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Spa-cial mention

india Updated: Apr 07, 2009 17:00 IST
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They may differ in their treatments, ambience and signature styles, but spas in the Capital now have something in common — they all promise a laidback, therapeutic experience. Spa culture has undoubtedly evolved in recent times with mobile spas, day spas, nail spas and ear spas coming up in different parts of the city.

The second ‘asiaSpa awards’ that will felicitate spas in all categories will be held today at The Leela Kempinski hotel, Gurgaon. Parineeta Sethi, editor-in-chief, asiaSpa India, the publication organising the event, says that spa culture has come of age in Delhi and the time is ripe to award the best in the circuit.

“Initially, we thought that spas here could not compete with those at the international level, but the surge has been phenomenal,” she says. Model-emcee Shivani Wazir Pasrich, says, “I head to a spa when I want to disconnect from all worldly worries. It’s a cocoon which gives me my personal space.” Delhi-based fashion designer Anjana Bhargav, too, likes unwinding at one. “I wish there was a software on my cellphone that could allow me to take a tour of all city-based spas. It’s really great to escape the hustle-bustle of city life and unwind in a spa,” she says.

Sethi, however, adds that there are many who still need to be educated about the spa culture. “Some people still feel hesitant about going to a spa. They need to be made aware of the culture.”

Among the Delhi spas nominated in various categories are Asian Roots Luxury Day Spa, Amatrra at The Ashok, Rejuve The Spa at The Lalit, The Oberoi Spa at The Oberoi hotel, Club Prana & Fitness Centre at Hyatt Regency, Maya Spa at Radisson Plaza Resort & Spa and A+ Medispa Amatrra.