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Unwind in a heavenly Spa

Stressed out? Head to a spa this week and treat yourself to a magical few hours.

     Print Edition: April 20, 2008

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

The Chill Factor: Walk into this luxury spa where six treatment alcoves are designed to provide a serene environment for the sensory experiences. Signature “Heavenly” music selections are customised for every area within the spa to soothe your senses.

All treatments use essential oils designed to renew, uplift and relax. The inclusion of traditional Indian therapies and personalised wellness programmes provide therapeutic benefits to you.

The Heavenly Massage, a Westin signature treatment, combines herbal heat compresses with the healing touch of massage. The use of semi-precious stones ensures a truly unique experience here. A must-visit for the ultimate spa experience.

Tejaswi Rathore

Spa.ce
Where:
70 Cunningham Road, Bangalore
Open: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Contact: (080)-41327526
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

Rudra Spa
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

The Chill Factor: This is a spa that promises to sooth your nerves and relax your senses. As you enter this day-spa, holy chants and the smell of incense help you forget the noisy city you have just left behind for a few hours.

Rudra offers a wide range of treatments but we really suggest the Beautiful Day package that includes six hours of body treatment, facial, manicure, pedicure, hair cut, hair spa and a healthy lunch.

After your massage, enjoy your private steam and bathing room, and if you’re daring —an icy cold shower to close those pores.

 — Deepti Khanna Bose

Sonar Spa
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

The Chill Factor: Walk into this luxury spa in a secluded nook. Trust us, when we say, a treatment here will recharge your batteries like never before.

The frangrance of fresh flowers and the aroma of oils and herbs titillate your senses. The diverse blend of treatments here has been selected from a mix of amazing Asian and European health concepts, including body massage and complete spa programmes. Try some of the specialty treatments and treat yourself to a healthy meal after a few hours.

Ritwik Mukherjee

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