<p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span class="s1">No matter how many times you visit the Taj Mahal it evokes powerful emotions. One can not stop marveling at the architecture and its magnificence. Same goes for its namesake hotel brand- The Taj Hotels. Each time one stays at a Taj property, as a guest you cannot stop appreciating the impeccable hospitality and charm of the hotel. </span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span class="s1">So when the (re-branded) Taj Hotel & Convention Centre opened its doors in the city of Taj Mahal- Agra, I had to plan a weekend trip to experience all the Tajness. On a<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Sunday I reached the hotel in three hours from Delhi with my toddler in tow. </span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span class="s1">I was bowled over by the welcome not because there was traditional aarti and welcome drink before I was escorted to my suite, but because my son got a grand welcome with hotel staff addressing him by his first name. The joy of checking into a luxury hotel lies in these finer details.</span></p> [caption id="attachment_1169" align="aligncenter" width="625"]<img class="wp-image-1169 size-large" src="http://thehotelexplorer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/TajAgraWelcome-919x1024.jpg" alt="" width="625" height="696" /> Sweet Welcome: Luxury hotels make their guests feel special[/caption] <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span class="s1">Another su
<p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span class="s1">I kept scouting for the elusive network bars on my phone for about five minutes standing outside my tent. I had just checked in at V Resorts Utsav Camp in Sariska and before entering my tent I wanted to see if I could post some stories right away on Instagram. I gave up after 10 minutes and looked up. I was standing amid acres of arid wilderness. There were Arvallis for the view and chirping birds for the company. I knew I won’t indeed be looking for the network anymore.</span></p> <img class="aligncenter wp-image-1143" src="http://thehotelexplorer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/v-Resorts-large-pic-pic.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="422" /> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span class="s1">As I entered my tent another delightful scene greeted me. Minimalist design with rustic touch to give feel of a slow rural world. This room was beautiful with its wooden furniture, handicraft artifacts, traditional Indian doors and Rajasthani chakhna by the bedside!</span></p> <img class="aligncenter wp-image-1142" src="http://thehotelexplorer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/V-Resorts-Large-pic-ture.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" /> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span class="s1">V Resorts Utsav Camp is located at the south-end of the Sarika National Park in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, a smooth four hour drive from Delhi. It has tented accommodation that reflects the local culture and heritage

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<p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span class="s1">The traffic snarls of South Delhi, quietly give way to the roads of its adjacent town Faridabad. It was a long drive to the Radisson Blu Hotel in Faridabad, but the bright lit expansive lobby filled with chatter of hotel guests immediately lit my mood. Hotels indeed make me happy. </span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span class="s1">I was at the hotel’s Oriental restaurant House of Soy located on the first floor, to sample the Chinese New Year menu that has been curated to celebrate the arrival of the ‘Year of the Dog’, aka the Chinese New Year.</span></p> <img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1047" src="http://thehotelexplorer.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/House-of-Soy-1024x590.jpg" alt="" width="625" height="360" /> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span class="s1">The restaurant was filled with the aroma of the delish buffet spread; the live stations were in action and tables were beautifully laid. We were seated at the restaurant’s Private Dining Room, yes the perks of being a writer. </span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span class="s1">My royal meal for the night started with the humble man chow soup but gradually gave way to the sumptuous spread of appetizers that included Minced basil Lamb in a crunchy cup, Peking Duck with Pickled Vegetables, Stuffed Chinese crepe with chilli sambal and an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dimsums. The mi
Delhi winter is the perfect time for indulgent Sunday Brunches when you can soak in some sun, engage in long conversations over grills and bubbly. If Sunday Brunch is your thing too, read on and if not then although more a reason why you should read this post.  Just when the festive cheer was in full swing on a Sunday we reached The Suryaa hotel, which houses two of my favorite restaurants- Ssence and Sampan. The Sunday was in full swing at Ssence, tables laid, some early birds enjoying their appetizers and cheerful noises coming from each corner. 
On a Friday evening post work I headed to one of the newest nightclubs in town- The Orb at Radisson Blu New Delhi, Mahipalpur. With some great ladies to chill with, engaging conversations, cocktails and delish finger food, this new avante grade bar proved to be the perfect place for unwinding. It's not tough to find good tipple in this city nor do we have dearth of nightclubs. But ORB is a package- good music, lip smacking food ( that most nightclubs fail to serve), great tipple and impeccable hospitality of a five star.

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Spanning over three floors of a plush Delhi hotel and spread over 20,000 square feet of area - R The Spa is a perfect wellness oasis. Located at Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport Hotel, the experience at R The Spa has become even more holistic as it has introduced Ayurveda Wellness Programme, in addition to other contemporary European and Asian treatments that it is known for.
Spa visits are all the better if restorative treatments take place in sublime settings with design and beauty given as much consideration as the massages and wellbeing treatments on offer. It becomes a holistic haven with great facilities and specialist therapists ranging from yogis to nutritionists to nurture the body, mind and soul. It is after all the pen-ultimate feel-good holiday, even if it is just that one Sunday.
It's an urban oasis of tranquility. It was my first visit to the Kempinski Hotel in Delhi and I was pleasantly surprised by the expanse, chic decor and design of the hotel. More about that later in a post. The luxury spa at the Kempinski Hotel, Shanaya, which is also open for non-residents- equally evoked awe and surprise.

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