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Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort – Goa

November 1, 2017
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It’s that time of the year again when we all look forward to layering up our woollens and making itineraries to warmer regions for relaxing getaways. The top of the list destination nationally has to be Goa, where the sun kissed beaches comes to life and the entire state dwells in the glory of the holiday season. The Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort, Goa is the perfect place to feel close to Mother Nature amid the scenic beaches of Goa, while rejuvenating amidst the cultural spirit. Nothing can be more soothing than taking a stroll around this beautiful resort with the sea breeze mesmerizing you. The spacious rooms come with sophisticated wooden décor, sofa sets and alternatively with calming cream coloured walls. The interiors are pleasant and elegant to look at. The dining space is majestic and yet it feels like home with all the ribbons falling across the ceiling converging into beautiful chandeliers. We can get the tastiest food here. Their service is quick while the staff is courteous and goes out of the way to meet our expectations. On special occasions like Christmas’ Eve, Valentines’ Day, they organize Gala Dinners which should not be missed. In case you are planning to spend your New Year’s Eve in Goa this time, be sure to check in to the Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort and be a part of their sumptuous and unforgettable Gala Dinner! Since the resort is well located, many wonderful getaways can be found in its close vicinity. If you like partying as well as adventure games, then there is no better place than the Baga Beach which is a 7 minutes car ride from the resort. This beach is known for its dolphin cruises and water sports including parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling, and water-skiing.  Here we can …

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AYANA Resort And Spa BALI

October 31, 2017
One-bedroom Ocean Pool View Villa Bedroom (Renovated)

There are two kinds of travelers out there. Some travelers choose one location/resort to spend their entire vacation, whether it’s lounging by the pool or getting a spa, they prefer to stay within the resort. There are also those who choose an economical stay because their itinerary includes spending all day out and returning only at night for some beauty sleep. To the former travelers, here’s one luxury resort that will blow your mind away and leave you itching to for your next vacation! Award winning AYANA Resort and Spa Bali is a sprawling 5 star luxury resort located in Southern Bali at Jimbaran. The resort comprises of three offerings – AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, The Villas at AYANA and sister property, Rimba Jimbaran Bali which together offer 78 private pool-villas, 693 guest rooms and suites, 12 pools, 19 restaurants and bars, 15 amazing wedding venues, 19 MICE and meeting rooms over 90 hectares. The resort also provides a convenient shuttle service to explore the whole property. Here’s a brief look at the multiple amenities available at AYANA. The Villas at Ayana The Villas at Ayana is a spectacular property that offers travelers a choice of accommodation and views. You can choose between the ocean front villas, the cliff side villas or the secluded garden villas, depending on what scenery you want to wake up to. Each villa also offers a private pool deck with a tranquil view and opulent interiors which include a comfortable dining area, spacious beds and a private butler. Rimba Jimbaran Bali  Rimba Jimbaran Bali sprawls across 8 hectares of gardens within the 90-hectare grounds of AYANA overlooking Jimbaran Bay. The property is only 10 kilometers from Bali’s airport. For those looking to experience themselves in a truly Balinese experience, there is a traditional fishing …

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Colaba – One of the Best Areas to stay in Mumbai

October 4, 2017
Colaba Mumbai

Mumbai being the commercial capital of India can be a little overwhelming at to the uninitiated, especially when it comes to deciding on where to stay in Mumbai. The vast metropolis of Mumbai has an equally wide range of options on offer when it comes to accommodation. One has the option to book 5 star Hotels in Mumbai or settle for a more modest option. Depending on the budget, needs, and requirements one can zero in on the accommodation option that meets ones needs. One of the best areas to stay in Mumbai is undoubtedly Colaba, an area that is rich in history and culture that goes back to the times of the British Raj and beyond. Colaba is a colourful and stylish area that pulsates with vibrancy and is the meeting point of the contemporary and the historical. The magnificent  and towering presence of the Gateway of India with an endearing promenade, classic theatres like Regal that have been milestones in the history of Bollywood Cinema, iconic restaurants like the Leopold, tempting shopping arcades, heritage buildings, all of this combine to make Colaba a happening destination in Mumbai. What can be a better experience than to directly step out of your hotel into the magical world of Colaba. Here are a few stay options in the Colaba vicinity. The Taj Mahal Palace If you want to experience Mumbai in true grandeur reminiscent of the royal era, then head out to the Taj Mahal Palace which stands like a jewel on the tip of Mumbai, overlooking the Arabian Sea. Waking up in the morning and getting breathtaking views of the Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea as you push the curtains aside would surely rank as on of the best travel memories and stay with you for long. The …

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Antara Dehradun- Redefining Senior Living

