Soukya, Dr Mathai's Ayurvedic health retreat in Whitefield on the outskirts of Bangalore, is reknowned for helping to restore wellbeing and state of mind. Accommodatation is in bright, spacious villas that are dotted around the 30 acres of orchards and herb gardens and days are packed with treatments and therapy sessions.
Set in 24 acres, this ‘health farm' is growing in international influence and is almost entirely self-sufficient, producing the majority of its own fruit and vegetables and, most impressively, all of its own therapeutic oils.
TREATMENTS AND ACTIVITIES AT SOUKYA
Therapeutic yoga takes place twice a day in a beautifully-decorated, open-sided, thatched yoga pavilion and, if you still feel energetic after that you can make use of the walking/running track which skirts the property. A soundproof meditation room has been constructed underneath the new chapel.
As with any authentic Ayurvedic retreat, the doctors here lead the patient experience aided by naturopaths and dieticians as well as a host of massage therapists. After initial consultation with your doctor you'll be advised of your dietary and treatment schedule and will no doubt find you are fully occupied for the duration of your stay.
Soukya has a medium-sized, outdoor swimming pool although, depending on your treatment, you may not be permitted to swim. In the evenings guests often make use of the games room to enjoy a game of pool or borrow a backgammon board and talks by specialists in Ayurveda are often arranged.
The rooms come in four categories and are generally spacious (some very spacious) with pretty, private gardens. The décor is fairly minimal but really you are here for the treatments, not the accommodation.
Meals can be taken in the dining room or adjacent terrace and silence is required during these. Your diet will be prescribed by your doctor and all food is vegetarian, plentiful and grown on the property.