Thinking of hotel spas, with their tranquil settings, extravagant luxury and indulging treatments? Given that most hotels and spas around the world were bolted or worked on a sombre basis because of the Covid-19 pandemic, a few are now open, though with abridged treatment menus and new processes in place for safety. To be fair, even before the pandemic-induced lockdown, the spa industry has been evolving over the years, fuelled by our need to be pampered. While we wait for life to get back on track, THE MAN rounds up 10 of the best spa getaways that invite you to slow down and leave your daily routines behind
When you are in one of Jaipur’s top hotels, you know the spa has to meet high standards. For thousands of years, people in India have turned to the holistic, traditional system of Ayurveda for healing and relaxation to help achieve full body balance and well-being. Fairmont Jaipur draws on this for its all new menu of treatments at its luxury spa, Ruhab. The treatment rooms with arches, hand-drawn elements and floral design, reflecting the grace and grandeur of Mughal and Rajputana architecture, are just right to soak in a sense of calmness and comfort. Fairmont encapsulates the essence of the region’s history and culture in its design and architecture; it is a grand contemporary escapade that celebrates the finer things in life.
Where 2-RIICO, Kukas, Jaipur district, Rajasthan
Call (1426) 420 000
Wallet Rs3,500 for a body scrub or a scalp, neck and shoulder massage; Rs8000 for 90-minute Abhyanga therapy or the Hot Stone Therapy; Rs6,500 for 75-minute Zodiac Spa Treatment
This is the kind of place you go to feel pampered, and you will come back rejuvenated. Amanbagh’s swanky private spa suites offer indulging boutique hotel extravagance pooled with stress-busting seclusion. The in-house Ayurvedic doctor personally curates multi-day exclusive wellness engagements drawing on the insight of this primeval therapeutic philosophy. Treatments include Amanbagh’s signature Maharaja/Maharani massage which uses an amalgamation of deep tissue and Swedish techniques with a herb infused oil to support a healthy immune system of the mind and body. Private yoga and meditation sessions in the gardens and temples nearby provides space for socially distanced classes.
Where Ajabgarh, Alwar, Rajasthan, India
Call (1465) 223 333
Wallet Rs5,500 for Samarpan — Back massage; Rs9,200 for Hot Stone massage; Rs10,200 for Deep Tissue massage; Rs14,800 for Grounding Massage ritual
HERITANCE AARAH MALDIVES
Iaso medical Spa sits above serene lagoon waters and you can feel tension just liquefy at one of the six treatment rooms set above at the overwater spa, that features a steam room. Combining old-school, definitive grace and inspiring magnificence with a contemporary, rounded approach, Iaso redefines your anticipation of a vacation. On the menu is a wide range of spa therapies and massages, but they offer much more. Note that salon services are available with social distancing measures in place. One from the must try list? The natural purity facial — it plumps, firms, tones and leaves skin soft, radiant and perfectly balanced with a blend of natural ingredients.
Where Raa Atoll, Republic of Maldives Raa North MV, Maldives
Call 9606580222; Web www.heritancehotels.com/aarah/
Wallet Rs2,200 for a LED Facial therapy; about Rs9,000 for a 60-minute Hydra Marine massage; The most expensive treatment is for Rs18,000
THE LEELA PALACE NEW DELHI
A flawless mix of quaint custom and metropolitan life, the ESPA is a true oasis in the heart of Delhi with treatments offering the latest scientific advances in European wellness with therapies from Ayurveda. The Tan Lepa Ritual full-body treatment, for instance,is a Ayurveda inspired ritual that begins with an exfoliation to revitalise skin and stimulate the senses. A tailored body mask of Algae, Marine Mud or Oshadi Clay fused with aromatherapy oils is then smoothed onto the skin, before the body is cocooned in warmed linens. A personalised marma point massage helps to release muscular tension and rebalance mind and body.
Where Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Call (011) 39331234, 39331231
Wallet Rs4,500 for head, neck, back and shoulder massage; Rs7,000 for full-body massage; Rs15,000 to Rs35,000 for a couple/per person for specially-crafted wellness journeys which includes private in-suite steam with lifestyle showers and walk-in jaccuzi
At Shangri-La’s CHI Spa, which translates into ‘life force’ in Chinese philosophy, you will be rolling with it by the time the therapists here are done. What with Arabian-inspired treatments expending ingredients like dates, coffee and rhassoul mud, and a fitness club with gym, saunas, steam rooms, plunge pools, tennis and squash courts. If you have booked into a Horizon Club room or a Presidential Suite you have exclusive access to a whimsical reserved health club on level 42 with an enclosed pool and suntrap terrace with the finest views of the city from, one of the most picturesque spots in Dubai.
