Asia

Eco Wellness In A UNESCO World Heritage Setting

 

….Wellbeing in tune with nature’s life forces….

Ecological Wellness can be found in the heart of the majestic Sahyadris mountain range in the Western Ghats of Maharastra: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering holistic rejuvenation of mind, body and soul according to ancient Ayurvedic principles.

Dharana at Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa  is an eco-wellness retreat, three hours south east of Mumbai or just over two hours from Pune. It sweeps over 3,000 acres of its own fertile valley, scattered with ecologically-designed luxurious villas, with a focus on environmental sustainability. Guests are encouraged to take short excursions, hikes and nature walks through the rice fields, bamboo plantations, lush fields and organic garden which all nurture a thriving flora and fauna eco system.

At the heart of the retreat is a philosophy of ‘Dharana’ (pronounced Dah-na) – a way of life that promotes health and wellbeing in line with the life forces of nature.  Dharana is the sacred sense of stability achieved when one aligns the inner core to the outer environment, the starting point for any form of healing.

The Dharana way of life aims to help achieve long-term internal and external wellbeing through tailor-made programmes, helping guests to choose lifestyle options that balance energies and focused on achieving calmness and contentedness.

Shillim’s extensive range of wellness programmes are all designed to help guests establish healthy habits for life. Dharana wellness experts integrate the essential philosophical, spiritual and artistic wisdom of past civilizations with contemporary, life-enhancing practices and modern diagnostics.

Dharana Life Science Programs offer a comprehensive, bespoke healing regime with deliberate attention to key issues including conflict resolution, stress management, anti-aging, weight management which focusing on fitness through wellness activities and cognitive stimulation, mindfulness through meditation and nourishment through sustainability. A consultation is offered to every guest by resident Dr. Arun Pillai, who curates a bespoke programme dependent on guest’s needs – ranging from three to 27-day schedules. The itinerary encompasses Dharana traditions including Acupressure, Acupuncture, Reiki, Pranic Healing, Ayurveda, Yoga, Chakra Cleansing, Shamanism, Meditation, Naturopathy, Hydro Therapy, Ozone Therapy, Fire Healing, Music, Dance and Body Work.

Dr. Arun Pillai, Director of Wellness says, “We focus on the five core elements (earth, fire, water, air and sky) to design the Dharana programme.  The programme starts with a full body composition analysis to determine the prakruti (nature/issues) and identify the doshas (the three energies that define every person’s makeup) of our guests. We aim to make Dharana as a way of life and not just a programme so that all our guests can sustain a healthy lifestyle and lead the ideal wellness path within and outside the retreat” 

Nourishment through Sustainability: The holistic approach of the Dharana programme is folded into every aspect of the retreat, especially at the wellness restaurant – The Green Table – which takes inspiration from a planetary diet, incorporating the five elements of Ayurveda (Water, Air, Fire, Ether and Wind), with special emphasis on organic ingredients.  The menu is a 100% forest-to-table concept with all ingredients sourced from the Shillim forest and farm. The Chef’s commitment in using organic, locally-sourced and sustainably-grown ingredients of the highest quality is apparent in every dish served from the Ayurveda Thali to the à la carte selection. Healthy offerings at The Green Table can be complimented with an aromatic treat at the Tea Room, emphasizing the medicinal properties of different ingredients and illustrating the ancient Asian culture of healing.

Getting there from the UK

Direct flights go from both London and Manchester to Mumbai approx. 9 hours, plus 3.25 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.

https://www.shillim.in/

 

 

 

 

Wellness for the Soul

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A restorative spiritual blessing awaits guests seeking wellness for the soul amidst their travels. Thailand’s 56-roomed boutique residence, The Sarojin, is offering a specially-designed Wellness for the Soul Package to help guests discover mindful and spiritual travel.

Wellness elements include a sunrise Alms giving and Spiritual Blessing of Love at a local temple, where guests will find themselves immersed in a contemplative, spiritual morning. Rising early, guests travel to the temple to offer the Buddhist monks a small basket of items as a sign of respect. In return they receive a blessing, which sees the monk gently pouring water over the recipient to cleanse the spirit, while chanting ancient Pali-Sanskrit, the perfect way to start the day feeling lighter and calm.

Another inspiring ‘Wellness for the Soul’ experience is a visit to three of the region’s most important temples to learn more about Buddhism and the local culture. Starting with a visit to the Dragon Cave Temple, visitors will find themselves in a serene cave that offers a very special atmosphere, ideal for meditation and reflection. Heading high up the mountain, travellers reach Bang Reang Templethe largest temple pagoda in all of Phang Nga and home to a piece of Buddha’s bone. Offering breathtaking views across the stunning province, it is the perfect place to pause and absorb the serenity. These are followed by a trip to Wat Thamsuwankuha one of Phang Nga’s most historic temples and home to a 15-metre long reclining Buddha statue, the largest in southern Thailand.

