If one were to go by first impressions, I have to confess that warm earthy interiors, an antique centrepiece for a wall and a minimalist yet essential greens – thick in the centre of a bustling metropolis – sure raise my expectations of Shanaya Spa at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel in Delhi.
As I walk down the corridor, the ambience and aroma instantly lift up my spirits. At the reception area are smiling faces that are quick to suggest remedies that will relax my body and, hopefully, my tired soul. Having taken me through the ‘Shanaya Signature Journeys’ that include options such as the ‘Shanaya Harmony massage’ – a two-hour relaxing ritual that involves a potent mix of scrubs, massages and a facial – and the ‘Stress Away massage’ that aims at destressing you, I find myself spoilt for choice. Leaving the ball in my therapists’ court, I try the ‘Balinese massage’, which is an ancient deep tissue massage technique that uses oils and pressure to target tense knotted tissues. My masseuse Pema Yangzom from Thimpu literally brings with her the serenity of her country and works her magic on my troubled shoulders. She ensures that every stressful bone in my body gets its due attention.
An hour later, I feel an uncanny energy take over – ready to take on the world outside these restful walls. My head feels light and relaxed as I sit back in the naturally-lit lounge area and sip hot green tea. Meanwhile, Pema volunteers to take me around the spa.
Shanaya Spa comes equipped with five massage rooms, two changing areas, two couples massage rooms, an Ayurveda room and a single room. As for the treatments, rest assured you will not be disappointed. They range from the ‘Turkish Hammam Bath Treatment’ and ‘Yogurt Wrap With Mango-passion Fruit Wrap’ to ‘Shirodhara’ – all of which aim to help you rejuvenate to the core.
THE LEELA AMBIENCE CONVENTION HOTEL, DELHI
1, CBD Maharaj Surajmal Road, Near Yamuna Sports Complex, Delhi - 110032
011 71 72 123