Being invited for a spa session and that too by brand L’Occitane was enough to transfer me on Cloud 9. Yes, recently I got an opportunity to be pampered by the quite newly opened L’occitane spa at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad and I knew that I had to be there in spite of having time constraints. Still, a mother of 2 craves for such pampering sessions and I decided to take full advantage of this occasion. Here I am now writing about my heavenly experience of Spa La Vie by L’Occitane for you all to read and enjoy.
A small glimpse of the spa: Welcome to a 10,000 sqft Mediterranean Wellness Sanctuary nestled in the heart of Jubilee Hills. Come escape to our Nature ensconced Lounge before or after your treatment, indulge in Provencal inspired rituals in our opulent treatment rooms, pamper the body and the face with our Shea from Burkina Faso and Immortelle from Corsica , enjoy well-being soaking ceremonies in free standing Bathtubs in every treatment room, feel refreshed in your private steam chamber after a revitalizing signature aromachologie massage, spend soulful moments in our oversized VIP Couple’s Suites, host an intimate Spa Soiree with your friends and embrace freshness with our Spa terrace surrounded by 20ft tall trees on one side and overlooking the Golconda fort on the other. Live the Spa life. live Spa la Vie by L’OCCITANE.
In my eyes: The escape begins with scent. The moment you enter L’OCCITANE Spa, the fragrances transport you to a serene and comfortable environment. I was greeted by friendly and smiling faces of the staff and manager who were well-informed and soft spoken.
The spa interiors are one thing that can’t skip your eyes. The place has an amazing ambience, is spacious, has some lovely decoration done with comfortable furniture. There is a light music playing in the background and the lovely aroma adds to the beauty of the spa.
Prior to your treatment, one is greeted with a “Welcome Ritual”. The first thing is that the staff member would help you to remove your shoes/slippers and make you wear feather light bamboo slippers that are utterly comforting. You are then offered a cup of herbal tea made of green tea, lime, ginger, and honey. That tastes a bit different but it’s actually refreshing and tasty.
Then I was asked to fill in a short survey form in which one has to select options based on their skin type and skin grievances. This helps the spa staff to decide what massage or treatment would suit you best. All this information is kept safe.
The L’Occitane spa offers the following services:
- Body Massages
- Facials (for men even)
- Body Scrubs
- Body Wraps
- Technical treatments (like firming and slimming)
- Hydrotherapies (steam/well-being baths)
- Ayurveda treatments
- Area focussed treatments
The brochure at the spa provides necessary details for each service and the staff member would be helpful too in helping you decide what is best suited for you.
I was more comfortable in going for a facial session than a massage so I opted for the Immortelle Anti Ageing Facial that was a 75 minutes session.
The spa has 5 lovely suits out of which one is a couple suit and one is Ayurveda therapy room. All these 5 rooms are furnished with comfortable beds, a relaxing seating chair for foot wash, a free-standing bath tub and a private steam chamber. There is a cabinet too in which you can neatly hang your clothes and a cute jewellery box is provided too to keep your jewellery and other stuff safely. Apart from this I just loved the lighting of the room, the little decor and also the full sized mirror.
After selecting my facial I was then taken to one of the lovely suits of the spa named Angelica. I was asked to change into the spa robe and disposable inners provided by the spa. My hair was tied neatly into a white cap.
The facial began as follows with the products used described too.
And it began with a foot soak and wash using the Lavender Foaming wash. You get to think about your tired feet only after you soak them in relaxing warm water. The same was in my case ;). Later I lay back on the comfortable bed and a pillow mist was sprayed and I was all ready to enjoy the truly relaxing 70 mins of the Immortelle facial/shoulder and hands massage.
RELAXING PILLOW MIST: Associating the tranquilizing virtues of essential oils natural 100% (lavender, tea tree and geranium) and an extract of flower of linden tree, this pillow mist calms tensions and soothe nerves. Its aromatic fragrance helps ease away stress and anxiety and promotes a peaceful, repairing sleep!
