ANANDA IN THE HIMALAYAS, UTTARAKHAND, INDIA
REBOOTING BODY AND SOUL
Yes, it’s a whopping price, but our veteran spa tester was so overwhelmed by the ‘genuinely life-changing’ wonders of the Ayurveda-based programme that she has started an Ananda piggy bank. With daily yoga/meditation sessions (plus optional philosophy classes), this hospital for the soul also features delicious gourmet food, which is prescribed for your body type (dosha) at your first consultation with the resident Ayurvedic doctor. Packages include Detox, Stress Management, Active, Ayurvedic Rejuvenation and Yoga – our tester’s choice, with one-on-one lessons from inspiring teachers, held outside on a stone amphitheatre in the hazy Indian sunshine. Afternoon Ayurvedic pampering included ‘some of the best massages of my life and an Amethyst Rejuvenation facial that took off ten years’. Other fans include Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Gateses and Brad Pitt.
Wellbeing Escapes offers a seven-night Yoga programme, including flights, transfers, full board, all treatments, activities and consultations, from €4,820 per person for double occupancy; wellbeingescapes.com