Experience Sikkim Bathing Culture: The Hot Stone Bath
Once you arrive at the Bamboo Retreat Hotel, you soon realize that you find yourself in the midst of a paradise garden. A walk through our garden is a small wellness experience. A colorful potpourri of various plants, shrubs, vegetables, fruit trees, giant ferns, grasses and flowers rounded off by the smell of herbs awaits you.
In-between you can discover beautiful butterflies, birds singing and smiling faces of the people who care for this garden.
In the middle, in a large bamboo hedge, is a small hut where we offer you an experience of a very special kind: our outdoor hot stone bath. In a nest of living bamboo, there is a large wooden bathtub where you can rejuvenate.
Prior to the bath, stones are heated up in an open fire, and then submerged in a separate compartment of the bathtub, which would be filled with mountain water. The hot stones transfer their energy to the water and heat it up gradually.
Herbs are then added to the water, such as a bunch of lemongrasses – or an herbal decoration made up of different herbs. Some Sikkimese families have their own "secret recipe" of soothing herbs and healing barks. The plants used in Sikkim for these winter spas include mug wort, dwarf rhododendron, juniper and many more. Once the water reaches the desired temperature - the bath is ready.
The atmosphere can be enjoyed best at the dusk or dawn where you can experience sunrise and sunsets. The bamboo hut is beautifully decorated with flowers, man/woman in harmony with nature - and in the midst of it the energizing interaction with elements like earth, fire, water and air. Hot stones may be added to keep the water temperature optimum and a traditional soup is served while you enjoy this unforgettable experience.
You receive a bathrobe about an hour before the appointed time. Once all the preparations have been made and the correct water temperature is reached, you will be escorted to the hot stone bath area. If you wish you can have a look at our hot stone bath-area in the garden beforehand.
Try it out and immerse yourself in our bamboo wellness oasis in the bosom of nature!
If you do not enjoy sitting in the wild, you can enjoy our herbal- and flower bath in our cozy bathroom in the house.
Visit a Hot Spring
Traditional bathing in Sikkim:
Even today, this kind of "hot stone bathing" is widespread in the countryside of Sikkim. Especially in the winter months, the Sikkim people also set out to enjoy the healing powers of one of the many hot spring of Sikkim.
Would you like to soak in a natural thermal spring?
On request, we organize excursions for our guests to these thermal springs (2 - 5 days) – please consult our management or receptionist or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of these thermal springs are easily accessible in vehicles - others only on foot or by trekking for several days.
The Hot Stone Bath in the wood bathtub serves as a comfortable alternative at home to Hot Spring visits.
Our indoor version: The Herbal Bath
If you do not enjoy sitting in the open air, you can enjoy a herbal bath in our cozy bathroom inside the house.