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Indiaaaah! Only 8 hours away, the spiritual home of yoga awaits you. Experience our pick of India's finest Ayurvedic spas and wellness resorts, from Kerala in the south to Ananda in the stunning Himalayan foothills.
In our pursuit of India's finest places to chill out and restore your inner balance, we've hand-picked several wonderful spa and wellness resorts.
Ananda: Ananda, which means bliss, is a calming sanctuary to escape to, a 100 acre pampering estate high up in the spectacular foothills of the Himalayas with awe inspiring views down to the Ganges and Rishikesh. Ananda is always rated highly in the Conde Nast Traveller rankings too.
North West India
Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa: a magnificent country retreat spanning 320 acres offering a wealth of both relaxation and activities. With one of the largest spas in Asia, this all-villa destination is just a 2.5 hour drive south east of Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra. Come for the spa, yoga, meditation, hiking, horse riding, fishing and mountain biking. Something for everyone! Perhaps combine your stay here with a night or two in Mumbai at, perhaps, the Four Seasons Mumbai or the Oberoi Mumbai.
Southern Central India
Shreyas: This boutique Relais & Chateaux country resort about an hour from Bangalore (in Karnataka province) provides a blissful combination of authentic yoga with modern luxury. It’s a beautiful, calming oasis – lush gardens set around a vast serene pool with a stunning open yoga shala.
Southern and Coastal India
Surya Samudra: Also in Kerala, this charming 22 suite boutique resort is perched on a cliff overlooking pristine beaches and the Arabian Sea. A wonderful place to unwind and rebalance, with Ayurvedic treatments and yoga.
SwaSwara: Yoga is a way of life here at Om beach in Karnataka. The yoga experts will teach you the basics of yoga and help you recognize the needs of your body and how to respond to them. You will learn the power and synergies of chanting and meditation. Symbolizing the power of human expression and passion.
The Leela Goa: this luxurious beach resort in southern Goa is set amidst 75 acres of lush tropical gardens and is renowned for its excellent service and superb accommodation. The Leela has a lovely spa, daily yoga, and - when you're feeling more active - you can play tennis or golf or workout in the fitness studio. The resort is perfect for both adults and families.
Neeleshwar Hermitage: a delightful eco-beach hotel in Kerala with just 16 individually styled cottages and all with easy access to the beach. Stay here for a relaxing holiday in the suynshine or for the excellent selection of Ayurvedic treatments on offer.
Whichever you choose, we know you'll be in for a treat and genuine spiritual awakening. Talk to our travel experts, and we'll fill you in on all the details. Please call 020 8968 0501 oe send us an email with your requirements.
Weather and seasons
This vast country has three major seasons: winter, summer and monsoon. Winter is from November to March and are bright and pleasant with snow falling in the Northern hills, although the country averages temperatures in the mid to high teens. April to June is India’s summer with temperatures climbing and staying above 30°C. During the monsoon, rain is heavy along the Western coast between June and September, and along the Eastern coast between mid-October and December.
Visas: You will need a valid passport and visa to enter India. Please contact the necessary Consulate or Embassy closest to you to apply for a visa. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival.
Passport and visa must be obtained in advance. You are responsible for determining specific passport and visa requirements in the participant's country of origin and for obtaining the necessary documents prior to departure.
Inoculations: No compulsory Inoculations are required if you are arriving from the United States, Canada or Europe. If you entering from Africa or parts of Latin America, certification of Yellow Fever Inoculation is required.
Although no vaccinations are required to go to India, Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended. Also Anti Malarial Medication,Tetanus Gamma Globulin Viral Meningitis For full advice, contact your doctor or travel clinic.
Malaria is a risk in India, including some urban and many rural areas, depending on elevation.
PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR FOR ADVICE ON ALL MEDICAL MATTERS WELL IN ADVANCE OF TRAVELLING TO INDIA
goa, india 7 nights from £300
Ashiyana Yoga & Spa Village is located on the beautiful and unspoiled Mandrem Beach in the very north of Goa. Set amidst abundant tropical flora and fauna, it has been designed as a deeply nurturing space where you can relax your body, calm your mind, and awaken to your inner peace of being.view
himalayas, india 5 nights from £1,810
Programmes in nutrition, exercise, stress management, anti-ageing and detoxification are available, led by an on-site ayurvedic doctor alongside efficient, unflappable therapists, or you can just come here to relax and dip in and out of treatments which include Thai massage, reiki, body wraps, scrubs and beauty treats inspired by Ancient Indian traditions.view
Holidays at SwaSwara are about offering yourself to a new world. Not an escape from the daily humdrum of life, but an introduction to the constant conversation between our own voices. To the realization that the self is not something that one finds, it is something that one creates.view
maharashtra, india room per night from £155
Contemporary, bright and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame dramatic views of the Arabian Sea or the vibrant Mumbai skyline. Luxurious 5 star hotel with sensational roof top bar, great spa, and easy access to the city's main attractions.view
Kathryn Brierley, Director
We've been creating fabulous healthy holidays since 2003. Let us know where and when you would like to travel, what sort of healthy activities and services you're interested in, and our experts will tailor-make the perfect healthy holiday for you.