A clifftop Ayurveda retreat that’s flanked by quiet beaches, Niramaaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam fuses traditional and natural healing aids for a restorative holiday. Panchakarma, recommended as a seasonal treatment for eliminating toxins, is among the retreat’s tailor-made Ayurvedic programmes, which also extend to releasing stress, rejuvenation and building immunity. The Ayurvedic packages are also available at sister properties Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond, Kovalam and Niraamaya Cardamom Club, Thekkady. Ayurvedic Panchakarma at Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam per person for the minimum 14-night stay is Rs4,37,360 from November-April and Rs3,15,720 from May to September. Website .
Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Surrounded by sal forest and overlooking Rishikesh, Ananda in the Himalayas sprawls over a 100-acre estate. The serene destination spa integrates Ayurveda, yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and organic cuisine. The resident physician prescribes an Ayurvedic therapy programme after a detailed consultation. The Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Programme, for example, is available for 7, 14 or 21 nights, and is designed to suit personal needs; the panchakarma treatments work at improving vitality, alongside Ayurvedic treatments, controlled diet and yoga. Doubles from Rs25,000 for a Palace View Room per night; minimum two-night stay. Website.