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The Rome Cavalieri continues healthy traditions

It all started in the Middle Ages when knights would stop here before journeying to the Vatican. A stop to relax and to  be fed and watered, to breathe in the oxygenated air in the hills with Rome at their feet. Today, the Rome Cavalieri continues the tradition for travellers and guests, sitting in its enviable location looking out over Rome’s monuments.

The resort overflows with Italian elegance, a showcase of masterpieces, from Andy Warhol to Venetian masters, original antiques and bejewelled costumes worn by Nureyev, all on display.  Swarovski crystal taps and a Karl Lagerfeld couture couch accessorize the penthouse suites. The Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria hotel, stands nobly as a private museum of art with an original collection of artefacts which adorn all areas – marble statues lighting up corners, French handmade clocks marking time, rare pieces of furniture and Tiepolo’s masterpiece tapestries draped proudly as centre pieces in the lobby to be enjoyed by guests and visitors alike. The hotel conducts private art tours to show off the 1,100 pieces of art around the property. Italian classical opulence at its best, fit for any Emperor.

Just 15 minutes from the centre of Rome itself, a testament to grand architectural statements, Michelangelo’s brushstrokes, fountains and statues galore with pieces of history around every corner on fine display.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, as they say, so leave plenty of time to appreciate the magnitude of buildings from the grandeur of the Vatican City, the smallest independent state in the world, protected by the Swiss Guard, the Colosseum, a Flavian amphitheatre and symbol of Imperialism and the Pantheon, the oldest domed temple in the city. Rome, the seat of the Roman Empire, a city of clashes, battles and revolts, chariot racing and gladiators all laced by avenues of trees like stilted broccoli florets on guard while operatic performances delight audiences in hidden churches.

The Great Imperial Thermal Baths of Caracalla with its sequence of thermal rooms demonstrate the significance of bathing in Roman times. A public bath was built around three principal rooms: a warm one called the tepidarium, a hot one called the caldarium, where slaves would rub their masters with perfumed oil and a big cold bath called the frigidarium for swimming. Bathing played a major part in ancient Roman culture and society, practiced across all social classes. It was also regarded a medical practice due to the curative powers of the thermal water.

Such practises are continued at the Rome Cavalieri’s Grand Spa, a welcome retreat after roaming Rome. Here, bathing like a Roman is encouraged. The Turkish bath is so spacious you can easily imagine Romans lying over the marble surfaces, plunging in and out of hot and cold pools, cleansing and socialising, retreating into saunas and reclining in the relaxation areas on cushioned divans. The 2,500 square metre spa is impressive and mimics the ancient bathing practises. of spa, with 10 treatments, a spacious Turkish bath, all adorned with elements of original roman baths, framed with columns and patterned with mosaics.

The treatment rooms are very stylish, subtly lit in contemporary, artistic design, emanating a relaxing ambience with contoured walls, seemingly reflecting the rhythmic massage strokes of the therapist. A hydrating facial using La Prairie products is one of their signature treatments resulting in the desired effect. The menu list is extensive and focuses on treatments for both men and women.

There are 345 rooms and 25 suites all enjoying private balconies or terraces, many with views of the Eternal City and St Peter’s Basilica. For roof-top fine dining La Pergola is the only Michelin-rated three-star restaurant in Rome.

Set in tranquillity, nestling in 15 acres of Mediterranean park, travellers are still checking-in to continue the traditions of the Knights of the Middle Ages. Dining, resting and recuperating in opulent and luxurious surroundings, while admiring those Roman decorated domes and monuments glinting from the city afar.

The Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.  www.Romecavalieri.com

A Roma Pass is available for good savings and entrance to many of the attractions. These are valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours.   www.turismoroma.it, toll free information number 00 39 06 060608 and facebook page @turismoroma

With the many cobbled streets around Rome proving difficult for wheelchairs, Roma Experience has this covered with accessible four-hour itineraries. These include a visit to the Vatican which takes in the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s School of Athens fresco and St Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum and Roman Forum. For wheelchair friendly tours visit www.romaexperience.com

Facts on Rome…..Did you know:

The Colosseum was once filled with water to stage mock ship battles

The Smiling Pope (Pope John 23rd) is buried in the tombs under St Peter’s Basilica

Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel standing, and not on his back

The Vatican welcomes 30,000 visitors to its 5 miles of galleries daily

The Romans believed that a Gladiator’s blood was a source of virility.

