Husnavaz Dastur is the Spa and Wellness Manager of Chi Spa located at Shangri-La Eros New Delhi. She started her career in the wellness and beauty industry at a very young age after completing her graduation from Clara International Institute, Singapore. She has worked with the leading hospitality groups, including the Taj Group, Starwood and more. She is a recipient of many awards, including BW Hotelier Best Spa Manager, Mrs. India Divine Beauty, Fit and Fab Wellness Award by Global Spa and more.
Tell us about your wellness background.
I started my career in the wellness and beauty industry at a very young age after completing my graduation from Clara International Institute, Singapore. During my tenure of more than 14 years in the hospitality industry, I have worked with leading hospitality groups, including the Taj Group, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts and Marriott International.
What do you like and dislike about being a beauty and wellness expert?
I have always been very passionate about my career in the beauty and wellness industry. I like to be creative in my work and design unique and rejuvenating wellness experiences for our guests.
What are some of the latest trends in wellness and beauty?
Holistic treatments, including Angel healing, Reiki Chakra healing and crystal healing are growing internationally and are gaining popularity in India now. Revitalizing walks, demand for organic and natural products and plant-based menus are in big demand these days. At Chi, The Spa, massages and treatments are based on authentic natural healing methods found in traditional well-being practices shared by many Asian cultures.
How do you suggest treatments, cosmetics, and skin therapies to your clients?
Chi, The Spa draws inspiration from the legendary Shangri-La – a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. Massages and treatments are based on authentic natural healing methods shared by many Asian cultures, including Ayurvedic therapies. The treatment can be customized according to the guest’s personal health and wellness goals. Some of the signature treatments at Chi, The Spa include Signature Asian Blend, Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Chi Indulgence, and Taste Of India Retreat. The therapists assist guests in planning their spa programme.
When given an important assignment, how do you approach it?
‘To treat a stranger as one of our own’ characterizes the hospitality one can expect from Shangri-La. Discerning travellers will enjoy world-class service amidst tranquil surroundings, coupled with inspirational architecture and design, but what makes each experience truly memorable is something even more exquisite and rare: Shangri-La’s special kind of hospitality – ‘hospitality from the heart’.
What are the most essential skills and qualities required by a wellness expert? What is your advice to aspiring wellness experts?
A health and wellness consultant is a rewarding professional who assists people in achieving and maintaining wellness by advising them about healthy diets and exercise. A wellness consultant should get the necessary certification, be very passionate and have good interpersonal skills.