Where Royal Bengal Tigers roam, mighty forts and palaces dot the verdant countryside and rich local cultures mix and merge to create an unreplicable way of life, Rajasthan is a rich profusion of color and culture that makes for the ultimate Indian getaway.
In the heart of the Aravali Hills lies the Six Senses Fort Barwara, a converted 14th-century fort that once was home to the Rajasthani royal family and today is the idyllic setting for a yoga retreat.
Refined, sustainable design
Nestled within the fort’s sandstone ramparts, two palaces and two temples have been combined to create an enchanting retreat that seamlessly blends the charm and allure of the original structure with the convenience of modern comforts and amenities.
Rich wooden furnishings weave through 48 flawlessly decorated suites, all incorporating classic Rajasthani style for a warm yet elegant feel. Sleep deeply on handmade mattresses with soft cotton bedding and spend lazy mornings on private terraces basking in the balmy Indian sun.
Among the fort’s elegant rooms are the Terrace Hot Tub Suite, with its private rooftop terrace complete with a soothing hot tub, and the Raja Man Singh Pool Suite, where guests can watch the sunset over the Rajasthani countryside while lounging by the circular pool.
To ensure harmony with the surrounding countryside, the design is committed to sustainability and efficiency. Rainwater collection tanks and solar panels minimize its environmental footprint, conscious rewilding initiatives rejuvenate the region’s rich flora and fauna and continued collaboration with local architects, artisans and supplies contributes to the well-being of the community.
A yogic escape
Within the former women’s palace, a sprawling 30,000-square-foot spa beckons, offering Ayurvedic-inspired treatments using products formulated from indigenous oils. A mirror-like pool sits in the stillness and the serenity of the fort’s courtyard while meticulously designed treatment rooms foster an incredible relaxation experience.
The spa’s expert yoga instructors guide novices through a program tailored to achieve the perfect balance between body, mind and spirit. Each three-, five- or seven-night program delivers a holistic approach featuring breathwork, guided meditations, Thai and signature massages and Biohack recovery sessions. Guided hatha yoga sessions form the cornerstone, promising greater flexibility, stronger muscles, improved posture and a fortified immune system.
The spa’s expert yoga instructors guide novices through tailored programs, aiming for the perfect harmony of body, mind and spirit. Each three-, five- or seven-night program delivers a holistic approach featuring breathwork, guided meditations, Thai and signature massages and Biohack recovery sessions. Guided yoga sessions in the open yoga pavilion form the cornerstone of the programs, promising greater flexibility, stronger muscles, improved posture and a fortified immune system.
Flavors of the fort
Fuel your yoga lessons with imaginative menus crafted from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Indulge in poolside delights at Rani Bagh, savor diverse options at The Cortile by the leafy courtyard, or enjoy dinner with a spectacular view at Shikar Burj on the highest terrace.
For pre and post-dinner drinks, The Viewing Gallery, the fort’s designated wine bar, and The Rajawat Room, set in what was once the male palace of the fort, offer extensive wine, whisky and cocktail menus.
In search of big cats
While at Six Senses Fort Barwara, guests sit on the doorstep of one of the prime places to spot the Royal Bengal Tigers, Ranthambore National Park. Allow the hotel to organize a once-in-a-lifetime trip on safari jeeps through the park in search of the iconic black and white striped big cats, spotting all manner of flora and fauna on the way.
Image Credits: Meditation pose by Jared Rice via Unsplash; View of Rajasthan by Sunjoy Monga © Shutterstock; Women practicing yoga by Ground Picture © Shutterstock; Ayurvedic inspired spa products by Sea Wave © Shutterstock; Bengal tigers at Ranthambhore National Park by Archna Singh © Shutterstock.