Krishna Swaroop, spa manager at Andaz Delhi shares with The Yum List a few stories from behind the scenes and his journey in wellness.
What do you do and how did you get into the industry?
I am a spa manager and look after the wellness activities of the Andaz Delhi. I hail from Uttrakhand where fitness is a part of life. I have studied Ayurveda, Nature Cure and did my Masters in Yoga and holistic health from Rishikesh (yoga capital of the world) where I started getting inclined towards wellness tourism and since then there has been no looking back. I hold a versatile experience of 15 years in the Spa and Wellness industry. Healing has been my interest from the childhood.
Share with us an interesting story from behind the scenes.
Our team often brainstorms on ways to inspire our guests to adopt wellness in their lifestyle – from anti-ageing perspectives to rejuvenation through incorporating fitness regimes, body treatments, facials, swimming, mindful sessions, aqua yoga, and adventures activities. Everyone shares their views and experiences to inspire guests to adopt wellness into their daily routine based on what suits individuals.
What’s the best/ worst part of your job?
The best is that I get to do the things that I love most in my unique Andaz. I love the fact that I can literally practice what I preach and encourage guests to adopt a healthy life that suits their lifestyle. This role allows me to create and live a lifestyle that I love. I’d say that the worst part of my job is that 10-12 hours in a day limits the amount that I want to do on a daily basis. The time really isn’t enough when you want to do so much. I would love to impart what I have learnt and encourage more guests to adopt a healthy lifestyle, however, we are bound by timelines and there’s just so much that we can do at a time.
What is your favourite experience at Andaz Delhi?
At Andaz Spa, I love how deep-rooted our concepts are. Starting from the setting with detailing in design, which represents the five elements of nature – earth, water, fire, air and space – the product sourcing and finally the experiences that we have created, which have a homegrown base. I love the idea of using homegrown products, brands and ingredients for our treatments and blending the products as per individual’s body type, curating journeys around the chakra healing, something that so well connects our yoga, Ayurveda studies and the scientific healing techniques.
The perfect day off would be…
A day that starts with yoga and ends with one. During the day, enjoyment circles around family while I do social activities with them.
A day in the life of a spa manager is…
yoga is my daily routine. A half of hour of a mindful session is how I start my personal day. At work, my day begins with interactions with guests at the fitness centre. An hour a day with my team helps me learn about the plan for the day while I engage them in a quick mindful session so that their day goes off well also. It’s more productive and helps them to provide healing experiences to our guests. As the day descends, I dedicate my time to what I love doing best, providing consultation and encouraging guests to lead a healthy lifestyle, taking their feedback and sharing with the team.
What do you do for fun?
I unwind with yoga and spend time with kids. Spending time with them is always fun.
What’s something you’d like guests to know about Andaz Spa?
The Mindful and Chakra healing treatments help you heal emotionally, physically and mentally as well.
What’s your favourite food and beverage pairing?
I love salads and vegetables cooked the Indian style found in my home part of India, which is more healthy and less oily. I love drinking buttermilk after a day’s meal. Traditional Indian tea is my daily fix and a beverage that helps me relax.
What’s your view on the luxury travel- spa scene?
My only view is that whatever you do, until the time you do not adopt a healthy lifestyle the fun or the pleasure that you get out of all the worldly things will just be limited. No enjoyment lasts as an unhealthy lifestyle will harm your physical or mental wellbeing at some stage, thereby limiting you to pursue things or practice things that you are passionate about whether it be food, luxury travel or anything else your pursue.
What’s in store for you in the upcoming months?
Destination wellness programmes to maintain physical, mental and emotional health of travellers and residents are on the anvil. The celebration of international wellness and yoga day with various wellness activities is coming up too.