The 21-acre estate is in Dehradun, India, situated in one of the most spiritually rich regions in the world. Set amidst clusters of ancient forest and orchards, the retreat merges into its surroundings, uniquely perched on a small plateau with Sal forest to the west, the hills of Mussoorie to the north and the bustling small town of Dehradun to the east.
Vana, Malsi Estate is a wellness retreat that explores each aspect of wellbeing: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Bringing together Ayurveda, Tibetan healing, yoga, natural healing, spa, fitness and aqua, the retreat provides many paths to reach one’s wellness goals, or at least start a journey towards greater personal wellbeing. Ayurveda, Tibetan healing and yoga are offered in their complete and pure forms. Each wellness offering has its own dedicated space and its own team of specialists.
There are more than fifty treatment and consultation rooms, spread across the Ayurveda centre, ritual spa, wellness centre and spa. Other wellness spaces include three yoga studios and pavilions, an indoor and outdoor pool, heat and wet areas, a watsu pool, and a state-of-the-art gymnasium.
At Vana, each guest is seen as an individual entity and an opportunity to serve and enhance wellbeing, through wellness. The wellness team at Vana, Malsi Estate includes wellness consultants, ayurvedic doctors, a Tibetan doctor, a traditional Chinese medicine doctor, yoga practitioners, senior therapists, specialist practitioners, fitness experts, naturopaths and a nutritionist.
Guest rooms at Vana are in keeping with Vana’s philosophy of creating personal spaces that are private sanctuaries, with warmth and exceptional comfort. Living spaces at Vana (69 rooms and 17 suites) are as follows: Garden and Forest rooms, Bodhi suites, Forest suites, the Esteva suite and the Vana suite. The retreat has three restaurants as part of its cuisine offering, each with unique concepts that reflect its wellness and Ayurveda principles.
The retreat offers several spaces for reflection, both indoors and outdoors, and has a unique gathering space to accommodate up to 30 guests for evening discourses and sessions during special retreats.
The approach to wellness at Vana is all-encompassing and includes cuisine, relaxation, music, art, outdoor activities, discourse and discussion. Contemporary design, daily guided meditation and yoga, music performances, orchards, herb and vegetable gardens create an overall experience of wellbeing.
According to Veer Singh, Founder, Vana Retreats, “Vana, Malsi Estate has been the result of almost five years of arduous work. Our desire to create a true place of wellbeing, where each aspect is carefully considered, and where we can meaningfully participate in the wellbeing of almost any guest, is what has seen us through. This focus, along with the beautiful design and aesthetic of the retreat, our attention to the finer details, our sincere team, not to mention our creative cuisine, is what makes us a truly unique place in the world.”
Retreats at Vana start from £350 per night for a single guest or £500 for two guests sharing one of its forest rooms. The minimum stay at Vana, Malsi Estate is three nights and guests must be over 16 years of age.