Did you know that Victoria Beckham uses a bird poop facial offered at a New York city spa .... or that tennis superstar Serena Williams takes a 1000 litres of Evian natural spring water spa at Hotel Victor in Miami ? .... I kid you not !!! ..... Celebs will do anything for eternal beauty and youthfulness .... Even Queen Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of ancient Egypt was famed for her modern spa like beauty regimen like rubbing goose fat on her skin and bathing in ass's milk .... And in India we of course were "spa-ing" even before the word "spa"  was invented ..... an Indian bride's "Solah Shringar" or the 16 steps of ritual cleansing and beautification is legendary .... right from oiling and massaging the hair with perfumed hair oil and then washing with shikakai, bhringraj, amla to drying it with incense and sandalwood smoke to rubbing body scrubs of sandalwood, multani mitti, turmeric and gram flour to soaking in rose petals in milk ..... our "spa-ing" traditions are as Barney Stinson says ... Legen ...... wait for it ...... dary !!!!! .... hahahaha .... According to Spa-Finders, the world's largest travel service dedicated solely to health and fitness vacations .... the 3500 year old Indian born Ayurveda, a complex medical system identifying imbalances in a person's "doshas," and prescribing a personalized, detoxifying regime of diet change, exercise, meditation, massage and herbal medicine ... features in its 2013 Top 10 Global Spa & Wellness Trends Forecast .... and going to the spa with friends in tow for relaxation, beautification and celebration is officially an established trend in spa attendance ... Dubbed "Social Spa-ing", the emerging spa trend was ranked as 2010's top trend in Spa-Finders' Spa Travel Report, and the group spa experience phenomenon is continuing to flourish in 2013. (Spafinder)


Esparanza Spa and Beauty Lounge, Delhi






When Esparanza Spa invited us bloggers to experience "Social Spa-ing" in its beautifully appointed environs at Greater Kailash 2, Delhi .... we were very excited .... truth be told it was more because we were a bunch of blogger friends that love to meet up and experience new places and experiences .... and what better way to exchange fashion notes and gossip than an afternoon of wine, gourmet food and relaxing massages .... so did we like it ? ..... are you kidding ? ... we loved Esparanza so much that we have been recommending friends and family left right and centre .... very smart of Esparanza to invite bloggers of course .... at the outset, they stressed that we are not beholden to write about them if we do not find their experience "more than wow" as their young Chief, Shikhar Malhotra insisted ... second, we could choose any experience from their menu, and not something tailor made specifically to entice us .... third, he said that if we ever came back to Esparanza as paying guests, that would be the Spa's biggest achievement and success!! ..... and guess what !! .... young Shikhar's confidence in his product was totally legitimate .... we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, in fact Aanchal had a back and shoulder ache for sometime, and she was delighted to get rid of it with a full body massage .... I opted for the foot reflexology as i worked on my business mails on the iphone, and soon forgot work ... so delicate and masterful was the 30 minute foot rub with a nice chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc :) .... The food for our bloggers meet was from Nature's Basket, a gourmet grocery and just enhanced the entire experience !! .... Needless to say, i went back thrice to Esparanza, since the bloggers meet on 15th june ... and hence this blog post :)

"Life is beautiful.

What do you hope for? For joy, for happiness, for wisdom, for strength? To be a child of the universe, to feel your worries melt away?

City life is busy, we know. The constant run-around, the ceaseless noise, the
pollution, the pressure – they dim your inner light without you even realizing it.
You get so lost in what you have to do that you forget to nurture who you truly are.

We want to take you on that inner journey. To indulge your every whim. To offer you a sanctuary; where you are spirited away and your unique inner balance is restored by the nature-kissed products in our bouquet of services, many of which are of Spanish origin. As they say in Spain, la vida es bella, life truly is beautiful.

Embrace this passion and warmth of the Spanish by living in the moment and surrendering to the restorative touch of our healers – who will help you pause, reflect, breath and rediscover your true essence. - Esparanza "





The Art of Social Spa-ing :)




Delhi Bloggers with Team Esparanza


Its always a good idea to start with a welcome drink :p ... team DSB settling down :)



Blogger Shreya in a giggling fit while Blogger Aien looks on .... girls gossip and giggles ... inevitable  !!


Aien wants a massage pronto .... she just checked out the buddy suite, this is social spaing remember ?



Of course Shreya's giggling fit has a domino affect on me too :)


Aien decides to catch up with Heena while we finish with our giggles :)



Aanchal needs a shoulder rub asap ... she is tired and doesn't find me and Shreya funny :)


Finally, Aien and Aanchal decide on the full monty treatment .... hahahahaha :D


Just kidding, you get a nice spa kit to change into of course !!


Me and Shreya decide on the foot rub :)


And being a social media pro, i segue into work on the phone !!


Shreya the bookworm dives into her latest thriller :)


But .... aaaahhh its so good, work can take a hike !!!


Shreya checks out my bliss and the happy noises i am making .... yeaaahhhh !!


Obviously, the reading is put aside, and further gossip ensues :)


Another glass of vino is just the right touch :D




Happy feet !!!!! :D







Very very happy bloggers :)




Second time at Esparanza for a ladies meet by Vida Fiesta .... the awesome twosome Vibhuti and Rupam ... brand consultants and super women :)


With pretty Anisha Khanna :)



Vibhuti and Anisha .... the sisterhood rocks !!


Ladies who Spa and runs successful entrepreneurships :)



Shikhar and Heena Malhotra of Esparanza


Young Chief Esparanza - Shikhar Malhotra ... well educated, suave, sharp and utterly charming !!



Roy Raymond Henderson - celeb photographer extraordinaire and the most gentlemanly man of fashion and everything fashionable :) ... all pictures of this blog post on Esparanza are by him.


Esparanza hosts Ladies Nites at Fork You and Skooter, Delhi ... with the gorgeous Pooja Tewari :)



Esparanza : Breathe Easy ..... :)






We hope you liked the journey through Esparanza through our eyes .... until next time, cheers peeps !!


DSB


7 comments:

  1. WOW! Pretty pictures..I am sure it must have been super fun after a peppering session with your girls..

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  2. superb dimpy..very well written as always! Stay blessed...lots of love and luck muah!

    Rupam & Vibhuti
    Vida Fiesta!

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    1. Thank you so much Vibhuti .... Vida Fiesta rocks !!

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  3. Thanks for discussing this excellent details. I really like have fun with spa. Going to a spa is one way to go to be refreshed.Lovely photography...

    Spa in Delhi

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  4. wow....its nyc.....all pics are so nice

    Regards
    Vanya
    www.vanyaherbal.com

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