WELL­NESS WON­DER­LAND

ITC Grand Bharat pam­pers with be­spoke ex­pe­ri­ences and in­dul­gent hos­pi­tal­ity

Escape! Asia - - Contents - P.O Hasan­pur, Tauru, Mewat, Gur­gaon, Haryana 122105, In­dia Tel: +91 1267 285 500 www.itcho­tels.in/itc­grandb­harat

Lull the mind, body and spirit with a host of holis­tic health ser­vices at ITC Grand Bharat, a haven for well­ness afi­ciona­dos and mem­ber of Heal­ing Ho­tels of the World. The birth­place of yoga, Ayurveda, and med­i­ta­tion, In­dia has long been a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for heal­ing, whether one seeks to soothe the soul or re­vi­talise the body. De­signed in the form of a man­dala to re­flect the re­la­tion be­tween life and the in­fi­nite, the coun­try’s first all-suite des­ti­na­tion re­treat epit­o­mises high liv­ing and fine din­ing with sump­tu­ous tra­di­tional In­dian ther­a­pies at Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa and per­son­alised gourmet menus cen­tred on the phi­los­o­phy of well­be­ing at its sev­eral restau­rants.

The re­sort’s 100 suites fea­tur­ing bold In­dian colours and ex­cep­tional lo­cal crafts­man­ship come with ei­ther a semi-pri­vate pool and deck or a pri­vate terrace ideal for in­ti­mate gath­er­ings. For first-rate in­dul­gence, four re­gal vil­las are avail­able, each re­plete with a well-stocked pantry, tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled lap pool and Jacuzzi, din­ing room that can seat up to 10 guests, and even an el­e­va­tor for eas­ier ac­cess across the two sto­ries.

IN­NER BEAUTY

As part of its vast range of holis­tic well­be­ing and health ser­vices, which in­clude detox and weight man­age­ment, ITC Grand Bharat of­fers guests the op­por­tu­nity to bet­ter un­der­stand their di­etary re­quire­ments through con­sul­ta­tions with the in-house Ayurvedic doc­tor. Ayurvedic medicine is based on the prin­ci­ples of bal­ance be­tween mind, body and spirit, and cen­tres around three life forces or en­er­gies, called doshas: vata dosha (space and air), pitta dosha (fire and wa­ter) and kapha dosha (wa­ter and earth). Ev­ery­one in­her­its a unique mix of the three, and it is be­lieved that ill­ness is linked to the bal­ance of your doshas. Those keen on en­hanc­ing their sir­ath (in­ter­nal beauty) and su­rat (ex­ter­nal beauty) can also sign up for Swasthya cui­sine classes to pick up tips about con­sum­ing the right com­bi­na­tion of foods and flu­ids.

A full Ayurvedic detox pro­gram in­volves a tai­lored reg­i­men of body treat­ments, di­ets and med­i­ta­tion. A holis­tic full body mas­sage sees ex­pe­ri­enced ther­a­pists us­ing es­sen­tial oils to pro­mote the elimination of tox­ins and waste us­ing lym­phatic and pres­sure point tech­niques to re­duce wa­ter retention. Ud­warthana, in­volv­ing a deep, dry mas­sage to stim­u­late the hair fol­li­cles, is per­formed to as­sist in the break­ing down of sub­cu­ta­neous fat, af­ter which a herbal poul­tice is slathered on us­ing doshaspe­cific oils and herbs to in­duce ther­a­peu­tic sweat­ing. For deep bod­ily cleans­ing, a Sneha Vasthi is per­formed, which al­le­vi­ates neu­ro­log­i­cal- and ab­dom­i­nal-re­lated ail­ments such as con­sti­pa­tion, liver is­sues, and back­ache.

PHYS­I­CAL PUR­SUITS

A cyno­sure of the golf­ing com­mu­nity and reg­u­lar haunt of golf­ing vir­tu­osos and en­thu­si­asts, the prop­erty’s 27-hole cham­pi­onship sig­na­ture golf course de­signed by the leg­endary ‘Golden Bear’ Jack Nicklaus con­tains three spe­cialised cour­ses – a favourite is the nine-hole Canyon Course en­closed by spec­tac­u­larly craggy canyon vast­ness and an awe-in­spir­ing view of the moun­tains.

Af­ter a day of tee­ing off un­der the sun, play­ers can check into the finely-fur­nished Clas­sic Golf & Coun­try Club for a well-de­served feast of pre­mium meats and spir­its, or re­dis­cover the magic of get­ting lost in time via leisure ac­tiv­i­ties in na­ture, in­clud­ing hik­ing, bird watch­ing, moun­tain bik­ing and rock climb­ing around the tran­quil Aravalli Range. Soothe aching mus­cles with a re­ju­ve­nat­ing Ab­hayanga mas­sage, a tra­di­tional full body ther­apy in­volv­ing two syn­chro­nised masseuse as they knead your body to im­prove blood cir­cu­la­tion and en­er­gise cells.

Anchored along the north­ern end of The Araval­lis, the re­treat is a des­ti­na­tion in it­self, lo­cated in the fast-grow­ing in­dus­trial town­ship of Mane­sar and not too far from the heart of Gur­gaon – a cy­berhub with a bal­loon­ing rep­u­ta­tion for all things cool, and which has been dubbed the new New Delhi. A pic­ture of majesty, ITC Grand Bharat al­lows the em­per­ors of to­day to ex­pe­ri­ence the lux­ury of eras gone by.

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