Deluxe Dreams: ITC Grand Bharat, Gurgaon
Set amidst the natural beauty of the Aravalli Hills, this hotel is the country’s first all-suites resort. Founded on the ethos of ‘responsible luxury’ — using sustainable practices without compromising on service — the property boasts 100 suites and four Presidential Villas (inspired by the Mughal, Maratha, Chola and Maurya dynasties), and is grand in every sense of the word. Resort hosts tend to every guest to make the stay more memorable, and the restaurants offer a variety of cuisines. The Aravali Pavilion, a ‘three-meal period restaurant’ features beautiful modern Indian mosaics; European dishes can be enjoyed at the India Room; and one can also pick from the Peacock Bar or the poolside Apas Promenade. The property, spread over 1.2 square kilometres, has its own sustainable farm with a variety of herbs, vegetables and grains, to fulfil their fresh produce requirements. The 3251-square-metre Kaya Kalp, The Royal Spa, offers beauty treatments with indigenous and Ayurvedic therapies. Catch up on your latest asanas at the yoga pavilion, or enjoy some time at the fitness centre before you retire to your luxurious room overlooking the picturesque surroundings.
USP: Chasing the ball
Make the most of your time with the host of activities on offer. There’s a golf academy for lovers of the sport, and even a 27-hole signature Jack Nicklaus golf course. Venture out on a nature walk and hike into the hills, or explore the surroundings on Segway and bike tours. Tennis, squash, croquet, Zorbing, cultural shows, an amphitheatre, special themed evenings, a private theatre and a Lounger’s Library are other ways to live it up in style at the sprawling estate.
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