A lux­ury va­ca­tion for soul, mind and body

The Luxury Collection - - Contents -

Most of us see a hol­i­day as a break from the grind. A means of recharg­ing our drained bat­ter­ies, while spend­ing qual­ity time with special peo­ple and dis­cov­er­ing new places and ex­pe­ri­ences. If truth be told, this works most of the time only in the­ory. In ac­tu­al­ity, a hol­i­day brings its own stresses and one re­turns home some­times more tired than re­freshed.

Tucked away in the Sahyadri Hills near Pune, over­look­ing the serene Mul­shi Lake, is a va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion with a dif­fer­ence. One that aims to help you achieve that fine bal­ance be­tween your phys­i­cal, men­tal and spiritual selves that man­i­fests in the form of health, hap­pi­ness and con­tent­ment.

The At­man­tan Well­ness Re­sort is not a re­sort in the or­di­nary sense of the term. It is more like a re­treat into one’s in­ner self and a jour­ney of self dis­cov­ery. The ety­mol­ogy of the name says it all – it is a port­man­teau of atma, mana and tan - soul, mind and body.

Its founders, Sharmilee Agar­wal Ka­pur and Nikhil Ka­pur con­ceived At­man­tan as an in­te­grated lux­ury well­ness des­ti­na­tion, in their words: ‘the ul­ti­mate pit­stop for peo­ple look­ing to scale new heights of well­ness’. Sharmilee is a prac­tis­ing pranic healer, while Nikhil is a fit­ness en­thu­si­ast and iron­man triath­lete, which means they know what they are

about. Their prom­ise is that you will emerge from a so­journ at At­man­tan hap­pier, health­ier, in­spired and trans­formed.

To say that At­man­tan’s ap­proach to well­ness is holis­tic is an un­der­state­ment. You will find that your daily rou­tine can in­clude an eclec­tic mix of ac­tiv­i­ties whose prove­nance spans the globe. Your day may start with an hour of yoga, con­ducted on a broad open ter­race over­look­ing the hill­sides glow­ing in the cool early morn­ing sun­shine. You make an in­ti­mate con­nec­tion with Na­ture even as you jour­ney deep in­side your­self. It is the most el­e­vat­ing way to start the day.

From thereon, you may progress to the Taoist heal­ing mas­sage of Chi Nei Tsang. As the mas­ter masseur’s fin­gers gen­tly knead the var­i­ous or­gans in your ab­dom­i­nal area, you will lit­er­ally feel the ‘Chi’, or the cos­mic en­ergy, get­ting re-charged and the tox­ins leave your body. A word of ad­vice for those who have never un­der­gone this ther­apy – make sure you do it on an empty stom­ach. Pre­break­fast is the ideal time. For the rest of the day, you could ex­pe­ri­ence ther­a­pies and treat­ments as di­verse as pu­ri­fy­ing body pol­ishes, pranic chakra cleans­ing, aro­mather­apy, Bal­neother­apy and a ses­sion un­der a Vichy shower. Al­ter­na­tively, you may un­dergo a natur­opa­thy ses­sion or spend some qual­ity con­sult­ing time with a home­opath. Then there is In­dia’s very own Ayurveda and its bou­quet of spe­cial­ized well­ness mas­sages and treat­ments, which will make you dis­cover sides to your­self that you never knew ex­isted. There is an over­ar­ch­ing ben­e­fit to all these treat­ments that comes from At­man­tan’s lo­ca­tion it­self. The crys­talline moun­tain-slopes that it is sit­u­ated on are known for their heal­ing fre­quen­cies, which per­haps ex­plains the pal­pa­ble sense of well be­ing that per­vades the re­sort. In fact, there is a strong bond­ing with Na­ture in ev­ery as­pect of At­man­tan. Its 42 acre ex­panse is lushly wooded and syl­van. Dur­ing the mon­soon, which by the way is a great time to visit, one can just sit and gaze at the fas­ci­nat­ing myr­iad shades of green on the slopes and the wa­ter­falls that spring out of the hill­sides. That, in it­self, is a tremen­dously ther­a­peu­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

