Aug 2 2012

CityBliss- Wellness on Wheels, Mumbai- Review

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The first thing that caught my attention about CityBliss was the fact that it’s a spa on wheels! What a great concept that I just had to try it!

Spa on wheels? CityBliss, Wellness on Wheels is based in Bandra, Hill Road but they travel all over Mumbai to serve you. They have a metallic blue van which is fully equipped to offer you a great spa experience while you travel from one place to another. They have various therapies such as Foot Reflexology, Head Massage, Face Massage, Spa Manicure & Pedicure and Facial that can be done in the movable spa. The idea struck Swadeep Patil (the owner) when he was travelling in 2010. One thought led to another and before he knew it, he had a spa on wheels ready by June 2011 which started its blissful journey across Mumbai.

I took my best friend Komal along so we could try CityBliss together and plus I wanted some company to go to Mahim market for shopping so she came along gladly. We started off at Colaba and decided to go for half n hour of foot and half n hour of head massage. A lot of my friends were apprehensive about the whole spa on wheels deal thinking it would be some shady van with shady masseurs and so they asked me to be very careful. Luckily, I didn’t have to worry about any of that because the van was luxurious with polite and efficient staff. Also, we could see where we were going thanks to the camera attached to the front of the van and the screen in front of us.

Haha funny thing happened. Before getting the spa, Komal asks her masseuse, “So are you from Thailand?” The masseuse replies, “No we are from Manipur”. LOL! Popat!

The Experience– As we sat on the recliner chairs, we were given cute jute chappals to switch into which we barely wore for like 10 seconds and a soft sheet to cover ourselves. Our feet were washed with warm water and soap and then dried. Our massage started immediately then with Natures Co.’s lemon grass oil. The masseuses skillfully massaged our feet upto our knees, with perfect pressure. Komal and I were enjoying everyminute of it and before we knew it, our half n hour was over and our feet were wiped off with warm wet napkins. The next half n hour was going to be the head massage and we both knew we’d like that better. Our recliners were further reclined to rest our heads comfortably and their fingers worked their magic on our head, neck, back and arms with Rosemary oil from Nature’s Co. and relaxed us completely. We didn’t even realise where our half n hour went; I was almost asleep because of how blissful it was. Soon, we reached our destination, thanked them and left. The massage was truly amazing.

How much? For a truly luxurious, convenient and blissful experience, CityBliss comes at a price. If you book the van for 2, a foot/head massage for 30 mins (upto 10kms) would cost Rs.675 + taxes per person.  60 minutes (20kms) would cost Rs. 1050 + taxes per person and so on. If you choose to go alone, you’d be paying Rs. 900 + taxes and Rs. 1400 + taxes respectively. This cost is to save your travel money to go from one place to another and to make sure your time is blissfully spent. So I wouldn’t say its very expensive considering the value and quality of service.

Where and when? The van does not travel to Navi Mumbai, Thane, etc. and they operate from 11am to 11pm so make sure you book your appointment accordingly. Also, if your spa gets over in half n hour and you haven’t reached your desired location yet because of traffic, don’t worry, they wont throw you off the van. You can either sleep it off or extend your massage.

Websitehttp://www.citybliss.com/

Verdict– In between erratic schedules and crazy traffic in Mumbai, take a breather with CityBliss’s Spa on Wheels and just relax. If you know someone who’s getting married or want to gift someone something different and awesome, this is it! I recommend!

Rating– 4/5

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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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Jun 8 2010

Fish Spa at Orchid City Centre (Mumbai Central)

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Ever since I heard of the Fish Spa, I’ve been tempted to try it. For those who don’t know, you are made to dip your feet into a little tub of water wherein you will find these tiny little fish swimming about. They are called “Garra Rufas or Doctor Fish”. Doctor fish because apparently they eat the dead skin, corns, eczema or any weird looking stuff from your feet and sort of clean your feet.  Not that I had any of those problems… I wanted to simply just try it out.So I went to Orchid City Centre after I heard how awsome it was!

The process– Ok so first they make you dip your feet in a small bucket of water and clean them, before you dip your feet into the tub where the fish are, (so they don’t die :P) just for sanity purposes. Once your feet are in the real thing, the fish rush to your feet as if there’s no tomorrow! The Doctor fish start nibbling at your feet, eating all your dead skin. Well, that’s their job! They make sure your feet feel softer and cleaner. Now the funny part is they don’t have teeth!

The feeling– At first I was very uncomfortable because I’m a vegetarian and I couldn’t imagine fish nibbling at my feet! It felt very very strange, ticklish and funny at the same time. What makes it very weird is looking at the fish eating a part of you! That’s just gross! I think a one time experience is good enough!

Verdict– Definitely worth a try, especially if you fancy trying out new things, especially spas. But I prefer my normal foot reflexology, thank you very much!

Cost & Duration- Rs. 150 for 15 mins and Rs.250 for 30 mins.

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