Where Sheikh Zayed Road, P.O. Box 75880, Dubai, UAE
Call 009714343 8888
Wallet Treatments range between Rs5,000 and Rs20,000 depending on what you opt for
SHERATON GRANDE SUKHUMVIT BANGKOK
The Grande Spa range uses the purest, organically-grown Thai herbs, flowers, essential oils, and natural ingredients that have been used for centuries in Thailand for their medicinal and healing properties. The unique products are used in the signature treatments. When you lay on your back, your massage will have a therapeutic effect. You will be hypnotized with the nature sounds and soothing background music. Truly vital statistics are minor contributors to your beauty. Much more important is the state of mind that sits hands of dedicated therapist. This is your time — the rest of the world can wait.
Where 250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Call (66) 02 6498888
Wallet Rs15,000 for the 180-minute Oriental glow treatment; Rs2,500 for a 30-minute foot massage; Rs6,500 upwards for massages
JW MARRIOTT WALNUT GROVE RESORT & SPA MUSSOORIE
The Cedar Spa by L’Occitane exudes authenticity and naturalness. The soothing aromas of essential oils, scented candles and music based on the sounds of birds, river and spring water takes you on a journey of delight. Immortelle and Lavender bunches are scattered tastefully across. The Spa features luxurious amenities, private steam chambers in every treatment room and free-standing bathtubs/jacuzzi in every couple treatment suite and indoor and outdoor relaxation area facing water body to provide perfect rejuvenation. The recent introduction of Reine Blanche Illuminating perfection has given perfect skin care. It has anti-ageing, firming and whitening benefits. As the Meadow Queen Flower has the amazing power to whiten its petal over time, thanks to its high concentration in flavonoids and salicylic acid, this unique facial offers true elegant beauty to your skin.
Where Siya, Kempty Fall Rd, Charleville, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 248179
Call 0135 263 5700; WEB www.bit.ly/3d0ZEnR
Wallet Rs3,200 for head, neck and shoulder massage; Rs4,900 for 60-minute full-body massage (Rs5,900 for 90 minutes); Rs6,500 for 90-minute Signature Cedarwood Body Massage; Rs9500 for 90-minute exclusive couple escape treatment, which includes complete 90-minute massage or 60-minute full-body massage and 30-minute full-body Mediterranean Scrub
HILTON SHILlIM ESTATE RETREAT AND SPA Shillimb
Hilton Shillim features some of the most interesting wellness facilities in Asia, all-villa accommodation, and all-encompassing culinary options. You can choose between conservation walks, excursions, treks, natural trails, yoga, meditation, clay therapy, cooking classes, and more. While the retreat’s mission is conserving, sustaining and healing in every experience at the property, it is at the Spa that it is reinforced. This spa is an amalgam of the primeval philosophic, mystical and creative insight of South Asia that re-freshens and re-inspires the body, mind and spirit by giving a new lease of life that will have you wanting to embrace new experiences.
Where Shilimb, Post: Pawana Nagar, Taluka: Maval, Dist: Pune
Call 211 4712 468
Wallet The programme can be tailored to suit one’s requirements
THE WESTIN RESORT NUSA DUA, BALI
Mood and ambience is key when you enter Westin Indonesia's Heavenly Spa which offers wellness packages to rejuvenate your mind and body, a subterranean fantasy. Utilising exclusive products, professional therapists help you choose the most effective option which ranges from signature treatments to relaxation massages. The wow-factor, however, is the spa’s Renewing experience in the comfort of your room. Sanctuary, the hotel's open air wellness platform, holds open discussions and introductions with wellness practitioners. For a different kind of experience, go for a run along Bali's white sand beaches.
Where Bali International Convention Centre, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, BTDC Lot N-3, Nusa Dua 80363, Bali, Indonesia
Wallet Rs5,000 for the Heavenly signature massage; between Rs5,000 and Rs10,000 for massages with hot stones and the likes
If easing is more your thing, then head to the award-winning esKape Spa snuggled in the sultry surroundings of the island which also takes it to the next level and you want to take your time here. Reach early and stride into the steam room and plunge pool to purify away the external world before tasting on tea intended to cool the soul and get you ready for the voyage ahead. From exfoliation to therapeutic therapies, full-body therapies to signature treatments, you are in for a treat. Opt for the Maldivian Ocean dream massage for a taste of the ocean, with a blend of specialised techniques that renews you completely. This spa has become one of Maldives’ best spots for a comforting aroma massages to oxygen facials and indulging manicures and pedicures all in the magical space over stilts.
Where 4th Floor, Kaneeru Villa, Orchid Magu Malé, 20212, Maldives
Call +960 676 0077; Web www.kandima.com
Wallet Rs10,000 for 90-minute Maldivian Ocean massage; Rs75,000 for 7-day esKape package that includes a range of detoxifying treatments