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    Boasting the city’s first aqua gym, besides a spa, juice bar and more, Hab Life basks in the Chennai sun

    Step into the elevator at the Hablis hotel, press ‘8/T’ (for terrace, on the eighth floor) and you are whisked up to the city’s newest centre for wellness. Punctuated by panoramic views, the Hab Life concept is simple: a one-stop halt for fitness, beauty and a healthy lifestyle. Split into two levels, the lower deck houses an infinity pool, an aqua gym and their open-plan restaurant, Pan Asian. Climb a few steps, and you reach the spa and salon, open-air gym, lounge and the juice bar. “We are offering a completely new experience,” begins Dr Vikas Gupta, wellness officer. “The Hab Life takes you out of the confines of cramped, dark interiors, and reconnects you with light, wind and nature.”
    With equipment from British brand TGO and Aquagym, the open-to-the-sky workout zones are clutter-free, with instructors for customised routines. The highlight, however, is the aqua gym—with exercise machines placed in the pool. With water being 1,000 times denser than air and providing up to 12 times the resistance, it’s a great way to get more from your daily workout. “It’s also great for people with stiff joints, back problems and sore muscles. It acts like a cushion, protecting against stress and impact strain,” says Gupta, who will also be providing yoga, meditation, tai chi, aerobics and Pilates classes.
    Memberships (three, six and 12 months) are still being finalised. Open from 9 am to 8 pm. Details: 40235555

    With wood-panelled distressed white walls and a Hamptons feel, the spa and salon is minimalist. Taking a detour from popular Ayurvedic massages, it offers shiatsu and Thai treatments. “We follow a mix of dry and oil-based massages with a focus on pressure points and joint manipulation, rather than long strokes,” explains Gupta. With a separate shiatsu room, a couple’s massage room and hydrotherapy units (soak tub, steam and sauna), he says you can also expect aromatherapy, body scrubs and wraps (all made in-house with natural and organic products). Plus, there are quick salon services, like mani-pedis and blow dry. Services start from Rs 500.

    Juice Bar
    At the end of your workout, sip on drinks like Fire Fighter (an anti-cellulite blend of celery, apple, beetroot and ginger) and Purple Heart (a cholesterol reducer with blueberries, apple, grapefruit and ginger) at the bar. “We also have Ayurvedic drinks, crafted according to the different doshas,” says chef Kumar, who designed the menu along with Dr Gupta.
    Prices yet to be finalised.

    With an unparalleled view of the city’s skyline, the hotel’s new 107-cover restaurant balances fine dining with a healthy lifestyle. We settle down on long wooden benches and mismatched chairs to check out the menu that has a decidedly Japanese slant, with a few inclusions of Thai and Indonesian. At the end of a delicious meal of sushi, satay, miso soup and pan fried lamb with Asian spices (complex flavours yet light on the palate), we find we still have room for dessert—a green tea
    cheesecake, where the cream cheese has been edged out by whipped yoghurt. “Our food is fresh and seasonal and our sauces are made
    in-house, to keep a check on the ingredients and the fat content,” says chef Senthil Kumar K.
    From 6 pm to 11.30 pm. Meal for two at Rs 2,000 approx. Details: 22334000

    Surya Praphulla Kumar


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