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Sunday, 16 June 2024 | AKANKSHA DEAN


Celebrate Father's Day in urban luxury with lavish accommodations, spa indulgence, fine dining, and beyond, pampering the special man in your life like royalty


Imagine stepping into The Imperial New Delhi, a majestic 19th-century Indian palace that flawlessly fuses Victorian, Lutyen, and Art Deco architectural styles. As you wander through white marble colonnades and lush gardens, you'll encounter rooms and suites adorned with Italian marble floors, polished Burma teak, Persian hand-knotted carpets, antique chandeliers, and exquisite rosewood furniture. The hotel's rich history marries tradition with modern luxury, making it a stay haven in the bustling heart of India's capital. Nestled on an expansive eight-acre estate, The Imperial is a retreat from the city's hustle and bustle. It houses the world's largest private collection of over 5000 invaluable Indo-European artworks and has been the revered venue for the capital's most prestigious social events. Authentic Indian curry shines at The Imperial, setting a new standard. From lavish local breakfasts to innovative treats at tea time, culinary delights abound. Dining at 1911 is a sensory journey. Sip a custom Patiala Peg cocktail at the sophisticated bar, honouring historic origins. San Gimignano offers Italian flair, and The Spice Route presents a delectable Thai-Indian fusion. A courtyard nightcap completes this gastronomic adventure at The Imperial. The spa is a tranquil retreat offering rejuvenating treatments in a beautifully illuminated atmosphere. It combines unique customs, special oils, and timeless traditions. Influenced by intricate Moroccan architecture blended with Moghul and Indian designs, featuring stunning tikri work adorning its walls, creating a mesmerizing labyrinth of passageways. Immerse yourself in the enchanting tales of the 1930s and experience the heightened elegance and grandeur of Delhi's renowned 'Grand Dame' at The Imperial.


Once upon a time, this land was home to a pulp factory, with wild timber growing freely. Then came the Late Captain Nair, who acquired the land, deliberated over it contemplatively, and enlisted the renowned designer, Don Siembieda, after drawing inspiration from various Mysore palaces. What followed is now history. Today, standing proudly is a six-story edifice made of pink sandstone, topped with gentle green domes, serving as a remarkable luxury and business hotel that complements the city filled with palaces and gardens. Taking cues from the magnificent Mysore Palace, the structure has become an icon itself. Upon entering the property, you are greeted by a palm-fringed entrance that leads you past a magnificent marble fountain into a breezy lobby overlooking lush gardens, waterfalls, and serene day lily ponds. The 357 spacious rooms, reminiscent of mini art deco palaces, including the 24 opulent suites, left a lasting impression. The bathrooms, styled in a blend of traditional and contemporary design, showcase locally made Tishya products. For those seeking regal opulence, the Royal Suites with private balconies overlooking the gardens are a must-book. Indulging in culinary delights, the signature Indian Restaurant, Jamavar, offers a tantalizing array of dishes inspired by royal Indian kitchens. Citrus, designed as a 'theatre of food', presents a fusion of modern global cuisine, authentic Indian flavours, and Mediterranean dishes, making it a unique dining destination in the city. Zen, on the other hand, tantalizes with a diverse range of Asian cuisines, blending ancient and modern gastronomic cultures. The interior of Le Cirque Signature, designed by the esteemed Wilkes from Malaysia, exudes style and vibrancy, offering a taste of French and Italian culinary excellence. The bar within, known for its signature cocktails and two lovely patios, is a sight to behold. A nod to old-world English lounges, the library bar and lounge invite guests to unwind in luxury with fine martinis and rare single malts, surrounded by a curated collection of valuable books. The spa at the hotel is beautifully equipped with a jacuzzi, treatment sauna, and steam rooms. In summary, the hotel is splendid: welcoming, elegant, cosy, efficient - exactly what we desire today.


Immersing oneself in the opulent embrace of The Ritz-Carlton, Pune is an experience beyond mere indulgence; it is a journey into a realm of unparalleled lavishness. Nestled within the vibrant heart of the city, this establishment masterfully intertwines refined splendour with the vivacious pulse of downtown life.  From the moment you step into this exquisite haven, a sense of serenity envelops you, offering a respite from the hustle and bustle outside. The elaborate design elements of the hotel are a testament to its dedication to creating an urban sanctuary that exudes sophistication while exuding tranquillity. Culinary delights abound within its walls, where each dining venue is a testament to culinary artistry. Ukiyo delights with modern Japanese flavours, Aasmana astounds with inventive Indian dishes against the backdrop of panoramic city views, and Three Kitchens Restaurant & Bar offers a global culinary journey in a stylish and cosy ambiance. The elegant Ritz-Carlton Tea Lounge and the al fresco Alta Vida beckon guests to savour artisanal delicacies and craft cocktails in style. The indulgence continues at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, a sanctuary dedicated to holistic well-being and rejuvenation. Here, the fusion of natural elements, luxurious scents, and top-notch facilities beckon guests to unwind and rejuvenate at their own pace. The menu of treatments, expertly delivered by skilled therapists, promises a bespoke experience that rejuvenates the body, mind, and soul, leaving guests refreshed and renewed. In summary, the hotel is a sublime fusion of luxury, refinement, and tranquillity, where every moment is crafted to offer an unforgettable experience of indulgence and rejuvenation.

Akanksha Dean is an independent food & travel writer, a chef and a catalyst and is the first Indian to have trained at Osteria Francescana, in Modena, Italy, rated as the world's best restaurant in the World's 50 Best Restaurants, in 2016 and 2018 and currently in the Best of The Best Category.

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