September 18, 2017
Image: Lobby, Antara Senior Living

The phone call was intriguing, but nothing could have prepared me for my first experience of Antara Senior Living; sequestered away from the Dehradun- Mussoorie route in a lush green patch of Purukul, Antara’s 14 acres aim to recreate the feeling of a perfect idyll. A brainchild of Mrs. Tara Singh Vachani, Antara compliments the natural beauty of the Himalayan foothills with an elegantly constructed community. Internationally renowned architects Perkins Eastman from New York and Esteva Arquitectura of Spain worked to create a space that maintains a balance between architecture and the landscape. Life at Antara The apartments have been fitted with the exquisite imported marble and elegant wooden flooring. Attention to detail can be seen in the elegant finishing touches such as cornices and window ledges conveying a sense of timeless style and refinement. The Community Design and Residences For this is Antara’s purpose – timelessness. Every facet of the community is designed to allow its residents to live life without worries, thinking only of the endless possibilities that await them. Mr. Jishnu Veliyath, the General Manager of Community Operations at Antara Dehradun, is responsible for creating the framework of operations. With his 200-member team, he works tirelessly to execute the Antara Way, which is centered on a genuine spirit of care for its residents. A considerable amount of time has been spent genuinely thinking about the needs of the residents, For instance, all the bathrooms have thoughtfully positioned handrails and protective anti-skid tiles. All edges have rounded corners to ensure that its older residents don’t get injured. Each room has a panic button which summons medical and security teams in an instant. Trained security officers ensure that only approved visitors are given entry to Antara that has CCTV cameras monitoring the premises. A Max Super Speciality Hospital is …

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The Tree Of Life Resort & Spa – Luxury Edition

August 25, 2017
Tree Of Life Jaipur

The Tree Of Life Resort & Spa defining the art of luxury in Jaipur! If you’re from Delhi or live in the North, then you must have visited Jaipur at least once in life. Just like any other 2-tiered city in India, Jaipur too can be termed as a well established city with ample tourist attractions to explore around. Although Jaipur has many accommodation facilities available for tourists and travellers alike, one can find it challenging to find a stay that’s away from the city noise pollution and offers serene views of Rajasthan as well. A few kilometres out of the city centre, is an establishment that offers luxury, privacy, beautiful views and an excellent hospitality experience round the clock! The Tree Of Life Resort & Spa, Jaipur offers personalised experiences with strong elements of luxury to each of its guests. The main attraction of this property is its expansive private villas, with a personal lawn/pool/spa zone and amenities that have been crafted just to make you feel refreshed and relaxed at all times. The Tree Of Life Resort & Spa Jaipur consists of 13 uber luxury villas set in 7 acres of land. Each villa has been designed with a minimum of 2500 sp. ft. of private area. The architecture of each villa has been designed so as to offer complete privacy to the guests, in terms of a spacious surrounding complex, no noise pollution and no vicinity contact with any other villa of the property. The interior structure of the villas are spacious and have been decorated with attention to detail. Well amalgamated colour palette, with ample space to sit, watch tv, dine and a separate bedroom with attached double bathroom is what defines the well thought complex architecture of each villa. The interior décor is a blend of …

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Bangkok City Life

March 7, 2017
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The first two impressions that you get about Bangkok is shopping and a gateway to the exotic beaches. As much as it stands true that Bangkok is a hub for dirt cheap shopping experience and a central city to reach out the coastal stretches, it is much more than what meets the imagination! While the itineraries were being planned with my fellow bloggers regarding this trip, a lot of discussions were made regarding cities we will tap and the amount of time we’ll dedicate towards each one of it. Having being under an impression that Bangkok is yet another metro city with malls, fine dines and set first city grandeur, I considered it to be similar to the city experience we have here in India. And abiding by the Thailand Travel tour culture, I was more keen on visiting an exotic coastal line rather *waste* my time staying in a traffic-jammed city like Bangkok. I am not going to lie about the traffic that turns the city red all throughout the day, but exploring Bangkok and its culture is an intriguing experience that I didn’t expect to have at all. My stay in Bangkok was settled for 3.5 days with a strong guess that I’ll soon get bored of staying in the city and missing on all the exotic fun that Thailand offers otherwise. But was I wrong, or was I wrong?! After experiencing a glimpse of Bangkok, I can say that even a week’s time in Bangkok is less to experience what the city is all about. Right from the century old historic lanes of The Grand Palace area to the modern architectural marvels of Pathum Wan and Ratchathewi districts, the city is an amalgamation of the old and the new. Culture Like any metro city, Bangkok too comes with a batch …

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Ibis Mumbai Airport Hotel – Review

