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