Photo of Ananda in the Himalayas

“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. ”

“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. ”

Hotel Review

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

Written by Megan Lambert

Recommended For

  • Spa breaks
  • One the most renowned spas and arguably the best in the world for Ayurvedic treatments.
  • Local markets
  • The town of Rishikesh is awash with shops and stalls selling local handicrafts and religious artefacts.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Private Hot Tub
  • Book the Vicregal Suite for your private terrace with hot tub
  • Restrictions on children
  • Children are not accepted at this hotel.
  • Gourmet
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Quiet
  • Full of character
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Colonial
  • Organic food
  • Designer
  • Conference facilities
  • Secluded setting
  • 5* Luxury
  • Antiques
  • Gym
  • Chic
  • Artworks
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Hills & mountains
  • Disabled access
  • Views
  • Free wifi
  • Luxury
  • Charming
  • Traditional
  • Wellbeing

Facilities

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

Activities

  • Local markets
  • The town of Rishikesh is awash with shops and stalls selling local handicrafts and religious artefacts.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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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.

Originally published by Condé Nast Traveller (view article)