Food & Hospitality World takes a peep into these havens of ultra luxury inside leading hotel brands across India
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Kohinoor Suite with Private Pool
Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, The Oberoi Udaivilas stands on the 200 year old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar. Spread over a luxurious 50 acres, which includes a 20-acre wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar, The Oberoi Udaivilas affords spectacular views across the verdant gardens and sparkling Lake Pichola. The hotel’s intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors reflects the layout of Udaipur itself – whose seven lakes are linked by canals. These domes and walkways are flooded with sunlight, caressed by balmy breezes and offer magnificent views of the lake and gardens.
The accommodations at The Oberoi Udaivilas feature splendid furniture, Mewar inspired designs and the most modern technologies, harmonising authentic style and convenience. On one side, the rooms afford refreshing views of the expansive gardens, indigenous trees and vibrant bougainvillea. On the other, they open onto private or semi-private pools, with views of the serene waters of Lake Pichola and the dramatic City Palace.
Among all the rooms and suits at the property like the Luxury Suite with Private Pool, Premier Room with Semi Private Pool, Premier Room with Pool View and Premier Room, the most ultra luxurious one is the Kohinoor Suite with Private Pool. Accessed through a sunlit outer courtyard and chandelier lit inner courtyard, the Kohinoor Suite with Private Pool includes a luxurious master bedroom and twin bedroom (both en-suite), a spectacular dining room, a living room, a powder room, a private pool and al fresco poolside dining, all spread over a vast 2650 square feet (246 square metres).
This suite features Mewar style, gold domed ceilings, elaborate mirror mosaics and hand carved, marble privacy screens. Frangipani trees, miniature wall paintings, recessed sofa seating and sun loungers frame the 70 feet (21 meters) outdoor private pool. Accessible from the living room, master or twin bedroom, the suite includes a private dining space with views across Lake Pichola. The water is temperature controlled during winter.
ITC Gardenia Bengaluru
Presidential Suite – Peacock Suite
ITC Gardenia Bengaluru embodies the splendours of nature. This luxury hotel in Bengaluru was built as a tribute to the beautiful city of Bengaluru, and is inspired from the magnificent gardens of the city. The hotel is conveniently located in the commercial heart of Bengaluru and is in close proximity to key business districts and IT hubs of the city. This luxury hotel in Bengaluru is equipped with rooms and suites that have been rated among the best in the country.
ITC Gardenia presents 292 well appointed nature embracing luxury rooms including 22 luxury suites and the regal Presidential Suite – Peacock Suite – the largest among business hotel suites in India.
Wrapped in the gentle embrace of nature, the Presidential Suite at ITC Gardenia Bengaluru takes inspiration from the splendour of the national bird of India in grandeur and decor. Perched at the highest reach of the hotel, the two-floor, Peacock Suite extends a truly regal experience through its stellar facilities and services and its own private helipad. Its many glass facades, within and without, its large bay windows and the spectacular views it affords infuse the suite with a sense of spaciousness and unhindered commune with the open skies. Every space here is an ode to the grandeur of the peacock.
From the stunning glass mural that adorns an entire wall of the grand dining room, to the vibrant peacock feathers that stretch grandly across the softly piled beige carpet to the dazzling effect in the living room, to the exquisitely ornate white metal and silver leaf headrest in the master bedroom, the colour themes in each room and the aquamarine infinity pool on the top floor of the suite, every detail harks to the magnificence of this royal bird, and every service expresses an apt homage to its stateliness.
The other luxury accommodations at ITC Gardenia Bengaluru include – Pelican Suite, Flamingo Suite, ITC One Suites, ITC One, Eva Rooms and Towers Rooms.
Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Grand Presidential Suite – Shambhu Prakash Suite
The Taj Lake Palace Udaipur is like a floating vision in marble. Blink, and indeed, there is a luminous palace emerging from the mist. Suddenly you are in a boat, drifting ever closer and the reality doesn’t disappoint. With the Aravalli Mountains and city palaces as a backdrop you experience an impending sense of enchantment at the Taj Lake Palace Udaipur. Accommodations at the Taj Lake Palace Udaipur are as delightful as the exterior. Each and every one of the 66 rooms and 17 suites offer stunning views and intricate décor to envelop guests in royal mystique. Every one of its romantic rooms holds a story and among the most compelling is that of the Shambhu Prakash Suite.
The Shambhu Prakash Suite is named after Maharana Shambhu Singh, known for his progressive reforms and welfare measures in the 1860s. The suite, furnished in impressive, opulent strokes of colour graced with high curved arches, exudes a mix of both Rajasthani and European grandeur.
In the tradition of the city’s finest heritage hotel, the Shambhu Prakash Suite exceeds the expectations of its guests. The suite’s style cleverly melds a variety of themes reflecting Mewar’s diverse history of ethnic cultures. The suite opens to a comfortable and elegantly appointed library stocked with select literary works and hand picked artifacts. An adjoining balcony offers views of what is arguably the best lake view sunset in the world.
Apart from the Shambhu Prakash Suite, other rooms and suites offered by the Taj Lake Palace Udaipur includes – Luxury Rooms, Palace Rooms, Royal Suites, Grand Royal Suites and Historical Suites.
There are countless unique experiences to be had at the Taj Lake Palace Udaipur. You can sail into a purple sunset on a 150-year old Gangaur complete with candlelight and resplendently dressed oarsmen, or indulge in a heritage walk with an escort followed by a glass of sparkling wine at the bar, or soak in the sounds and sights of the city as your royal butler accompanies you on a shopping trip.
The Imperial, New Delhi
Royal Imperial Suite
Conceptualised in 1934 by Blomfield and inaugurated by Lord Willingdon in 1936, The Imperial is a fine confluence of a rich historical past and modern international appeal. The 24 king palms that lead up to the porch are an integral part of and witness to the very creation of New Delhi. The hotel was designed to be one of the finest monuments of Lutyens’ grand vision of the capital city’s original master plan presenting a unique blend of Victorian, old colonial and Art Deco styles. It was named and conferred the exquisite Lion Insignia by Lady Willingdon.
Luxury accommodation in the hotel includes 190 rooms and 43 suites, each designed with distinct interiors, overlooking the verdant gardens. The room categories include Deco Room, Imperial Room, Heritage Room, Grand Heritage Room while the suites feature Heritage Suite, Art Deco Suite, Luxury Suite and The Royal Imperial Suite (fit for a king), for a splendid stay experience.
The Royal Imperial Suite has a master bedroom with four-poster king size bed and seating for three guests, separate guest cloakroom and a verandah lounge with an area of 675 sq ft. The linen is exclusive – from Porthault, France and pocketed spring mattress. The master bathroom has a large shower cubicle and beautiful marble baths from Kohler (USA), steam, sauna and jacuzzi facilities. There is Bvlgari bathroom amenities, and dressing room with a walk in closet. The dining area has an elegant mahogany table for eight guests, with a butler pantry. An interesting feature of the suite is the study with office equipment, collection of 80 books, antique furniture and artworks by Prince Alexis Soltykoff. An interconnecting Heritage room is available with a king size bed at an additional price.
The Luxury Suite can be listed amongst the most luxurious rooms and suites of Delhi. The Deco Suites have larger windows with an option of sunlight and the views of the Spice Route courtyard, terrace gardens and The Atrium as well as a choice of marble or parquet flooring. Heritage Suites have two spacious rooms, a living room with a seating area for five-six guests and a bed room. It is inside facing with a view of The Atrium and a choice of an outside view upon request.
The Lalit Great Eastern, Kolkata
The Lalit Legacy Suite
The Lalit Great Eastern is a heritage landmark in Kolkata. This property holds the distinction of being the longest continuously operating hotel for 165 years. Built in 1841 as Auckland Hotel, it has been referred to as the ‘Jewel of the East’ and the ‘Best Hotel East of the Suez’. Over the years, the hotel has been the favourite haunt of royalty and celebrities from across the world.
After a meticulous seven-year refurbishment, the hotel showcases a distinctive blend of Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary architecture and décor. The original Heritage Block radiates the charm of the British Colonial Era, while the Modern Block incorporates a contemporary look and feel, enhanced with authentic Bengali artworks, crafts and design elements. These blocks have been seamlessly connected despite their distinct character and decor.
A favourite haunt of royalty, dignitaries and international celebrities for years, The Lalit Great Eastern offers 195 aesthetically designed rooms and suites, complete with all modern amenities. Rooms in the Heritage Block 2 exude the timeless legacy and heritage of the hotel through restored furniture, bay windows and vintage iron pillars. The Lalit Legacy Suite covers 710 sq ft, and has elegant décor, traditional handicrafts, classic restored furnishings and priceless art work. It features an extra large bedroom, a living room, a private balcony and three expansive bay windows.
Guests can also enjoy the exclusive benefits of The Legacy Lounge including special package on evening cocktail hours. The lounge is marked by timeless elegance. Throughout the day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening cocktails can be enjoyed in privacy and comfort.
The Great Eastern’s heritage and history are celebrated in details like a century old oven preserved and adorning the interiors of The Bakery, the beautifully restored century-old piano in the lobby and an eight ft replica of the trophy that Queen Elizabeth II presented to AL Bilimoria, the then chairman of Great Eastern hotel.
The Leela Palace New Delhi
The Leela Palace New Delhi, a flagship property of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, is one of the finest architectural marvels built from ground up in the last 30 years in New Delhi. Built in the shape of a butterfly, this visual spectacle is ensconced in the heart of Chanakyapuri, near the prestigious neighborhood of Diplomatic Enclave, blending seamlessly with its majestic surroundings. Its architecture is inspired by Lutyens, art and embellishment by Madhu Nair and its levels of refinement and generosity of space mirror the great palaces of the world.
It’s time to change your expectations of how splendid a room or suite can be. For your every indulgence is anticipated and met at the opulent Presidential Suite of The Leela Palace New Delhi. The Presidential Suite at this hotel boasts of eight rooms of unstinting opulence, 24-hour butler service, Rolls Royce transfers, private study, dining room and gymnasium, walk-in wardrobe, and a couple spa suite. An epitome of uber luxury, spanning over 4,800 square feet, the design and décor of the suite personifies the palatial grandeur of the royal heritage of India. The opulence of gold leaf ceilings, intricate wood work, pure silver and semi precious stones art pieces, deep toned rich tapestry are complemented with the state-of-the-art functionalities and exclusive facilities.
The eight-bay suite also comes equipped with several other amenities like two separate living rooms with a powder room, 24-hour in-room dining, fully-functional butler’s pantry, Jacuzzi, a rain shower head, among others.
Other notable accommodates at the The Leela Palace New Delhi include – Suites (Maharaja Suite, Grande Suite with Pool, Luxury Suite, Executive Suite), Royal Club (Royal Club Parlour), and Rooms (Royal Premier Room, Grand Deluxe Room, Premier Room, Grand Premiere Room).
The Fairmont Suite
Fairmont Jaipur is an ode to the pink city through awe inspiring architecture and decor, inspired by the Mughal dynasty and Royal Rajputs of yore. This luxury hotel is nestled among the majestic Aravalli hills. All of its 199 rooms and suites are elegantly appointed, to reflect a perfect blend of traditional Rajasthani décor and modern amenities. Built in the tradition of the region’s grand Mughal palaces, this majestic hotel offers the best in modern amenities and is perfectly complemented with the rich heritage of Rajasthan in the design and attention to detail on display in each of the 199 guest rooms. All rooms and suites are meticulously decorated, featuring timber doors, private foyers, vaulted ceilings, and a minimum of 51 square metres of space as well as modern conveniences.
The hotel’s most luxurious – The Fairmont Suite – offer a heightened world of luxurious living and amenities fit for a king. The unmatched views of the awe inspiring Aravalli hills from the expansive bedroom windows, adds to the general feeling of being elevated to a world of grandeur and opulence. Enhanced amenities, access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge, butler service and private check in/out are some of the exclusive benefits offered to guests. The suite boasts of 1173 square feet of space.
