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“Yoga and me!” 4 of 5 stars
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Ananda in the Himalayas
5.0 of 5 Spa   |   The Palace Estate | (Near Rishikesh), Narendranagar 249175, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Narendranagar
New Delhi, India
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“Yoga and me!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

My husband and I stayed here as we had work in the small quaint town of Narendra Nagar just a km from this resort. It was a wonderful experience, the place is beautifully kept and the staff is eager to please, polite and mostly without attitude. The heated swimming pool is gorgeous, enjoyed the morning Yoga class. The food is the only thing that disappointed, the bakery products were below mark and the dishes were not authentic, I think that as per the resort's ethos food is not supposed to be the high point of your holiday so foodieds beware, however kudos to them that after a fiasco with the food they tried their best to make up and we did not go hungry.

Room Tip: I preferred the garden view to the valley view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Let me start with telling that the Ananda in the Himalayas is an amazing resort!! Don’t go by the name as though it might sound a bit tacky, the place is really a heaven. The exotic mixture of delicious food, amazingly spacious rooms, superb crew and finally the specialized yoga and the exercise classes await you at the AITH. Moreover all this at an amazingly affordable price!!

Well, I booked the Uttaranchal tour through the web portal of Antilog Vacations. The site had offered us multiple hotels at all the locations and we finally selected the Ananda in Rishikesh based on the representative’s call. The resort was a 10 hour drive from Delhi (which included a 2 hour layover at a roadside motel). We arrived in the evening, just as the sun was setting. It was truly a sight to behold as the milieu bordering the resort had the snow glistening in the dusky sunbeam.

We got a dedicated butler from our arrival. He guided us to our 2 bedroom cottage and helped us throughout our stay with interesting tidbits. He even arranged for the trek and camp at the Kunjapuri temple. It was 6 hour trek from the resort and the 360 degree panoramic view atop the hill was truly worth the climb.

The food was superb too with an incredible mix of various cuisines like Mediterranean, Lebanese, Italian along with the usual Chinese and Indian fares. Moreover the healthy aspect of the resort was even inculcated in the foods with a variety of salads on offer in the lunch and dinner buffet.

Having been here, I would most definitely stay only in this place the next time I arrive in Rishikesh and even it might work the other way round – I might return to Rishikesh just for staying at the Ananda in the Himalayas!!! 

Next day we headed for Mussorie leaving behind some xcellent memories

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We were in Ananda Spa last week with a group of friends for a Business Meet. The resort was not only able to meet our already high expectations, it exceeded them.

We had booked 6 double rooms with a Valley View for 2 nights. Asad, Nitin & the F&B team went the extra distance to provide a bespoke experience. The hotel and the food were of the highest caliber but what really stole the show was the warm & personalized service. They had organised a special bar-be-cue for us at the poolside and even let us have an meeting, on the lawns close to the Palace. For all the above arrangements, they didnt even charge us any extra fare.

Highly recommended for a couple or group. Do keep in mind that kids are not permitted. An outdoor trek to Kunjapuri temple on the mountaintop with fabulous views of snow covered Himalayan peaks are a must. White water rafting on the Ganges River will enthrall and the evening aarti at Parmarth Ashram will lift you straight to heaven. One must sure end a visit to Rishikesh town with hot Gulab Jamun's at Chotiwala.

Room Tip: Must choose, Valley View rooms.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Ananda - true to it's name - spells pure bliss.

The resort is one of the most serene & peaceful places one could head to for a totally relaxing getaway from the mad crowd. Superbly managed by very courteous, ever-smiling staff who are ready to help with anything to cater to one's fancies. The food is a perfect blend between indulgence & home-cooked. Goes without saying that the Spa boasts of ace therapists who really know their job. Optional Vedanta & Yoga classes add to the magical Ananda touch ..

A vacation, I feel, everyone must have at least once every six months to calm one's senses and have a total release of constant urban-living pressures.

Room Tip: Level 5 is the ground level at Ananda Spa .. so a level 4,5,6 valley-view room is ideal according to...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Service, spa, food, and the natural environment are the stars here.
What struck me is how young, but well trained the staff are. Everyone is eager to please and strike up a conversation.
We had 9 spa services on our short stay, some were truly brilliant and some were ordinary. We recommend the 4 hand massage which was a new welcome experience.
The food focused on healthy, tasty options and had updated options for lunch and dinner. Room service requests were delivered in less than 5 minutes.
The resort and grounds have simple elegance with plenty of historic, modern, and natural nooks and crannies. We enjoyed playing snooker every night on the 100 yr old billiard table, hiking around the hilly grounds, and doing the early morning yoga sessions outside. You can expect a very mellow, quiet experience.
We like to stay connected while disconnecting and found their wifi to have good speedy coverage.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I have heard about this place for a long time now and only a month ago I had the chance to truly experience it. You can expect all the five star facilities but what makes it unique is simply the passion from the staff. I travelled alone and i have never felt more safe in this place...and I didnt feel alone as I chatted with members of staff and get their view of what this place is about. The Abhyanga massage with 4 hands are just amazing that I thought i was being massaged by one person with four hands...they really mastered the art of synchronising. I went for Yoga daily in the morning...that trully awakens me! Food...is just simply to die for...I met with the Chef and he explained to me how he really learned to provide food that is healthy and tasty...and accordance to the Ayurveda principles. The passion really radiates in his cuisine. I cannot fault the place.... A memory that I would not easily forget! I hope to visit again soon...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

The hotel is about 20 minutes drive up a hill from the main rishikesh area (har ki pauri etc.) and thats a relief because once can't have a peaceful hotel anywhere near the banks of the ganga where every once in a while a sea of humanity descends! It is a quick & steep drive and you gain a decent altitude which gives one great views of the city below...

Its a restored royal / viceregal residence which contains the reception, the viceregal suite, a billiards room and a library / business center. Its also where yoga sessions are held...

The main guest areas are a short walk or golf cart ride away, which is also where the spa & the restaurant are... The whole property has beautifully manicured lawns and golf-cart roads... but the property is not as big as say wildflower hall...

All rooms are in a hillside building with 4 or 5 floors... the suits are on the ground floor & some have access to a private garden... rest of the rooms are basically either valley view (highly recommended) or resort view... From our room we had a clear view of the town of Rishikesh below and in the evenings the city lights looked amazing...

The food is excellent & everything has a 'healthy twist'... while the main restaurant was under renovation... they did an excellent job of maintaining the outside areas for meal times... in fact the outside seating is anyway the preferred seating area if the weather is good... it overlooks the forests & you feel like you are sitting up in a tree house!

The focus of any stay here is the spa... it is an excellent spa & a huge spa... yet getting an appointment for a treatment is a challenge. We took a package that had a couple of treatments included but we did not get time slots of our preference & had to go with oddly available time slots... this was the situation when the resort was probably 60-70% full... so i wonder how can one hope to get any spa treatments if the spa is running on 90-100 % capacity!

Other than that it is an excellent place to unwind for 2-3 days and is so conveniently located from Delhi!

Room Tip: Must take the valley view rooms...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: The Palace Estate | (Near Rishikesh), Narendranagar 249175, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Narendranagar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Narendranagar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Ananda in the Himalayas 5*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ananda-In the Himalayas is a luxury destination spa located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the birthplace of India’s ancient arts of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. Dedicated to restoring balance and harmonizing energy through a holistic approach, Ananda incorporates the healing principles of the East and the West with a specific focus on Ayurveda and Yoga, along with contemporary International spa experiences. ... more   less 
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