Q :I want to go on a health-based holiday this monsoon, and am particularly interested in ayurveda. Please suggest some good wellness retreats both in India and abroad.
JO FOLEY | Spa and wellness expert
“Monsoon is the best time for ayurveda therapies. Head to SwaSwara near Gokarna, Karnataka, a serene resort offering a choice of yoga, pranayama and meditation. Another good place is Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions in Negombo, Sri Lanka, which has 12 cottages and a serious treatment centre. For a completely different location, try the Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof in the Austrian Alps, where you can practise ayurveda in a European setting.”
TARUNA SETH | Vice-president, Pearl International Tours & Travels
To experience ayurveda outside of India, go to Amangalla , in Sri Lanka’s historic Galle Fort. Its Baths spa comes with steam rooms, hydrotherapy pools and massages. For a luxury ayurveda retreat in the middle of the Indian Ocean, book a treatment at Shanti Maurice , Mauritius . Its award-winning Nira Spa combines ayurveda and yoga with the latest international wellness regimes.”
MALA BARUAH | Founder, Mystic Asia
“I’ve recently discovered that the AVN Arogya Ayurvedic Hospital in Madurai has some great treatments. Its managing director Dr Ramesh Varier has added new villas to the property and I had a truly amazing experience here. Two treatments particularly stood out—one where I had eight litres of oil poured over my body and another where I was pampered with a brown rice and milk mixture. If you’re looking for an ayurvedic experience outside of India, go to the Parkschlösschen in Germany. Originally a thermal spring, the centre has, over the years, expanded into a full-blown ayurvedic centre built on the principles of Sthapatya Veda.”