Spa Review: Mudraa’s Secret to Wellness
Luxurious gold-toned earthy interiors, the 16ft Buddha statue at the entrance, a very attentive waiting staff, and the perfect exit drink—lime, mint and ginger tea anyone?
Could’ve benefitted from a less obscure entrance. The magnanimous bronze door on the 1st floor is lost on what otherwise looks like a corporate address.
A great way to unwind and highly recommended for that weekend dose of relaxation.
Mudraa Spa at Marine Drive, Mumbai
As I sat feeling like a well-oiled machine (scented, mind you!), I sipped on my shot of ginger, lemon and mint tea. Two hours into my arrival and five minutes before my departure, I suddenly reconnect with all the fuss surrounding spa treatments.
Ain’t nothing like the house help aided your mother with back in the day, Mudraa Spa at Marine drive is a fancy addition to this trending way of life. So SoBo, so plush, the enormous gate and 16ft Buddha face at the entrance will envelope you into this very eastern, very luxurious oasis.
As I sat at the reception taking in the rustic shades that graduated from floor to ceiling, the person on-call was quick to chat me up while she took off my shoes and urged me into a pair of straw-mat slippers.
All treatments begin with a fancy foot soak and massage in a warm bath
There may be something for everybody, but I found what works for me credit to the insightful staff. A body wrap was a nay (I’m claustrophobic), so was a beauty treatment (I wasn’t going to salon it out at a spa!). Having done Balinese to death, the Hawain—Lomi Lomi came highly recommended.
A selection of oils was presented to me, each one dedicated to serve a specific purpose. My choice? The de-stressing chamomile. A fancy foot soak and massage later, I was taken to my room, which is cleverly treated with purple and gold, both colours of royalty.
A quick change into spa gear, and I was face down on the massage table. The on-set of the Lomi Lomi felt pretty similar to the Balinese, but soon it took a turn for the better. While the Balinese involves a trained use of fingers and palms at pressure points, the Lomi Lomi shows you the power of the forearm.
Slightly more intense on pressure, it’s a perfect way to release any knots and blockages you may have. What also helped was my consultation form references (you fill one after the oil selection), which had the therapist concentrate on my back and legs—areas that for me needed some special TLC.
Royal colours like gold and purple dominate the interiors of the treatment rooms
I soon realise communication is key as the therapist never oversteps, nor treads into zones of discomfort; she also did not miss working on every stressed part of my body, detailed to the centimeter, if I was comfortable.
Dedicatedly having worked towards my wellness for an hour and a half, the therapist signals the end of our rendezvous by directing me to my own private in-room shower. By the way, a pet peeve for me at spas is those shared unisex washrooms that feel like a communal bath. No luxury toiletries, but two able shampoo and soap dispensers help me rid 30 percent of the oil that’s been massaged into my body; you realise that’s such a plus as your skin feels supple for the rest of the day.
In my clothes and at the reception again, I fill out the feedback form, truthfully switching between good and excellent on all the check boxes. Back to where we started, ginger+lemon+mint tea and all, I text my friend a snapshot of the interiors, signed off "I found the perfect place for you to cleanse your chi :) "
Located on the 1st Floor, N.K.M. International House, 178 Backbay Reclamation, Babubhai Chinai Road, Marine Drive, treatments at the Mudraa Spa range between Rs 1,000-Rs 5,500.