What do you do when you want a break from stress in the city? A good antidote is to shuffle out in pursuit of relaxation. If you want indulgent treatment and pampering galore, here are some great getaways:
75. A rejuvenating massage
For complete ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy, head to AyurvedaGram in Whitefield, Bangalore. Upon arrival and after a detailed examination by the resident medical officer, your massage treatments are decided upon. In heritage buildings transplanted from Kerala, you can spend time detoxifying with carefully planned traditional massages such as Shirodhara and Kadeevasthy. The meals are strictly vegetarian, and the approach is holistic. Go only if you’re ready for prescribed discipline—how much to exercise, what to eat—and you’re sure to come back healed and hearty.
Seep in: The lotus pond at AyurvedaGram.
Package: A one-night rejuvenating stay encompassing consultation with the physician, the massage, yoga, steam bath, use of the gym and vegetarian cuisine, costs Rs3,550 for a single person and Rs6,050 for a couple.
If you love to dance and want to unwind through activity as well as stillness, then Osho International Meditation Centre at Pune is the place for you. Here, mediation is distinguished by the fact that it is dynamic. It involves dance, self-expression, laughter and movement. Every day, a series of meditations are on offer in the gigantic air-conditioned hall. After a day of meditation, the parties in the evening are as joyful and invigorating. Only, you will need to swap your maroon robe for evening clothes.
Package: A Welcome Package for Rs1,280 includes the mandatory HIV test, entrance for a day, entry card and ticket to participate in an introductory session. For attendance on every subsequent day, Indians pay Rs150, foreign nationals Rs450. Included in this price are meditations, the dance celebrations in Buddha Grove and certain classes such as Tai Chi and Zen Archery (which are subject to change, depending on when you visit).
77. Hibernate by the sea
When a gigantic helping of peace, quiet and serenity is what you’re after, there’s little to beat the tranquillity of Fort Tiracol, Goa. This fort, now converted into a boutique hotel, is secluded from the mainland. Since there are just seven rooms in the entire fort and no sign of life for miles, the chances of being disturbed from your reverie are few. You can request for yoga programmes and massage treatments to soothe those jangled city nerves.
Package: An overnight stay in a standard room here costs €130 (about Rs7,400)
78. Cleo from 5 to 7
If being indulged silly is what shakes your milk, Golden Palms, the luxury spa in Bangalore, is a good place to start. Whatever package you choose, expect to be pampered non-stop. On the cards are: body wraps and scrubs, Thai and Oriental therapies, Vichy showers, beauty treatments, hydrotherapy. If you’re feeling particularly decadent, try the Cleopatra Milk Bath, which requires that you bathe in an extravagant blend of milk, honey and rose petals. The emphasis here is on arriving at Bacchanalian bliss. Statues of Greek gods beam benignly over a massive swimming pool, as you indulge in food as delectable as your therapies.
Package: The tariff ranges from Rs1,200 to Rs2,500 for a one-day package. This includes a single treatment and buffet lunch, and ends with evening tea and cookies. For those inclined towards a longer stay, the three-night/four-day rejuvenation package will cost Rs39,000 for a single room.