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The grand Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore hosts one of India’s most popular spa brands – Sohum Spa.

Situated in the heart of a busy cosmopolitan city of Bengaluru, a new sanctuary- Sohum Spa and Salon at the luxurious Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore has emerged. The 5-star hotel is tucked away between two of the metro’s most influential areas – Sadhashiv Nagar and Dollars Colony – making it a prime spot not only for wellness but also for recreational activities tailored especially for its in-house guests and other elite clients.  Adhering to its name, the Sohum Spa and Salons (managed by Core Wellness Group) at Mövenpick takes over its well-researched traditional menu that also infuses a touch of westernized therapies, delivered with perfection.

The Wellness Venture

As a standard procedure prior to every business venture, a hotel evaluates its partners before venturing with them and being an old hand as a leader in the hospitality field, the Mövenpick group did just that. Core Wellness Limited’s experience in wellness spa therapies was assessed and the professional management and track record of the company reviewed. In addition, the company’s reference and feedback was taken into consideration from other hotel chains and hospitality professionals as well. Sohum bagged this profitable endeavor and planned the space and construction a year earlier before it opened its doors the following November’11.

Spiritual theory

Being an international hotel chain, the idea was to marry international design with local architectural elements in a manner that is interesting yet subtle. “Since the hotel is in the middle of the city, which is not too well known for good air quality, the spa had to be indoors. Yet it had to be in a place that offered a feeling of space that reflected sanctified healing and at the same time gave an opportunity for relaxation. The second floor area was hence chosen where in the guest could not only have a spa therapy but also swim by the semi-open swimming pool and then have the choicest cuisine in the specialty restaurant located by the poolside – all in the same level,” boasts Dr. Rajesh Srinivas, President, Sohum Spas.


The spa reflects the explicit art of ancient temples of the south. These are associated with the practice of ‘Pradakshina’ or circumambulation, which leads the penitent believer to ‘Moksha’. It is said to mirror a journey to comparable emancipation through a series of treatments and experience.

Divine Spaces

“One of the most exotic elements in the spa is a beautiful statuette of Lord Dhanwantari – the god of healing – bestowing his blessings over the guests at the entrance and the spa’s spectacular Kalamkari art,” says Regional Head, Jayaraman Kapparath. The entry is designed to be into such a ‘Pradakshina’ which leads the visitor to the different treatments spaces and experiences within the spa with the same colours, feel, and textures as might be felt in an ancient temple.


  • Designer’s Aim

The exquisite Sohum for Mövenpick was designed by Kaushik Mukherjee, a renowned architect having to his credit some well-crafted spa resorts as well as up-market residences and commercial development in Mauritius. Mukerjee’s work is influenced by Sri Lankan style architecture of Channa Daswatte with plenty of local influences such as the use of local granite and the local art form imprinted on the ceilings and walls.


  • Conventional Supplies

The interior has a subtle contemporary take, yet has an ancient feel from pictures and art forms from southern-inspired temples. The textures of old stone, old timber, beaten copper and painted surfaces come together to caress the senses as the visitor proceeds to the treatment rooms. Although the interiors cast ancient looking relics and paintings, the spa is outfitted with modern amenities like specially imported equipments from Italy.

  • Rooms

The ceiling is stunning with murals in the main area of the Spa that have the tree of life done by the famous Kalamkari painters from Machilipatnam. The painting is crafted by an NGO that works to uplift village artisans. The spa makes space for eight spacious and self sufficient rooms (shower, cabinets, hot towel machines and a music player).Each of the rooms are christened in Sanskrit – Airavatam, Maricha, Soaham, Parvani, Ashwamedha and Karutan while two rooms are designed for facials. The Mövenpick Spa was among the first few spas in the country to have Babor range of facial products.


In the treatment rooms themselves, the soft light is controlled through the use of soft linen blinds behind louvered shutters and a painted ceiling hung with a white panel on above the treatment bed makes for a calm atmosphere.

Read the full version of the story at Issue 8 Page 35

Writer| Ayesha Augustine

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