“A healing oasis set in 30 acres of lush organic grounds on the edge of Bangalore, created by health guru Dr Issac Mathai”
There are 21 Deluxe Rooms and 4 suites, all with private gardens and open-air showers (plus indoor bathrooms). Spacious and light, each room was uniquely decorated by Mrs Mathai, but all pay homage to traditional Keralan style, with clean lines and simple designs.
Comfy kingsize beds (or a double or twin beds in the lowest category Standard Deluxe Rooms) are clad in local Khadi cotton fabrics, and there are big armchairs for daytime snoozing (the suites have a separate living area with sofas). Most have a desk too - handy for writing your journal, if you feel so inclined. French windows lead out to private verandas and gardens, filled with palm trees, birds of paradise flowers and lily ponds - habitats for many colourful birds, bees and frogs.
If you're travelling in a group, you might want to splash out on the vast Presidential Suite. With 3 bedrooms with either double, kingsize or single beds, plus a living room and large garden, you'll have plenty of room for socialising or finding you own little corner.
The ensuite bathrooms in all rooms and suites have showers and tubs, along with piles of white towels. The natural Ayurvedic toiletries provided include the best toothpaste I’ve ever tried.
Meals are served at set times in a covered but open-sided dining hall, or in your room if treatments have wiped you out. Breakfast is a feast of Indian fruits, freshly squeezed pomegranate, watermelon and papaya juices and homemade herbal teas plucked from the garden. If you’re not on one of the special diets, you'll also get healthy versions of a south Indian breakfast: dosas (savoury pancakes) and idlis (savoury cakes).
Lunch and dinner start with a homemade soup and salad, followed by a tasty selection of vegetarian curries, stir-fried vegetables and a dhal of the day, served on a thali. Eating healthily never tasted so good! You're served by the friendliest, most charming young men, whose warm smiles make you feel completely at home.
Every Wednesday there's a cookery demonstration, and you'll leave Soukya armed with a set of new recipes to keep you healthy long after you get home.
You're here for rejuvenation so your days will be taken up with treatments, yoga and relaxation. Depending on your programme, you can expect some of the following: