India spas from sea to sky
Get primped and primed while gazing into the blue of its infinity pool, which merges into a sea view often peppered with frolicking dolphins. There are more ayurvedic delights at The Leela Kovalam in Kerala, this time of a more godly nature.
Stay in a Seaview Cottage or one of the restored year-old Kerala Houses. The Marari Beach, run by the fast-expanding responsible tourism hotel chain CGH Earth at Mararikulam, Kerala, is spread over 55 expansive acres of seafront sand and garden. The 'Noor-e-Taj Romance' is a right royal three-hour experience that includes a steam bath, pomegranate and orange wrap, massage and cleansing bath.
Wild Flower Hall, Shimla. The Four Seasons, Mumbai. Talk through your health concerns, then let them treat you with cooked milk and herbs, medicated oils and buttermilk, casino marari choose a spa package for weight reduction, arthritis or detox. The Club at The Leela is a private enclave with separate check-in of 15 villas, some with private pools and outdoor showers.
The Roman pools for hydrotherapy are encased in one-way glass windows that afford a splendid view of the landscaped gardens and green lawns. You'll find a majestic mix of Moroccan architecture, Moghul motifs, arched white corridors and soothing scents of cedar, white musk and tonka bean. A lack of TV should not be a reason to get fidgety especially with facilities such as a tennis and badminton court, swimming pool and billiards table.
Bask by the open-air pool with views over Neemrana village and fields, or take advantage of free yoga and meditation classes. Along with fitness facilities and the bathing complex are a modest range of beauty and massage therapies including the Philippine hilot, where banana leaves, coconut oil and hilot balm come together to calm body, mind and soul.
The motif that runs through it is eco-sensitivity; it serves locally-grown and gathered food, uses only battery-operated vehicles, recycles as much as it can, and uses mostly solar energy for heating water. As well as a 50m swimming pool, there are three tennis courts, two air-conditioned squash courts, a Pilates studio and gym.
Delhi head office reservations, tel: Lose yourself in the sun, sand and frothy sea as surf instructors take you through the noseride, the cross-step, the hang ten and the drop-knee turn. CGH Earth, Kochi, tel: Indulge in all this relaxing between sessions at the poolside bar. The 59 rooms, villas and suites are quaint reconstructions of sixteenth-century homes and are built with authentic materials from derelict ancestral buildings.
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Those wishing to play it safe can choose from an extensive menu of massages and facials as well as more specialised slimming and body firming treatments. The Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai, teeters high above the straggling, sprawling stack of shanties that girdle it. Over different ayurvedic herbs grow beneath the towering palms and mango trees and guests can visit the nearby production centre where all oils and medicines are handmade by Somatheeram staff.
There are 52 cottages set in eight generous acres of hillside.
But what really distinguishes it, though, isn't Mughal at all, but its ayurvedic-inspired spa activities, including ayurvedic cooking classes. It isn't just Bengaluru-based though — spa aficionados will be pleased to find a handful of Oryza outlets in Chennai as well.
But why stay within four walls when you could be floating on Vembanad Lake in a houseboat? The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra.