Bath delights

Each time I am travelling I try to have a bath drawn out for me atleast one of the nights in my stay. It is the most relaxing feeling in the world, especially after a day of hectic meetings. I would so love to be able to do the same at my own home, don’t you? The Small Luxury hotels of the World (SLH) team has gotten us tips on just how we can do that

Chateau Mcely, Czech Republic

Hana Schwanzerbachova , Spa Manager, Chateau Mcley

“At Chateau Mcley, we have developed a range of organic products to showcasetraditional Bohemian herbal remedies, and Mcely Bouquet elixirs can be added to the bath for guests each night. At home, create a honey bath by dissolving one cup of honey, three spoons of virgin olive oil, two litres of unskimmed milk and one litre buttermilk into warm running bath water. Light candles and an aroma burner and relax in the bath for atleast 20mins. It was melt away your stress and leave your skin beautifully soft.”

Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

Jennie Teo, Spa village Manager, Pangkor Laut Resort

“We offer a bath menu is all the rooms at Pangkor Laut Resort, and the Spa therapists draw them  out for our guests. At home I recommend “Lovers dip”-a sensuous milk bath scented by fresh rose petals, kaffir lime and stimulating essential oils:

Mix fresh pandan leaf juice with kaffir lime juice in the tub and pour milk (about 3 ltrs). Pandan leaves are very beneficial for health, they are even used to treat several skin disorders. Kaffir lime acts as a great rejuvenator, alleviates colds and helps restore energy. Its also an excellent astringent and has anti-bacterial ingredients. Fresh milk helps hydrate, alleviate redness and prevent irritated skin.”

Well fresh milk is what kept Cleopatra look stunning all those many years ago so who are we to argue

Spa Magic at Home

Spas have become a big rage and trend around the world. Especially since our hectic lifestyles and travels leave our skins dehyderated and bodies absolutely tired. I for one try to fit in a Spa appointment atleast once a month, and especially if I am travelling I try to take time out to visit the hotel spa atleast for a massage if nothing else. I know alot of people who do the same and I am sure none of us would mind having such handy tips at home to soothe our senses once in a while. Here again the Small luxury Hotels of the Worl (SLH) team has put together a few tips on how we can create a Spa at Home.

Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux, France

Delphine Duffours, Spa Manager, Les Sources de Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa

“Relaxation is a question of atmosphere – even in the most ordinary bathroom, you can recreate the atmosphere of a luxury spa, thanks to some accessories and products. Here are my 4 tips to spa bliss in your own home – firstly put some scented candles around your bath. A soft light and fragrance will fill your bathroom, for an immediate sensation of well-being. Secondly, put on some soothing music. Classical, background music or natural sounds, choose what has the most relaxing effect on you. Then – take your time. Be sure that you won’t be interrupted during this “spa session”, give yourself some time to focus on your well being. Prepare yourself a cup of green tea and a plate of fresh fruits high in potassium, like banana, kiwi, or avocado, to help relieve stress and anxiety.Finally, choose new beauty products, with soft textures and delicate fragrances. Take care of your body with a scrub, take time for a facial mask, massage and moisturize your body and your face.”

 Huvafen Fushi, NIYAMA and Desert Palm, Per AQUUM Retreats, Maldives – 

Jason Sloan, Group Director of Spa, Per AQUUM Retreats

Home scrub for skin like velvet, it works! Mix up some medium coarse salt or sugar (sugar is milder in texture and better for sensitive skin), cover the sugar/salt in grape-seed oil and some lavender essential oil. After being in the warm to hot bath for five minutes the skin has softened enough for you to scrub your legs arms and body as you bathe, the scrubbing circular action will remove dead skin and the oils will nourish, soothe and heal. Use with a loofah or exfoliating gloves if you wish. After the bath, shower with warm water to remove excess oils and pat dry, moisturise if necessary.

For a very gentle effective face peel; wash your face with a mild PH balanced cleanser. Mix fresh lemon juice with live natural unsweetened yoghurt leave on your face for 15 minutes (avoid eye area) and gently wash your face. Use a gentle toner and apply moisturiser. Very deep cleansing – try this regime 3 times a week and see the difference.Bring your spa to your bed – try adding lavender/rosewood to the final rinse in your wash cycle for your sheets!”

