Spa Spotlight: Jiva Spas by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
One of Asia’s most beloved hotels brands, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces offers up a collection of destinations specifically designed for the cosmopolitan global traveler with contemporary design, luxurious accommodations, and high-quality service. At these beautiful properties guests can enjoy a visit to the signature spa brand, Jiva Spas, where the wisdom and heritage of the Indian philosophies of wellness and wellbeing combine. We’ve rounded up just a few of the spectacular hotels, resorts, and palaces where you can enjoy a little rest and relaxation at Jiva Spas.
Taj Coromandel – Chennai, India
Set on three-acres in Chennai, India, the Taj Coromandel offers 212 beautifully appointed guest rooms, decor that is a fusion of southern Indian and classic European design, and its Jiva Grande Spa. Here, experience bespoke services like the Vellana, a massage which uses a velan rolling pin. The 12,000-square-foot facility reflects the design philosophy of Vastushastra, establishing simple, balanced, elegant spaces blended with fragrance, soothing sounds, and organic touches.
Vivanta by Taj – Bekal, Kerala
Nestled amongst freshly manicured lawns, lush gardens, and the shore of the Kappil beach lies 26-acres of what Vivanta by Taj calls one of their best kept secrets – but you know what they say, secrets are no fun unless you share with everyone! The Jiva Grande Spa definitely pushes the property over the edge. Blending ancient Indian wisdom with contemporary treatments and therapies, Jiva Grande Spa offers guests signature rejuvenation therapies and Ayurvedic consultations. Holistic retreats are offered in peaceful spaces overlooking the water gardens and foliage allowing you to feel fully immersed in the experience.
Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri, Coorg, India
Tucked away in a lush 180-acre tropical oasis is Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri. This eco-friendly resort features 63 cottages, suites, villas, and rooms which fuse luxury and sustainability by using muted colors, mud paints, recycled wood, and natural riverstones. The resort’s 30,000-square-foot Jiva Grande Spa features a variety of rejuvenating therapies including a climate controlled indoor swimming pool and another open-air, in the woods and under the stars. The eight private treatment rooms have private steam rooms and showers, and guests can enjoy a break on the relaxation deck, a bite to eat at the wellness cafe, or a soak in the signature Coorg experience – the Gudda bath, a wood-fired bath overlooking the rainforest.
Umaid Bhawan Palace – Jodhpur, India
For those of you looking for the royal treatment, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, is what dreams are made of. With 347 rooms set on a vast 26 acres, the palace features an Art Deco style, fashionable in the time period it was built, with lavish interiors, exotic murals, and elegant artwork. Guests can stay in any of the 64 luxurious rooms and suites, enjoy a stroll through the private museum, or of course, experience the art of Indian Wellness in the Jiva Grande Spa. Here the palace offers a private retreat where you can feel at one with yourself and your surroundings. Besides offering traditional Ayurvedic treatments, the Jiva Grande Spa also offers an array of rejuvenating and relaxing therapies that truly takes one to another realm of tranquility.
TAJ Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives – South Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives
TAJ Exotica Resort & Spa offers an authentic Indian spa sanctuary outside of India. Located in the middle of one of the Maldives largest lagoons, the resort features ocean views and tropically inspired designs. At its far end, the Jiva Spa offers a haven of luxury, with natural design elements, a yoga and meditation pavilion, VIP Spa Suite, and two over-water couples’ suites.
Taj Falaknuma Palace – Hyderabad, India
Appropriately nicknamed “the palace in the sky,” The Taj Falaknuma Palace, the former residence of the sixth monarch of Hyderabad, is set 2,000 feet above the city. Designed in the shape of a scorpion, this palace offers extravagant decor, impeccably manicures gardens, and the spectacular 20,000 square-foot Jiva Spa. Here, holistic wellness and beauty rituals are inspired by Indian techniques encompass aromatherapy, Ayurveda, facials, body scrubs, body wraps, and signature Jiva journeys.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur – Udaipur, India
On one of the four islands in the center of Lake Pichola, Taj Lake Palace offers stunning views of the Aravalli Mountains. Once home to the Udaipur royal family, the palace now offers service and amenity to make each guest feel like royalty. Relax in the “floating” Jive Spa Boat or the on-land location where healing therapies embody India’s ancient heritage.
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur – Jaipur, India
Set within 47 acres of gorgeous garden landscape, Rambagh Palace features peaceful verendahs, beautiful accommodations, and a nearly 16,000 square-foot Jiva Grande Spa. Here, treatments can be enjoyed in tented suites, inspired by traditional royal Indian encampments with chandeliers, pennants, Indian love swings, copper soaking tubs, and more. Opt for holistic treatments centered around healing the mind, body, and spirit. After your treatment, take some time in the outdoor relaxation lounge, where lily pond gardens and floating lights offer a truly enchanting experience.
The Taj West End – Bangalore, India
Once an English-run boarding house, The Taj West End offers guests 22-acres of manicured, fragrant gardens, banyan trees, and water features. At its 17,500 square-foot Jiva Grande Spa, treatments feature products prepared with Indian herbs, aromatherapy oils, and natural creams. Try the Jiva Journey, Sushupti Dreamless Sleep Duration, which soothes with a foot bath using 22 herbs, green gram flour, honey, and fresh cream.
Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund NCR – Faridabad, India
This seven-acre, eco-friendly resort features a design evocative of an ancient Indian baoli or stepwell. Guests are encouraged to find balance at the Jiva Spa. This two-floor, 18,500 square-foot spa offers treatments that blend time-honored Indian wisdom with contemporary therapies. For even more relaxation and rejuvenation, try one of the one- or two-day wellness programs.