Feeling Stressed? This Wellness Retreat Might Be Just What You Need!

LIFESTYLE  |  December 14, 2016
  • 1. Beautiful Sanctuary
    1 / 8 1. Beautiful Sanctuary

    The resort was stunning beyond words. Amanbagh was built to fit seamlessly within India’s rugged Aravalli Hills, and a soothing rose-pink hue envelopes its buildings. I felt instantly at peace. Amanbagh is a property under the Aman hotel group, and it is renowned for creating luxurious havens with laid-back charm.

    It has especially been lauded for its service standards. No request is ever too big, and it has mastered the art of being attentive without being intrusive. It is also flexible: You can change your itinerary at any time, which I did during the retreat. That put me as ease, as I didn’t feel compelled to rush from one activity to the next.

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  • 1. Beautiful Sanctuary
    2 / 8 1. Beautiful Sanctuary

    Spending time in my room itself was de-stressing. The Pool Pavilion (above), a 2,185-sq-ft pavilion with a spacious garden courtyard and swimming pool, was a slice of heaven.

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  • 2. Luxurious treatments
    3 / 8 2. Luxurious treatments

    I went for two one-hour Ayurvedic spa treatments daily. They were geared towards ultimate relaxation. I’d go for a treatment after breakfast, and do the second one in the afternoon. My favourite was called abhyanga, a four-hand massage with four litres of warm herbal oil, which is slowly massaged onto your body over the course of this stress-relieving treatment. I felt as though I was wrapped up in a blanket.

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  • 2. Luxurious treatments
    4 / 8 2. Luxurious treatments

    Another I enjoyed was shirodhara, where a stream of warm herbal oil was drizzled continuously onto my forehead. This treatment is said to increase blood circulation to the brain. It lulled me to sleep within minutes, and I slept well at night too.

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  • 3. Wholesome meals
    5 / 8 3. Wholesome meals

    Food is an important part of the programme – and also a point of consideration for a foodie like me. Dr Kumar recommended that I eat 40 per cent vegetables, 30 per cent protein and 30 per cent carbohydrate. Thankfully, I like eating vegetables.

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  • 3. Wholesome meals
    6 / 8 3. Wholesome meals

    The meals included both Western and Indian food, and were all tasty. Meat was excluded, as I was told it would increase the chances of constipation. I also refrained from caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Breakfast comprised fruit salad, yogurt and pancakes, while lunches and dinners included brown rice, dahl and at least two vegetable dishes. I must say that my digestion was better than usual during this trip, probably due to the nutrient-rich meals.

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  • 4. Outdoor activities
    7 / 8 4. Outdoor activities

    The programme included light exercise like yoga classes and hiking outside the resort. Hiking is an activity worth doing, as the scenery is breathtaking. There are several routes that take you through areas like farmland, villages and ancient ruins. The hikes are led by a guide, and I was impressed by how knowledgeable mine was. Other activities available include meditation at the nearby Somsagar Lake (above).

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  • 4. Outdoor activities
    8 / 8 4. Outdoor activities

    A morning trip to the medieval town of Bhangarh, about a 20-minute jeep ride from Amanbagh, is also fun to do. Riding in an open jeep is an experience itself. The legend behind Bhangarh is intriguing. It is said that many years ago, people fled from the town because of black magic, and that till today the deserted city is still haunted. I went there in the morning and it wasn’t scary. I took many gorgeous photos, and you can even do yoga there (as seen above).

    After five days, I returned home feeling great. But the tricky part was in learning to control stress rather than let it control me. My biggest takeaway was this: Instead of rushing around all the time, slow down and savour each moment. Doing that for just a few minutes a day makes a world of difference to your well-being.

    The writer’s stay was sponsored by Aman. The Wellness Immersions at Amanbagh run till May 31, 2017. For more information on Aman’s wellness experiences at Amanbagh and the other Aman properties, visit www.aman.com

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