Travelling the world with Ayurveda

Foreign travel may have been off the menu for most over the past year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But as we embrace our new normal, looking ahead to the future and planning the holidays we missed out on will be on most people’s agendas.

Ayurvedic medicine is popular all over the globe. The many expected and unexpected benefits of Ayurveda are being embraced by many through Ayurveda-influenced lifestyle changes.

Ayurveda can (and should – in our opinion!) inspire every aspect of your life, including your diet, exercise regime and skincare routine.

Whether you’re new to Ayurveda or its principles and your dosha already play an essential role in your everyday life, indulging in a healing holiday to balance your mind and body is a must.

Here we take you through the top Ayurveda retreats and experiences around the world so you can kick-start 2021 with wellness in mind.

Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts, Sri Lanka

Calling on a poignant mix of Ayurveda, yoga and food, Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts provide an authentic and thoroughly holistic cocktail designed to cleanse the mind, body and soul all in a luxurious setting.

You can choose from four all-inclusive resorts across Sri Lanka – namely Barberyn Waves, Barberyn Beach, Barberyn Reef, and Barberyn Sands.

Just like us, Barberyn uses Ayurveda to complement modern Western medicine. With this in mind, their resorts deliver the ultimate retreat for those looking to remedy a particular health concern, strengthen their immunity, or simply sow the seeds for a healthy, long life.

Ayurveda Parkschlösschen, Germany

Not too far away in Germany, you’ll find the top-rated, five-star Ayurveda Parkschlösschen. Their Ayurveda detox and health centre is renowned throughout the industry.

Knowledgeable physicians Dr Gerd-Steffen Bigus and Dr Regina Ford are at the helm of a 100-strong team of practitioners, each of which has extensive training and practical experience in the field of Ayurveda.

Their speciality is the Panchakarma detox, a Ayurvedic cleansing and rejuvenation treatment that’s well known for its detoxifying and balancing effects.

Their programmes range from 9 to 34 days to ensure a comprehensive and completely in-tune therapy plan for every guest.

As you’d expect, its Ayurvedic facilities are second to none with 24 treatment and relaxation rooms; 19 traditional Ayurveda massages; a further 19 special Ayurvedic treatments; 30 Ayurvedic lectures a day; a dedicated Ayurvedic restaurant, teaching kitchen and shop; and an additional 2,000 square metre wellness area.

Vana, India

We couldn’t compile a rundown of top Ayurveda retreats without taking you to India! Vana in Uttarakhand, India is a luxurious wellness retreat that’s been a centre for equilibrium, learning, and inner journeys since it opened its doors.

Their philosophy is simple – to give you the tools and support you need to achieve your very own spiritual best, even as we face the trials and tribulations of our fast-moving modern world.

Below, The Luxury Spa Edit explains more about how Vana will help you to achieve just that:

“Vana is a retreat that explores each aspect of wellbeing: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Its destiny is to be a place of true wellbeing.

Bringing together ayurveda, sowa rigpa, yoga, natural therapies, spa, fitness and aqua, the retreat provides many paths to start the journey towards greater personal wellbeing.

At Vana, each guest is seen as an individual entity and an opportunity to serve and enhance wellbeing, through wellness.”

Food plays a vital part in the Vana experience. Their menus make eating Ayurveda easy as well as enjoyable.

A range of organic or naturally grown vegetarian and vegan meals and mindfully sourced meat, fish and poultry dishes grace their menus to ensure food for thought and wellness.

Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof, Austria

Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof adds a European twist to Ayurveda to provide an unforgettable wellness break like no other.

At Sonnhof, you can discover the foundation for a healthy life. Their bespoke treatments, medical expertise, nutrition, yoga, meditation, and coaching will help you to align your body, mind and spirit, and complement your dosha – find yours by taking our dosha quiz!

Its snow-covered, secluded base in the Tyrolean Alps may be a world away from Ayurveda’s Eastern homeland but here you can discover a truly unique experience for all the senses.

There’s a long list of facilities to work your way through in Sonnhof’s Ayurveda centre. These include a panoramic indoor pool, energy fountain, heat therapy, themed saunas and steam rooms, infrared heat cabins, Shakti fitness room, Swasthya peace room, meditation room, Ayurveda lounge, 12 treatment rooms, and medical rooms.

Can’t wait to start your Ayurveda spa experience? Indulge yourself now with our Ayurvedic medicine influenced, scientifically based skincare solutions.