Ananda in the Himalayas Rishikesh (Uttarakhand), India

“Former palace turned luxury spa retreat. Rooms are decorated in natural palettes of creams and greens, all have balconies. The restaurant serves healthy cuisine and there is daily afternoon tea with sugar-free options. There is a pool, award winning Ayurvedic spa and fitness centre. ”

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“One should not think of this property as a hotel, but as a 5* luxury ashram (if such a thing were to exist). Its focus is on wellbeing through yoga, Ayurvedic healing and Vedanta healing. The Garden Suites are located in a modern block overlooking the putting green. All have balconies, dressing rooms, huge baths and power showers. Our favourite room, The Viceregal Suite is located in the palace and decorated as it might have been during the days of the Raj. An imposing four poster bed in the centre of the room, with antique furniture making up a small sitting area as billowing curtains open out onto beautiful views of the hotel's grounds and undulating hills. All guests are provided with traditional "kurta" pyjamas and mala beads, should they wish to wear them, during their stay. Whilst alcohol is served, the focus is on healthy eating and drinking. There is an extensive vegetarian menu and an emphasis on sugar, wheat and dairy free meals. Share your breakfast with their resident (beautiful but greedy!) peacock as he awaits left over banana muffins. The spa is first class, providing Ayurvedic treatments and detox packages. All guests are welcome to complimentary yoga and fitness classes as well as two treatments. This is one for the serious spa goers, the yogis and spiritualists. ”

Written by  Megan Lambert

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THE READERS' SPA AWARDS 2012

Ananda is a short drive from Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga and The Beatles' interest in transcendental meditation, in the far north of India. Its location, setting - in manicured grounds overlooking the powerfully snaking Ganges - and its unfailingly kind and gentle staff give it a special healing energy, and its programme of yoga, Ayurveda and Vedanta is as emotionally uplifting as it is physically effective.

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Facilities

Private Hot Tub
Book the Vicregal Suite for your private terrace with hot tub
Sauna/Steam
Outdoor dining
Airport transfer
Rooms with balcony/terrace
Fireplace
Bar
Parking
Towelling robes
Safe
Conference facilities
Business Centre
Meeting Room
Massage
Sit-out Terrace
Billiard/pool table
Restrictions on children
Children are not accepted at this hotel.
Library
Games room
Sitting Room
Gym
Garden
Swimming Pool
Temperature controlled outdoor pool
Restaurant
Spa
Room service
Free wifi
Wifi
Concierge
Hot Tub
Private villas
Suites
Disabled access
24 Hour room service
Air conditioning

Activities

Local markets
The town of Rishikesh is awash with shops and stalls selling local handicrafts and religious artefacts.
Other Activities
The evening Ganga Aarti is something not to be missed for a truly India experience.
Trekking
The nearby hills of Rishikesh are popular amongst trekkers.
Learning
Learn about the philosphy of Vedanta at one of the hotel's daily lectures by renowned teachers.
Yoga
The hotel has complimentary morning yoga sessions or you can book a private lesson.
Sights nearby
For music fans The Beatles ashram is worth a visit.
Golf
The hotel has its own small putting green.
Kayaking
Along the River Ganges.

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78 rooms from $529 per night

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Spa breaks
One the most renowned spas and arguably the best in the world for Ayurvedic treatments.

Activities

Local markets
The town of Rishikesh is awash with shops and stalls selling local handicrafts and religious artefacts.
Other Activities
The evening Ganga Aarti is something not to be missed for a truly India experience.
Trekking
The nearby hills of Rishikesh are popular amongst trekkers.
Learning
Learn about the philosphy of Vedanta at one of the hotel's daily lectures by renowned teachers.
Yoga
The hotel has complimentary morning yoga sessions or you can book a private lesson.
Sights nearby
For music fans The Beatles ashram is worth a visit.
Golf
The hotel has its own small putting green.
Kayaking
Along the River Ganges.

Other highlights

Private Hot Tub
Book the Vicregal Suite for your private terrace with hot tub
Rooms with balcony/terrace
Quiet
Gourmet
Conference facilities
Secluded setting
Full of character
Sit-out Terrace
Colonial
Restrictions on children
Children are not accepted at this hotel.
Organic food
Designer
Views
Antiques
Gym
Chic
Artworks
Restaurant
Spa
Hills & mountains
5* Luxury
Free wifi
Luxury
Charming
Traditional
Wellbeing
Disabled access

Hotel size

78 rooms
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