Your answer to sullen skies? Sign up for a rejuvenating treatment that involves a three tea scrub, a two-hour massage and a tasty meal
The rains are finally here and the days are suddenly about lazy mornings spent in bed with a steaming cuppa. If only the bliss of doing nothing could be stretched for hours on end. That’s where the spas in the city are stepping up. Their special day and weekend packages are all about relaxation and pampering, with nourishment added to the package. All you need to do is get yourself there.
Jiva Spa, Vivanta by Taj-Fisherman’s Cove
Head over to this charming beach resort by the Bay of Bengal for a day of indulgence at the Jiva Spa, renowned for its all-natural spa therapies. You can start off with an endorphin-boost, working out at their gym. Follow it up with a dip in the pool and a nutritious spa meal at Seagull, the all-day diner. Expect healthy options like a watermelon and Greek feta salad with Andalusian gazpacho and pan seared snapper fillets with haricot verte (choose from Western, Oriental and Indian menus). Then unwind with an aromatherapy session or a Jiva signature facial, and a stroll on their private beach. The offer is available Mondays through Thursdays.
Price: Rs. 4,899++ per person and Rs. 9,850++ for a couple
If hotels are not your cup of tea, head over to one of the city’s most popular spas. Their ‘Essentially Oryza’ package is eight hours of pure bliss. With an organic facial, a body beautifier regimen (scrub, massage and soak), a head massage, and a hand and foot spa—the package uses organic products with ingredients like jasmine, turmeric and mineral salts. A set lunch (made-to-order healthy dishes from Chamiers) will also be provided. Price: Rs. 10,000 ++ Details: 42110930
The Spa, Courtyard by Marriott
They have a special suite offer—which includes airport transfers, an elaborate buffet breakfast and dinner at the coffee shop. Their spa offer is simple and sweet—start off with some alone time in the steam room or Jacuzzi and then lie back for a Swedish massage.
Price: Rs. 14,500 for a double room. Details: 66764000
The Spa, Trident Hotel
You are spoiled for choice when you come to the Trident. Their day spa offer includes a room (from 10 am to 7 pm), with a choice of massages (try Patra Pinda Sweda, a hot herbal poultice massage that will relax the joints), a buffet lunch at their restaurant, Cinnamon, and, of course, access to the steam room, pool and fitness centre. But if you have a rejuvenating weekend in mind, the hotel offers a package that includes a night’s accommodation, a buffet breakfast, a choice between the Trident Signature, Balinese or Thai massage (60 minutes), along with access to its steam room, pool and fitness centre. Price: Rs. 11,950 (day spa) and Rs. 11,250 (weekend offer) on double occupancy. Details: 22344747
Siddh Spa, Hyatt Regency
This is the package that excites us the most. Get an early start and hit the hotel’s fitness centre at 8 am. After an hour’s work out, breakfast at the Spice Haat before relaxing at the poolside. Then head to the spa for a 60-minute massage (try Urja, their deep tissue massage), followed by a 60-minute body scrub (we like the Sesame suwasik and the Lemon mriduu). Take your time over lunch, sampling their extensive multi-cuisine buffet, before indulging in an hour-long facial. But it doesn’t end there—you can still spend some time in the sauna or whirlpool. And before you head home, have a cup of tea at the lobby lounge or by the pool. Didn’t we say we saved the best for last?
Price: Rs. 7,500. Details: 61001234
Chakra Spa, Radisson Blu
With its six-hour package that takes care of you from head to toe, there’s no place better to get buffed and beautiful in the heart of the city. Put up your feet and let the therapists rub the strain away as part of their foot reflexology treatment and then follow it up with a manicure and pedicure. To mix things up, go for a dip in the pool or for some ‘hot treatment’ in their steam room. Grab a bite at the lunch buffet at Oasis, their global cuisine restaurant, before heading back for your second session—a hair spa and their popular oil massage, a favourite with executives. Choose from Thai, Balinese, Swedish or the Chakra special treatments.
Price: Rs. 7,500++ per person. Details: 30404471
-Surya Praphulla Kumar