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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
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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12 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Heavenly- one of the best breaks !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Checked in with some friends for a break from routine. Checked out refreshed and relaxed. I guess that says it all...The hotel is on a hill top - which helps create a cut-off feel. The view is very good but no snow capped peaks (unlike my recent trip to the Oberoi Wildflower). The property is vast but the golf carts take away the pain of uphill climbs. It creates a Five Star 'Ashram' experience complete with yoga, meditation, talks on the Vedas and light food ( if you choose). The restaurant is super quiet and I learned that the mobiles were jammed in all public areas ! Staff go out of the way to give you off menu items, which is a plus. I would be failing in my duty if I forget to thank Rajesh Bist, Devendra, Garvit and Dhilan for outstanding service....net net I loved the place and will go again :-)

Minuses: The spa (tho great) is highly over priced, even by 5 star standards

Room Tip: Pay a bit more for the valley view - its worth it !
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Stayed there for a business meeting but managed to use the Spa (a lot less than I wanted to)
Excellent massages and even a la carte (most of the services are usually offered in packages) is not overly expensive by good massage standards ($120 or so per hour)..best deep tissue massage of my life.

Food is fresh and very varied especially if you stay for 3-4 days.

Very quiet and peaceful and relaxing even if not much to do beyond relaxing and the spa.

Not very convenient to get to as in an hour's drive from nearest airport.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms on floors 5 and 6 as they have better views.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 March 13, 2013

It was my first time in Ananda. 3-10.03. It was superb but one week it's really not best time minimum for best effect you need 2 weeks.
1. Very nice located property 30 min from rishikesh is the capital of yoga. Around is jungle fool of monkeys, elephants and jaguars!!!!
2. Best time for visit November or March because its 20-23 C.
3. Spa really the best in the world. In the pa working Russian Irina she can help a lot!
4. You arrive and hotel give you white Pijamas . Every body guests in white it's nice:)
Normal day 6-30 room service bring to you room ginger and lemon tea, 7-15 morning yoga( it's Hatha yoga for beginners :((( but its ok!) 8-30 Halfy ( according to doshas) or you can order anything Shef from Uzbekistan make very tasty and nice looking food. Thank you!
5 . After breakfast stretching very day Thank you Lakhan! After that usually we take fest Ayurvedic treatment and after lunch second Ayurvedic like churaswedana or udwartana.
6. 3 time a week you can take 2 hrs tracking.
7. If you like ( I do!!) it's 20 min drive to gang river nice beach it's bloody freezing but nobody can stop me if I want to swim!:)) I'll be back in November!!!!

Room Tip: You don't need to order villas or rishikesh valey because its fog every day. Take easiest room y...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 March 9, 2013

Beautiful property, every bit as pretty as the ads make it out to be. Incredibly friendly staff, great rooms: simple but sufficiently stocked and of-course, great, great food.
I can't remember what its called but I went for an 8 day package ..tips:.the spa is willing to customize the spa itinerary , so if you feel you're having too much of one kind of spa service, they'll change it.
Restaurant: Their daily menus are great, but the cooks are incredible and willing to cook anything you ask them to.
Rooms: Ask for the valley facing rooms, the views are beautiful.
Yoga: Great instructors for beginners. I don't think a seasoned student of yoga would learn anything new.

Room Tip: Pick the valley facing rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Loved: morning yoga, spa treatments, cotton Kurta pajamas, the aroma that they have everywhere, meditation sessions, the pool.

Disliked: it was not a palatial experience; but being a resident of Rajasthan, didn't mind it that much.

The rooms are not that big but the best thing is you don't need to carry your wardrobe as they give you crisp cotton Kurta pajamas everyday twice during your stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 February 24, 2013

Last week there was a snap plan for a trip to Rishikesh - The World Capital of Yoga with frens. Located in Uttarakhand in India, we had never been to this magical place and hence wanted this escapade desperately. We were planning to do some adventure sports and stuff and hence to reduce the unnecessary hassles, we decided to pre book our travel through the Antilog Vacations, a popular online travel portal for Hill stations.

The resort by the name of “Ananda in the Himalayas” was booked as our abode for the stay and we booked a cab for our journey to the place. The travel agent arranged for both our commute and stay and we were off on our Rishikesh vacation!! One of my friends, an avid Beatles fan wanted to visit the site of the famous Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram. (The Beatles had popularly had paid a visit to this currently closed ashram) The place was on the way with our cab and after checking the same out we reached the Ananda in the Himalayas.

The guys in the resort there were really helpful and helped us plan and organize our adventure sports and white water rafting schedule. Moreover the hotel was located in a popular area and getting rickshaws and autos were easy. Auto-rickshaws (known as vikrams) were available at the bus depot and stations in case you are coming via the bus or the train. The resort was also linked to both the main bridges. We started our rafting from that point and hence on the whole the resort was very commute-friendly.

The room we got was on the ground floor and was spacious at around 400 sqft and had a small washing area outside to ward off unwanted sands of camping/rafting. Thus we had a great trip and the resort is highly recommended. 

Room Tip: hutrs nd rooms r equally good
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Hyderabad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Ananda Spa is one of those iconic properties. Great location, awesome food, attentive service- it has everything going for it. I did not find any faults, even wearing a "nitpicking" hat. I just wish that the original palace had some rooms to stay in, in the same manner as the Neemrana properties. The guest accommodation is in a new building constructed at the other end of the property, along with the restaurant and the spa. I think it would be at its most beautiful in peak winter.

The only reason I am not giving it the top rating is that at this price, all this is and more, is "expected". I would have loved to come back, but I heard (need to ascertain, not sure whether its true) that the resort does not encourage children. And at my age, I am loath to travel without my family except for corporate events.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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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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