Ayurveda – the Indian "science of life" – is one of the world’s most comprehensive approaches to healthy living. It works by bringing balance to our vital energies – or doshas – through an individually tailored combination of treatments and exercise, as well as diet and lifestyle modifications. With a focus on treating illness, preventing disease and enhancing physical, mental and spiritual well-being, Ayurveda teaches us to live with insight and balance.
Set within the Herb Garden, lulled by gentle breezes and healing aromas, the Ayurvedic Retreat is an enclave of ancient knowledge and infinite well-being. Meet with our expert physicians to gain an understanding of your unique body-mind constitution; invest in single treatments or life-changing programs; visit the Ayurvedic Pharmacy and learn how to make fresh poultices from hand-picked herbs. Above all, discover 5,000 years of wisdom distilled into one deeply restorative practice.
All our ayurvedic treatments include steam and shower and feature two therapists working in synergy.
Ayurveda recommends a massage with warm herbal oils as a part of daily life. In Abhyanga – “to anoint” – specific oils are chosen for the head and body, according to body type. Two therapists perform the massage simultaneously, then a soothing steam follows, helping the skin absorb the herbal oils.
Udvartana means “to elevate” or “to promote.” The name is said to be derived from the upward strokes used in the massage. The treatment is performed by two therapists simultaneously applying specially selected herbal powders to the skin. This gentle exfoliating body scrub is followed by a soothing body massage and a comforting steam.
All 120–minutes wellness treatments begin with an Abhyanga massage using warm oils to balance specific dosha types.
This unique ayurvedic treatment is always done in conjunction with a body massage. After the massage, warm herbal oil is gently and steadily poured on the forehead. The pouring of oil is accompanied by a tender scalp massage. Shirodhara is performed in absolute silence.
For Elakkizhi – “a poultice of leaves” – various medicinal leaves, herbal powders and spices are cooked in herbal oils and packed in bundles. Treatment begins with a body massage using herbal oils appropriate for your individual body type. The bundles are then heated and applied to the skin by two therapists working in perfect coordination.
Navarakkizhi means “a poultice of rice.” Navara rice has long been used in ayurvedic therapies for its nutritional significance. It is first cooked in milk and an herbal decoction. The cooked rice is then gathered into balls and tied up in linen bags. Treatment begins with a body massage using herbal oils appropriate for your individual skin type. Next, the warm rice poultices are applied to the skin by two therapists.
In Sarvangadhara, lukewarm medicated oil is poured continually and uniformly over the body during a massage. This luxurious oil bath helps increase circulation, relaxes and lubricates the joints and nourishes muscles and nerves. In addition, the oil rejuvenates and tones the skin, restoring elasticity and lustre, making Sarvangadhara an integral part of post-natal and anti-ageing ayurvedic programmes.
The following treatments are best when added to any of the previous wellness rituals.
Nasya is used to clear the airways by introducing small amounts of medicated oil into the nostrils. Ideal for conditions such as sinusitis, migraine, headaches and chronic colds, Nasya begins with a head, neck and face massage using herbal oils to stimulate the energy channels and clear any harmful blocks.
Karna Pooran begins with a rejuvenating head, neck and shoulder massage before the ears are filled with warm ayurvedic herbal oils. This treatment lubricates the delicate ear canal, dislodging impurities, sharpening hearing and providing relief from earaches, tinnitus and headaches.
In this nurturing back treatment, warm medicated herbal oil is pooled on the lower back within a herbal paste boundary. Kati Vasti promotes the strength of the muscles and ligaments that support the spine, lubricating the joints and relieving lower backache and spinal conditions.
This highly specialized eye treatment involves the gentle pouring of medicated and sterilised ghee (clarified butter) into open eyes. Retained by a ring of fresh dough, the oil soothes tired or sore eyes, reduces dark circles and cools the fire element located in the eyes.
Ayurvedic remedies (3 to 7 days)
Despite predating all other healing systems, Ayurveda offers one of the most comprehensive answers to the pressures of modern life. Stress, diabetes, sciatica, spondylitis, insomnia and hypertension are just some of the lifestyle-related diseases and degenerative and psychosomatic disorders that Ayurveda actively addresses. Each of our extended ayurvedic remedies offers an individually tailored program of therapies, yoga and consultations designed to promote health, prevent disease and remedy existing ailments.
Sushumna – strengthening of the spinal column
Sushumna comprises a focused series of herbal massages, specially prepared leaf bundles and invigorating oil baths designed to relieve back and neck pain by bringing the Vata dosha back into equilibrium. In addition, our resident yoga expert will devise a sequence of simple postures to balance and stabilise the spine, relax the mind and redirect body energy to relieve the pain.
Rasayana – the rejuvenator
Ayurveda has identified seven constituent tissues – known as dhatus – that support life. With the help of the digestive fire, the dhatus form the pillars of the body, providing the means for nourishment and growth, defending the internal immune system and supporting the body and mind. Rasayana rejuvenates the body by nourishing the dhatus. This tailored sequence of therapies helps slow the ageing process, improve memory and intelligence, maximize physical endurance and sexual prowess, strengthen the sense organs and brighten the complexion. A complete rejuvenation for body and mind.
Manoyana – journey of the mind
Stress is the uncomfortable gap between how we would like our lives to be and how we perceive them to be. Manoyana works by taking the mind on a blissful journey to address imbalances between body, mind and spirit. The programme includes head and body massages with individualised herbal oils, Shirodhara and other stress-specific therapies. In addition, our yoga expert will share meditation and breathing techniques to ensure progressive deep relaxation, postures to relax mind and body and Yoga Nidra to help slow life to a tranquil pace.
Please note: Prices and treatments are subject to change without notice and will be subject to 23.2% combined taxes and services charges. Guests wishing to embark on longer ayurvedic programs may discuss individual requirements with our ayurvedic physicians and our Spa Director. We also offer all-inclusive 7-, 14- and 21-day ayurvedic Immersions, designed to guide participants along their own transformational path to ultimate wellness. Due to their all-inclusive nature, immersions must be confirmed at the time of booking.