Feb 28 2013

Sawadee- Thai Body Spa, Bandra- Review

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Sawadee spa, bandraI went for a spa after so long! Oh my god! That too ‘cause I’m less kadka now! I must thank Timesdeal.com because of which I could go to Sawadee- Thai Body Spa for a very reasonable foot spa! Here’s my review!

The deal– 60 minutes of Thai Traditional Foot therapy which includes back, shoulders, arms, head and neck massage and a cup of Herbal Tea at the end. The actual cost is Rs.1200 but I got it at Rs. 450 (Inclusive of taxes).

The Ambience– Sawadee Thai Body Spa is located in Bandra and Juhu. I went to the Bandra outlet at Linking road, 3rd left in the KFC lane. The first thing you notice when you walk into Sawadee is the smell. It smells of aromatic oils and lemongrass and I was looking forward to seeing the interiors. The place is dark, like any other spa with dim lighting. They have two recliners for foot massages and a few small rooms for the full body massages divided by curtains. The music they play is nice and calming, perfect to make you feel relaxed. But it didn’t exactly go as I’d wished because the reception area and the first booth (foot therapy room) had just a curtain in the middle so I could hear the receptionist talk to people on the phone and customers there.

The Experience– My feet were first cleaned with a warm wet cloth and I was made to relax on the recliner. The masseur then started with the traditional Thai foot therapy which went on for about half an hour. The next half an hour was a dry back, shoulders, arms, head and neck massage including stretches and that was awesome! I think I enjoyed the second half of my massage more than the first half. At the end of the session, they serve herbal tea with sugared ginger on the side. My masseur’s name was Sang and he did a great job!

Verdict– I’m so glad I got to try Sawadee, thanks to Timesdeal’s superb offer. I paid Rs.450 for an hour of heaven! My experience as a whole was great and I’m definitely going back there soon!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Oct 28 2010

The Orange Tree Studio, Breach Candy- Review

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I’d been wanting to go for a spa since more than 2 months now and was waiting till I thought I could afford to go for one soon. Luck is always by my side *touches wood* and this time, it came in the form of SnapDeal. In short, it’s a site that has some pretty awesome deals for kick ass prices! The deal I chose was to get a Deep Tissue Body Massage at The Orange Tree Studio at Breach Candy.

The Process– Ok first of all, this massage is only for women. You’re given a green tube dress to change into. Once on the bed, the masseuse applies powder all over your body and gives you a dry massage. Once that is done, you get a hot olive oil massage all over your body. The pressure applied was just perfect.  Steam is what comes next. Now I had a problem with that. They had a small steam machine instead of a steam room. If a person is to get steam after a massage, on the whole body, it is but obvious that a small machine which needs to be moved around wont do justice. Also, after the steam, they had hot wet towels to wipe off the oil from the body. I’d have liked a shower room but I guess it was ok.

The Experience–   The Orange Tree Studio is not a dimly lit place exclusively for spas. It is a studio with multiple services. You’ll find clean white walls with olive green salon chairs as you enter. They do everything from haircuts to styling to massages and what not. So it’s a bright happy place and there is a separate massage/ waxing room where I had to go. The room had 2 beds and a curtain in the middle. No dim lights again. For the massage though, they switched off the lights and kept just one white light on. (Thank god!) Also, there was no soothing background music or candles. The massage was great though! Good pressure. Nice and relaxing but too short. I think it was less than 45 mins. I just didn’t get why it was called the “deep tissue massage” because to me it was a regular body massage. So experience-wise it was alright.

Cost & Duration– The Deep Tissue Body Massage actually costs Rs. 1300 for 45 mins, but thanks to Snap Deal it cost me only Rs. 349.

Verdict– The Orange Tree Studio is a nice place and the massage is decent. With a few changes in the ambience for their spas/massages, it would be frequented more often for sure!

Website http://www.theorangetreestudio.in/

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Jul 16 2010

Metta Reflexology Spa, Bandra -Review

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I’ve been to a couple of spas before but this one was different. Not just because you’ll find visually impaired people giving you the massage, but the aura of the place was just different.

When you enter, you’ll be soaked in a smell that’s not too nice. The place is simple. There are 3 massage beds only and it’s not the kind of spa you’ve been to before. But there’s something about the place. There’s something about the way you’ll get your massage.

The experience– I decided to go for the one hour Foot Reflexology spa in which you get 40 minutes of foot reflexology and then they massage your back, neck, shoulders, hands and head for the remaining 20 minutes. My masseuse was a lady named Nayomi who started first by cleaning my feet with a hot towel and then applying simple coconut oil on my feet after which she got down to pressing the pressure points on my feet. Time and again she kept asking if the pressure was fine. I can’t tell you how relaxing it was! It felt great! The music they play also relaxes you in a certain way. After the 40 minutes of foot reflexology, she started the back, neck, shoulders, hands and head massage. That is the best part about the entire experience!

You also have an option of getting a half hour facial massage or head massage by paying just 100 bucks more. And so I went for the facial massage which was done by a lady named Pallavi. She applied Aloe Vera gel with some ice on my face and neck. It really felt amazing at the end of it and somehow my face felt softer.

Verdict– The best part is that the people working there are so courteous and nice, even amongst themselves that you feel like you’re in a place where the people working truly love their job! There’s warmth attached to the place which you just can’t ignore. I know for sure that I will go back there for many more lovely massages. It’s value for money and great service by the visually impaired.

Cost & Duration– Rs. 300 for 1 hour.

Location– Metta Reflexology Spa, Pali Village, Bandra.

Websitewww.mettafootspa.com

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Jun 13 2010

L’Oreal Hair Spa at Harsh Salon, Juhu

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Last evening I had some time to kill before dinner and I was at Juhu so thought, chal, time to get a good hair spa. I’ve been going to Harsh since the past 2 and a half years now and not once have I left disappointed.

The thing about Harsh is that most people, after hearing the name itself think it might be some weird, small beauty parlour. But it’s a nice place…OK they don’t have super stylish people dressed in the best clothes and the salon may not play the kind of music you’d like to listen to (they play bhajans), but they’re brilliant at their work and will give you great haircuts and whatever you’re going there for.

So as I was saying, I went there for a Hair Spa yesterday. For those who don’t know, a hair spa is basically a protein treatment for  different types of hair. For example, my hair is coloured and has been falling. So they mix the L’oreal hair spa cream with some other cream which is for my hair type, and then apply it.

They first shampoo your hair and then apply the hair spa cream. Massage it for a good 20-25 minutes and then steam it and then wash it again. At the end of it, your hair is smoother, smells awsome and looks healthier.

Verdict: The L’oreal Hair Spa at Harsh is great! A hair spa which will make you feel awsome about your hair! The best part is that when the guy was drying my hair, I thought my fringes needed a trim, so I just asked him how much would it cost for me to trim it a bit. He said, “Arre kuch nahi…aapke liye free”. So the service is excellent too. I definitely recommend this to everyone! Value for money.

Cost & Duration: Rs. 600 for 45 mins

Location: Harsh Salon, near Juhu Gymkhana.

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