Login

Ananda in the Himalayas: world’s top destinations for yoga


Sitting in the far northern reaches of India, at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, near the birthplace of the ancient arts of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, Ananda is a resort with a longstanding heritage for wellness.  Ananda stands in a 100-acre estate surrounding a 19th-century maharaja’s palace. There’s an outdoor swimming pool by the spa, a golf course and lush grounds patrolled by peacocks. Treatments take place in the resort’s 25,000sq ft spa, which features hydrotherapy facilities, a gym, and gentle therapists who administer everything from head massages to reflexology sessions. But it’s the Ayurvedic treatments that are the most interesting. Daily lessons in breathing, asana and several types of meditation from the universally respected Bihar method (chanting, silent observation, or Antar Mouna, and horizontal awareness, or yoga nidra, are just some of the offerings).

The Thinking Traveller and Bodyism, Mediterranean

Bodyism is the wellness expert to the stars, training everyone from David Beckham to Elle Macpherson, Emilia Clarke, David Gandy and Pippa Middleton, while The Thinking Traveller offers exceptional, exclusive villas around the Mediterranean (taking on less than 1% of those it’s offered). As part of this exclusive partnership, the Bodism trainer you choose will have specific experience of whatever discipline you are looking to maintain or improve – from mat-based pilates to yoga, circuits, stretching or one-on-one personal training sessions, if you’re after more of a cardio or strength-based programme. Equally, The Thinking Traveller manages 206 villas in five Mediterranean destinations—Sicily, Corsica, the Sporades islands, Puglia and the Ionian islands.  The Thinking Traveller x Bodyism approach is like having your own tailor-made retreat with one of the world’s best personal trainers, but in a luxury environment of your choosing. A collection of the most incredible villas imaginable, expect  a stunning swimming pool surrounded by lemon groves and olive trees;  a leafy terrace for enjoying outdoor meals; and of course Michelin-quality chefs, 24-hours concierge services and a genius cleaning staff.

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

Set on the terraced slopes of one of the world’s oldest wine regions, the natural landscape of Portugal’s Douro Valley was chosen for the Six Senses Group’s European debut. The 60-bedroomed Six Senses property houses the country’s best hotel spa, a reflection of the group’s commitment to wellness. New York-based Clodagh Design has breathed light and soul into this 19th-century building, creating a sense of place through the use of blue and white azulejo tiles, granite floors, ceilings of cork and gold leaf on the walls. Modern artwork adds a contemporary touch. Brimming with an extraordinarily relaxing atmosphere, the hotel is very much rooted in its landscape, with the trees of the forest and the abundant orchard and vegetable garden as much a part of the character of the hotel as the interiors. The spa, a pillar of the Six Senses concept, offers an enormous range of possibilities. Apart from 10 treatment rooms overlooking the garden, where The Organic Pharmacy; Biologique Recherche; and homemade, garden-sourced products are used on face and body; there is also an indoor pool, a gym and a yoga and Pilates pavilion (aerial yoga is also available). There is a physiotherapist on site and a range of Ayurvedic treatments too, and even professionals to help you craft your own customised wellness program while you’re there, to help you ease back into the nine-to-five groove once you leave.

Archive
Share your story:
Contact your Insignia personal assistant for details
Related articles
Archive
1 year ago
Valentine’s Day: Hotels for a Romantic Getaway
Insignia experts have chosen the most romantic hotels made for a loved-up weekend in the UK and Europe. Bauer Palazzo, Venice The creation of dynamic young hotelier Francesca Bortolotto Possati, who inherited the hotel from her...
4 years ago
Snow Polo World Cup 2017
Team Cartier took the Snow Polo World Cup 2017. The final played out against the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel team with a score of 7-4 for Cartier. The runner-up match saw Perrier-Jouet go head-to-head...
4 years ago
Jazz & Swing Concert with Enrico Orlandi
World-renowned entertainer Enrico Orlandi takes the stage at The Chedi in Andermatt, Switzerland this February. Featuring tributes to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Nat King Cole and many more, Orlandi and his jazz...
4 years ago
Top 5 St. Moritz Highlights: Winter 2017
The season in St. Moritz is in full swing. After hitting the slopes and unwinding at the spa, there’s a whole world of activities ideal for every type of visitor to the mountain. Here is a roundup of our top 5 picks:...
4 years ago
V-Lounge Hits the Web
Following the launch of V-Lounge—Insignia’s sporting events app—in the App Store last year, Lifestyle Boutique is pleased to announce the launch of the V-Lounge website. This new interface is now responsive on any...
4 years ago
Exclusive: The BRIT Awards 2017 with Insignia
Insignia is exclusively offering packages to The BRIT Awards 2017. The awards show is returning to the O2 London to celebrate the achievements of the music industry throughout the previous year. Last year’s show...
4 years ago
London Art Fair 2017 Preview
The London Art Fair, in it’s 28th year, is the UK’s premier Fair for Modern British and contemporary art. It will be hosted at the Business Design Centre, Islington, from 18 to 22 January 2017. Renowned for...
4 years ago
London Fashion Week Men’s January 2017
Rebranded from London Collections: Men, this anticipated week features the very best the menswear world has to offer. This year the BFC Show and Presentation Spaces are located at 180 Strand, not far from its old haunt at...
Insignia in the press
'Highly personalised and exclusive services to those who 
want to experience the best life has to offer.'
'Inside the $225,000 Oscars 2020 Gift Bag'
'Move over AmEx, here are by invitiation credit cards that cost $200,000'
'When AmEx Black Just Won't Do: A Gem-encrusted Card for .001%'
'The service is like having an invisible companion'
'British lifestyle management company takes the sting out of travel and daily life elevating it all to a lovely new life form'
'When you're exorbitantly rich, you can afford not to fret over things like your 15th wedding anniversary - at least if you're an Insignia member'
Insignia social