They used cobwebs to heal skulls.

Fancy a pizza?

On June 11, 1889, to honour the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, the Neapolitan pizzamaker Raffaele Esposito created the “Pizza Margherita”,

In Rome, a pizza is sold by weight.

 

The Growth of Dubai’s Aesthetic & Dental Wellness Tourism

Dubai’s position as a leading global healthcare destination is thanks to the emirate’s focus on the constant adoption of the latest technologies, talents and systems that ensure international standards of patient care. The emirate offers a complete transitional journey with modern programs and advanced technologies that effectively address personalized needs. As a result Dubai welcomed in excess of 337,011 health tourists last year

With the support of Dubai Health Experience (DXH), the brand conceived by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to enhance the health facilities in Dubai and cement its position on the global health and wellness tourism landscape, there has been a nine per cent growth in the number of health facilities that have been verified and added to the DXH Group.

To effectively address the rising demand from discerning clients from around the globe, the DXH website offers comprehensive medical packages that have been created with its members. The website www.dxh.ae is available in different languages and has a live chat support feature. It allows users to choose from over 600 health and wellness packages that include an extensive range of medical diagnosis and treatment options across various specialties offered by accredited healthcare facilities.

Through the adoption of a holistic approach aimed at promoting overall wellbeing, Dubai offers wellness and medical packages that promise and deliver healing, personal growth and intense pampering and relaxation in the safest and most secure environment. The emirate achieves this through an extensive network of service providers that include integrated health centers and globally renowned wellness resorts. These include the Retreat the Palm and DNA health center at the Madinah Jumeirah, which is an integrated wellness and aesthetics center that offers health screening, aesthetics, ante-aging therapies and alternative medicine. These wellness retreats have developed their relaxation, weight loss and diabetes management programs under the guidance of licensed professionals, wellness nutritionists and functional medicine practitioners. They combine relaxation and rejuvenation in the form of detox and cleansing through yoga and mindfulness, to cater to the individual needs of clients.

Recently there has been an increased interest from the UK and European travellers in the aesthetic and cosmetics wellness services offered by Dubai’s state-of-the-art wellness centers. This segment, which offers non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, is now contributing significantly to the growth of the sector. Treatments for skin and face continue to be in great demand and are offered by many highly qualified wellness centres and spas using the latest technology as well as adopting a holistic approach to the individual’s wellbeing.

Dentistry is also one of the rising requirements for European tourists. Dubai’s dental wellness offers highly advanced dental clinics that boast state-of-the-art technologies, highly qualified, and experienced dentists. From fillings to bridges, implants, root canals to veneers and teeth whitening, the emirate offers high quality cosmetic dentistry with over 25 specialist dentists. The latest advances in dental and healthcare technology now provides patients with a unique opportunity to achieve optimum oral wellness by having the treatments tailored to suit their personal needs.

Today’s idea of wellness is multi-dimensional and encompasses the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health of individuals. A deep understanding of this knowledge is the basis of Dubai’s rise as one of the top popular medical and wellness tourism destinations around the world, reflected by the increasing numbers of medical and wellness tourists.. Apart from aesthetics and dental wellness, dermatology, ophthalmology and fertility are also among sought-after specialties.

The emirate now offers a 90-days medical tourism visa in cooperation with General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, which is renewable for an extra 30 days depending on the duration and severity of the procedure and the patient’s medical condition. Related travel insurance is also issued within 48 hours of registration at any visa facility.

DXH continues its efforts to add value to Dubai’s standing on the global medical tourism landscape, attracting medical and wellness tourists from all over the globe to explore unique wellness experiences in Dubai. Harnessing the experience and expertise of many highly qualified medical facilities with specially trained medical professionals, Dubai’s medical tourism delivers incomparable healthcare experiences of global standards, as the influx of medical tourists to the emirate is poised to reach 1.3 million by 2021.

The emirate is very accessible from Africa, Asia and Europe thanks to the superior connectivity made possible by numerous airlines and airports.

 

 

 

Healing journeys in the rainforest

Silent canopy walks, wild swimming and rainforest yoga. The Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa in Malaysia brings a new level of healing programming by harnessing the healing power of its natural setting in the heart of the Mulu National Park.

The 52,000 hectares of ancient primary rainforest surrounding the resort serve as the canvas for Ayus Wellness, a new program created by Dr Gerry Bodeker, an academic at both the University of Oxford and Columbia University in New York.

