The heavenly spa by Westin
Where: The Westin Sohna-Gurgaon
Open: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Contact: (0124) 450 8888 or visit www.westin.com/sohna
Must try: The “pamper me” package. It includes a shower-foot bath and Chinese foot pounding, steam bath—a choice of body scrub, 60-minute Balinese massage, 60-minute facial and a choice of deluxe manicure or pedicure.
Cost: Packages range from Rs 3,000 to Rs 12,000
Where: 70 Cunningham Road, Bangalore
Open: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Must try: Thalmos Therapy
Cost: Rs 1,500 to Rs 5,500
The Chill Factor: A year after moving to India from the UK to look for new business opportunities, Nina Bual zeroed in on the booming business for wellness to get started.
The result: the 5,000 sq. ft spa called Spa.ce on Bangalore’s arterial Cunningham Road. “There are very few spas and wellness centres in Bangalore. Most of them are either in luxury hotels or far outside town. We wanted to provide a place in the middle of town where people could get pampered,” says Bual.
Spa.ce, located in a sprawling (and recently rebuilt) colonial bungalow, offers a wide variety of therapies, including Thalmos (seaweed) therapy, foot reflexology, a variety of body scrubs and an assortment of massages. While the seaweed therapy helps the body balance out its requirement for natural minerals and salts, foot reflexology focusses on massaging pressure points and reflex points that correspond to individual body parts.
Other therapeutic massages include an aromatherapy massage, which is used with techniques to stimulate blood flow and lymph fluid. In tandem with its aim of rejuvenating your body, this spa also tries to freshen your mind with hypnotherapy, which, the owners claim, allows you to access your subconscious and help you understand your own mind.
Despite popular perception, Bual says the unisex salon attracts an even split of men and women. Spa.ce even has a massage room for couples. For Bangaloreans, this is a real chilled out place to head to this fortnight.
— Rahul Sachitanand
Where:1-3-5 Kemps Boulevard, Kwality House, Kemps Corner, Mumbai
Open: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Contact: (022) 23879688
Must try: Rudra Spa Manicure and Pedicure. Pressured jets of warm and aromatic water gently massage away the aches and pains in your feet. Complement it with some hand-pampering where your skin is moisturised with a signature Rudralotion and acupressure massage.
Cost: Packages range from Rs 1,500 to Rs 15,000
— Deepti Khanna Bose
Where: ITC The Sonar, Kolkata
Contact: (033) 2345 4545
Open: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Therapy begins at 7:30 a.m.
Cost: Packages range from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000
Must try: Reflexology, Thai Massage