While sometimes soul searching seems like an option, indulging in a wellness retreat is a forever one!

Did you know that a survey conducted by the Cigna TTK Health Insurance in 2019 ranked India as the ‘most stressed’ among other developing countries in the world? In fact, depression and anxiety rake high amongst working professionals and millennials more than ever before. The statistics are grossly frightening and surprising at the same time! As a country which is marvelled as the land of Ayurveda, these research reports then urge us to dive deep into the status-quo of the society. And if you are looking for a short escape, why not make it into an indulgent one? That’s where wellness retreats come into the picture – not only do they provide a welcome break from your hectic daily life but also offer holistic healing treatments for the mind, body, and soul. So whether you are looking for a short break from city life, a  fortnight to start life afresh or a month to reconnect with yourself, these luxury retreats will be your best health investment.

Ananda In The Himalayas, Uttarakhand

A celebrity favourite, Ananda In The Himalayas in Rishikesh is a mystical retreat that will rejuvenate you physically, emotionally and spiritually. Considered to be a former palace of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, this 100-acre property is transformed into a 5-star destination spa in the Himalayan foothills. Apart from being strategically located in the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, it is the peaceful surroundings of the Sal forest and the gentle meandering of The Ganges that will instantly attract you the property.  It is not just a luxury retreat but a holistic awakening of the soul through traditional Indian wellness regimes of yoga and Ayurveda combined with the best of international wellness experiences. 

IFM Recommends: Their Mountain Dew Skin Freshener - a deep cleansing facial that treats dehydrated and sun-damaged skin with the help of pure essential oils that are catered to your skin type. Patrons also, recommend their holistic detox programme that ranges from 5 to 21 nights and is highly recommended if you are looking for a comprehensive detox especially targeted to soothe the digestive system.

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Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat And Spa, Maharashtra

Closely nestled in the mammoth Sahyadri mountains, the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa in Lonavala is less than a 3-hour drive from the chaos of Mumbai. Often known for its personalized wellness programs, the place is a great choice for millennials who are looking for a short break from their busy work life. With more than 20 luxury cottages and the biggest spa in Asia, the property has repeatedly been nominated amongst the best wellness retreats in the world. Everything from their varied healing traditions to their meditative cave and personalised wellness programs guarantee all-round healing.

IFM Recommends: Their Dharan wellness programme- a 5-7 day activity that guarantees to shun all your stress through meditation practices and pranayama. Don’t forget to try their acupuncture session and invigorating nature walks that are all part of the package.

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Swaswara, Gokarna, Karnataka

Located in the hippie's paradise – Om beach in Gokarna, Swaswara is a combination of two Sanskrit words ‘Swa’ (self) and ‘Swara’ (sound). If you are done lounging by the beach shacks and want a place to immerse in nature and truly find yourself again, then Swaswara would be a great choice. Imagine being in a hilltop, meditating amidst the salty sea breeze and the sun-kissed mountains! If this view appeals to you as much as us, then you should definitely make a booking now! Their wellness programmes start from 5 days and go up to 21 days and are fully customisable.

IFM Recommends: Their ‘Swa Well Being’ programme that combines relaxing body treatments, yoga, meditation, art therapies, a wholesome diet and even music to truly help you reconnect with your inner self.


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Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam, Kerala

Often rated amongst the top 5 in the best wellness retreat lists, the Niraamaya retreat resort offers tranquility with refined luxury. You’ll be guided by a professional team of expert ayurvedic doctors, skilled therapists, nutritionists, yogis, fitness experts, and spa cuisine chefs throughout your wellness journey. For those who like exploring, there is a guided bicycle tour for you to explore the lush countryside and the rich paddy fields. The biggest highlight according to us is the rock-cut infinity pool and a private beach where you can do all the soul searching.

IFM Recommends: The corporate stress management programme that is best suited for working professionals. The 7-day wellness retreat combines ayurvedic treatments based on Panchakarma and Rasayana chikitsa along with yoga, pranayama and meditation to balance your body.

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Naad Wellness Centre, Sonipat, Haryana

If you are looking for a soothing break from bustling city life, then head to the Naad Wellness Centre which is located just an hour away from Delhi. At Naad, it is all about reconnecting with your inner soul through curated experiences that heal you from within. With tailor-made experiences, healing therapies and indulgent spa sessions, this truly is a place for spiritual awakening and being more in tune with yourself.

IFM Recommends: The De-stress programme that is aimed at restoring health and energy in the body through different yogic kriyas, fitness activities and a nutritious diet.

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Where do you plan to have your wellness moment at?

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