A sense of serious intent pervades Carnoustie from its manicured gardens to your personal schedule for next day’s treatments delivered to your villa each evening. You arrive in one condition hoping to leave in a better one – and you probably will, thanks to the resident cohort of doctors, professors and other highly experienced specialists who are devoted to improving human wellness.
There are three kinds of people who seek a wellness hotel: annual returnees with a specific medical purpose, people escaping their frantic lives (‘they know they need out but not precisely how’), and those seeking a holiday resort experience. Carnoustie belongs firmly in the first category. Their guests may seek relief from arthritis or skin disorders to chronic exhaustion, diabetes, high cholesterol, stress, depression and other lifestyle disorders. 50% stay three weeks (the minimum stay is two weeks), 95% are non-Indians.
The hotel sets the tone. Well-drilled staff are abundant, the restaurant is fairly formal, there’s no liquor license and no buzzy informal café. For action, take a 50-minute drive north to Kochi’s historic buildings, Kerala culture and lively cafés.
At Carnoustie, achieving wellness is not a quick fix. First, a consultation which, in accordance with pregathi, assesses your diet, living and sleeping habits, metabolism and more. Then, tailor-made pranika healing treatments are scheduled which, through Ayurveda methods, remove and eliminate toxins, stimulate the vital force, boost immunity, and achieve mental and physical wellbeing. Finally, guests continue some of these at home.
Practicing a healing exercise on the beach through slow sunset is a must-do!
Carnoustie buzzwords: daily structure, naturopathy, Marma therapy
Ideas for unpacking your kind of slow-down wellness at Carnoustie