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A vacation is usually a license to sleep late, pig out, hit the bar.
But with wellness tourism one of the world’s fastest growing travel trends, the new way to de-stress on holiday spurns debauchery in pursuit of loftier goals.
Wellness tourism accounted for 14% of the world’s tourism expenditures in 2013, and it’s projected to grow 50% faster than overall global tourism through 2017, according to a report by the New York-based industry group, Global Wellness Institute.
With exotic locations, ancient healing traditions and attentive personal service, it’s not surprising that Asia is one of the key destinations contributing to the boom.
Set in a maharajah’s palace in the Himalayan foothills, this luxury spa is as remote and as spiritual as it gets.
Its neighbors are the meandering Ganges and town of Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, and packed with yoga ashrams.
Ananda specializes in Ayurvedic healing, India’s ancient holistic system using medicated oil treatments and foods to bring the body to its natural balance and health.
A consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor determines each guest’s body type and current imbalances and prescribes a program consisting of daily massages and ancient traditional therapies.
Daily yoga and meditation classes are held in outdoor pavilions or the palace ballroom.
Visiting healing masters offer various programs: Quit Smoking, Diabetes and Cholesterol Management and Living With Arthritis are a few examples.
Alternative treatments include reiki, psycho energy healing, crystal healing, chakra healing and color therapy.
Fitness sessions are available in the gym, along with hiking in the hills and whitewater rafting on the Ganges.