Country Awards

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Ananda in the Himalayas

Narendra Nagar, India

Visitors to this lavish resort are swept away by this destination's setting atop a forested mountain ridge on a maharaja's estate. The palatial rooms, suites, and villas feature marble baths, private terraces, and rich décor and gilt artifacts. More than 80 therapies blending contemporary, European traditions with Ayurveda and Vedanta practices are offered in the spa's 29 ultra-modern treatment rooms sporting views of the River Ganges and Himalayas. Facials, massages, and cleansing treatments use fragrant oils and crushed flowers. Yoga sessions take place in a gold-leafed pavilion, and gourmet meals incorporate seasonal ingredients.