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Authentic Ayurveda Holidays & Retreats

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Ayurveda is a traditional system of medicine that is rooted in India and is based on the principles of the Ayurvedic philosophy. It is a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Sri Lanka, India and Nepal are the countries that traditionally represent the best places in the world to go to for an authentic Ayurveda holiday. India offers an incredible number of Ayurveda hotels, so does Sri Lanka. The resorts selected in this category offer authentic ayurveda programmes, practiced by trained and certified Ayurvedic doctors and therapists who have a deep understanding of the philosophy, principles, and techniques of this ancient healing system. Each guests will receive a personalized treatment plan which is tailored to your unique needs and health goals. In authentic Ayurveda is a natural and holistic approach, including specific Ayurveda food and meals, herbal remedies, massage, body treatments, yoga and meditation.
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Nikki's Nest
4 Reviews
Trivandrum, India
A cosy ayurveda resort offering yoga and meditation, run by enthusiastic eco warriors in a tropical paradise by the Indian Ocean. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Gratis nachten! reeds verwerkt in de getoonde prijs
  • 14=13, geldig voor een verblijf in april, mei, augustus, september en oktober 2023
  • 14=12, geldig voor een verblijf in juni en/of juli 2023
  • Voor terugkerende gasten (voor de tweede keer): gratis Back Water excursie OF city tour (bij een verblijf van april - oktober 2023)
  • Voor terugkerende gasten (voor de derde keer of meer): 5% korting (bij een verblijf van november 2023 - maart 2024)
Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort
Wadduwa, Sri Lanka
Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort is one of the first Ayurveda hotels in Sri Lanka and has over 75 years of specialist experience. Rest assured, you are in expert hands here, embarking on an authentic journey of Ayurvedic panchakarma therapy. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:

  • Free one-way transfer from Colombo airport - min. stay 14 nights
  • Free roundtrip airport transfers from Colombo airport - min. stay 21 nights

Soma Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Resort
28 Reviews
Trivandrum, India
Soma Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village lives up to its name. Think authentic Ayurveda, a sandy beach with palm trees and cosy cottages. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Free excursion
  • 15% summer discount on all stays in summer 2023
  • Single traveller discount 
  • Free room upgrade for twin/doubles
  • Repeaters discount
Somatheeram Ayurveda Beach Resort
8 Reviews
Trivandrum, India
Over 30 years’ experience plus one of the first Ayurveda resorts in the world. If you’re looking for authentic, traditional Ayurveda, Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort is the place for you. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Free excursion
  • 15% summer discount on all stays in summer 2023
  • Single traveller discount 
  • Free room upgrade for twin/doubles
  • Repeaters discount
Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara
15 Reviews
Beruwela, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara is a serene resort, where you can surrender yourself into the caring hands of the Ayurveda therapists. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • 5% discount for stays between 21 - 27 days
  • 10% discount for stays for 28 days or more
  • For repeaters:
  • 5% discount for repeaters 3 - 4 times / 7.5% discount for repeaters 5 times and above

Please note: above discounts are not cominable with other discounts

Begnas Lake Resort | Official Sales Office Benelux
5 Reviews
Pokhara, Nepal
Enjoy peaceful Ayurveda cures at the foot of the imposing Himalaya Mountains. True stillness; living in harmony with the untouched nature and exploring Nepal’s unique culture. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Reduced rates for single travellers (already included in the rates)
  • Complimentary spa credit voucher worth $ 100 per person (min. stay 7 nights)
Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort
11 Reviews
Phuket, Thailand
This adults-only boutique hotel, surrounded by tropical gardens, offers stunning ocean views. Guests can receive personalized Ayurvedic treatments from a renowned practitioner from India. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Discount on your stay for min. 21 night stay - book before 30 September 2023, stay before 31 October 2023
  • Free massage per person (30 minutes)
Sen Wellness Sanctuary
2 Reviews
Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Personalised Ayurveda programme at a small-scale retreat read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Free return airport transfers min. stay 10 nights 
  • For repeat clients free nights (7=6, 10=8)
Ayursoma Ayurveda Royal Retreat
5 Reviews
Kovalam, India
Celebrate the essence of Ayurveda in a luxurious five-star beachfront resort, inspired by the opulence of ancient Indian palaces. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Free excursion
  • 15% summer discount on all stays in summer 2023
  • Single traveller discount 
  • Free room upgrade for twin/doubles
  • Repeaters discount
Six Senses Vana | Official Sales Office Benelux
2 Reviews
Dehradun, India
Six Senses Vana is a small-scale international ashram, luxury wellness retreat and a world-class blissful sanctuary. A spiritual spot in which to reconnect with your deepest self through a fully customised programme. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:

