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Andanda in the Himlayas: tried and tested

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Andanda in the Himlayas: tried and tested

Arriving at Ananda in the Himalayas after a hectic tour of India is one of the best ways of appreciating its understated luxury and royal history. Nestled high in the foothills above the sleepy town of Rishikesh, this destination spa houses 75 deluxe rooms and suites and three private villas.

Spa packages include the usual diet and detoxification, relaxation and weight and stress management, but both the spa (and cuisine) are built predominantly on Ayurveda and yoga philosophies. meditation classes, guest experts and one-to-one yoga sessions are readily available and everything is tailored to the individual.

I opted for the latest edition to the 79-long treatment menu, the Tibetan Massage, which includes a light lymphatic drainage and acupressure massage that's gentle enough to enable you to drift off as you breath in the heady scent of the Ayurvedic oils. This was followed by a series of warm Himalayan salt pods and hot stones pressed over my limbs and joints to stimulate and wake up the body's energy points. While this is a mildly invigorating treatment, it's the ideal way to revive and recover the body.

There are daily consultations between spa manager, head chef and the two Ayurveda doctors to ensure your goals are being met, highlighting the spa's impressive attention to personal needs. It's no surprise, then, that 20% of customers are long-term, repeat visitors.

On the menu: Ayurvedic healing, yoga and western spa treatments.

Signature treatment: Specialists can create an Ayurveda package for beauty or health.

Cost: Wellbeing Escapes offers a seven-night package from £1,880 per person based on two people sharing with Ananda spa cuisine on a full-board basis. Flights and transfers are included. This spa programme takes in six treatments, three yoga classes and three meditation classes.

Verdict: 9/10

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