Spa Review: So Spa, Sofitel
The well-appointed treatment suites, complete with rain shower and luxurious L'Occitane toiletries; and the very relaxing foot massage.
Avoid the welcome drink, unless you're into sweet-n-sour concoctions.
Though it might be tucked away in BKC, the spa offers some serious pampering and relaxation.
The Softiel at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) has finally launched its signature spa. It's spread over 6,000sqft on the third floor of the hotel, and divided into a reception area, spa area with six luxurious treatment suites (more on that later) and a relaxation room, where guests can go if they want to chill after a relaxing massage.
I was given a quick tour of the spa area - each suite is done up in shades of gold and silver with mother of pearl accents, carrying forward Isabelle Miaja's opulent design seen in the rest of the hotel. Each suite also has its own bathroom and dressing area, while the couples' treatment suite is fitted with a Jacuzzi.
If you're not sure what treatment you want, you will get a 'menu' to browse through. 'Starter' and 'dessert' treatments last for 30 minutes, a 'main course' treatment lasts between 30 and 90 minutes while the 'specials' go up to 150 minutes.
All the products So Spa uses are French-made. The Ayurvedic oil and the camphor-neem cream they used for the foot massage are by Cinq Mondes, which claims to be inspired by ancient beauty and health traditions of the world.
I picked a De-stress Express massage from the dessert menu that works on the back, neck and nape and paired it with a classic Indian Ayurvedic foot massage with a kansu bowl. The former is a completely relaxing massage, conducted using a surprisingly non-sticky oil; the latter involves Indian Ayurvedic science and reflexology and a metal alloy bowl to calm the pitta, or fire, beat stress and restore sleep. It's definitely worth trying, especially if your lifestyle keeps you on the run.
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