Looking for a new spa in the city? Here’s all you need to know about Elle Spa & Salon, Crowne Plaza in Mayur Vihar, Delhi.
Having spent some time doing shoots in India Today, I am well-versed with Crowne Plaza in Mayur Vihar, but I hadn’t been to the spa. Situated on the third floor of the hotel, the spa & salon are rightfully placed next to the fitness centre. As I arrived for my appointment on time, I was given a form to fill out and told I could extend my massage time to up to 90 minutes if I liked it (which I thought was very sweet).
A quick walkthrough of the spa, I figure Elle Spa & Salon is home to 5 treatment rooms, their highlight being the couple suite complete with a sauna and a Jacuzzi. Unfortunately, nobody from the team knew much about the ambience of the spa which is a crucial part of a spa. But what I liked was that the spa was very airy and softly lit. The decor is done up in neutrals and is very contemporary and appealing to both in-house guests and customers.
As I waited for my treatment, Signature Serene Therapy, to begin, I enjoyed the quiet vibes of the spa. To my disappointment, my detox tea was cold. I didn’t hesitate in sending it back. Afterwards, I was taken into my treatment room (meant for singles). I found it tastefully done and spacious.
Changing into my disposables, I had an afterthought about how uncomfortable an average Indian woman would feel wearing averagely sized underwear. I think it’s high time we’re given at least three standard sizes for both “delicates” and robes and this is something that will be appreciated in spas around the world.
My therapist, Jolie was very mindful about optimising the lighting, music and temperature to my likability and I feel this is what makes or breaks your spa session. However, when I asked her for a pillow, she declined.
I was beginning to relax in my session which started with Jolie started with light strokes from my lower back which steadily went towards the nape of my neck. I’m not an expert when it comes to terminology but she did seem to be leaning towards a technique called effleurage which basically means the masseur uses her palms or fingertips in long strokes. Jolie was mindful of the pressure but was quick to find my knots especially on my back and neck.
When I turned around, she massaged my arms, legs and stomach. You can skip the stomach if you’ve just eaten but I’d timed 3 hours prior to my session and was looking forward to it. She finished the massage on my shoulders when I decided to skip the head massage (I’d just washed my hair).
It wasn’t a typical Swedish massage with all five steps of it but it was a good massage which helped my soothes my aches. Plus, the usage of Mogra and Jasmine helped me relax. Jolie was skilled in her techniques: to my surprise, she found knots I didn’t know existed, including some pain points on my arms, legs and feet.
I quickly stepped into the shower and would have liked it if there was a steam/sauna option in the single treatment room too (since there was space too) and found their vanity kit plush with amenities.
My session ended with a feedback session with spa managers, Neha Rana and Don John.
Rs 3,500 for 60 minutes
The Signature Serena Treatment is a 60-minute massage and costs Rs 3,500 plus taxes. I think this is pretty moderately priced and is value for money for the quality they provide.
About Elle Spa and Salon
Elle Salon & Spa is a joint venture of Elle and Sanghvi Brands. Their portfolio includes brands like Spa la vie by L’OCCITANE, Warren Tricomi Salons, Elle Salons & Spa, Holyfield Gyms.
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