Holistic wellness practices including immune-boosting medicines are increasing globally, and one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, ayurveda medicine, is growing in popularity. As such, hotels around the world are offering new wellness programming for guests to understand how to safely and effectively aid common health issues.
Ayurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. Globalized and modernized practices derived from Ayurveda traditions are a type of alternative medicine. Laura Coburn, a certified Ayurveda Health Counselor and Director of Serenity at the Inns of Aurora, explains, “Ayurveda supports optimal health by properly eliminating toxins from the body, supporting the digestion process, and assimilating nourishment. Ayurveda is a spiritual and physical science, and the discipline of daily self-care practice yields increased confidence and self-esteem.”
These exquisite resorts showcase Ayurveda programs for their guests.
Inns of Aurora, Aurora, NY
At Inns of Aurora, a luxury lakeside boutique resort in the Finger Lakes, on-site Director of Serenity, Coburn is available for private sessions where she creates tailored activities such as restorative yoga and meditation sessions, essential oil and organic tea blending classes. Before heading to bed, guests can cozy up by one of several on-site fireplaces to enjoy a glass of Ayurveda-inspired Nighty Night Milk while Coburn hosts tarot card readings.
The Bristol Hotel, Bristol, VA
At The Bristol Hotel, located directly in the center of Southern Appalachia, busy travelers can enjoy upon-request medicinal mountain remedies to promote self-care. Courtesy of local Ayurvedic herbalist, Appalachian Alchemy, guests have access to a variety of Ayurvedic wellness offerings including Ashwagandha-infused sleepy time tinctures, CBD tea, pain relief salves, cold and flu herbal syrups and herbal CBD dog goodies, among others.
Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Spa and Wellness Center boasts a dedicated Ayurveda Center with a holistic approach to address mind, body and spirit. The resort offers wellness immersions ranging three to 21 days, including customizable Ayurvedic programs. Guests are paired with a resident Auyrvedic specialist for a comprehensive dosha analysis resulting in a personalized program of treatments, including yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic massage.
Doldowlod Caravan Park, Rhayader, Wales
Doldowlod Caravan Park is a railway station-turned-park that rents out cozy cabins, including a vintage 1920s railway box carriage instantly via Pitchup.com, and offers a peaceful respite through amenities like onsite Ayurvedic messages. Combined with the adjacent babbling River Wye and mountainous forest-like surrounds, adventure travelers are sure to leave Rhayader feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Dharana at Shillim, Mumbai/Pune, India
This world-class ayurvedic retreat is set on the edge of over 3,000 acres of fertile valley within India’s Western Ghats. Guests each have an individual spa villa with a private pool, and access to western diagnostics, ancient therapeutics and organic locally grown individually prepared meals according to their needs and doshas, or body types. Nature is fundamental to the retreat’s journey of getting well, healing and reviving. Daily educational wellness workshops and lectures with experts are included.
The Raj, Fairfield, IA
This French country-style facility encompasses 36,000 square feet and includes two treatment wings, 15 single and double bedrooms, dining rooms, meeting rooms and an exercise room. By accepting no more than 15 guests at a time, The Raj is able to maintain a high quality of individualized service and treatment. The Raj ensures an authentic Ayurveda experience with routine consults by a committee of Maharishi Ayurveda experts from India. Guests learn to understand how individual factors in their make-up affect physical tendencies, moods, cravings, motivation, and behavior. And guests learn how simple shifts in diet, exercise and daily and seasonal routines can enhance their progress toward increased strength, stability and vitality.
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