The natural environment of Mulu allows Ayus Wellness to employ nature as one of its primary tools of therapy for personalized, science-based programmes to enhance minds and moods. This converts to forest immersion with yoga, meditation, silent canopy walks, and swimming in the mineralized waters of Clearwater Pool, which are filtered through 60-million-year-old limestone caves.

Ayus takes its name from the Sanskrit, meaning the sense of life, from its most microscopic cellular level to its simultaneous vastness, including the movement of galaxies and universes.

Borneo food traditions, local Sarawakian ingredients and flavors, and even wild-crafted foods from the grounds of the resort itself have been used to craft a unique wellness cuisine for Ayus Wellness. The gourmet vegetarian menu includes a unique power shot made from gotu kolu (Centella asiatica), known locally as Pegaga.

The resort adjoins the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mulu National Park, one of the few sites in the world which satisfies all four of the criteria for the World Heritage List. One of the most important tenets of Ayus Wellness is its capacity for building employment among the indigenous local community; nearly 200 members of the indigenous community have been trained in roles from hotel management to running the national park.

With this innovative new program Ayus Wellness at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa has become the first hotel in Malaysia to join the Healing Hotels of the World. 

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Spa Experiences for Cancer Patients

The pool at the Slieve Donard Hotel.

Hastings Hotels in Northern Ireland has launched a new collection of nurturing face and body treatments for those who are living with, through and beyond cancer. Available at the Culloden Estate & Spa and Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, the treatments have been created with Wellness for Cancer™, a world leading provider of cancer therapy training and ESPA.

Working with Wellness for Cancer™, the hotels have developed treatments specially designed with support from ESPA to soothe the guest and nourish their body, using natural products. The Hastings Hotels’ spa therapists have been trained and certified to provide services for clients undergoing treatment for cancer and beyond.

Beginning with a personal consultation, these gentle treatments are carefully designed to help relax, nurture and support at a time when it is needed most, ultimately helping to aid the reduction of stress and anxiety while promoting inner calm.

All experiences begin with guided breath-work and visualisation to commence relaxation, with the emphasis on a holistic approach to each guest’s wellbeing. All therapists have been professionally trained in these specific medical conditions to tailor all treatments to the needs of the guest, taking into consideration recent surgery and the condition of lymphedema using ‘comfort touch’ treatments.

www.hastingshotels.com 

Indian Wellness at Dharana at Shillim

Yoga

Yoga in Shillim

Wellness at India’s Dharana at Shillim – a  fusion of Ancient Eastern Wisdom with Advanced Technology   

Dharana at Shillim adds to India’s specialist wellness destinations that combine ancient medicinal practices and beliefs with modern technology.

Opened last year, Dharana at Shillim combines the world’s most advanced diagnostics and assessment methods with traditional eastern medicine and practices. Gene testing, Oligo scanning, (used by NASA to find toxic and mineral content, including traces of metal in the body) and iridology are fused with eastern medicine and medicinal methods namely Ayurveda, acupuncture and yoga.

Explaining the Dharana philosophy, Dr. Arun Pillai, Director of Wellness adds,“The expectations on those living and working in the Western World are becoming increasingly unhealthy and taking toll on more and more people’s health and wellbeing. Dharana at Shillim combines the best and most effective practices from both Western technology and Eastern wisdom to help guests connect with both themselves and the world around them in a completely holistic way.. With a new life toolkit acquired at Shillim, we encourage guests to practice a healthier and happier lifestyle based on the principles of Conserve, Sustain and Heal.”

Nine different wellness programmes are offered that include the Dharana Yogic Life, The Destress and the 5000-year-old Ayurvedic Panchakarma. Guests  are given a tailored itinerary that will benefit them while at Shillim and after their stay to integrate into their lifestyle.

Daily activities at Shillim are based on Dinacharya which looks at the cycle of nature and creates daily activities around them. These range from clay & music therapy, meditation to treks with the resident naturalist and cardio fitness sessions.

Dharana at Shillim is three hours from Mumbai  and sits amid the majestic Sahyadri mountain range and within a UNESCO World Heritage Area.  Rice fields, bamboo plantations, forests and fresh clean air provide the ideal backdrop for wellness.

