- Adults Only
- All Inclusive
- Thermal Facilities
- Personal training
- Pool – Outdoor
Ananda is an award-winning luxury destination spa resort in India situated at the Himalayan foothills. Located on a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, the resort is surrounded by Sal forests and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges River Valley.
Cited as one of the best luxury Ayurvedic retreats in the world, Ananda integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine – to restore balance and harmonise energy.
Your wellness journey at Ananda in the Himalayas begins with an in-depth pre-arrival lifestyle consultation which allows a team of doctors and practitioners to tailor each retreat specific to your needs. Your journey continues at home with a series of aftercare consultations.
An expansive spa spread across 25000 sq. ft. with 24 treatment rooms, the Ananda spa features more than 80 body and beauty experiences that integrate the traditional Indian wellness practices of Ayurveda and Yoga with the best of international wellness experiences. Highlights include a state of the art gym, an outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool and a variety of hydrotherapy facilities.
Tailored therapy and activity programmes are designed to meet individual needs and health goals. A team of qualified nutritionists, western & Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists, Yoga and fitness experts gently guide you towards a better lifestyle.
- Outdoor pool
- Hydrotherapy pools
- Hot tub
- Aroma steam room
- Treatment Suites With Private Steam Rooms
- Relaxation Areas
- Yoga Pavilion
70 spacious rooms overlook the Maharaja’s Palace & hills or the Ganges Valley. The newly renovated palace or the lush garden views rooms open onto large porches or balconies with picture-perfect views. All rooms are equipped with a sofa area, a 42’ Smart TV, tea and coffee makers, a well stocked healthy mini bar. Complimentary Wi-Fi high speed internet access is available in all rooms.
There are also 4 suites with private gardens, the historical Viceregal Suite, and 3 Luxury Villas with private pools.
Ayurvedic cuisine is served in the main restaurant and consists of fresh natural foods (low in fat and calories) with an emphasis on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products and no added salts or artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Menus are provided in consultation with the in-house Ayurvedic doctor, to help align the specific imbalances of the various body types.
Facilities and Activities
- Mini golf course on resort
- Display kitchen for demonstrations and culinary lessons on Ayurvedic/healthy cuisine
- Safari to Rajaji National Park
- Treks, nature trails and white-water rafting
- Excursions to Rishikesh to experience the Ganga Aarti (evening prayer ceremony)
For the Kids
Children under 14 years are not allowed at Ananda in the Himalayas to maintain the tranquility of this destination spa.
For teens, a special Active Teens programme is available which includes escorted treks, river rafting and customised yoga sessions.
35 minute scenic drive from Dehradun Airport.
45 minute flight from Delhi International Airport to Dehradun airport.
Private helicopters from Delhi to Ananda are available.
Set in a breathtaking national park, at the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India, just 40 minutes from the yoga world capital of Rishikesh (some serious ‘omm’ going on here – it’s where The Beatles first met the Maharishi) the Ananda is an award-winning luxury wellness retreat focussing on Ayurveda and Yoga while integrating international wellness therapies. Located on a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, surrounded by Sal forests, it overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley.
Ananda integrates traditional Ayurveda, yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore balance and harmonise energy.
A world-class wellbeing retreat offering traditional Indian wellness programs, often cited as one of the best in Asia – based on the Hindu Vedanta philosophy that peace, happiness and wellbeing come from within and works together as one.
The 24,000 square foot spa boasts 24 treatment rooms with specialised areas for Ayurveda, Oriental and European systems of holistic health. Facilities include a temperature-controlled outdoor lap pool, state of the art gym, hydrotherapy pools and a sauna.
There are an extensive team of qualified nutritionists, Western & Ayurvedic physicians and spa therapists specialising in ancient Indian sciences and modern western treatments.
Each Ayurvedic treatment begins with a cleansing foot ritual and a melodic prayer. These were some of the most holistic and spiritual treatments I’ve ever experienced. During one of my favourites, Pizhichil (also known as The Kings Treatment) lukewarm herbal oils were poured continuously over my body for 45 minutes – a totally indulgent, rejuvenating experience which strengthens immunity, lubricates the joints and increases flexibility.
