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Luxury spa retreats in India for a wellness break

Schenelle Dsouza
Sometimes, a good spa retreat is what one needs to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. While there are plenty of luxury spas in the city, spa resorts are an ideal choice for anyone looking for some “quality me-time”. Aside from being a perfect break from the monotonous life in the city, spa resorts also create a tranquil space to help you rejuvenate while you unwind.
Ananda Spa
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Set in serene, nature bound locations, spa resorts provide a more relaxing ambience to help you reconnect with yourself. Offering luxurious treatments and exotic packages, these spas deliver weekend or even week-long therapies based on your own personal needs. So, whether you’re looking to de-stress your body or get a full-fledged indulgent session, these resort spas have got you covered.
From the most luxurious spa resorts in the country, we have picked our favourites here. Continue reading to find your next spa vacation!
1. Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Ananada in the Himalayas
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Located in a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda in the Himalayas is an award-winning luxury spa resort that blends ancient Ayurveda practices with contemporary Western approaches for a wholesome spiritual experience. The Ananda Spa, spread across 25000 sq. ft., comprises 24 different treatment rooms that offer personalised treatments curated by only the best experts and therapists. Most of these include Ayurveda therapies, international treatments and reiki healing.
2. Atmantan Luxury Wellness Resort, Maharashtra
Atmantan Luxury Wellness Resort, Maharashtra
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Located amidst the ancient Sahyadri mountain ranges, Atmantan is a luxury wellness resort in Mulshi that emphasizes holistic practices for a complete transformation of the Atma {soul}, mana {mind} and tann {body}. Best known for its wellness and yoga retreats, Atmantan is also celebrated for its holistic spa treatments. Their Atmantan Spa Life package offers treatments including deep tissue massages, cocooning wraps, purifying body polishes, Hammam and Vichy showers along with a wide selection of facial treatments. Their most popular treatments, however, are their Purely Atmantan Signature Therapy, Oriental Cupping, and Pranic Healing packages.
3. Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort, Kerala
Photo Courtesy: Carnoustie Resorts
Situated on the backwaters of Alappuzha, Carnoustie is an award-winning wellness retreat that embraces the belief of Ayurveda and Yoga as a mainstream lifestyle choice. Using this belief as its backbone, Carnoustie presents its guests with authentic and holistic experiences that combine the practices of ancient Ayurveda. Their famed Aryavaidyasala (Ayurveda Spa) is known for its therapeutic treatments like marine pedicure (exfoliation with marine mud and salt), re-balancing back treatment, herbal body scrub, aromaceane treatment, and deep-tissue massages among other profound treatments.
4. Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, Maharashtra
Hilton Shillim
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A spiritual sanctuary nestled in the Sahyadri mountain range, Hilton Shillim has been rated as one of the top luxury retreats in India, featuring one of the most extensive spas in all of Asia. Their award-winning Dharana Spa fuses together South Asian traditions with contemporary techniques to deliver a range of holistic treatments guided by expert therapists. The resort houses 7 spa treatment rooms along with private treatment areas in each villa, offering an extensive menu of over 80 available treatments like acupressure, reiki, pranic healing, and hydrotherapy along with multi-day wellness programs.
5. JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand
JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa
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Famous for its luxury and attention to detail, the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove is a chic 5-star resort nestled at the foot of the Himalayan ranges. Keeping up with the shifting seasons, the hotel’s Cedar Spa consistently introduces refreshing new treatments that are inspired by Uttarakhand’s ancient healing techniques. The season’s special package comprises an array of invigorating body treatments including body scrubs, body wraps and therapy baths. One of their most popular treatments is the ‘Couple Escape’ therapy which offers a 90-minute spa experience to help guests de-stress and reconnect in the best way possible.
6. Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort, Himachal Pradesh
Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort
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Surrounded by the Shivalik Ranges, the Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort is an Ayurvedic health spa in Himachal, built on a height of 5,000 sq. ft. above sea. Described as an oasis of relaxation, Moksha features 13 multi-function therapy & treatment rooms with hydro facilities like a whirlpool, herbal steam bath, and a Vichy rain shower. Along with deep tissue and hot stone massages, the resort also provides Ayurvedic and healing packages like the Moksha DE-Stress Retreat, Asian massage therapies with Swedish and Thai rituals, along with professional treatments including aromatherapy.
7. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
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Stretched over 56 acres of lush greenery, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is a beautiful Mediterranean style resort located on the tropical beach of Benaulim in Goa. Goa being known for its leisurely, laid-back attitude, this extravagant resort focuses on creating a relaxing experience for its guests with its Jiva Spa. Described as a sanctuary of Ayurveda, the spa uses a blend the age-old Indian healing techniques which include a range of indulgent treatments like couples therapy, body scrub and wraps, aromatherapy massages, champis as well as a number of specialised Ayurvedic treatments.
8. The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh
The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort
Photo Courtesy: Oberoi Hotels
Set against a backdrop of an 8,000-acre Siswan Forest Range, The Oberoi Sukhvilas is a luxurious spa resort in the Himalayas surrounded by beautiful gardens and natural landscapes. The spa itself is a sprawling light-filled space designed around the philosophy of Sukh and Upavasa, which translates to finding peace by spending time with oneself. Using Ayurvedic, Eastern & Western therapies, the spa offers treatments like Alqvimia, beauty facials and Hammam scrubs. Their popular Signature Therapy uses warmed bronze Kasa bowls to create rhythmic strokes on the body. The combination of heat and pressure help relax and soothe the body from any deep tensions.
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Schenelle Dsouza


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