“Romantic, restorative yoga retreat and spa in 25 acres of verdant gardens, an hour north-west of Bangalore”
The 12 cottages are as serene as their surroundings, with soft lighting, minimalist décor and fresh flowers.
We stayed in one of the 8 tented Garden Cottages, scattered across the gardens amid palm trees and bamboo. Each has a private veranda and a bathroom with a power shower, opening onto a small plant-filled courtyard. Furnishings are simple and elegant, with an East-Asian touch (bamboo blinds, Balinese-style lamps and Japanese wardrobes), and the beds (kingsize or twin) are very comfortable - we slept soundly and awoke to birdsong.
The 3 Poolside Cottages, set closer to the dining hall, are more contemporary in style, with abstract paintings on the walls. Each has a sitting area with a sofabed, plus a small rear veranda.
There’s also a larger cottage with 3 ensuite bedrooms (2 doubles/twins and a single) - ideal for a family or group of friends. Its living area has sofas and cosy floor seating, so you can curl up with a one of the books lining the shelves. The décor has a South Indian influence, with brass lamps, bronze sculptures and artwork of Indian deities. Outside is a wide veranda.
All cottages have air conditioning, safes, hairdryers, bathrobes and tea-making facilities. They also boast yoga mats and broadband connections - a wonderful pairing that epitomises Shreyas - as well as thoughtful little extras such as umbrellas, torches and flip-flops. On the desks are books on yoga and spirituality, and at bedtime you’ll find an inspirational message waiting on your pillow.
If you thought vegetarian meant boring, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. The varied food served at Shreyas is a big hit with guests - so much so that a recipe book has been published following numerous requests (there are also regular cooking demos).
Meals, often served alfresco in the garden or by the pool, are a high art. Tables are beautifully decorated with freshly cut flowers and petals, with soft lamps and candles at night. The exquisite dishes are low on spices, salt, sugar and oil, but high on taste, with healthy wholefoods such as whole-wheat roti and red rice. All dietary preferences can be catered for, and most ingredients are hand-picked from the organic vegetable and herb garden.
At breakfast you’ll be served fresh juice, toast, oatmeal and freshly picked seasonal fruits. Indian breakfast favourites like idlis and parathas are also available.
Lunch and dinner are extravagant 4-course affairs made up of Indian dishes or Mediterranean cuisine. The starter is usually soup (we enjoyed pumpkin and roasted carrot and bell pepper), followed by a salad - perhaps beetroot, cucumber and dill, or French bean with sesame seeds. For mains we had tandoori tofu with mushrooms, squash with amaranth leaves, and stuffed pancakes with cauliflower and pea masala (all delicious). Dessert is normally fresh fruit, and there's a different bread with every meal.
Children over the age of 2 are accepted, though the resort does not actively cater to families and is more of a quiet retreat. Extra beds can be provided for children under 8, and the Poolside Cottages have sofabeds. A maximum of 2 kids are allowed per cottage.
Children (4-12 years)
Extra Beds Available