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It’s been over a year since Aura, The Park’s luxury day spa, opened its doors but somehow the soothing smell of lemon grass has not managed to infuse the overall aura of The Park. Blame it on the beer that reeks from Someplace Else and Tantra. Blame it on the caffeine at Atrium.

In fact, it is probably a good thing that Aura has stayed somewhat under the radar, for, shouldn’t a spa be a haven rather than hustle and bustle? Tucked away far from the epicentre of all the action though, bang opposite Aqua is the seven-room, two-level day spa, a hidden treasure. The full service centre is open to The Park’s in-house guests and “other guests through membership”.

The experience at Aura begins at the plush reception. You can just plonk down on the couch and lazily browse through their extensive list of services. You can choose from a treatment from their Signature Rituals (if you have dry skin, a scrub and mud body wrap for Rs 1,750 will work wonders) or Contemporary Rituals (starting from Rs 2,500) like a classic Swedish, Thai or aromatherapy massage. You can also target a specific stressed region and go for a scalp or back massage (Rs 1,500). Aura also has an Ayurvedic section, a facial section and a separate speedy menu for body polishes, wraps and packs that uses kitchen ingredients like rice, honey, cucumber, papaya or coconut. But the real treats are the super exotic spa packages. If you’re single, choose Sensory Revival to combat fatigue and if you’re double, go for Ananda, your three-hour haven in a room for two. If you’re in between, then go for a Soundarya (a bridal package that includes massages, ubtan, waxing, manicure and pedicure) or Bachelor’s Bash (a two-day treat for grooms-to-be).

Once the daunting task of choosing your therapy is over, you can actually begin to relax. To help you do so, Aura has a special relaxing room. Lounge chairs, lemon grass aroma, white flowy curtains and more lounge couches are the highlights of this room whose only role is to get you into massage mood!

The seven therapy rooms (including a single suite, double suite, Thai room and Ayurvedic room) are different from one another in terms of colour code and energy and have names like Gyan, Shakti, Samridhi and Soundarya. Silver artefacts and shining fittings complement each room whereas the overall decor is standard Oriental with a regional touch in the form of shola work.

Once you’re escorted into a room and your therapist locks the doors, you are best advised to keep your worries locked out too, at least for those couple of hours. Direct your mind to switch off from everything. And switch on to the peaceful soft notes of music. Take time off to breathe deeply. Stop to notice the hint of stress-relieving aroma oil diffused in the air.

Finally, surrender yourself. Enjoy yourself while it lasts because “Ma’am your treatment is over,” are really the last five words you want to hear!

Mid-day munch

Across the pool, in the cool section of Aqua, the perfect summer lunch menu awaits the newly pampered. Choose from their straightforward and edited noon to 6pm menu comprising two salads and five types of sandwiches. t2 recommends the Greek Salad, a classic recipe of vegetables tossed with feta cheese. The healthy eater can opt for a multi-grain grilled vegetable sandwich and if counting calories is not on the agenda, go for an indulgent BLT panini, toasted or grilled. Down it with a chilled drink — Aqua will give you enough options in that category. Make your sip and bite a complete audio-visual experience as you relax with lazy lounge music and savour the soothing sight of the glistening blue pool.

Shradha Agarwal

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