Wellness amidst luxury in the Caucasus Mountains

By Dr Parveen Kanda

In the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced lives, finding time to unwind and prioritize self-care has become more important than ever. Wellness retreats offer a sanctuary for individuals seeking to escape the daily grind and reconnect with their inner selves. Last week, I got the unique opportunity to experience the ultra luxury wellness retreat Chenot Palace situated in the heart of the Caucasian mountains in the beautiful region of Gabala, Azerbaijan, just 210 km from Baku.

In this post, I would like to share my thoughts with wellness seekers, who have a vacation like this on their bucket list. My first thought when I got this invitation to gain an insight into their wellness treatment, was that this is definitely something I wanted to experience. Being so involved in our stressful chaotic day to day life we all yearn internally to sometimes go to a beautiful retreat where we can detoxify our mind, body and spirit. In this blog post, we’ll explore the transformative experience of a wellness retreat, delving into the holistic approach to well-being that these havens provide.

This pristine and harmonious retreat overlooks the Nohur lake. The picturesque setting instantly offers the discerning travelers serenity and peace amidst the natural beauty of the place.

Chenot Palace is a unique luxe wellness centre which offers wellness seekers a blend of modern medical state-of-the-art facilities combined with bio energetic Chinese healing methods. It follows the Chenot diet and has enhanced spa procedures which allows the guests to get a holistic personalized programme based on their wellness quest. Each programme is customized according to the physical , fitness and wellness criteria of the guests . Their main pillars are Detoxification of body and spirit with their special Chenot diet along with the unique therapies like Hydro Aromatherapy, Phyto mud bath and Cryotherapy to name a few must experience fundamental procedures.

One of the primary benefits of a wellness retreat is the opportunity to step away from the daily grind. Breaking free from routine allows individuals to distance themselves from stressors, providing a mental and emotional reset. This holistic focus helps in achieving a sense of balance that may be elusive in the fast-paced world. Mindfulness practices are often central to wellness retreats. This heightened awareness not only reduces stress but also cultivates a mindset that can be carried back into daily life, promoting resilience in the face of challenges. Many wellness retreats incorporate physical activities that not only contribute to physical fitness but also aid in releasing tension and promoting relaxation. The combination of movement and relaxation helps in revitalizing the body, leaving guests feeling invigorated and energized. The nutritional education that the retreats implement, equips individuals with the tools to make healthier choices beyond the retreat, fostering a long-term impact on their well-being. Wellness retreats provide an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals on a similar journey of self-discovery. The sense of community fosters support and camaraderie, creating a positive and uplifting environment. These connections often extend beyond the retreat, providing a valuable network for ongoing encouragement and shared wellness goals.

They have excellent staff who cater to all your needs and a team of fully professional and capable medical personnel who plan your specific program. The last few days which I spent in this pristine setting definitely rejuvenated my mind and energized my routine. Furthermore Chenot Palace has 72 rooms and suites and all the rooms overlook the beautiful lake , plus it has 3 villas with private spas for the guests who crave privacy. Wellness focussed travelers will benefit immensely in this exclusive retreat . I am delighted to give a first hand review of this wellness holiday. In a world that constantly demands our attention and energy, wellness retreats offer a valuable pause—a chance to realign, rejuvenate, and rediscover our sense of balance. From the mental clarity gained through mindfulness practices to the physical rejuvenation fostered by holistic activities, the advantages of a wellness retreat extend far beyond the duration of the experience.

If you like this post and feel that you want to explore wellness at Chenot Palace please send a mail to parveen@thewanderers.co.in

I will help you select the right treatment and guide you through the process.

My heartfelt gratitude to #THRS for the invitation to experience wellness at Chenot Palace.

An Insiders View on Morocco

By Nora Aghmane

What makes Morocco an ideal travel destination for all?

Morocco is a wonderful change of scenery for those who want to experience something truly unique. Situated on the northwest corner of Africa, Morocco boasts stunningly beautiful landscapes including the cool blues of the Mediterranean and the warm sands of the Sahara Desert, the high peaks of the Atlas Mountains to the wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Morocco is a country rich in culture and steeped in history, providing its visitors with a diverse range of unforgettable experiences.

Tell us something that every traveller should know before traveling to Morocco?

Morocco is very accessible to most travelers, and is a direct flight from nearly every major European city, as well as New York, Boston, Miami, Washington D.C., and Montreal. Citizens of the U.S., Canada, China, Japan, and most European countries do not require a visa to visit. The country also has excellent domestic transportation services, with ample road and rail infrastructure that allows for ease of travel between major cities and the various ports of entry.

Any essentials that one needs to carry?

Skin care products, hats, comfortable shoes, wipes, hand sanitizer, Moroccan dirhams….

Which are the most surreal places to visit when in Morocco?

The Desert of Merzouga, The blue city of Chefchaouen, Fes , Tangier and Marrakech !


Can you tell us a little about the life of the locals?

Moroccans are extremely hospitable and religious people. They are very conservative people and observe their culture to the fullest. Moroccan customs do not allow wearing clothes above the knees, kissing in public, eating in the open during Ramadan.

What are the local delicacies/drinks which one must try and where in Morocco?

Moroccan Tea with Moroccan sweets is absolutely a must try when in Morocco.

What are a few things which one must buy here?

Argan oil, Moroccan spices, babouches (Moroccan slippers) .

Which is the most romantic place to visit here?

Kasbah Tamadot in the Atlas Mountains, Caravan by habitas in Agafay desert.

What are the local festivals which one must come to attend here? Which is your favourite and why?

Lost Nomads in Agafay Desert. Love it full of music and sensations in the middle of the Desert , it is magic !  Otium Festival in Taghazout Beach is ferric just right on the beach.

What is your most endearing travel memory here that you wish more people could have been part of?

The Moroccan culture is very rich, each one should discover it by visiting monuments, souks and local houses.  Moroccan cuisine is definitely one of the best in the world, very rich in flavors.  I suggest that visitors explore Moroccan cuisine by participating in cooking class workshops.