If I could give a 6 stars rating to the staff at Shreyas, I would. The service is a truly personalized one. The location is extremely quiet and peaceful. The vegetarian cuisine was delicious (for a non-vegetarian like me) and I was not at all surprised to learn that the retreat received the prestigious "Relais & Chateaux" rating!
One has to be serious about yoga and be open to meditation to fully take advantage of what Shreyas has to offer. The "wellness consultation" at the beginning of the stay might not be very thorough, but the yoga teachers were excellent. Both the group and individual lessons were excellent. The meditation classes were eye-opening. Again, thanks to excellent and knowledgeable staff.
I lost my suitcase in Dubai airport on the way to the retreat and the staff went out of their way to help me get comfortable in the meantime. They offered to take me to the village nearby for shopping, followed-up with the airline on my behalf, and when the suitcase finally arrived, arranged for transportation to Bangalore Airport and back free of charge.
I have to agree with other comments about the rooms (cottage garden, in my case) needing a slight touch-up to really live up to their 5 stars "luxury" standing (and the 5 stars price tag!). The same would apply to the spa, which, in my opinion, does not meet the 5 stars rating. But again, the kindness of the staff, coupled with the soothing ambiance, really makes up for these small shortcomings. The setting is lovely - nice lush and fragrant gardens are the perfect backdrop for a "soul retreat".
I hope that the retreat will not change in its essence. It offered the peace and quiet I really needed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 25-acre luxury Yoga retreat on the outskirts of Bangalore in South India. Shreyas is a member of Relais & Chateaux, a collection of the finest hotels worldwide. Rated as one of the finest Yoga retreats in the world, Shreyas is an exclusive boutique property that caters to a maximum of 25 guests in a luxurious and serene environment. Shreyas offers Yoga & meditation sessions, Gourmet organic vegetarian cuisine, Nature farming, Community service and Voluntourism, Ayurveda & Spa treatments, cooking classes and village tours and various packages like Wellness for the Soul, Yoga Retreat, Ayurvedic rejuvenation, Weight Management, Silent Retreat, Culinary Experiences package, etc round the year. We aim to demonstrate that Yoga can be learnt and practiced by all, irrespective of age, health and faith. Guests of all levels of experience from beginner to advanced are welcome at Shreyas, and yoga classes are customized to suit their requirements. Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga are practiced at Shreyas.Shreyas offers many activities for fitness, rejuvenation, relaxation or simply laying back and recharging their batteries away from the stresses of daily life. Our massage center offers expert Balinese, Thai and Swedish massages, body scrubs, aromatherapy and more. Guests can enjoy a leisurely swim in the infinity pool or lounge in the deck chairs with a book from our extensive library. A gymnasium and a 3-kilometer jogging trail await guests wanting to stretch and tone their muscles, and cricket enthusiasts can head for the nets where a professional bowling machine will test their batting skills. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi or the invigorating steam room. And for movie buffs, there are over 500 movies in the Home Theatre for your viewing pleasure. Sound meditation and chanting classes are also available. Guests are also welcome to connect with nature and try their hand a farming in our sprawling nursery and vegetable gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shreyas Yoga Retreat Hotel Bangalore