Ananda in the Himalayas unveils new spa following multi-year renovation project

By Lauren Heath-Jones


By Lauren Heath-Jones

30 August 2022

Ananda in the Himalayas has unveiled new spa and wellness facilities following the completion of a multi-year renovation project. 

The programme, which began in 2019, involved improvement works being carried out across the entire property, with the final stage dedicated to enhancing its villas, restaurant and spa.

Ananda in the Himalayas
Ananda provides a supportive environment for guests to realise their wellness goals | ©Ananda in the Himalayas

The Spa at Ananda in the Himalayas

The 2,322sqm spa has been updated to include a new physiotherapy suite equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to offer services such as localised cryotherapy, gait and posture analysis, and laser therapy. 

Several new enhanced modalities, including an infrared sauna chamber to aid sleep, promote relaxation, relieve muscular tension and improve circulation, have also been added. 

The new additions complement the spa’s existing facilities, which include 24 treatment rooms, an outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and luxury hydrotherapy provision.

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Daily wellness menu

The Ananda spa has also expanded its daily-changing wellness menu to include several new programmes targeting issues such as emotional wellbeing, stress, chronic pain, hormonal imbalances and menopause. 

The programmes have been developed by Ananda’s team of wellbeing specialists and feature elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), physiotherapy, Ayurveda, yoga and traditional herbal supplements, as well as a personalised wellness consultation. 

Taking a holistic and integrated approach, the spa provides a safe, nurturing environment for guests to achieve their wellness goals, supported by Ayurvedic doctors, therapists, nutritionists, wellness experts and spa chefs.

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The spa has been updated to include a new physiotherapy suite and InfraRed sauna (pictured) | ©Ananda in the Himalayas

Local inspiration 

The guest accommodation has also undergone significant improvement works, with its three private villas featuring new interiors, designed with vibrant colours, to reflect the nature and culture of the Himalayas. 

“The interiors are beautiful and luxurious, exuding the warmth and culture of a tastefully appointed residence,” a spokesperson for the property said.

The villas are surrounded by Sal trees, a Himalayan native that can grow up to 40m tall, with each offering its own 40sqm temperature-controlled pool.

Set within the 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda in the Himalaya’s accommodation offering includes 70 guest rooms including four suites with their own private gardens and the historic Viceregal Suite with its own private terrace. 

Ashok Khanna Ananda founder and MD edited

"We hope to inspire people to break the boundaries of their minds and explore the depths of their own structures of being."

Ashok Khanna

Founder and managing director, Ananda in the Himalayas

Design philosophy

Commenting on the revamp, Ananda founder and managing director Ashok Khanna said: “Ananda’s design philosophy aspires to create spaces that seamlessly transition between the natural beauty of the exteriors and the carefully designed elegance of the interiors. 

“In creating a dialogue between building and landscape, we hope to inspire people to break the boundaries of their minds and explore the depths of their own structures of being.”

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The renovation includes a show kitchen where guests can take cooking classes | ©Ananda in the Himalayas

Gourmet wellness menus 

Finally, the project included an extensive renovation of the restaurant to include a colourful new show kitchen, offering weekly cooking classes where Ananda’s chefs showcase signature Ayurvedic dishes from around the world.  

Designed to create a calming atmosphere, the new restaurant combines traditional gond and tantric art with colourful tapestries inspired by the ancient Himalayan hill kingdoms.

It offers a menu of gourmet wellness dishes using locally-sourced, seasonal produce and native medicinal herbs from the estate’s herb garden. 

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