Kalmatia Sangam Spa, Almora

A 20 acre property in the Kumaon on the road to Binsar, off Almora, Kalmatia Sangam was set up as a resort with 12 cottages spread along the hillside. The addition of an ayurvedic spa at the crest of the hill surrounded by a deodar forest and with sweeping views of the snow-clad Himalayas, began in 2012. The facility promotes all sorts of holistic therapies, and the project is therefore designed as a multi-faceted spa with facilities for massages, baths, steam, gym and yoga. A solarium and independent cells for meditation are incorporated within the roof structure. The architectural design is intended to promote a harmonious and organic connection with the surroundings. The layout encourages residents to use the sit outs, meeting areas, pool and an accessible roofscape to engage with the landscape.