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By Chris | January 22 2007
Whether a sumptuous bed, a spectacular view or service beyond compare – choose from our stunning selection
The Claridges, New Delhi, has been a landmark in Lutyens since the 1950s and is a haven of tranquility in the heart of the city.
The hotel is well located and in close proximity of the business district, ministries, diplomatic missions, shopping centers and historical landmarks. This flagship property of The Claridges Hotels & Resorts has, over the years, played host to several important showbusiness and political events. With its classic ambience and contemporary facilities, the hotel recreates the magic of old world charm married with Indian hospitality. The rooms at The Claridges are among the most spacious in New Delhi and provide guests with all modern conveniences and facilities, such as interactive plasma television and wireless internet access. The hotel offers luxury suites, most with their own private terrace, which overlook the swimming pool, landscaped gardens and surrounding diplomatic avenue. For those on a business trip or looking to entertain we recommend making use of the The Senate, an executive lounge with a private dining room, rare whisky bar and state-of-the-art boardroom. The Claridges offers an exciting array of dining and entertainment options. Pickwicks, the 24 hour multi-cuisine restaurant; Sevilla, which serves Mediterranean flavors amidst a magical indoor-outdoor ambience; Jade, an authentic Chinese restaurant; Dhaba, which offers Indian cuisine in a rustic setting; and Aura, the vodka bar that stocks over 75 brands of vodka. It also has a patisserie, Ye Old Bakery, which offers mouthwatering cakes, pastries and freshly baked breads. Leisure facilities include a health club, steam room, sauna and gymnasium, as well as an outdoor swimming pool.
Why we love it: Overlooking the manicured expanse of garden and the tree-lined vistas of Lutyens, this is a space meant for luxurious indulgence. The suite features an elegant bedroom, a stylish living room, an attached guest powder room, and an Italian marble-finished bathroom that is equipped with luxurious, modern amenities, including a Jacuzzi. The living room, with a separate sitting, dining and work area, is ideally suited for entertaining.
Markus O Schneider, General Manager
12 Aurangzeb Road, Delhi, 110011
+91 11 3955 5000
The Oberoi, New Delhi, is a premier five-star hotel located in the heart of the capital.
Reflecting the spirit of the city, the architecture and decor of the hotel is a luxurious blend of traditional and contemporary sophistication, catering to the needs and tastes of the VIP traveler. Located minutes away from the business, commercial and shopping districts, this hotel overlooks the soothing greens of the 18-hole Delhi Golf Club and the historic 16th century tomb of Emperor Humayun. Oberoi is equipped to make business convenient and comfortable, and offers over 30 luxury suites that promise a comfortable and luxurious stay. Dining options at this resort include three award-winning restaurants: Threesixty serves contemporary world cuisine, such as sushi, yakitori, Mediterranean and Indian specialties; Travertino offers traditional and authentic Italian cuisine; and Taipan serves Chinese and has been consistently rated as the best of its kind in the city. As if that is not enough for the expectant traveler, the hotel includes The Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen, which offres exquisitely-made cakes, pastries, bread and savories. Unrivalled in meticulous appointments, refined design details and impeccable service, the 24-hour business center at the hotel offers the best in up-to-date technology and luxurious appointments.
Why we love it: The Kohinoor Suite presents a liberating sense of space with its mutedly elegant interiors complemented by expansive views. Located on the 7th floor of the hotel and measuring 3,500 square feet, this suite comprises a living room, dining room with a service pantry, a fully-equipped study, master bedroom, a private living room and a relaxation room that is furnished with a treadmill and massage bed. The suite is minimally furnished with the focus on comfort, style and convenience. Exclusively selected decorative elements combine with the natural texture of silk, leather, wood and marble to impart an Indian warmth and richness. The predominantly beige, champagne and caramel tones imbue the space with a sense of calm, with the striking artworks lending the only burst of daring color. One of best features is the floor-to-ceiling windows that emit an abundance of natural light and frame-sweeping views of the surrounding greenery.
Jay Rathore, General Manager
7 Sham Nath Marg, New Delhi, 110054
+91 11 2436 3030
Aman New Delhi is comprised of two modern extravagant buildings of which one is a nine-story resort housing over 30 rooms and suites, each with a private plunge pool.
The second building is a five-story building framing an internal courtyard, which features deluxe suites of one, two and three bedrooms – and over half of these include private swimming pools.
Why we love it: The Lodhi pool suites feature either one, two or three bedrooms with over half having three bedrooms. The one- and twobedroom suites have small private gardens and pools while the threebedroom suites offer a larger-sized terrace and separate guest bedroom situated away from the lobby. Each suite has an upstairs, which gives exclusive travelers a more ‘at home’ experience. A luxury haven for the stars of Bollywood, the Aman New Delhi is a place the most Elite Traveler would not feel out of place.
