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Offering pool villas, it has a 24 h4 gym and a spa. In Rajasthan, the Oberoi Group has two other resorts — in the Ranthambore tiger reserve and in the haunting lake city of Udaipur. Two separate and distinct villages, Caribbean Grove and Mediterranean Village, make up this resort, giving you a two-for-one experience. Ramenskoye , Moscow Oblast Russia: Bottle wayfarers locavore Aliqua High Life art party fixie farm-to-table.

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Stay in one of 62 suites located in colonial-inspired buildings, all with panoramic valley and mountain views. Gulmarg, with its needle-tipped pine forests, jagged snowy peaks and grassy valleys, is Instagram perfect.

This paradisiacal place is home to the world-class Khyber Spa by L'Occitane, which beckons with the sweet promise of L'Occitane's Provencal-inspired treatments, coupled with seasonal flora, and pure Himalayan spring water. Certainly not a trip for those who crave sterility, self-denial and salads. Dotting the north and west of the country with excellent facilities are a string of Oberoi Hotels with fancy spas, much favoured by corporate jetsetters. Here, pine-scented mountain air and nature take charge of your senses.

Wildflower Hall centres its therapies in Asia - Balinese deep tissue manipulation, Thai massages, and closer to home , Himalayan cedar baths and ayurvedic treatments. This is a family-run place in a red-brick colonial home with enough old world paraphernalia to keep the most fastidious historian in cheer. It underwent an expansion in both building and name, and now includes luxury suites as well as a presidential offering.

Or you could sign up for the aromatherapy treatment. Or you could choose to envelope yourself in a cloak made of Dead Sea mud. In busy New Delhi, smack in the heart of town in a garden setting, Shangri-La's — Eros Hotel , New Delhi offers extensive spa facilities with an arsenal of holistic wellness menus including steam rooms, private treatment rooms, Jacuzzis and ayurvedic massage.

At CHI, the spa at Shangri-La, everything is worked in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of five elements, where metal, water, wood, fire and earth come together to balance the yin and yang of the body. Or just visit the beauty salon for some Indian-style pampering. You'll find a majestic mix of Moroccan architecture, Moghul motifs, arched white corridors and soothing scents of cedar, white musk and tonka bean.

The spa offers a spectrum of soothing services, from the traditional Ayurveda massage and meditation to wraps, scrubs and personally-tailored treatments. Club Olympus at the Hyatt Regency Delhi oozes contemporary credentials, with soothing shades of beige meeting splashy modern art. Along with fitness facilities and the bathing complex are a modest range of beauty and massage therapies including the Philippine hilot , where banana leaves, coconut oil and hilot balm come together to calm body, mind and soul.

Indulge in all this relaxing between sessions at the poolside bar. It rebranded on 1 February, , and elegantly fuses rich Indian traditions like architecture with luxurious sophistications of the present think pool suites. Expect dark timber panels, stone tiles, authentic handmade rugs and ornate jaali latticework screens.

The tranquil Lodhi Spa has an extensive selection of face and body treatments and facilities include hammam steam baths and a bamboo relaxation garden. As well as a 50m swimming pool, there are three tennis courts, two air-conditioned squash courts, a Pilates studio and gym. If you're a yoga fan, ask for an early morning lesson in the nearby historic Lodhi Gardens dotted with ancient tombs.

At the smokily boutique and central The Park New Delhi , the Aura day spa aims to soothe away those business executive worries. The hotel is unimposing from the outside but don't let this discourage you. Once inside, designer flourishes kick in and serene earth tones and rich woods are perked up with bold splashes of colour and mysterious beaded curtains. The incense fumes may not agree with everyone though. The Roseate formerly managed by Dusit in New Delhi has bagged itself a clutch of awards, everything from favourite spa resort to landscape design of the year.

Its sophisticated spa, Aheli, is no laggard either, winning global acclaim; it has everything your jaded heart can desire. Yoga and ayurvedic therapy? In the heart of New Delhi's garden centre, is The Claridges. Elegant and stately, this is a top choice with business and leisure travellers who relish a peaceful urban retreat. Let therapists at The Claridges Spa come to your rescue after all that shopping. Choose from several ancient, modern Indian, and international rituals performed in 10 private spa suites.

Go galactic as you gaze at the starry ceiling in the steam room. Also visit the yoga and meditation studio, gym, and beauty salon. A walk into the Claridges garden will lead you to scrumptious afternoon teas and champagne brunches; you could spear a bite of their famous bitter chocolate cake at Ye Old Bakery; or choose from a palette of Chinese, Punjabi, and Mediterranean restaurants.

The hotel has a suburban countryside location, a minute drive from Gurgaon and 60km from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Its rooms are modern and welcoming, offering green views and modern amenities such as DVD players and rain showers.

Mingle with other sporty guests in the fitness centre, the freeform pool or at the tennis court. The Westin group's signature Heavenly Spa has seven smart treatment alcoves, each with its own outdoor shower and bathtub. One is dedicated to ayurveda and another to Thai massage. The eclectic, global spa menu includes Chinese acupressure foot massage, Balinese rubs, Javanese mask and Hawaiian lomi lomi treatment.

