Shreyas is a specialist yoga and wellness retreat located in a 25-acre estate on the outskirts of Bangalore. With luxury villas and tents, it is ideal for those who want a wellness experience, but with comfort in mind.
At a Glance
Luxury Yoga and Wellness Retreat
Excellent accessibility given its proximity to Bangalore Airport
Superb tented cottages offering the highest levels of comfort, yet with a wellness program to match
Range of wellness packages including spa, yoga, cookery, excursions and meals
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To start planning your vacation to Shreyas
For those wanting to visit India and stay at a wellness and yoga you are often faced with a range of ‘ashram’ style retreats that simple do not take time to consider any form of comfort or service. Shreyas seems to blend the idea of an ashram style wellness and yoga retreat with the delights of wonderful tents and cottages. Interestingly enough it was set up by a former Investment Banker who wanted to create a retreat that he could get over the stresses and strains of day to day life and return refreshed and rejuvenated.
Shreyas is situated in stunning gardens and with a beautiful, enormous herb and vegetable garden to wander through. Quiet sitting areas are scattered around the gardens to encourage a little peaceful meditation.
The essence of Shreyas is the concept of wellness of body, mind and soul. The principal medium through which guests are exposed to this is Yoga. They demonstrate through various customized programs that, contrary to popular belief, Yoga can be practiced by everyone – fit or unfit, old or young. Shreyas appeals to those who wish to understand and familiarise themselves with the philosophical tradition of India, without necessarily delving into its organized religious aspects.
Traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga are practised – this includes simple posture classes for stress management and moves on to more advanced modules. The center focuses on self-development workshops in a safe and comfortable environment.
Don’t think that everyone who stays at Shreyas is super-serious; you don’t have to attend the 7am yoga sessions, and many guests just like to chill out by the pool – you can get as involved as you want.
Accommodation comprises various tents and cottages spread around the expansive gardens and premises. There are eight Garden Tented Cottages, three Poolside Cottages and one three-bedroom Cottage. The tents are excellent with fixed concrete walls and a tented roof, and superb bathrooms, which are semi-open to the skies. Each tent has its own veranda and they are well spread out across the 25 acres of Shreyas, to ensure privacy. The rooms are located next to each other near the swimming pool and main lobby. Each has an attached, state-of-the-art bathroom. All the rooms and tents are done up in calm, earthy colors and in an almost minimalist style. The linen and furnishings are of the highest quality and the ‘finish’ of almost every aspect is second to none– immensely stylish and comfortable.
There is one dining room where guests are encouraged to dine and commune together. On warm nights dinner is often served out in the garden, and guests have a choice of joining a larger group or dining on their own. Lunch and dinner tends to be table d’hôte, although occasionally they organize buffets. Should a guest have any particular likes, dislikes or allergies, the chefs will be more than happy to try to accommodate these wishes, to the best of their ability. The food is exceptionally good and comprises Indian, Continental and limited Oriental. As much as possible is grown or produced in the organic gardens on the premises. No alcohol is served or allowed on the premises and all meals are vegetarian. The menus are carefully planned to fit in with the overall wellness programs.
Room service is available only under special circumstance but juice, coconut water and herbal teas are served by the poolside.
One of the finest yoga and meditation pavilions in South India (all yoga sessions are included in the daily room rate). The yoga and meditation hall is open-sided and overlooks peaceful gardens. There are two spa treatment rooms offering different massages and beauty treatments. Ayurvedic massages are also offered, under consultation of their in-house Ayurvedic doctor
All the bedrooms are ‘no-smoking’ and are on ground level. Each has air-conditioning, an overhead fan, tea and coffee making machines. The rooms do not have Televisions or CD players. There are showers rather than bath tubs in each room. Hair dryers and heaters are available. Water at Shreyas is purified on site and is provided in all bedrooms and is safe to drink. Bottled water is charged extra.
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One extra bed can be provided for children up to 12 years of age. Due to the peaceful nature of this retreat, it is not ideal for children who may find it a little stifling. No baby sitting services are available.
Organic garden, farming activities, Extremely well equipped gym, a large swimming pool, 25 x 6m, outdoor Jacuzzi (by the swimming pool), indoor steam rooms and two spa treatment rooms. There is a home theatre with extensive audio visual facilities, sitting room, walking track, library, cricket net, dining room and a yoga pavilion.
Visits to Bangalore, Mysore, Belur, Halebid, Srirangapatnam, Sravanabelagola. There are many temples and a Swamiji who can explain the rituals and their significance accompanies the guests to these holy sites.
Location & Directions
Located near Nelamagala, about 45kms from Bangalore Airport, an hour's drive.
When to go
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.