  • Complimentary roomupgrade
  • Complimentary signature treatment (30 minuten) per person every five days
  • Extra discounts on your stay
Lotus Villa
10 Reviews
Ahungalla, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Lotus Villa is a small-scale Ayurveda resort, where making connections with other retreat guests is very easy. This makes it a perfect place for solo travellers. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Free nights (stay 21 nights and pay for 14!) from May - September 2023! - already calculated in the shown price
  • Free round trip airport transfer
  • Early bird discount
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
8 Reviews
Tangalle, Sri Lanka
An alluring tropical island experience combined with the luxurious 5 star wellness of the Anantara Resorts. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Free upgrade to half board when staying min. 7 nights
  • Complimentary private yoga class per room when pre-booking an ayurveda package (ayurvedic weight management, ayurvedic inner harmony or ayurvedic deep sleep)
Atmantan Wellness Resort
18 Reviews
Pune, India
Traditional eastern medicine comes paired with a state-of the art spa, ultra-modern fitness facilities and western medical knowledge at Atmantan Wellness Resort. The purpose? To truly own a deep sense of wellbeing; not just experience it. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Complimentary one way airport transfer
  • Free room upgrade 
  • Free spa credit voucher worth 125 USD per booking

Ananda in the Himalayas
24 Reviews
Uttarakhand, India
A truly unbeatable wellness experience. One of the very best destination spas in the world, you can expect nothing but the best at Ananda in the Himalayas. read more
Puurenkuur Benefits
Depending on your Holiday:
  • Complimentary Spa Credit Voucher worth 100 USD per person
  • Complimentary excursion
  • For repeating Ananda clients: discounted stays!
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What is Ayurveda

Ayurveda, a natural system of medicine, originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. The word ‘Ayurveda’ is derived from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (knowledge). Thus, Ayurveda translates to knowledge of life. Ayurveda is based on the concept that health and wellbeing depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Ayurveda is recognized as a complementary and alternative medicine system, and it is becoming increasingly popular as people seek out more natural and holistic approaches to healthcare. In Ayurvedic medicine, practitioners use a holistic approach to healing that includes a variety of techniques, including herbal remedies, dietary guidelines, massage, yoga, and meditation. The goal of Ayurveda is to help people achieve optimal health by restoring balance to their physical and mental state.

The benefits of Ayurveda 

Ayurveda can help to improve physical, mental, and emotional health, and promote a sense of balance, harmony, and wellbeing. Ayurveda also achieves remarkable results for rheumatic conditions, sleep problems, chronic fatigue, stress, high blood pressure, migraines, psoriasis or depression. Ayurvedic philosophy also offers us greater insight into ourselves and the world around us. Specialized Ayurveda resorts (mainly in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal) you’ll receive two to four treatments per day, such as head, body and synchronized massages, Shirodhara, Nosil treatments, herbal baths and steam baths. Ayurvedic medicine is gentle and based on a natural approach.

