5 Best Ayurveda Retreats
If you are feeling out of sorts, an Ayurvedic retreat with treatments that have helped people to feel better for over 5000 years is a good choice to address your health issues. Ayurveda considers different constitutional types to create a specific treatment plan and uses a wide array of healing techniques – from the four-handed Abhyanga massage to Shirodhara, which requires the pouring of oil onto the forehead in order to open the third eye. Our list of the best and most comprehensive Ayurveda retreats comprise of whole well-being experiences, including vegetarian meals and complementary programme activities.
1. Vana Malsi Estate, India
Vana Malsi Estate is a truly wonderful and unique experience. The impeccable Indian property in Dehradun is the perfect place to cocoon and refresh among nature with incredibly attentive and warm-hearted staff. Healing Holidays offers an exclusive personalised programme at Vana, which holistically combines elements from of Ayurveda, Traditional Tibetan medicine, yoga, natural therapies and spa treatments to address health issues.The Ayurvedic treatments are carried out by expert and intuitive practitioners, and you will depart feeling soothed and relaxed. In addition to treatments, you may choose to complement your programme with Ayurvedic cuisine created from Indian recipes at the Anayu restaurant.
2. Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand
Kamalaya is situated on a remote part of the coastline of Koh Samui. As Thailand`s award-winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort, you can experience a life-enriching healthy holiday retreat. Their wellness programs offer solutions for detox, stress and burnout, healthy lifestyle and yoga. If you are looking for a more personalised wellness experience, the team of international naturopaths will work with you to create your own personalised health program from their extensive range of holistic medicine, spa and healing therapies.
3. Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof, Austria
While most properties with dedicated Ayurveda programmes remain in India, where its ancient roots lie, the Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof offers a full-on Ayurveda experience in the beautiful Austrian countryside. You can soak up the gorgeous surroundings with unparalleled views from the expansive Garden of the 5 Elements and focus on your breath as you fill your lungs with fresh alpine air. If desired, you can find a quiet place to meditate in the garden when you are not in treatments. Ayurveda Resort Sonnhoff is the ultimate destination for those who would like to attend an Ayurveda retreat without the long haul flight to India, and it is great for those who have already been to Ayurveda retreats in India and want to enjoy a different experience.
4. Como Shambhala, Bali, Indonesia
Set amidst lush tropical surroundings, think swaying palm trees and a babbling river, sits COMO Shambhala Estate, one of the world’s best-loved destination spas. This haven of calm is the perfect place to escape your ordinary routine and indulge yourself on a wellness retreat, with a plethora of options on offer that ensure whatever you seek this boutique spa will have something to suit you.
5. Ayurveda Parkschlösschen, Germany
Located in a private 11-acre parkland surrounded by grand old trees, vineyards and a gently flowing brook, the family-run five star Ayurveda Parkschlösschen is one of the first “strictly Ayurveda” health resorts in Germany. The holistic Ayurveda Parkschlösschen concept focuses on millennium-old Ayurvedic tradition and at the same time integrates many small and previously overlooked details into a larger and more effective whole.