Six Senses Hotels and Resorts has announced the opening of Six Senses Vana, the brand’s first dedicated Wellness Retreat. The Himalayan retreat marks the second Six Senses property in India after Six Senses Fort Barwara.
Six Senses has brought the famous Vana retreat under its portfolio, where the brand’s ethos “is to immerse guests into a personalized wellness journey where ancient wisdom meets innovation”.
Named after the sal forest it takes refuge in and spread over 21 acres, Six Senses Vana aims to protect and nurture, providing space to discover and flourish. Ayurveda, Yoga, Tibetan Medicine, and Natural Healing Therapies combine with a rich daily activity schedule and personalized support. Nourishing food, including an Ayurvedic specialty restaurant; therapies, including acupuncture, reflexology, and natural alignment; and a kind-hearted team complete the retreat. Unlike anywhere else, the magic lies in the way these elements are fused together to best benefit guests, based on their current state of mind and body, and personal goals for the stay.
Every stay at Six Senses Vana includes full-board accommodation and personalized nutrition, daily retreat activities, wellness consultation and screening, and attire to wear. Guests can boost the impact with optional extras such as Subtle Energies treatments, acupuncture, reflexology, realignment, or a pampering mani-pedi.
There’s also the option to tailor the itinerary by choosing a program based on a specific wellness intention, with diagnostics and targeted guidance from the experts:
- Sleep: Tracking sleep patterns and helping guests to reset through treatments and therapies that will include yoga Nidra, holistic massages, night-time soporific drinks, and more.
- Detox: With a curated meal plan, Ayurvedic treatments, therapies to slow the fight/flight response, and digital detox, energy levels will reset, bringing newfound clarity.
- Weight management: A mindset reset helping guests achieve gradual weight loss, or gain, through fitness activities, stimulating body treatments, meditation, biohacking, and a personalized meal plan.
- Yoga: For beginners and improvers in the motherland of mantras, delivered by a unique team of instructors, with private sessions, guided meditation, and breathwork with signature massages and energy treatments.
- Ayurveda: Treatments are delivered by doctors and therapists to heal imbalances in the body’s doshas.
- Tibetan Medicine: Six Senses Vana is one of the few places in the world where Sowa Rigpa is formally offered in its complete avatar.
By introducing high tech to the high touch retreat journey at SixSenses Vana, guests will relieve common issues like back pain and inflammation and enjoy a kick start to their healing process. Compression therapy, heated back belts, and massage percussion devices will be available on arrival to take the edge off the long journey. The wellness screening measures 40 biomarkers and, when coupled with the doctor’s consultation, adds science to ancient wisdom. Guests can also enjoy multi-sensory treatments as they float in the warmth of the Watsu pool or meditate to Raag therapy, where the tranquil, hypnotic sounds of the flute bring out positive emotions.
From the moment you arrive, when your forehead is dotted with crimson, and you don your loose-fitting kurta pajamas, to the moment you leave, and your wrist is tied with a red-string blessing, this soothing space serves as a leveler, where you can come as you are and connect to each other and nature without hindrance. Even if you are a regular retreat-goer, everyone is unique; therefore, Six Senses Vana approaches your health and wellness in a way that’s unique to you.said Jaspreet Singh, General Manager, Six Senses Vana.
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Accommodations and Dining
Designed by Spanish architectural company Esteva to be both dramatic and serene, the 66 rooms and 16 suites are comfortably appointed to evoke a sense of harmony. As a mindful oasis away from India’s trademark, intense color, noise, and activity, accommodations feature balconies or terraces and wall-to-ceiling windows, and look over the tall, slender trunks of the Sal forest, the gardens, or the mango orchards, making for meditative views.
Salana offers contemporary wellness cuisine that draws inspiration from life. Its focus on nutrition, creativity, nature, and low food miles reflects Six Senses Vana’s core philosophy. Menus change with the seasons, and at lunch and dinner each day.
Anayu is derived from the Sanskrit words “ana” and “ayu” meaning “nourishment/food” and “life”. It brings together Indian-inspired recipes and Ayurvedic principles. Anayu’s menu is crafted to serve each of the three body types – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Six Senses Signature Experiences
Close to Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, and north of Dehradun on the approach to the Himalayas, loyal guests have enjoyed Vana as a sanctuary for rebalancing, healing, and learning since it first opened in January 2014. The original intention, along with the existing team, remains mostly unchanged under the Six Senses brand. The ownership of Six Senses also remains with Veer Singh Ji. The luxury hospitality brand says that Veer Singh Ji’s deep interest in and respect for sustainable farming, traditional wisdom, and nature will continue to be nurtured.
What changes is the brand’s vision to deepen and strengthen the current offering, complement it with signature experiences it has successfully tried and tested around the world, and bring it to a broader global audience. In addition to the above programs, guests can get creative at the Alchemy Bar to make their own spa products in accordance with their dosha type.
For the first time, Six Senses will offer activities aimed at children aged six and above to learn and thrive with Grow With Six Senses. Introduced later in 2023, this program will present learning opportunities that help children navigate and derive meaning from their natural surroundings through art, music, movement, storytelling, and newly built interactive spaces.
As a social and gathering space, the bar will serve healthy drinks, shrubs, and tonics. Along with a lifestyle concept store for sustainable fashion and spa products, there is also a signature Cinema Paradiso and Tennis, Badminton and Padel courts Arts, music, exhibitions, and performances will also add to the rich cultural programming. Other facilities present at the resort include a Meditation Cave, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Bodhi Tree, Library, Earth Lab, Reflection Garden, Walking Trails and organic vegetable and herb gardens.
Featured image of Kila, the nerve center of the retreat, home to welcome rituals and Puja ceremonies, by Six Senses
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