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 besides a pool, we won’t consider you human. We made a list of health and wellness retreats you can head to take this year.

Atmantan

Photo: Atmantan

Photo: Atmantan

Atmantan is a three-hour drive from Mumbai. The resort has three packages to choose from. The first is spa life, which has a stay of a minimum of three days. This includes massages, body scrubs and body wraps. The itinerary includes customised massages and relaxation activities for an individual and group activities like Yoga sessions, meditation and dancing. Basically, we’ll be occupied the whole day, well, chillin’ like a villain.

This bliss can be extended up to seven nights. The resort houses three restaurants – Té-jus, which is the juice bar {say hello to avocado smoothies and ginger lemon honey}, Chantara – the dining lounge and Vistara, the main dining restaurant. All their ingredients are organic and sourced from the farms on the property. Starts at INR 75,000 {for a three-day retreat}.

P.S. They have a women’s day offer going on currently where they are offering a special package inviting all ladies to experience a  2 night stay at Atmantan for INR 30,000 for single occupancy and INR 40,000 for double occupancy. The offer is valid from March 4 – 12, in case you are busy this long weekend.

The Ark

Photo source: The Ark

Photo source: The Ark

Located in the lap of Sahyadris in Pune, The Ark is a luxurious resort with a herbal garden, swimming pool, an outdoor performance theatre, a jogging track around the pond and bicycles for you to ride. Starting at INR 4,500 for two including all meals for a night, it seems very reasonable. 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.

You can also visit Chinmay Vibhooti Ashram, Pawana dam, Mulshi dam and Lavasa if you ant to explore surrounding areas.

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Basho

Photo source: Basho

Photo source: Basho

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. You can book luxury tent for two at INR 7,250 that includes three meals a day. Their deluxe rooms can be booked at INR 8,250 that also includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Kare

Photo source: Kare Health

Photo source: Kare Health

Live an ideal day at Kara – a completely 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 has an extensive library, indoor games and an outdoor walking track. You can also practice Iyengar yoga while you’re there. Their retreat packages start at INR 6,500 per day.

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Featured photos source: Atmantan