What made Jiva Grande- Bekal, Kerala the most talked spa properties in India

Niharika Verma
Niharika Verma Sep 29 2017 - 4 min read
What made Jiva Grande- Bekal, Kerala the most talked spa properties in India
Although a spa resort’s visual appeal may not be on top of mind when one is partaking of its offerings, however, the way it looks has a huge impact on how it makes one feel. Magnificent, untouched and unspoilt is the apt description of Jiva Grande Spa.

With the growing rage of spa treatments in India, the aesthetically ambitious hotel spas carved out of the most unlikely of design architecture to woo its guests. This is reflected in the open, bright and interconnected interior and exterior spaces of Jiva Grande, Vivanta by Taj- Bekal, Kerala.

Equipped with the Ayurveda sanctuary, Jiva Grande is the high point of this wellness retreat in the country. Located amidst the windy backwaters by the river Kappil, the Jiva Grande is spread across an elaborate area of 165,000 sq ft. The tranquil spa is a refuge for the mind, body and spirit as it offers Yoga, Ayurveda, spiritual retreats and Indian rejuvenation therapies.

Be it Ayurveda programmes, aromatherapy, scrubs, wraps, or beauty rituals, Jiva Grande has it all! Designed by Globally acclaimed architect Nick Juniper of Coda Studio, which has skilled the discipline of both architecture and urban design. Equipped with the Ayurveda sanctuary, Jiva Grande is the high point of this wellness retreat.

Design dynamics
The spa unfolds a refreshing idiom of design that creates beautiful spaces infused with energy, soothing harmony and restorative balance. The design theme incorporates natural elements, a minimalist yet exotic décor, sinuous curved designs and elements of Vastu, the traditional Indian canon of space planning.
    The spa design also embraces water bodies -for their calming visual effect, the therapeutic sound of water and the restorative attributes of soaking in water- as well as pockets of greenery that are a perfect antidote for the weary. The spa is designed in traditional style, built by the backwaters with its Satvik dining lounge, courtyards, landscaped relaxation spaces and meditation nooks, a full-fledged wellness library and water bodies. This tranquil pocket of wellness offers authentic, holistic and comprehensive Ayurveda programmes, by qualified and experienced Ayurveda physicians.


Therapy rooms & furniture
The spa has four single massage suites, three double massage suites, beauty treatment suites, Yoga pavilion, wet area-steam, sauna and Vitality pool, vaidya’s (Ayurveda Physician’s) House, satvik dining lounge and homam (Ritualistic Fire Ceremonies) area.
  The spa has wooden beds apt for the therapies in the Ayurveda rooms and hydraulic operated massage beds in the others.

Spa illumination
There are LED lighting and sufficient amount of natural lighting in the rooms. Tea and aromatic candles are used to enhance the ambiance in the spa. Brass lamps are used in the Ayurveda rooms. The adequate lighting and the room décor sets a perfect relaxing ambiance in the spa


Spa services
The Jiva Spa menu at Vivanta by Taj – Bekal, Kerala features signature experiences, Ayurveda programmes, Indian therapies, Indian aromatherapy, scrubs and wraps, and beauty rituals.  The Alepa and Abhisheka pavilions dedicated to our signature experiences of body anointment and purifying bathing ceremonies are amongst the unique Jiva experiences offered here.  Also on offer are Ritualistic Fire Ceremonies (Homams) for guests’ AYUS and AROGYA (life longevity and health) with chanting by the Resident Priest.
    Jiva Ayurveda menu offers authentic in-depth programs, drawn from the original principles of Indian wellness therapies, under the guidance of trained ‘Vaidyas’, i.e. Ayurvedic physicians, for creating and maintaining health. To achieve a balanced state of body, mind and consciousness, Ayurveda prescribes the Panchakarma therapy, a popular therapy, for cleansing toxins from the body that de-stresses both mind and body.

Unique traits
Some of the unique Jiva experiences include body anointments and purifying bathing ceremonies in the dedicated Alepa and Abhisheka pavilions. The Ayurveda sanctuary at Jiva Grande is the biggest highlight of this wellness retreat. Also, the spa offers Ritualistic Fire Ceremonies (Homams) AYUS and AROGYA (life, longevity and health) with chants by Resident Priests. With beautifully landscaped recreational spaces, meditation corners, a Satvik dining lounge, a wellness library, and water bodies, this tranquil space of wellness offers authentic and holistic Ayurveda programmes by expert Ayurveda physicians.

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