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Create Hotel style at home

I love staying in hotels. I do. For me that can be a major high or low point in my travel plan depending on how good or bad my accommodation is. I just love the attention to every small detail that is given from the welcoming way you are greeted at the door, to the perfectly made bed, to the beautifully arranged flowers. I can just go on and on.  Some of my exceptional experiences has been with properties under the Small Luxury hotels of the world (SLH) profile.  Small Luxury Hotels of the World has got some of the finest small independent hotels in their portfolio. From cutting edge design hotels to palatial 17th century mansion, city centre sanctuaries to remote private islands, SLH offers only the best. Well as luck would have it SLH team has gone behind the scene at a number of their properties and got us tricks on how to create the hotel experience at home. Here are a few of the tips they have shared with us;

Photograph Courtesy iStockphoto

1. How to create a stylish vase of flowers

2. How to draw the ultimate relaxing bath

3. How to mix a spot on Martini

4. How to choose art to compliment your space

5. How to create your own home Spa

6. Create a Romantic evening and serve wine like a Sommelier

Beauty Ritual: Navarasas by Nikki

‘Health is not simply the absence of disease’ is the philosophy on which the brand Navarasas bases its products. Holistic medicine is the concept of treating the whole person or animal rather than just parts. Harmonizing holistic healing & nature’s living energy in the form of Essential Oil blends & Aromatherapy, at Navarasas they cater to a wide range of all natural products for humans & animals alike. To keep the interaction pure, they don’t use any chemicals or additives.Their mission at Navarasas is to bring about eternal wellness & balance of mind, body & soul! While my mission was to test these products and give an honest feedback, and that is what I have done.

Navarasas Produces Styled by: Aparna Kaistha
Navarasas Produces
Styled by: Aparna Kaistha

Hand Sanitizer, Rs.149
I know it is a strange product to begin with, but that is because being obsessed with Hand Sanitizers, this one i am addicted to. Unlike most Hand Sanitizer’s, this one does not smell like an antiseptic cream while having all the essential antiseptic properties and genuinely makes your palm smooth.

Lavender Ylang Ylang Sugar and Sea Salt Scrub, Rs.849
This scrub has excellent cleansing qualities and the essential oil leaves the skin feeling replenished and a glow on the face. Though the salt makes it slightly itchy if you have broken or dry skin, so you need to be careful for even despite the essential oils for it may pinch slightly.

Lavender Ylang Ylang Body Wash and Foam Wash, Rs.399
A very relaxing product, this is excellent for a soak in the bath after work. Inspired by the tranquil properties of lavender and Ylang Ylang it is bound to relax you and make you feel stress free. But it is better used as a foam bath than Body wash.

Hand Wash,Rs.349
The tree and lemon Hand wash same as the Hand Sanitizer shows excellent results in terms of hand care. Crafted with all-natural germicide properties of tea tree and lemon oil it is a definite must buy!

Boost Shampoo, Rs.599
Packed with essential oils, this shampoo is supposed to be excellent for damaged hair and dandruff. It did have a good result on my hair texture, but I felt the consistency was too watery and too much product got wasted. Maybe after being used to soaps which lather a lot this was a bit different, but I would need more than one wash to be able to judge properly.

Beauty Ritual: The Imperial Salon, New Delhi

Ritual: Elixir Ultime 24 Carats,90 minutes, Rs.3,200++
Location: The Imperial Salon, New Delhi

The Imperial Hotel, which in my opinion is the epitome of luxury, now introduces a large variety of luxurious skin and hair treatments at the Imperial Salon. These include Kerastase Ladies Hair and Nail treatments, Signature facials with Natura Bisse Products, Bridal Preparations, Nair Art and Nail Care along with OPI, Special treatments for male grooming needs and a retail shop for all Homecare products.

Ladies Salon entrance, Imperial Salon, www.stylecity.in

My love for the Imperial Hotel, its Old world charm and exclusive services is very well known, which is why I never turn down an invite from them and am never disappointed. This time was no different as I tried out their Elixir Ultime 24 Carats ritual. The idea behind this treatment is to provide shine, nourishment, protection and resistance for the hair. This ritual combines a customization of treatments and massage techniques that best suit you to make you feel relaxed and beautify your hair.

Elixir Ultime 24 Carats,Imperial Salon, www.stylecity.in Elixir Ultime 24 Carats,Imperial Salon, www.stylecity.in

The treatment begins with a Personalized Hair and Scalp Analysis with a Diagnostic Camera. This is to profile the thickness of hair shaft, sebum levels in hair, scalp sensitivity, any dandruff and hair loss. My results were that I have healthy roots but dry hair thanks to over use of chemicals and hence my treatment will focus more on my hair strands than the roots. The “Exilr Ultime” which was recommended for my hair starts with a shampoo and followed by the application of a Hair Booster and a beautifying oil masque, Oleo. Oleo – Complexe is precious luxury oil that contains Maize Oil for Nourishment, Pracaxi Oil for strengthening, Argan Oil for protection and Camellia Oil for smoothening. This is applied section by section across the hair and followed by a gentle massage.The in- depth massage has 7 steps that concentrate on enhancing hair growth, stimulating the scalp and encouraging circulating that provides long term hair beautification and also de stressing your crown chakra. These massage techniques which incorporates pressure point massage techniques, occipital work, push and pull and raking techniques from India, Bali and Thailand create a deep relaxation. After the oil massage, mask application ritual the hair is rinsed and a small amount of Elixir Ultime is run through the hair before a smoothing blow dry and style. And your hair looks a feels like a million bucks.

