Experiences :: Spa & Wellness
India has emerged as a leading spa destination, offering holistic therapies from the arts of ancient Ayurveda to the latest facial. Leading hoteliers like Taj and Oberoi have dedicated huge resources to creating unique and authentic Indian spa experiences to rival the best anywhere. Let the healing touch of India’s renowned therapists soothe all cares away.
The holistic approach to wellness has always been part of Indian culture. One of the most popular ways of keeping healthy and enjoying a positive lifestyle is through Ayurveda, whose origins can be traced back 5,000 years through ancient Vedic texts.
Ayurveda has taken the stressed West by storm, with fans as diverse as Prince Charles and Madonna praising its benefits. By working with your body’s individual constitution or ‘dosha’, Ayurvedic practitioners can help you achieve long term health benefits through stress reduction, detoxing, building the immune system and an overall feeling of wellbeing. Even serious conditions like arthritis, migraines, insomnia and digestive disorders can be successfully treated. Spa tourism to India has been steadily increasing thanks to the increased awareness of Ayurveda.
The southern state of Kerala is renowned for its Ayurvedic heritage and one of the best places to enjoy a spa retreat, thanks to its combination of unspoilt palm-fringed beaches, lyrical waterways known as ‘backwaters’, cool hilltop spice plantations and rich cultural heritage. Across India however there are hotel and destination spas which offer traditional Ayurvedic treatments. Sri Lanka is also a popular destination for Ayurveda.
Yoga is another Indian export that has become popular worldwide, with many visitors looking for the chance to experience the benefits of yoga, whether as part of a hotel stay, or on a specific yoga holiday.
Wherever you go to relax, revive, rethink or retreat, whether it’s a yoga escape in the Himalayas, a sybaritic spa in a royal palace, or an Ayurvedic detox in the green lushness of Kerala during the Monsoon season, you’ll find India is all about nurturing the mind, body and soul.