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Celebrating Life. Here & Now.

“If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or next year…Today should always be our most wonderful day.” 

– Thomas Dreier.

In every culture, we do have special times set aside to celebrate life or a significant event. What we also know as Holidays ! Something that we get so excited about ! For they play a major role in our lives and are intertwined with our physical, mental and emotional states.

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Our life’s effort is motivated by the prospect of a reward.

On a “ feeling”  level – holidays are a reward. No work to worry about. Just doing things that one wouldn’t otherwise do. And which matter to us. Stuff we can really enjoy and perhaps experience once in a lifetime. Pausing to celebrate life is our reward for all the hard work we otherwise put into our lives. Much like walking towards the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Even taking time off from one’s normal routine to have fun and celebrate life fits into this “reward” category.

Rewards can be anything !

Rewards can have material value or emotional value. Most of us work for a material reward in the form of a monthly pay-check. A few others love what they do so much – that the monetary reward is unimportant and is secondary. The feeling of accomplishment they experience is what matters.

When we achieve something that matters to us  – we are emotionally rewarded. The reward can be something intangible – but it creates happiness. This action-reward feedback loop is an intrinsic part of human nature and is closely related to the joy of giving and receiving.

 012_villa-fire-placeMake special times happen to celebrate life

Our holidays and associated decisions are often decided by others. But in order to feel truly rewarded and happy – it is important we do this for ourselves. That would enable us to reward ourselves while celebrating our life’s victories. Even the smallest professional achievement or a personal breakthrough can be a catalyst for your reward. And a holiday !

 

dsc_6964Celebrating the everyday

Any time we succeed in our life – a celebration is in order.  This is one of the ways we give ourselves approval . Whenever you find yourself  achieving something – it is time to reflect on your accomplishments, it’s time to stop and celebrate life. Doing so will funnel massive amounts of approval into your neurological feedback loop.

.Make it an ongoing process

Without a built-in system for receiving approval, one’s motivation begins to fade. If you see your personal progress as a reason to celebrate life – you are providing yourself with the fuel needed to stay motivated.

Personal growth is a never-ending  journey and it pays fabulous dividends. Approval is the single element that keeps the whole process running smoothly.  Make  your own times to celebrate life and your accomplishments. It’s a really powerful way to let yourself know how much you approve!

“The more you praise and celebrate your life,
the more there is in life to celebrate “ ~Oprah Winfrey

So Celebrate. Find Joy. In the Everyday. And on Special Days. Check out our awesome holiday options – each one offering different experiences across our properties. Hallmarked by our signature award winning service, personalised cuisine and curated experiences. We promise that you’ll be back for much more. Call us today on +91 9602091000 / 2000. Or email us on unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or go to www.treeofliferesorts.com

Retreat to the Tree of Life

If you’re a spiritual seeker. And are guiding others on to the path – then you are well aware of how spaces and environments can impact the journey that one undertakes. At all stages.

Which is why  the Tree of Life is a great choice for retreats that would work brilliantly for yoga practitioners, mindfulness-seekers,  wellness-lovers and pretty much anyone wanting to get away from the chaos, the stress, the pollution in our lives. Singly. In pairs. Best of all – even in exclusive groups.

035_Meditation & YogaThe Tree of Life Resorts are exclusive, luxury, boutique properties that lend themselves brilliantly to small to medium sized groups of guests ( upto 50 pax ) who want to discover themselves anew. And permanently change their approach to life, for the better.

Located away from urban dazzle – and approached via quiet roads that Google Maps identifies for you , you have a choice of serenading the gentle Aravali hills at Jaipur, grabbing the one spot that affords dazzling views of the Greater Himalayas right in  the middle of the Binsar WildLife Sanctuary and living on the edge – at the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.

033_Ganesh Abode MeetingThe Tree of Life at Jaipur offers 13 private Spa & Pool Villas, exquisitely furnished with spa-style bathrooms, outdoor showers, private plunge pools and more  – set amidst sprawling greenery across 13 acres. Not to forget the Ganesha Abode that houses our founder’s personal collection of over 65 plus Ganesha idols lovingly collected from all over the world. Or our stunning, trademark infinity pool with our adjoining spa that offers polished spa treatments customised to your lifestyle. At the Tree of Life, Binsar*, lose yourselves in our heritage spaces – think teak-wood lined rooms with crisp linen and dazzling mountain views. Deep in the middle of the sanctuary – where it is quiet to the point of pin-drop silence – but for our discreetly attentive service…

3e5d09094d23072b277254c597a98cb9At the Tree of Life Dudhwa Tiger Reserve** where our Heritage Safari Lodge enables you to be one with the Earth, the Jungle and its inhabitants.

