Harnn Heritage Spa,
Harnn, the Thai spa brand with branches in 25 countries, including Japan, Australia, Canada and France, has set up shop at MGF Metropolitan mall, Saket, New Delhi. The spa has four treatment rooms, a separate café and a store that sells a wide range of haircare, skincare and home spa products as well as their special tisane blends (herbal teas).
Four masseurs (three women and one gent) have been brought in from Harnn, Bangkok, to start the centre in Delhi.
The good stuff
The inside of the spa was dimly lit and the atmosphere soothing—the ambient tinkling sounded like someone was playing the Chinese singing bowl. The tinkling, I was told, helped draw out negative energy. I could feel myself relaxing within minutes.
The spa experience began with a soothing foot soak in tepid water with ginseng and green tea leaves to cleanse my feet, and ended with a head massage. The hour-long session took care of the aches and pains that my much-abused-at-gym body needed.
Pong, the masseur assigned to me, pressed, twisted, turned and rotated every part of my body during the Thai Heritage Massage (Rs1,650 for 60 minutes, taxes and service charges extra) I had opted for. Every time she moved to a new spot, she checked with me in her sing-song voice if the pressure of her strokes was “okaaaay”. Filling me in on what she was going to do next and asking me if I wanted the strokes to be stronger or milder was great because that way she could vary the pressure according to my needs.
All treatments at Harnn Heritage Spa are at least an hour long.
I also signed up for the Ginseng and Green Tea Foot Therapy (Rs1,100 for 60 minutes, taxes and service charges extra), with a request to wind it up in 30 minutes—the staff at Harnn reluctantly agreed. Pong once again excelled at working the reflex points on the soles of my feet.
I wanted to end my session with a shower, something Pong was not happy about because, for the treatment to have full effect, one must wait an hour before showering. But when I insisted, she made sure the water was lukewarm, which she thought would be beneficial. The Lavender Floral Rice Cream Soap (230ml for Rs695) in the shower stall attached to the treatment room was soft on the skin and smelled divine.
Each spa session starts with a cup of Red Tisane and ends with another cup of the same drink along with two slices of chilled musk melon.
The menu at the Harnn café, run in partnership with chef Ritu Dalmia, is a mix of Oriental and European small eats such as Sole Tempura with Wasabi Mayonnaise, Crispy Popiah Rolls, Grilled Chicken with Whole Grain Honey Mustard. Most dishes are either grilled, steamed or stir-fried.
All treatments take an hour or more. So a visit to this spa has to be planned and cannot be done on an impulse while shopping at the mall. Harnn should look at half-hour slots, especially for the traditional Thai foot massage for the shopper-on-the-go. Though my abbreviated foot massage was fabulous, I feel that for foot therapy, the whole process of changing your clothes, moving into a treatment room, etc., is not necessary. The quick foot massages I have tried at the Bangkok airport, seated between rows of people, were just as relaxing.
Harnn definitely needs someone well-versed in English to handle phone appointments. It took me 10 minutes to decipher the Thai accent at the other end and another 10 minutes to make the person understand what kind of treatment I wanted—and I had the advantage of having the spa menu before me.
Facials start at Rs2,250, massage treatments at Rs1,650, and their signature 150-minute Jasmine Therapy—which includes exfoliation, massage, facial and hand and foot spa—is for Rs4,500 (taxes and service charges extra).
The small eats section at the café starts at Rs230 (taxes and service charges extra).
For an appointment, call 011-45682000/45682001
Mom&Me, South Extension, Part-I, New Delhi
After Ahmedabad, Pune and Ludhiana, the Capital now has a Mom&Me outlet in South Extension. Though only a few weeks old, what works in Mom&Me’s favour is that it is one of the few stores in Delhi that can call itself a one-stop shop for “minus-nine-to-nine” (from the time a child is conceived to the time she is 9). The four floors of the store are stocked with goodies for expecting mothers, infants and children—from maternity wear for mothers-to-be, clothes for infants and children, to toys, games, books and even furniture for a nursery.
The good stuff
The maternity wear collection is stylish and works well for a working mom-to-be who favours Western clothes. From empire-waist shirts with tie-ups at the back, to dresses and even pants with elastic waistbands, the store has a wide range to choose from.
The organic clothes range for infants up to the age of six months is fabulous. This range of bath wear items and clothes is made from 100% organically grown cotton (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers used). No harsh dyes, bleaches or fragances have been used either. From bath bunny scrubbers, towelling robes, towels, face napkins and sleepsuits to a gift pack of seven pieces for Rs999, this entire range is a winner.
The small gingham-print teddy bear, Rs299, at Mom&Me.
The wooden toys, such as rattles, skipping ropes and games, have been thoughtfully designed to appeal to toddlers and children up to the age of 5. A special pat on the back for including the Ma&Me rag dolls which most young girls (including my five-year-old) will find hard to resist.
Finally, thank God that someone had the sense to introduce a fur-free range of teddy bears. It was a delight to find soft toys that were not just pink, blue or white but also bright red, green and yellow. My vote goes to the gingham-print red teddy bear, teapot rattle and car rattle. The store’s website (www.momandme.in) promises the launch of a parenting forum, a chance to meet parenting experts at the store and an expert helpline (1800-103-0606), where expecting mothers can call for advice.
At the New Delhi outlet, the ground floor is dedicated to maternity wear, while food and nursery items for newborns are on the third floor. Sure there is a lift, but it would have been more practical to group these two sections next to each other.
There is not that much to choose from, especially among clothes, for children over five years, which is a let-down when compared with the extensive options in the newborn and toddler sections. The reading room on the second floor stocks books and toys geared mostly for toddlers, not older children.
The pack of three bodysuits in the organic range is Rs799, while the sleepsuit is for Rs399 and the sleepsack is for Rs499. The car rattle is for Rs399, the Ma&Me dolls are for Rs999. Maternity wear starts at Rs950.