You’ll no doubt feel like an (enlightened) maharani or marahaja during and after your stay at Ananda Spa. This palatial Indian retreat assembled at the foothills of the Himalayas focuses on Ayurvedic techniques, which blend about 2,000 herbs into a treatment system to cure maladies. Therapies, such as four-hand massage, gargling of medicated oil and therapeutic sweating, are more wonderful than weird – and they work.
The Healthy Holiday Company (020 8968 0501; thehealthyholidaycompany. co.uk) runs a seven-night stay, from £4,340 for single occupancy. Price includes full-board, a choice of programmes and flights.
The Farm in the Philippines is a jungle paradise strewn with bamboo trees, waterfalls and landscaped gardens. Don’t be fooled by the hippie leanings, this is a medical spa that takes its credentials seriously – guests’ programmes are overseen and administered by resident doctors. Granted, the 14hour flight from London to Manila is a bit of a trek, but it is a direct route (with Philippine Airlines) and, indeed, well worth the journey.