ITC Grand Bharat pampers with bespoke experiences and indulgent hospitality
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.
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.
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.