The concept of wellness in India has changed drastically in the last five years. Rise in global awareness, influence of Internet and social media have paved the way for holistic ideologies. The shift in the approach is in full view. Present day lifestyle is hugely impacted as work life balance seems to be a far cry. Eating disorders, skin and hair concerns, muscle fatigue are some of the classic examples of lifestyle disorders. There are times when you want to shut yourself off from the mundane and indulge in a tranquil escapade. A relaxing day in the spa promises all that along with a complete rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul.

In India, spa properties and wellness retreats are upping the ante with the right mix of luxury and top notch services to cater to customised needs. From décor grandeur, carefully curated menu to experienced and professional staff, best in class products and innovative technology; they are leaving no stone unturned in their offerings. It goes without saying that the Indian spas are well adept in trends and are at par with their global counterparts. Amidst options galore, we pick our favourites who are pioneering the wellness category.


In the heart of the historic city of Udaipur, overlooking the idyllic lake Pichola presides The Leela Palace; a window to the ancient and modern world, splendour and beauty decadence. Enjoy the majestic architecture, opulent and lavish hospitality and experience the essence of ESPA at The Leela Palace, Udaipur. Traditional Rajasthan style domeds are nestled in a series of courtyards and adorned with delicate mirrors and swathes of linen and silk in accent of hot pink, luscious green and powder blue. The spa tents also offer stunning private and semi-private plunge pools which turn this into the dream spa.

It has created a personal spa experience encompassing outstanding treatments that uniquely reflect a fusion of the latest scientific advances with ayurvedic and Europeanntherapies. Together with the award winning ESPA range, the exceptionally natural, high quality skin care products, anti-stress oils, revitalising seaweeds and cleansing mud’s, all achieve outstanding results to restore balance and equilibrium to mind and body. The spa uses only the purest extracts. In-house biochemists distil active ingredients into products that keep their promises of lasting results


This ecological retreat spreads across 350 acres (approximately) and was built by re-vegetation of the slopes, cutting thousands of meters of contour trenches to recharge groundwater and cultivate new grasslands, shrub land, and forest. Keeping the basic ethos of the retreat, the spa of the retreat resides in the Dharana Life Science Center. The wellness center includes facilities from spa rooms (single and twin), therapy rooms, spa pool, infrared radiation room which all covers around 50 to 60 acres of the wellness center. Shares Siddharth Yadav, Vice President, MRS Group of Hotels, “Our programs are centered around wellness right from the spa pool villas to dedicated healing spaces, therapy rooms, a dedicated specialty restaurant serving wellness cuisine.”

The spa offers a 360 degree experience of wellness amidst the nature and the programs range from three to 28 days. Some of the most popular Dharana Wellness Detox Programs include Elixir of Dharana Life – it sets you on a new journey of discovery to reconnect with oneself and create mindfulness in everything you do. Art of Detox–this unconventional detoxification process helps to expel oxidants that suffocate your whole. Next, Sustainable Weight Management–the key to their sustainable weight management program is contrasting to the extreme adaptations, restrictions or aggressive changes to your lifestyle by combining conventional analysis with Ayurveda Shodhana procedures to eliminate Ama (toxins), correct your metabolism, among others.


The Spa at Narendra Bhawan Bikaner is an entirely novel concept. The therapies harness the healing powers of nature augmented with cutting edge technology to open a way to greater well-being. The clean sharp décor at the spa is inspired by the great sanitariums of Europe, intended to promote serenity and a sense of calm. Clinic – The Spa acts as a safe haven affording the guests’ absolute privacy and comfort. It is a wonderful blend of various Western techniques focusing on holistic wellbeing and not just physical. The spa offers reputed brands such as, Phytomer for facials, Dr. Bach’s Flower Remedies, and the three most precious essential oils ever hemp, primrose, baobab.

In combination with state-of-the-art Bemer technology or Physical Vascular Therapy, the treatments available at Clinic – The Spa improve microcirculation enabling the body’s own self-healing powers to promote an inner and an outer radiance. Bemer therapy focuses on the core systems necessary for well-being. Bemer is designed to improve circulation thereby supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. The spa also offers Physical Regeneration therapy – in this massage warm freshly infused sandalwood Oil is combined with heated sandalwood wands. The wands help the therapist reach the deepest layers of muscle and tissue down to the fascia, while the hydrating and soothing properties of sandalwood nourish the skin. Emotional Regeneration Therapy is a very slow and deep body work modality. In this therapy the pressure is intense, as the therapists will try and reach the very deepest layers of the fascia. Post massage, the effects are typically of lightness and feeling of freedom.

Shivpriya Bajpai

Shivpriya Bajpai is the Assistant Editor at L’Officiel India. She loves to hoard sneakers and can intrigue you with her perpetually curious mind.