Karnataka, India

Shreyas Retreat

Rates from (ex tax)$430.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD555.56), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Om queen

Setting

Bucolic Bangalore countryside

An hour outside bustling Bangalore, Shreyas Retreat is a haven from the hi-tech, heady city. Learn yoga from peaceful practitioners, help to grow vegetables on the five-acre farm, or enjoy Ayurvedic treatments in the impressive spa. The courtyard pool is fringed by frangipani trees, whose shade offers respite in summer. The retreat forsakes alcohol, cigarettes and meat, but it won’t take long for guests to reap the benefits. Trust us: you’ll be swapping gin for juice in no time.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

12, including one suite.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible for a fee, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, noon.

Rates

Double rooms from $430.00, excluding tax at 29.2 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD430.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

Add to your sense of spiritual wellbeing by visiting the local schools and orphanage supported by the retreat – Shreyas, together with guest donations, provides teachers, internet access and drinking water.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, spa, gym, library, cricket nets, cinema room, kitchen gardens, laundry, free parking. In rooms: Biotique bath products, tea and coffee, and air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

Be at one with Mother Nature by booking one of the foliage-shrouded Garden Tented Cottages – each is secluded enough to feel as though it’s in its own tropical paradise, and has a wooden deck, and a bathroom that opens out onto the courtyard. Light sleepers, be warned: the canopied roofs let in a little more noise, so if a passing rumbling train is likely to interrupt your forty winks, choose a room in the main house.

Poolside

There’s a frangipani-fringed infinity pool in the central courtyard, with a Jacuzzi. Dips are permitted until 10pm.

Spa

The spacious Anaha Spa has four Ayurveda therapy rooms, each with an attached steam room, four treatment rooms for Western massages, two for mud therapy and Thai massage, and a separate Naturopathy area with three rooms for hydrotherapy, acupressure and acupuncture; there are also two consultation rooms for the in-house Naturopath and Ayurveda doctors. Separate spa areas for men and women include two steam rooms and experiential showers, and there’s a salon for our signature scrubs and facials, the ingredients for which are collected from Shreya’s herb garden, as well as mani-pedis. On the upper level, a mediation and yoga pavilion opens to the east for sunlit sunrise yoga sessions. The spa also has gym for group and yoga classes, lounging spaces, sunken courtyards, a Jacuzzi, an organic juice bar and a boutique book store.

Packing tips

Bring assorted Lululemon ensembles with matching sweatbands, and a book on Indian botany for assistance identifying the horticultural displays in the grounds.

Also

The dining room, library and reception are suitable for wheelchair users; the best rooms to book are the ground-floor ones by the pool.

Children

All ages welcome. Extra beds are free for children under eight. Cots can be added on request. Babysitting is available with a day’s notice.

Best for

Over fives.

Recommended rooms

The Poolside Cottages are suitable for buggies and staff are on hand to help. Extra beds are free for children under eight. Cots can be added on request.

Activities

Introductory yoga classes, watching films, cricket, swimming, planting or picking fruit and vegetables.

Meals

Highchairs are available at mealtimes and the menu can be modified if necessary. Baby food and milk can be heated up.

Babysitting

Babysitting is available with a day’s notice.

Also

Parents are encouraged to respect the peacefulness of the retreat and to ensure their children are on their best behaviour.

Eco‐friendly

Shreyas has extensive organic gardens on-site, which grow much of the kitchen’s ingredients, as well as the spa’s. Water is provided in flasks and bath products in dispensers to minimise the use of plastic. The hotel has solar panels and harvests rainwater. Local materials – including coconut leaves for mats, existing stone pillars and temple doors – were used in the construction.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Meals are communal – though if you would prefer to dine separately, no one will chastise – and served at alternating locations, whether it’s in the gardens, by the pool, in the white-canopied tent, the dining hall or by a bonfire in winter.

Dress Code

Slip out of your yoga pants and into something floral to match the fragrant, freshly picked blooms gracing the tables.

Hotel restaurant

This is not a retreat for Henry VIII-worthy levels of indulgence: no alcohol, meat, fish or eggs is served. At breakfast, dabble in scrambled tofu instead, as well as dosas from southern India, upmas (semolina porridge) and uttapams (a thick pancake with built-in fillings). The food might be healthy, but flavour is uncompromised and varied, with Indian, Italian, Mexican and Oriental dishes on offer. All dietary requirements can be catered to and menus can be designed depending on your goal (weight loss, detox, etc). A set meal is served every night, with ingredients largely grown on-site.

Hotel bar

Shreyas is an alcohol-free retreat.

Last orders

Breakfast is served after the first yoga practise, and available between 7.30am and 9.30am; lunch is from 1pm until 2.30pm; dinner is from 7pm to 9pm.

Location

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Address
Shreyas Retreat
Santoshima Farm, Gollahalli Gate, Nelamangala-Doddaballapur Road
Karnataka
562123
Karnataka
India

Planes

Bengaluru International Airport is a 50-minute drive from the hotel. Air-conditioned transfers cost about £35 (3,000 rupees) each way. British Airways has direct flights from London Heathrow.

Trains

The train station in Bangalore is an hour away by car; hotel transfers cost about £35 one way. Indian Railways runs services from across the country.

Automobiles

From Bangalore (AKA Bengaluru), take the north-westerly route 75 out of the city, which becomes route 48. The retreat is in the village of Nelamangala, and there’s free parking when you arrive.

Worth getting out of bed for

Private yoga, meditation and pranayama sessions can be arranged for guests on the retreat, as well as cookery lessons for tips on recreating some of the vegetarian food at home and afternoons spent gardening on the hotel vegetable patch. The city of Bangalore is India’s IT capital, but its past is also present – nowhere more so than at the palace, modelled on Windsor Castle, and the handsome examples of Victorian architecture. Further afield, Mysore, the ‘City of Palaces’, is a three-hour drive south but worth the excursion if you can spare the time.

Local restaurants

For a tour of all the tastes of the southern Indian states, try Dakshin on Golf Course Road in Bangalore, which serves coconut-flavoured Keralan stews, paniyarams (batter balls) and dosas, all enhanced by its freshly ground chutneys. And for the best kebabs and grilled meats in the city, head to the Punjab Grill in Koramangala.

Local cafés

Trendy Toast & Tonic is Bangalore’s hipster hotspot, with all the shiny steel, exposed chipboard and creative cocktails to make it a drinking den worthy of Williamsburg.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this yoga holiday in India and unpacked their leggings and breathable vest tops, a full account of their boutique break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Shreyas Retreat in Bangalore

Hardcore detoxers won’t be fazed by mentions of alcohol bans and cigarette sacrifices, but for many it won’t sound like much of a holiday. Enter Shreyas Retreat, one of the finest wellbeing centres in the world, where food is so varied and delicious you won’t notice it doesn’t contain any meat, and days are so filled with peace and happiness you’ll wonder why you usually subsist on sundowners. Your bespoke wellness programme will be created for you on arrival, depending on whether you want to reap the benefits of silence, weight loss or the joy of giving. Group yoga classes are led by staff who are all practised in the art of this spiritual exercise; there are also chanting and sound meditation sessions.
 
Shreyas Retreat and its sprawling 25 acres are close to the big city of Bangalore, but so green and calm that they feel a million miles away. The leafy sanctuary, set in a coconut plantation in the Karnataka countryside, comes alive with candlelight after dark, when paper lanterns are strewn around the antique doorways and stone pillars. We bow to this soul-restoring retreat. Namaste.

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