April 08, 2009

It's Ayurveda's moment—so head to the source. At SwaSwara (Gokarna; 91-484/266-8221; www.swaswara.com; doubles from $300, including breakfast), a new 27-acre, 24-villa yoga retreat in India's holistic heartland, Karnataka, ayurvedic therapists custom-create total-health stays. Tailor your meals to match your strict regimen. Or not: dinners of fresh fish and organic produce and glasses of tangy kokum juice may make you think twice. All villas have air-conditioning, thatched roofs, and a private path to the beach. Refreshed souls can practice tratak (object-focused) meditation or venture into Gokarna, a town of ancient Hindu temples a short boat ride away.

SwaSwara

India’s ancient healing tradition of Ayurveda is sweeping the spa world. To experience it at its purest, head to the source: Karnataka, India’s holistic heartland. Named after the Sanskrit words for self and sound, the 34-acre SwaSwara, a new 24-villa yoga retreat, sits on a cliff dotted with rice paddies, overlooking a beach that’s appropriately named Om. The hotel’s Ayurvedic therapists customize total-health stays that include yoga, massage, and meditation. Tailor your meals to match your strict regimen. Or not: the regular menu items (fresh fish, locally grown produce, tangy kokum juice) are also good for your health. All villas have air-conditioning, tiled roofs, and a private path to the beach.

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