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Most Spiritual Spa: The Vana, Malsi Estate

Spirituality, more often than not, when offered up in today’s spa realm, is yet another entrée on the scrumptious spa buffet. I’ll take a little bit of that sustainable salt scrub, combine it with a downward dog, add a dash of laughter therapy, and a pinch of Thai massage, blend that all together with a drizzle of hot oil on my third eye, and I’m good to go …But go where?Instead, I went to Vana, Malsi Estate, far, far away in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the city of Dehradun, about an hour’s flight from New Delhi. Was I searching for spirituality? Not exactly. I was going to find out if this new wellness retreat was everything that its founder, Veer Singh, had envisioned. Singh, a young entrepreneur with a good head on his shoulders and a powerful family behind him, had decided that he would create “the most iconic wellness retreat in the world.”Singh’s family had purchased the land, idyllically surrounded by an ancient Sal forest to the west, the foothills of the Himalayas to the north, and the lively town of Dehradun to the east, about 20 years ago. Initial plans were for a large, super-luxe hot …

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