1 Rejuvenation Spa 2 Luxury Property
Bali Rejuvenation Retreat, Bali, Indonesia
Head to Ubud, Bali in July for five days and six nights in the mountainous countryside surrounded by peaceful rice fields. The retreat is an exclusive one — it’s just for women and takes only eight participants. If you’re overworked or overstressed, then head here; the retreat specialises in rejuvenation. During your stay, expect daily massages, body scrubs or Ayurvedic spa treatments, and relaxation, stretching and meditation sessions. If you’re up for it, experts will also take you through individual sessions that balance your chakra and strengthen your aura. In between your treatments, feast on the delicious Balinese organic cuisine, and even learn how to cook it.
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
Perhaps Oberoi’s best known property around the world, Udaivilas is located on the banks of the beautiful lake Pichola in Udaipur. Built in the traditional Rajasthani style, you are sure to find rambling courtyards, gentle fountains, reflecting pools and verdant gardens. Don’t miss the Rajasthani cuisine and melt-in-your mouth croissants for breakfast. Daily yoga sessions and the luxurious swimming pool are great morning activities. Throughout your entire trip, expect to be treated like royalty — after all, it will take you back to the time when Mewar was ruled by kings. More info: 3 Natural Beauty
This crescent-shaped island is a hop, skip, and a jump away from Athens, and has a population of just 13,000. It owes its existence to a volcano, so be sure to roam over the incredible beaches of black, white and red sands. Recharge your batteries by visiting sprawling wineries and old Greek churches and museums, or just enjoy the natural beauty of the over-the-cliff view of the blue sea.
And don’t miss the sunrise: It’s said to be one of the best in the world. When you’re eating out, delight in Santorini’s Vinsanto, one of the most complex dessert wines in the world, and the famous fried tomato balls, keftades. More info: 4 Family Holiday
Xcaret, Cancun, Mexico
The Mexican eco-park is the best possible place to rejuvenate with family. You float through 3,000 feet of underground rivers, learn to scuba dive, explore one of the largest butterfly parks in the world, and make your way through Aztec and Mayan ruins. Your kids will love the chance to swim with dolphins, fish and maybe even sharks, if they’re up to it.
For a very far-out experience, try Temascal, an ancient mystical ritual in which you are transported to another time and then reborn as a new person More info: 5 Romantic Spot
Get lost in the ancient coral reefs of the Maldives Island, which formed around prehistoric volcanoes. When you aren’t relaxing on the beach, sample the island’s oriental fare or explore its adventure sports, like diving and windsurfing. It may be the best diving you’ll ever do, as the Maldives have beautiful lagoons and an incredible range of marine life, including 20-foot-long whale-sharks! More info: 6 Secret Hideaway
Kayumanis, Jimbaran, Bali
Okay, yes, it’s Bali again, but you simply can’t miss the small fishing village of Jimbaran. The beach is before you, the rainforest and volcanoes behind you, and absolutely no one will be able to find you. You’ll be fascinated by the rice terraces and coconut groves, too.
Snorkel in the morning and have a romantic candle-lit dinner at Al Fresco in the evening. More info:
8 Holistic Spa
7 Elite Treatment
Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand
With three night/four day packages including airfare that start from Rs. 116,000, the trip won’t be cheap. But we promise you’ll come back refreshed — Chiva-Som means “Your Haven of Life”.
The beach resort personalises itself just for you, making its goal a lifestyle transformation from stress to total health and wellness. Programmes are customised through both conventional and naturopathic medicines. Expect experienced staff, including doctors, fitness instructors and nutritionists. If you want to venture out from the spa, the golf facilities, fishing port, and beach-side restaurants are sure to delight you.
Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India
Just outside Rishikesh in the Himayalas lies a sort of dreamscape, also known as a “destination spa”. Propelled by the concept of a holistic lifestyle, the spa will work not just on your physical, but also mental and spiritual health. Think Ayurveda, yoga and Vedanta all rolled into one.
Seventy-nine body and beauty treatments, and adventure activities on the Ganga will energise the body; the resort’s yoga and meditation by visiting masters will uplift the mind. At Ananda, they serve you only food that is best for your body type. You may lose weight, but you’ll be even happier that you lose remaining tension. More info: 9 Jungle Rejuvenation
Karkloof Spa, South Africa
In the middle of the African jungle near Durban, you’ll find Karkloof Spa, a “wellness and wildlife retreat” which provides not only a restful spa but also days full of peaceful game viewing. On game drives, you’re sure to spot a white rhino, giraffe, buffalo or zebra.
You can also explore the sandy beaches — it’s always good weather in Durban. And don’t miss the Karkloof falls or delicious raw food cuisine. More info: 10 Spa Town
At the foot of the black forest lies this graceful spa town that both naturalists and the pickiest of travellers will enjoy. That’s because the 2,000-year-old Baden-Baden is a perfect mix of natural springs and exclusive spa hotels. You won’t get bored either; golf, tennis, horse racing, hiking, and skiing are all popular in the area.
Make sure to check out the scenic 18-hole golf course in Fremersberg, as well as the parks and gardens, such as one called “Lichtentaler Allee”.
Baden-Baden is known as one of Europe’s “most pleasant fountains of health”, as it has a number of medical clinics that use the healing waters of the local springs to fix any number of ailments. Sink in,
and enjoy.More info: 11 Mountainside
Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland
A luxury hotel at 1,856 metres above sea level, surrounded by the Swiss Alps, Badrutt’s Palace has long been a favourite of celebrities and royalty. It’s not hard to see why: You can take your pick between relaxing in the spa with a breathtaking view, skiing in the nearby mountains, or skating in the private ice rink. And afterwards warm up in the sauna, jacuzzi, and steam bath. Head off to the Davidoff Lounge in the evening to enjoy the incredible view over a luxurious drink. More info: (Compiled by: Cuckoo Paul, Elizabeth Flock, Prince Thomas)
(This story appears in the 08 January, 2010 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)