You would notice as soon as you step into the Spa that it is just cool enough. That right balance of temperature, not so cold as to ask for an extra cover. There is the pleasant fragrance of aroma oils lingering in the air that sets-in the relaxing mood. The lounge is aesthetically appointed to seat their guests while the therapists take you through the ritual of the awaiting spa therapy.
And this is how pretty it looks by night !
A soft, white robe made from 100% Turkish cotton is handed to you to change into, while you secure your belongings in a locker in the Hydrotherapy Chamber.
A tastefully decorated Uruli pleases your eye as you walk towards the cabin set for the therapy. Most guests stop to take a picture of it.
The Foot Bath is another welcome sight. The ritual is akin to India’s traditional way of welcoming guests in days of yore. Staipa, the male therapist explains that at Hablis Spa, the best of Eastern and Western practices and techniques are harnessed to give their guests a holistic experience.
Soothing warm water is mixed with milk and certain flower petals along with coffee beans in another Uruli to soak and stimulate the feet. If you are wondering why coffee beans, read more about coffee’s magical effect on tired feet. After the feet are soaked and you think its done, more pampering happens. The nerve-endings in the feet are stimulated by rubbing on them rounded stone pebbles and one can feel the tensions in the body oozing away already. You are then led to your spa bed and allowed to take in slow, deep breaths and bask in pleasant anticipation of the massage.
Mind and body begin to align as you lie on the bed sheathed cozily with soft pristine white towels instead of the robe and eyes masked gently to set in that meditative mood. Staipa begins the massage for the male while Jessie does so for the female guest, starting with the feet and then working upwards, combining slow pressure and expert hand movements with gentle stretching to unwind tight muscles and slip into a blissful state. Call it a duet experience if you will. You know your partner is around you, connected to you in a surreal kind of way and there is nothing more beatific than that.
A sense of well-being pervades as the relaxing pre-blended signature aroma oils start working their magic on both bodies. Lost in time, you are left wanting for more when the therapists gently wake you up from your snoozes. Its kind of comforting to know that the ritual is not over yet and there is something more to look forward to.
It can be used as a bath or body salt. You can mix a table-spoon of rock salt in your bath water to have a relaxing bath. Bathing in rock salt water combats water retention, soothes sore muscles, regulates sleep, detoxifies your body and lowers your blood pressure. It also eases stress and body pains. Courtesy : Stylecraze.
Stay in the bath as long as you want, you are allowed thirty minutes to do so. And when you are done with that , step into the steam and shower chamber. Suit yourselves as you regulate the temperature and steam with the red knob on the wall opposite. Now indulge in a shower to complete the cleansing with a gentle herbal shampoo and a shower gel. Feels so light that you wish you could just be carried out and did not have to walk !
An elixir awaits you as you change into your clothes and come back to the foyer. You can choose between their signature herbal tea or a refreshing mock tail.
Time to head home, back to reality, but the indulgence can continue with a glass of wine perhaps or just slip into blissful sleep in the comfort of your bed. Most often, we go to the spa for a me-time, but this Stay In Touch duet experience is clearly an our-time.
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Hablis Hotels, 19 GST Road, Guindy, Chennai 600032, India, Tel : 91 44 4023 5555