Shamana: Goa’s new wellness hotspot

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Updated: June 02, 2016 11:43 AM

Shamana in Sanskrit means 'balance' , and Shamana Spa in Grand Hyatt Goa is being developed as a wellness destination where guests can relax, have fun and spend quality time with their family and friends By Sudipta Dev

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Shamana in Sanskrit means ‘balance’ , and Shamana Spa in Grand Hyatt Goa is being developed as a wellness destination where guests can relax, have fun and spend quality time with their family and friends By Sudipta Dev

20160615eh48With Hyatt Hotels, the spa has been one of the most important ancillary outlets, internationally as well as in India. Shamana Spa in Grand Hyatt Goa is being developed as an ultimate wellness destination by an enthusiastic team lead by Alejandro J Leo Cupulis, the new director of spa and recreation, Grand Hyatt Goa. Originally from Merida, Mexico, Cupulis has 16 years of experience in the spa industry worldwide and has worked with Orient Express Hotels, Hard Rock Hotels and Le Meridien.

“I have been in-charge of different types of spas – med spas, day spas, wellness centres, fitness clubs. The idea of coming here is to create the perfect wellness place in Goa. In fact we can also be one of the best in India,” says Cupulis. Reminding that India is the home of Ayurveda and yoga, he states that being in the wellness industry for such a long time it was his dream to work in India. “Most foreign people travelling to India for wellness look for Ayurveda and yoga, which we will offer,” adds Cupulis.

Diverse offerings

Shamana Spa has a wide range of wellness treatments and packages. “We are already launching a medi spa with body reshaping and face treatment which is non-invasive, combined with body wraps and Ayurvedic treatments,” states  Cupulis, adding that they are trying to combine all these international and Indian treatments to get the best benefits for in-house guests and locals.

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Fitness programme is being developed for particular number of days so that guests can detox and rejuvenate. Cupulis is also incharge of the recreational activities at the resort. “For the moment we have 129 activities that you can do in the resort. It is the perfect place for families, newly weds and those who want to detox. We are launching bridal showers and host many events and weddings,” he informs, remarking that at the spa they do not just want the bride and the groom to have a massage but also have fun. “Worldwide spas are becoming social places, where you can go with your friends and family. You can have fun, relax and also spend quality time with your loved ones. We want Shamana to be a place where you can combine all that,” states Cupulis.

The new spa menu of the property includes packages on detox, weight-loss, anti-aging and relaxing programmes. The packages are for one/ three/ five days, depending on the time the guest stays at the hotel. At the same time there is the regular spa menu based on the needs of the guests. There are 15 Ayurveda treatments and all international wellness treatments like deep tissue Swedish massage. “At the same time we have anti-aging, med spa, beauty treatments combined with machines, non-invasive treatments. There are also Ayurveda beauty treatments,” he adds. There is also a wellness menu for specific goals like weight gain, yoga for pregnancy, yoga for detox, for diabetics specific training and diet. “We can offer a complete programme based on needs to reach specific targets,” informs Cupulis.

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Being from Mexico, he is looking at incorporating some elements of his country. However, he feels the most important aspect he is bringing is enhancing the quality of service at Shamana Spa. In the future the Shamana Spa menu will incorporate elements of other cultures, not only the Mexican, remarks Cupulis.

Family focus

There are also treatments for mother-daughter, father-son, in an effort to provide the best services to different generations who can have special family time at the spa.

Part of the recreational activity is yoga for kids. There are also fun activities like wall climbing, zip line, rope course and more at the resort. The property is a one-stop resort for families, with all age groups finding different activities to keep themselves engaged.

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The spa facilities include a fitness centre, indoor lap pool and outdoor pools, whirlpools, and wet areas with sauna, steam, and plunge pool. The spa houses 19 treatment suites including a special Ayurveda suite. Yoga and Zumba sessions (group and individual) are organised at the lifestyle studio.

Currently there are 22 Hyatt hotels in India, within the company itself there are many well trained and experienced spa professionals who are committed to provide best services to their guests.

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