Ever come back from a holiday feeling as if you need another holiday to rest and recoup? Come to think of it, holidays do get hectic.
You often end up in different time zones, conflicting weather conditions, varying temperatures. You are in a new room every day, a strange bed, pillows plush and plumped up but you are unable to sleep well as you miss your own little, familiar even if doughy pillow at night.
Food that you experiment with can leave you both surprised or shocked at times! Add to that the walking, the trekking, the early mornings, the late nights, carting luggage and lugging those rucksacks that keep adding a kilo every hour!
If you go to a reasonably non-urban area, the number of stairs you have to climb to get to anything worth watching. Aaah! We city dwellers have become dependant on out lifts and escalators. Not a good sign but a fact of life.
You do come back from holidays pretty stressed out. There are strange aches that have developed, muscles that are sore, your sleep cycle is messed up, your hair is frazzled and dry as straw and of course there’s that uneven tan (I have nothing against even tans!)you’ve acquired braving it out in the sun all day.
Well, I recently returned from a holiday across four different mountaineous terrains, sated, rejuvenated but yes, a bit deflated. To the extent that on the last leg of my journey I had actually started hallucinating about spas and massages.
Now there are spas and there are spas. Some leave you pampered silly while some leave you iffy and cramped and uncomfortable. A spa should put you at ease and instill a sense of calm. The whole idea is after all, to feel as light as a feather and new-born like a baby.
The Shangri-La Spa sounded promising. Not only is it one of the largest spas in Delhi in terms of area, but the interiors are truly tranquil. The brochure claimed that the spa at Shangri-La's Eros embraces a holistic approach to physical and spiritual well-being. Inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies, their treatments are based upon the principles of restoring balance and harmony to mind and body. Of course there is a Buddha at every corner and the gurgling water body instantly sends soothing undercurrents in my being.
The therapy rooms are well appointed and spacious with diffused lighting and a welcoming aura. I scanned their many services and while their Shangri-La Journey is supposed to be their signature treatment, there were so many more therapies on offer.
The much touted Shangri La Journey that takes approximately 2 hrs is holistic healing at its best. After a long tiresome journey or a hectic day, it promises to relieve muscular aches and pains and assist your body's natural healing with this Signature Journey. The journey starts with a full body papaya scrub followed by a Classical Swedish massage, and a head and shoulder massage.
Other massages here include a Jet lag massage, Indian Back Massage and Chakra, Head, Neck & Shoulder Massage.
There is also the alluring 'Serenity Ritual' which combines three relaxing treatments into one. Starting with a Biodraga Nourishing Milk and Honey Wrap, followed by a soothing aroma massage and foot reflexology and a Biodraga Oxygenating Facial.
There are indoor and outdoor jacuzzis where you can enjoy a Cleopatra Bath or a Citrus Jacuzzi Bath or Lavender Jacuzzi Bath and spacious steam and sauna rooms. Ayurvedic treatments include Abhyanga, Podikkizhi and Shirodhara.
However what caught my attention was the ‘Voyage Reviver’. It sounded like just what I needed after my extended romp in the mountains of North-East India which beautiful as it was in a close-to-nature-and-the-elements kind of way, it allowed no access to anything remotely hedonistic. I realised I made the perfect choice in the 'Voyage Reviver' in order to feel buffed and polished and urbane again.
So feeling tired and grimy after a long journey? This oriental treatment is guaranteed to relieve your stressed muscles and tension. It starts with a Balinese scrub made out of dry coconut and some secret ingredients. It is followed by a Balinese massage which is a hard, deep tissue massage that cajoles those bottlenecks out of your system. The Balinese Boreh wrap feels as if you've been mummified with some curative and preservative herbs for about 30 minutes-I actually dozed off- only to appear from it tender and revived as if your skin was born anew. The scrub cleanses your body, Balinese massage boosts the blood circulation removing knots and aches while the wrap soothes your skin.
I feel I have time-travelled to a happier, purer, calmer place. I am ready to face the rough and tumble of Delhi again. This Voyage Reviver is a must try at the Spa at Shangri-La's Eros hotel.
The Spa opens at 7 am to 11pm, seven days in a week.
For Spa reservations call: 91-11-41191220 Extn 1220