Relaxing experiences are synonymous with massages, good food, comfortable accommodations, and pleasant scenes – and the top places people search for to spend some relaxing time that includes these are - resorts. Resorts and hotels with immersive experiences have become popular across the globe, especially in the past few years, and India is not far behind in this. This peninsular sub-continent has some of the best hotels and resorts providing a relaxing and wholesome stay experience.

Along with a wide variety of delicious food choices, comfortable accommodation and amenities, there are various spas and ayurvedic centres in most of these resorts/hotels where anyone can indulge in luxurious sessions of herbal massages and soothing treatments that use luxurious herbal oils, creams, lotions and mousses!

Some of the best resorts in India that offer the most indulging and uniquely relaxing experiences are:

Khyber Himalayan Resort, Gulmarg

This is a luxury ski resort located in Gulmarg, in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The property rests on the lap of the Himalayas and hence is named after them. It offers various experiences such as a heated swimming pool (that provides great relaxation in the cold place that is Gulmarg, a spa with indulgent treatments and a transparent glass enclosed common area that provides spectacular views of snow-clad Himalayan mountains and pines.

Ananta Spa & Resorts, Pushkar

This is a resort located in the city of Pushkar, which is known as the “Rose garden of the state of Rajasthan. It is a beautiful resort with an outdoor pool and a spa that offers various bespoke therapies and treatments.

The Roseate Aheli Spa, Delhi

Located in the country’s capital city, this resort is a luxurious spa resort offering all kinds of indulgences ranging from gourmet food and amenities to spa and special salon treatments!

Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh

Ananda in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand is a wellness retreat – with a dedicated ayurvedic spa that offers rejuvenating massages and treatments and even private sauna. It is surrounded by Sal forests and overlooks the river Ganges. It is said to be the best Ayurvedic spa centre in India.

JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa

This is a stunning luxury hotel/resort amidst a part of the Himalayas. It offers rooms having private balconies with breath-taking views of the Mussoorie’s Himalayas, and guests are also served breakfast and/or lunches (buffet) on a shallow stream flowing adjacent to it, which most people like to enjoy after a fun trek on the nearby hills.

Ranjit’s Svaasa, Amritsar

This is a heritage colonial “haveli” (bungalow) re-styled into an artistic resort situated in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state, and offers a gastronomical, cultural and relaxing respite away from chaos and crowds.

Fariyas Resort, Maharashtra

This is a resort located in Lonavala, a small, beautiful green town close to Mumbai. Lonavala is an ideal weekend getaway spot, and this resort in the place is perfect for some rejuvenation!

Woods at Sasan

This is an eco-friendly wellness retreat located within lush mango orchards at the edge of the Gir Forests in the state of Gujarat. It offers amenities and treatments that are eco-conscious and a delicious gastronomical experience too.

Hilton Shillin Estate Retreat & Spa

This is a resort located in Shilimb in Maharashtra, near the Sahyadri mountain range and comprises of some amazing luxurious villas for guests, 4 relaxation terraces and a yoga pavilion too! It has an extensive spa that offers over 150 treatments.

Amanvana Spa Resort, Coorg

Coorg is known as the Scotland of India, for its immensely beautiful climate and natural beauty. Amanvana resort, located in the midst of this wilderness is a peaceful resort where people get to experience luxury in the midst of nature – with constant surreal sounds of nature like birds chirping and water flowing.

Vythiri Resort, Wayanad

This is an eco-friendly jungle hideaway resort set within a lush tropical forest in Wayanad in the state of Kerala. This resort has amazing foods from Kerala’s cuisine (sea foods, and delicacies cooked in coconut oil) and has amazing tree house villas for guests to stay in. It is a must-experience for people who love nature and have an adventurous spirit and looking to spend some relaxed time that is exciting too.

Dune Eco Village & Resort, Pondicherry

This is a resort and a healing centre that offers tasteful accommodations, and spa treatments. It is located in the city of Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu in the south, which is full of French colonial architecture and history. It gives a unique experience of Tamil culture intermingled with a hint of ancient French.

There are many more amazing resorts and luxury hotels in the country that offer their own distinctive indulgences – Hotel Fateh Garg in Udaipur, The Terraces spa resort in Garhwal, The Oberoi Vanyavilas (another forest resort) in Rajasthan, Tamara Resort in Kodaikanal and Anantya Resort in Kanyakumari – and so on!

The resorts in India are worth experiencing at least once in a lifetime, because these offer delightful relaxing experiences that one cannot find anywhere else in the world.

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