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Ananda – bliss and contentment in the Himalayas

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Home Page Slideshow, India, Spa Reviews, Worldwide Spas | 0 comments

Elisabeth Rushton is soothed, de-stressed and revitalised by a visit to India’s leading health resort.

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A journey of self-discovery

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Home Page Slideshow, India, Spa Reviews, Worldwide Spas | 0 comments

Sarah Dawson checks into Shreyas, a luxury Ayurvedic and yoga retreat in Karnataka, southern India.

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Kerala – God’s own country and home to Ayurveda

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in India, Spa Reviews | 0 comments

Kerala – God’s own country and home to Ayurveda On the second part of her yoga and wellbeing journey in southern India, Sarah Dawson visits the original Ayurveda retreat specialists in Kerala.  Every year the southern state of Kerala attracts a surge of Western tourists wishing to experience Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old philosophy for life. Ayurveda is a complete system for maintaining good health and preventing disease. The word comes from the Indian Sanskrit language meaning Life (Ayur) and Science or knowledge (Veda). In Ayurveda, each of us is seen as a unity of body, mind and soul. At the core of Ayurveda’s philosophy are the three doshas or subtle energies; Vatha (air/ether elements), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth/water elements). These doshas control our physiological health, and must be in balance for us to enjoy good health, harmony and longevity.  Some 20...

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A journey to God’s own country – the birthplace of Ayurveda 

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in India, Spa Reviews | 0 comments

In the first of a series of reviews of authentic India spas, Sarah Dawson checks into Surya Samudra, Kovalam a bespoke heritage spa in southern India for some rest and relaxation.    My tour of southern Indian spas began with an overnight Emirates flight from London via Dubai, arriving at Trivandrum, Kerala, ready for breakfast. After a 40-minute transfer I arrived at Surya Samudra, an exclusive heritage retreat for the discerning visitor, tucked away on a quiet cliff at Kovalam beach. Surya Samudra is described as a ‘living expression of Kerala’s ancient and vibrant civilisation,’ and is located within lush green acres of landscaped tropical gardens overlooking the Arabian Sea and according to Lonely Planet, the best strip of beach in Kovalam.As the gates closed behind me, I was greeted with a cooling towel then a sliced coconut with a...

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