“ No health resort is free from shortcomings and failures, even if it charges several hundred dollars per day."
There are people who go to a health resort every year, without fail.These people have discovered the immense physical, mental, and emotional benefits of Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy and other forms of holistic health and traditional medicine. For these benefits, they are willing to forgo the pleasures of the world and their normal routines for a couple of weeks, and also put up with some inconveniences that are characteristic of developing countries.
Then there are people who, despite having the financial means, have never been to a health resort or to an Ayurveda retreat . These people either don't know about the benefits of Ayurveda or claim that it is "unscientific" because of personal biases and beliefs.
Some people are simply unwilling to pay for healthcare or live under the illusion that they are in "perfect health", while others are simply scared of the unknown or don't know where to go. The majority fall into this camp, along with those who employ the most famous excuse of all: "I don't have time"
Then there are people who have been to a health resort, once or twice,and vow NEVER to go back! If you ask this lot why they will never go back, the answer is likely to be found somewhere on the list below.
Over the past four years, we at Ayurooms have compiled the following list of things that can go wrong at health spas, yoga retreats and wellness resorts, whether budget-friendly, premium or luxury:
If you encounter only one or two of the above issues at a health resort, consider yourself extremely fortunate. The reality is that every health resort or retreat has its own challenges and may throw multiple inconveniences at you. That's part of the detox: learning to accept other people’s errors and shortcomings and taking them in stride.
If you encounter several issues during your stay at a health resort, it can severely affect your state of mind. And if you can't course correct or, at the very least, control your anger, then it is likely that the treatments will be of little benefit. As the Buddha said,"Anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other to die."
Problems at health resorts are inevitable, but there is good news: you're not alone and you can avoid having to deal with many problems by (1) going to the right health resort given your set of unique needs, and (2) working with a professional who can explain to you the pros and cons of each resort and manage your expectations properly and, also,step up to troubleshoot when issues arise. That is what we do at Ayurooms. We help you find the right resort given your unique needs, objectives and pet peeves.
Keep in mind also that what works for someone else may not work for you. Just because your friend or relative liked a particular retreat does not mean that you will like it too. And TripAdvisor, sadly, is not always accurate or tells you everything you need to know about a particular destination.
To reiterate: the above is just a shortlist of things that can go wrong. Every resort has strengths and weaknesses. You can try to figure out the trade-offs on your own or you can consult a professional. The choice is yours.
At Ayurooms, we conduct a management audit of health resorts with a fine-tooth comb and we educate and inform our clients about what they can expect, both the positives and the limitations. We are thus transparent and proactive because we want our clients to arrive prepared, happy and excited, and we want them to leave feeling refreshed and transformed. We almost always achieve our goal and we have a track record of very happy clients.
And we are constantly learning. Much of our time goes into travelling around India and visiting clients at least once during their stay, not only to offer more personalized service but also to receive feedback, both good and bad.
We invite you to learn more about the story of Ayurooms by watching the video below.
If you're contemplating a visit to a holistic health centre or yoga retreat in India,or if you would like to find if Ayurveda can help you deal with a particular health issue, please send us an email at email@example.com or send us a confidential message via our secure help site
" Aly Alidina is the Editor-in-Chief for the Blog site and the founder of Ayurooms, India's leading platform for booking wellness vacations."