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The formidable-looking building of the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai holds within itself an oasis of tranquility. Step into The Spa and watch your worries melt away

The menu of The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai opens with a very interesting phrase: Invest in yourself. These are precious words of wisdom for any city-dweller lost in the chaos of existence. Up on the treadmill of routine, we seldom have any rest, little time and no peace. We forget how we abuse our bodies and minds in the daily grind; we forget about our brakes. Holding the menu in your hands and reading those words remind you of what you owe yourself. Those words remind you to stop, breathe, relax and most importantly, thank your body. They remind you that a much-needed spa session is what you should get and start afresh.

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The Spa is spread over two floors of the Four Seasons Hotel

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and occupies a generous area. Upon entering the lobby at Level 3, one is greeted by welcoming faces and an ambience that is contemporary, yet Indian. Little ethnic touches, like an elegant chest here, a flower pattern there, add warmth and a welcome air to the place. The lobby plays soothing chants and prayer music that puts visitors in the mood to unwind and relax. There are several retail products like creams, lotions, perfumes, men’s grooming kits on display in this area. People may buy them, or simply acquaint themselves with products that will be used in their spa treatments. A spa employee then hands you a questionnaire with questions about your general health and medical conditions, if any. Based on the answers, a spa consultant recommends a treatment and explains its uses. The comfort level of the guest is ensured before any treatments are commenced.

The concept

The Spa likes to call itself an Indian spa, but it uses several Western treatments in tandem with Ayurvedic/Indian ones. They are definitely not an Ayurvedic spa. However, the ethos is Indian and it is reflected at several levels, like in their decor, their conduct and most importantly, the products they use. The spa extensively uses products from brands like Sundãri, Ilā, Forest Essentials, and Tathastu among others. These brands are not only Ayurvedic/Organic/Natural, but are also known to support several NGOs. The Spa strives to support brands that support such causes. In fact, The Spa plans to eventually use all organic products for their treatments.

In keeping with their Indian approach, the spa offers complimentary Yoga programs for all spa members at the Yoga studio called Yoga Mudra. There are daily Sunrise Yoga sessions (at the rooftop) to start the day with, private and group Yoga sessions and even an Executive Yoga program, designed especially for the jet-setting professional. A meditation hall is adjacent to the Yoga studio, where clients can escape into tranquil recesses.

The interiors

As far as hotel spas go, The Spa at Four Seasons, Mumbai, is a sizeable one with almost 23,000 sq. ft., including the pool and the salon. It operates on the third and fourth levels of the hotel. On the third level are the spa lounge and the men’s area and on the fourth are treatment rooms and the women’s section. The interiors look warm with wooden furniture, earthy and pastel colours and plenty of natural light. In treatment rooms that require privacy, oil lamps or candles are added to artificial lighting for effect.

There are eight treatment rooms in all, all named after Yoga asanas. The Vajrasana and Nararajasana rooms are couple treatment rooms, with twin massage tables and a massive tub in each room. The Tadasana room or the Kerala room is where Ayurvedic treatments from Kerala like Shirodhara are given. The other treatment rooms for single persons go by the names of Harlasana, Pranamasana, Ustrasana, Dhanurasana and Kapotasana. Strangely enough, the name plates of these rooms spell these names like Vajra-sana, Dhanura-sana, with a disjointed ‘sana’. It looks rather odd because the suffix proper is asana. If a break was needed, it should have been spelt as Vajra-asana.

However, Sanskrit grammar apart, these treatment rooms are beautiful. It is here that therapists offer their clients treatments listed in the spa menu. Specific audio CDs with sacred chants and prayers are played during these treatments, and massages strokes are often in tandem with the calming rhythm of the music. All the rooms have mood lighting, and the colour of the light changes in accordance with the treatment. Each room has its own private steam, shower chamber and locker room – something patrons really like and appreciate…Read the full version of the article at (Issue 5 page 44)

Urmi Chanda-Vaz

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