Completing the contemplative package are three morning yoga classes, the perfect way to make the most of the hotel’s serene and tranquil setting. Led by Justine Capdevielle, The Sarojin’s yoga teacher, guests are guided through a 75-minute restorative session of Vinaysa Yoga.

Also offered is The Sarojin’s Street Food Cook for Kids initiative with The Camillian centre, a not-for-profit organisation that provides day care facilities and rehabilitation for children with special needs, is a truly heart-warming, soulful experience. Spending the afternoon with the children at the centre, guests get the chance to support some of the region’s most vulnerable children, preparing a nutritious meal alongside The Sarojin’s sous chef. During this truly memorable afternoon, guests can engage with the children and help breakdown the barriers between cultures and languages in a sensitive and respectful manner that truly supports the local community.

The Sarojin, please visit: www.sarojin.com and The Sarojin 360 Tour

 

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi has increased its dosha balance

 

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The Geo Spa at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi has strengthened its “elemental balance” ethos with the addition of nine Ayurvedic therapies and rituals.

Drawing on 5,000 years of wisdom, Ayurveda believes in the fundamental ability for individuals to heal once they come into balance. This is achieved by determining one’s personal elemental constitution known as dosha  and its relationship with the world’s natural energies: pitta (fire, water), kapha (earth, water) and vata (air, space). By understanding our individual nature as a microcosm of the macrocosm we can learn how to balance the dominance or lack of a certain elemental energy and lead a healthier, more harmonious life.

The Geo Spa has drawn on the energies of the surrounding 550 million year old Geo Park to take advantage of the abundant, age-old source of grounding, balancing nature.  This includes powerful earth energies accumulated through the ancient rocks plus water energies flowing through the surrounding sea, mangrove tributaries and rainforest systems. It’s the ultimate analogy for life: just as the delicate mangrove ecosystem must maintain a healthy balance in order to survive, so too must individuals seek balance with their surroundings.

According to Dr Kannan Nettath, Spa & Wellness Director, “We are coming to understand that a life well lived is one lived in balance and that it is through harmony within ourselves and with the wider world that we achieve optimum health. The decision to weave Ayurveda into The Geo Spa’s elemental balance concept was an intuitive, natural extension of our offering and expertise.”

From July 2018, visitors to The Geo Spa can experience Ayurvedic experiences that range from well-known therapies such as Abhyanga and Shirodhara to Geo Spa Signature Experiences including Voyage of the Mind and Spine Strengthening with treatments that realign mind, body and spirits and advocate greater balance with the natural elements that reside in and around us all.

“When inner and outer harmony is achieved, we not only survive but also begin to thrive,” concludes Dr Kannan.

https://www.fourseasons.com/langkawi/

Pamper, play, nourish, sleep….reasons to wellbeing

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Highlighting the importance of nurturing oneself, the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui has launched a Reasons to Wellbeing programme.

Guests can experience different facets of wellbeing proposed by the resort which ranges from deep nourishment and restful sleep to luxurious pampering and active play, designed to suit individual wellness styles.

Reasons to nourish offers a sequence of replenishing spa experiences, including a rejuvenating body scrub, a healing wrap and a scalp massage with coconut oil extracted from freshly plucked Samui coconuts. A private session of yoga and the art of juicing using tropical ingredients is interspersed with six power-packed mini-meals through the day.

Reasons to sleep begins with a session of flow yoga, uniting breath and movement. A Lava Shell Massage ensues where warmed Pacific clam shells provide muscular relief, an hour of meditation, followed by a luxurious candlelit bath, massage and breakfast the next morning completes this experience of soul-deep relaxation in a private villa.

Reason to pamper involves a 3-hour-long Earth to Sky Ritual which takes the form of a fragrant and cocooning top-to-toe nourishing scrub, pressure point massage with gentle stretching techniques, and steam compress filled with local Thai medicinal herb.

Reasons to play features a range of activities that allows guests to rediscover their sense of possibility and adventure, from guided exercises at the gym or on the beach to learning Muay Thai, the ancient Thai art of kickboxing. This is followed by a Magnesium massage to release muscular tension and enhance sleep.

 www.fourseasons.com/kohsamui.

 

 

Age-defying cosmetic acupuncture points to Atmantan Wellness Retreat

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This October, the Atmantan updates its regular visitor practitioner and events schedule, hosting a series of renowned healers and doctors to share their rich life research and wisdom. Such insights seek to supplement the guests’ pursuit of transformative and educational wellness experiences during their stay.

