The dappled light of flamboyant trees and afternoon shadows of ancient fortresses illuminate the 1,000 year-old city of Bengaluru. In this lush region, high-tech headquarters and vestiges of the British East India company are interlaced with magnificent local floral and placid lakes. This area is called many names from Bangalore to Garden City to India’s Silicon Valley. Like its climate, some call it most agreeable. For a sublimely relaxing and legitimately “green” stay, try the calming Kaya Kalp Spa.
The beautiful dark wood, burnished red and sandy marble Kaya Kalp Spa, and the actual hotel, are “green.” (They are one of the first Asian spas and hotels to receive LEED Platinum-rating.) This gracious 975 m2 spa features seven inviting treatment rooms with soothing lighting, hand-carved bamboo accents, organic fabrics and lovely vertical gardens. Dip into a bubbling whirlpool, cooling shower or unwind in the sauna and steam rooms. Float in the spa’s pristine pool, tone at its sparkling fitness center or enjoy a stretch on the rooftop garden.
The Kaya Kalp menu provides an abundance of original and irresistible treatments. From its timeless Ayurvedic and Shirohara therapies to advanced facials and magnolia and watercress hair treatments, you will experience a sense of balance and well-being. Treatments include local offerings such as wild mints, mung beans, jasmine, aloe vera and organic vetiver.
Three unforgettable signature treatments await. The Pomegranate Sugar Scrub, with a pomegranate, milk, lemon peel and brown sugar ambrosia, exfoliates the skin and stimulates the senses. Skin is left supple and glowing. The second tempting treatment is called the luxurious Kaya Kalp Massage. A microemulsified Geranium de-stressing oil leaves skin feeling silky and the spirit elated. And lastly, Exotic Pomegranate offers a luscious exfoliating fruit mélange of pomegranate and lime with organic brown sugar that deeply smoothes the skin. A rhythmic body massage concludes this splendid treatment.
After a morning of meditation at the spa, and an Ayurvedic treatment or two, you may wish to stroll through a local spice market, see the fragrant botanical gardens or visit the city zoo’s popular white tiger. There are a few sultans’ palaces nearby and scenic lakes for a romantic or cardio-oriented paddle. This verdant, progressive city has much to offer.