Tucked inside a forest of skinny sal trees on the outskirts of Dehradun, one of northern India's most colourful towns, this high-style haven is like no other.

Guests are encouraged to wear organic linen 'pyjamas', while 'flute therapy' (music focused on the rhythm of your breath) is on the daily programme. Mini-bars crammed with herb-infused water shout 'pure living' - but that's not to say Vana lacks luxury.

It has all the hallmarks of a world-class hotel, but with an emphasis firmly on wellness (owner Veer Singh dislikes it being referred to as a 'spa'). Instead of champagne and choccies, there is puffed lotus seeds and rhododendron tea, with a 'Namaste' at every turn. And while there's portion control at meals, every dish is delicious.

A roster of holistic treatments - from cupping to Ku Nye (Tibetan healing) - is on offer. In between, there's meditation, yoga and a pool with Himalayan views.


WOW FACTOR: Room 74 has vistas on three sides of the forest - great for seeing monkeys crashing through the canopy.

GO: Greaves Travel (www.greavesindia.co.uk) offers five nights at Vana, full board, and two nights at The Lodhi in Delhi, B&B, from £2,850 per person. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 9 hours via New Delhi