spice route

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNE -

The mo­ment you leave be­hind the buzzing Kore­gaon Park lane and walk into the lemon grass scented Is­land Spa, your mind goes into hol­i­day mode. “Sawadeeka, wel­come,” beams the smil­ing man­ager Rose­leen Go­tur, giv­ing you the first taste Thai hos­pi­tal­ity. The spa menu is vast but if you are look­ing for a re­lax­ation and re­ju­ve­na­tion, we’d rec­om­mend the Ginger and Spice Love Fest.

No, this is not the mari­nade it sounds like; the re­fresh­ing aro­mas of the fresh ground ginger and a melange of spices that the ther­a­pist uses are said to ex­fo­li­ate and pol­ish the skin. En­joy the tin­gling sen­sa­tion of the spices that prom­ises to stim­u­late and re­ju­ve­nate. Rinse off in the en- suite shower be­fore the ther­a­pist takes over once again stretch­ing your limbs, knead­ing mus­cles and dis­solv­ing stress in a mas­sage with a warm poul­tice of ther­a­peu­tic herbs for just the right amount of pres­sure and heat.

It’s dif­fi­cult to drift off to sleep in this vig­or­ous mas­sage but at the end of the 90 min­utes, you feel light and re­freshed. A fra­grant her­bal tea con­cludes the ses­sion in a most sub­lime way. IN­SIDER’S TIP Check in be­tween 11 am and 3 pm from Mon­days to Thurs­days for a 20 per cent dis­count. On some days, spa of­fer guests a com­pli­men­tary her­bal bath for those who book a body treat­ment AT The Is­land Spa 31/ 2/ 1 North Main road, Archi­dale Build­ing, 1st Floor, Be­hind FIAT show­room PRICE Rs 3,500 on­wards TEL 9665692269

AB­HI­JIT PATIL / www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

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