Just the spaces to let go, meditate, unwind or indulge in some well-deserved R & R. Under the gentle guidance of our in-house yoga and wellness masters. Immerse yourself and expand your mind with life-changing philosophies by wise souls. And if you’re the one that guides and teaches – we’d be happy to support you with more.

There’s more that we’ve got up our sleeves. Consider – our personalised cuisine offering that our in-house MasterChef would be delighted to create as per your specific requirements. Vegan ? Organic ? Dosha – specific ? Calorie controlled ? It’s all possible. Or our Curated Experiences – consisting of jungle treks, wildlife safaris and spottings, experiences at local villages and home-stays, bicycling expeditions, visits to local schools and experiences with elephants at the nearby sanctuary are just what are needed to re-connect and ground you into a different reality, altogether.

Ashiyana1Once your day is done – let the dark velvet of the night wrap you in its folds as you let the sensation of just-being – overtake you.

There’s more – but we’d rather you experience it for yourselves !  For customised spiritual, mindfulness wellness holidays and retreats,  custom-created for individuals or exclusive groups – please call us on  +91 9602091000 / 2000 for a detailed discussion with us.

 

*Opening for the season September 16th

**Opening for the season November 16th

Celebrating Friendship – Tree of Life Style

In our fast-paced world and one which sees rapidly changing lifestyles, attitudes and people – our relationships are also victim of the change. And sometimes it’s good. Mostly it isn’t.

Your relationships are by what a lot of people will evaluate you. Personally and professionally, too.  It’s psychological – because we are incredibly quick to judge people on the basis of appearances.

Since we live in times that are now incredibly me-centric, a lot of us are more about what we aren’t getting out of life. And that includes our relationships.  We believe there’s nothing really wrong with wanting something and having it. After all – we can give more of ourselves if we are content with what we have, right ? But the chances of making that happen increase exponentially when we make the effort and begin the giving process ourselves rather than waiting for the other person to do so.

So here’s what we think you could do to make your most important relationship – your happiest and most meaningful one. With a bit of help from us.

13531870_1127243767332162_228221248_nIt all comes down to being each other’s best friends. And you needn’t have only one best friend – there could be others too. A network or a support system of good friends who play different roles and come in to complete different parts of you and your life are a great way to stay sane. A spouse or a partner may be no less. Or even be first among equals.

One way to do it is to list out the qualities you’d want in an ideal friend. Nothing is too small or trivial to not be on that list – if it matters to you.

Next up – become that person ! Psychologist John Gottman has spent years researching what makes relationships flourish or fall apart. He found that lasting relationships come down to friendship. Couples who stay together make a conscious effort to connect, share interests, and meet their spouse’s emotional needs. So if you feel you or your partner need a break – get away to the Tree of Life to just be yourselves.  That’s a great setting to keep friendships in the pink of health.

015_Villa sit-out copyBe as active or as lazy as you wish. Spend quality time away from commitments and connectivity !  Score our Pool Villas at the Tree of Life, Jaipur for the ultimate in personal spaces. Our personalised cuisine on offer – will make fine-dining a memorable co-created experience between you and our MasterChef with his talented team.

We’re also a great place for groups of friends to meet and re-live the most significant times of their lives. With just 13 villas spread out over 7 acres of space in Jaipur – it’s a great place to host intimate reunions, celebrate anniversaries or any day that matters. And create a lifetime of memories.

13745146_1403274473032814_329483544_nIrrespective of how long it takes to achieve it – let’s not forget – Friendships are like gardens; they must be cultivated and invested in. The key is to be consistent and persistent—without expectations. It’s amazing what can happen when we assume the best, give our best and and stay meaningfully engaged with those who matter. After all – our world is a reflection of who we are and what we do. That’s physics and not some mumbo-jumbo !

So if you believe in that a solid friendship is the foundation of everything – head over to the Tree of Life. Celebrate Friendship with us this coming Friendship Day that falls on August 7th, 2016.

Call us today on +91 9602091000 / 2000 to book your Tree of Life experience.
Or e mail us on unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or go to www.treeofliferesorts.com

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Bring back Romance at the Tree of Life

Relationships take a lot of working on – if they matter to us. Especially in the early days when we’re trying to make things happen. So all the hard work is a breeze. It’s fun. It’s amazing and we’re actually investing in ourselves. Nothing else matters.
Once you live together – and after a while, the mundane rears its head. The beautiful moments aren’t beautiful anymore. There are bills to pay, work to do, leaky faucets, crying babies, difficult parents, career challenges with hardly any scope for “ us ” time. You may even feel that you aren’t important to each other. But deep down you know that’s not true, it’s just that the stress of life has become overwhelming. And if you want your relationship to go back to where it began – or at least to capture some of that magic again, read on !

