Restoring your senses after maddening yet soulful wedding celebration, is as essential as planning a honeymoon. Often, we forget the same and get lost in the humdrum of our busy lives. The good news is you can amalgamate relaxation and honeymoon as a secluded Restoration Escape! We take you on a journey that will unwind all your five senses and invigorate the sixth.
Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam
It is time to reinvent your touch, sight, smell, taste and soul. Our first recommendation for this season’s best Indian restoration escapes, stands a bit away from those dipped in absolute luxury. Authentic, Ayurvedic-transformational experiences, garnished with therapies from across the world — await your arrival at the Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam; located in Kerala, the Mecca of Ayurvedic wellness. The Relais & Châteaux beach resort has an array of Kerala-style Tharwad villas standing tall on a cliff, with a rock-cut infinity pool overlooking the Arabian Sea. Yin Yang Romance is Niraamaya Spa’s answer to an in-suite (we say Banyan Tree Bungalow), pampering couple therapy. The 90-minute long session involves aromatic massages, steam and a hydrobath in private whirlpool infused with rose bath-salts.
After purifying your bodies, if your hearts may desire to indulge in the purification of mind and soul, the hotel’s concierge is well adept at providing tours to the best of temples in Trivandrum. A trip to Poovar backwaters and a romantic stroll alongside the setting sun at the Golden Sand Beach also devise for a great evening in Kovalam.
Trivandrum International Airport is 30 minutes away from Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam. All major flights operate between Trivandrum and metropolitan cities.
Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station is about 40 minutes away from Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam. Daily trains operate from all major cities.
Ananda in the Himalayas
Rejuvenation found a new address when Ananda in the Himalayas opened its doors of luxury-wellness in the year 2000. Ever since then, Ananda has become a name synonymous with opulent, restoratory vacations submerged in the lap of the Himalayas surrounded by Sal forests. The trilogy of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta at Ananda, inspires all its services that help in revitalising your state of being. You can select a program with a minimum of 5-14 nights. The beauty of the resort’s spa sprawls over 24,000 square feet, with wholesome health packages to choose from; whether you want to detox or simply unravel the realm of yogic and spiritual bliss, the spa has a lot to offer. Its Kama Suite is essentially designed to let you both soak into the virginity of love – through the power of rose, orange and jasmine oils. Known as Couples Connect, this therapy promises to rewire your mind, body and soul together within the 115 minutes of its journey. A holistic vision of achieving well-being is promised at Ananda, so much so that the property has a devoted team of health experts and doctors to align imbalances in your body. Ananda also has its own cuisine app that keeps you channelised even as you both return to your abode.
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is only 40 minutes away from Ananda. All major flights operate between Dehradun and metropolitan cities.
Direct helicopter transfers from Delhi to Ananda are also available for those wanting the experience to be extra luxurious.
Haridwar Railway Station is 90 minutes away from Ananda. Daily trains operate from all major cities.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort
Situated amidst the greens of UNESCO World Heritage Site – Ranthambhore in the red town of Sawai Madhopur, The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort offers one of the most picturesque spas, set in natural surroundings away from the brick and mortar escapes. A comprehensive list of treatments, spas, massages and aromatherapy aims to alleviate your stress and toxins. Torch-lit pathways appear like mini dragonflies illuminating your way through the beautifully tented luxury resort. Ayurvedic therapies provided at the resort’s spa stimulate the marma points (concentrated energy centres) around the body. Special, 90-minute treatments are available with your choice of Balinese, Swedish or hot stone massages
that can be completely personalised. A new range of natural attar oils is used to achieve abyssal satiety. Assigned as one for each day of the week, these oils are known to work their magic on you, once the recommended steam-session has been taken at the beginning of the treatment. Ambient white moonlight reflecting over the resort’s lily ponds and yellow light from mashaals make a great setting for a romantic dining experience under the stars. Special culinary classes are also available at the resort for those who
find the art of cooking therapeutic.
Jaipur International Airport is approximately 3 hours away from The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort. All major flights operate between Jaipur and metropolitan cities.
Sawai Madhopur Junction railway station is only 10 minutes away from The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort. Daily trains operate from all major cities.
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
Medicine, Spirituality, Resolution, Nutrition and Exercise form pillars of the state of Dharna – a state which allows your core-forms to align with the outer environment. Dharna is a way of life that drives the vision of those designing the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa relaxation programs. Exquisite treatment rooms, a meditation cave, and a relaxation centre encompass 70 acres of land in the Western Ghats of Pune. A favourite among prominent celebrities, this resort is nestled in the Sahyadri mountain range, abundant with magnificent views and tranquillity. The raw beauty of nature perched by birds and the resort’s own harvest of vegetables, leave your eyes enchanted. Although a cosy space is always preferable for romance to delve in, the massive 2,200 square feet King Dharana Pool Villa boasts of a private pool and separate living and dining areas. Full body massages complete with scrubbing, wrapping and oil-pouring in two-hour sessions of deep relaxation – are offered as Kama Couple and Ila Couple Connect therapies. Warm oil-pouring over the forehead aims to awaken the third eye in Ila Couple Connect. At Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, each treatment is designed with a melange of ancient South-Asian wisdom and contemporary international techniques. Rejuvenate your senses with their dedicated wellness restaurant called Green Table – apart from yoga kriyas, Tibetan meditation and others.
Pune International Airport is 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa. All major flights operate between Pune and metropolitan cities.
Lonavala Railway Station is approximately 1 hour away from Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa. Daily trains operate from all major cities.