Eid is the perfect time to get away for a relaxing and peaceful mind-clearing vacation. As well as allowing you to focus on your wellbeing and helping you unplug from those everyday stresses, a wellness-based break doesn’t leave you feeling like you need a holiday after just getting back from one. And where better to go than India, the home of authentic and traditional treatments like Ayurveda, the mother of all healings? China, where there’s a state-of-the-art hotel that’s been designed from top to bottom with wellbeing in mind, is another top choice.
The Lodhi, India
A simple and easy luxury hotel, The Lodhi, located on the green edge of Lutyens’ Dehli in New Delhi, offers some of India’s vibrancy, while still preserving a sense of seclusion. What’s more, the hotel, which has 48 rooms and suites featuring private balconies, most of them with private plunge pools, is located near the Lodhi Gardens, with its ancient trees and beautifully designed tombs. It’s also close to many stylish shopping precincts, just 10 minutes from the centre of New Delhi and Connaught Place.
One thing guests at the hotel, which is part of The Leading Hotels of the World consortium, can really look forward to after some exploring is a rejuvenating spa experience. Offering solitude, the spa’s exclusive hammam and rituals draw on India’s wealth of therapeutic traditions as well as other international treatments, ranging from Ayurveda to the contemporary. One not-to-miss treat is the Signature Massage, which incorporates five different massage techniques of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Thai, Reiki and Acupressure.
The eight spacious private rooms include steam, shower, bathtub, day beds and massage tables. Separate male and female hammams with plunge pools of varying temperatures also help revitalise the body and mind.
The Anandi Hotel & Spa, China
The Anandi, a luxury hotel dedicated to promoting wellbeing and a balanced lifestyle, is where to go for some rest and relaxation while in Shanghai. The first of its kind in China, The Leading Hotels of the World property with 227 guest rooms, 48 suites and eight villas has been totally designed with wellness in mind. Features include a layout that’s inspired by tai chi’s traditional Eight Tigrams, rooms with green technology amenities and products, crystal-energy flooring and negative-ion bedding, which is reported to have various wide-ranging benefits. Plus, the hotel is situated on an ultra peaceful stretch of the Su Zhou River, yet it’s close enough to prominent commercial areas like Changing and Xuhui.
The innovative wellness centre provides a new concept of integrated healing, delivering a collection of health and wellbeing solutions for overall body rejuvenation, mindfulness and energy balance therapies. You can find anything from Aromatherapy from the UK and China’s TCM to Salt Bath therapy thanks to the Dead Sea and Energy healing from Germany. Other services include Shiatsu, Thalassotherapy, and Rieki.
As well as alleviating symptoms, the professionals look into the causes of the problems guests face. There’s also a hammam, ice grotto and split-level infinity-edge spa pool with amazing views.