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“Ananda Himalayas” 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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Ananda Himalayas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

A ‘destination spa’ in the hills above the Ganges town of Rishikesh, about 45 minutes drive from Dehradun regional airport, recommended by travel agent. It’s a converted part of an old maharajah palace that was apparently a popular ‘old colonial’ retreat. Good check in and comfortable room with nice valley views from balcony (ask for a higher floor if possible, as the view of the Ganges valley below gets better), and adequate bathroom with a power shower and bathtub. They provide traditional Indian cotton long loose shirts (kurta) and tie-up trousers (pyjamas), which can be worn in all areas and activities. Choices of pillows, bed linens, and sleep quality good. Wireless internet charged at high rates, which doesn’t really seem right when you consider the room rates at Ananda. Pavilion restaurant good with wide selection on breakfast and dinner buffets in addition to an a la carte menu, some items not always available. The spa is excellent and set in an expansive area, and has a variety of treatments with very well trained staff - no doubt one of the prime attractions of Ananda. Large choice of spa options available. There are numerous other interesting, stimulating and wellness activities as well, including meditation, yoga, spiritual talks, stretching regimes, hikes of varying difficulty, swimming, gym and golf. All staff generally excellent and very helpful, friendly and courteous. We brought up some service problem issues with the manager after a couple of patiently tolerant days (a cumulative series of what in isolation might have been accepted as ‘minor’ problems, but became quite annoying once they kept continuing in different areas of the resort), and they were addressed immediately and effectively, but the point is that these should not have arisen in the first place in a place that prides itself as a premier spa and wellness resort that charges pretty high rates, and appeared quite busy with a good number of guests. So…some work on the service ‘details’ and complimentary wireless internet is needed here urgently, otherwise a unique and excellent Himalayan experience.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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gmananda2013, General Manager at Ananda in the Himalayas, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
Dear Guest,

Namaskar!

Thank you for staying with us at Ananda for for taking the time to review your experience. It was a pleasure to meet with you during your visit. We are happy to note that your overall experience was enjoyable and that the team looked after you well.

We are grateful that you brought to our attention, during your visit, areas that you felt that we should improve upon and are happy that you were satisfied by our efforts.

With reference to your feedback on the Wi Fi at Ananda, may we please take this opportunity to mention that we offer complimentary Wi Fi all over the resort. We have double checked your bill and can confirm that you have not been charged for this service. May we request you to send us the details on gmo@anandaspa.com so that we could clarify any queries you may have on this.

Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to Ananda soon.

Warm regards,

Nikhil Kapur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This was our 6th trip to Ananda. Since we stay in Dehradun, just two hours drive from Ananda its our loyal choice when we need a break. We took the spa package with the valley view room. Room No. 614 has the best view. My husband and I both enjoy nature so the view becomes extremely important while choosing a room. The minute you step in to Ananda you feel cut off from the world and a great sense of calm and peace takes over. The next morning when you wake up all you can see from your bed is the mountains and the rays of the morning sun. Its the most beautiful sight. The mountains keep changing colour through the day with the change in the sun rays and as the ganges reflects these rays, you can be there all day and gaze at the natural beauty without getting bored.... The best thing about Ananda is its Spa. Since I was expecting I opted for the therapies specifically for pregnancy. My therapist, Palden was excellent, she even gave me some healing during the massage. I felt so light and completely relaxed after with all the stiffness and aches just disappearing. There is also this wonderful warmth among the staff that creates a very welcoming feeling that no other place can replicate.
We have always wanted to stay in the villa so this time we made it happen. On day 2 we moved to the villa. We have stayed in quite a few villas including Four Seasons Langkawi & Koh Samui. This villa is far superior. It's huge by international comparison, has a separate living room and a pantry with butler service. All our villas have had small plunge pools attached but this one has a massive swimming pool set in the forest with the spectacular views of the mountains. The water was heated so despite the winter we thoroughly enjoyed the pool. You can literally have a pool party there - its so huge.
The food was excellent though after a couple of meals you do run out of choice for desert.
Ananda is famous for its wellness programmes and attracts guest from all over the world, many with the aim of losing weight and rejuvenating.
Our next plan is to go stay there for a week.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Nikhil K, General Manager at Ananda in the Himalayas, responded to this review, September 11, 2014
Dear Guest,

Namaskar!