Check out the serene meditation pyramid, located in the centre of the spa and surrounded by water. Or practise your tree pose in the open-air yoga room. For face, hand, and hair care, there's a beauty salon. On with our India spas guide as we leave the capital region and head towards the desert sands. The ancient acre property a two-hour drive from Delhi is hewn into the Rajasthan hillside, and its Spa focuses primarily on holistic ayurvedic treatments.

Other courses of therapy combine techniques from across Asia, and use mineral extracts from the deeply plundered Dead Sea. Bask by the open-air pool with views over Neemrana village and fields, or take advantage of free yoga and meditation classes. This is a truly dramatic setting for a wellness escape, set in rugged countryside reeking of history. Get in early before the summer sun heats up the stone floors leaving you skipping like a cat on a hot tin roof. The 'Noor-e-Taj Romance' is a right royal three-hour experience that includes a steam bath, pomegranate and orange wrap, massage and cleansing bath.

Sunny courtyards, gushing fountains and rich decor reflect the grandeur of the Mughal dynasty in a contemporary setting. Shine like a crazy diamond after a gemstone massage then lie back and enjoy a facial using finely crushed pearls. On to Jaipur capital city of the state of Rajasthan, where sister property The Oberoi Rajvilas awaits with soothing milk and rose baths, thermal mud and even massage lessons for couples.

Further calls to extravagance can be found at the The Jai Mahal Palace by the Taj group of hotels , a landscaped wonder. Once the resting ground for the Maharaja of Alwar's tiger hunts, the sprawling heritage resort features a 33m pool and a large, architecturally pleasing spa pavilion. Amanbagh has kept its elegant, old-world charm intact, and that alone makes it worth a visit.

But what really distinguishes it, though, isn't Mughal at all, but its ayurvedic-inspired spa activities, including ayurvedic cooking classes. The Ayur Immersion for instance, a four-day healing programme, includes ayurvedic spa treatments, dosha -specific meals, and yoga and meditation.

In Rajasthan, the Oberoi Group has two other resorts — in the Ranthambore tiger reserve and in the haunting lake city of Udaipur.

In Ranthambhore, tangle with tigers at The Oberoi Vanyavilas before soothing your nerves with a stint at the spa. Perched over a lake, the pavilion-style building features steam rooms, showers, baths and therapy suites. Therapists are on hand to administer beauty and spa treatments, such as the rose and peony mask, rosemary and pineapple face scrub and marigold bath.

Fortunately these are flavours not known to feature prominently on many tiger menus. Also try the three-hour Safari Sanctuary treatment, which takes place in the jungle so you can relax to the sound of birds and monkeys rather than the usual pan pipes.

In the spa suites at The Oberoi Udaivilas , rejuvenation and relaxation is on a royal scale. There are spectacular views of Picchola Lake and the City Palace outside, while inside, the awesomely-named Royal Treasures will assail you with a crystal rose salt scrub, moisturising vetiver body wrap, and a massage capped by a milk and rose bath.

The construct of this splendid retreat mimics the Rajasthani palaces of yore, complete with cupolas and water gardens. Take a boat out to the lake to truly enjoy the spectacle of this resort mirrored in the evening or dawn waters.

This is one of the top picks in our India spas review. Its new owners worked to preserve its 18th C aesthetic, restoring as much as they could while instilling a luxurious, modern feel to it. A British company, runs the spa; the treatments include Marma massage techniques, subtle chakra cleansing and herbal poultices.

If you want to glow from within and without, book yourself a treatment from the Blessings Menu. At the stunning Taj Lake Palace , Udaipur, look forward to the 'mewar khas' pre-bathing ritual along with a host of treatments, body scrubs, facials, wraps and massage. Cruise the mirror-smooth waters of the historic lake on a Jiva Spa Boat, the epitome of royal indulgence. The Leela Palace Udaipur is on a suitably grand scale with palatial features and an ESPA set in garden courtyards with views of the lake.

Look for the Aroma Steam Rooms with their amethyst crystal decor and anthracite glass tiles. Move on then to a Spa Tent or opt for a Palace Suite with its own swimming pool set within a walled garden. Expect ayurvedic treatments galore as well as pampering facials. More self-explanatory is the rice and oatmeal body polish and the Arabic coffee exfoliation. Globetrot without leaving your spa room courtesy of massages from Bali, Thailand, Sweden and France.

Traditionalists can stick to nourishing ayurvedic and herbal therapies. For French manicures, funky nail art or henna tattoos, head to the beauty salon, which also offers hairdressing and makeovers. On the west coast, in the financial heartland of Mumbai, take time out at the sprawling artwork-festooned, yet brisk, Grand Hyatt Mumbai and its Club Oasis Fitness Centre and Spa complete with treatments rooms, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, whirlpool baths and outdoor pools.

For a more desi touch, try the Indian Head Massage for Rs3, The theme of water seeps into the spa treatments at JW Marriott, Mumbai 's state-of-the-art and utterly spoiling Quan Spa.

