I was very unwell before my visit to Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa in Pune, near Lonavala. By the third day at the retreat, my face was oozing with glow and energy levels multiplied manifold. Health was restored. I have never felt this RENEWED AND REJUVENATED SELF. That’s the magic at Hilton Shillim. The oxygen you breathe in while walking in the 320 acres retreat is healing, the wellness food cooked under the guidance of executive chef Shubendu V Kadam is a level beyond medicine. Nestled in an unspoiled sylvan setting amidst the magnificent landscape of Western Ghats, The DeSouza brothers have created a Holistic sanctuary of healing away from the bustle of city, just after a 1.5 hour drive from Pune.
Designed for healing, Shillim has an All -Villa accommodation with each villa boasting of a private deck or balcony. I got a Spa Pool Villa stay with a private pool and close access to the Spa and Ayurvedic food restaurant called “The Green Table’. Set amidst rice fields, bamboo plantations, virgin forests spread over 3500 acres, the forest view from my Villa was breathtaking. What caught my attention was the organic Mini Bar in my room, with Soya milk, Protein &Yoga Bars, organic seeds &nuts, organic chocolates, loaded with fruits and organic desserts.
While I chose to hog at “Terazzo” restaurant with sumptuous spread Buffet, you can make the most memorable food moment at private dinner with the head chef at “THE CHEF TABLE”, a unique venue situated on the banks of waterfall overlooking the valley.
- The DHARANA Spa at Shillim Estate retreat has extensive WELLNESS MENU that realigns your health with a consultative rather than prescriptive approach. The Dharna Lifescience Programs integrate the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with contemporary international practices and therapies. The rejuvenating treatments and holistic programs focus more on Yoga, nutritious food, tai-chi and other forms of meditation.
- The Spa uses advanced diagnostics methods such as Iridology and Oligo scanning.
- The organic produce cultivated in own Shillim organic farms gives transformational culinary experience with wholesome ayurvedic and vegan diet plans. The menu features Macrobiotic, Ayurvedic, European, Mediterranean and Asian elements, inspired by fresh, seasonal products and slow cooking techniques stressing on the preservation of natural flavors of food. Add the milk produced from local dairies.
- Pamper yourself with recreation activities like treks, picnics, yoga, meditation,mountain-biking, horse riding, organic farming, excursions to nearby Buddhist caves etc
- Spa facilities include meditation cave, relaxation centre and terraces, watsu and aqua aerobics, hydrothermal pavilion, 17 treatments rooms, Salon and consultation rooms.
- The reserve club is one of the largest wine cellars in India, hosts regular wine tastings and learning sessions.
Reconnect with yourself with the finest WELLNESS MENU programmes like Elixir of Shillim, weight management,Ayurveda Panchkarma, Age Reveral, De-Stress Programme, Art of detox and much more. This Green cocoon has been acknowledged with several awards like GeoSpa Asia Spa India , Conde Nast Traveller Readers Travel, World Luxury Hotel, SPA Finder India , Wellness Travel India and the list goes big. While Dharna takes holistic living to a whole new level, Individual spa treatments, local acitivites, and excursion is an inspiration for corporate and social groups too.
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
Village Shilimb, Pawana Nagar,Taluka Maval, Pune, 410406, India
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