Thank you for staying with us at Ananda and for taking the time to review your experience. We are grateful for your continued patronage of our Destination Spa.

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that our services met with your expectations. Our week long wellness packages are highly recommended and we look forward to welcoming you back on one.

Thank you,
Warm regards,

Nikhil Kapur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Came to Ananda for a short one night stay in the midst of a week long trip to Rishikesh. Definitely plan to come back for a longer visit; hopefully for a detox program. After hearing all the hype, I was pleasantly surprised at the simple yet sophisticated property with a palace wing and the remaining rooms, spa, pool & restaurant down the hill. They also have a gorgeous amphitheatre & "hawa mahal" where yoga classes/performances take place. I was in the premium valley view room and had a view of Rishikesh city from my balcony and of the mountains from my bathtub.
The yoga class was very good and so was the stretches class. They also have treks planned in the surrounding mountains but since it was raining we chose not to trek.
The cuisine is par excellence here, from the wellness menu to the Eastern fare to Indian food and the breakfast options as well. I had been waiting to splurge on the food here and it was better than I expected: world class cuisine in the true sense.
I also had an Ananda fusion therapy during my stay (as I had completed a triathlon the day prior and my muscles were extremely sore) and it completely refreshed me and relaxed my body. I'm usually not fond of ayurvedic massages but the fusion was a mix of Swedish and Ayurveda and simply divine. I've also heard great things about their 4 hands massage.
Left with a very heavy heart and hope to be back this year if not next.
One thing to note: Ananda is more a destination spa than a resort so they discourage boisterous groups from coming as they're looking to maintain a tranquil experience for the remaining guests. The last order for dinner is 9.45 pm and yoga classes are held at 7.30 and 8.30 am.

Room Tip: I was very happy with a premium valley view room. Caught a glimpse of the villa too and that was spe...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nikhil K, General Manager at Ananda in the Himalayas, responded to this review, September 11, 2014
Dear Guest,

Namaskar!

Thank you for staying with us at Ananda and for taking the time to review your experience.

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that our services met with your expectations.

Look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Thank you,
Warm regards,

Nikhil Kapur
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

A ridiculous place, staffed with individuals that thinks they are doing the guests a favour. We had gone to Ananda for high-tea with the intention of booking a stay. Our welcome was so off-putting that we walked out.

Despite making the arrangements for tea, was made to wait at the gate whilst the security spoke to what appeared as dozens of people. Was then asked to come out of my car and speak on security phone to the hotel.

When we got to the Reception were told we could only sit in the adjoining room and wait for high-tea to be served. Our request to look around the hotel common grounds to help us decide if we’d like book a stay was met with ‘please go to our website’ as we cannot show you anything! At this stage, had to get firm with the staff and they then agreed to have us look over the place. By this time our feeling for the place was at the lowest. We did a quick tour and left.

The Management need to wake up to the fact there are many better luxury places (eg. Anantara) in the world where service comes first and then location etc.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Nikhil K, General Manager at Ananda in the Himalayas, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Dear Guest,

Namaskar!

Thank you for visiting us at Ananda and for you review. Please accept our sincere apologies if we were unable to meet with your expectations during you time here.

On the day when you visited Ananda, the hotel was fully occupied and we were therefore unable to show you most of the areas. In fact on such days we are unable to offer any dining services to guests that our not staying with us.

Our hi tea is served in the Tea Lounge which is part of the Palace of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal. This is the lounge which is adjacent to the Reception of the hotel, which is where you were offered to be served.

Being a destination spa, our guests expect us to guard their privacy and this is why we need to confirm at the entrance, if visitors have prior reservations at the hotel. This also helps us to maintain the tranquillity and calm that is integral to our guests' experience.

May we please humbly request you to contact us at gmo@anandaspa.com whenever you are in our vicinity and we would be happy to organise a personal tour of the hotel and its facilities.

We look forward to welcoming you to Ananda soon.

