Spas in this city have cropped up like mushrooms in a forest. Most of these are fronts for illicit activities and if you are looking for a reasonably priced location which is only interested in providing therapy services, then you will be hard-pressed. The most common searches that land people on this website are related to spas. And so, I thought about writing an article which focuses on locations which are known to be clean and professional. Below are some such places that I have personally visited and are endorsed by me:
The Jiva Spa, in Vivanta by Taj, Gurgaon – this hotel is situated near the HUDA City Center metro station (next to Fortis hospital). While I am sure most of the spas in 4/5 star hotels will qualify for this article, this particular one I have used and found to be exceptionally good. You are sure to get pampered by very professional therapists.
Blue Terra Spa – This has been a steady standard for many years. They have multiple branches and you can be sure of getting a good service. Personally, I think their DLF Phase IV location (in Supermarket 1) is a better spot.
Spa Soul, in Galaxy Hotel – located inside Galaxy Hotel (behind 32nd milestone) is another gem of a Spa. Again, these folks are very professional. The facilities include showers and steam rooms. And they are very reasonably priced for the quality of facilities that they offer. Try negotiating a discount at the time of the booking.
Aroma Thai, in Ambience Mall – solid and reliable. Also one of the few places where you can get a decent foot massage in the city. They also have a new location in Good Earth City Center near Sohna road which they don’t yet mention on their website.
Sawasdee Spa, in Ambience Mall – these folks have also been around for a long time. They also have another location in the city (South Point Mall), but I prefer the Ambience Mall location. Good facilities, but they are always booked also, so you may want to call ahead for an appointment.
Well, these are the only ones that I have used where you are sure to get a good service. I welcome comments from readers who have personal experiences here or any other locations in Gurgaon.
Update (July 2014):between when I wrote this post and today there was a period when the service quality and this spa had declined a fair bit (other pages on this site discuss this fact). Having said that, the current level of service is much better (I have visited this spa a few times in this year). They are better than 80-90% of the spas in Gurgaon, I would say (not that I have visited them all). My only complaint with them is that they are still very expensive (more so than almost every other spa in Gurgaon) – at the same time, they are usually booked all the time, which means that there is demand for their quality of services. My recommendation again with Sawasdee is: “Recommended”.
Sawasdee is a traditional Thai greeting which is equal to a ‘Hello’ or a ‘Namaste’. The word is actually derived from a Sanskrit word which means ‘well-being’. And a boost to your well-being is exactly what you get when you visit the Sawasdee Thai Spa at Ambi mall in Gurgaon. There are many Spas in Gurgaon (as I have written here) and some of them are fairly good (such as Oriental Senses). But the Sawasdee Thai Spa takes good to a whole new level – I am sure it is one of the best (at the moment) in all of Gurgaon, if not NCR. Here’s a quick review, and hopefully others who have visited will add to this by leaving comments.
Yesterday I found myself really yearning for a foot massage. And I then happened to find myself in the Ambience mall in Gurgaon. Well, it just so happens that there is a foot spa (whatever that is) in Ambience mall – Aroma Thai Foot Spa. Off I went to check out the place. First thing first – I am not sure why they call themselves a foot spa. They offer the full range of body massages as well other than the foot massages and reflexology treatments. Anyway, as I said, I was in the mood for a foot massage – so that’s what I asked for.
The bad first
Let me point out the things I didn’t like first, and then I will talk about the things that I did like.
The first thing I didn’t like is that the guy at the reception, as nice as he was, kept trying to sell me a body massage service instead of a foot massage.
Second thing I didn’t like is that they don’t have a 30 minute foot massage option. The shortest is 45 minutes, and that’s what I ended up asking for.
The third thing that I didn’t like is the price for that option, which was Rs. 1,050 – I find this kind of steep, but I am guessing its the location that drives up the price there.
And finally, what I really hated was the hard sell on trying to get me into buying a package when I mentioned very clearly that I am not interested when asked the first time.
Now the good part
The good thing is that despite the parts I didn’t like, I really enjoyed myself and would repeat. Here are the good things about the place:
Great attitude for the therapist (better courtesy training than most places I have seen).
I was given a clean pair of loose slacks to change in – it would have been pretty difficult to get a foot massage done in my jeans as they wouldn’t have rolled up to my knees.
The massage was very good and relaxing – I fell off to sleep for a while (thanks to the very comfortable sofas and the good work being carried out on my feet).
The noise control – their room where the massage is carried out is behind a separate inner door – there is zero mall noise penetrating the room – that in itself was very relaxing.
The location – the mall is the perfect place – you go their often, and your feet get tired. So it is very conveniently located.