Beauty Ritual: Aayna, New Delhi

Locations: Aayna, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Treatment: HydarFacial, Rs.5,000 (plus tax)

From time immemorial, women want to look beautiful, be it Cleopatra the Egyptian queen or our own Indian queens, like Jodha and Rani Padmavati. But these women were never considered bimbos or incapable. If anything, their beauty, only increased their appeal. So when did making effort to look beautiful or wanting to enhance ones looks become derogatory? Here is where Dr.Simal Soin comes into play with AAYNA, “a concept born out of a dream to create something unique and timeless. It is a temple of beauty where we create and enhance beauty – both outer and inner.”
Aayna, New Delhi

Spread over 4,400 sq feet and having 11 treatment rooms, walking in to AAYNA feels like walking into a boutique hotel, with vintage decor and old world charm, decorated by Dr.Simal Soin herself. Dr. Simal Soin is one of  India’s leading cosmetic dermatologists. Apart from conventional therapeutics, she gained vast experience in cosmetic dermatology including the use of all modern laser equipment for treatment of variety of skin concerns, botox and various fillers. At Aayna, she offers a team of world-class of dermatologists, aesthetic doctors and skin therapists, and to complement the looks, they also have an in house nutrition specialist. They also offer us medical pedicures by Margaret Dabbs of London for the first time in India.
After my consult with Dr.Soin, I was advised to try the Hydra Facial. For those of you who read the blog, know I have super sensitive skin and am filled with fear at the mention of someone touching my face with products. This fear has become even worst due to some recent development in Hormonal issues, for which I am on treatment and may end up going for an operation. After listening to my fear and issues, I was first given a consult with Dr.Gargi, the in house nutritionist to plan a diet chart for me to help me lose the weight I have put on and generally keep me healthier. I felt slightly better after this, as she convinced me a lot of my weight gain, mood swings and skin issues are to do with my Hormonal issues, and should get sorted after the treatment and operation (if reqd). So now I felt relieved and was mentally more prepared to go in for the Hydra Facial.

Aayna, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Aayna, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

The HydraFacial treatment is a non-invasive, painless serum based treatment performed under medical guidance, which gives a customized solution for all skin types. Hydration is the core of beautiful, luminous skin.The Hydra Facial is hydrating treatment which gives an instant glow and assists in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, blocked up and enlarged pores, sensitive or acne-prone skin, brown spots and hyper pigmentation.
The process of HydraFacial treatment includes five essential steps that are as follows:
Cleansing and Exfoliation – Dead cells are gently removed to uncover smoother healthy skin
Peeling Serums – Gentle chemical peeling cleanses pores and improves pigmentation
Extractions – Painless, quick extraction of blackheads & whiteheads with a special vacuum tip.
Hydration – Vortex fusion technology for deep penetration of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which help hydrate skin and reduce signs of aging.
Protection – The Hydrafacial range of products used during the treatment include a special sunscreen which looks invisible on skin and helps sustain and secure treatment results.

The Verdict: I fell in love with my skin after years. So much so that I did something I have never done in all my years as a lifestyle journalist, I actually made an appointment for my next treatment and plan to continue this for the next 3-4 months till my marks reduce and I move to a more intense treatment. As for my nutrition program? Dr. Gargi has followed up and I lost over 2kgs in a week, (despite cheating sometimes)
Address : ‘Ambawatta One’, H-5/5, First Floor, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi-110030. (Land Mark – Facing the Qutab Minar)
Timings : 10:00am to 7:00pm
For Appointments : (+91) 96502-06153, (+91) 96502-05873, (+91) 98711-38222

Beauty Ritual: Ishana Nature Spa, Saket, New Delhi

Spa Ritual: Santisukh Tranquility Massage, 90 minutes, Rs.3650
Location: Ishana Nature Spa, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket

Now that the New year festivities have slightly mellowed down, I cant think of a better way to start the year of hectic work and even more social events than a Spa visit. So that is what I did to start 2014 with my visit to Ishana Nature Spa. Ishana Nature Spa offers a cocoon of luxurious comfort and enriches your experience further with a range of traditional therapies. Based upon centuries-old Ayurvedic tenets and enriched with an exclusive range of natural ingredients, the therapies at Ishana aim to support balance and enhance bliss in your life.

