A luxurious sanctuary for wellness

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Awarded as one of the best luxury spa retreats in the country, the spa at The Imperial is a haven for rejuvenation. Located in the heart of New Delhi, the spa is set to launch a series of new therapies adding to its wellness portoflio By Saloni Bhatia

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Jacqualine Tara Herron

The Imperial in New Delhi has one of the largest city spas in the country, offering a complete focus on healing and wellbeing through therapies, fitness regime and healthy diet. The place is known for its signature therapies matched with signature oils and administered by hand-picked therapists. The spa follows traditional Ayurvedic rituals where one can consult an in-house Ayurvedic doctor, who also recommends a spa cuisine to maintain a healthy diet. Started in the year 2010 by Jacqualine Tara Herron, the spa at The Imperial stands out as a destination in itself. Herron, director, The Imperial Spa, Salon, Health & Racquet Club, a seasoned wellness professional with more than two decades of experience in the industry, re-joined the property a few months ago. She comes back with a new set of ideas that would add to the spa’s therapy portfolio along with many other aspects.

Speaking about the new additions, Herron, informs, “We are introducing a few new pure Ayurvedic therapies in our luxurious Kerala Suite which will include a Tridosha Facial. Also the authentic four hand Abyhanga massage where two therapists work on maximising the benefits of circulatory therapy, plus a deeply nourishing treatment for hair, nails hands and feet called Paripalana. In addition, we are introducing a highly effective Lymphatic Drainage massage to improve the detox process and help support the immune system.”

Extensive facilities

The spa has been founded on the philosophy that wellness can be achieved in a nurturing environment, through cleansing and yoga. Signature holistic massages and deep relaxation are essential elements in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The facilities include a stylish Ladies Salon, a Gentleman’s Barber Shop, a Yoga Studio, an international standard squash court and an all round fitness centre. Herron mentions, “In the salon we will be offering Microdermabrasian which dynamically exfoliates the skin and Oxygen Crystal Facial therapy which together purify, lighten and hydrate the skins cells with glowing results. Also, a thermal skin rejuvenation therapy which is a high performance long lasting and highly effective technique for skin tightening, wrinkle removal and overall smoothening results due to the stimulation of collagen.”

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There are in total of nine treatment rooms, including the luxurious Moghul Suite for couples and Kerala Suite for traditional Ayurvedic therapies. Since the spa is located amidst the green environs of a popular hotel, it welcomes many international guests looking for a traditional Indian therapies. Herron remarks, “Though the hotel offers a unique guest experience, it is only accessible to in- house guests. The salon is for non residents and we are continually working towards building our seasonal promotions and in room spa knowledge ensure guests are encouraged to book treatments and benefit from their stay with us.”

20161215eh40Moghul and Indian motifs dominate the interiors contributing to the soothing ambience of the spa. There are seven individual therapy rooms accompanied with the hydro therapy areas and changing rooms. The therapies include Balinese, Thai and sports remedial massage, bespoke Savassana Detoxifying wrap, dedicated treatments for men among many other special treatments and the signature Kerala therapy. The therapies have been designed by Herron, drawing inspiration from her experience as a Yoga and meditation teacher. The techno-gym, Pilates studio, squash room are the alternatives available for those who wish to indulge in exercises before experiencing the therapies.

The Imperial Spa has been awarded several times for its service, interiors and therapies. When asked how she plans to maintain the brand’s status, Herron replies, “To continue to be recognised and grow as an exemplary spa we will maintain professional training of our team. The team offers offers outstanding treatments that allow us to be talked about, be appreciated for the intention and maintain the high quality of our products and performance.”

As people are opting to maintain a healthy lifestyle even as they travel, the wellness industry is growing across the world. Herron opines, “Wellness has become a byword not only within the spa business but also in commerce, politics and social care institutions that focus on improved performance, longevity and success. Trends in wellness include creating corporate programmes to educate people on the benefits of ‘mindfulness’ as a way to achieve more harmony in all relationships, whether personal, political or business.”

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She concludes, “The trends in detoxifying the body for healthier living now include collation therapies, vitamin and mineral drips and dedicated programmes to rejuvenate the body and mind that combines technological advances in anti-aging as well as tried and tested old school approach through intensive massage therapies, still one of the best preventative therapies adored globally.” She however adds that the essence of mindfulness is actually meditation, and techniques for focusing the mind to improve self awareness, group awareness and consequently better health.

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