Atmantan is a luxurious wellness destination spa that enriches ones understanding between body, mind and soul. Built on the healing crystalline Sahyadri Mountains overlooking the Mulshi Lake, the resort is but a three and a half hour drive from Mumbai and one hour from Pune.
Founded by Nikhil Kapur, an Ironman tri-athlete and his wife, Sharmilee Agarwal who is a firm believer in energy medicine, Atmantan has certified experts in Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Pranic Healing and fitness. Incorporating traditional Indian medicine, western and oriental practices, Atmantan individually tailors a ‘Wellness Formula’ for each guest backed by scientific research that includes nutrition, massage, exercise, kriyas and meditation.
Set amidst 40 acres of lush greenery, the main spaces are ideally perched so that they hang over the valley and mountains. Oxygen rich plants like Dracaena, Philodendron, Areca Palm, Ferns, Schefflera and Song of India have been mindfully scattered around, while mosquito repelling bushes like Neem, Basil and Lemon Grass have also been planted for guest comfort. Excavated top soil has not been discarded but purposefully used for plantation and vegetation through this resort.
This wonderful ecosystem also includes an enchanted butterfly garden; (where flowers such as Stachyterpheta, Lantana and Belapurania encourage butterfly life) while the property’s rich soil keeps the organic vegetable patches full all through the year.
Minimalistic architecture enhanced by natural light that filters through large windows, makes sure that all the rooms and public areas are well lit. The interiors though restrained, use materials like natural stone and wood in earth tones reflecting the mountains around. While the inner spaces at Atmantan have been designed to optimally bring the outside in, every area has its own individual style.
The spa rooms highlight their functionality through their décor, echoing the origin of the therapy they have been designed for. Like the Hammam – awash in teal tones, lofty arches, patterned tiles, niche lighting and a traditional heated stone bed, all an inspired interpretation of Turkish architecture.
Te’-jus, the bistro offering juices and healthy bites through the day is a bright riot of colours with varied seating, while Chantara, the lounge is more formal embellished in golds, pearls and damask. The main restaurant called Vistara with large picture windows framing Mulshi Lake is a mix of muted blues, greys and whites. The handmade wooden chandeliers and Italian black glass tables add a quiet luxury that mirrors the calmness of its location.
The Organic farm to table concept at Atmantan belies the philosophy that the best nutrition uses natural ingredients that have not travelled far from their origin. Employing organic methods of farming and highlighting locally available seasonal produce, The Cuisine Plan at the resort inspires moderation, not deprivation – healthy yet delectable meals are personalised for each guest without using refined diary, sugars or wheat and consciously focusing on whole, unrefined and unprocessed foods.
Activities at Atmantan are plenty from early morning kriyas and asanas done in the lap of mother-nature at the Yoga Pavilion to more energetic programmes like circuit training, salsa dancing, Zumba, aerobics and Hatha Yoga. If meditation is your mantra, guests can head down to the amphitheatre (aptly named Prana or life giving force) that faces the serene lake and be instantly transported to a state of blissful stillness.
Atmantan prides itself with its eco-friendly solutions from solar energy to having a natural sewage treatment plant. 98% of all the lighting used in the resort is LED or CFL, and LEED green building parameters have been diligently applied during the planning, building and construction phases of the resort.
Atmantan is a wellness journey where guests are educated about lifestyle choices and healthy options during their stay, carrying this knowledge back home to implement into their daily lives.
Text by Natalie Pedder-Bajaj.
Photographs courtesy Atmantan