A prestigious hotel spa is bringing a holistic approach from the subcontinent to the heart of London. So just how effective is the Sundãri treatment?
London’s InterContinental Hotel already has an incredible amount to recommend it: the views overlooking the royal parks, and the afternoon teas in the Wellington Room – widely considered the best in the capital.
But what recently drew Director to this prestigious Mayfair address was something quite different: the Spa InterContinental’s new beauty programme, drawn from the ancient healing wisdom of Ayurveda – a system of traditional Hindu medicine native to India.
Spa InterContinental has long taken pride in a holistic approach to its craft – on arrival, visitors fill out a questionnaire detailing lifestyle and personality factors (‘What makes you laugh?’), and the answers are used to decide what temperature the room should be and so on. But this new treatment, based on the Sundãri product range co-founded by model Christy Turlington, takes things to a new level.
At the core of each Sundãri treatment is the aim to balance Ayurvedic principles of mind, body and spirit using therapeutic-grade oils. “Ayurveda is acknowledged as the oldest medical science and is focused on the balance of three doshas (forces): V?ta (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth) for optimum help,” explains the line’s head of development, Lisa Capozio.
The range is made with organic ingredients, free from synthetic dyes and not tested on animals. Does it work? It’s only anecdotal evidence, of course, but we’ve rarely left a spa feeling so calm and invigorated.