Ayurveda is an ancient healing modality that dates back more than 5,000 years. The traditional medicine practice hails from the Indian subcontinent, but today it is widely practised around the world, renowned for its health benefits and ability to promote wellbeing to aid both body and mind. These are some of the world’s best luxury Ayurvedic resorts and retreats…
Ananda in the Himalayas
High in the Himalayan landscape, Ananda’s Ayurvedic Rejuvenation retreat uses the ancient healing modality to tailor guests’ wellness programmes. After wellness, fitness and Ayurveda consultations upon arrival, guests take part in scheduled daily wellness activities (including yoga, meditation and cooking classes), with the option to use the resort’s steam room and sauna at their leisure, too. The price is inclusive of accommodation and nourishing spa cuisine. Retreats last between seven, 14 and 21 nights.
Prices start from $895, anandaspa.com
Just 21-kilometres from the bustling tech-hub of Bangalore in India lies Soukya—an idyllic wellness sanctuary that offers its guests treatments based on healing ancient philosophies. The Swaad Ayurvedic Special retreat runs for seven days and offers guests the chance to experience 21 treatments in just one week. Days begin watching the sunrise with nothing but chirping birds on the horizon, while an on-site Ayurvedic garden makes for the perfect place to while away an afternoon.
Prices start from $230 per day, soukya.com
Shreyas Retreat and Ashram in Bangalore, India, offers an Ayurveda Rejuvenation programme to guests looking to heal from within. For either five, seven or 13 nights, retreats are inclusive of a welcome consultation, which helps establish the personalised Ayurveda programme to follow. Prescribed treatments include massages, yoga, meditation, cooking classes and more, as well as learning how to integrate yoga into daily life. If that’s what the doctor ordered, far be it from us to argue!
This Ayurveda and Wellness resort is situated in Ayurveda heartland—Kerala, in southern India. For its seven, 14 and 21-night stays, Carnoustie offers guests accommodation in a luxury villa, a daily Ayurvedic treatment, range of therapies, body wraps and prescribed Ayurveda medicine throughout their stay. With yoga and meditation sessions conducted daily, you’d be hard-pressed to leave feeling anything but refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to face the year ahead.
Prices start from $2,755, carnoustieresorts.com
Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village
The saying ‘it takes a village’ takes on a whole new meaning here – the Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village serves as a base for those looking to benefit from the healing properties of this ancient modality. Retreats run for between three and 28 days in length, with guests based in private luxurious villas. Stays here are inclusive of accommodation, vegetarian cuisine throughout your retreat, a daily Ayurveda-based therapy, group yoga sessions, weekly yoga and Ayurveda lectures, cooking classes, nature walks, and life evaluations.
Situated in Uttarkhand in the Himalayan foothills, the Vana wellness retreat is just an hour’s drive from the airport in Dehradun, though you’ll feel a million miles away in this tranquil setting. Vana translates to ‘forest’ – and when you’ve seen the resort’s surroundings, you’ll see why the name is so fitting. For a minimum of seven nights, retreats here are inclusive of Ayurveda treatments and one-to-one consultations daily, nutritional meals, and a plethora of retreat activities, including wellness, food and cultural based excursions.
Prices start from $437 per night, vana.co.in
SwaSwara occupies a spacious plot of land near Om Beach in Karnataka, India. Its seven-night Ayurveda Rejuvenation programme includes daily consultations with an Ayurvedic doctor, daily yoga and twice-daily guided meditation sessions. Leisure time is filled with group art and pottery classes, temple excursions and a boat cruise tour, while guests are nourished on healthy cuisine throughout their stay with a prescriptive vegetarian menu according to their Dosha.