Other luxury accomodations offered by the hotel include Fairmont Gold Room, Fairmont Room and Signature Room. Guest Rooms at Fairmont Jaipur are bespoke residences that exude classic heritage influences with four poster beds, camel bone inlaid furniture, walk-in bathrooms with the distinct pink city stone bath tubs, Mughal styled low seating day beds and discreet arched windows that overlook the Aravalli hills.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore
The Ritz-Carlton Suite
The design of The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore, one of the flourishing city’s newest downtown hotels, combines the intricate jaali design native to the land with lush natural foliage, fresh water and the elemental characteristics of fire and stone to evoke India’s vibrant landscape. Featuring stunning panoramic views of the upscale Residency Road commercial area, the 277 spacious rooms and suites inside this hotel in central Bengaluru provide business and leisure travellers with the perfect home base from which to explore ‘India’s Silicon Valley’ and beyond.
The Ritz Carlton Suite is spread across 3,157 square feet and offers luxurious room amenities which include personal in-suite butler and chef on request, spacious living and dining areas, library, private bar and theater room and optional connecting guest room. The suite’s plush bathroom offers separate full-size bathtub, double vanity and a water closet and Asprey of London bath amenities. The accomodation also features king or double beds and full marble bathrooms with rainforest shower heads. Guests can also enjoy the complimentary use of swimming pool, relaxation room, thermal suite and fitness studio.
Club Royal Suite, Club Grand Executive Suite, Club Executive Suite and Executive Suite are other luxurious suites avaialble at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore. Whereas, the guest rooms offer choices of Deluxe, Club Deluxe and Deluxe Premier.
JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu
Recently refurbished and boasting of an unparalleled location overlooking the sparkling Arabian Sea, the JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu sets a new standard for luxury in India. The hotel is frequented by celebrities, business travellers and vacationing families alike, and offers gorgeous accommodations and five-star amenities to enhance the guests’ stay. You can make yourself comfortable in an elegant room or suite, with its luxury bedding, marble bathrooms and amazing Juhu Beach views. The hotel also features the award-winning Quan Spa, as well as dining at seven different on-site restaurants. You can enjoy a workout at the fitness centre, relax in the outdoor infinity and saltwater pools, or let your children make a splash in the kid’s pool.
Accommodations at the hotel offer breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea. The Presidential Suite, the most luxurious among all, is spread across 2217 square feet. The suite offers business services and complimentary boardroom usage for four hours. It also features connecting rooms, conference room, walk-in closet and soundproof floor to ceiling windows. The living area is separated from the bed by privacy walls. Guests can enjoy complimentary cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages as well. Children below 12 years of age are not permitted in the Presidential Suite.
Other luxurious rooms at the hotel include Royal Lotus Suite, Grand Ocean Suite, Executive Juhu Beach Suite, Premier Club, Executive Ocean View, Deluxe Ocean View and Deluxe.
Sofitel Mumbai BKC
Sofitel Mumbai BKC is the only French luxury hotel brand in Mumbai. The property takes great pride in its unique amalgam of French culture, design and gastronomy, blending artistically with rich Indian tradition in a signature art nouveau style. The hotel is designed by renowned French designer, Isabelle Miaja.
The hotel’s 31 suites ensconce guests in a spacious and luxurious interior design in their distinct living and sleeping areas. The magnificent Imperial Suite stretches over 1700 sq ft, blending the best of French flair with Indian inspiration. Two bedrooms, an in-suite office and beautifully designed Living spaces make this the perfect, dramatic address-within-an-address at the Sofitel Mumbai BKC.
The features include hardwood timber flooring, large windows, spacious bathrooms, oversized tubs, separate showers, international newspapers, luxurious bathroom amenities and access to the Club Millésime – Business Lounge on the 14th floor.
Junior Suites offer spacious surroundings with combined living and sleeping areas, while the Prestige Suites present a sense of luxury and elegance. The bedroom interiors in the hotel are a perfect blend of French elegance and Indian culture.
Textures, patterns and colours are influenced by paisley motifs integrated with the French Baroque style to recreate a whole new classic look. The theme of the two cultures carries forth into the rooms with Indian motifs outlining curtains, windows and lining the ceiling.
The artwork in the rooms is a unique collection of prints under the banner of “a Tale of Two Cities”. Each of the 10 different paintings custom created by Isabelle Miaja, show historical monuments from India merging with landmarks from France. Paintings on the theme of “A Tale of Two Cities” brighten each room, while the use of royal purple adds an additional touch of luxury.