It’s actually quite simple. All one needs to do is to clear the clutter surrounding a relationship and get back to making that effort to fit love and caring into your schedules ! Treat each other like you did when you were dating. And voila ! You’ll find the magic again ! With a little help from the Tree of Life – here’s what you can do to make things the way they were !

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Or better still surprise them with one. To mark a special day. Or for no reason at all. After all – the joy of doing something for its own sake and unexpectedly so – is even more joyful. Ever tried playing hookey on a Monday morning ? And running away from it all ? Your wheels can whiz you across to the Tree of Life in no time ! Escape to a world of zen like serenity in your own personal Pool or Spa Villa. Indulge in personalised cuisine, or in-villa spa treatments, or our curated experiences. Or just be – at the pool. With our award winning service to take care of everything.

13531870_1127243767332162_228221248_nTalk to each other, Again.

Conversations can be amazing and lead to great things with a bit of effort. Just in case you’ve forgotten – remember those hours spent in wanting to talk and chat endlessly irrespective of whether you were together or apart ? We all love a heart to heart conversation. Especially when it’s about our lives. And what we feel. It makes one feel very special. Throw in wit, charm and natural intelligence and you’ll be surprised to see how romantic a conversation can be. There are amazing nooks and crannies at the Tree of Life where you can lose yourselves. Or take it ahead at a personalised candlelight dinner with curated cuisine from our in residence Master Chef !

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That means no distractions. While we do offer wi-fi – we’d rather you don’t make much use of it ! Max out on your time together. Everything else can wait till you get back !. Focus on each other. Possibly – just like during meditation, it’s a mind exercise that might need a little retraining but it will happen. And practice always makes perfect !

Give and only give.

And that’s all about giving of yourself – although a few gifts along the way wouldn’t hurt ! Do stuff that makes them happy. If you want love – then be lovable ! Refresh, revive and renew your commitment to each other.

photo - outdoor villa spaIndulge. In Experiences.

Its experiences that create memories. Because they are fleeting and hence so much more precious ! Experiences that will become stories to share and re-share with each other. Or with your loved ones. Experiences you can re-create to recapture the magic yet again. For once is never enough ! The Tree of Life offers curated experiences – from our MasterChef’s MasterClass, curated treks and more.
And with the monsoons at our doorstep – the Tree of Life Jaipur set amidst the gently undulating Aravali Hills is a lush, luxuriant green with the peacocks calling ! Our Spa and Pool Villas are all about creating very personal spaces for our guests with our award winning discreetly attentive service on hand. Indulge in yourselves. Indulge in yourselves . your life and your relationship. Because that is what truly and really matters.

To indulge – call us today on +91 9602091000 / 2000
or e mail us on unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or go to www.treeofliferesorts.com

Why Monsoon Holidays Are Better !

The Monsoons are on their way. And this is really the best time to head out for the holiday you’ve been promising yourself.

After all – it feels great heading out when the rest of the world is done and dusted with their holidays and back to their grind.

It’s also the time when places empty out. So you don’t run the risk of bumping into the world when all you wanted was to get away from it in the first place !

Serene surroundingsAnd let’s face it – the monsoon that’s away from the urban chaos and muck is the season that one must savour. It’s a different world – much like the ones we would experience in our childhood. With clean, lush surroundings, puddles that one can jump in, breeze that cools the soul and skies that promise heaven.  And you can even recreate your favourite monsoon memory – floating paper boats or serenading your partner Bollywood style – the choice is yours !

The monsoon in India is believed to cleanse and regenerate the earth and its people. It is also key to India’s agriculture sector, enabling the growth of crops and driving stock markets ! And apart from bringing down temperatures, the monsoon also lowers room rates for travelers, turning India into a great off-season destination.

16The Tree of Life is transformed and beautifully so by the monsoon. Imagine yourself playing Lord of the Manor at the Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor, Binsar at our fabulous perch above the valley and yet right in the middle of the Binsat Wildlife Sanctuary, with heritage  rooms, personalised signature cuisine and our award winning service ! Get away from it all – while the resort is still open for the season.