Robyn Bickford, General Manager
Lodhi Road, New Delhi, 110003
+91 11 4363 3333
Quite simply a living legend and ranked ‘best luxury hotel in India’ by the World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2010, The Imperial is the ultimate place to experience the elegance and grandeur of colonial Delhi.
Expect to be treated to Raj-era luxuries and a warm, personal service reminiscent of the Golden Age. In addition, guests can expect all the amenities of a modern, five-star hotel. Built by royalty in 1931, rich history and fine art fills the grand halls of this museum-style hotel.
Why we love it: The Royal Imperial Suite includes spacious dining and sitting areas, which makes it a perfect place for those looking to entertain privately. In addition there is an expansive master bedroom with a four-poster king-size bed, dressed in exclusive linen from Porthault, as well as a study area. Take in the views from the spacious bathroom which includes a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi in addition to a ‘his-and-hers’ wash basin. The list of famous clientele that have stayed here is endless, ranging from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to the Prince of Monaco.
Janpath, Delhi, 110001
+91 11 4111 6200
The Taj Palace Hotel is a perfect embodiment of world-class service and hospitality. Located centrally, the hotel is a true legendary signature of the Taj Group.
With only a few minutes drive from both the airport and the city center, it is still the only hotel in the top-of-the-line category near Gurgoan – the prime location of many multinational offices. With its deluxe rooms and modern comforts, the hotel has played host to heads of state, royalty and CEOs from all over the world. It is also Delhi’s largest conference venue and luxury convention centre. It consists of a fully-equipped 24-hour business centre with five meeting rooms and an office. Wireless internet connectivity, sprint mail, internet workstations, multimedia computers, laptops and cell phones are all ready to use at your disposal. World famous cuisines are offered at the hotel from some of the most famous chefs in India who cater to every palate and taste bud.
Why we love it: The Tata Suite at The Taj Palace includes a butler service, 24-hour gymnasium, swimming pool, access to a nine-hole putting green as well as further complimentary features such as an in-house nanny, for elite clientele with children. As standard all deluxe suites come with complimentary Wi-Fi. The Taj Palace also boasts ten halls and two open spaces available for VIP guests to use for banquets and conferences. This hotel is ideal for business guests traveling with children. While they provide ease-of-use services throughout, their suite has maintained an element of extravagance and luxury.
Taljinder Singh, General Manager
Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, 110021
+91 11 2611 0202
The Leela Palace exemplifies the splendid tradition, grace and elegance of the Lutyens’ Delhi area of New Delhi.
Ultra luxurious and exclusive, this hotel offers the finest in guest services to discerning VIP travelers from around the world. With 260 oversized guestrooms and the largest suites in the city, the resort also boasts the most advanced in-room comforts, such as high-speed internet access and iPod docking stations, to name a few. The hotel also offers a selection of world class food and beverage brands such as Le Cirque and Megu in addition to its signature Indian restaurant, Jamavar. Guests can also enjoy the world famous spa by ESPA for relaxation and rejuvenation. Exquisite elements in the hotel feature throughout, such as ornate chandeliers, brought in from Italy; hand-carved sandstone elephants from Qatar and an iconic gold-leafed dome similar to the one at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, all of which makes the property a modern marvel. Aside from its extravagant offerings, the hotel has a well-appointed corporate environment that makes it a perfect destination for business travelers.
Why we love it: The Maharaja Suite provides a home only for the head of state or the most elite of guests. The service includes Rolls-Royce transportation from anywhere in the city, a 24-hour personalized butler service as well as complimentary Bulgari amenities. The suite itself consists of a living room, bedroom, dining room, spa room, wash room (with Jacuzzi), and a walk-in wardrobe. In addition there is an interconnecting room with a kitchen and study.
Charles Morris, General Manager
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, 110023
+91 11 3933 1234
The Hyatt Regency is the largest of our five-star hotels in Delhi.
It is located in the commercial hub of Bhikaji Cama Place, a mere 20-minute drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport and also the city’s domestic airport. The hotel is also close to embassies, consulates and corporate headquarters, making it the preferred choice for strictly business travelers.
The 517 rooms and suites at this hotel are equipped with modern amenities and high-speed internet access to support guests’ business needs, while all seven floors offer a panoramic view of the city and its landscaped gardens. The hotel is also a benchmark of excellence for five-star dining, with restaurants that offer an exciting range of Indian and international dining options including Café, an all-day dining restaurant; The China Kitchen; La Piazza; TK’S Oriental Grill; and Aangan. Numerous leisure facilities are also on offer, including an outdoor swimming pool and the Club Olympus Fitness Centre and Spa.
