Vivanta by Taj Bekal, Kerala

The Taj hotel group is known for its Jiva spas, and the out-of-the-world Jiva Grande Spa at the Vivanta by Taj in Bekal is one of the largest. It’s spread over a massive 165,000 square feet and is located on the opposite side of the river to the hotel, to provide total seclusion. The spa offers long-term wellness programs of 2-4 weeks duration, as well as signature experiences, Ayurveda programs, Indian aromatherapy, scrubs and wraps, and beauty rituals. The sprawling Ayurveda sanctuary, designed in traditional style as an Ayurveda Physician’s house, is a highlight. It has a satvik dining lounge, courtyards, landscaped relaxation spaces and meditation nooks, and a wellness library.

  • Address: Kappil Beach, Bekal, northern Kerala. Phone: (91 467) 661-6612.
  • Cost: Around 13,000 rupees/$200 per night for a double room. Individual treatments range in price from around 2,700 rupees to 7,000 rupees.
  • What’s Good: Unique experiences include body anointment and purifying bathing ceremonies, and ritualistic homam fire ceremonies.  
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