The People of the Rainforest

By Rona Berg / March 4, 2014

Tucked away in the lush hilly lands of coffee and cardamom, the Vivanta by Taj Madikeri-Coorg is set in an undiscovered slice of rainforest in an otherworldly landscape in South India. Opened less than a year ago, the property is already buzzing with a mix of young Indian families, international travelers and those looking for a unique wellness experience at this 180-acre mountain rainforest retreat with a luxurious 30,000-square-foot Jiva Grande Spa.

From the moment you pull up to the open-air lobby and see the stone-studded infinity pool that drops off on a panoramic view of the stunning property, you know this is somewhere unique and special. The air is clean, birds are calling and the gorgeous modern design incorporates bricks made on-site from displaced soil, organic mud paints and handmade tiles from dismantled houses nearby.

The Spa features the signature Gudda Bath, pictured, set in a tiny pavilion with expansive rainforest views—a bathing treatment unique to the Coorgi people of the rainforest, where body and spirit are soothed by water warmed in a huge wood-fired kettle. Other offerings include Panchakarma, personalized wellness journeys and a range of authentic Ayurvedic treatments. —Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Editor-In-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine
Longtime journalist, author and current editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine, and she has contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. She co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty (Workman Publishing), and is a frequent speaker and guest on radio and television and at conferences around the globe.
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