4 detox spas that Bollywood stars visit to lose weight and get fit
Including the fancy Austrian clinic loved by Alia Bhatt and Parineeti Chopra
Just heading to a luxe island resort to snooze in the sun is so 2000-and-late. (Although if they must opt for a traditional vacation, these are the hotels that Bollywood’s best are partial to.) From Malaika Arora Khan to Parineeti Chopra, celebrities are topping off their getaways with some healthy living mojo. Yoga in the mountains or a complete diet cleanse, all hail the rise of wellness retreats that want you to take a timeout for all the right reasons.
Atmantan Wellness Resort, Pune
While the whole city of Mumbai descended into colourful chaos over the extended Holi weekend this year, Malaika Arora Khan quickly escaped to the hills for a detox getaway at the Atmantan Wellness Resort in Pune. Apart from their famed master cleanse (a mix of open colon hydrotherapy, hot stone massage and liquid diet), the unparalleled clean mountain air is enough to make return customers of Karisma Kapoor and her ilk.
Viva Mayr, Austria
Bollywood’s worst kept fitness secret: Viva Mayr, an Austrian clinic that will turn you into the healthiest version of you, if it’s the last thing that they do. Just ask Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra and Sonam Kapoor. Or maybe Liz Hurley, Karlie Kloss and Sarah Ferguson. VIPs from all over the world are flocking to this wellness hideout to… chew over stale bread, quit raw foods post 4pm and downsize their dinners. In exchange, the clinic promises a trimmer waistline and a fabulous glow in 14 days flat.
Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
You know a wellness retreat means business when they manage to steal Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli away from their usual New Year’s eve party plans. With an extensive roster of yoga and ayurvedic cleanse programmes, this mountainside hideout is perfect for when you just want to disconnect from the world and detox from within. You’ll come out a calmer person for it.
The Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali
Where does the shining face of global domination head to detox? Priyanka Chopra’s schedule, and life in general, is insanely hectic, but she has the Ayana Resort in Bali on her speed dial to help her feel human again. “Bali is said to be Asia’s spa capital, and I definitely agree. The Balinese make the most of fresh vanilla from the jungle, homemade oils and exfoliants. At Ayana, my go-to is the Lava Me Tender, a natural antioxidant heaven: After a foot soak, lava body scrub, and luxurious black rice bath, you get a deep tissue massage and then a volcanic earth body wrap. The Mac Daddy of all spa treatments,” she raves.
Oberoi Rajvilas Spa, Jaipur
New momma Kareena Kapoor Khan takes her health seriously, but you won’t catch her riding the wave of any fads. “I don’t believe in health spas at all. I have always got all my nutrition from a proper diet customised for me,” she dismisses. When she is looking to detox, she instead checks into the Oberoi Rajvilas Spa in Jaipur. What’s on her favourites list there? “I am particularly fond of their Maharani ritual spa experience. The massage alone lasts about an hour and I invariable doze off. Their lemon and yoghurt body massage has done wonders to my skin as well,” she explains.