Three Indian cities in top 15 wellness destinations list in Asia

New Delhi(PTI): Three Indian cities- Jaipur, New Delhi and Mumbai, have been featured in the list of top 15 destinations with the best hotels for wellness across Asia in the first quarter of 2015, according to a survey.

“India, which has its own history of health and wellness traditions Ayurveda therapies and Yoga, features three times in the top 15 with Jaipur and New Delhi (placed 12th, 86.11%) and Mumbai (15th, 84.73%),” report by a travel search engine ‘Wego’ across Asia-Pacific and Middle East, showed.

The report described wellness tourism as travelling to seek improved health and well-being through physical and spiritual activities. “With the increased popularity in Yoga around the world, India’s Ministry of Tourism is currently drafting a policy to promote the exercise in a bid to attract more foreign visitors to experience it in the country from where it originated,” Wego Chief Marketing Officer Joachim Holte said.

He said the Global Spa & Wellness Economy Monitor values wellness tourism at US $3.4 trillion, a number that is expected to continue to grow exponentially each year. Wellness tourism is no longer a niche industry and has made a solid impact on global tourism overall, he said.

“Some destinations automatically imply relaxation and recharge by their very nature and reputation, so it’s no surprise that Bali is at the top of the list scoring 88 % of positive hotel reviews for wellness,” Holte added.

Bali, which topped the list, has a reputation for perfecting the wellness retreat combining specialised luxury spas, using unique traditional and natural therapies. Its growing popularity is reflected in the number of airlines now offering direct flight connections from as far away as Dubai, the report showed.

Bali’s hinterland Ubud, ranked 13th, known as the Island of the Gods scored 85.7 %, the location a hub for seekers of rejuvenation and a renewed life balance. Cambodia’s Phnom Penh and Siem Reap capture the exotic flavours of traditional Asian healing and relaxation, stood on the list at number two and three spots with 88.19 and 87.82 %, respectively.

At 87 %, the luminous water and luxury resorts of Maldives featured at fourth place, followed by Hong Kong’s combining contemporary and traditional Chinese therapies at fifth place, and Hanoi (Vietnam) at the sixth position.

“Travellers’ tastes are changing and they becoming more diverse. Entire new markets are arising from within the spa and wellness category, including medical and cosmetic tourism. “Travellers seek a focused experience derived from alternative or historic cultural approaches that can result in a complete lifestyle change, for better health and balance in everyday life,” Holte said.