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ESPA opens at The Leela Palace Chennai

The Leela expands unparalleled spa and wellness experiences to fifth city in India

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has added another world class product to its offerings with the opening of ESPA at The Leela Palace Chennai. The 16,000 square feet spa combines the best in wellness from the world-renowned ESPA with innovative design and celebrated art, making it a one-of-a-kind urban sanctuary. 

The spa in Chennai is among the first in the country to elevate the concept of Thermal Suites based on the ancient spa wisdom of Senus Per Aquam or healing through water. The expansive Suites, separate for men and women, feature deep, dynamic vitality pools with lounge beds and body jets, shimmering glass mosaic steam rooms, state-of-the art circular oak-wood saunas, stimulating rain showers and luxurious relaxation areas. The hydrotherapies are recommended to prepare for a spa journey and bring the body to perfect synergy and equilibrium. 

Speaking on the occasion, Madhu Nair, Director, Design and Operations, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said: “The opening of ESPA at The Leela Palace Chennai carries forward the intrinsic Leela spa experience that exudes luxury, the best in wellness, and an unsurpassed sense of style and space. With this opening, we have also expanded our partnership with ESPA to the fifth city in India and we are excited about introducing our guests to a world-class experience in Chennai.” 

Set against the azure blue seas of the Bay of Bengal and lush manicured gardens, the 12-room ESPA, designed by Jeffrey Wilkes of DesignWilkes and Madhu Nair of The Leela, is an urban oasis of tranquility in the heart of a bustling city. The spa is modern and fresh, a meandering sanctuary with secret retreats, dedicated to the beauty of the mind and body.   

Complete with highly skilled ESPA therapists, each experience has been carefully crafted with the world’s most luxurious products. Personalised well-being therapies are offered with a comprehensive treatment menu that fuses the latest scientific research in European wellness with ancient Eastern therapies. Therapists provide top-to-toe treatments for radiance, vitality and purification with spa products from the UK’s ESPA. The products are world-renowned for their botanical extracts and marine actives.  

Susan Harmsworth MBE, CEO and Founder, ESPA said, “We are bringing 30 years of spa heritage, knowledge and a repertoire of treatments that blend East and West with harmony – all delivered with the best technology, treatments and therapists. With the opening of ESPA at The Leela Palace Chennai, our partnership with The Leela Group gets stronger.” 

All spa treatment rooms and come with plush beds, private lifestyle showers, and a curated music menu for personal selection.  The Private Spa Suite is a highlight of the spa which includes a living area with a glass sliding door that opens up to its own terrace overlooking lush gardens, intertwining luxury and nature effortlessly. Guests can easily spend the day discovering their own secret retreats - sleep pods, relaxation areas, and tea lounges which are all designed with plush fabrics in sumptuous textures. A state-of-the-art fitness studio with the latest Technogym equipment and a stunning swimming pool invite guests to continue their ultimate spa experience. 

The spa’s grand design and bespoke furnishings blend in harmoniously with the hand-picked collectible art pieces by celebrated artists - Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, Alex Davies, and Chameli Ramachandran – adorning the walls. Various interpretations of Lotus motifs and gleaming linen drapes complement a sophisticated palette of Turkish marble, natural Travertine stone, crystal glass, upholstered walls, and dark walnut timbers.

Tricia Bannister, Group Spa Manager, said: “Keeping in mind both our members and day spa goers as well as international clientele, we designed a complete menu of services focusing on bringing visible results naturally. Signature treatments include the Balinese massage with warm aromatherapy oils and hot volcanic stones for relaxation, the Abhyanga massage with individually selected essential oils to balance mind and body, the Royal Leela Facial which uses a special marma-points massage and warm herb-filled poultices to tone and firm the skin, and the Rose Princess Facial which uses cooling rose quartz crystals to improve the micro circulation and leave skin smooth and beautiful.”

In addition to a comprehensive menu of results driven body treatments, facials and massages, a selection of treatments have been created especially for men, such as the Purifying Facial and a 60-minute Deep Muscle Massage - which includes a powerful combination of stretches and therapeutic massages. Personal trainers and private yoga sessions are also readily available. 

ESPA at The Leela Palace Chennai is open to both hotel guests and day spa goers from 7 am to 10 pm daily. Treatments can be scheduled between 8 am - 9 pm. Spa, fitness studio and swimming pool memberships and day spa packages are available.

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