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. 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.
2. Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort, Sri Lanka
Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort, on the Indian subcontinent, is closer to the origins of Ayurveda and boasts a professional Ayurveda health centre. Mealtimes are another opportunity to experience Ayurvedic therapy, with doctors ready to explain what type of produce to eat and avoid to best suit your constitutional type. During your free time, you are welcome to participate in group yoga classes that are held in the gorgeous open-air yoga and meditation pavilion. For a different type of energy awareness practice, you can also try Tai Chi. The goal of Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort is to provide authentic Ayurveda and yoga experiences, which is clearly working because AsiaSpa raves that this is “a place to experience Ayurveda at its best.”
3. 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.
4. Shreyas Retreat, India
A unique aspect of visiting Shreyas Retreat is the variety of accommodation options. In addition to rooms, you also have the choice to stay in a cottage with views of the pool or reconnect with nature in a tent with an on suite bathroom and a private walled courtyard. You will be well-fueled during your time at Shreyas with four courses served at both lunch and dinner, and you can use your energy to participate in yoga classes or complete independent exercise at the gym. The beautifully-styled yoga hideout is also equipped with a swimming pool and indoor steam rooms in order to facilitate your complete relaxation.
5. Soukya, India
Although a smaller sized property, Soukya in India has found acclaim, having hosted Camilla and Charles of the royal family. The personal touch is very welcome and the rooms and cottages all feature private gardens with open air showers. This health sanctuary is ideal for those who would like to sort out more serious health problems. While it is recommended that you spend at least one week healing in this lush haven, the Panchakarma retreat is offered for 21 or 28 days to fully revitalize your body. The wide array of treatments in a serene atmosphere are sure to help you feel like your old self.