Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa started life as an eco conservation project, where land was acquired to preserve the natural beauty and heritage of Shillim. In order to sustain this huge project, the concept of an eco retreat was developed and turned into a self-sustaining business model.
This year Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa is Business Destinations’ Best Luxury Spa Resort, India. Spread over 350 acres of untouched land, it is one of a kind in India thanks to its tempting combination of picturesque setting and world-class spa.
The pristine wilderness and sylvan setting offer a deeply meaningful experience and provide the perfect getaway from daily routine to revitalise and rejuvenate guests.
Nestled within the Sahyadri mountain range, among historical Maratha forts and ancient Buddhist caves, and only a short drive from Mumbai, Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa is a sanctuary for the body, mind and spirit.
A healing experience
The retreat is a member of the Healing Hotels of the World. The spa itself is spread over 70 acres and exists in harmony with its timeless environment.
Embedded in lush rice fields and surrounded by seasonal creeks in a rich, fertile valley, the spa invokes the life-giving elements. This special retreat strives to nurture and heal the inner spirit and elicit lasting change at an energetic level.
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa is a sanctuary for the body, mind and spirit
The retreat’s spa integrates the ancient healing culture of South Asia with contemporary international therapies and practices.
Traditional elements of Ayurveda and yoga are combined with carefully selected aspects of reiki, acupuncture, aromatherapy and naturotherapy. Treatment programmes can be customised to suit the needs of each visitor, ensuring everyone achieves total relaxation.
Facilities include: 15 spa villas with private pools and treatment spaces; 17 treatment suites with private gardens and outdoor showers; five consultation rooms; four relaxation terraces; a yoga pavilion, meditation cave, outdoor Olympic-size pool, saunas, steam rooms, outdoor hot tubs and hydrotherapy tubs.
Visitors can also indulge in activities at the institute and learning centre, pottery studio, dance studio, cooking school, organic gardens and amphitheatre.
Eat well: Nourish the mind, body and soul
For gourmands, the retreat offers an extensive culinary experience encompassing the best of spa cuisine alongside international dishes prepared by a team of master chefs. Food connoisseurs are spoiled for choice with an extensive range of dining options, from relaxed organic food to the best French, Asian, Mediterranean and local delicacies. Herbs and vegetables are grown on the estate and incorporated into dishes every day.
Handpicked locations and themed dinners offer a memorable experience here. ‘Dining by design’ gives guests the opportunity to dine privately at their villas, or at any other location on the grounds of the property; eat your favourite dishes by the lake, in the herb garden, or even in bed.
The all-villa property boasts spacious villas that feature private decks or balconies, have dedicated spa treatment areas, and offer spectacular views – either of the restful valley or verdant forest.
The spa pool villas and presidential pool villas even have private gardens and swimming pools. The simple, contemporary elegance with hints of local style combines with the newest technology to create a private haven that fulfils all of your needs. Glass walls covered with sheer, white curtains place you right in the lap of nature.
The Meetings and Banqueting facilities, set within Shillim Institute and encompassing the property’s extensive grounds, are equipped with up-to-date technology and can accommodate up to 100 guests in a range of settings ideal for intimate corporate meetings, business events, social gatherings and private receptions. The services available include high-speed internet access, video conferencing, audiovisual equipment rental and secretarial support.
Guests can enjoy trekking, learn horse riding, take a pottery or dance class, or sail a boat across the pristine Pavna Lake
Never a dull moment
At the Shillim Institute, the guests can enjoy trekking, learn horse riding, take a pottery or dance class, or sail a boat across the pristine Pavna Lake nearby. Visitors are treated to butler service at their private villa, and a host of tranquil hangouts beyond – from the Tea House to the Library Lounge.
The broad mission and vision of the retreat is to conserve and maintain Shillim’s natural habitats in an ecologically responsible and sustainable manner. The commitment to respect the harmonious bio-diversity of the Shillim landscape is paramount.
The retreat aims to create a reflective environment in which to integrate the essential philosophical, spiritual and artistic wisdom of past civilisations with contemporary, life-enhancing practices and knowledge.
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa combines holistic practices and a comfortable retreat atmosphere in a superb wilderness setting. The retreat aims to integrate the total rest and wellbeing of body, mind and spirit, so that guests may return to their everyday lives
deeply refreshed and inspired.