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For more information, please visit www.shillim.in

From the UK

Direct flights go from both London and Manchester to Mumbai approx. 9 hours, plus 3.5 hour road transfer, or indirect flight to Pune, approximately 12.5 hours with a stop-over in Delhi or Abu Dhabi followed by a 2.5 hour road transfer.

 

Iconic Wellness Resort, Chiva-Som to Reopen

Chiva Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand is scheduled to reopen its doors on October 2019 following major renovation.

Chiva-Som Hua Hin is Asia’s first comprehensive wellness resort, providing proven transformations towards optimal wellness.  Nestled in seven acres of tranquil grounds, it’s a beachfront resort dedicated to revitalising the mind, body and spirit. Western practices and Eastern philosophies are brought together in the wellness resort which provides services for guests to develop healthy habits and lifestyle transformations; it has been recognised by readers and industry experts alike as one of the outstanding wellness resorts in the world for since its launch 24 years ago.

The Resort is committed to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards in all levels of operation. Since its launch, Chiva Som has been dedicated to operating as ethically and sustainably as possible.  Their dedicated CSR team has implemented many initiatives, policies and practices for energy efficiency and conservation, waste water treatment and reuse, fresh water conservation, waste minimisation and recycling, air quality management and environmentally friendly product usage.

A few other recent awards include ‘Top ranked Asian Spa in Top 20 Destination Spas’ – Conde Nast Traveller The Readers’ Travel Awards 2018 (UK) and ‘Thailand’s Best Wellness Retreat 2018’- World Spa Awards (UK).

The beachfront resort is located in the town of Hua Hin, which lies 185 km south of the capital of Bangkok. It can be reached by car in under three hours, private plane in 25 minutes from Bangkok and chartered helicopter in 40 minutes from Bangkok

www.chivasom.com

Growth & trends in medical and wellness tourism

Burgenstock Waldhotel, Switzerland

The two spectrums of health tourism, medical and wellness are showing nourishing growth and massaging the lifestyle demands of today’s travellers.

The latest research was revealed at this year’s Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. Growth rate in Medical Tourism, according to Patients Beyond Borders and the Global Wellness Institute was up by 17% in 2017, with 22 million crossing borders. Wellness Travel had increased by 7.5% accounting to 290 million travellers. In the Middle East, the top five markets were, in descending order,  UAE, Morocco, Israel, Jordon and Bahrain. Spas and thermal mineral springs were highlighted as the most popular treatments.

Arab Health Magazine (January 15, 2019), featured medical tourism trends. Mental and dental treatments are at the top. Millenniums,  however, being more tech savvy, view medical tourism in a new light preferring telemedicine rather than doctors surgeries. Their treatments are usually due to incidental medical travel. Millenniums view wellness in the form of meditation and personalized nutrition while fashion has joined the wellness movement using fabrics and styles that allow more freedom.

The key current trends focus on mental wellness encompassing meditation and arts & creativity programming. They also include insomnia which is ruffling pillows to create sleep mania solutions, CBD (Cannabis based therapy) is making the industry light-headed and ways to make us happy are a subject for conversation.

Countries and cities are competing to become the key health tourism destination. Dubai’s Health Tourism  is now advancing and taking shape to meet its objective as a Preferred Global Health Care Destination & Wellness Hub. Ninety percent of Dubai’s hospitals have international accreditations and affiliations. This destination has a specialist holistic wellness resort, The Retreat Palm Dubai. Through its accredited facilities it is offering futuristic signature treatments like Cryotherapy and Vitamin Revitalization. For the international market its focus is on orthopedics, dentistry and dermatology amongst many other medical conditions. And to make bookings and research easier, Dubai Health Tourism www.dxh.ae helps visitors to make their bookings on one smart, smooth, seamless platform.

Dubai is working on emerging opportunities such as the meditation industry as anxiety and depression rates reach epic proportions worldwide. Meditation is now the fastest growing wellness trend in the US and elsewhere, with an explosion of meditation studios, apps and brands.  Wellness for aging and anti-aging is growing with countries like Italy, Japan and the US searching for solutions for ageing population and senior’s revitalization.

As a Capital of the Islamic Economy, Dubai offers specialised halal wellness that embraces other forms of wellness such as eco-wellness. This will attract the massive Asian and MENA audiences currently going to Central and Far East destinations.

Dubai aims to expand its tourism to Transit Tourism, its “On-the-go” wellness tourism boosted by same-day ‘in and out’ procedures that Dubai is already offering in dental and other cosmetic facilities.

