Vana Resort has for many years been a sanctuary for rebalancing, healing and learning, based on its aspiration to help guests reach their highest spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual potential. It offers clients a journey of self-discovery and transformation, where everything is personalized, and where traditional practices such as Ayurveda, yoga and Tibetan medicine are integrated with the latest complementary therapies into a daily routine, gently nudging clients on their way to vitality. Vana’s approach has always been genuine and calming yet purposeful and effective – honoring and building on these foundations, Six Senses is delighted to bring this well-loved and well-established wellness gem into its portfolio.
Never shy of defying convention, Six Senses has built its success on its commitment to wellness, and the goal is to work with the Vana team to incorporate new experiences into the existing formula offered by the retreat. and bring it to a wider global audience. The property is also a great addition for the brand in India, alongside Six Senses Fort Barwara in Rajasthan.
“With its ancient traditions of healing and spiritual practices, India has long been heralded as the ultimate gateway to well-being and, in a gentle yet intentional way, it also plays into who we are,” said said Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses. “Vana comes to us with a strong ethos and loyal Vanavasi customer base manifested by founder Veer Singh. The seed was sown in Veer’s mind through his deep interest and respect for sustainable agriculture, traditional wisdom and nature, which we will continue to cultivate under the Six Senses brand. This marriage made in the Himalayas allows us to build on what exists with some of our signature experiences.
Vana means forest, and indeed, it is nestled amidst organic cuisine and herb gardens in a salar sanctuary in the lush and verdant Mussoorie region of India. Close to Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, and north of Dehradun as you approach the Himalayas, this is a place to rediscover your own path.
There is no common goal that clients come to achieve, and the on-arrival consultation will continue to guide the entire journey with a wellness review providing additional analysis and information. The uniqueness of each guest is fundamental to creating a personalized program with ancient practices, complementary therapies and lots of movement. Some want to focus on natural healing, deepen their yoga practice, or approach their weight holistically; others come for Panchakarma, or rest and relaxation.
“Vana becomes Six Senses Vana is the most natural and logical progression for this precious and beautiful retreat,” said Veer Singh, Founder of Vana. “I am touched by the care and sensitivity Six Senses has shown to protect and nurture all that is good about Vana. I’m excited to see how they’ll deepen and strengthen our current offering and complement it with iconic experiences they’ve tried and tested with success around the world. I see no reason why Six Senses Vana should not become what we planned to be when Vana opened: the most iconic wellness retreat in the world.
Starting this fall, customers will be able to try their hand at making their own spa products at the Alchemy Bar and enhance their recovery with a biohacking offer. Sleep With Six Senses will ensure clients dismantle old habits and reverse physical or mental exhaustion with the help of smart tools and tips to sleep soundly and wake up ready to embrace each day.
In India, food has always been seen as an offering to the divine, and the retreat’s carefully curated menus align with Eat With Six Senses’ guiding principles of natural, local and sustainable ingredients, and less is more. The organic gardens are expanded so that ingredients can be influenced by seasons and personal preferences while being themed on location, helping to preserve and revive local culture and traditions. The cuisine will therefore be cultured, not airlifted, indigenous and intentional.
The bar will serve healthy drinks, herbs and tonics and become a gathering point to activate the power of “we” in wellness. In addition to a lifestyle concept store for sustainable fashion and spa products, there will also be a Cinema Paradiso, grounds for various ball games and experiences that tap into the retreat location to encourage movement and reconnection with nature.
Art and music have healing power, and creative expression can be an emotional and somatic lifesaver. Exhibitions, guest artists and performances will continue to be integrated into the retreat programming. Whether guests come alone, with friends or family, they will leave with a whole new Vana family.
Sensitivity to ecology has played an intrinsic role in the resort’s thinking – creating and maintaining harmony with the natural world. Energy, water and waste are efficiently managed in LEED Platinum certified buildings, and all textiles and solvents are sourced to sustainable standards. These principles are aligned with the core values of Six Senses, communicated by the Earth Lab, where guests are encouraged to be the change they want to see in hands-on, light-hearted workshops. The regenerative travel experiences will provide guests with a tangible connection to the local community and wildlife projects, infusing their Vana trip with purpose and positive impact.
As a conscious oasis away from the Indian brand, intense colors, noise and activity, the natural-toned rooms and suites, all with balconies or terraces, overlook the sal forest or the gardens and are comfortably arranged to evoke a sense of harmony.
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