March 1, 2017
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Travelling to Mumbai is one thing and travelling in Mumbai is another. Given the congested traffic chaos that the city meets every hour, it becomes a challenge for business travellers to travel in and around the city, being on time for their commitments, yet defeating the road jams. And to top it all, staying put at a hotel which is stretched out in the busy lanes of the city makes it a nightmare to travel to & from the airport. Keeping the situation in hand, many hotels have been established over time around the airport premises. Ibis Mumbai Airport Hotel is one such hotel, situated right next to the international airport, which offers world class hospitality on economical rates. In the first week of February, I travelled to Bombay and had the privilege of staying at this compact and contemporary hotel that meets the international standards of AccorHotels. Although, you can very much take a local cab/auto to reach Ibis Mumbai Airport Hotel on your own, the hotel also offers shuttle service to & fro the international airport upon prior reservations. As I arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, I was warmly greeted by two gentlemen representing Ibis Mumbai. My ride was comfortable, with a platter of assorted fruits and cold mineral water by the side of my seat so that I could unwind from all the travelling. Upon arrival, Mr. Ridul Deka, General Manager of Ibis Mumbai Airport Hotel and Mr. Rayan Aranha welcomed me to the hotel, sharing an insight on what Ibis Mumbai Airport is all about. I was also greeted to a refreshing glass of coconut water which adds on a small gesture that makes Ibis Mumbai Airport’s hospitality stand out amongst the rest. The check-in was absolutely hassle-free, the reservations and reception staff courteous enough and the …

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Reason why Fairmont Jaipur is The King Of Royal Luxury!

January 19, 2017
Fairmont Jaipur Virtual Tour_11

Rajasthan’s Hospitality is all about extravaganza and royalty. I can go on and on talking about why I am in absolute awe of this property, but it speaks for itself at great lengths anyway. The architecture has been inspired by the Royal Rajputs and Mughal Dynasty. Each part of the decor has a story to tell and the addition of carefully curated artefacts enhances the realism of Fairmont Jaipur. Just like any other Fairmont property all across the globe, it too has closely worked with the traditions of Rajasthan and what royal lifestyle was all about, centuries back. And to speak about the artistic beauty of this hotel, it will be unfair if I try to just put it in words. As they say that a picture speaks a thousand words, scroll down as I have handpicked 20 odd photographs from a bulk of 2GB data, to summarise what a beautiful architectural marvel Fairmont is all about. You can also check out the Accommodation Review to learn more about their services.   Learn more about this enchanting property and a book a stay for a luxurious experience  http://www.fairmont.com/jaipur/

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The Umrao – Luxury Hotel

January 5, 2017
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If you happen to be from or be in Delhi travelling towards the Airport or Gurgaon on NH-8, you might have definitely come across the luxurious glimpses of a boutique hotel ‘The Umrao’ which is famous for A-list weddings in the city. With its expansive borderline and an architecture appealing to the expensive strength, The Umrao stands out as a resort hotel perfect for a private getaway or a Destination Wedding appeal; among its pears. Having won the award Luxury New Hotel title at World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016, The Umrao definitely assures a luxurious experience on their property; be it for dining, wedding function or stay services. I too got a chance to stay at this lovely property for 2 nights and 3 days, experiencing the best that their restaurants have to offer and unwinding by their pool side spa and comfortable accomodation facilities. The Umrao is situated on National Highway-8, which is nearby the Indira Gandhi International Airport and is a drive away from the Gurgaon City Hub. If we talk about its architecture, then the hotel has been designed utilising the grand 15-acre land to its full potential. With beautifully manicured lawns, green patches all throughout, calming water bodies in terms of fountains and pool; the hotel does make you feel relaxed and closer to nature while being settled in the contemporary architecture of its main concrete buildings. As you enter the property, green covered driveway leading you to the main reception dome transports you to a world away from the hustle bustle of the busy city life. Taking advantage of the space, The Umrao’s lobby has been designed in the most contemporary style, with middle-eastern decor elements, a see-through dome that leads you to the reception area, right next to the Waffle Tea Lounge/Pastry Shop. While you …

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Presidential Suite Life of Novotel Kolkata

November 18, 2016
http://www.accorhotels.com/6937

Frequenting hotel rooms for travellers in no biggie. While most of the travellers take hotel accomodation as just their place to dump their bags at and to call it a night, others (like me) are more keen on living up the extravagant life and give attention to details. Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences by Accor Hotels Group, is one such hospitality establishment in the Salt Lake area of Kolkata that has anted up the accommodation standards of Kolkata hospitality life. This stands true to the fact that celebrities like Abhishek Bachchan and many Tollywood actors book Novotel Kolkata’s Presidential Suite during their visit in Bengal everytime. The Presidential Suite has been built up combining space of 7 Novotel Superior Rooms. The suite opens up to a beautifully done living room with hand-picked artefacts to enhance the luxurious setup of the suite. Gold Luxe colour theme, metallic pottery, chandeliers and Indo-western furniture design reflects the Indian contemporary decor of accomodation. The living room also has a personalised bar, wherein the residents can indulge in hard-drink conversations with friends and family. The bar gives way to the dining space with a private dining table alongside a fully-functional kitchen on the side. Each Presidential Suite experience comes in with a complimentary butler service. The master bedroom is designed with rara avis decor elements, a personal couch-tv experience, a study desk and a view of Kolkata that definitely is breathtaking! What actually store my heart away is the Presidential Suite’s bathroom, which has been designed to reflect ‘lavishness’ in its best possible manner. A walk-in closet section, to store all your ensembles, followed by a well-spaced powder room for he & she. But it is the bath-tub & shower space overlooking the skyline of Kolkata that puts this Presidential Suite as one of the ‘Best …

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