In the lap of luxury — Staycations around Delhi

I love quick weekend getaways, two quiet days away from the maddening city is always a welcome thought for me. I am sure everyone loves the idea of staycations. I love everything fancy, luxe and a lot of pampering for most of my holidays. So, in this post I bring to you two perfect locations for you to unwind and totally fall in love with. If craving for some me time or family time or a romantic getaway, head right here –

ITC Grand Bharat, Manesar

If you are not in a mood to drive for more than an hour from Delhi, ITC Grand Bharat is the most luxurious option right in Manesar for you. Being the first luxury property by ITC, it takes luxury to all new heights. This is India’s first all suite luxury retreat. So that means, it has only suites (100) + four palatial presidential villas and no regualar rooms. The place is all about uber luxury and visual grandeur. As you spot the property amidst the Aravalli range, it looks picture perfect. I remember as the car pulled closer to the vast extensive property, I felt I am about to enter some film set.

This retreat introduced me to a new era of ‘unhurried luxury’; where time just stops. What that meant to me was, not having to wake up in morning worried that I might miss breakfast, cos well for all you lazy folks Grand Bharat has an all day breakfast menu. Yes, wake up whenever you like and just order breakfast any time of the day. No buffets, so just go to any of the restaurants and a hot meal will be served on your table. I was delighted by the gourmet experiences that include the ‘Aravali Pavilion’ (3-meal period restaurant) showcasing Modern India Mosaics, ‘The India Room’ (debuting Creative European Classics), the ‘Peacock Bar’ for amazing cocktail indulgences and ‘Apas Promenade’ (featuring regional specialties). Oh and while you are at it, please try the Cheese soufflé at India room. It’s the best I have ever had.

Like I said, it is all about luxury at this retreat — it has a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, signature Kaya Kalp spa and various bespoke services to make this the most memorable stay for you. I also tried my hand at Golf, with zero knowledge of the game, to begin with I was patiently taught by the coach to hold the club. I did decent though by striking a putt an hour into the game.

Go to ITC Grand Bharat to experience pure luxury and indulgence.

The retreat


Living room

Terrace area

Treatment room at Kaya Kalp spa

View of the Golf course

The Tree of Life Resort & Spa, Kukas, Jaipur

For all those who are happy to drive for four — five hours from Delhi, an absolute must visit near Jaipur is The Tree of Life. Away from the main highway and half hour before Jaipur, you will find this property nestled among a vast forest cover. As we drove closer, I spotted the trees that beautifully covered the pretty pink tombs of the resort. It was a splendid soothing sight.

The resort is done aesthetically and has luxury villas with either a pool or a garden view. We booked the villa with the pool, so I could just dip in the water and enjoy the perfect weather. I was mesmerized looking at our villa, located independently atop a tiny hill; it was huge — living room, a bedroom, walk in wardrobe and the pool right outside. When I say indulgence, it is never complete to me without a good relaxing spa. The best part here was that we got the couple spa in our villa near the pool. They have the spa beds placed there and if you wish you are welcome to get the spa at your villa instead of the spa centre at the resort. No extra charges for this luxury. So a total thumbs up to this!

This is totally one of the resorts, which will give you absolutely no reason to step out. I enjoyed taking walks around, sitting and looking at the sunset in extreme calm and serenity. Everything around was so green, it will make you feel so close to nature. To make it perfect, they have a delectable menu that has some mouth watering preparations. Like I said, this is luxury so if you do not want Ala Carte, the Chef will visit you at your villa to discuss dinner options that he can cook as per your desire. Marvellous ain’t it.

Highly recommended for a weekend stay.

The Villa

Living room in the villa

The bedroom in the villa

Private pool at the villa

Private spa beds at the villa

The resort

Infinity Pool at the resort

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