“I really need to de-stress! I want to get away from routine and just relax!” – Who hasn’t heard this or felt like this every now and then? With cut-throat competition and hectic schedules, every person feels the need for an indulgent vacation once in a while.
Hot stone massages are among the many relaxing treatments offered at spas
If you too have been wishing for something similar, why not try a spa vacation this time instead of the usual sightseeing holiday routine? Sounds interesting? Here are some of the best spots you can go to for the perfect spa-cation in India:
Although the soothing backwaters are perhaps what spring to mind when one mentions a vacation in Kerala, the state also has many resorts that make it one of the top spa-cation destinations in the country. The Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort in Thiruvananthapuram has Ayurvedic therapies to treat everything from a headache to obesity.
Bid goodbye to persistent headaches with a professional spa treatment
In Kumarakom, the Maya Spa at Zuri enjoys a scenic location by Vembanad Lake and has specialised therapy options like Sabai stone, hydrotherapy, Ayurveda, and Thai Massages.
Location: In southern India, on the Malabar Coast
How to Reach: Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Calicut have international airports; and there are trains from several Indian cities. Kerala is well-connected by road to neighbouring cities
Official Language: Malayalam
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Food & Drink: Fish curry, appam, banana chips, and rasam
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Beaches, parties, great seafood, and tourism are just some of the staples that define this tiny state. Goa also serves as an excellent wellness and spa retreat. The Sereno Spa located inside Park Hyatt is where you can indulge in luxurious treatments that include Ayurvedic treatments. The spa treatments can be customised for each person, and there are yoga and meditation sessions available as well.
Head to the Devaaya Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, a wellness retreat offering residential Panchakarma programmes. If you wish to go for holistic treatments, mud therapy, hydrotherapy, and Ayurvedic therapies are just a few of the choices here.
Mud therapies offer a cool and refreshing way to relax on your holiday
Location: About 600 km from Mumbai
How to Reach: Dabolim airport has regular flights to many Indian cities. Major railway stations in Goa are Vasco-da-Gama, Thivim, and Madgaon. The state is approachable by road from other cities by taxi and bus.
Official Language: Konkani
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Tropical monsoon
Food & Drink: Seafood and pork dishes. Feni is a popular local drink.
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No visit to Agra is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, but you can also plan a visit to the city for a rejuvenating spa vacation. Among the top resorts here is the Kaya Kalp-the Royal Spa. Located in ITC Mughal, this sprawling spa offers massages, hamam body scrubs, and a host of other treatments.
Healing oils play a major role in helping you de-stress at a spa
How does a flower bath with a view of the Taj Mahal sound? Get this royal experience at the Oberoi Amarvilas Spa, which offers Thai massages, healing baths, and Ayurvedic therapies with exotic herbal oils.
Location: In Uttar Pradesh, about 200 km from Delhi
How to Reach: The Kheria airport is a military base and is connected by Air India flights from Delhi. Regular buses and taxis are available to Agra from Delhi and other neighbouring cities. Five railway stations provide good connectivity to and from many Indian cities.
Official Language: Hindi, English
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Food & Drink: Chaat and Mughlai food are popular. Petha is the most famous sweet in Agra.
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Historic and colourful, Rajasthan is known for its magnificent forts, palaces, and vibrant culture. Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer are popular places where travellers go to see landmark structures like the Hawa Mahal. In addition, the state has also emerged as a lovely spa-cation destination with many spa resorts spread across its cities. The following three places are among the top:
This historical town is full of tourist attractions, with the Neemrana Fort-Palace being famous. The palace is also home to an impressive heritage spa, where visitors can indulge in soothing Ayurvedic treatments for detoxification in a royal-themed setting.
The majestic Neemrana Fort-Palace where the spa is located
With its spectacular sights, the City of Lakes has also earned nicknames like the ‘Venice of the East’. When in Udaipur, the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, and Lake Pichola are some of the most popular sights that tourists aim to visit. But you can also plan a spa vacation in the city as it is home to luxury resorts like the Oberoi Udaivilas. The spa at this property features an extravagant menu of treatments like Hungarian body wraps, ayurvedic rituals, and chakra balancing sessions for holistic refreshment.
Known for its distinctive architectural style, Jaisalmer has retained its princely heritage in the form of its yellow sandstone forts and other landmarks. The SUJÁN Spa at the Serai in Jaisalmer offers a unique spa-cation experience where you can get pampered with massages, scrubs, and reflexology treatments inside luxury tents.
Take your pick from the many treatments and forget all city-related blues
Location: In India’s western part, bordering Pakistan
How to Reach: Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur have domestic airports; and a good railway network provides regular connectivity from Rajasthan to different Indian cities. Bus services are available from several neighbouring states.
Official Language: Hindi
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Tropical desert
Food & Drink: Mostly vegetarian; dishes to taste are Dal-baati-churma, kachori, mawa, and ghevar.
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Finally, the best for last! The picturesque Indian Himalayan Region is one of the top spa-cation destinations owing to its many wonderful resorts spread across different places. Here are our recommendations:
The state, known for destinations like Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Jim Corbett National Park, is also home to one of the finest spa resorts in India – Ananda-In the Himalayas. Almost 100 different treatments and in-house Ayurvedic doctors as well as spa cuisine chefs ensure that guests have everything luxurious for a memorable spa vacation.
One of the most popular hill stations in India, Shimla used to be the summer capital for the British. What makes this bustling place perfect for a spa-cation are resorts like the Wildflower Hall. Here, exclusive treatments, an outdoor whirlpool, and refreshing views all come together to offer a truly relaxing experience.
A couple’s spa sessions makes for a lovely romantic and relaxing experience
This mountainous north-eastern state attracts throngs of hill lovers each year, and the award-winning Mayfair Spa Resort is where you can head to for an idyllic spa-cation. Treatments offered here include reflexology, massages, and couple packages.
Location: The part of the Himalayas within India, covering various states.
How to Reach: The nearest airport to Uttarakhand is in Dehradun. Trains and buses are available to different places in the state from many Indian cities.
To reach Shimla, flights from Delhi and Chandigarh are available to Jubbarhatti airport. Kalka is the nearest rail head while buses ply regularly from major North Indian cities.
Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal is the closest to Sikkim. Nearby railheads include Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri, while National Highway 31A connects the state by road to Siliguri.
Official Language: Hindi and Sanskrit (Uttarakhand and Shimla), Nepali and English (Sikkim)
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Subtropical to tundra
Food & Drink: Eat dubuk, jholi sei, and bal mithai in Uttarakhand; Channa madra, siddu, and sepu badi in Shimla; and noodle-based dishes, momo, and tongba (alcoholic drink) in Sikkim.
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For your next holiday, try the best therapies to completely de-stress both mentally and physically. With so many options to choose from, pick your ideal destination and be off for a refreshing spa-cation!