Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has opened a Vivanta by Taj property in Guwahati, Assam in North East India.
Guwahati is the largest city in Assam, and is a major port and one of the fastest growing cities in India.
The new 150-room Vivanta was designed by Singapore-based eco.id and features five acres of landscaped courtyard gardens and lawns.
The hotel's design takes inspiration from the architectural traditions of Assam, including a pavilion building inspired by the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, and the lobby area features a dramatic cascading installation of 1,008 sacred bells.
The hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Umami, serves Japanese and Chinese cuisine focusing on the Umami principle (see this Wikipedia explanation), while all-day dining at Seven is inspired by the culinary traditions of the Seven Sister States of North East India, as well as familiar global cuisines including Indian, Mediterranean and pan-Asian.
There is also a tea lounge and bar, Octave, with live music from local musicians.
Jiva Spa features a fitness centre and large outdoor pool, and the hotel has one of the largest banqueting spaces in North East India with over 25,000 square feet of flexible conference and meeting space, including a pillarless ballroom measuring over 6,000 square feet.
Taj recently opened its sixth property in Bangalore, a 154-room hotel located close to Kempegowda International Airport (see news December 21, 2015).