We bring you our top five picks of the most luxurious and relaxing spas in and around India

How to kick back, relax and prepare for the festive season ahead? Well, many would suggest a quick getaway to the mountains or an extended weekend in a luxurious European Villa, but we suggest something much simpler indulge your senses at a spa. Go a little overboard this time and make a vacation out of it! Plan a trip to one of these luxury spas in Asia before the hectic months ahead 


Ananda-In the Himalayas, India

Located in Uttarakhand, the expansive spa resort is spread across 25000 sq. ft. with 24 treatment rooms, an outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool, and hydrotherapy facilities. It features more than 80 body and beauty experiences designed to meet individual needs and offers personal consultation on nutrition and fitness. Ananda integrates traditional Ayurveda, yoga, and Vedanta with international wellness practices for a holistic approach to well-being 


Chiva-Som International Health Resorts | Thailand

A legendary spa retreat in Hua Hin, Thailand, the resort focuses on detoxifying and purifying one’s life. Mobile phones and laptops are banned beyond the confines of the bedrooms. The place has every treatment you can think of, from acupuncture and chakra balancing to vacuum-cupping massages and jowl-tightening. Food is simple, fresh and healthy, served at the terrace restaurant with the vast shore as a backdrop 


One & Only Reethi Rah | Maldives | A private island retreat with six kilometers of the beach will give you the much needed time away from the rest of the world. They have a list of facials and body rituals ranging from exfoliation and masks to gentle full-body pummelling. They provide exquisite treatment villas complete with vitality pools, crystal steam rooms, sauna and healing waters of a Watsu pool.


Shreyas Retreat | India

An ashram in Bangalore that provides rest and rejuvenation through the practice of traditional yoga. During your stay there, you can help cook vegetables from their organic garden and serve lunch to children at the local orphanage. Naturopathic doctors prescribe a personal programme of mind and body treatments for each guest, which run alongside the daily yoga schedule 


Fivelements | Bali

Award-winning local architect Ketut Arthana has constructed this spiritual retreat entirely out of bamboo to resemble a traditional Balinese village. Fivelements embraces holistic Balinese therapies administered by traditional healers using ancient wisdom. Accommodation is rustic yet luxurious with eco bedrooms which include an open-air bathroom.

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