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Ananda in the Himalayas, India
BEST SPA TO... Find enlightenment in the winter sun.
WHY GO? It's regularly voted the world's best spa and is frequented by A-listers such as actress Uma Thurman and supermodel Heidi Klum (right). Specialist treatments include crystal healing, reflexology and traditional Eastern beauty therapy using the spa's signature range of ila products, made from locally sourced essential oils.
NEED TO KNOW The nearby town of Rishikesh is the birthplace of yoga, reflected in the spa's extensive yoga and meditation menu.
BEST TREATMENT The Shirodhara: the spa's signature ayurvedic [holistic Indian] treatment, where warm oil flows continuously over the forehead or “third eye”.
WHAT TO PACK You're provided with kurta pajamas [white cotton pants and a tunic]. Add your own fashion flair with embellished sandals and supersized charm necklaces. anandaspa.com
Heidi Klum is an habitué of Ananda, voted one of the world's best spascredits
Words by Ellen Burney. Edited by Natalie Rigg. Photograph: Getty Images