Ananda in the Himalayas is renowned as one of the world’s most luxurious spa retreats. Noted in Tatlers ‘Best Spa Guide’ and popular with the likes of Prince Charles and Camilla, Ananda is part of the Shanti Hospitality Group, an affiliate of C&C Alpha Group Ltd. Ricky Martin recently visited the Spa, here’s a little more about his trip…
Hey India: Ricky Martin (above with his butler) was friendly and warm to the staff at Ananda In The Himalayas Spa
Just weeks after Ricky Martin ended his longtime relationship with partner Carlos Gonzalez Abella, the pop star took a brief holiday in India end-January when he spent considerable time in Uttarakhand.
He checked into Ananda In The Himalayas on January 28. He indulged in spa treatments and relished a mix of Indian and continental food, especially masala chai for the next few days. “He had masala chai with every meal,” says a hotel staff.
Say a prayer: The father of five-year-old twin boys Matteo and Valentino likes performing haavan (a purifying ritual with a fire ceremony) whenever he is in India
The picturesque luxurious spa has long been Martin’s favourite destination for relaxation.
The pop sensation had a henna tattoo done on the back of his hand, and made trips to Parmath Ashram in Rishikesh for Ganga aarti. “He’s very interested in Hinduism, and performs havan during his stay,” informs another hotel staff. Martin had no special requests except for a late-evening snack that was comprised of vegetarian sandwiches, cookies and tea. “He was very friendly with the hotel staff and thoroughly enjoyed his stay,” add a hotel source.
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