One of the world's top destination spas, Ananda in the Himalayas is an ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle of India and pamper yourself in a beautiful, peaceful environment. Ananda is located close to the holy town of Rishikesh and an hour's drive from the domestic airport at Dehradun from where there are daily flights making the short journey to Delhi. It is set on a mountain ridge in 100 acres of forest from where there are fine views over the Ganges River and Rishikesh valley.
Accommodation is a mix of rooms, suites and villas. There are 70 deluxe rooms, each with a dressing area, walk-in wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom with sunken bathtub. All rooms have a private balcony. The 5 suites are spacious and feature either a private garden or terrace. Some also have a jacuzzi. The 3 villas are luxurious with a sitting room, bathroom with sauna and their own private heated pool.
An excellent restaurant serves both Indian and Western food, using many locally grown organic herbs and vegetables. It also offers Ayurveduic cuisine, which takes into account the activity levels, medical condition and lifestyle of the individual. The restaurant includes an outdoor dining area and a treetop deck. The Pavilion serves snacks and drinks near the pool, there is pool bar. There is a separate Palace Tea Lounge
Ananda is world famous for its spa which offers 80 types of body and beauty treatments. The spa combines age-old therapies such as the Indian science of Ayurveda with modern spa technology. Its treatments are designed to promote harmony between the physical and medical realms of the body and an overall sense of well-being. The fully trained staff and physicians offer healing and pampering treatments, as well as advice and guidance on nutrition and exercise. Therapies are personalised according to the needs of each guest and can be deisgned to to de-stress, de-toxify, cleanse and relax. Anti-ageing and weight loss programmes are also available. Yoga, meditation and vedanta are popular, in the most relaxing and beautiful of settings. There is a temperature-controlled outdoor lap pool and a 16-station gym.
If you wish a more active stay, there is a variety of activities available from Ananda. You can explore the holy town of Rishikesh, famous for its evening Aranti ceremony performed alongside the holy river Ganges, visit the Rajaji National Park, hike and raft in the Himalayas or even play golf on the 6-hole course.
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Open: All year.
Location: Ananda is located in the foothills of the Himalayas near the cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, 260kms north of Delhi.
Rooms: There are 78 rooms, suites and private villas. All have en-suite bathrooms with a sunken bathtub and separate shower. They are all air conditioned and feature a minibar, tea and coffee making equipment, telephone, safe and television. Rooms are 45sqm and have balconies with views of the palace or Ganges River valley. Suites have living rooms and private gardens, and the Ananda and Viceregal suites also have dining areas. Villas have a private pool and a sauna in the bathroom and come with butler service. All rooms, suites and villas have free Wi-Fi internet access.
Activities: The focus of life at Ananda is the spa. It offers a vast range of treatments, fitness activities, wellness activities, beauty treatments and yoga and meditation. It has some 24 treatment rooms, 2 relaxation rooms and 4 consultation rooms. It specialises in Ayurvedic treatments which include massage and diet aimed at healing, cleansing, relaxing and revitalising the patient. Other activities available on site include billiards, golf, jogging and cooking classes. Staff can organise further activities such as temple tours, trekking, white water rafting and wildlife safaris in Rajaji National Park.
Facilities: There is a large swimming pool and sundeck with sunloungers. Guests are welcome to use the library which has a wide range of literary and historical books as well as contemporary works on health and wellbeing. Other facilities include an amphitheatre, music pavillion, billiard room. yoga pavilions and landscaped gardens. The boutique sells spa products, toiletries, silk, art objects, organic food and music books.
Dining: The main restaurant serves India, Asian and Western cuisine. It features a treetop deck, for al fresco eating, Guests can also enjoy light meals, snacks and drinks at the Pavillion. There is also an elegant tea lounge and a winter garden where afternoon tea can be served. Meals are taken at individual tables. Private dining can be arranged. Guests undertaking spa treatments can enjoy a special diet based on Ayrveda principles as part of their programme.
Children: Children below the age of 14 are not permitted at Ananda. The spa treatments are available to those aged 18 and over.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in guest rooms and in some public areas.
Take your pick of the therapeutic programmes offered at this destination spa located in the Himalayan foothills.
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