Beauty Ritual: The Imperial Spa, New Delhi

Spa Ritual: Sufi Massage,60 minutes, Rs.4,500
Location: The Imperial Spa, New Delhi

In todays day and age with the world getting smaller, luxury may or may not be exclusive, but exclusivity definitely spells luxury. That is the best way to define The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi. They have always maintained an air of exclusivity and understated luxury. Like they themselves state and truthfully so, “The Imperial is a destination in itself”and a visit to The Imperial Spa confirms this statement.

The Imperial Spa corridor, www.stylecity.in

Spread over 16,000 sq ft Imperial Spa immediately evokes a feeling of harmony. Intricate Moroccan architecture interweaves the influences of Moghul and Indian motifs,embedded beautifully in different spaces. It has nine treatment rooms and a luxury private spa for couples called Moghul suite, a perfect abode to indulge in the signature therapies. The signature line of skin care at The Imperial Spa called SUFI was launched in February 2012 and a more recent launch was that of moisturisers, body creams and cleansers. Off these I have tried and highly recommend their ‘Night Rose Moisturiser’. It is perfect for dehydrated skin, which is what most of us have thanks to the pollution. Like the name suggests, it is reminiscent of a Mughal era with hidden notes of rose, fig and Jojoba seed oil. You can buy this from the Imperial Salon and I promise you will not be disappointed.

With a strict media policy the Imperial is known to be very particular about their privacy and that of their guests, so much so that up until last month the Spa services were only restricted to hotel guests, but now from April 2013 the visitors can avail SUFI signature rituals at the all new SUFI massage room situated at The Imperial Salon. The Sufi Massage is what I went for during my visit to the newly opened Sufi room. SUFI signature oils are used to provide pure bliss through amazing treatments designed to deliver a deeply penetrating relaxation, restoring well-being and inner harmony. “Mahadeva” the oil that I selected, as the name suggests, transports one to an almost prayer like trance while the therapist weaves her magic with her fingers,the smell of the oil itself is enough to make you feel calm and relaxed, the treatment itself is a bonus! There are 6 oils you can choose from depending on what you are hoping to achieve from the massage, be it relaxation or pain relief. In essence, The Imperial Spa represents an insignia for absolute living and is a blissful sanctuary. Whether you are a dedicated spa seeker or you simply wish to enjoy maintaining a healthy body and mind, its extensive services, unique spa packages, spa cuisine, personalized well-being programs and treatments, promise to take you on an exquisite journey, rejuvenating the mind, body and soul.

In the words of Jacqualine Tara Herron, Director The Imperial Spa, Salon, Health and Racquet Club, “The Imperial spa is designed to purely de-stress and rejuvenate your senses, taking you on an exquisite journey, inspired by India’s rich spiritual wisdom and heritage. A visit to the spa is truly an experience of a world of regal luxury and ecstasy. Poetic verses engraved at select points peppered with significant phrases enlighten one’s soul and provides profound understanding of the philosophy. Our ambient and enchanting therapy suites and relaxation spaces are designed to give you a magical and unforgettable experience of belonging to a world full of peace, consciousness and benevolence”. So do take the time out to indulge in this fabulous journey the next time you are in the city. And if you already live in the city you have the option to go in for a massage in the Sufi Room now open to visitors.

Style Picks of the week

This week I was sitting with a friend and having a drink on my balcony (Well more like a small outdoor area which is as far as you get in Mumbai) and just checking out the view. So here is a description, you can see high rises in a distance, a few trees, fancy cars on one side. And if you peek down on the other side you see slums, lots of people, cows, and cycles. Yet I cannot imagine the city to be either one or another. I mean if I was in a place which was super luxurious and perfect I would be absolutely bored out of my skull. I love the chaos yet calmness I feel living here. Keeping this mood intact, this weeks product selection has been just that. Simple yet beautifully designed products. I have focussed on classy designs, simple materials. So go ahead have a look, and stay Stylish 🙂

1. Chair, Christopher Guy at International Furniture Brands
2. Ganesha Series, Laila Khan Furniturewala
3. Dinner Ware, Haviland
4. Damroo Sofa, Portside Cafe
5. Amaryllis Blanc, Daum
6. Watch, Dior
7. Panier Side table cum magazine rack, Kartell at Pallate
8. Cushion, Maspar
9. Shards of Sheesh Mahal, Mozez Singh
10. Voluspa Candle, Bloom
11.Egypt collection, Zoya
12. Zodiax Spring, Renovation Factory

Mughal Pop- Mozez Singh’s new Collection

Inspired by Mughal Art, Architecture, design and Motifs, Mozez Singh has launched his new collection “Mughal Pop”. He explores the tradition of India and gives it a modern twist. The furniture pieces are made in acrylic and jewelled with semi-precious stones. This makes the whole collection look like Pop art instead of just furniture. Each piece if named after a character from Indian history, and to maintain exclusivity and sell art instead of mass made furniture, there are only 9 pieces which have been made, each personally signed by Mozez.