Ananda In The Himalayas, Rishikesh India, Uttarakhand
This award-winning, luxury spa resort is set on a 100 acre property, surrounded by Sal forests, at the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India. Overlooking the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley, the Ananda brings guests closer to nature while allowing them to soak in the tranquillity and beauty of their surroundings.
Staff are extremely hospitable and provide a personalised service to all guests. There's a strong focus on health, wellbeing and rejuvenation at the Ananda. Healthy, organic cuisine is served using fresh and natural foods at the restaurant, private dining areas and tea lounge. Traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta are integrated into the spa to promote de-stressing, cleansing relaxation. With a team of qualified nutritionists, physicians, spa therapists and fitness experts, there are many people on hand to assist with fitness and nutrition goals.
The colonial hill architecture of the 78 rooms, suites and villas blends harmoniously with the surrounding natural landscape. The rooms are simple and elegant, with luxurious beds and panoramic views out to the valley or over the Palace. Suites have private gardens, although the villas are a real highlight, each with a private infinity pool, spacious rooms, a butler and a private sauna to indulge in.
The Ananda is suited to those who have an interest in wellness and health and are looking to rejuvenate at this resort, however fantastic hikes, safaris, white water rafting and visits to Rishikesh can also be arranged.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
The Fairlawn Hotel in Calcutta was exotic and great fun and The Glenburn Tea Esatate Hotel in Darjeeling the most luxurious and charming we've ever experienced. The food and the mountain location were truly beautiful.