We listed some of the benefits of Ayurveda

  • Improve digestion: Ayurvedic dietary guidelines and herbal remedies can help to improve digestion and promote a healthy gut. 
  • Reduce stress and anxiety: Ayurvedic techniques such as meditation, yoga, and massage can help to reduce stress and anxiety, which can improve overall health and wellbeing. 
  • Boost immunity: Ayurvedic remedies and practices are believed to boost the immune system, helping to prevent illness and disease. 
  • Balance hormones: Ayurvedic treatments can help to balance hormones and reduce symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances, such as mood swings, hot flashes, and menstrual cramps. 
  • Manage chronic health conditions: Ayurveda can help to manage chronic health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease, by addressing the root cause of the condition and promoting overall health and wellbeing. 
  • Enhance mental clarity: Ayurvedic practices such as meditation and mindfulness can help to improve mental clarity, focus, and concentration. 

Type of Ayurveda programs

There are various types of Ayurveda programs, depending on health needs and goals. There are Ayurveda light programs for a week (Rasayana), intensive panchakarma (purification of body and mind) programs for a minimum of 2 weeks or medical Ayurveda programs (for the treatment of specific conditions or complaints). Medical Ayurveda require a longer stay. We also recommend repeat treatments and therapies. 

We listed some of the most common types of Ayurveda programs 

  • Panchakarma: A traditional Ayurvedic detoxification program that includes a series of therapies, such as massage, herbal remedies, and cleansing techniques to remove toxins from the body. 
  • Ayurvedic diet and nutrition: Ayurveda offers guidelines on diet and nutrition, including specific foods and spices that are believed to promote good health and balance the doshas.
  • Herbal remedies: Ayurvedic practitioners use a variety of herbal remedies to address specific health concerns and promote overall wellness.
  • Yoga and meditation: Yoga and meditation are integral parts of Ayurveda, and many Ayurvedic programs incorporate these practices to promote physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Ayurvedic lifestyle counseling: Ayurvedic practitioners offer lifestyle counseling to help individuals make positive changes in their daily habits and routines, such as sleep patterns, exercise, and stress management.
  • Ayurvedic massage and bodywork: Ayurveda includes various massage and bodywork therapies, such as Abhyanga, Shirodhara, and Pinda Sweda, to promote relaxation and improve overall health.

The best places for Ayurveda holidays  

There are many great places around the world to go for an Ayurveda holiday, where you can experience authentic Ayurvedic treatments and therapies in a beautiful and peaceful environment. The best place to go for an Ayurveda holiday depends on your personal preferences and budget. It's important to do your research and choose a reputable center or resort that offers authentic Ayurvedic treatments and therapies. The Wellbeing Experts at Puurenkuur can advice you which Ayurveda resort suits your personal needs and goals. We have been in all the hotels and resorts we offer and can advice you in detail.

  • Kerala, India: Kerala is the birthplace of Ayurveda and is home to many Ayurvedic centers and resorts. The tranquil backwaters and scenic beaches make it an ideal destination for an Ayurveda holiday.
  • Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka is another popular destination for Ayurveda holidays, with many Ayurvedic retreats and wellness centers offering a range of treatments and therapies.
  • Thailand: Thailand is well-known for its traditional Thai massage, but it also offers a range of Ayurvedic treatments and therapies at wellness centers and resorts throughout the country.
  • Europe: Ayurveda is becoming increasingly popular in western countries as people seek out more natural and holistic approaches to healthcare. Europe is home to a number of Ayurvedic clinics and Health centers that offer authentic Ayurvedic treatments, a dosha-specific diet and daily yoga and meditation. You will find specialized Ayurveda hotels in Germany, Austria, Madeira, Spain, Slovenia etc in a serene and tranquil setting. The hotels source the knowledge, experience and products (and sometimes even the Ayurveda practitioners and therapists) from India or Sri Lanka.

What to expect on an Ayurveda day

A typical day in Ayurveda can vary, depending on the individual's specific health needs and goals and the Ayurvedic program you are following. However, there are certain practices that are common in Ayurvedic daily routines, known as Dinacharya. A typical Ayurveda day usually begins with yoga and ends with meditation. Ayurvedic meals are mostly vegetarian (only sometimes with chicken or fish once or twice a week). An Ayurveda program isn’t only limited to massages and treatments, but also includes nutrition, herbs, health products, yoga, meditation, readings, workshops and other activities. 