An aquatic art installation shimmers away at the reception; within, treatments include the Ocean Detox Bath, the Earth and Ocean Hot Stone Massage, and the Sandalwood Rainshower for creaky backs ; plus, all spa products are crafted by Thalgo Marine, from ingredients that spring from the sea.

At The Leela Mumbai , enjoy gardens, a swimming pool, complimentary yoga and meditation classes, a spa cuisine menu that panders to the gluten and dairy-phobes , gym and spa with European, Oriental and ayurvedic therapies, plus all the usual ESPA treatments. The Oberoi, Mumbai has an impressive hour spa and high-tech fitness centre with sea views while at the stately, sun-washed Taj Mahal Palace , Mumbai, guests are pampered, pummelled and polished back to health, in treatment rooms at the signature Jiva Spa.

The 'Sukha' bliss , with scrub, wrap and massage, runs for three-and-a-half hours. No scrimping on attention here. The Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai , teeters high above the straggling, sprawling stack of shanties that girdle it. Inside one of its eight spa rooms, you are further elevated to the portals of bliss with healing massages, body and facial treatments, and yoga. For an even more rarefied treat, step into the Rossano Ferretti salon.

The Four Seasons is the only Mumbai hotel to have one. There is a special menu available for the suave, urbane gentleman of today, and rather sumptuous Signature Journeys for two, that include gold and blue diamond facials.

Brides and grooms to be can avail of the Bride and Groom Rituals with champagne and truffles for both , for up to six months before their wedding bells ring. Further proof can be found via its popular pre-wedding sangeet treatments and 'kitty party' offerings - clearly, they have plunged headlong into the local pool. This is a mid-range spa, not given to extravagant displays of luxury.

Areopagus has outlets dotted around the city and its therapists here are trained in the ancient Japanese and Chinese arts of shiatsu, tai chi therapy, and yuki. Pune city is not particularly known for its bracing spa treatments, but just a few hours away from Mumbai, you'll find two luxurious retreats that promise to cocoon you in comfort.

The first of these is Atmantan Wellness Centre. Cloaked by the Sahyadri hills and fringed by Mulshi Lake, Atmantan is the perfect antidote to the poison of urban ennui. The motif that runs through it is eco-sensitivity; it serves locally-grown and gathered food, uses only battery-operated vehicles, recycles as much as it can, and uses mostly solar energy for heating water. The difference between Telstar 18 and Mechta is the red details on the design. Its music video was released on 8 June Thirty-three footballers who are alleged to be part of the steroid program are listed in the McLaren Report.

The choice of Russia as host has been challenged. Controversial issues have included the level of racism in Russian football, [] [] [] and discrimination against LGBT people in wider Russian society. Allegations of corruption in the bidding processes for the and World Cups caused threats from England's FA to boycott the tournament.

Garcia , a US attorney, to investigate and produce a report on the corruption allegations. Eckert's summary cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing, but was denounced by critics as a whitewash. On 3 June , the FBI confirmed that the federal authorities were investigating the bidding and awarding processes for the and World Cups. In response to the March poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal , British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that no British ministers or members of the royal family would attend the World Cup, and issued a warning to any travelling England fans.

The British Foreign Office and MPs had repeatedly warned English football fans and "people of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent" travelling to Russia of "racist or homophobic intimidation, hooligan violence and anti-British hostility". At the close of the World Cup Russia was widely praised for its success in hosting the tournament, with Steve Rosenberg of the BBC deeming it "a resounding public relations success" for Putin, adding, "The stunning new stadiums, free train travel to venues and the absence of crowd violence has impressed visiting supporters.

Russia has come across as friendly and hospitable: All the foreign fans I have spoken to are pleasantly surprised. FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated, "Everyone discovered a beautiful country, a welcoming country, that is keen to show the world that everything that has been said before might not be true.

A lot of preconceived ideas have been changed because people have seen the true nature of Russia. The elimination of the US national team in qualifying led to concerns that US interest and viewership of this World Cup would be reduced especially among "casual" viewers interested in the US team , especially noting how much Fox paid for the rights, and that US games at the World Cup peaked at During a launch event prior to the elimination, Fox stated that it had planned to place a secondary focus on the Mexican team in its coverage to take advantage of their popularity among US viewers factoring Hispanic and Latino Americans.

Fox stated that it was still committed to broadcasting a significant amount of coverage for the tournament. In February , Ukrainian rightsholder UA: PBC stated that it would not broadcast the World Cup. This came in the wake of growing boycotts of the tournament among the Football Federation of Ukraine and sports minister Ihor Zhdanov.

Broadcast rights to the tournament in the Middle East were hampered by an ongoing diplomatic crisis in Qatar over alleged support of extremist groups. Qatar is the home country of the region's rightsholder, beIN Sports. On 2 June , beIN pulled its channels from Du and Etisalat , but with service to the latter restored later that day. Etisalat subsequently announced that it would air the World Cup in the UAE, and continue to offer beIN normally and without interruptions.

On 12 July , FIFA stated that it "has engaged counsel to take legal action in Saudi Arabia and is working alongside other sports rights owners that have also been affected to protect its interests.

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