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Away from the city, a few minutes drive from Boudhanath Stupa, you’ll reach the Gokarna Forest Resort; famous for its 18 hole golf course, scenic beauty and of course, the Harmony Spa.
Established in 2003, the spa has been providing customers a variety of therapies and treatments, from facials and pedicures to whole-body massages, scrubs and hair treatments. The sessions may last from 30 minutes to as long as three hours, which can cost around Rs 3,600 to Rs. 25,000. One can even opt for the special whole day packages at Rs 4,000 onwards. Also, it’s ideal if you can fix an appointment a day in advance during weekdays, and a couple of days before the weekend as it get relatively busy.
The venue: As you walk through the trail amidst the big trees and enter into the spa, you are welcomed to the calm and soothing aroma of lemongrass. On the ground floor lies a relaxation room with sauna, Jacuzzi and steam, and two treatment rooms: Adam and Eve and Serenity. Both the treatment rooms give you the feeling of a different world, one with no tension and full of wellness. Every detail, from the wooden floors, the intimate lighting and the relaxing music has been carefully designed to create a calming atmosphere. Adam and Eve is mostly used for couple massages and treatments, while Serenity is for the single sessions.
On the first floor of the spa resides a well-equipped health club, an ayurvedic centre and beauty treatment centre by the name of Apsara.
The treatments: The spa has highly trained therapists with years of experience and use only natural and organic products. Amongst the wide variety of treatments and therapies offered by the spa, some of the most popular are Shirodhara, Traditional Himalayan massage, Ayurvedic mama, Ayurvedic herbal infusion massage, Regenerating scrub, Himalayan hot stone therapy and Golfers’ recovery massage. These massages are best known for relaxing and stimulating muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation and promoting energy flow.
What we picked
Ayurvedic Herbal Infusion Massage: The full body relaxation massage relieves muscle swelling and stiffness. Various herbal ingredients are mashed and put into a Potli and mixed with hot mustard and herbal oil. The masseuse first pours this warm herbal concoction all over the body, and follows it up with long-stroke massage, starting from the feet.
Herbal Facial: This refreshing facial treatment begins with a deep cleansing followed by an exfoliation to polish the skin. Then the therapist continues with a pressure point massage and herbal mask to detoxify the skin. The herbal mask is made with natural ingredients like lemon, coffee beans, sugar, coconut oil, almond oil and rose petals.