Immortelle is known as the everlasting flower: it never fades, even after it has been picked. Its organic essential oil is rich in active molecules with unique anti-aging properties.
IMMORTELLE EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER: This gentle eye makeup remover, fragrance free and opthamologist-tested, is effective at removing even waterproof mascara. Immortelle essential oil is blended with rose water and cornflower water to help soothe and refresh eyes.
PRECIOUS CLEANSING FOAM: Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam gently cleanses the face and eliminates impurities while preserving the freshness of young skin.
IMMORTELLE ESSENTIAL WATER: This alcohol-free toner removes traces of make-up and helps to soothe skin thanks to its fresh and enveloping texture. Enriched with Immortelle floral water and organically derived hyaluronic acid, it helps to hydrate and smooth, revealing skin that feels more toned and plump, ready for your daily skincare ritual.
IMMORTELLE BRIGHTENING MOISTURE CREAM: The Brightening Moisture Cream offers triple action benefits to correct wrinkles, make the complexion more even-toned and brighter
IMMORTELLE BRIGHTENING MOISTURE MASK: The Brightening Moisture Mask is an intensive treatment that immediately gives skin a real hydration and brightening bath to help to preserve its youthful glow. Skin is immediately and deeply moisturized, smoothed and more firm. Complexion is brighter with an even-toned finish and a youthful glow. This is one of their bestsellers.
IMMORTELLE BRIGHTENING WATER: The Brightening Toner is an alcohol-free formula enriched with organic immortelle floral water, with softening properties. It contains spring water, to help maintain optimal moisture levels in the skin, and a vitamin C derivative combined with raspberry extract for their radiance-enhancing action.
EYE BALM: The Immortelle Precious Eye Balm offers triple action benefits for firmer skin and reduced appearance of wrinkles.
IMMORTELLE BRIGHTENING SHIELD SPF40: The UV Brightening Shield is a protective fluid which visibly preserves youth and brightens skin with light, non oily formula. An award winning product from the brand.
PURE SHEA BUTTER: The perfect multi-usage moisturizer, our ultra-nourishing Organic Shea Butter takes care of lips, skin, elbows, feet and even hair! Our travel size fits conveniently into your purse, to ensure your skin is always nourished and protected from the elements.
This was used to massage the hands and feet.
LIP BALM: This was applied at the end of the facial.
Can you judge the difference in the number of product used for a single facial session? I was seriously pleased by the no. of products that was lying on the table I checked at the end of my facial.
The whole facial process was done very calmly and proper time and technique was used for each step whether it was removing your eye makeup or giving steam and removing black heads or massaging the face or applying the mask later. The staff member who did my facial was thoroughly trained and perfects in her every hand gesture. She kept asking me in between if I felt comfortable which was quite nice. She had extremely soft hands but used firm gestures while massaging. She knew the exact pressure points where to put in more stress while she massaged my hands and shoulders using essential oils. I had almost dozed off and it was difficult keeping me awake when one is so extravagantly pampered.
The end results were far better than what I had expected. My face looked ultra clean and radiant in the end. I didn’t think I needed any makeup as I was literally glowing. And this glow could be seen even after 4 days.
I was also given 2 spa vouchers of 1K each which I may use for the next visits. Thanks for these. J
Believe me when I say this, I have never felt so pampered and relaxed in any other facial session I have been in this far. This have been the first and probably the last facial session (wait until I visit it again) in which you are actually treated like some princess with the soothing or energizing aromas of the L’Occitane products, the perfect massage gestures and the relaxing music.
I give it full Ratings and it’s worth every penny you spend. So ladies n men those who really want a re-energising and pampering getaway this weekend, head over to the nearest L’Occitane spa. You will love it. I highly recommend everyone from Hyderabad to check out Spa La Vie by L’Occitane in Jubilee Hills.
Guest Post By Nidhi