The breathtaking view of the Sahyadri range while enjoying morning tea
Around a three-hour drive away from Mumbai and spread over 40 acres of lush valley, the integrated wellness luxury resort Atmantan Wellness Centre sits atop a unique crystalline rock hill overlooking the majestic Sahyadri range and the pristine Mulshi lake in Maharashtra. These crystals lend the resort and all living on it, healing frequencies. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, as lockdown slowly eases all around, Atmantan Wellness Centre has also resumed operations following necessary SOPs for both the guests and the staff. The Telegraph was hosted by Atmantan for a two-day trip that got us totally recharged…
It offers a range of packages that one can choose from that vary in duration and prices. The resort has 106 rooms and suites and I stayed at the Ashoka Grove that had a luxurious garden view. You’re also offered a host of benefits and facilities including wellness consultation, body composition analysis, daily fitness and leisure activities such as yoga, aerobics, spinning, Pilates, pranayama, water therapy sessions and more. I was given a consultation by a health professional, a physiotherapy treatment, some personal training at the gym and two spa sessions.
Atmantan has this beautiful private waterfall inside their property where we took a dip
It’s also a tobacco- and alcohol-free resort, so guests are prohibited from smoking or consuming alcohol in the rooms, gardens, balconies or public areas, or it can lead to a ‘cleaning and deodorizing’ charge of Rs 10,000. Guests also must be above the age of 18 to check in. However, teenagers between 14 and 18 years are allowed to accompany their parents/guardians to the resort. It is encouraged that one walks around as much as possible and explores this vast property, but in case you don’t want to, there are buggies that pick you up and drop you to your destination. The buggy driver will be wearing a mask and safety visor as he/she drives you.
The property has created a four-layer screening protocol for the guests while checking in. There will be pre-arrival screening guidelines, including the travel and health history, for all the guests who confirm their stay. On arrival, each person will be screened for their temperature and a doctor’s screening will also be conducted at the Welcome Pavilion prior to check-in. All the in-house guests will also be screened daily as they enter the Wellness Pavilion. The valet service has been suspended for personal cars to ensure maximum hygiene and the guests are encouraged to park their own vehicles. Sanitisers have been provided in key areas in the wellness centre and all guests are advised to wear a mask in public areas.
The indoor temperature-controlled swimming pool at the Wellness Centre
There are 23 treatment rooms offering 70 spa and 10 salon treatments ranging from traditional Ayurvedic to modern Western spa rituals. I was assisted by Dr Vishnu at the Wellness Pavilion who suggested that I get the Invigorating Massage and the Purely Atmantan — Signature Massage. The 50-minute Invigorating Massage re-awakens and energises you as this treatment incorporates a therapeutic blend of pure essential oils of red thyme that works away tension and invigorates the muscles.
Next day, I opted for the Atmantan — Signature Massage, which was even better. With a fusion of massage styles ensuring ultimate relaxation of the body, mind and soul, this massage uses an antioxidant-rich aromatherapy oil that helps you feel completely transformed. The best part of the massage was the crystal palm stones that were placed on the back; it regenerates and rebalances you. All required precautions are being taken to offer the therapies, keeping in mind the safety of the guests and the employees.
I was also assisted by Amit, the physiotherapist at the Wellness Pavilion, who helped in undoing the tension knots in my shoulder. For people like me, who spend hours working in front of the computer and get backaches often, it was a big help. After that, I went for a sauna and swam at the indoor temperature-controlled salt pool that made me extremely hungry for dinner!
We had the Slow-Cooked Chicken Roulade for dinner. Atmantan follows the farm-to-table concept — the meals served here are natural, organic and free from preservatives
Atmantan keeps mindful eating in mind and serves controlled portions of food. I’m not a big eater and, for the first time in my life, could finish starters, mains and desserts in one sitting. They follow the farm-to-table concept — the meals served here are natural, organic and free from preservatives, white sugar and white flour. Keeping the current times in mind, they’ve decided to serve only fine-dining vegetarian cuisine for the next few months in their restaurants. These are prescribed meals and will complement the guest’s programme and help in regaining their vitality.
They mainly have three eating areas — Chantara, the barbeque lounge, TeJus, the juice bar, and Vistara, the main dining area. I dined every day at Vistara that’s upholstered in sky shades and offers stunning views of the Mulshi lake right outside. The food is delightfully fresh from the organic farms straight to your plate.
In the end…
What stayed with me after those two days of pampering was the extreme courteousness of the staff, the breathtaking rain-soaked scenery and the extremely relaxing spa sessions that healed me from the inside. It truly felt like I’ve achieved the holistic amalgamation of the atma (soul), mana (mind) and tann (body). Do visit this resort, especially during the monsoons, for a rejuvenating experience that you’d never forget.
Spring Chicken Summer Crunch, a poached chicken breast, roasted potatoes, sprouted lentil, lettuce, green pea and raisin puree. A lot of these produce comes straight from the resort’s 25-acre organic farm