My stay at AYV - four weeks in January/February 2014 - did not have a good start; when I arrived at Calicut airport the promised car for the transfer was not there. As my plane had landed half an hour early, and I very quickly passed customs, I decided to wait for some time, but after an hour or so I did start to wonder if AYV itself maybe was just as virtual as its website. A phone call did reassure me, but then it was still half an hour before the driver turned up.
Having arrived at AYV I was offered a meal, and then shown to my room, in a herbal cottage. The room is spacious, and has a wonderful, shady veranda (just as all other rooms). After the long journey I was glad to be able to rest. At that moment I did not realize that I was quite lucky - later I found out that AYV is often overbooked. People then are lodged in a holiday resort called Pepper Green, about 1 km away, or other places much farther away. During my stay most of the time at least two, and often more people were staying outside. Between meals, treatments and doctor's consultations they could be found resting on benches in the veranda of the restaurant or in the lobby... Not really conducive to a benificial intensive panchakarma treatment.
From all this one might conclude that AYV is a terrible place to be - but no, on the contrary, once you're 'in', it's warm, welcoming and caring. This was my fifth panchakarma treatment, and certainly the best. Before I had been to more or less renowned places in Sri Lanka - and at AYV it became clear to me that in these other places they omit parts of the panchakarma treatment that people from the West do not particularly like. At AYV panchakarma is done in the traditional way, and that means it is not the wellness holiday some people expect, but it is all the more effective for it. Sometimes I did have a hard time, but then the therapists are so caring and supportive, and soon after the treatment I felt a whole lot better - physically, but also mentally. Also, the doctors have plenty of time for their patients and explain the treatments into detail. As they each have a limited number of patients, which they see on a daily basis, they know them well, and treatments are adapted according to the results. I have been back home for a month now, and I still follow the dietary advice my doctor gave me - she explained so well why it is necessary, that I am very motivated to keep it.
Now I haven't mentioned the other staff yet - all the people working in the restaurant, the kitchen, the pharmacy, the gardens, the cleaning ladies - they also do all they can to make you feel welcome, feel at home. A warm smile, a conversation, a few friendly words...
But it is not only the staff that make AYV such a wonderful place to stay. It's also the guests. They come from all over the world, and what they have in common is a open attitude to life, to other people. I've never been to a place where I met so many inspiring, interesting, funny and warm people as I did here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ayurveda yoga holistic research centre for Detoxification and rejuvenation programme designed to get optimum result by treating body,mind prana.The process primarily seeks to restore the vital strength of the body by eliminating the accumulated toxins and making the tissues pure.Our practices and exercises in the lessons at Yoga Spirit are developed by including self-acupressure, meditative or breathing exercises in order of the different sections of the lesson enables you to relax and purify your body through Ayurveda as well and we practise daily Asana, Pranayama and including Dharma and chanting in 90 minutes. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ayurveda Yoga Villa Hotel Kalpetta
- Ayurveda Yoga Villa Kalpetta, Kerala, India