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Wellness beyond the city limits

Faraway from the crowded cities, a short vacation to these health retreats will leave you rejuvenated and energised.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2011 01:38 IST

Himalayan retreat
A luxury spa resort, Ananda, is located at the foothills of the Himalayas. The health retreat offers therapeutic treatments based on traditional Indian practices of Ayurveda, yoga and meditation, well-supported with contemporary European and Thai spa treatments. You can also choose amongst outdoor activities like trekking, or white-water rafting and kayaking or head straight to the fitness centre for a rigorous work-out session.

How to get there:
The nearest airport is Dehradun Jolly Grant airport form where it is a one hour drive to Ananda. Haridwar is the nearest rail point, plus a one hour drive to the resort. By road it is a five hour drive from New Delhi to Narendra Nagar.
Price : A two nights package costs Rs 28,000/single room and get a complimentary third night.
For Reservations:Visit www.anandaspa.com

Nature at its best:
The 35 acre eco-friendly theme hotel, The Dune eco village resort & spa, Pondicherry is designed as a long stay destination with a 700m long sea front. Located on the Coramandel coast of Tamil Nadu, it has a 8,500 sq.meter spa including 14 treatments rooms, a Yoga hall, an Ayurvedic pharmacy, a medicinal laboratory, an Aromatherapy steam house, a heated chlorine-free swimming pool, a Multi-gym, a Spa shop and a Beauty treatment centre. Apart from lifestyle management treatments with ayurveda, spa therapies and magical water treatments, they specialise in removing fears or addictions whether emotional, physical, mental or spiritual.

How to get there:
The nearest International Airport is Chennai, around two to two and a half hours away from the resort. Chennai and Bangalore are both well connected to Villupuram Station, it will take you around 1 hour to reach The Dune.
Price: For two nights, it will cost Rs 11,000 plus taxes
For Reservations: Visit www.thedunehotels.com

For holistic health
Soukya, Dr. Mathai’s International Holistic Health Centre is known for The Duchess of Cornwall, Camila’s choice for stay in Bangalore. They offer Ayurvedic Panchkarma treatment, homeopathic treatment, naturopathy, extensive yoga sessions, holistic wellness programmes, medical treatments for all kinds of ailments.

How to get there:
It is 50 km from the International Airport and 21 km from the Bangalore City Centre. So reach Bangalore by air or train and drive, or hire a cab, to reach the health retreat
Price:A double occupancy for two nights and three days will cost R26,900.
For Reservations: Call 91 80 2801 7000 - 08, 91 98453 74400 or visit their website, www.soukya.com

Goan beach luxury:
Located in South Goa, at the Majorda Beach, relaxation reigns at Alila Diwa Goa amid the lush and verdant rice plantations. The spa is housed in this luxury hotel and offers many wellness and spa therapies. It offers treatments blending ancient Asian healing techniques with age-old beauty recipes featuring the curative benefits of fresh, natural, quality ingredients. The resort’s new Diwa has a new lap pool with an open air Jacuzzi and hot tub for those who prefer luxe wellness retreats.

How to get there: The Goa Dabolim International Airport is 20 minutes away from the resort. Or its best to reach Mumbai through your preferred travel mode, either by air or by train and rent a cab to drive to Goa.
Price: Rs13,357 (including taxes) for a two night package.
For reservations: Visit www.alilahotels.com or call-91 832 274 6800

Floating spa experience
For a unique wellness experience, The Jiva Spa boat at Taj Lake Palace Udaipur is difficult to miss out. The boat cruises on the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola while you relax during your therapeutic spa treatments. You can choose amongst the Jiva Spa within the hotel or the boat.

How to get there
Reach Dabok Airport and hire a cab to the resort. By road its a twelve-hour drive from New Delhi and a 19-hour journey to Udaipur, by train.
Price: Rs 31,000 for two nights.
For reservations: Visit www.tajhotel.com

Compiled by Priyanka Monga