The commute to work and back.The race to get a fast train. The haggling with vendors. The long list of ordered-in food. Not that this picture isn’t pretty sometimes. But, do we really need to do this without stopping? If you’re living all by yourself in the city and haven’t felt the need to sit back while somebody serves you green tea beside a pool, we won’t consider you human. We made a list of health and wellness retreats you can head to take this year.
Spend A Weekend Recharging At These Wellness Getaways Around Mumbai
Located in the lap of Sahyadris near Pune, The Ark is a luxurious resort with a herbal garden, swimming pool, an outdoor performance theater, a jogging track around the pond and bicycles for you to ride. You can also relax by the poolside while sipping therapeutic tea made from herbs freshly picked from their garden. Have a romantic candlelight dinner or a quiet evening walk around the pond and spend some quality time with someone you like.
Price: Starting at INR 5,500 for two including all meals for a night (seems very reasonable); Spa services start at INR 2,000.
What Else: You can also visit Chinmay Vibhooti Ashram, Pawana dam, Mulshi dam and Lavasa if you ant to explore surrounding areas.
Basho in Mulshi has a rustic charm with stone floors and a very Greece-meets -India kind of vibe. They specialise in yoga retreats and also let you chill by the pool with a drink after. It’s mix of wellness and leisure, which we like. A zen-themed resort, they want to you get closer to nature while relaxing on a hammock. Named after Basho Matsuo, the Haiku poet, Basho is all about simplicity, according to them.
Price: You can book a luxury tent for two at INR 7,250 that includes three meals a day. Their cottage rooms can be booked at INR 8,250 that includes three meals too.
What Else: They've got a spa and a wellness resort too.
Live an ideal day at Kare, an ayurveda-based resort in Mulshi. You’ll get to live in aesthetically-design rooms while indulging in massages and following the ayurveda diet. The premises have an extensive library, indoor games and an outdoor walking track.
Price: Their retreat packages start at INR 7,000 per day and per person. (This includes massage therapy, yoga therapy, Prakruti analysis, pulse diagnosis, diet consultation and Ayurvedic veg diet)
What Else: You can also practice Iyengar yoga with an amazing lake view while you’re there.
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat And Spa
Nestled in the Western Ghats, this retreat ensures peace of mind, mental and inner satisfaction, and complete detox through multiple wellness programs and relaxing spas. Depending on what you choose the wellness programs are from 5 to 14 days. These include a private consultation with wellness professionals, wellness therapies like Ayurveda Panchakarma, Chinese cupping and Tibetan ritual, beauty treatments, weight management programs etc. Choose a program which suits you the best.
Price: Their wellness packages for 7 days start from INR 26,500.
What Else: There's also a tea house, a wine cellar and a huge pool.
Spanning across 8.5 acres, Tropical Retreat & Spa in Igatpuri offers lush landscapes, charming rooms, and luxurious suites that are ideal for a weekend getaway. For couples, we suggest the beautiful 270-square-foot Magnolia room which comes with a private balcony where you can sip your morning chai and enjoy the gorgeous mountain views.
Price: Take a Continental plan where you get to live in a suite for INR 12,000 (for two people per night, inclusive of breakfast)
What Else: The property has a swimming pool, football turf and even a box cricket arena.
Amanzi is a luxury retreat that's perched overlooking the Pavana Dam and the gorgeous Sahyadris. The resort's got a wonderful array of options to choose from. They have pretty garden villas overlooking lush gardens, deluxe villas, premium deluxe villas, as well as Swiss-style chalets. For couples seeking a truly unique experience, we suggest the Cocoon - a private getaway that's secluded and cozy, complete with minibar and luxurious bath amenities.
Price: Prices start at approx INR 12,700 for the Garden Villa
What Else: The property has a swimming pool, badminton court, basketball, and volleyball court. Rooms don't have a TV or Wifi so you can totally unplug and unwind. We suggest heading to the spa for one of their signature massage and wellness therapies. The spa is open 6 days a week.
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, overlooking Mulshi Dam and nestled in the Sahyadri Range, Malhar Machi is a beautiful getaway from the chaos of the city. Choose from various accommodation options here from rooms to cottages. If you're looking to unwind, they've got a spa where you can opt for a range of wellness therapies, that too in the heart of nature.
Price: Prices start at approx INR 14,500 for the Maharaja Room
What Else: They've got a wellness spa, herb garden and plenty of outdoor opportunities for nature enthusiasts organised by the resort
Mango Farm House
Designed in a modern, minimalistic Mediterranean style, Mango Beach House in Awas will totally surprise you. This gorgeous property has large ensuite rooms, a swimming pool and is a short walk away from the beach. They've tied up with Yogacara to offer a host of yoga and fitness classes too.
Price: INR 7,450 (for two) over the weekends and INR 6,000 on weekdays
What Else: This gorgeous property has large ensuite rooms, a swimming pool and is a short walk away from the beach.
The Machan, located two and a half hours away from Mumbai, is an eco-resort which offers a range of unique tree-houses situated upto 40 feet above the forest canopy, allowing for great views and cool weather. The resort offers daily yoga classes, forest tours, documentary screenings, trekking, and will even set up a bonfire for you on a particularly chilly night.
Price: INR 10,925 per night
What Else: If you're looking to unwind, they also have a spa on site where you can get pampered and relax in beautiful, natural surroundings