Across our travels over the years, we’ve handpicked a few of our preferred hotel destinations in India and what they should be picked for, in our opinion. From spa treatments to exotic wildlife safaris, we give you enough reasons to plan your domestic trips for the year.
Carefully wrap your stay at Andaz Delhi in a bespoke itinerary filled with immersive experiences that celebrate India. Right from the time you arrive, the hotel constantly reminds you of the nation’s diverse rich cultures and customs through its ambiance and offerings. These include — an authentic meal at AnnaMaya restaurant featuring local ingredients; in-room artworks commissioned from skilful Delhi-based artists and reading through the hotel’s very own 401 Reasons to Fall in Love with Delhi book, serving as a guide to plan your capital tour.
INFINITY POOL EXPERIENCE
Conrad Bengaluru houses a stunning outdoor infinity pool with Ulsoor lake as its backdrop. Health enthusiasts could partake in aqua fitness classes, hosted here in mornings. After taking a refreshing dip in the temperature-controlled pool, head to Tiamo to savour Mediterranean delicacies and innovative cocktails to match. Keeping you company under the open skies are panoramic lake views and Bengaluru’s pleasant weather.
Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru
For an overarching dining experience, head to Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru. Perched on the 21st floor is the recently-opened Far & East that serves authentic Oriental flavours with an inventive twist. Its culinary highlights include yakitori, sashimi and funky rolls, Peking duck and Asian cocktails. Reserve a table at Cur8 restaurant for gourmet and Italian delights. One can either grab a seat on the airy outdoor terrace or in their modern kitchen-style dining room, which features a large grill. Others include, Copitas bar, perfect for dawn to dusk soirees and The Collection, a lobby bar best known for finely curated whiskies from across the globe.
Hyatt Regency Delhi
Owing to its strategic location close to the diplomatic enclave and major financial hubs of the city, Hyatt Regency Delhi is widely preferred for high-end meetings. Their world-class venues range from the magnificent Regency Ballroom for up to 250 people (banquet-style seating) to The Living Rooms at The Mansion suitable for ancillary functions. A dedicated events team ensures high level of comfort for you and your business clientele.
RESPONSIBLE LUXURY AND FOOD TRAILS
ITC Sonar, Kolkata
Known for ‘responsible luxury’, ITC Hotels’ ITC Sonar, Kolkata follows suit in ensuring your stay is a conscientious experience. It is the first hotel in East India to have been awarded the Platinum rating under LEED® EB (Existing Building) programme. Another reason, in our opinion, to pick this hotel in the West Bengal capital is its ‘food sherpa trails’. In this city known for its lip-smacking street fare and glorious food history, the hotel marks a trail for its guests encompassing the likes of an early morning Chinese breakfast and a taste of Kolkata’s celebrated sweetshops.
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar’s invigorating wellness house, Spa by JW offers calming atmosphere, elegant interiors and soft music, thereby inviting business travellers for therapies that can alleviate jet lag amid other travel stresses. The menu is divided into multiple sections such as Calm, Indulge, Renew, Invigorate and Express treatments. Choose from their stress relief, deep cleanse aromatherapy, jet lag, Balinese, detox and revitalise treatments. We recommend you to pick their Signature Spa by JW experience that includes a Thai massage followed by a specially designed massage using deep renewal and slow rhythmic movements.
Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel
Due to its close proximity from the airport and state-of-the-art facilities, Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel is ideal for hosting weddings and corporate events. The event spaces are spread across 6,503 sqm covering two elegant ballrooms and a dedicated events team that helps set up memorable nuptial ceremonies. Guests can also choose to host events in their beautiful open lawns too. Large wedding groups can make use of their dedicated shuttle service that is available between the property and the airport every 20 minutes.
Pullman New Delhi Aerocity
Located adjacent to both international and domestic airport terminals, Pullman New Delhi Aerocity offers effortless connectivity to the major business and tourist attractions of the city. Business hubs of Gurugram, New Delhi and Cyber City are within easy reach, making the hotel a go-to venue for big corporate and social gatherings. The property boasts Delhi NCR’s largest convention space spread over a vast expanse of more than 3716 sqm. Combined with the adjacent Novotel New Delhi Aerocity, the premise is well suited for huge car launches, product launches, medical seminars, expos and exhibitions.
Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru
Housed under the roof of Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru are four restaurants that serve authentic cuisines. Each restaurant prides itself on the art of genuine culinary experiences. Caprese blends high-quality ingredients with Italian cooking techniques to serve a range of pasta, pizza and risotto. For a taste of royal fare from four regions of India, head to Ssaffron. Focusing on seasonal, market-fresh and home-grown produce, the restaurant brings tantalising Indian flavours to life. Yataii for traditional Japanese and the signature Shang Palace for Cantonese cuisine are also on offer at the hotel.
Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi
Open until midnight, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ CHI, The Spa has an outpost at Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi. Designed for sheer rejuvenation, the spa sprawls across 1,858 sqm. Organic luxury brands such as Zents and Omorovicza are used in its treatments. Housing a hot whirlpool bath, a swimming pool, a steam and sauna and a salon offering beauty and hair services, the spa is equipped to spoil guests and help them escape to a state of complete relaxation. We recommend the shirodhara that helps with jet-lag and induces uninterrupted sleep.
Sujan Sher Bagh
Ranthambore is a billion-year-old jungle that’s dotted with ruins of palaces and teems with exotic Indian wildlife. Sujan Sher Bagh makes for a luxurious base for your safari expedition at this forest that is one of the finest jungles in the world to observe tigers in their natural habitat. A part of Relais & Châteaux, Sujan Sher Bagh features 12 hand-stitched canvas tents, dressed in subtle sophistication and stitched out with custom-made furniture. The boutique property’s highly skilled staff crafts exceptional experiences from farm-to-table dining, spa treatments to its highly sought after game safaris.
The Lalit Mangar
Nestled amid the deciduous valley of Mangar Bani, The Lalit Mangar effortlessly teleports you to the world far away from city life. Wake up to the sound of rustling leaves and singing birds as you embark upon a weekend getaway at this 35-suite property that has been built using the earth rammed architecture, layered with raw materials like gravel and chalk. Sunbathe amid nature, take on rock-climbing, choose nature-inspired therapies at Rejuve – The Spa or go biking in the forest — there’s much to make your weekend a fulfilling one here.
The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel and Residences
The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel and Residences redefines luxury living with its plush residences. The 89 residences, available in one, two and three-bedroom categories in subtle interiors, are equipped with state-of-the-art amenities, necessary appliances and offer impeccable services to its guests. Three bedrooms apartment is spread across 167 sqm comprises a kitchen, a large drawing-cum-dining area and a powder room.
The St. Regis Mumbai
The suites at The St. Regis Mumbai are a perfect amalgamation of sophistication and grandeur. Options vary from the spacious St. Regis and Caroline Astor suite to The Metropolitan and The Presidential suite. Elegant décor, superlative facilities and first-class personal services surround the guests living in one of these suites. The One Bedroom Residential suite is also available for corporate travellers visiting the financial capital of India for a long stay.