Treat yourself to a luxurious spa break– choose from our selection of the top 10 spa destinations and resorts in India. Breathe fresh air, experience the joy of living with nature, get pampered by the best spa specialists and then return to everyday life, refreshed and rejuvenated!
A combination of destination spas and hotel spas, this list includes our most beloved places to escape from reality. Wherever you choose to travel, our suggestions will surely allow you to find a relaxing paradise filled with mineral baths, saunas, mud masks and massage.
Park Hyatt Resort and Spa, Goa
Set on acres of lush coconut grove gardens and a series of lagoons, Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa boasts of an idyllic beachfront location. Nestled along the pristine Arossim Beach, this luxurious resort in Goa combines elegance with a distinctive regional character. The hotel offers a total of 250 pousada-style guestrooms and suites which are inspired from the Indo-Portuguese style.
About the Spa:
Sereno Spa, spread over 3,340 sq m in Park Hyatt Resort and Spa offers holistic massage treatments and a blend of unique therapies inspired by Ayurvedic and Yogic traditions, designed to restore, refresh and revitalize. The spa offers personalized body and facial treatments with spa packages and fitness programs to promote wellness, detoxification and serenity. The Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, has won a host of accolades including the “Best Destination Spa” at the Conde Nast Traveller India Awards 2011, “Best Ayurvedic Spa (hotel)” at the AsiaSpa India Awards 2011 and the “Best Beach Spa” at the Conde Nast Traveller Asia’s Best Spa’s 2010-2011.
Ananda Spa in the Himalayas, Rishikesh
Ananda-In the Himalayas is located in the foothills of Himalayas, overlooking the sacred Ganges and close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh. Ananda offers 70 deluxe rooms and 5 suites and 3 Villas, each with unparalleled views of the river Ganges, acres of Sal forests, the town of Rishikesh or the Palace. Adhering to the concept of holistic health and well-being is the tempting cuisine at the Restaurant, carefully prepared to rejuvenate, revitalize and renew.
About the Spa:
The 24,000 square foot spa offers an extensive menu of over 79 body and beauty treatments, integrating the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with the more contemporary Western spa approach. The personalized therapy and activities programme are designed to meet individual needs and health goals – de-stress, detoxification & cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-ageing, weight & inch loss, while also offering guidance in the areas of nutrition and exercise. The Ananda Spa was rated by the Conde Nast Traveller as the world’s best Luxury Spa Resort for 3 consecutive years in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
A magnificent representation of a royal fort in the land of the maharajas; the Oberoi Rajvilas Hotel is a superb blend of ancient majesty and contemporary sophistication. Recreating the magnificence of princely Rajasthan, in a beautiful fort setting, with Jaipur as its backdrop; The Oberoi Rajvilas is set in 32 acres of landscaped gardens with pavilions and reflection pools that create the romance & grandeur of Rajasthan. The hotel is a jewel – with premier rooms, sunken marble baths, air-conditioned tents and romantic villas, offering the opportunity to live a life of opulence only enjoyed by the Rajput princes.
About the Spa:
The Oberoi Spa at Rajvilas offers an unmatched array of therapies, rituals & experiences that are inspired by ancient Indian traditions of health and healing. The spa seeks to recreate the pleasure of being treated like royalty. The popular spa therapies offered at the Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur can be classified broadly into body massages, body scrubs, body wraps, traditional Indian treatments, salon treatments, beauty treatments and special spa packages.
DeviGarh Palace, Udaipur
Tucked away in the age-old Aravali hills of Rajasthan, this 18th century DeviGarh Fort Palace in the village of Delwara is one of India’s finest all-suite boutique hotels. The DeviGarh palace was built in the 1760s and after the restoration work, the palace was converted into a heritage hotel in 1960. The hotel offers 23 suites that are beautifully designed and fully equipped with all the modern facilities. Each suite is ornamented with marble and semi-precious stones. The public spaces are designed around different metals. The mingling of the modern design with the age-old heritage, gives a special touch to the palace hotel. DeviGarh has received the highest rating for "Ambience and Design 2006" amongst all hotels in Asia in Conde Nast Traveller's Gold List.
