Rosemary and tangerine scrubs. Sandalwood and honey body wraps. The soft slickness of sc ented oils being smoothed into your skin. A delicious hour of soaking in a warm, scented tub. The incredible lightness of the soul; nearly impossible to define. In the sort of setting that inspires relaxation. A week or two at one of T aj Holidays’ Spa Sojourns destinations leaves you feeling like you’ve been reborn.
Encircled by the clear blue waters of one of Maldives’ largest lagoons, this resort offers complete privacy and utter decadence.LOCATION
Taj Exotica is an exclusive, private and romantic island resort, 15 minutes away from Malè International Airport by private luxury speedboat.FEATURES
Jiva Grande Spa, an authentic Indian spa, offers a range of signature wellness experiences. A choice of gourmet cuisine, water sports, and recreation make for a complete and exclusive destination.ACCOMMODATION
Guests experience superb services and hospitality at the resort and spa. 62 luxurious villas present the ultimate in luxury and privacy. Of these are 24 Lagoon Villas; 31 Deluxe Lagoon Villas; 4 Deluxe Beach Villas and 2 Villa Suites each with a private plunge pool; and a Rehendi Presidential Suite.
Welcome to paradise on earth. Occupying an enviable location on the south coast of Sri Lanka, this resort is a pleasing blend of comfort and natural beauty.LOCATION
90 km south of Bandarnaike International airport and 60 km away from the capital city of Colombo, which is approximately an hour and a half’s drive away.FEATURES
The Jiva Spa is renowned for its therapies, a combination of ancient recipes with contemporary methods. The hotel houses a swimming pool, a fitness centre and a bookshop, and can arrange elephant rides.ACCOMMODATION
Guests have a choice of 162 airy, beautifully planned rooms which offer gorgeous views of the sea and landscaped gardens. Each room features local wood and furnishings.
Nine acres of shimmering fountains and flowering trees, halls bathed in a warm golden light, courtyards with artistic stone carvings, and walls with delicate filigree work. The 120-year old Usha Kiran Palace is a setting fit for a fairytale albeit with a perceptible historical allure.LOCATION
1 km from the Bada market, the palace is 25 km from the Gwalior Airport (GWL) and 3 km from the railway station.FEATURES
The palace’s restaurants, while undeniably reminiscent of an age long past, are trendy in their own right. The Silver Saloon specialises in signature Maratha and Nepali cuisines that were enjoyed by the royals of old. The Bada Bar presents favourites, both local and international, and a grand billiards table; with a casual yet debonair charm. The Court, the alfresco café, offers a dining experience amidst vistas of greenery. Guests may also indulge in a spa treatment, play a game of badminton or mini cricket or take up cookery lessons.ACCOMMODATION
The hotel has 15 Superior Rooms, 15 Deluxe Rooms, six Luxury Suites, two Royal Suites and two Villas with private pools. The Deluxe and Standard rooms are furnished with silk drapes and artefacts, evoking Gwalior’s regal heritage. The Luxury Suites are adorned with Venetian mirrors, Chanderi curtains and mother-of-pearl mosaic. The Royal Suites, while similar to the luxury suites, are more spacious. Each Villa has a private pool and sunbathing area.
On the banks on the Ganges, in one of the world’s most ancient cities; Nadesar Palace continues its tradition of hosting men of power and fame. Its imposing heritage notwithstanding, this is a place of tranquillity and warmth, surrounded as it is by mango orchards and fields of jasmine and marigold.LOCATION
The hotel is located behind the shrine of Goddess Nadeshwari, within the Nadesar Palace Grounds.FEATURES
Dining at the palace is an experience that is both ritualistic and indulgent. Breakfast is served at the sunlit verandah, a carefully planned lunch at the dining room and for dinner, it’s barbequed fare by the pool. The activities offered by the hotel are steeped in tradition and spirituality; you may go on a nature walk guided by the hotel’s botanist, learn the ancient discipline of yoga in a group or private session, visit Jiva Spa or ride in a buggy that once belonged to the Maharaja of Varanasi. Explore the ancient city with a boat ride along the Ganges, a trip to the Benares weavers’ village, witness the Ganga-Aarti (the traditional ritual worship at the Ganges) or go on an excursion to the Chunar Fort, the erstwhile Mughal stronghold.ACCOMMODATION
In keeping with its tradition of individual attention and unsurpassed service, The Nadesar Palace has ten suites — four Palace Rooms, four Historical Suites, and two Royal Suites. The suites overlook the landscaped gardens, the pool or the golf course. They are decorated with furniture and embellishments of a bygone regal era, many of the works that adorn its walls belong to the Maharaja’s collection. The colours are inspired by lotuses, marigolds and jasmines; flowers traditionally offered at the Ganges.