a trip to the Ananda Spa in the Himalayas sound appealing?
How about the Rajvilas in Jaipur with Balinese and Hawaiian
massages to soothe your soul? Spa resorts and retreats are
your ticket to feeling pampered. Express Business Traveller
suggests healthy escapes where you can get fit, feel good,
find yourself and get away from it all
yourself floating in body-temperature water, eyes closed,
ears immersed and skin lapped in warmth. You are aware of
a gently supportive presence that follows and facilitates
your own bodys tendencies to movement or stillness.
Noticing your breath moving with your body, you sink into
deeper and deeper levels of awareness and begin to dream...
The current revival of spa culture may, in part, reflect our
longing for the soulful life. Water is to the body as dreams
are to the soul: it has the power to transform us.
But isnt a spa a spa pool? - a hot tub that
you sit and relax in with different kinds of water jets to
massage your body? Well actually - NO. A spa pool may be used
in what is called a Spa, but the spa itself is something different.
The word and concept of Spa actually originates from the time
of the Roman Empire when battle weary legionnaires tried to
find a way to recover from their military wounds and ailments.
They sought out hot wells and then built baths so that they
could heal their aching bodies; calling these places aquae
and naming the bathing treatments undertaken there Sanus
Per Aquam (S P A) - meaning health by or through water.
The treatments offered at these places can range from wet
treatments (wet table with Vichy shower and/or hydrotherapy)
to dry treatments (massage, body wraps), to wellness therapies
(such as oxygen inhalation and health assessments) and beauty
treatments. There is also usually a sauna, steam room and
spa pool available for use. Although hydrotherapy is still
regarded as an important treatment (a spa is not really a
spa without it), these new spas no longer need to use or be
near mineral water, as they did in Roman times.
So now, with a modern twist, spas still bring about renewal
Oasis Spa & Resort
Treatments at Oberoi Spas
Oasis, Grand Hyatt, New Delhi
Spa Oasis, located at Grand Hyatt, New Delhis only Day
Spa and Fitness Centre, is a blend of traditional, Oriental
rituals on a modern scientific basis, coupled with state-of-the-art
high quality equipment. Herbs and products used for the treatments
have been procured from traditional sources like the Himalayas
and Kerala to give an authentic touch to your Spa experience.
Professional consultants and instructors are present for individual
counselling. Your options include holistic health, beauty
programmes, lifestyle consultation, stress busting yogic sessions
and workshops, aqua aerobics, cardiovascular conditioning,
muscle building and toning, sauna, Turkish baths, herbal mud
baths and a large variety of massages. Packages like Oasis
of Peace and Oasis of Harmony have been designed to suit the
needs of various clientele with special emphasis on their
health requirements and leisure hours. So, if stress has dried
up your vital energies, Oasis is the spot for you... and that
too without an overnight stay.
Rates: A 2 night/ 3 day Grand Executive Revival Plan is priced
at Rs 9,990 inclusive of room stay in single occupancy. Full
and half day packages are also available.
Spas by Banyan Tree
In The Himalayas
Tel: (1378) 27500, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the health conscious executive, Narendra Nagar in the
Himalayan foothills, 250 km north of Delhi, in the state of
Uttaranchal, might not immediately strike a chord. Add the
name Ananda (which means contentment in Sanskrit)
and the bell rings. The 21,000 square foot spa offers an extensive
menu of over 79 body and beauty treatments, integrating the
traditional Indian systems of ayurveda with the more contemporary
western spa approach. The personalised therapy and activities
programs is designed to meet individual needs and health goals
- de-stressing, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation,
anti-aging, weight and inch loss, while also offering guidance
in the areas of nutrition and exercise. Ananda Spa also houses
the only Aveda Beauty Institute in India, an international
beauty line now part of Estee Lauder.
With state-of-the-art therapy quarters, relaxation rooms and
artistically designed architecture, Ananda has a touch of
mysticism to it. The aromatherapy massage is recommended for
a fragrant makeover. Ananda Sanjeevani, the signature Ananda
package, is an amalgam of all that the spa has to offer -
yoga, ayurvedic relaxation therapies and full body massage,
Aveda beauty treatment and sessions in self-care techniques.
The spa rests on the multiple pillars of physical, mental
and emotional well being.
