Spa’s the Way

A visit to The Spa made Parul a very happy and relaxed lady indeed!

Every one of us is a part of the rat race, however far removed we feel from it, we’re in it. The effects are either subtle or very stark; for me it’s usually a nagging neck ache, that medical professionals have argued over, over several heavy investigation bills and frightening stories of surgeries. Bottom line? It’s stress; general, every day, stress. So I decided to redirect my hard earned funds to more holistic solutions that actually reach the problem without conjecture! And that’s how I got hooked to spas! My spa journey has been fantastic so far, mainly because I choose with a fine toothed comb. The highest professional standards coupled with a serene experience is what a spa has to deliver, regardless of whether it is nestled in the underbelly of a looming 5 star or on a sprawling resort, when you’re face down getting your tense back kneaded by skillful hands, the environs don’t matter, the soothing sensations do!

Relaxing treatments
Relaxing treatments

My latest jaunt was to The Spa by Shangri-La in the heart of the city. I do love myself a beach side resort but 20,000 square feet of spa fun in Lutyens Delhi, is quite the treat. The Spa at Shangri-La welcomes you with tantalizing aromas of nature, a cozy little juice bar and Mr. Joseph Skaria, who will take you through each service, massage and therapy his spa has to offer. The amenities include two wet rooms with steam, sauna, Jacuzzi and locker facilities and a salon with private treatment areas, a range of hair treatments including cuts, trims and coloring, massage, manicures, pedicures and hair spa treatments for both men and women. I especially liked the gym – the trainers were well informed and pretty busy with guests! The Spa has five treatment rooms and services include massage therapies, facials, body treatments and alternative holistic therapies. The serenity comes from the fact that the spa area is eerily silent except for the soothing piped music; the therapy rooms are spacious yet cozy and the couple therapy room has such tremendous prospects, it’s next on my list. Side by side massage therapies to begin with and champagne in the jacuzzi to end with! The differentiating factor is how the therapies have been selected. They’re presented as journeys and after a harrowing day at work 45 minutes of skilled hands across my tired shoulders is certainly a journey worth embarking on. I especially liked the quick massage therapies because the Spa is in the heart of Delhi’s business sector; this would be a great way to calm down after a long day. Though the real treats await those who have more hours to spare! The body treatments and alternative holistic therapies employ professionals who are able to customize each individual’s session. I have a tricky neck and my therapist was more than aware of how to take care of me.

I chose a one hour Balinese Massage and it was blissful. My therapist’s petite stature had no affect on her strength, she was manna from heaven that day. I asked for relief in my lower back and feet since I’m a big fan of high heels and she took care of both my concerns. I might have dozed off at some point and was roused to a cup of lightly brewed green tea and my fluffy bathrobe. Since I chose a singles treatment, my room didn’t have an attached shower, but it was just a few steps away. A quick 10 minutes in the sauna was delightful, it’s all part of the package and then on to the sparkling shower stalls. I came out feeling like a million bucks, which was way more than I could ever spend on creating this experience for myself. From now every treat of high heels comes with with a treat at The Spa – Shangri La, Eros Hotel, New Delhi. As they say, I’m worth it!


By Parul Pratap Shirazi

Parul is a trained Chef, professional food stylist, cook, food blogger and social media strategist. She loves grapes in her salad.