I was invited to visit Taj Vivanta Surajkund recently.
I assumed Surajkund was very far from Delhi but in reality it is about forty-five minutes from Delhi airport, flanked on one side by the stark and stunning Tughlaqabad fort and tombs.
Suajkund is also home to one of the biggest folk art fairs in India held every year in winter.
Taj Surajkund ( earlier Claridges) tucked into a slice of road between these two, is ideally poised for a weekend getaway from Delhi. Or a destination wedding. (more about that in my next blog)
But this is about the Jiva Grande spa.
Jiva spa which is the Taj group’s signature spa across all their properties or most of them anyway, features traditional Indian spa therapies and ayurvedic purvakarmas and panchkarmas.
The spa has also revived many royal bathing traditions in its pursuit of creating a world class Indian brand.
While the essential spa menu is the same you can enjoy the signature rituals at different destinations. There is hot stone therapy in Bhutan, Mangal snanam in Gwalior, Alepa in the Maldives, Abhishek in Varanasi, Pehelwaan maalish in Mumbai.
For a full spa menu and to see more signature rituals go to http://www.tajhotels.com/jivaspas/
The spa at Surajkund spread over 185000 feet is one of the largest Jiva Spas the Taj has.
I tried the Sringaar ritual -traditionally meant for brides getting ready for their big moment.
It is two and half hours long and includes a traditional ubtan or scrub, a milk and rose petal bath , an aromatherapy massage and a mini facial.
You can end with a pedicure and blow dry at the adjoining salon to step out looking princess perfect
So as you can see I averaged three baths in two and a half hours and was totally detoxified and relaxed at the end of it ☺
The milk lipids left my skin really soft and the hour long aromatherapy massage with jasmine oil totally opened up my stiff back and neck muscles.
My only quibble – I would have preferred the ubtan laid on thicker like a lepa or mask in consistency.
I hadn’t had the ice shower or steam in the wet area prior to this but I recommend you get there fifteen minutes before to kick off the relaxation. Price Rs 9500 plus taxes.
If you are a real life bride –to- be you can sign up for the Bridal Bouquet which is a four week bridal prep programme.
There are some interesting weekend spa packages on the Vivanta Surajkund website so do check them out for Diwali and winter. www.vivantabytaj.com/Surajkund_NCR
NB : all pictures belong to geetaslist.