Now, jetlagged travellers who arrive at the Oberoi Hotel in the dead of the night can use the spa’s services to rejuvenate. The hotel, which reopened in April this year, plays host to the city’s first 24-hour spa.
The spa, which was earlier managed by luxury spa company, Banyan Tree, is now manned by the Oberoi’s in-house staff.
The treatments remain a mixture of express treatments for weary jetsetters, as well as more elaborate Ayurvedic and Western therapies for those with the luxury of time. The significant difference is that all these services are now available round the clock.
“In Mumbai, we have guests who land late at night and can’t immediately go to sleep,” says Dr Sindhu Kripalani, the spa director. “At that time of the day, there’s not much to do. The best thing is to have a massage.”
Apart from shirodhara — an Ayurvedic treatment in which hot medicated oil is poured on the forehead to relieve stress — the other new treatment on offer is hot lava shell therapy. “We are one of only two spas in the city offering this therapy,” says Kripalani. “It involves using heated lava shells on the body for a relaxing massage.”
However, you can’t simply stroll into the spa if you happen to be in the area and want to unwind. “At the moment, our focus is more on in-house guests,” says Kripalani. Instead, you can book yourself into a one day or weekend package. The package will include a day’s stay in a luxury room, an hour-long full body Ayurvedic massage and the option to choose any other treatment from the spa menu. It also includes complimentary use of the hotel’s outdoor pool, fitness centre and steam and sauna facilities.
Kripalani says that thanks to rising awareness, foreigners no longer make up the bulk of the spa’s customers. “At least 40 per cent of our clients are Indian,” she says. “A spa has become a need rather than a luxury.”
Oberoi Spa, The Oberoi Mumbai, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 21. Open from Monday to Sunday, 24 hours a day. 6632-5757 www.oberoihotels.com .