There’s growing medical consensus that DNA testing and blood analysis can guide diet and lifestyle changes for weight loss, dermatology treatments, allergy treatments and more. Since DXH already welcomes many tourists facing these problems, it can boost its existing procedures with genetic evaluation

According to Dr. Yasser Moshref, CEO Premedion, the top concepts shaping the international medical wellness landscape include Thalasso therapy, medical beauty, detox and weight management. The top performing countries in this area are Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Thailand. The properties highlighted are the Thalasso Spa A-Rosa in Sylt Germany, Premedion Spa & Prevention Zhanijang, China with an Anti Aging Centre, the Premedion Spa & Prevention Alexandria, Egypt and in planning is the Premedion Spa & Prevention, Al Ahsa.

Dr. Abhishek Jain, VP, International Operations, WTS International sees clients looking for Integrative Wellness described as a mix of a conventional spa settings and modern clinical settings. Intergrative Wellness is the fusion of the authenticity of holistic treatment approaches with the effects  of non-invasive evidence based medicine. We have seen the formation of partnerships in this concept with Hyatt who acquired the Miraval Group & ‘Life In Balance” Spa Brand and Singapore Airlines with Canyon Ranch.

The increase in medical and wellness tourism indicates that well-being is no longer a health measure but  a life measure. It is drawing together partners in tourism and specialist medical-wellness providers to deliver more spa & wellness therapies and wellness holidays. Traditional and state of the art treatments are joining forces to bring health tourism as a lifestyle habit.

And as we discuss these two spectrums of health tourism, there is evidence of them uniting in the rise of dedicated wellness-medical properties such as the Waldhouse in Burgenstock, Switzerland and opening soon, The Corinthia in Dubai in 2020.

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The published definition of Medical Tourism is travel across international borders for the purpose of receiving medical care whereas Wellness Tourismis associated with the pursuit of maintaining or enhancing personal wellbeing.

Healing hands

Therapeutic care

Bhutan The Land of Happiness

Elevated Kingdom of Bhutan

Bhutan

There is a place in the world where the wealth of the country is measured by happiness.  Squeezed between the mighty neighbours of China and India there lies this place – a Land of Happiness.

The tiny kingdom of Bhutan sits peacefully and snuggly amongst the majestic amphitheatre of the Himalayas. This remote place cuddles culture and adventure in its unspoilt and unexplored environment. Stemming from its Buddhist tradition, it has inherited the title of a spiritual and happy destination. Back in the eighth century, the tantric master guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Many others masters followed resulting in a plethora of monasteries, temples and holy sites., Bhutan is often quoted as being one of the most blessed places to visit and is the last existing Mahayana Kingdom in the world.

Healthy and holy. The kingdom  is dotted with wellbeing retreats and therapeutic, mineral-laden hot springs. The Gasa Hot Spring is in the west, Dhur Hotel Spring in the centre and Dhuenmang in the south are highly revered medicinal waters and believed to cure many ailments. Traditional Bhutanese medicine is based on Sowa Rigpa,known as the Amchi system of medicine which is one of the oldest and well documented medical traditions of the world.

Bhutan’s elevated natural surroundings are often laced in transparent mist,  oxygenated in unpolluted air. Glacier-fed rivers and lush, aromatic forests provide the ideal terrain for hiking, trekking, kayaking and mountain biking activities. And with over 670 species of birds recorded, this is a favoured destination for bird lovers and ornithologists.

Happiness and harmony weave through the land’s rich and colourful culture expressed through traditional festivals and acrobatic mask dance performances which celebrate the kingdom’s independence and sovereignty.

Almost cut off for centuries, Bhutan unlocked its doors to foreign visitors in 1974 and today fiercely guard its ancient traditions by controlling tourism numbers to maintains its beauty and serenity for its own people and visitors alike. National parks, nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries are protected and cherished – visitors pay a fee for the honour of entering this kingdom rooted in happiness.

Dating back to the 17thcentury, Bhutan is a recognised wellbeing escape.  This is the land where happiness is measured and is rooted in  Gross National Happiness (GNH). This grandiose term is defined as a holistic and sustainable approach which balances material and non-material values with the conviction that we all search for happiness.

