a Sansha Spa that focuses primarily on holistic ayurvedic treatments. The spa offers techniques from across Asia, and uses minerals from the Dead Sea. All this with yoga and meditation classes too for those so inclined. Incidentally, the Sereno Spa at the Park Hyatt in Goa was not only voted as the “Number One Spa in the World” with 98.18 % votes but also earned kudos for being the “Best Spa in Asia and Indian Subcontinent.” in 2006.

More affordable spa options in India

If you are looking at non five star facilities, but want the real McCoy, check out the other retreats such as the Ayurvedic Natural Health Centre in Goa with generations of trained ayurvedic practitioners versed in the five classic panchkarma treatments. These include vamana (emetics), virecana (laxatives), basti (a medicated enema), nasya (nasal cleansing), and rakta mokshana (blood letting). In Bangalore, check the Angsana Bangalore (managed by Singapore-based Banyan Tree) which offers a variety of holistic, therapeutic and customised spa programmes. But for the authentic Ayurvedic massage, go to Somatheeram near Kovalam, which is a dedicated ayurveda resort with a large stand-alone Ayurveda Centre with skilled and trained practitioners of the science. It couldn’t get more authentic than this.

So what are you waiting for? India has a number of world class health spa resorts where you can refresh your mind and body and go back home feeling rejuvenated and more energetic than before.

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