As the temperature starts to rise, it’s wise to start thinking about a weekend getaway before it becomes too hot to step out. But if the thought of a vacation only throws up images of nights of binge-drinking, waking up with a hangover and skipping the gym, think again.
That’s because of the rise of wellness retreats and resorts. Earlier, a domain reserved for the ultra-rich and celebrities, the idea of a wellness getaway has acquired mainstream popularity.
An umbrella of resorts that focus on wellness and fitness have cropped up in order to respond to the needs of the highly stressed career individuals or even those who want a detox.
Ahead, are five wellness destinations that are the perfect places to amplify your self-love quotient and get you and your body feeling rejuvenated.
1. Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh.
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Located in the soothing Himalayan foothills, close to Rishikesh, a visit to this wellness resort will have you surrounded by graceful Sal forests and the peaceful Ganga.
It is not just a retreat that will leave you breathless with its enchanting views but will also immensely help in redefining lifestyles to foster the benefits of the well-known traditional Indian wellness regimes of Ayurveda, yoga, and Vedanta. From your meals, massages, to all the fitness activities that you will undertake, everything is customised for you as per your body and nutritional needs.
By road from New Delhi: A six-seven hours drive.
2. Naad Wellness, Sonepat.
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Naad Wellness is one of the leading healing hotels in the world. Their thoughtfully curated treatments are designed to heal and lead you to holistic wellbeing. Rooted in the ancient principles of Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, their therapies and services restore balance to your five senses and help you tune into a sound you.
The best part? Your day will be designed in such a way that you will be sleeping by 8:00 PM and waking up at 6:30 AM to one of the best sunrises of your life and a yoga class that will make you fall in love with the practice. Also, all meals served are vegetarian, so a real detox in every sense awaits you here.
By road from New Delhi: Two hours drive.
3. The Roseate, Ganges.
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A stunning hotel property, The Roseate Ganges houses the Aheli Spa. This wellness spa aims at integrating the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda by combining with international practices and the use of pure, natural products acquired from nature.
Signature services at the Aheli spa in Rishikesh are designed to detox, cleanse, nourish, nurture, heal and rejuvenate. These include body rituals, scrubs, wraps, facials, skin and hair services. The spa has well-appointed spaces designed to offer holistic wellbeing and therapies curated in consultation with experts after an in-depth understanding of a guest’s mental, physical and spiritual state of mind and body.
By road from New Delhi: Five hours.
4. Solitude, Rishikesh.
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Situated on the banks of the Kalsa River in Chanfi, this nature retreat is an organic farm with emerald green rock pools, waterfalls, exciting treks, good food, and warm hospitality.
Just watching the glacial stream gracefully move through the valley is mesmerising and has the power to soothe and relax the most stressed individuals. Savour homemade meals and live in Himalayan wooden rooms all the while dressed in white cotton kurtas provided by the hotel itself.
By road from New Delhi: Six hours drive.
5. Kairali Ayurvedic Treatment Centre, Delhi-NCR.
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Why this treatment center made it to our list is because they stand out in their pricing: Supremely budget-friendly but extremely effective. They specialise in pain management and their royal makeover packages consisting of Abhyanga, Shirodhara, and Netra Dhara are hot sellers and will have you feeling fabulous.
Drive from Delhi: 45 minutes.