Infinity Pool at nightAnd what can one say about our fabulous Tree of Life Jaipur ? With just 13 villas in  a lush, green valley in the middle of the Aravalis – create your own personal space to experience the joy of this monsoon. Where else can you swim in your own personal pool as it pours ? Or indulge in spa treatments right in your villa itself – either indoor or outdoor with the monsoon breeze for company. If you enjoy getting wet – then trek in the surrounding hills or go say hello to the elephants in the nearby village. And of course – our MasterChef in residence will whip up whatever your heart desires – all served by our staff that has won us accolades for their service – year after year.

Monsoon time is now holiday time. At the Tree of Life !

Call +91 9602091000 / 2000 to book !

The Great Indian Road Trip Essentials

Road trips out here can be as interesting as the destination they take us to. As long as one makes wise choices and is prepared for eventualities.
There are certain things you should carry in your car to deal with an emergency while on the road. And since all of our properties lend themselves to great road-trips and if you’re reading this , you’re probably planning one such to us. Right ?
Road trips can be an adventure of the best kind, be it a weekend getaway to clear your head or a cross-country trek to explore the world and get away from it all. Or even stretching yourself and your wheels in ways you haven’t done before. So here’s a checklist of things to do, stuff to carry while heading out. These could be lifesavers or at the very least – spare you a lot of discomfort and angst.
Read on for our list of travel essentials needed for your next road trip :

first-aid-kit_1364806755First aid kit.
If you’re planning a road trip, a comprehensive first aid kit will help treat common injuries and basic illnesses. Consider including tubes of antiseptic and antibiotic creams, a bottle of Dettol liquid, cotton wool and bandages, a Volini spray for joints and sprains, OTC medications for fever, headache, upset tummies and colds. If going to high altitudes – then do include Diamox to deal with high altitude sickness on doctor’s advice. Any prescription medicines that are regularly consumed – must be carried along and consumed as you would normally do.

downloadJumper cables
It doesn’t take too much to drain your car’s battery. Leave the lights on during the day or for an extended night drive and you could find yourself in the middle of a nightmare. So, keep jumper cables handy. You could use it for yourself or you could help out a stranded driver.

Puncture repair kit

61tkc98fs4L._SL1200_Save yourself the bother of a tyre change – if you can identify it ! Fix a minor tyre puncture temporarily – using a tyre sealant, such as Fix-a-Flat, to plug the hole and till you can find a repair shop. You could also try a repair kit such as the Slime Smart Spair, which includes a sealant and a handy inflator. It’ll be enough to seal the hole and inflate tyres to normal pressure. The kit is a portable solution for flat tyres and will save you the hassle of replacing a flat in the middle of the road. Or else you can simply roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Tool kit
Yes – all cars do have their own tool kit – but in addition – having a multipurpose knife, a roll of duct tape, screwdrivers and spare fuses can be invaluable. Duct tape can help reattach a broken rear view mirror or even secure a hanging bumper until you get to a mechanic.

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Make sure to keep some food that won’t spoil easily. Try meals in cups – where you add hot water to upma or noodles and make a meal of it. Less challenging are energy bars or biscuits, dried fruits or even bars of chocolate. Asides of water – cartons of fruit juice or coconut water or even packets of Tang can help with a sugar rush.

Water

Water is essential for survival. We can survive a few days without food, but the body needs regular water intake. Lack of water leads to dehydration which can cause organ failure in turn. Water is also useful to reconstitute dry food, to wash wounds or to cool an overheated engine. Be it summer or winter, it’s a good idea to stock up on large cans of water before a long journey. Especially of you’re driving in remote areas.

Blankets
A lot of road trips happen in autumn or winter when the climate is tolerable. Being stranded or driving in the night do call for blankets to stay warm. It is worth the extra space they take, trust us !

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Solar-powered LED flashlights are easily charged and very reliable. They’re compact, strong and prove incredibly useful, in all sorts of situations – be it to look for dropped cellphones, or to take a look at what’s going on under the hood while its dark. Or carry a large torch – but do ensure its in working condition with full and spare batteries for good measure.

download (1)Cellphone charger
The cellphone is now an extension of our selves and life seems unthinkable without it. Car chargers are great – but carry a couple of high end power banks that can juice up not just phone but your cameras as well.

Pepper spray
Irrespective of whether women are travelling by themselves or are in mixed company, it’s worth exercising caution. Carry a can of pepper spray in your handbag or keep it in the glovebox.

So. Be prepared as the Scouts would say. We wouldn’t want you to face any problems getting to us now, would we ?
But before you head out – make sure you have your bookings with us in place. All you need to do is call +91 9602091000 / 2000 or mail unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or go to www.treeofliferesorts.com