Here is an example of a typical day in Ayurveda: 

  • Rise early: Ayurveda recommends waking up early, ideally before sunrise, to align with the body's natural circadian rhythms and promote good health.
  • Tongue scraping: One of the first practices upon waking is to scrape the tongue with a tongue scraper to remove any toxins that may have accumulated overnight.
  • Drinking warm water: Drinking a glass of warm water is recommended to help flush out toxins from the body and promote digestion.
  • Yoga or exercise: Engaging in yoga or other forms of exercise helps to promote physical and mental wellbeing and can be tailored to an individual's specific needs.
  • Breakfast: Ayurveda recommends a nourishing breakfast, such as warm oatmeal or a vegetable omelet, that is easy to digest and provides sustained energy throughout the day.
  • Ayurveda personalized treatment plan: Ayurveda treatments will be scheduled in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon. The Ayurvedic doctor will assess the imbalances in the doshas by using various diagnostic tools including pulse diagnosis, tongue examination and assessment of the individual's overall physical and emotional state. Based on this assessment, the Ayurvedic doctor will develop a personalized treatment plan that include a day-to-day treatment plan, dietary suggestions, herbal remedies, lifestyle modifications and other Ayurvedic therapies. In addition to providing the personalized treatment plan, the Ayurvedic doctors may also offer guidance on diet and lifestyle modifications to promote optimal health and wellbeing. They may also provide education on Ayurvedic principles and practices to empower individuals to take an active role in their own health and wellness.
  • Lunch: Ayurveda recommends a nourishing lunch that is the main meal of the day, consisting of a variety of whole grains, vegetables, and protein sources.
  • Rest and relaxation: Taking time to rest and relax in the afternoon is an important part of Ayurvedic daily routine, which can include meditation, reading, or taking a nap.
  • Light dinner: Ayurveda recommends a light dinner that is easy to digest, such as soup or steamed vegetables, to avoid overburdening the digestive system.
  • Bedtime routine: An Ayurvedic bedtime routine may include practices such as oiling the feet, taking a warm bath or reading a book to promote relaxation and restful sleep.

Typical Ayurveda treatments

Ayurveda offers a wide range of treatments that are tailored to an individual's specific health needs and imbalances. In Ayurveda treatments, the therapists use a lot of warm oils with herbs that are rubbed pretty much all over the body. The herbs are absorbed into the skin through the oil. The specific treatments recommended will vary based on an individual's unique health needs and imbalances, and should be customized by an experienced Ayurvedic doctor.

We listed the following Ayurvedic treatments.

  • Abhyanga: A full-body massage with warm oil that promotes relaxation, improves circulation, and nourishes the skin.
  • Shirodhara: A therapy where warm oil is poured in a continuous stream onto the forehead, which helps to calm the mind and nervous system. We also call this pouring oil on the ‘third eye’.
  • Basti: An herbal enema that is used to promote elimination of toxins from the colon and improve digestion.
  • Nasya: A therapy where herbal oil is poured through the nostrils to treat respiratory and sinus conditions.
  • Udvartana: A massage with herbal powders that is used to promote weight loss, improve circulation, and reduce cellulite.
  • Netra Tarpana: Warm ghee is poured into the eyes to improve vision, reduce eye strain, and relieve dry eyes.
  • Kati Basti: Warm herbal oil is held in a dough dam on the lower back to relieve pain and tension in the lumbar region.
  • Shiro Abhyanga: A head and scalp massage with warm oil that promotes relaxation, relieves tension headaches, and nourishes the hair and scalp.
  • Marma therapy: A gentle massage of the body's energy points, which can help to release emotional blockages and promote overall wellbeing.
  • Sound therapy: Ayurvedic practitioners may use sound therapy, such as chanting, singing bowls, or tuning forks, to balance the doshas and promote relaxation.
  • Ayurvedic facials: A facial treatment that uses herbal ingredients to nourish and rejuvenate the skin, promote circulation, and reduce inflammation.
  • Herbal remedies: Ayurvedic practitioners may prescribe herbal remedies, which can include teas, tinctures, powders, and tablets, to address specific health concerns and imbalances.
  • Diet and lifestyle modifications: Ayurveda places great emphasis on diet and lifestyle modifications to promote optimal health and wellbeing. Ayurvedic practitioners may offer guidance on diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications to support an individual's specific health needs and imbalances.
  • Yoga and meditation: Ayurveda recognizes the mind-body connection and the importance of incorporating practices that promote mental and emotional wellbeing. Yoga and meditation are often recommended as part of an Ayurvedic treatment plan to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve overall health and wellbeing.

