Trying to relive Babur’s nostalgia of Firdaus aka paradise in Persian, Kaya Kalp- The Royal Spa, takes cue from the grandeur of the Mughal era. The lietmotif of pomegranate fruit, a symbol of health and vigor, is present on the walls and carpets and is carried across the spa.
The spa is an ode to the Mughal architectural splendor. The reception area is spectacular with a bold frieze of ruby red pomegranates along the wall, that continues along the ceiling. Done up in three colors of red, beige and gold, there are eight spacious therapy rooms, some for singles and the rest for couples, which are spread over the vast expanse of the spa.
The interiors are embellished with stone latticework, mother-of-pearl inlay and mirror work. The motif of pomegranate is repeated in the white terrazzo flooring inlaid with red-engineered stone and stretches diagonally across the floor in a dramatic design concept. As has been prominent in the Mughal dynasty, there is an abundance of greenery and water as the spa is surrounded by channels of running water, fountains and outdoor rainwater showers. Claimed to be India’s largest spa, the treatments and therapies offered are based on ancient customs, to create meaningful experiences for the soul.
Spa: Kaya Kalp, The Royal Spa
City: Located at ITC Mughal, Taj Gunj, Agra
Owner: ITC Hotels
Size: 99,000 square feet
Time taken to complete construction: Two years
Architect: Designed by Pradeep Sachdeva & Associates, P 49 of Singapore have designed the interiors.
Growth plans: A flagship spa of ITC, the growth will be as per company strategy.
Products used: The spa uses indigenous products.
Flooring: Terrazzo tiles inlaid with red-engineered stone and mother-of-pearl.