In a soothing setting of Sal forest and mango orchards in the Himalayan foothills, a haven of wellness is shining in a new light following a recent partnership with the Six Senses group. Vana had already been operating for nearly ten years, acquiring a loyal repeat client base drawn to its blissful setting in the Mussoorie hills, and its highly respected treatment programmes incorporating ancient eastern remedies. The founding principles of Vana and the integrity of its traditional therapies have been retained, but the partnership with Six Senses – known for their focus on wellness, sustainability and the natural environment – feels like a match made in heaven. New levels of comfort have been brought to this verdant corner of Uttarakhand province, as well as innovative new treatments and facilities that perfectly balance the ancient and the modern.
A stay at Six Senses Vana generally begins with a wellness consultation, after which your doctor will make recommendations on how to get the best out of your stay. A suggested itinerary might incorporate Ayurvedic treatments and cuisine, yoga and Tibetan healing. Elements of Chinese medicine, physiotherapy and movement-based activities may also be incorporated. In addition to the lodge’s set weekly activity programme, a wealth of add-ons can be organised including massage, acupuncture, biohacking and spa treatments, as well as private yoga and meditation sessions and personal training. Those staying longer can also further tailor their programme to meet a specific need, such as improving sleep, weight loss, managing addiction or stress.
Just as integral to a stay at Six Senses Vana is having time to appreciate your uplifting surroundings. From quiet contemplation of the flora and fauna in the gardens, nature walks through the Sal forest or more adventurous hikes into the rolling Mussoorie hills, you are sure to find a renewed connection to the natural world – as well as to the splendour of the Himalayan foothills.
Spa and wellness enthusiasts
Lovers of health, fitness and nutrition
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Embark upon a personalised programme of holistic therapies to suit your individual health needs
Take advantage of daily yoga classes lead by Vana’s on-site masters
Absorb soothing mountain views as you cool down in the rooftop swimming pool
Enjoy a calming meditation session under the shade of Six Senses Vana’s sacred Bodhi tree
Change the pace with a spot of tennis, badminton or Padel
Deepen your understanding and acquire recipes to take home during an Ayurvedic cookery class
Complement your health-focused endeavours with a pampering massage or body wrap in the spa
Experience the unique embrace of Six Senses Vana’s highly-acclaimed Watsu aquatic therapy
Blend your own natural masks and body scrubs in the Alchemy Bar
Dine on fresh, locally sourced and seasonal cuisine designed to nourish and energise
Settle in with a movie at the outdoor cinema
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Travel into the Mussoorie hills and embark upon a nature walk in the Jabarkhet reserve, taking in the sweeping views of the Shivalik range
Take a scenic hike to the serene Santala Devi Temple
Venture to the ashram town of Rishikesh and observe a traditional ‘Ganga Aarti’ fire ritual on the Ganges
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