India’s latest luxury wellness destination: Six Senses Fort Barwara

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While it may have been the most talked about Bollywood wedding venue this year, Six Senses Fort Barwara is more than just a wedding destination. It’s a rejuvenating getaway, which helps slow you down, pampers your senses, and heals you from within.

Another fort in Rajasthan is getting a facelift, I thought, reading the invitation skeptically. But then, this is Six Senses’ first property in India, and having enjoyed the Six Senses brand of hospitality earlier, I knew it would be a different experience.

I like when I’m right.

Let’s dive into some information, okay? A 14e century fort has been cleverly restored to create the sanctuary of wellness that is Six Senses Fort Barwara. The luxury resort has 48 suites, three restaurants, and perhaps one of the best spa experiences in the country. Located in the heart of Barwara village, the resort is a short drive from Ranthambore National Park. The sensitively planned restoration process spanned nearly a decade, beautifully incorporating two palaces and two temples within the fortified fort. The architecture is exemplary of what one might call ‘Modern Rajasthani’ – a tasteful fusion of 14e architecture of the century with contemporary minimalist sensibilities. It is an art lover’s dream to explore the medieval sections of the property, still intact, steeped in history and folklore, perfectly juxtaposed with modern constructions that draw inspiration from the old, but also create a calming, distraction-free and relaxing ambience that is perfect for anyone’s personal wellness trip. You leave behind the all-too-familiar hustle and bustle and visual cacophony of typical Rajasthani art and architecture in Jaipur, as you make a 2.5-hour drive through fields of golden mustard (if you go at the right time, of course), and can feel the routine of your daily grind disappear.

The property is an imposing figure, towering over the picturesque village that surrounds it. True to Six Senses’ commitment to sustainability, the surrounding water bodies have also been adopted and various native flower species are cultivated in the area. The resort itself boasts of a bottling plant, rainwater harvesting, uniquely native flora, and a near zero waste approach. The sincerity is evident in the details. As you enter the resort, the property reveals itself to you in layers, like an onion. You drive through tall, smooth arches, pass through 700-year-old ancient gates, are greeted by a sound bath with giant singing bowls, wade through lush greenery to stand in front of palaces, a calming beige glistening beneath. the winter sun. There is something wise and grandpa about this place. It doesn’t try too hard, it doesn’t offer gimmicks or gaudy – there’s an understated sophistication that’s rewarding for a sophisticated traveler.

The first palace is home to a beautiful open-air community space with fireplaces and a performance space for lively musical evenings, a men’s office filled with books, portraits and potent local liquors, a world cuisine restaurant and connects. to suites. The second palace, or Zenana, houses the spa. As you walk around you find yourself in the Rani Bagh, the open-air restaurant, set among trees and swimming pools, performance areas and an observation gallery that offers mesmerizing views of the Rajasthan countryside. The property offers you authentic Rajasthani craftsmanship and Shekhawati art at every point of contact.

The key to any wellness sanctuary is the architecture of the property itself. Does it create a feeling of relief and relaxation? Is there enough space to contemplate? Do you feel like you’re being fair to yourself? Visually, are you rejuvenated? Six Senses Fort Barwara checks all of these boxes, while still retaining the joy of traditional Rajasthani stairs, hallways, high ceilings, terraces and arches, successfully creating a space that is pleasant to walk around, enjoy. to permeate and introspect in it.

The Ayurvedic consultation that precedes the spa treatments is instructive. The spa offers a variety of intensive Ayurvedic massages and therapies, as well as unique offerings such as transcendent sound journeys and technology-assisted therapies. After an intense deep tissue massage involving hot stones and suction cups (highly recommended), sunbathing in the beautiful spa courtyard was also therapeutic in itself.

The promise is a slow, reverent, and meaningful life, and if you want to experience all of this – and more – Six Senses Fort Barwara should be on your must-see list. The staff are the kindest and extremely efficient (you will have a GEM or Guest Experience Maker who can do whatever you want in the blink of an eye. GEM? More like Genie), the resort hosts a variety of events every day. traditional activities that you can easily participate in (including a must-see historical and horticultural walk with a charming storyteller), and the restaurants have a farm-to-table approach, offering global, locally sourced cuisine cooked to perfection. And, of course, there is yoga. Lots and lots of yoga.

So if you want to satisfy your soul – and your Instagram feed – Six Senses Fort Barwara should be your next getaway.


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