Experience a 7-night Yoga Holiday Culinary Experiences Package where you can savor the rich and varied culture and cuisine of India. perfect for the culinary aficionado!
A complete cooking experience awaits you at this luxury yoga retreat. Your week will include cooking demonstrations, hands-on sessions, the sourcing of local ingredients, a visit to a organic herb and vegetable garden, a session introducing you to the philosophy of cooking in Indian tradition, nutritional information, use of Indian spices, table setting and service. Guests will also be preparing a meal for children at a village school or orphanage.
On this fantastic cooking holiday with will enjoy yoga, meditation and spa sessions - all of which are an integral part of the retreat.
This cookery holiday package gives guests the pleasure of exploring the flavors of Indian cuisine, the specialty of which is the use of spices and herbs, rooted in vegetarianism. On this cooking and yoga holiday you will get the opportunity to savor creative cuisine using the freshest ingredients that have been perfectly prepared to enhance the flavors and keep the meals healthy.
The main focus of the cooking holiday is the Personalized Cooking Sessions where the guests get hands-on experience in learning the preparation of a wide variety of Indian dishes under the guidance of the executive chef of the retreat. Each session includes teaching on:
- Nutritional Values of the dishes
- Alternatives / substitutes for ingredients
- Combination of food items.
Over your seven day cooking holiday, you will get to learn the preparation of more than 40 dishes including breakfast, main courses, juices, soups, salads, starters, gravies and curries, Indian breads, rice preparations, condiments, desserts and herbal brews.
Included in your cooking and yoga holiday we will include a very interesting session on Holistic Kitchen Management. You will also enjoy a field trip to a local vegetable market and grocery shops so that you can get tips on choosing the right quality of vegetables and ingredients. No dining experience is complete without the love and creativity that goes in setting the table and serving the food therefore a session is dedicated for table settings and food serving suggestions.
Keeping up with the tradition of this luxurious, award-winning world-class resort, guests also get personalised Yoga classes included in the package. These yoga sessions include one breath regulation (Pranayama) class and one meditation class. The rejuvenating massages and facials which are also part of the package allow the body and mind to recharge through the power of human touch.
The week's itinerary includes:
- One personalised Pranayama session - 60 mins
- One personalised Meditation session - 60 mins
- One personalised Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) session - 60 mins
- Ten personalised Culinary Sessions on Healthy Vegetarian Cuisine - 60 mins
- Three Rejuvenation Massages per person (Balinese / Swedish / Thai / Aromatherapy / Facial) - 60 mins
- One demonstration on table settings and service - 60 mins
- One session on Indian philosophy of cooking - 60 mins
- One session on Nutritional diet - 45 mins
- One session on introduction to Indian cooking - 45 mins
- One session on Holistic management of cooking - 45 mins
- Visit to a nearby Village or City Excursion / Shopping Trip to Bangalore city
- A Community Exercise that involves Farming, Cooking and feeding a group of children at nearby Village schools / Orphanage.
- Nature based exercises
Dates and Prices
These luxury culinary experience and yoga retreats in India run all year long.
Depending on the time of year, prices start from:
Garden / Poolside Cottage
- Single – US $3230 to $3490
- Double – US $4140 to $4390
NB: All prices are plus 16.4% taxes & 10% service charge.
- Accommodation in a Garden / Poolside cottage
- Wellness consultation on arrival
- Recipes of all cooking demonstrations and a complimentary copy of the cookbook
- Round-trip Airport transfers
- Gourmet vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) served in the dining area.
- Twice daily group yoga sessions
- Daily group chanting / sound meditation session
- Use of all recreational facilities – swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam bath, gym, library, cricket nets and the opportunity to watch one movie per day in the home theatre along with other guests
The retreat is held in a luxury complex 35kms north-west of Bangalore. With the newly opened Bengaluru International Airport, the retreat is now just one hour away by vehicle and is made via a beautiful drive through the countryside. The new route completely by-pases Bangalore city and and the busy traffic junctions.
Bangalore is known as the Garden City of India because of its greenery and the presence of many public parks. In May 2012, Lonely Planet ranked Bangalore 3rd among the world’s top 10 cities to visit.
By Air: Flights to Bangalore are available from Europe, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Trivandrum, Vishakapatnam, Calcutta.
Airlines: Air France, British Airways, Gulf Air, Jetstar Asia Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysian Airlines, Royal Nepal Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates & Sri Lankan Airlines etc.
By Road: From Mysore, Belur, Halebid, Hampi, Bangalore. (35km from the city centre)
By Train: To Bangalore, followed by a 1 hour drive.
Transfers: The retreat is happy to arrange station / airport transfers at additional cost.
The retreat is spread over 25 acres of landscaped gardens. The architecture and interiors are a perfect mix of traditional and modern. It is an environmentally friendly retreat and care has been taken to retain the original landscape and natural beauty of the place. Every effort has been made to preserve the precious natural resources with initiatives such as rain water harvesting, solar heating, ayurvedic and medicinal herb plantations, organic farming and organic waste disposal.
All meals served are made from organically grown ingredients freshly hand-picked from the 20 acres of fields that belong to the retreat.
The retreat has 14 exclusive rooms that can accommodate a maximum of 25 guests on a sharing basis including cottages and special rooms with tented canopies. Guests on this retreat will be staying in poolside or garden cottages.
All rooms and tents are air conditioned, have ISD/STD lines as well as complimentary Broadband Internet connections. Other amenities include an electronic safe, hair dryer, ceiling fan, and an electric kettle with a selection of teas. You will also find bathrobes, toiletries, slippers and writing desk with chair. The en-suite bathrooms have glass-enclosed showers, but not bath tubs.
NB: Kindly note all foreign nationals (except those from Finland, Luxembourg, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore) coming into India require a valid Indian Visa. The visas can be obtained from Indian Embassy / Consulate in your region and the visa sanction normally takes 3-10 working days depending on the country.
“The food was abundant! And excellent, it was great to provide my body with nutritious, organic and delicious meals after a day of yoga. And the table settings were always beautiful. It has been quite a while since I have felt so relaxed and rejuvenated.”
“A truly wonderful atmosphere for self- reflection coupled with a great regime of activities and wonderful food. It felt like home away from home with the staff that was trained extremely well. Thank you for a fantastic stay.”
“This was our fourth visit and we really enjoyed it. Great to see the familiar staff and the fact that the place has not changed but continues to keep up the standards is amazing!! Thank you, we really enjoyed our stay.”