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Hints of India

Mary Bemis April 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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“The spa at Dream is like the Chopra Center’s funky little sister,” says Alexis Ufland, whose New York-based company, Lexi Design, helped construct the new Chopra Center & Spa at Dream—a luxury hotel in New York that bills itself as ‘hautel couture.’ ”

Having opened its doors in November 2005, the spa is the sister property to the Chopra Center at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California. “In California, the Chopra Center has a different feel that we didn’t think would be successful in New York,” she says. “However, we still wanted to reflect the customer service and treatments with a spa that had an Indian feel that wasn’t over the top—just a touch that portrayed a modern, cool India.”

Located in an 8,000-square-foot basement space, the spa features nine treatment rooms, including a couples room, and an orange and hot pink-tiled “Udi” room—a steam area similar to a Rasul room, where clients self-apply muds and salts from the Himalayan Mountains. There also is a dedicated street-level retail space that sells jewelry, supplements, oils, teas, candles and, of course, the multitude of books written by Deepak Chopra, MD. Tucked within the spa is a 1,000-square-foot meditation room. In addition to ayurvedic-based spa treatments, the facility also offers yoga and meditation classes, as well as top-notch lectures and wellness workshops.

Creating a touch of India

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