Why we love it: Features of the suite include views of the city, gardens or pool, or a combination by request. The bathroom’s spacious granite interior, luxurious soak tub and full rain shower are sure to impress even the most discerning traveler. Limousine airport transfers for those staying in the suite are complimentary and there is access to a boardroom. The elite traveler will notice the small differences at this hotel, such as the concierge whose attention to detail is unsurpassed.
Timothy Bruce, General Manager
Bhikaiji Cama Place, Ring Road, Delhi, 110067
+91 11 6677 1251
Located amidst the green environs of Delhi’s Diplomatic Enclave, a few minutes drive from both the airport and the city center, lays ITC Maurya.
This hotel is made up of two parts: ITC Towers and ITC One, each with their own separate services. The distinctive architecture and decor of the two sectors recalls the splendor of that glorious age and recreates it through its luxurious facilities. Behind the lavishness is a crisp efficiency and a deep understanding of the needs of the modern elite traveler. You will find exclusive lounges on all major floors and a 24-hour communication center with the latest in office support systems.
Why we love it: The Grand Presidential suite is a sprawling area that includes a bedroom, private dining areas, modern hi-tech office, private meeting room, wellness center and modern bathroom with an amethyst wall. The warm and soft lighting enhances the beauty of the art in each suite, adding to the delicate look of one of the finest residences in the city. The best feature of this suite is that it affords the ultimate in personal attention to detail. Guests staying at here can expect to enjoy a 24-hour butler service, and use of multiple executive lounges, which come with a library, plasma TV as well as 24-hour food and beverage support. In addition, those staying in the top suite get complimentary use of the hotel’s lounges at the international airport and the option to close sections of the hotel.
Ranvir Bhandari, General Manager
Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, Delhi, 110021
+91 11 2611 2233
From Hollywood stars in boots to hedge fund managers in suits and from supermodels on ramps to Wimbledon champs, Natural Mystic South Asia thrives on creating magical private jet itineraries for some of the world’s most discerning clients.
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The exclusive destination Coco Shambhala in Goa, India offers the sophisticated international traveler a chance to experience tropical living at its very best with a stay in one of the greatest examples of tropical villa design in the world.
Every aspect of each villa, both interior and exterior, has been carefully designed to enhance well-being and relaxation through the creation of the ultimate, indulgent barefoot retreat.
Proprietor Giles Knapton and General Manager Lindsay D’Souza ensure that guests are contacted shortly after booking a stay to discuss their individual preferences and to provide guests with a personal contact who is available at any time, day or night, both prior to their arrival and throughout the duration of their stay. The level of service and attention to detail is exemplary as Coco Shambhala seeks not only to meet expectations—but to exceed them. Both Giles and Lindsay regard every person who travels to Coco Shambhala as a valued guest in their beautiful home—someone who is welcomed and appreciated at every moment of their stay.
A stay at Coco Shambhala leaves every guest with a wealth of memories, experiences and friendships that ensure a return journey, in the very near future, to one of the most exotic, serene places in the world.
Suite style: Open-plan living spaces take advantage of the cool sea breeze to provide cross-ventilation and capture the magic of the tropics. The mostseductive rooms have no doors or windows—these sumptuously furnished indoor/outdoor spaces allow guests to interact with the environment. Extraordinary jungle-style gardens enhance the ambiance.
Key selling points: Rates include return airport transfers and a complimentary car and driver for the duration of your stay, giving you the freedom to explore Goa. Coco Shambhala provides daily maid service and light laundry. The phone’s pre-programmed numbers allow you to contact the team with ease. Other amenities include a jet pool, sky satellite TV and DVD player in each bedroom, iPod docking stations, a shared swimming pool and exquisite service from the entire staff.
Number of villas in hotel: Four
For an added touch of luxury, guests can spoil themselves with deluxe treatments from Coco Shambhala’s on-site therapist Josef, who uses a gorgeous, secluded, private area of the garden to allow for restoration between mind, body and nature. Josef offers a range of naturopathic treatments, a consultation for tailored detoxification or a rejuvenation package. Guests can also opt for in-room massages.
Coco Shambala’s extremely talented chef, Rushad, is on hand to discuss dietary requirements, and will meet with guests every morning to talk about their preferences for the day. Breakfast is included, and lunches and snacks are available from the kitchen until 5:30pm. The cuisine places an emphasis on fresh, quality ingredients, with meals served to you in the comfort of your own villa. Each meal excites the senses through Rushad’s blend of technique, flavor and unique gastronomic flair. Evening service, including the chef’s very special “in-villa” barbecue experience, is available by appointment.
Square footage: 2,368
Giles Knapton, Proprietor
Coco Beach, Nerul, Bardez, Goa
+91 937 226 7182