Holidays and vacations can bring some of life’s most memorable moments. Especially with the summer heat climbing to unbearable heights, work is often the furthest thing from our minds. For those who are stressed out or feel pressured by work or overwhelmed by mounting responsibilities, well, this is right the time to put the brakes on everything that’s weighing you down. It’s definitely time to take a breather, before the inevitable burnout sets in!
While there’s no doubt that taking work seriously is the way to professional growth and greater opportunities, getting some much needed rest and relaxation is just as important. A balanced lifestyle is what we’re talking about. Taking a break to rejuvenate and re-energise both the body and mind is the ultimate path to a happy, stress-free life.
So don’t feel guilty about indulging yourself a bit; every once in a while, a good dose of pampering and luxurious treatments are just the ticket to get right back on track. But don’t make the mistake of thinking you need to travel long distances to foreign shores to get what you need. Right here in India, spa destinations are becoming ideal retreats and the perfect way to rejuvenate and relax.
With over 2,300 spas and about 20-25 major spa centres, India is emerging as a global spa destination. The hotel industry has recognised this, and is making huge investments towards the growth of spas to meet the growing demand from customers. Incorporating a blend of techniques and state-of-the-art technology to give holidayers their money’s worth, popular treatments and therapies now include vichy showers, hydrotherapy tubs and steam, sauna and multi-purpose rooms for massage and facials. India’s spa centres are unique in that they frequently combine age-old therapies along with modern spa technology. Many also incorporate the traditional yet now world-renowned Indian sciences of yoga and Ayurveda.
The Simple Spa Guide
Confused by all the treatment choices at the spa? This is a common problem that people face when deciding on the right spa experience. It’s important to do your homework when selecting a spa and the treatment that will be most beneficial to you. Spas are intended to provide a holistic experience for the body, mind and soul, but choosing the right one will help maximise the benefits. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
First, the location, weather and natural environment are important factors that will impact your enjoyment of the spa experience. Be sure about what type of environment you’re most comfortable with. Selecting between mountain spas, exotic beach resorts and desert locales will help you narrow down the choices.
Many spas specialise in particular treatments or regimens. So if you have certain treatments or goals in mind, such as weight loss, de-stressing, body detox, massage, skin care or anti-ageing, be sure to research the spa’s programmes and treatments. If you’re looking to rev up your fitness routine, enjoy physical activities such as hiking or swimming, or plan to meditate and/or practice yoga, the exercise facilities and availability of trainers should figure higher on your checklist.
And of course, check out the spa cuisine, especially if you’re on a restricted diet or watching your calorie intake. Make sure the spa’s menu is well suited to your tastes and diet. Lastly, consider the social atmosphere at the spa. Base your choice on your preference for a more private atmosphere, or one that has a social setting where it’s easier to meet people.
Focusing on these simple points will help you pick a spa destination and holiday that’s just right for you. Before you know it, you’ll be on the path to wellness!
Some of the best luxury spas in India:
• Windflower Hall Spa, Shimla
• Ananda In the Himalyas, Rishikesh
• Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa, Agra
• Maya Spa, Kumarakom
• Taj Lake Palace Jiva Spa, Udaipur
• Sereno Spa, Goa
• Taj Malabar Jiva Spa, Cochin
• Amatrra Spa, New Delhi