Duration - 120 mins
This Jiva Spa signature experience evokes the aura of the fabled and privileged lifestyle of Indian royalty. Ālepa - literally the act of anointing the body is drawn from sacred and ceremonial time-honoured Indian bathing rituals.
Ālepa may be experienced exclusively by a single guest or in a group. You may apply the paste on yourself or on each other, for an interactive, engaging and bonding experience. Alepa believes by anointing the body oneself, a person honours the body.
Traditional Indian therapies believe the application of herbal pastes and essential oils is much more than a physical act for physical benefits. Anointments have traditionally been an integral part of ceremonies and rites of passage. At the beautiful Indian Royal Mud Bath Pavilion this act of anointing connects you with the elements, your inner self and also your loved one.
You initiate yourself into this intimate inner journey as you pass the portal of the Indian Mud Bath Pavilion that marks the transitional threshold of the external and private world. Walk along the cool stone path flanked by fountains to step into a serene space that prepares you for your royal mud and hydrotherapy experience. Shower and slip into a spa robe as garden views soothe your senses.
Linger in the vapours of the hamman. Feel the steam moisten and soften your skin. Your pores will open - slowly and gently - and detox the skin of impurities. Refreshed by the hamman, make your way to the private, semi-open space, covered with timber slats cloaked with creepers and opening out into the Indian Ocean.
Choose from an array of therapeutic mud preparations placed in bowls on a stone pedestal. Savour the sacred act of anointing the paste on your body yourself, by your companion or therapist as you relax on smooth stone seats. Feel the comfort of application, the touch of paste on your skin and the smooth layering of mud on your body in a ritual that is unhurried, uplifting and meditative. Savour the sweet fragrance of essential oils and the cool touch of clay speckled with herbs.
Stretch out on the smooth surfaced, contoured sun beds, heated for your pleasure and cantilevered over the lagoon with sweeping sea views. Relax undisturbed in this pocket of paradise as the medicinal attributes of mud, herbs and essential oils work on your skin to draw out impurities, stimulate nerve endings, revitalize your blood circulation and renew your vitality.
After the mud dries and works its magic on your body, spray yourself or your companion with rose water to soften the dry clay. Step under the water ledge for an invigorating outdoor shower - akin a natural waterfall - to rinse off the mud. Feel the freshness and tautness of your skin on stepping out.
Step inside the pavilion to enjoy a choice of eight indoor shower features - multiple jets that simulate a body massage, a hose jet, normal shower, torrent shower, stormy rain shower, cold spray mist or a warm tropical rain shower - to close your pores.
Sip light herbal refreshments or organic tea in the relaxation room. You may choose to deliciously wrap up your experience with a deep tissue massage by a therapist. Feel your skin soak in the essential oils and your body relax with the gentle yet firm strokes applied by skilled hands. Allow your Alepa experience to transport you to another world, of wellness and Indian royalty.
We use a range of 4 muds that cover over 40 ingredients from the Indian array of herbs starting with the very common and readily found neem, brahmi, amla and including the more exotic and rare sandalwood and Jatamansi.