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APR 2017

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[ 62 ] • DAYSPA • april 2017 Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur Around 240 miles from Jaipur is Udaipur, nicknamed the Venice of the East. On the city's western fringes, Taj Lake Palace—an 18th-century palace turned luxury hotel—appears to fl oat on Lake Pichola. Added in 2002 and catering only to resident guests, the 1,180-square-foot spa incorporates three lavishly decorated treatment rooms (including one for couples' services) and a wet area with panoramic lake views. Signature treatments and Indian therapies employ exotic, locally sourced herbs and spices, as well as custom formulated aromatherapy oils supplied by Australian brand Subtle Energies. Sustainability is a key factor at the facility: "We use chemical-free, hand-combed organic cotton linens; even the bathrobes are herb-dyed," says spa manager Sunil Raj Kaningattu. Intoxicated as I was by the smell of sandalwood permeating the property, my real treat was yet to come. I'd selected one of the spa's most regal off erings, which takes place on a boat anchored by the hotel. Onboard options include the Romantic Spa Indulgence (240 min./$750 per couple; $450 single), a four-hour spa package that includes a restorative botanical Jivaniya treatment and a picnic. Accompanied by Kaningattu, I was taken by water taxi from the hotel's jetty to the spa boat. In the quaint wood-paneled cabin that serves as a treatment room, my Indian therapist performed a welcoming foot ritual before exfoliating my body with an invigorating, allover, masala-like scrub. Left on under layers of towels, the paste—a mix of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, dry ginger, black pepper, rice powder and rose water—simulated a heat wrap. Following a sleep-inducing head massage with nourishing sesame, curry leaf and neem oils, then a shower, I surrendered to a full body massage that employed stress relieving oils, including ashwagandha and tulsi leaf. The quaint cabin setting lent a cocoon-like feeling throughout the treatment. Suffi ce to say, I felt deeply relaxed, and took to the boat deck to enjoy masala chai and Indian shortbread with a view of the Aravallis mountains. According to Kaningattu, many guests choose to relax in this spot with a glass of wine while enjoying the sunset. spa hopping dayspamagazine.com/freeinfo COURTESY TAJ LAKE PALACE

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