About the Spa:
'Devi Spa by L'Occitane' provides a truly unforgettable experience of pure pampering and relaxation in exquisitely beautiful surroundings. The spa uses holistic therapies and massages which combine the very best of Indian and Mediterranean well-being practices. Guests are encouraged to pluck fresh flowers and herbs they would like mixed with natural L'Occitane products to create recipes prepared a-la minute for their treatments. Complementing the indoor treatment rooms are the outdoor Spa Cabanas which offer a choice of view of the majestic 18th century palace, the enchanting Indian village next door or India's oldest mountain range. Along with the gymnasium, steam, sauna, Jacuzzi, and beauty parlor, the spa is fully equipped for administering complete wellness therapies.
Wildflower Hall, Mashobra
The former residence of the British Commander-in-Chief, Lord Kitchener and later revamped as a luxury mountain resort, the Wildflower Hall is set on 22 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds of Mashobra in Himachal Pradesh. The resort is a serene and relaxed getaway offering an experience of nature on a grand scale. It is situated at 8,350 feet in the magnificent Himalayas, where you can enjoy beautiful views of mountains and valleys from the rooms, restaurants, outdoor Jacuzzi & the heated swimming pool. The hotel has a total of 85 well-appointed suites and guestrooms, each incorporating the grand style of the colonial era.
About the Spa:
Overlooking the majestic Himalayas, the Spa Pavilion of Wildflower Hall volunteers an exotic spa treatments and perfect range of beauty treatments. With tranquil views through lush green cedar and pine forests, the Spa Pavilions offer stressed out guests a peaceful haven to revitalize them both inside and out. The Treatments incorporate the use of Ayurvedic principles of holistic health maintenance, herbal treatments and aromatherapy.
ITC Mughal, Agra
In close proximity to the Taj Mahal is ITC Mughal- A premier resort and spa spread over 35 acres offering a truly royal Mughal experience with its exquisite interiors, impeccable service and extraordinary cuisine. ITC Mughal is the only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture. At present, it has another addition of a brand new accommodation wing - the 'Khwab Mahal' - Palace of Dreams. This luxury hotel comprises of 233 opulent rooms and suites typical to the Mughal architecture. The property remains inspired with the heritage Mughal monuments, namely Fatehapur Sikri and Agra Fort.
About the Spa:
Kaya Kalp - the Royal Spa, recreates the opulence and luxurious lifestyle of the Mughal Dynasty. Spread over a vast expanse of more than ninety-nine thousand square feet, this is the largest spa in India and offers therapy based on ancient customs, to create meaningful experiences for the soul. Eight luxurious treatment suites provide varied experiences of pampered luxury, including a Royal Mughal Hamam – the first luxury Hamam in India, outdoor rain showers in enclosed gardens, a regal beauty salon & water therapy room with steam, whirlpool, and sauna. The 25-metre lap pool, yoga gardens, relaxation areas, orchard walkway, bird trail, butterfly park, conservatory, and islands of palm trees are all elements that come together to create a spa like no other.
The Leela Kovalam Beach Resort is the largest five-star hotel in Kovalam Kerala. The Leela Kovalam Beach, built on a rock-face, is cradled between two wide sweeping beaches and has a panoramic view of the famous Kovalam coastline. Nestled on an outcropping of rock, this mystical resort has 181 rooms and suites on 44 acres, and two stunning infinity pools. Both sea and beach view rooms, bathrooms with open roof and rain head showers are some of the interesting features on offer. Despite clocking in at 182 rooms, the hotel manages to maintain an aura of exclusivity by housing a 58-room boutique within its walls, complete with butler service and two dedicated restaurants. This 5 star deluxe resort, with an array of superlative restaurants and lounges, also specializes in traditional Ayurveda treatment.
