10 best Indian spas for brides-to-be
by Jhelum Biswas Bose
Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Run away to the mountains and enlist for the Ananda Radiance Ritual to reconnect with yourself. Immerse yourself in this three-day ritual that pairs Ayurvedic spa treatments (like Energising Wrap and Mountain Dew Skin Freshener) with tailored sessions of reflective yoga and meditation. If nothing else, the clean mountain air will surely revive your natural glow.
Rs 21,700 onwards for one person; Anandaspa.com
Jiva Spa, Taj Hotels, Mumbai, Chennai, Kovalam, Bengaluru and Goa
Step back in time with ancient Ayurvedic rituals in this four-week bridal package that you can customise to suit your needs. Take your pick of sleep-inducing massages and meditational therapies. Recommended: the Prista Mardana back rub, which will soothe all sorts of D-day anxieties.
Rs 10,000 onwards for a one-day package; Tajhotels.com/Jivaspas
Monsoon Salon & Spa, Delhi
For last-minute manicures, you can rely on Monsoon to deliver expert service even in the comfort of your home. Skip the trip to the salon and book a service from the salon’s phone app (for yourself and your bridesmaids). They can also set up a manicure station, hairstyling and make-up tables at your mehndi party.
Rs 300 for a regular manicure; Monsoonsalon.com
The Westin Sohna Resort & Spa, Sohna
A two-hour drive from Delhi, this gorgeous resort offers a Blushing Bride and Groom’s Essential package that clubs a day of relaxation with a personal yoga session and a SuperFoods Rx menu you can enjoy with your partner. The head-to-toe treatments cover everything from a head massage to a body wrap and a pedicure.
Rs 17,000 onwards; Westinsohnaresort.com
Kaya Kalp, ITC Mughal, Agra
Need some time to unwind before the honeymoon? Book the aphrodisiacal Exotic Pomegranate ritual here. The two-hour session begins with a rub-down to polish and soften your skin. It’s followed by a relaxing massage with a blend of therapeutic oils to relieve muscle tension and a foot massage to stimulate your pressure points. You can spend the rest of your day lounging by the pool.
Rs 19,999 onwards; Itchotels.in
Jean-Claude Biguine Salon & Spa, Mumbai and Bengaluru
The salon’s attention to detail inspired the concept of an Eye Bar — an entire menu of treatments that only focus on your peepers. Pick the 25-minute Total Relaxer to reduce under-eye circles and puffy eyes. It’s the perfect way to recuperate after those all-night ragers.
Rs 1,500 plus taxes; Biguineindia.com
Clarins Skin Spa, Mumbai and Bengaluru
The skincare brand’s ‘keep it natural’ philosophy makes it the ideal choice to tackle pre-wedding woes. Sign up for the seven-day bridal package, which features four facials, two body treatments and one eye treatment, and you’ll be prepared to dazzle on your big day.
Rs 22,640 plus taxes; Tel: 022 2361 0824, 080 6571 1296
Worship Salon, Delhi
You have the right to be the centre of attention on your big day (and the month before it). The 30-day Spoilt Silly package covers all the basics, like the Four Layer Facial which blends a seaweed mask, clay mask and thermal mask to improve the overall health and radiance of your skin. It doesn’t stop there: Worship also packs in a bridal shower to pamper your besties.
Rs 75,000 plus taxes; Worshipsalon.com
Spa La Vie by L’Occitane, Mumbai and Hyderabad
With all the energy that goes into planning a wedding, it’s tough to keep track of the essential beauty needs. The solution: This eight-week long Pre-wedding Journey which includes detox body wraps and firming massages, all geared towards reducing stress and bloating. There’s also six sessions of their signature Angelica Fountain Glow facial to refresh and moisturise your skin.
Rs 65,000 plus taxes; Loveofspa.com
Zehen, The Manor, Delhi
The three-day bridal package kicks off with an Ayurvedic consultation to tailor rituals to your dosha. After a hydrating body massage, facial, nourishing hair treatment and aromatherapy session, you can end your day at the spa with gourmet salads and appetisers created by chef Manish Mehrotra.
Price on request; Zehen.com
Photograph Tarun Vishwa