Beauty Ritual: The Claridges Spa, Surajkund

TREATMENT: Aromatherapy, 50mins, Rs.2,950
LOCATION: The Claridges Spa, Claridges Hotel, Surajkund

After my first few days in Delhi I started feeling physically and emotionally drained. I have been away really long and lots has piled up. When I got a chance to review The Claridges Spa I was more than excited to take it up.Sprawled over 15,500 sq ft, The Claridges Spa embodies the essence of the historic Surajkund, in its neighbourhood. The name is reflective of the two primal energies of life – fire and water. The concept and design are inspired by ancient Indian Baoli (reservoir). The main room leading to the therapy rooms showcases this concept, with a gold sculpture representing the sun directly over a body of water inspired by Surajkund.The over all colour scheme is neutral and subtle with about 10 therapy rooms including a 770 square feet,couple suite which allows a combination of treatments for couples and is the perfect getaway for a “time for two”. These traditional techniques overcome stress and promote serenity with the use of natural remedies and enriching oils.The lifestyle boutique perfectly complements the spa,the boutique offers exclusive products like international skin and body care products, lifestyle items like candles, tea, lounge wear, bathroom amenities & toiletries, books and music.The Spa cuisine & Juice bar offers a selection of freshly squeezed juices. The menu is based on the goodness of fresh & healthy ingredients.

The treatment I was getting today was Aromatherapy. As my therapist Sangtei explained to me this treatment done with Aroma oils is very rejuvenating and relaxing perfect to de-stress. The focus is mainly on the back and face pressure points using Aroma oils. Keeping to the Fire and Water elements I began my treatment with a shower and a 10 minute steam, which is wet heating which helps to open pores. After which I was encouraged to apply ice from the ice-fountain outside the steam room on my face so it can shut the pores and ice is supposed to be good for giving my face a glow. Post this I went in for a 5 min Sauna which is dry heating.

We then move into the treatment room, where I am encouraged to test 3 different aromas to choose which one I want to use. All products used are from Aromatherapy association a UK-based brand and I end up selecting Renew Rose. She asks me if I have any problem areas and I decline but ask her not too massage to gently. I like a bit of pressure. I then lay on my stomach while my therapist gently massages and kneads at the muscles on my back. There is a pleasant music playing in the backdrop and I can slowly feel the tensions of the past few days melt away. In this manner each area of my body is individually massaged and the knots are eased away. Finally she moves on to my face where she presses on the pressure points on my face which I did not know existed or could help calm me down so much, ending with a head massage. Sangtei, after completing my 50 min massage tells me to leave the oil on my body for atleast 2 hours so it can get soaked up into my body and I can feel its benefits for a few days.

Like she said the oil genuinely worked and I could feel my skin supple and light for close to 36 hours after my treatment. I can’t wait to go back there to try their signature  ‘Surajkund Ritual’,  which combines cleansing body scrub, advanced four-hand synchronized massage and the healing properties of hot stones.

Blissful surrender: Spa Review, The Palms Spa

THE RITUAL: THE PALMS SPA EXPERIENCE, 160 MINS, Rs.7,500

LOCATION: THE PALMS SPA, DHANRAJ MAHAL,OPP.YACHT CLUB,MUMBAI

Usually, when I go in for spa reviews it is in the middle of a hectic week and I always end up changing the appointment to the shortest treatment available. This time however to my absolute delight, I ended up booking the appointment on a day which happened to be a sudden declared holiday. So besides wanting to kill all the people on the road from my commute to Andheri to Colaba I reached really enthusiastic for my treatment. I sit down with a cool welcome drink in the serene white reception and take out my blackberry to start checking mails. I am completely aghast to see there is no network. Well yes, that is the point the of relaxation I am told by my hostess, while I sheepishly put my phone back. She continues to give me a quick brief on the products used in the treatments.

SOTHYS- A pioneering brand in the world of beauty salons and spas, Sothys has been recommended by professionals for over 60 years.  Sothys world renowned Digi-Esthetiques forms parts of all their treatments. The method combine finger pressure, modelling and drainage to reinforce the efficiency of the treatment.

RAMBURI- Using age old knowledge of herbs, vegetables and fruits Ramburi creates spa products that use naturally active ingredients for visible results. All Ramburi products are made In Thailand.

CNANN- Containing no synthetic chemicals only the finest quality natural ingredients are utilised to create this highly luxurious range. CNANN products contain natural healing and rejuvenating properties of organic botanical and essential oils.

Finally I am taken to my therapy room to start The Palms Spa experience. We begin with a hand and foot scrub. This is the first stage of the treatment done with hydrating milk and honey. The entire process is about 30 mins long and I can feel the grime being scrubbed away from my skin. After this I am wrapped in a yogurt, honey and pomegranate body mask and while I am lying down my therapist gives me a light head massage. Needless to say after this point it is very difficult for me to keep track of anything but get lost in absolute bliss. From here starts my 60mins Balinese body massage. I can safely say I could feel the stress fade away as she worked her soothing fingers through the knots in my body. I think I took a short nap during this, for next thing I was informed is that it is time for my shower, while she prepares the room for my facial. Half in a daze I go ahead for my shower. I promise by now I felt like my body was feather light. The final step of my treatment was the raspberry and rhubarb facial. The after effects of which were for everyone to see as I received compliments wherever I went for the coming week.

All in all I cannot wait to go back and try their other treatments, specially the Jet Lag Package which is designed for frequent travellers and is meant to revive the body and mind. They also have executive Spa experiences for men which are great gifting options to the special men in your life.