Atmantan, a luxurious wellness resort was launched in the Mulshi region of Pune in Maharashtra, which integrates the traditional Indian healing practices with international therapies and modern fitness techniques for holistic healing By Saloni Bhatia
Atmantan was conceptualised by ex-Ironman tri-athlete, Nikhil Kapur, and his wife, pranic healer, Sharmilee Agarwal Kapur in 2008. Atmantan is the divine amalgamation of Atma (soul), Mana (mind), and Tann (body) that encompasses the resort’s integrated approach to wellness. This can be achieved by creating the perfect equilibrium of wholesome wellness for the guests; physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially. The 106-room centre offers eight scientifically researched and customised all-inclusive wellness programmes. The first phase is launched with 73 rooms including a single bedroom villa.
Owner and founder, Nikhil Kapur speaks about his dream project and explains, “There is no better time to get into wellness. It took us over seven years to build the property, but we are proud of what we have to offer. We are taking wellness to the next level in the country. We had a very talented set of architects from Thailand who built the property. The challenge of building a property over 40 acres was that each structure had to be functionally relevant as you go about bringing out the aesthetics of the place. Every building that you enter you are welcomed with breathtaking views. All the systems that have been installed here are technologically advanced and yet the environment has been well thought of.”
Initial visualiser of the concept, Sharmille Kapur shares, “ Here at Atmantan, we celebrate wellness. We wanted someplace with natural beauty, but also accessible where the city people could go and enjoy wellness.” Talking about the location she says, “Nestled in the Sahyadris which are crystalline mountains, the place is naturally healing that speed up and assist the wellness purpose. We want to help people maintain the balance in life. We assist you through the journey of the wellness. This is not just a hotel but a wellness property where the core attention is your well being.”
A minimum of three night stay is available at the centre that enable the staff to concentrate on complete wellness of the guest. The place helps one understand the relation between sound nutrition and functioning of the body. The eight retreats include Atmantan Living, Spa Life, Master Cleanse, Weight Balance, Journey through Yoga, Ayurverda Panchkarma, Holistic Health and Fitness Challenge. These retreats focus on four elements of well being through proper food, sleep, exercise and positive environment. The stay starts from three days extending up to 28 days where the guests are offered a mix of wellness programmes where they can focus on complete
Elaborating on the services, Athena Salim, general manager, Atmantan informs, “We have a beautiful wellness pavilion where all the indoor activities happen. We boast of 23 treatment rooms, two of which are facial rooms that have been specially designed according to the treatments and therapies that the guests would go through. Be it the Thai massage or Kerela therapy treatment, each has rooms which you would find in no other space that are tailor-made to suit the therapies. The ambience of the room, the massage bed and all the facilities are just for that particular treatment.”
There are eight doctors who provide consultation to the guests based on a questionnaire they fill while they come in. “The therapies and treatments are based on these advices and choice of the guest. One of the specialty of the resort is the spa cuisine which is devoid of the three white devils that is the refined flour, refined dairy and refined sugar,” mentions Salim.
There are three food and beverage venues including Vistara, the main dining; Chantara, the barbeque lounge; and Te’-jus the juice bar. The restaurants bring in produce from the local gardens or the nearby farms to retain the freshness of meals. The outdoor meditation pavilions – Dhyana and the ampitheatre Prana, provide with some inspiring places to meditate, relax and indulge in soul searching. The first phase launch also includes a 60 seater conference hall and a 10 seater boardroom facility.
Joy Menzies, managing director, Destination Spa Management has been appointed to take care of the property. The resort is at a 40-minute flight or a three-hour drive from Mumbai and Pune.
Talking about the ecological aspect of the resort, Kapur mentions, “We have a solar project on water heating. We are proud that we are the largest in the country to heat 42,000 litres of water through solar energy. We also have natural system of treating our sewage where we don’t use chemicals. We have been using rain water harvesting systems at the property which has yielded great benefits to us as well as to the villagers.”