I went alone to escape Delhi pollution, looking for clean air, relaxation an spa. To my surprise, this place has proven to be so much more. Ananda spa is a sanctuary which promotes a better more balanced life style. The spa treatments are exceptional indeed, the food amazing, the yoga and meditation program thorough and I discovered Vedanta, which left a profound impression. All of this in stunning surroundings. I am sold and will be coming back!
Our visit to Ananda followed a trek to the Har-ki-Dun valley in the Himalayas. It was so timed, to get few massages after being in the mountains for the previous week. Anyone who treks will know the bliss of massage, steam, et al in luxurious environment after a rigorous hike. Yes, it is called bliss.
Ananda has a fabulous location. It is secluded despite being so close to Dehradun and Haridwar. And the facilities are first class, befitting a high end spa.
Checking in the one of the best we have seen. Hospitality at Indian high end hotels is legendary and Ananda takes it a step further. Quick, with lots of smiles, a great drink, and a string of rudraksha beads replacing the traditional flower garlands. A great transition rudraksha is Shivas adornment, a symbol of ascetic life - into a spiritual life, albeit of luxury, for the next few days!
The rooms are spacious with a balcony we had one overlooking the garden and the valley below the provisions are top class. Replenishments are regular and one can call for anything, at any time, and the service is prompt. And you have pristine white kurta-pajamas hanging in the closet, which will be your clothing for the duration of your stay, subject to any number of replacements at your behest.
Dining area is beautiful including al fresco on a deck, sunny in the day and starry in the evenings, complete with a lit up Haridwar in the valley below. The food is fabulous from breakfast to dinner global and Indian dishes, calorie counted, offering delicious choices to eat at your calorie point, so without any guilt. The varieties of honey, the different juice combinations are all delectable.
The facilities are excellent. From yoga to gym to the pool and the fabulous spa area, all are excellent. How lovely to wake up early morning, sip your pre-ordered lemon juice with honey in hot water sitting in the balcony watching the valley below and occasionally a peacock strutting and meowing in the garden. Then on to a yoga session under a gazebo in the trees, a shower and lovely breakfast. After some rest, get to your massage session, relax in the quiet spa area with a view of the valley, read a book, steam yourself, shower and feel refreshed! An afternoon nap, a long walk in the evening, or a trip down to Haridwar to watch the Ganga-aarti, a spectacle. Dinner under the stars later.
The three days we stayed there were blissful. One may call that short, but after spending the previous week in the big mountains, the stay was just right rejuvenating, luxurious, and healing! Off to real life then. Cheers!
This must have been amazing when it first opened but now the property is in need of renovation. Poor wifi, small TVs and outdated plug points were a damper. We were upgraded to a beautiful suite with a lovely garden view with a water feature. Treatments were excellent and dining was a pleasure even though service was slack at times. Sandeep in the restaurant saw to our needs with a smile in such times....Staff were generally attentive. A special thanks to Monika for giving us a mini guided tour of the property
This is a fantastic spa in a great location. At 1,100m up a windy road the hotel is secluded. With gates at the entrance there is no chance of stray visitors. There is so much to do and some guests come for 21 days! There is nothing to fault the place. The staff are charming and incredibly helpful; nothing is too much. Sitting by the pool is relaxing and never crowded. There are so many treatments to choose from and I wish I had the time to try them all. The food was good and I would recommend choosing from the Indian menu. The director of operations was everywhere and making sure that guests were happy. I wish we had the time to stay longer.
Amazing place with very friendly staff beautiful views and amazing weather in november food is to die for but the portion are a bit to small hence the food seems a bit expensive but other then that everything thing was just great