Dr Liana Levechina is an internationally recognized expert practitioner of facial rejuvenation and acupuncture body modulation. Bringing cosmetic acupuncture to India for the first time, Dr Liana will tell of her revolutionary age reversal treatment – an inspired and distinctive methodology. Her expertise  spans the world of sound-health including medicine, Chinese herbology, facial reconstructive surgery, crania-sacral, yoga and nutrition therapy and mindfulness.  She effectively combines her wealth of knowledge to provide habitual, effective techniques to achieve long lasting, physical and emotional wellness.

Atmantan  is set in the hills of Pune in India above the Mulshi Lake. Atmantan’s carefully-curated, evidence-based retreats and packages are backed by extensive research and tailored to each guest’s requirements, supported by comprehensive facilities across spa, fitness, accommodation, dining and the surrounding nature.

www.atmantan.com

 

Beauty whisperer in the Maldives

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Niyama Private Islands, Maldives sees the return of beauty whisperer to the stars Dr. David Alessi who is also the Maldives’ first and only licenced cosmetic surgeon. His residency starts 25 March – 5 April 2018.

Dr. Alessi is the founder and medical director of the Alessi Institute for Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. He is board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Dr. David Alessi will be in residence to offer specialist treatments. He strives to make each one of his clients feel and look their best with non-surgical cosmetic procedures that include Botox and a range of dermal fillers to fortify the skin against ageing. In this relaxing setting, guests can choose treatments for wrinkles, contours and folds, all without the invasiveness of surgery, from a combination of Botox for crow’s feet and frown lines to Kybella, the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to destroy fat cells beneath the chin.

Dr. Alessi’s experience, training and desire to help people feel their best has resulted in thousands of patients from all over the world, including A-list celebrities, choosing Alessi Institute for facial rejuvenation. He delivers natural-looking results through a variety of trademarked techniques and procedures that he personally developed to reduce scarring and recovery times for patients.

Visit:www.niyama.com/en/niyama-spa and www.facialinstitute.com

To read our exclusive interview with Dr Alessi, go to the Review Section

Absolute Sanctuary unveils Fitness Wellness in Asia

TravMedia_United_Kingdom_medium-sized_1233849_ABSOLUTE SANCTUARY RESORT PHOTOAbsolute Sanctuary in Koh Samui  is Asia’s first Fitness Wellness resort.

This new Fitness Wellness concept combines physical and mental well-being to promote long lasting health. Through its affiliation with Absolute You, Absolute Sanctuary has integrated designed exercise programs including Yoga, Pilates Reformer, Core suspend, rhythm cycling and food programs with world- class Detox programs , emotional and healing  spa therapies to offer cutting edge fitness wellness programs, the benefits of which will last a life-time.

Executive Director, Claire Bostock, explains that over the last decade there has been a growing market of niche travellers looking for a holiday experience where they can immerse themselves in their passion for fitness.  Absolute Sanctuary sees itself as a perfect fit for these travellers seeking a holiday to unplug from the world and reboot themselves with a getaway that promotes good energy and well-being. With our new Fitness Wellness positioning, it is also timely to revamp our look and feel to exude what we stand for – a place for people to Reconnect with themselves, Recharge their mind, body and soul, Revitalize their inner being and Re-energize their life,”

The 38-room boutique resort has launched 2 new wellness programs: Lifestyle Change and Meaningful Holidays. The lifestyle change program is a structured 30 or 60-days program for people looking to completely transform themselves and committed to achieving the best that they can be with the support of our program. The meaningful holiday is a short 3-day getaway that moves away from packaged programs to a more relaxed getaway leaving guests free to design their own dedicated wellbeing experience.

www.absolutesanctuary.com

Keemala, Phuket

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Clay cottages, luxury tents, and treehouses give this spa facility its distinctive charm that complements its wide array of unique therapies. Services offered include rebalancing massages and hammer treatments for inducing health-giving vibrations. There are also workshops for creating traditional Thai herbal poultices.

The Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

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This location is an intricate reconstruction of a Mandalay palace that took over three years to create. This facility is renowned for its practiced Ayurvedic doctors who are able to diagnose patients and customise massages and yoga to match their needs. Each morning wake up to the melodies of the resident pipe player and in the evening attend full-moon midnight mediations.

St Regis Langkawi, Malaysia

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The sophisticated St. Regis Langkawi is situated on the southern tip of the island, amid centuries-old rainforest fauna and nature. With 85 suites and 4 over-water villas, its enviable beachfront position over the Andaman Sea offers an idyllic setting for a wellness destination.  Enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset on an individual canopy over the sea, dine in colonial style and relax in the tranquility of this luxurious new addition to wellness destinations.