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Slice of good lifeSPA review

chandigarh Updated: Sep 05, 2012 11:34 IST
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Lying there, in the treatment room of JW Marriott Hotel's Quan Spa, with aromatic oil of Himalayan floral extracts calming your stressed muscles and mind, you are convinced this entails the good life that most seek.

When you are heading for a spa experience, the only motive is to have a good time and the only criteria of judging the quality of your destination is if you've managed to steal some 'me-time'.

The five-star hotel's Quan Spa offers a host of specialised massages, body treatments and facials - all of which use either ayurveda-inspired Indian brand Iraya or the high-end French label, Thalgo.

Any query that the client might have regarding their services or products is eagerly addressed, says Manish Jaswal, spa manager, unlike some salons that prefer not to disclose product-related information.

In the hands of the expert masseurs in perfectly lighted and explicably clean treatment rooms, you can resign yourself to the chosen ritual from amongst a host of massages, exfoliations, ayurvedic treatments, body wraps and facial therapies. The client's priorities and specifications remain paramount.

Ask about their signature treatments and Jaswal says it's hard to identify one. Be it their Aroma Infusion Massage (R3,000 for 60 minutes; ayurveda massages begin at R2,800), Purity Ritual body polish (R2,000 for 30 min) or the Aquarelle facial treatment (R3,700 for 60 min), clients love them all, he claims.

When you are enveloped in luxurious scents of pure products made from sea extracts, you know there's every chance he may be right.

Hygiene: Spotless, fragrant rooms, clean sheets and calm inducing lighting - the hotel spa's hygiene factor gets top grade. The bath cubicle is again visually appealing with a warm jet overhead that you find difficult to pull yourself away from.

Staff etiquette: The staff is trained, cordial and friendly, such as this sweet, tiny girl from Mizoram, called Mylo, an excellent spa therapist, apart from being especially fond of Punjabis (particularly Punjabi men, who she says are very good looking!).

Experience: From the delicious apple infusion cold tea and the sea salt foot scrub to the hot jasmine tea offered at the end of your visit, there is no doubt that your day at Quan Spa is all about you.

Prices: Their most popular services are the massage therapies that start at R3,000 (60 min). Undoubtedly, the best ones exceed this rate, a tad steep one would believe. Body polishes start at R1,700 (30 min), facial treatments at R3,700 and above (60 min) and body wraps at R2,400 (60 min).

Treatments: There is a rhythm, flow and technique to every treatment offered. With skilled hands kneading oils into your skin, you can almost feel the tension
slipping away.

However, those who are used to extensive face massages and deep cleansing at salons should keep in mind that Quan mostly depends on it's effective products. So, a massage therapy is any day a better bet.