Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre - Orange County Resort


If you've been following my Travel Blog, you'll know that I recently visited Orange County Resort in Hampi. While I wrote the hotel's review on that blog, one of the important aspects of the hotel - the Vaidyasala - the spa is being reviewed here!
The Vaidyasala is handled by Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre from Mysore and the staff are trained there and the raw materials come from there! Here at Orange County Resort, 2 types of services are provided - Rejuvenation Therapy and Beauty Therapy. There are 11 Rejuvenation therapies and 4 Beauty therapies. As soon as you enter, you're given a refreshing Sarsaparilla (nannari) Sarbath drink. 
There is a separate room for beauty therapies with 4 different equipment! There are 4 different massage rooms and each is painted with a mural just like the rest of the hotel!
Of the Rejuvenation therapies there are 2 full body massages while the rest concentrate on certain body parts. While my guy took up Abhyanga, I took up Shirobhyanga and Padabhyanga. All the massages begin with a prayer by the masseurs and we're given a change of outfit. Men are given a cotton muslin loin cloth, and women are given a similar cotton muslin bikini set! 

Abhyanga is an hour long full body massage where 2 masseurs work in a synchronized way! It begins with head, neck attended by 1 person and feet attended by the 2nd. The massage continues to the whole body. Later he was shifted to a teak wood cot. The teak wood cot was again custom made with a single piece of wood! Depending on your comfort level, you could lay down directly on the teak wood (which btw feels fantastic) or have a mattress laid atop the cot! Leg, chest, back massages are done in the laying position. It continues with a sauna box which is also made of teak wood. The whole thing wraps up a shower! 
Shirobhyanga is a head and neck massage while Padabhyanaga is a foot and leg massage! Yeah, I've almost dozed off half way through the massage!!! 
Each room is separate and has the facility to massage only one person. So even if you go as a couple, you're in separate rooms. Men massage for the men and women massage for the women. All the massage rooms face a small open sky waterbody on one side. But don't worry, the architecture is so fantastic that even if its open sky, it isn't visible from any of the terraces of the resort!
After the massage, a warm ginger tea is given and we're let to sip it in front of that waterbody from the main lobby! There are a couple of turtles and several lotuses here and its such a pleasure to watch them!!! Once in a while, a good massage like this is so damn necessary to get that utmost relaxation from our busy lives... Totally worth it!
P.S: I was invited by Orange County Resort for review purposes. However all the views are my own and this post does not advertise the product!!

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19 comments

  1. Looks and sound amazing!

    Deedee

    http://madeupgirl-madeupgirl.blogspot.com/

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  2. It's a very beautiful spa and seems like a perfect place to unwind. Hampi looks like a very interesting place in general, so I will definitely be checking this place out if I have a chance to visit.

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  3. ah looks relaxing! And the place looks very calm. I need some massages too this weekend!

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  4. This is so calming. I'm in dire need of massage and you just reminded me of having one. It seems you really enjoyed your stay and the treatment. It's my first time seeing a treatment like that. So serene!

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  5. The massage looks really relaxing and therapeutic. You can really be refreshed here.

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  6. Oh wow. Looks beautiful. That place must have been really relaxing to visit? :) I love spas so I'm sure I'd love visiting there!

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  7. Seems it is a great place to rejuvenate and relax.The atmosphere is comfortable and eye pleasing.Ayurvedic therapies are known for relaxing both body and soul.I hope you had wonderful experience there.

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  8. The place looks lovely and luxurious! You seemed to be very pampered there. Good service, must be high-priced? Sometimes it's also the ambiance aside from the services we get that makes a spa salon worthwhile. Indus Valley seemed to meet both requirements well.

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  9. Oh my. Your post made me want to have a massage too! Looking at the pictures, I can see that the place promotes relaxation. I am a bit worried about the open sky. If it can't be seen by tall building surrounding it, I guess it's okay. It's a beautiful place, if I may add. :)

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  10. I've never had a rejuvenation therapy before.. it sounds like my body pretty much need it.. now I have an idea about how it goes... thanks for sharing.. btw, i wonder about the welcome drink, is it tea?

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  11. It must be such a pleasurable treat to get a massage here! Not only does the architecture look magical and serene, but the fact that the massages begin with a prayer makes the whole experience more spiritual! Everything looks so soothing... and plus points for being able to watch the turtles and lotuses for added serenity!

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  12. Wow, it looks like an amazing place to visit! I love getting massages, it has been a while though. It looks so peaceful and is full of architectural beauty! The photos albeit don't do it justice. I would love to visit this magical place one day!

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  13. The place looks magnificent! I love how the rooms are furnished and decorated. According to pictures, the staff is really professional, which is expected if you take into consideration how extraordinary the entire place is. The best part to me is the tea drinking and staying in a lobby. The picture is awesome. I would love to try all the massages you talked about.

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  14. I must say this place looks so different from the massage centers that I've been to. It's like the kind of massage fit for a royalty. I am a fan of massage therapy so this is all fascinating to me. I would love to check it out and experience it myself.

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  15. The place looks really awesome. This reminds me that I have to book my appointment for the weekend 😀

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  16. Love the decor Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre! It gives the vibe of ancient Indian decor! Also, the massage looks quite relaxing and ginger tea with such a view sounds refreshing!

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  17. OMG Massage....I want one. Love that you mentioned murals. Seems that the massage practice there is also spiritual in some way as you said that they say prayers too. I wonder what they pray about.

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  18. Must be so relaxing...I have tried lot of different types of SPAs but somehow not tried any Ayurvedic yet. Must try now!

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