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Best spa treatments for couples

We present five of the most relaxing getaways for two

By Jia Singh  October 30th, 2014

Need some downtime in the middle of all that planning and partying? Whether you decide to leave town for a little weekend of stress-free indulgence or want to squeeze in a few hours in the city getting scrubbed and detoxed, our line-up has just what you need.

Away from all the psych-trance parties and chaos of North Goa, lies this award-winning boutique hotel. Lush, serene and private, this is the perfect place to take a break with your partner before the big day. Highly recommended is the Warm Stone couple treatment, which begins with the signature Alila foot ritual. The stones are then placed on various points of the body to facilitate healing and repair. Guaranteed to melt away stress, this unique therapy combines the power of touch with the energy of the earth.
Rs 8,000 for 90 minutes. 48/10 Village Majorda, Adao Waddo, Salcette, Goa.

This massive 10,000 sq ft spa with eight rooms, including an exclusive couple’s suite, makes for an exotic experience. Couples can choose from a range of Kerala massages and enjoy the Jacuzzi afterwards. We recommend the Shiro Abhyangam and Padh Abhyangam. 
Prices on request. VP II/123F, Vayalar, Cherthala, Alleppey District, Alleppey, Kerala.

L’Occitane runs and manages the spa at this stunning property in Gulmarg. With breathtakingly beautiful views of the Kashmir valley and snow-clad mountains (if you visit during season), the Khyber Spa is a treat for the senses. There isn’t one specific spa treatment to choose from, but the private couple rooms with steam areas allow you to indulge in some quality time while being treated by experienced staff. It starts with a signature foot ritual and you can treat yourself to two separate sessions whilst in the same room. Bonus tip: they have a heated indoor pool for couples who want to take a good soak before or after.
Prices on request. Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg, Kashmir.

Pick their Duet package, specially designed for couples. The two-and-a-half-hour treatment will let you and your partner savour a 30-minute exfoliating body polish, a 60-minute body massage and a 60-minute facial. Enjoy a cup of herbal tea afterwards.
Price on request. Main Doddaballapur Road, Rajankunte, Bengaluru.

The special couple’s ritual, Together Journey, is an indulgent session in a candlelit suite. It even includes some time in the hammam for detoxification. Massage therapists administer pressure and help rid you of fatigue and stress with a back and neck massage, finishing with an indulgent aromatherapy bath.
Price on request. G Block, Surajpur Kasna Road, Jaypee Greens, Greater Noida.

Photograph: R Burman