Bangalore is a busy city where the dust, humidity and traffic can leave you feeling tired even if you are just out touring around. The Ritz Carlton property takes a step back from the busy roads and creates an oasis of tranquility and calm from the crowds.
The spa is another refuge with the refuge. The hotel really impressed us with its lavish designs, intuitive service and care about details. This is even more true in the spa which is set on the fifth floor, which is entirely set aside for wellness and relaxation.
The Spa area is the interior part of the fifth floor along with the gym and salon. The outdoor portion is a rooftop pool set in a garden environment. As we approached the desk staff were more than happy to offer us welcome drinks and menus to look over treatments. They allow you to craft what you would like and being a Ritz Carlton rewards member with status presented us with opportunities for discounts and other perks.
The theme of the spa menu is a blend of Indian and other Eastern cultural rituals from Asia. It is recommended to make an appointment because the hotel can hold many guests and most of the treatments are lengthy. There are twelve generously appointed rooms that fill up fast. With over 17,000 sq. ft. to use there is every sort of indulgence and charm.
Signature treatments include:
Jaali embrace which is a destressing ritual with four hands in constant motion to bring harmony and equilibrium. Volcanic stones and hot oil relax the muscles and tendons.
Manoyana is a combination of body mind techniques. The Yoga Nidra meditation slows down the mind while the body and head massage ensures deep relaxation in a treatment lasting 120 minutes.
The Chiang Mai Samunprai is a nod to traditional Thai herbal compress, wherein a steamed bag of herbs infuse essences and medicinal healings into the skin and beyond. It is overall a detoxifying treatment that elevates the sense of smell and breathing.
We found the staff to be very skilled, conscious about their work and engaging just the right amount so as to check on us but not interfere with the methods of relaxation. This was one of our first incursions into Indian massage therapies and it remains one of the best.