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March 11, 2010

ESPA’s First Tented Spa Opens at The Leela Palace

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Udaipur, Rajasthan – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

The ESPA at The Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur opened February 2010 in the Rajasthan region of India. The first branded ESPA in India, the spa comprises treatment rooms and suites ensconced in traditional Rajasthan-style tents with interiors by Jeffrey Wilkes. The treatment tents are accessed by paths that wind through gardens designed by famed landscape architect Bill Bensley. Set on beautiful Lake Pichola, the spa is separated into two distinct areas, the Haveli Spa and the Lake Spa.

The Haveli Spa houses the spa reception area. From there, guests may proceed to the five single treatment tents, the crystal and anthracite glass tiled aroma steam rooms, and to separate male and female relaxation areas. Healthy lunches are served on the rooftop terrace, which offers spectacular views of the lake and the City Palace beyond. The Lake Spa features a Couple’s Suite and two Royal Palace Spa Suites, each with its own private pool and walled garden. The tents feature crystal chandeliers, bespoke furniture, and rich fabrics.

Exclusive to the spa menu, the Leela Udaipur Ceremonies combine European principles with the ancient philosophies of Ayurveda. Carried out in the private tents, all ceremonies begin with a welcoming foot ritual of exfoliating rosehip seeds and essential oils of ginger, clove, and lime. Treatments include ‘his-and-her’ Royal Princesses and Royal Knights of Rajasthan ceremonies, complete with massages and scrubs suited to each guest. The menu also features Abhyanga Marma point massage and Dosha-specific body therapies using both ESPA essential oils and traditional Ayruvedic oils containing powerful medicinal herbs. Private yoga and meditation is offered in the tents and courtyard gardens.

www.theleela.com

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