Spas by Banyan Tree
Ayurvedic Beach Resort
Trivandrum, Tel: (0471) 481601, E-mail: email@example.com
Situated just 21 km away from Trivandrum city, Somatheeram
Ayurvedic Beach Resort is an ethnic seaside resort-cum-ayurvedic
centre. You can experience the lifestyle of a Kerala village
while undergoing ayurvedic treatment under the supervision
of an expert team of doctors. Somatheeram has 59 accommodation
units constructed in the traditional architectural style.
The treatments offered includes Pizhichil, Njavarakkizhi,
Dhara, Sirovasti, Udvathanam, Abhyangan, Nasyam, Snehapanam,
Kizhi, Ksheeradhoomam, Thalam, and Lepanamc. Besides which
there are the special therapies like Rasayana Chikilsa (rejuvenation
therapy), Shodhana Chikilsa (body purification therapy), and
Kayakalpa Chikilsa (immunisation/ longevity therapy). The
resort has also designed a stress management programme.
Rate: A deluxe suite is priced at USD 115, room only in double
Therapies at Ananda in the Himalayas, Oberoi Spas and
Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort
Oasis Spa & Resort, Bangalore
Tel: (080) 8468898, Fax: (080) 8468897
Managed by Angsana Resorts and Spa, a sister brand of Banyan
Tree Hotels and Resorts, Singapore, Angsana Oasis Spa &
Resort spa has 12 to 14 professional Thai masseurs and an
entire range of holistic spa treatments such as Thai herbal
wrap, tangerine body wrap, sunburn soother, natural and mud
body wrap and a host of other therapeutic remedies. With its
spa pool, Roman pool, signature spa pavilions and a host of
great leisure activities, the resort offers a unique experience.
The ayurvedic treatment centre provides a wide range of treatments
including Abhyangam, Sarvanga Sweda, sauna with herbal powder,
Dinacharya, Nasyam etc. It also has a tie-up with the Kerala-based
Tejas Ayurvedic trust to incorporate ancient ayurvedic treatments.
Rate: Aroma Salt Scrub & Sensual Massage, Blended Brush
Scrub & Body Soothing Massage or Honey and Sesame Scrub
& Maui Massage - Taste of Heaven (1 hour 30 minutes) package
is priced at Rs 2,400
treatments at Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort
Spas By Banyan Tree
Tel: (022) 2325757 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The spas of Oberoi Group of Hotels and Resorts combine state-of-the-art
techniques with time-tested, ancient ayurvedic medicinal principles.
Managed by Banyan Tree, an acknowledged international leader
in spa management, Oberoi Spas are located in naturally spectacular
surroundings. These include hotels and resorts in Bali, Lombok
and Mauritius, Sahl Hasheesh in Egypt, Rajvilas in Jaipur,
Amarvilas in Agra, Vanyavilas in Ranthambore, Udaivilas in
Udaipur, Cecil in Shimla and Wildflower Hall in Mashobra.
Hotels in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata will soon also feature
the spas too. The spas offer holistic, natural therapies and
massages from the best available worldwide. These include
Chinese reflexology and tuina massage, Shiatsu from Japan,
showers from Vichy, in addition to Arizona Deserts hot
stones and Hawaiis lomi lomi and lulurs from Indonesia
and India. To ensure natural synchronisation, the spa treatments
try to incorporate some local ingredients.
Tel: (022) 2022626, E-mail: email@example.com
Providing an integrated and holistic approach to physical
health, the Taj Group have recently launched Spa Aguada,
a luxurious spa that overlooks the soft sands and clear water
of the magnificent Fort Aguada Beach Resort and the Taj Holiday
Village, Goa. Housed in three tranquil, Goan-inspired cottages,
it enjoys a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. The first cottage
is an integrated spa-cum-salon offering aromatherapy, massages,
special skin and hair care treatments. The second cottage
offers an ayurvedic room and a couples suite with massage
beds, flower baths and a private steam and shower facility.
The third cottage is a state-of-the-art gym with a panoramic
view of the sea. The Spa Aguada draws its inspiration from
the tropical environment around it, the sea, spices, fruits
and the like. A wide range of therapeutic treatments is offered
from aromatherapy and bio marine therapy, reflexology, body
wraps and scrubs to more comprehensive experiences like the
Spa Aguada Potpourri, all add up to create a truly
Rate: Bio-Energy (50 minutes) package costs Rs 1,000