If you have vis­ited the best spas and health re­sorts in the world, you will find that At­man­tan com­pares quite eas­ily with all of them. The twenty tree treat­ment rooms are de­signed and fit­ted out to pro­vide the most lux­u­ri­ous of spa ex­pe­ri­ences. The Fit­ness Cen­tre here is again bench­marked against the world’s best. Spread over 6525 square feet, it in­cludes a high-tech gym­na­sium, sep­a­rate stu­dios for spin­ning, dance, TRX sus­pen­sion train­ers, yoga and Pi­lates, a ded­i­cated phys­io­ther­apy sec­tion, an en­closed tem­per­a­ture con­trolled, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly & chem­i­cal-free salt water pool, an out­door gym­na­sium over­look­ing the Mul­shi lake, an in­door sports com­plex and a re­cre­ation cen­ter with a mini golf course and cro­quet gar­den.

At­man­tan has a hun­dred and six Gue­strooms & Vil­las, and twenty three ex­clu­sive spa rooms, and each of them over­looks the hills and the lake. Draw back the cur­tains in the early morn­ing and you will be treated to the most soul up­lift­ing views you have seen. The bath­room is quite an ex­pe­ri­ence in it­self and the staff is so oblig­ing that they

just may or­ga­nize a com­pli­men­tary bath for you. Should that hap­pen, rest as­sured that your bath­room will be suf­fused with a most divine fra­grance till the next morn­ing.

At­man­tan also makes for a great place to mix busi­ness with well­ness. You won’t find a bet­ter venue for a high pro­file cor­po­rate re­treat. The state of the art busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties here in­clude a sixty seater con­fer­ence room and a ten seater board­room along with ex­cel­lent ban­quet fa­cil­i­ties.

Now, if you are a foodie and all this talk about well­ness and spas and mas­sages and ther­a­pies has got you a tad con­cerned about the vict­uals, not to worry. Yes, At­man­tan serves you spa and well­ness cui­sine but the menu is so imag­i­na­tive and dif­fer­ent, and the food is so tooth­some, that you will for­get you are at a spa. Ev­ery meal at At­man­tan is an ob­ject les­son in the art of com­bin­ing good health with great taste and proof that the two are not mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive.

The culi­nary pol­icy here is a sim­ple and com­mon sense one – fo­cus on whole, un­re­fined, & un­pro­cessed foods, ab­stain from the 3 white devils - refined flour, refined dairy and refined sugar. And the cook­ing meth­ods have been se­lected

to pre­serve both the nutri­tion and the taste of the food. So you have steamed, braised, boiled, baked and grilled dishes, and even those slow cooked over sev­eral hours in the time hon­oured sous vide fash­ion. You can opt for gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, and/or a ve­gan diet and you know ex­actly what you are con­sum­ing be­cause the menu dis­plays the nu­tri­ents in ev­ery dish - calo­ries, pro­teins, car­bo­hy­drates, fats, fiber et al.

All this does not mean you are left short of op­tions. On the con­trary, at Vis­tara, the main din­ing room, for in­stance, the break­fast a la carte menu, is a vast one, and you can tuck into seafood, chicken and pa­neer dishes at ev­ery meal. And, coun­ter­in­tu­itive though it may ap­pear, desserts are very much per­sona grata - the beet­root halwa and gar­lic onion kheer are es­pe­cially rec­om­mended. At Te Jus, the juice bar, you can sip on some great smooth­ies and green juices. And Chan­tara the lounge is the per­fect place to un­wind.

At­man­tan is also presently in the process of ac­quir­ing a GOLD LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Al­ready, so­lar en­ergy is the pri­mary source of en­ergy to heat water for nearly all its ap­pli­ca­tions and the re­sort is ac­tively tak­ing steps now meet the rest of the qual­i­fy­ing cri­te­ria.

So, now you know where to go if you are plan­ning your next break. The crys­talline vi­bra­tions of the Sahyadri hills beckon and the At­man­tan ex­pe­ri­ence calls out to your body, mind and soul. We strongly sug­gest you answer in the af­fir­ma­tive!

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