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Shankara Ayurveda Spa

639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607-7378
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#3 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Boone
Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center: Rejuvenate and relax with wellness retreats, spa getaways, restful rooms with incredible views, delicious dining and daily yoga and meditation. Located near Boone, NC, five minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Kate wrote a review Jul 2019
7 contributions2 helpful votes
Worst facial I have ever received. The woman was so harsh on my face that I had to tell her she was being too rough. The towels they put on your face are scalding. 3 days later and my face feels over exfoliated, raw, and red. Also, the pictures look great online but the ambiance is almost like going to a dorm room. We have been to a different day spa in Boone and it was amazing. This place was horrible, unfriendly staff, and under educated service providers. Do not go.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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coleanne2003 wrote a review Aug 2018
Royal Oak, Michigan1 contribution
My room had a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I stayed in the Spa and as soon as I arrived I was greeted by friendly, professional, knowledgeable staff. There is a tea room that is open 24 hours offering a selection of Ayurvedic teas. There are many programs offered. When you call, you can ask for recommendations/explanations. I was on the 5 day cleanse which included 3 hot Sesame oil massages. These are designed to removed toxins from the body in preparation for the cleanse. The area outside of the massage rooms is a beautiful, tranquil room offering chaise lounges and beautiful mountain views. After the massages, I utilized the steam room. I had individual counseling and an individualized plan designed for me that included eating recommendations, exercise suggestions and lifestyle modifications. There is morning and evening meditation which is different each day and offered me suggestions on incorporating meditation into my life at home. Yoga is Sri Sri Yoga, which is gentle and flowing. It is, by far, the most tranquil yoga I have every done. After dinner, chanting is available in the Meditation/Yoga room and is a beautiful experience, not to be missed. Not far from the Meditation/Yoga room, there is an outdoor Labyrinth, which I found a wonderful accompaniment to my daily meditation. When I left on Friday, I felt transformed and knew that this is an experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life. My body, mind and spirit have been nourished in a way I did not think possible. Everyone should give themselves the gift of this truly unique experience!
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Ask for room with mountain view
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Response from Rob B, Guest Relations Manager at Shankara Ayurveda Spa
Responded Aug 29, 2018
Thank you for the review. It seems you thoroughly enjoyed the entire Art of Living Retreat Center. We are very pleased that the Refresh Ayurvedic Cleanse and all that the Center has to offer nourished your body, mind and spirit.
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CHamiltonBooks wrote a review Dec 2017
Mount Airy, North Carolina222 contributions28 helpful votes
As soon as I arrived, I was greeted with many smiling faces. This stay was my second stay in two years and I have never been disappointed. This property has a magical charm and always seems to find the friendliest of staff. The views of the sunrises/sunsets are incredible at the Spa and on top of Boone, NC. The Ayurveda teas offered throughout the property are delicious and was a nice added touch too. The Spa experience was very unique and was one of my best experiences ever. I was pampered from head-to-toe. They offer many different experiences including Ayurveda Treatments. After your treatment, be sure to jump in the steam room to further your relaxation. My visit this time was a yoga and spa retreat. My awesome Yoga instructor's name was Xiomara. Be sure to ask for Xiomara, because she took the time to teach me several forms of Yoga including Sushma Yoga, Sri Sri Yoga, and other forms of Meditative Yoga. Also, the meals were included in the package and were all Ayurveda and they tasted amazing. Compliments to the new Chef at the Art of Living, because his food was delectable and seemed to have healing qualities. All-in-all, I rate the Shankara Ayurveda Spa with 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this to anyone that needs to escape the hustle and bustle. Cheers and Enjoy
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Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Choose a room on the side with sunsets and sunrises (South side)
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Response from Rob B, Guest Relations Manager at Shankara Ayurveda Spa
Responded Dec 28, 2017
Thank you for your review. We are very pleased that you immersed yourself into all that our Retreat Center has to offer. We look forward to your next stay when you need to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
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vlmontero wrote a review Jul 2017
Miami Beach, Florida79 contributions19 helpful votes
Peaceful oasis in the beautiful mountains was a nice cool and refreshing change from the heat of Atlanta. Lovely staff and excellent yoga, meditation classes and massages. Definitely recommend for a relaxing holiday. There's a vegetarian buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Rob B, Guest Relations Manager at Shankara Ayurveda Spa
Responded Aug 1, 2017
Thank you for the review and we are so happy you were able to get away and enjoy all that the Art of Living Retreat Center has to offer.
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Emily M wrote a review May 2017
Raleigh, North Carolina31 contributions7 helpful votes
My husband and I went to the Art of Living Retreat Center in March of this year and stayed in the Spa building. We were in the area for a ski get away and also partook in the spa facilities. Overall, our experience was excellent. This primarily stemmed from the calm atmosphere and the fact that we were one of maybe 3 other parties staying at the spa. Our room had a great view of the mountains. We enjoyed the tea every evening, coffee in the morning, and fresh fruit. We ate one breakfast at the Art of Living Retreat and it was very yummy - vegetarian. There isn't really a fully staff on site the entire time but that was fine except for a door key that became demagnetized in my purse, but we had a spare. Bare in mind, this is not like an average hotel in that you don't have a fridge and your own coffee maker etc, but you have everything you need and it is well appointed and clean. The best thing I can say about this place is the massage I received, which I would give 10 stars if I could. Best massage I've had in years and I probably get one every few months. It was incredible. My husband said his massage was amazing too. We both got the foot enhancement and he got the head enhancement as well.
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Date of stay: March 2017
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Stay at the spa unless you are on a planned retreat
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Response from Rob B, Guest Relations Manager at Shankara Ayurveda Spa
Responded May 3, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are happy you enjoyed the accommodations and the massage treatments you and your husband had. We do hear quite often that our treatments are exceptional and we take pride in providing the best service, accommodations and spa services.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shankara Ayurveda Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Shankara Ayurveda Spa?
Nearby attractions include Doc's Rocks Gem Mine (3.4 miles), The Greenway Trail (4.7 miles), and Tweetsie Railroad (3.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Shankara Ayurveda Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a fitness center.
What food & drink options are available at Shankara Ayurveda Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Shankara Ayurveda Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Shankara Ayurveda Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mint Cuisine of India, Come Back Shack, and Coyote Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Shankara Ayurveda Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center, fitness classes, and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Shankara Ayurveda Spa offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Shankara Ayurveda Spa?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Moses H. Cone Memorial Park (5.9 miles), Flat Top Manor (6.2 miles), and The Jones House Cultural and Community Center (6.3 miles).
Does Shankara Ayurveda Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Shankara Ayurveda Spa accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.