Ananda Spa Institute

Ananda Spa Institute

India’s premier spa operator, IHHR Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., has started the Ananda Spa Institute in Hyderabad in Sept 2008. The vision and mission of Mr. Ashok Khanna & Mrs. Neelam Khanna for establishing this state of the art Spa Institute, in this part of the World was to have a center of excellence in the field of Spa training and education, which would provide multi discipline studies under one roof. This institute would address the growing demand of therapists in the newly emerging Spa Industry in and around India, and also export the talent in the International market.

The institute was conceptualized by Jane Crebbin-Bailey of HCB Associates, UK , who is a member of the HABIA working group responsible for the new UK vocational standards for spa and a visiting lecturer at the University of Derby. Jane is co-author of The Spa Book, the definitive guide to spa therapy and also Spa, a Comprehensive Introduction.

Josephine Wackett has been the launch Principal. She was earlier the Principal of the world famous Steiner School in London, for 30 years. Currently Josephine is the Vice- President of CIDESCO International, where she also was the Board member for Education for two tenures.

IHHR Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. launched India’s first branded spa resort “Ananda - in the Himalayas” in 1999. Ananda has gone onto become synonymous with a holistic lifestyle experience, excellent service values, authentic Spa Regimens, which all get enhanced due its location in the most beautiful Himalayan foothills of India, near the holy town of Rishikesh. It has gone onto to being voted THE BEST DESTINATION SPA IN THE WORLD, by the Conde Nast Traveller for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, which speaks volumes for who they are and what they offer.

The group also operates the “Ista brand of Luxury Business Hotels with the launch of ISTA at Bangalore, followed by Ista in Hyderabad, Amritsar, Pune and Ahmedabad with extensive spa facilities.

The Ananda Spa Institute has 2,100m² (22,000 sq. ft) of floor space over 3 floors and has four student intakes a year, with students enrolling in February, May, August and November and has acquired CIBTAC accreditation.

The Institute has been set up with the purpose of providing well-trained high quality staff to the hospitality industry both within the country and overseas. The courses offered at the Institute are – International body treatments, Ayurveda and Yoga. In this short duration of our existence, we have trained over 500 Domestic and International students who hailed from, all walks of life and all age groups. The institute plans to lead spa education in South East Asia and maintain high standards throughout the region with international cooperation.

The institute has also been adjudged as the "BEST SPA ACADEMY" in Asia Pacific Region. (Crystal awards Asia Pacific 2010) and the "SPA Academy of the year" (Crystal awards Asia Pacific year 2011)

We also had the pride of bagging, “Student of the Year Award” by BABTAC/ CIBTAC during the year 2010, when Ms. Rinku Rai was adjudged the winner of this coveted award.

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