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Bekal, Kerala, India. February 2012: Vivanta by Taj - Bekal, Kerala is an all- new resort from Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces located along picturesque palm- fringed backwaters in Bekal in North Kerala. Popularly known as God’s Own Country for its natural lush landscapes, Kerala was selected by the National Geographic Traveller as one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime and one of the thirteen paradises in the world. And gently meandering across 25 acres of verdure in a land blessed by nature’s bounty, Vivanta Bekal is enveloped in a relaxing yet rejuvenating ambience. 


Vivanta Bekal welcomes resident and non-resident guests to relax and unwind at the new Jiva Grande Spa.  Jiva from Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is the only Indian spa brand in the world with unique Indian signature spa experiences, rooted in the rich and ancient wellness traditions of India.  Each experience has been carefully designed to initiate physical, mental and spiritual equilibrium. The Jiva Spa menu at Vivanta Bekal features signature experiences, Ayurveda programmes, Indian therapies, Indian aromatherapy, scrubs and wraps, and beauty rituals.  The Alepa and Abhisheka pavilions dedicated to our signature experiences of body anointment and purifying bathing ceremonies are amongst the unique Jiva experiences offered here.  Also on offer are Ritualistic Fire Ceremonies (Homams) for guests’ AYUS and AROGYA (life longevity and health) with chanting by the Resident Priest. 


Jiva Grande, spread over 165,000 sq feet, unfolds a refreshing idiom of spa design that creates beautiful spaces infused with energy, soothing harmony and restorative balance. The design theme incorporates natural elements; a minimalist yet exotic décor; sinuous curved designs; and elements of Vastu, the traditional Indian canon of space planning. The spa design also embraces water bodies -for their calming visual effect, the therapeutic sound of water and the restorative attributes of soaking in water- as well as pockets of greenery that are a perfect antidote for the weary. 


The spa is equipped with single and double treatment suites, beauty treatment rooms, meditation pavilions and yoga studio, relaxation and vitality pools, dedicated wet area experiences and fully-equipped gym and beauty salon. All the treatment rooms have their own private courtyards for post-treatment relaxation; each courtyard is idyllically designed against a setting of serene water gardens and lush tropical landscaping. 


The Ayurveda sanctuary at Jiva Grande is the high point of this wellness retreat.  Designed in traditional style, built by the backwaters with its satvik dining lounge, courtyards, landscaped relaxation spaces and meditation nooks, a full fledged wellness library and water bodies, this tranquil pocket of wellness offers authentic, holistic and comprehensive Ayurveda programmes, by qualified and experienced Ayurveda physicians.


For guests looking for wellness and detox packages spread over a long period of time, we also offer Panchkarma, a unique treatment in Ayurveda with five purificatory procedures that initiates cleansing and removal of toxins from the body.  These are intensive treatments and need to be given under medical guidance.  As Ayurveda believes that every individual is unique, Jiva Spa physicians draw up a customized schedule of traditional Ayurveda treatments, practices and diet for each guest after a consultation involving a discussion of the guest’s lifestyle, medical history, needs and preferences.  


The spa will focus on long term wellness programms of 2 - 4 weeks of Yoga, Ayurveda and Spiritual Retreats and for the first time in India, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy luxurious modern comfort while practising authentic and traditional wellness programmes. 


About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 95 hotels in 54 locations across India with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.  From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.  For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth.  Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.