About the Spa:
The Divya Spa at Leela meaning divine light is an intimate spa decorated in a contemporary Indian style. It is the perfect haven for relaxation catering to every possible wellness-oriented whim. The Ayurvedic Spa programmes at Divya, range from one to 28 days and are strictly personalized following an in-depth consultation with the Divya spa's resident doctor, who creates tailored programs for the guests.
Vivanta By Taj Bekal, Kerala
Spread over 26 acres of landscaped gardens & backwaters, Vivanta by Taj Bekal comprise 71 gorgeous villas which have been inspired by the shape of traditional Keralan houseboats and reflect Chitra Pothi art on the walls. The resort is located on the meandering Kerala backwaters, in a stimulating, natural environment with beach access. The luxurious rooms inspired by the Kettuvallams, with plunge pools offer a private retreat amidst lush surroundings. Custom-made bronze chandeliers, birdcage lanterns, arched ceiling woven entirely by hand from bamboo, timber tables displaying local sculptures and artifacts provide a visual treat. The sensorial and romantic dining spaces include Latitude the all-day dining facility, Ivory – a majestic dome shaped island bar with an enchanting water garden moat around it, barbecue by the pool side, gazebos for intimate private dinners by the Kappil waters and a whole lot more.
About the Spa:
The indulgent Jiva Grande Spa offers a full range of Jiva signature treatments, special Indian therapies and dedicated Ayurvedic consultations. The design of the spa is in sync with the unique architectural styling of the resort. All the treatment rooms have their own private courtyards against a setting of serene water gardens and lush tropical landscapes. The Jiva Spa has single and couple treatment suites with private soak tubs and outdoor showers as well as a meditation and yoga pavilion. There is also a separate Ayurveda enclave. All products used at Jiva Spa are natural and uniquely developed from Indian herbs, essential oils and special ingredients.
The Windflower Resort & Spa, Pondicherry
Located strategically between the calm backwaters and the shore of Paradise beach, The Windflower Resort & Spa offers a romantic hideaway. Set in 5-acres of manicured lawns, the resort offers a combination of plush villas, suites and studio rooms to suit requirements of every guest - from honeymooners looking for indulgent privacy to families looking for ample space. The comfortable accommodations have sizable bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms that come with tasteful and muted decor, that's warm and inviting. A unique blend of handcrafted, rustic stone and polished hardwood makes every space within the resort memorable. The resort also offers fishing with indigenous country fishing rods and catamaran rides in the backwaters for the more adventurous guests.
About the Spa:
The Emerge spa is spread over 2, 055 sq ft with four treatment rooms and 18 treatments on the offer. You can indulge in Ayurveda, hot stone massages and exotic facials. After relaxing your senses, wander past the Zen inspired lobby and walk to the restaurant where you can tuck into your meal whilst enjoying a breathtaking view of the sea and the lagoon. The spa is also the recipient of the Asia Spa Award for the 'Best New Spa' for 2011.
The Serai, Chikmagalur
The Serai is a luxury oasis set amidst 70 acres of coffee plantation and boasts a built up area spread around 7 acres. The Turkish interpretation of ‘Serai’ is ‘a palace of the Sultan’ whereas the Persian version means a comfortable, accommodative place where intrepid travelers and battle-weary soldiers rested. ‘The Serai’ is the perfect blend of both those definitions! The resort comprises 29 designer villas, each an ode to private luxury. Each residence presents an eclectic combination of classic and contemporary design, global and local architecture and material. Each has a private pool and a gazebo, constructed with “Chapdi” - the stone indigenous to the area. The minimalist architecture & interiors blend effortlessly with the coffee estate. To enhance the feeling of blending totally with the natural environs, most of the materials used for the interiors are indigenous to the plantations, absolutely celebrating the coffee all around.
About the Spa:
The spa called 'Oma' or 'life giver' in Sanskrit is a unique blend of Indian and international treatments. Spa therapies and treatment rituals are tailor made to help one rejuvenate physically and spiritually. Oma also takes pride in signature therapies made from freshly ground coffee from their estates, from body scrubs and facials to body wraps and massages. Therapies are also available for couples as well as children between the ages of 8-16 yrs.
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