A Rejuvenating Getaway – The Spa Destinations the Body Needs
Over 560 Billion US Dollars. That’s the moolah globetrotters around the world have spent on wellness tourism. And those are the figures from three years back. Today, these digits have increased in leaps and bounds.
Relaxing, realigning and re-energising are not just words. They are well-earned and well-deserved terms that travellers have become familiar with thanks to spa resorts. They have become a way of living that wanderers are determined to follow not only at home,but also while on the road. So as a hats-off to an industry that accounts for almost 100 billion in the 560 billion and counting, we bring to you six of the top spa destinations from around the world.
- Schloss Elmau, Germany
Set deep in the Bavarian Alps, this century-old retreat is known for the ‘deafening sound of silence’. A family-owned property, it is one of the few spas in the world that offer a smorgasbord of activities. From the adults-only spa to oriental hammams to traditional Chinese medicinal spa and yoga retreats, the German resort wants the visitor to dwell in every possible spa experience.
- Ananda, India
When the likes of Oprah, Melinda Gates, Uma Thurman and Prince of Wales choose to detox at a spa, then you can be sure of it being not only an authentic experience but a coveted one too. Ananda is a palace converted into a resplendent and plush retreat set amidst tranquil Himalayan environs, about 18 kms from the birthplace of yoga, Rishikesh. Ayurveda is the theme of this luxurious sanctuary.
- Rancho La Puerta, Mexico
Owned by Deborah Szekely, the 78-year-old retreat is located at the foot of Mt Kuchumaa in Tecate, Baja California. One of the best and the oldest spas in the continent of North America, it is often ranked highest in the list of places meant to unwind. The resort focuses on classic techniques like aromatherapy massages to make the body cleaner, healthier and invigorated. The spa in the hills is what its repeat visitors describe as‘grounding yet magical’.
- COMO Shambhala Estate, Indonesia
There are few places in the world that can be one with nature and still be sprawling with every luxury and comfort known to man. The Shambala Estate in Ubud, Bali is just so. Known as a genuine ‘Retreat for Change’ the resort has expert dieticians, doctors and yoga teachers as residents. The tropical and breezy retreat has intuitive and empowering programs for families and adults only. When you want something transformative yet rooted in earth, this is where you should be.
- Oberoi Sukhvilas, India
An oasis of opulence, the Oberoi Sukhvilas located in Chandigarh, India, is one of the few spas that focus heavily on detoxification. The resort has cultivated a flawless amalgamation of treatments that include Ayurveda, Eastern and Western techniques. The retreat, which is surrounded by the lush forests of Siswan, believes in Forest bathing, a therapy that originated in Japan. The guests are encouraged to lead a lifestyle that is much in tune with the very cadence of nature.
- Amangiri, United States
A hideaway in the majestic canyons of Utah, Amangiri is an enclave that immerses the traveller in dramatic and sweeping desert views. The spa pampers while you are surrounded by the imposing architecture of nature itself. More than an ordinary resort, the remote and almost secret location is perfect for recharging through the yoga and hiking sessions that they offer. But, the reason why this spa resort is worth experiencing is the inimitable Navajo-inspired therapies.
We at Indiana Travels know that bacchanalian vacation travellers look forward to an invigorating vacation every once in a while. We know that wanderers wish to accomplish something diverse from their travels. Instead of a spa that just works on the outer body, we help you reach destinations that transform you from within.
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