Seeking calmness and serenity for body and mind in Kochi is not a very daunting experience, considering the profusion of spas in the city. But achieving the same in a most luxurious space with the best facilities and service is a rare feat. A new name in the arena of relaxation and wellness, Śāntata spa at the Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty stands out for its all-round excellence.
Stepping inside Śāntata, the premium luxury spa at the Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty, infuses a sense of what the name stands for in Sanskrit – inner peace, harmony, and tranquility. Sublimity pervades throughout the experience of being at Śāntata, beginning with the stately reception at the spa.
An impressive start
I was welcomed by the spa manager Damodaran Kallippale into the glorious reception area of the spa. The grandiosity of the entrance was enough to give me a glimpse of the splendor that lay ahead. The spa therapist assigned to me – Lily – took charge of the proceedings from there. Proffered a chilled vial of fresh tender coconut water and a warm moist towel to begin with, Lily went on to take a short survey of my health conditions and therapy preferences.
The spa presents a whole host of rejuvenating healing treatments both international such as Balinese, Oriental Stretch, Hot Stone, etc., and Indian such as Shirodhara, Kizhi, Udwarthanam, etc, along with a skin care series and a fun regimen for children. They have four signature therapies – Spice Symphony, Absolute Aromatherapy, Arabian Sea Salt Ritual, and Harmony. Deciding upon the Swedish Massage as the therapy for me, she extended a tray consisting of seven bottles of oil. I was made to smell each of the oils, named according to the essence they provide – Harmony, Healing, Invigorating, Rejuvenating, Relaxing, Serenity, and Soothing – and choose what appealed to me the most. My choice of ‘Healing’ revealed to be a citrus essence, containing lemon grass and ginger.
Next, we proceeded inside the spa area, to begin with the therapy. Lily guided me through the ample and spacious interiors of Śāntata, which comprises seven treatment rooms, including one for couples, and another dedicated to Ayurvedic treatments. Śāntata comes well equipped with Hydrotherapy with Steamsauna, Plunge Pool, Experience Shower, Gym, and Indoor Pool.
A sensorial indulgence
Guided by Lily, I entered one of the treatment rooms, which is large, airy, and well-lit. She commenced the procedure with an invigorating foot scrub using Arabian Sea Salt. She then turned on ambient music, drew the blinds, and eased me onto the massage bed. I lay face down first as she began the hour-long treatment.
With deft strokes and perfect amount of pressure, the sprightly masseuse from Manipur sent me into raptures of relief as she undid knots of stiffness and cracks from my joints and muscles. With special care given to my lower back and below the neck and shoulder areas as requested by me, Lily performed the massage with utmost expertise, asking me from time to time about my level of comfort, and enquiring about the volume levels of music, the temperature in the room, etc. It was not long before I found myself falling into tranquilising stupors a few times through the session.
Upon completion of the massage, Lily led me to the Hydrotherapy area. I spent time at the sauna where I let the warmth permeate every part of me. Subsequently, I was offered a dip in the Plunge Pool – a state of the art mini pool area with complete privacy. However, I opted for the Experience Shower which is an indulgent shower where you are pampered with refreshing showers of water from above and the sides.
The spa treatment culminated with a hot cup of herbal tea in the Relaxation Room, an ornately done up space with recliners. I mulled over the soothing experience I had as I sipped on the refreshing tea before being done for the day.
Śāntata Spa is open from 7am to 10pm. Call +91 484 266 1234 to book an appointment.