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January 10, 2015

The Milky Way

Text by Arti Sarin.

At Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi – the spa, feel like Cleopatra for a day

Nestled in the heart of New Delhi is a luxurious retreat, The Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel. The Spa here embraces a holistic approach to physical and spiritual well-being. Inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies, the treatments are based on the principles of restoring balance and harmony to the mind and body.

Champa flowers and diyas lined the pathway as I was escorted into The Spa. The approximately 20,000 square feet of space includes two wet rooms with steam, sauna, Jacuzzi and locker facilities. The Salon, with its private treatment areas, has a range of hair treatments, and manicures and pedicures amongst other facilities. It also has a fully-equipped state-of-the-art gym, an open-air pool, and five treatment rooms. The couple’s massage room has a Jacuzzi where couples can sit back and relax while sipping on chilled champagne!

The Spa has an extensive menu and I had a difficult choice to make between their signature treatments. I finally chose the Voyage Reviver, a three hour journey of treatment and coupled it with the Cleopatra Bath.

My treatment started with the Balinese Boreh Scrub with exotic spices and hand crushed rice mixed with honey to exfoliate dead and dry skin. It was so soothing that it sent me into slumberland. This was followed by the traditional Balinese massage. A combination of gentle stretches, long flowing strokes, skin rolling acupressure and aromatherapy oils (sandalwood, rose, jasmine), which stimulate the flow of blood, oxygen and ‘chi’ (energy) around your body, bringing overall wellness. After the massage, I was given the traditional Balinese Boreh Wrap – the queen of body wraps. This Jamu (ancient Indonesian traditional medicinal treatment) is a centuries-old recipe using herbs and spices mixed with essential oils in the form of a thick paste, which is then applied to the body. It increases the blood circulation and eases aches and pains. I emerged totally relaxed and revitalised.

I then succumbed to the temptation of  the Cleopatra Bath. This derives its inspiration from the ancient texts of Greece, where milk was considered sacred and supposed to have outstanding healing properties.

Candles flickering and the tub embellished with rose petals, milk and fragrant water – it was a heavenly experience and an ideal ending to the Voyager Reviver journey.

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