The warm cocoon-like feeling of a good spa treatment can be ridiculously addictive. So of course, we ensured that a relaxing hour-long session at Tattva Spa was part of our weekend staycation at Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport.
We sipped on delicious kokum juice, an interesting departure from the customary green tea as we browsed through their brochure. The treatments offered were a good combination of Ayurvedic and international therapies.
While the wellness experiences looked interesting, we decided to go for shorter therapies instead. After all, the pool and dinner at Saptami restaurant were waiting for us. Ankita opted for a Shirodhara treatment while Mohit went for a full-body potli massage. Shirodhara is great for soothing the nervous system as well as relieving head and hair woes.
We were given a choice of four different oils called pranati (energising), pavitra (cleansing), dhyaan (meditation) and vishram (relaxation). In keeping with the relaxing nature of her treatment, Ankita chose the dhyaan blend, while Mohit decided to try the pranati blend.
Our massage rooms looked extremely inviting, with jasmine flowers laid out on the bed, a comfy bathrobe, slippers and of course, disposable undergarments, towel, lotions and bottled water. There was a bathroom within the therapy room while the steam room was a short distance away.
The masseuse began by washing our feet in a copper tub filled with fragrant flower petals and lukewarm water. Thereafter, Ankita enjoyed a rhythmic pour of warm oil on her forehead, along with a wonderfully stress-relieving massage of her head, neck, shoulders and feet. The masseuse was adept at unravelling stubborn knots in the neck. Mohit enjoyed a complete body massage with “potlis” filled with potent herbs and dipped in warm oil.
Once our respective treatments were over, we convened at the steam room to allow the oils to soak in and our skin to benefit from the warm steam. When you sweat in a steam room, the toxins are released from your body leaving you feeling pure and rejuvenated.
We ended with a cleansing shower and little cups of green tea, while we filled up a feedback form. At around 4000 rupees for each treatment with taxes (Ankita’s treatment was complimentary), we felt it was an indulgence worth repeating.