Suffering periodically from a prolapsed disc for a number of years, the treatment definitely seemed to ease the pain – this may be due to the benefits of the heat and relaxation of muscles around the spine – either way, it was a winner!
Mukhlepa – For centuries Mukhlepa has been used as a beauty ritual for Indian women. Traditional herbs are used to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and hydrate. A specialised dosha specific herbal lepa or mask is applied to the face ‘to bring out the beauty within’.
Kati Vasti – This aims to ease pain in the spinal area by placing a small circle of paste made from black gram or wheat flour strategically on the spinal area. Warmed oil is then poured into this circle to soothe muscular tissue, alleviate pain and lubricate spinal discs and nerves.
Ananda’s Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Package is designed with the aim of restoring vitality by eliminating toxins through traditional Panchakarma treatments, and by enhancing the body’s immunity through a combination of Ayurvedic treatments. The programme includes stimulating and purifying therapies, daily yoga and meditation and a Dosha-specific Ayurvedic diet to help reduce stress, improve health, address ailments and delay the ageing process.
My programme begins with a lifestyle consultation focusing on physical, mental and emotional health to help determine my dominant Dosha. The three Doshas (dynamic living forces) are Kapha, Pitta and Vata and most people have one dominant Dosha. The Ayurvedic physician then prepared a bespoke diet, treatment and exercise plan.
Heavy and slow Kapha was my dominant Dosha, so I was prescribed a fresh light diet of fruits and vegetables combined with Ayurvedic treatments, yoga, meditation and a light exercise regime. Treatments and diets are geared to balance the three forces to achieve optimum wellbeing.
The next five days consisted of early morning yoga and meditation sessions (for the first time in my life I actually mastered the art of meditation – the practitioners are excellent), daily Ayurvedic treatments with a focus on osteo-health, dips in the pool and wonderful walks and hikes through forests to various temples – as well as trips to the Ganges river and markets of Rishikesh.
Though my prescribed diet plan was light, it was filling and delicious! Breakfast was fresh fruit juice, a lightly spiced tincture and cereal with almond milk, while dinners consisted of some of the best vegetable thalis I’ve ever tasted.
Five nights at The Ananda and I literally felt like I was floating on air – clear eyes, skin and head with a new lease of life. The setting of the retreat is breathtaking – peacocks and monkeys roam around freely – and the air is the cleanest you’ll breathe.
If you’re looking for a complete wellbeing overhaul, rejuvenation and stress management in an idyllic spiritual setting then Ananda is the place for you.
With unique focus on the traditional Indian sciences of yoga and Ayurveda the personalised therapy and activities programmes are designed to meet individual needs and health goals.
Programmes are designed to help with stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-ageing, weight and inch loss, while also offering guidance in the areas of nutrition and exercise.
Most accommodation is situated in an annexe building down a hill from the main house and recently renovated rooms are super comfortable and spacious with all the luxuries you need – super comfy beds, balconies, tubs and minibars with healthy treats. Opt for a valley room for a distant view of the Ganges.
Menus are provided in consultation with the in house Ayurvedic doctor, to align the specific imbalances of the various body types.
Ananda’s wonderful Ayurvedic cuisine is served in the main restaurant and consists of fresh natural foods (low in fat and calories) with an emphasis on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products and no added salts or artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. Breakfasts consisted of cereals, almond yoghurt and fresh fruits with Ayurvedic tinctures – infused with cardamon, cumin and various other spices. In the evenings we dined on mildly spiced, but completely delicious, vegetarian curries.
À la carte menus and a selection of wines are available for those not on a specific programme.
The three-hour uphill hike to the beautiful Kunjapuri Temple – which takes place twice a week – where you can have a Hindu blessing and take in the breathtaking mountain views.
An excursion to Rishikesh for the Ganga Aarti (evening prayer ceremony) is a truly incredible experience.