Spa. Pray. Love.
Voyage to India, and inspire your mind, body, and soul with one of the most seductive and spiritual destinations in the world.
Soak up the ancient sights, wake up to views of the legendary Taj Mahal, and let the aromas of India wash over you as your soul is reborn during this ten-day retreat.
Prior to your trip, you will enjoy an exclusive consultation with a Niquesa therapist to create a bespoke wellbeing package. Your private spiritual guide will then create you a bespoke wellbeing programme across all the cities you will visit, providing a tailored itinerary of meditation classes, yoga sessions, and personalised therapy treatments.
All this amidst a journey that will awaken the senses, with awe-inspiring sights, opulent suites, and sumptuous Indian cuisine - you are sure to find your path to enlightenment.
My India Story
“The stresses of London living were catching up with me, and I longed for a few days, even weeks, to myself, where I could focus on some serious ‘me’ time, and get my mental and physical health back into top shape. I contacted my Niquesa Personal Assistant for some ideas, and within 24 hours my Spa.Pray.Love experience to India had been confirmed and booked!
A fortnight before I was due to set off for India, Jemima, from Niquesa’s lifestyle team, called me on my mobile and went through some questions about my health, lifestyle, and diet so that she could tailor the whole experience around what me and my body were needing. She was so delightful, and we messaged back and forth throughout my trip, as I was excited to keep her updated about my progress!
My first stop was Delhi, which I found to be enthralling. I had never been to India before, and I fell in love instantly with the people, the vibrant colours, and the heavenly aromas from the spice stalls. The Imperial Hotel was just as stunning as all the magazine reviews I had read, if not more so, although, to be honest, I spent most of my stay there in the spa, where I received the most heavenly facials, massages, and reflexology treatments.
From Delhi, I was taken by private jet and helicopter to Ananda, then Agra, Delwara, and Udaipur spending a few nights in each city. Every day, I felt myself awakening more and more from the inside. I opened my mind completely; absorbing in the natural beauty of the land, relishing in sunrise meditations, gaining flexibility during my private yoga sessions at the foot of the Himalayas, and enjoying Ayurvedic massage rituals daily. I watched the morning sun rise over the River Ganges from the hillside, took part in a spiritual awakening ceremony beside a lotus-covered lake in Nagda, and dined on grilled brochettes, overlooking the Pichola Lake from the Taj Lake Palace.
In Udaipur I experienced an incredible Kohinoor Magnetic Ritual, during which my body was scrubbed with diamond dust, my chakras were balanced using semiprecious gemstones, and I received the most magnificent and uplifting massage, which seemed to last for hours. I felt so, unbelievably relaxed afterwards, and enjoyed an astonishing ten hour sleep that night, which as you know is extremely rare for me!
On my last night in Agra I stood on the balcony of my suite watching the magnificence of the Taj Mahal as a huge watery-coloured sun set behind it. It was a clear, balmy evening and a soft breeze blew a single black kite in the sky that twirled and looped over the building tops. Every few minutes the Taj Mahal changed colour as the sun rays reflected off the marble - blue, orange, pink and purple, until the sun finally set. It was probably one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and suddenly brought everything into perspective for me about how precious life is, and how I want to travel more and see the world in all its glory.
The whole trip was complete bliss, and as well as remembering it for the rest of my life, it has given me a new way of living, which helps to me to enjoy a calmer, healthier, and more relaxed lifestyle, both at work and at home. I am forever grateful for my magical, Indian experience.”
* excerpt is taken from the Niquesa Book of Travel
Your journey begins in style, with a chauffeur driven transfer to the airport, where you will be welcomed to the VIP lounge. After relaxing with a drink and some duty-free shopping, you will be driven directly to your awaiting aircraft, as you board your jet for the journey of a lifetime.
As you touch down in Delhi the first class service will continue. You are transported to the city's iconic Imperial Hotel, where an afternoon of treatments awaits. You'll feel revived and ready for an evening of dining and culture in Old Delhi, where Asish our Niquesa guide will teach the complexities of Indian culture, its age-long history, colourful religions and ever smiling people. The guided tour will treat you to the sights of the ancient walled centre, followed by entertainment from local musicians and indulgence in some traditionally cooked Indian delights.
Contemplation in the Himalayas
Following your fascinating stay in Delhi, a private jet and a helicopter will transport you to Ananda, a regal spa resort nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Here you will be settled into your lavish private villa with its own pool, and treated to further personal sessions with your therapist. Your stay here is all about relaxation and contemplation, with endless days dedicated to nourishing your body and soul.
Your time in Ananda will culminate with a private spiritual awakening ceremony. Singing, sacred chants, and blessed herbs are all characteristic of this unforgettable experience, which promises to stay with you long after you leave.
The Beauty of The Taj Mahal
Your private jet will now transport you to Agra, just in time to enjoy an afternoon of respite in a luxury suite that boasts views across the Taj Mahal. End the evening with a romantic dinner on your private balcony, while gazing across the pink-hued sky to the stunning white mausoleum, which was commissioned by Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Start your day with an early morning visit to the Taj Mahal to watch the sunrise wash over the glorious white marble wonder, and experience its true beauty as one of the world's most iconic symbols of love. Your visit will be followed by a champagne breakfast as you enjoy your final day in Agra, enjoying further treatments and private yoga.
Mind, Body & Soul in Delwara
Arrive at your private suite in Delwara, where you will enjoy uninterrupted views across the rolling Aravalli hills. Take an evening stroll to the old village with a tour of the ancient temples, the archaic carved village well and the local craftsmen creating.
Your days in Delwara will be spent enriching your mind, body, and soul, with further personalised treatments and blessings, a chakra balancing yoga session, including an om chakra meditation session.
Your stay in Delwara includes a visit to the 1000-year-old Eklingji temple complex. This alluring destination is peppered with shrines, and it is the only place on earth you can whisper your wildest wishes into a statue that is said to make them come true.
Conclude your tour with a trip to Nagda, an abandoned ancient capital that hovers beside a heavenly lotus-covered lake, and boasts temples dating to the seventh century.
In Udaipur, you will be transported to the ancient City Palace, where you can wander the hanging gardens, get lost in the intricate courtyards, and marvel at the view across the Pichola Lake. Spend your day viewing the antiques and paintings that were once pride possessions of the ancient kings and emperors of this city. The most sublime of which resides in the Crystal Gallery, a dreamy stockpile of crystal tables, chairs, sofas and even beds.
Unparalleled views of the lake await at your grand hotel suite, where you will be treated to a final night of indulgence with dinner on a lakeside terrace. It is the perfect conclusion to a stunning holiday of spiritual nourishment.