UHM India's luxury spa holidays are the perfect way to awaken your senses in the most idyllic of surroundings in India, From destination spas to thermal spas and pampering spas, you are guaranteed to return home feeling revitalised. Each of UHM India's spa holidays offers something different but all create a calming and personal atmosphere, providing an extensive range of spa treatments to help you unwind. Complement your favourite spa treatments with daily wellness and holistic activities such as yoga and Pilates along with healthy cuisine for optimal health and well-being. UHM India provide a section of tailor-made spa breaks designed to relax, rejuvenate and renew.
The spa industry in India has seen some phenomenal growth in recent years. Kerala, with its ayurvedic roots, has emerged as a hot destination for spa tourism. You'll also find some wonderfully refreshing destination spas in the mountains, and enticing resort spas in India.
As well as skin treatments and massages, most spas in India have now evolved to include a number of different therapies, such as reflexology, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, and meditation. All you need to do is lie back and enjoy being pampered!
Here are the 10 best luxury spas in India.
1. Wildflower Hall Spa, Shimla
Set amongst cedar forests, with fresh air and a view of snow capped mountains, the Spa Pavilion at the Oberoi's Wildflower Hall Resort is a haven of tranquility. Twice voted "India’s Best Spa Resort" in the World Travel Awards, the spa uses plant and flower essences in its aromatherapy and Ayurveda based treatments.
2. Ananda In the Himalayas Spa, Rishikesh
The Ananda In the Himalayas is another award winning spa in India, set against the soothing background of the Himalayas. The spacious destination spa is built on a Maharaja's palace estate. It offers therapeutic treatments based on traditional Indian practices of ayurveda, yoga and meditation. There's also an enticing spa boutique, stocking everything from music to organic food. A three night minimum stay is required.
3. Kaya Kalp - The Royal Spa, Agra
Opened in March 2008 and declared the "World's Best City Spa" by the UK's Tatler Magazine within six months, Kaya Kalp is a spa like no other. Spread over 99,000 square feet of unsurpassed opulence, it could very well be the biggest spa in Asia. However, it's the jaw dropping grandeur of the spa that will take your breath away.
4. Maya Spa, Kumarakom
Winner of "Best Resort Spa" at the 2007 AsiaSpa awards, Maya Spa is located amidst the Kerala backwaters on the shores of Vembanad Lake. It's the largest spa in southern India and has two wings -- one dedicated to Ayurvedic treatments, and the other to Oriental and Western style treatments including massage, skin treatments, reflexology, and Shiatsu. The resort also has a special meditation and yoga pavilion on an island in the lagoon.
5. Taj Lake Palace Jiva Spa, Udaipur
As if the alluring lake setting of the Taj Lake Palace isn't enough, the Jiva spa takes it to a whole new level. Its exquisite treatment suites, with hand painted heritage frescoes adorning their walls, are the perfect places to relax and receive an unwind. What really makes this spa unique though, is its Royal Spa Boat. It will take you gliding across Lake Pichola as you soak in the spa bath on the deck or get an aromatherapy massage.
6. Sereno Spa, Goa
Voted "World’s Number One Spa" and "Best Spa in the Asian and Indian Subcontinent" by the readers of Conde Nast Traveller in 2006, Sereno Spa is a real delight for the senses. Located on a quiet Goa beach and spread over 36,000 square feet, the stunning outdoor spa pavilions have breathtaking sea views. A delicious range of ayurvedic inspired massage, skin, and body treatments is on offer.
7. Taj Malabar Jiva Spa, Cochin
Conde Nast Traveller readers rated the Jiva Spa, at the Taj Malabar Hotel, as one of their Top 10 favorite hotel spas in Asia for 2008. Located on a peaceful island, the spa looks out over a shimmering swimming pool that appears to merge into the ocean. Guests can choose from in-depth Ayurveda programs, traditional Indian massages, body scrubs, Ashtanga yoga and meditation. Perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation!
8. Amatrra Spa, New Delhi
The sensuous Amatrra Spa defines itself as the only metropolitan standalone lifestyle spa in India. It was awarded "Best Day Spa" by AsiaSpa India in 2007, and was recognized by Forbes as one of the "10 Best Spas in India" in 2006. The spa is unique in that its treatments are based on the ancient study of "Astroveda" -- a combination of Ayurveda and astrology.
9. Quan Spa, Mumbai
The opulent Quan Spa won Asia Spa's "New Spa of the Year" Award in 2006, and was one of Conde Nast Traveler's Hot Spas for 2007. This is a place where you can truly indulge yourself. The spa has four different types of treatments on offer -- rejuvenating, detoxifying, enhancing, and Indian style massages. What's great is that you don't have to be a hotel guest to visit this spa.
10. Amarvilas Spa, Agra
What could me more exquisite than relaxing in a bath full of flowers, with a view of the Taj Mahal outside? You can turn this dream into reality at the Oberoi Amarvilas Spa. The spa claims that it befits the self-indulgence of royalty, and its not wrong. Couples will find it impossible not to feel romantic! Treatments blend classic Ayurvedic techniques with traditional Thai massage, and use exotic herbal oils and creams of ancient Indian royalty.