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Look­ing for a healthy va­cay? Head to At­man­tan for a com­plete detox of the body, mind and soul.

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS -

Plan a detox va­ca­tion at At­man­tan

Athree-hour road trip from Mum­bai took me to an un­blem­ished part of Pune - Mul­shi, sit­u­ated in the lap of the Sahyadri range, with a mes­meris­ing view of the val­ley and the lakes. My ar­rival at At­man­tan well­ness cen­tre in Mul­shi is marked by a warm wel­come with an arti and chan­dan tikka. Spread across 42 acres, the cen­tre has 106 rooms strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned to pro­vide an un­in­ter­rupted view of the lake, 23 cus­tomised ther­apy rooms, and three res­tau­rants that serve only or­ganic food.

THE DETOX START

A lux­u­ri­ous val­ley fac­ing room awaited me, and af­ter cap­tur­ing that im­mensely beau­ti­ful view in my eyes, I

headed for lunch at Vis­tara. While the fresh­ness in the at­mos­phere made me hun­grier, what sur­prised me was the por­tions served! “We want our guests to con­sume healthy, yet de­li­cious food, and stay light dur­ing the stay,” in­formed the chef very mat­ter-of-factly when asked about the small por­tions on the plate. I had for­got­ten I was at a well­ness cen­tre. Nev­er­the­less, the food was noth­ing short of de­li­cious! In­ci­den­tally, you won’t find any­thing made of re­fined sugar, salt or flour here. Post meal, I was taken to the well­ness cen­tre for a body com­po­si­tion anal­y­sis, fol­lowed by a pos­tural as­sess­ment, where the strength of all my limbs were checked, and ex­er­cises pre­scribed to lead a fit­ter life.

ECO-FRIENDLY & IN­NO­VA­TIVE

I then took off on my own for a leisure walk along the prop­erty, and no­ticed that the re­sort not only takes care of its guests but also the na­ture. There were many no­tice­able eco-friendly ges­tures: Ev­ery cor­ner had beau­ti­ful an­i­mal sculp­tures made out of waste. Or­ganic plan­ta­tion thrived. Ther­mal plant to heat wa­ter for all pri­mary uses via so­lar en­ergy. At­man­tan uses this treated wa­ter for land­scap­ing. Elec­tric buggy rides for the guests.

The wet kitchen garbage was used to cre­ate ver­mi­com­post (nu­tri­en­trich or­ganic fer­til­izer).

SPA PLEA­SURE

The evening marked a visit to the spa. Named af­ter the ap­saras of Hindu mythol­ogy, each room here is de­signed based on the type of ther­apy. My ther­apy started with burn­ing a re­lax­ing aroma lamp in the back­ground and mas­sage on my head and shoul­ders. The con­tin­ued long strokes on the body with the herbal oil re­laxed, mak­ing me feel drowsy. Af­ter the mas­sage, came the steam bath to detox­ify, cleanse and im­prove cir­cu­la­tion, and a shower to com­plete the ther­apy. Af­ter a short rest hour, I headed for din­ner - two small ba­jra ro­tis, palak paneer, bot­tle gourd, dal, brown rice and kheer made from skimmed milk and jag­gery… A ‘fit’ end to the day.

AC­TIV­I­TIES GALORE

Sec­ond day be­gan with an early morn­ing walk – the beau­ti­ful sun­rise, chirp­ing birds and the bloom­ing colour­ful flow­ers put a spring in my step. And I was all perked up for the yoga ses­sion at the am­phithe­atre that fol­lowed next. All the stretch­ing I did here did won­ders to my body. A healthy break­fast – eggs, multi­grain bread, fresh juice and fruits – and break fol­lowed the yoga class, af­ter which I went to ex­pe­ri­ence some in­door wa­ter ex­er­cises which was fol­lowed by a Bol­ly­wood dance class. Both th­ese classes were an ex­pe­ri­ence in them­selves. A bit ex­hausted, I then soaked my­self in a long bath - in a tub with herbal salts – to re­lax and re­ju­ve­nate.

MEAL, MAS­SAGE & MORE

Evening at the re­sort started with a cook­ing class to demon­strate how a healthy meal can also be a de­li­cious one! There, I met chef and nu­tri­tion­ist Ron­aldo Fulieri, the brain be­hind the or­ganic food menu at the re­sort. The chef spoke pas­sion­ately about his book ‘Ron­aldo’s Kitchen’, that not only in­cludes sim­ple and mouth-wa­ter­ing recipes to light up your din­ing space but also the nu­tri­tional value of each dish. As per my sched­ule, the re­sort’s sig­na­ture mas­sage was now wait­ing for me, and I was all set to savour it. What set the sig­na­ture mas­sage apart was the use of sun and moon­stones on the back - to help bal­ance the mas­cu­line and fem­i­nine en­er­gies. Felt good!

RO­MAN­TIC!

Din­ner was served at the Chan­tara lounge, an open air restau­rant on the ter­race un­der the sooth­ing moon­light and star­lit sky. Chef Ron­aldo hand-served some yummy and in­no­va­tive grills, and the can­dle-lit set­ting made for a per­fect bar­be­cue night. …Morn­ing, on our way out of At­man­tan, I couldn’t help but feel blissed out and re­laxed! It was a truly holis­tic ex­pe­ri­ence! HAR­SHA AD­VANI

Spread across 42 acres, the cen­tre has 106 rooms strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned to pro­vide an un­in­ter­rupted view of the lake, 23 cus­tomised ther­apy rooms, and three res­tau­rants that serve only or­ganic food.

The val­ley fac­ing room

The open-air restau­rant

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