Ayurvedic treatments are designed to promote balance, restore health, and prevent disease. The specific treatments recommended will vary based on an individual's unique health needs and imbalances.

Which Dosha type are you: Vata, Pitta or Kahpa?

In Ayurveda, the doshas are three fundamental life energies that govern all biological processes within the human body and mind. According to the Ayurvedic philosophy, from birth, we all have a unique balance of the three Dosha types. This balance is reflected in a person’s body shape, immune system, character traits and behaviour. The three doshas are: Vata, Pitta and Kahpa. Every one of us is different and has a different balance of these three energies. If everything was perfect, all three energies are equally balanced. If one of the three doshas is dominant, physical or mental issues will develop. An Ayurveda program is designed to rebalance the three doshas. 

  • Vata: The Vata dosha is associated with movement and is responsible for all movement within the body, including the movement of nerve impulses, blood flow, and digestion. Vata represents impulsiveness. Vatas could be identified by a slight body shape, mobility and a restless mind. People with a predominant Vata dosha tend to be creative, energetic, and quick-thinking, but they may also experience anxiety, dry skin, and digestive issues when the dosha is imbalanced. Vatas are susceptible to experiencing anxiety and stress.
  • Pitta: The Pitta dosha is associated with transformation, fire and is responsible for metabolic processes within the body, including digestion, absorption, and assimilation. People with a predominant Pitta dosha tend to be ambitious, focused, demanding, determined, critical and detail-oriented, but they may also experience irritability, inflammation, and digestive issues when the dosha is imbalanced.
  • Kapha: The Kapha dosha is associated with stability, structure and is responsible for the body's physical structure, stability, and immunity. People with a predominant Kapha dosha tend to be calm, grounded, respectful, empathic and nurturing, but they may also experience lethargy, weight gain, emotional eating and respiratory issues when the dosha is imbalanced.

It's important to note that everyone has a unique combination of all three doshas, known as their Prakriti or natural constitution. The balance of these doshas can be influenced by various factors such as diet, lifestyle, stress, and environmental factors. An Ayurvedic doctor can help to identify an individual's Prakriti and recommend dietary and lifestyle changes to help balance the doshas and promote overall health and wellbeing. 

Read our blog about ‘Ayurveda Types: are you an impulsive Vata, fiery Pitta or a calm Kapha?’

Good to know for your next Ayurveda holiday

  • In Ayurveda, it is common that male therapists will treat males, and female therapists will treat females. This is the case in India and Sri Lanka. In Europe, ayurvedaresorts may deviate from this because there is often just one or two Ayurvedic therapists. If, as a woman, your preference is to be treated by a female therapist, please let the ayurvedic doctor know when creating your personalised ayurveda plan.  
  • Bring your favourite books and magazines. In line with Ayurvedic philosophy, most authentic Ayurveda resorts in India and Sri Lanka do not have TVs or air-conditioning so that you can really relax. 

If you have any other questions about Ayurveda or need advice where to find your perfect Ayurveda resort, the Puurenkuur Wellbeing experts are here to help!