Taj Palace Hotel
USP: Opulence reinvented
The Tata Suite in The Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi is a unique expression of splendour and sophistication for the true connoisseur of luxury. The lavishly appointed interiors are a union of rich Mughal ornament and pattern with elegant, modern silhouettes and details, creating an exceptionally indulgent and luxurious residential experience for the uber rich and famous. Host to President Sarkozy and Carla Bruni followed by the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao and later Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, India’s largest suite is truly extravagance and grandeur personified.
USP: President’s rule
The Grand Presidential Suite is an aesthetic display of what takes place when old-world charm meets contemporary glamour. In quintessential Mauryan style, finer details have been minutely looked into and flawlessly orchestrated to offer lavishness and comfort. The sprawling suite with its alchemy of harmonious colours, hand-knotted carpets, leather panelled walls, flowing silken drapes and vintage furniture makes it the perfect host for its high-flying guests ranging from royalty to country heads to business tycoons.
USP: Serenity redefined
Get away for a quick weekend to refurbish your mind and energies at the unique Ista Hotel in Pune. Derived from Sanskrit words isht and sthan signifying sacred personal space, Ista has a zesty and vibrant feel. The unique spa experience transcends the typical urban wellness facility, all thanks to the fascinating amalgamation of age-old Ayurveda with international expertise, drawing from its celebrated group flagship property and renowned destination spa – Ananda in the Himalayas.
Fort Mahodadhi – The Kamat Heritage Hotel
USP: Regal repose
Built by Maharaja Panchkoti the sprawling hotel was once his glorious summer refuge. Mahodadhi literally means the great sea and the Fort pays homage to the revered ocean facing it. The main hallway with its high ceilings, chaise longue chairs, deep sofas, drop fans and antique light fittings instantly take you to a lavish era gone by. Once inside, the peace and serenity engulfs the body and soul alike only to be broken intermittently by the harmonious crashing of the ocean waves.
The Retreat by Zuri
USP: In the arms of nature
Tucked away in the scenic and mysterious vistas of Sikkim, this plush property combines soothing comfort and adrenaline pumping adventure. Built against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas with the pristine Rangit flowing alongside, this is Zuri’s first adventure sports destination resort that offers paragliding, river rafting, camping, hiking and trekking apart from the plush comforts of a cosy spa and exclusive guest services.
Svenska Design Hotels
USP: Bespoke luxury
Based on Swedish design philosophy and contemporary European styling, the Svenska Hotels is a collection of boutique and design hotels. Taking the idea of fulfilling their guests’ every whim and fancy very seriously, they provide exclusive services to select upscale business clients who are looking for differentiated hospitality experiences. Luxurious limousines airport transfers, carefully trained international staff, in-room spa treatments, a perplexing choice of entertainment gizmos and a private butler on 24 hour call, are just a tip of a cosy customised iceberg.
The Leela Palace
USP: Grandeur unlimited
Located at the very heart of the capital’s prestigious diplomatic enclave, The Leela Palace exemplifies the magnificent architecture, grace and elegance of Lutyens’ Delhi. If waking up in the lap of luxury is your idea of a perfect vacation, this swanky property with its splendid foyer, luxe rooms, sumptuous world cuisine, handpicked accessories and furnishings promises to be a royal treat.
USP: Fantasy land
The whimsically lush suite designed by French textile designer Jean Francois Lesage, blends modern day design with the opulence of the Nizam era. A tribute to the Golconda diamond, the Osmania Suite defines conventional design symmetry. Embroidered tiger and leopard skin rugs, lavishly embellished cushions inspired by the Nizam’s jewels, furniture from French King Louis the XVIth’s era and a cane-woven chaise longue that adorn the interiors complete the fantastical and over-the-top experience.