Thank you,
Warm regards,

Nikhil Kapur
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Booked online but on arrival we were told that the rate we had been quoted, and had booked on the basis of, was only for Indians, not foreigners. "Our" rate was 3 times as much, at $750 per room per night. After over an hour of argument we were offered, reluctantly, a 20% discount on the "foreigner" rate. At $600 this was still well over 2x the online rate.
We declined to stay and moved to another hotel, which was stressful and tiring after a long day of travelling.
Not behaviour to be expected from a supposedly international hotel. We stayed in a number of high quality hotels on our trip, including Oberoi and Marriott. Only the Ananda operates a room rate policy which discriminates on the basis of nationality.
Would advise not to stay at this hotel.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Nikhil K, General Manager at Ananda in the Himalayas, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Dear Reviewer,

Namaskar!

Thank you for your review. We are grateful to you for giving us the opportunity to explain that from time to time, as is done by hotels all over the world, we have marketing promotions that are made available to residents of a country. At present this promotional rate is being offered to residents of India. Depending on the season similar promotions are offered in other geographies as well.

All our rates are transparently available on our website and you would recollect that we had quoted the same rates to you and to the Concierge of your Delhi hotel over the phone. The validity of the rates was also communicated via e-mail on February 22. This information is also available on the website where the reservation was made from on line.

Since you had already made the journey to us, we were very keen to have the opportunity to host you and showcase our services. We are sorry that our offer of a discount on a lower category of room and an upgrade to a Premium Valley View room did not meet with your expectations.

We are keen to have the opportunity to be of service to you and would be happy to share with you our rates and promotions calender for the coming year. If we have your permission, we could e-mail the same to the address we have on record.

We look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you to Ananda - in the Himalayas. Do let us know if we may be of any assistance whatsoever.

Thank you,
Warm regards,

Nikhil Kapur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

If you want to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit, Ananda is the place. You can start your day with Ananda signature tea, followed by Yoga sessions conducted by experienced trainers. Sessions on Vedanta - philosophy of life - set your mind thinking. Ayurveda massage and spa treatments are simply the best. It is a beautiful property on a hilltop surrounded by forest and overlooking Rishikesh. They give you fresh white Kurta Pyjamas everyday, which are practical for the Yoga and meditation sessions. The service and hospitality is impeccable.

The food is awesome. The multi cuisine menu offers a vast variety; besides the Chef can turn out excellent Garhwali food on request. The rooms are thoughtfully designed and extremely well maintained. The staff is very courteous and helpful. The property is beautiful and serene. One can visit it again and again.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nikhil K, General Manager at Ananda in the Himalayas, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Dear Guest,

Namaskar!

Thank you very much for your kind patronage and for taking the time to review your experience.

We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to us and that our facilities and services met with your expectations.

The Chef will be very motivated by your kind words. At Ananda our cuisine is a very important part of the healing process along with the proven disciplines Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedanta.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Ananda soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

this was my second visit to the place and i was delighed to find that there were many new things to be experienced. It is an amazing property amongst hills in the midst of nature with spectacular facilities.They have left much of the property in its original natural form which only ads more to the experience
It was a pleasure being served by their staff. They are througho professionals and very well trained. Right from the front desk check in to the F&B or the staff or the room service every employee of Anandas takes customer service very seriously.
We travelled there for our first anniversary and there was a small mishap with our food on the first day of our visit. We were a lil disappointed but the entire team made sure that we completely forget about the incident by going out of the way to apologise and cater to any other of our requests. We had all our meals at their facility and would recommend anything on the menu because every dish is made in its authentic form with the whole idea of keeping it healthy
We took 1 Spa session and its an absolutely must do. There are plenty of activities to choose from like golf, yoga, medidation, stretching all supervised by trained professionals. Or otherwise you may explore the place by taking walks or relax by the pool/library or the lush gardens.
All in all i would say the perfect place to combine luxury with relaxation and getaway from the hustle bustle of city life.

Room Tip: Take the valley room def. It opens to a small private green spot.
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Nikhil K, General Manager at Ananda in the Himalayas, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Dear Guest,

Namaskar!

Thank you for staying with us at Ananda and for reviewing your experience.

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your second visit to us and hope to see you back soon.

The team at Ananda makes every effort possible to not only meet but attempt to exceed the expectations of our guests and we are very glad to hear that we were able to improve on your experience after the dinner on the first night.

Ananda in the Himalayas, with its location and ambience is a lovely place to celebrate occasions and we hope you will allow us the opportunity to share some our bespoke experiences with you in future as well.

Thank you,
Warm regards,

Nikhil Kapur
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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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