GNH confronts global, national and individual challenges by pointing to the non-material roots of wellbeing, offering ways to balance and satisfy needs within the limits of what nature can provide. In our world, this is hindered by boundless consumerism, widening socio-economic inequality and instability causing a decline and ultimately a depletion of natural resources. Climate change, species extinction, growing insecurity, instability and conflicts are not only diminishing our well-being but are also threatening our survival.

Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness is based on four pillars of belief. Firstly, good governance which determines the conditions and social values in which Bhutanese thrive. Secondly, sustaining socio-economic development to ensure households and families enjoy free time and leisure. Thirdly, preserving the Bhutanese culture by developing cultural resilience, maintaining cultural identity, knowledge and practices to overcome challenges and influences. Fourthly, environmental conservation to provide essential services and the aesthetic values and harmonic healing of the natural land.

Happiness is the foundation of the Kingdom of Bhutan so if you are looking for a destination and a land of happiness, you will find it here tucked away in South Asia.

Visas are necessary to help preserve the kingdom’s pillars of belief to maintain Gross National Happiness. A small price to pay to hear the silence in nature’s sound, to breathe the purity of the air and absorb the vivid colours and of course share the genuine smiles of the people. Happiness is …..

If you wish to travel to the land of happiness contact http://www.bhutanlhtours.com/

For more information: https://www.tourism.gov.bt

The scenic vistas of Bhutan

Scenery of Bhutan

Soma Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village

cottage style accommodation

Natural village setting

Soma Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village is a healing and wellness resort dedicated to the “Science of Life” to restore physical, mental, spiritual and emotional equilibrium.

It is conveniently situated 21 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport in Kerala and 9 kms from Kovalam. Majestically, it sits on the incline of a hill overlooking the sea.

This award-winning resort and sister property to Somatheeram Research Institute & Ayurveda Resort offers authentic ayurveda treatments, yoga and meditation tailored to guests needs. And with specially prescribed massages and therapies, Manaltheeram offers therapies  effective in treating various conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism and paralysis.

Accommodation is rustic-style houses and thatched garden cottages resting on the slopes giving the atmosphere of  village life embracing tradition, culture and nature. The coconut trees dotted around and splashes of yellow marigolds add colour and the concept of rejuvenation to this eco-resort.  In addition, the herb garden cultivates rare varieties preserved for use in medicines and other preparations. The open air restaurant at Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village maintains a garden ambience with its wicker chairs, lawns and paved paths.

The  resort offers Ayurveda residential holistic programmes for “Panchakarma” and “Wellness” , all supported by a team of Ayurvedic doctors and mail & female masseurs to provide the best result in shortest time.

For reservations or more information on Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village http://www.manaltheeram.com/

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yoga next to the sea

Perfect setting for yoga

 

 

Somatheeram Ayurveda Village, Kerala, India 

The pool

Somatheeram Ayurveda Village

Somatheeram, is the world’s first Ayurveda centre set in a resort ambiance offering Ayurveda treatments and programmes for its guests who travel from all corners of the world.

This award winning Ayurveda wellness eco resort is set in tropical gardens and enjoys a beachfront location in  Kerala, South India. It is located on Chowara Beach with over 15 acres of greenery, just 9 km south of Kovalam Beach in Trivandrum, Kerala.

In this peaceful and harmonious environment traditional ayurvedic therapy and yoga are practised. The range of Ayurveda treatments and packages include rejuvenation therapy, panchakarma, detoxification, body purification, slimming, stress management, anti-ageing, and various clinical curative treatments. The treatments are designed around therapies, a healing diet and herbal medicine, formulated under the supervision of experienced and qualified doctors and therapists.

Dosha-specific, organic, vegetarian dishes from an extensive, creative menu are served in the restaurant 200 feet above sea level complemented with superb panoramic views.

Accommodation takes the form of traditionally Kerala-style houses and cottages, all air-conditioned and equipped with modern amenities.

Somatheeram is internationally recognised for its achievements in health, social responsibility and  environmental preservation. It is the recipient of 35 major international and national awards for excellence in  Ayurveda treatments & Yoga. Of note, it holds NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health Care providers) accreditation,  “India’s Best Ayurvedic Resort”, including “HALL OF FAME” an Honour granted by the Government of India.  It has also been awarded “Kerala State’s Best Ayurvedic Resort” (by Government of Kerala) six times.

The essence and soul of Somatheeram is the ancient medical science of Ayurveda treatments  and Art of Yoga & Meditation.

For reservation or more information: http://www.somatheeram.in/

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BSI accredited

Accredited status