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Diwali is here! Have a stress-free festive season

india Updated: Nov 01, 2012 17:47 IST
Shweta Mehta

We check out the city’s biggest spa to see if it’ll calm you through the busy Diwali and wedding season

At about 8,000 square feet, Spa la Vie by L’Occitane claims to be Mumbai’s largest day spa. The luxurious space, tucked away from the maddening main road, boasts of heated stone Hammam beds, treatment rooms with steam chambers and massive bathtubs, couple’s suites and plenty of open spaces.

We’re the only ones there when we enter, but before we leave, an enthusiastic bunch of spa junkies arrive, as confused about what treatment to pick as we were. Luckily, the spa manager is at hand to help. After filling out a form that explain our various aches, pains and woes if any, he suggests we go for the Relaxing Aromachologie Massage (Rs3,250 for one hour).

The masseuse guides us through the pre-treatment rituals quickly and starts off with a warm footbath. It’s amazing what a tiny spoon of their rose powder can do. Mixed with the water, it left our feet feeling softer than they ever have been.

The massage itself was long, slow and soothing — not very different from what we’ve had in the past, but not disappointing either. The pressure is exactly how we ask for it, as is the music and temperature of the room.

Post-treatment, a 10-minute steam and long soak in the bathtub are enough to make one want to do this everyday. Still curious, we head downstairs for a quick Foot Reflexology treatment (Rs1,500 for 30 minutes). This time, the masseuse begins with so much pressure that we’re yelping in pain. Although that’s rectified immediately, most of the treatment is rather ho-hum. We much preferred the acupressure and swift moves used in the massage prior to this.

With spa treatments starting from Rs2,000, it’s a worthy indulgence for those who stay in the vicinity. For others, a good spa in your own neighbourhood should be satisfying enough
spa la vie by l’occitane
Where: Adjacent to Lodha Bellisimo, Apollo Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel
Call: 2305 9055