Spa, www.stylecity.in

From the moment you enter the Ishana Nature Spa, everything you feel and touch is pure and gentle – every extravagance stimulates a feeling of well being as you surrender yourself to the very caring and experienced hands of the expertly trained therapists. The city spa, located at MGF Mall, Saket is a spa lifestyle brand that brings Asian heritage to the spa scenario in Delhi and the Ishana Nature Spa therapies are designed to provide maximum benefits to the discerning guest. If you remember few months ago I had visited the Ishana Experience centre at IGI airport, which was more about the experience than the actual spa treatment but was a great experience, so my level of expectation had been set quite high when visiting the Nature Spa at Saket. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The first thing you notice during the treatment is the heated bed, which makes it extremely comfortable to have a treatment during the winters. The second is the absolute expertise of the therapist as she slowly massages the knots out of your muscles. I always find it strange when a busy mall has such serene places, they are relaxing and definitely worth a visit. Of course here too is a gift shop where you can buy products completely Indian and organic in nature. Though I suggest you do it prior to the massage, as post massage you want nothing but a cup of chai as you cuddle in bed with a novel.

Ishana: A Holistic experience

The appeal of a complete Indian holistic and spiritual experience is no longer just restricted to Indians, in fact it is as much if not way more popular with foreigners. A lot of people come to India to seek such spiritual experiences, and in response to this shift in lifestyle, Ishana has been conceived by The Spa Group as an ‘experiential’ retail destination that brings together several aspects of Indian heritage, spirituality, arts and crafts, conscious living and lifestyle encapsulated in an enchanting ambience under one roof.

Healing Pool- Ishana Experience Center,T3, IGI Airport, www.stylecity.in

Regal Cafe, Ishana Experience Center, T3, IGI Airport, www.stylecity.in

Even though I must have passed by the Ishana experience centre at the T3 departure terminal, IGI International Airport at least 10 times in the past 2 and half year, I never really ventured into this store. The overtly Indian products on display and the Indian music playing in the background was not too much of an attraction for me, as I felt it is another retail store catered to attract foreigners as they return from India. Such an misconception that was, as besides being a retail store, it provides services like Ayurvedic consultation, Astrology readings, live dance & music performances, Mehandi application, live craft demonstrations and even express spa treatments and a small café so you can have a complete Indian experience before you board your flight. My experience began with first having a glass of “Aam Panna” at the Regal Café, a traditional Indian summer drink or original mocktail if you would like to call it, this is supposed to be excellent to keep the body cool in the summers. In fact all the drinks and the few snacks served here are kept as healthy and fresh as possible, keeping in mind with the theme of the experience. There are live musicians that play Indian music throughout the day and are often accompanied by Dancers who perform to Indian folk dances. The Ayurvedic section is the next section I visited, unfortunately the in-house consultant was on leave that day else you can get complimentary Ayurvedic consultation from the Doctor and can buy the prescribed medications or oils from the store. They also have a lot of Indian sweets and spices which you can carry with you to gift or simply take home with you.

The Nature Spa,  Ishana Experience Center, T3, IGI Airport, www.stylecity.in

From here I sat down to get my palm read, which is again a complimentary service, so it is a quick 5 minute read. How true it will be or not only time will tell but one thing she did tell me was I used to have a managerial job (Well yes, being a Style Editor and team leader is more managerial that creative) but have now quit it and have moved to something in writing or studying (My Blog, and now teaching) Anyway, this will be my chosen profession now and I will get a lot of name and fame (Fingers crossed) but I will never make that much money from this profession. As in I will never have shortage of money but it will always be other peoples, namely my father, my partner etc. But the bright side, I will be very content and will do lots of great work and reach out to a lot of people (Yaay!). My partner himself will not be born in the same place as me, and in 2015 I move to live in another city for a while possibly to study. I then moved on to check out their spa service at The Nature Spa, which at the airport they have kept as express services and dry massages all for less that 60 mins. They do have a proper Spa in the city, which I will review and let you know about. The express service was brilliant. So firstly the massage chairs are placed such that you can see the hangar and planes taking off, I went in the day but I can just imagine how amazing it would look at night. As for the treatments, I first tried “Padma Vrinda” the foot massage for 30 mins (Rs.1,435), the only massage which uses oil, it is the perfect treatment if you are like me and are normally in heels, as it concentrates on your calves and sole of your feet. It is also an amazing treatment for the airport, which lets be honest are super exhausting. The next treatment I tried was “Prana Prasanga” the back massage for 30 mins (Rs.1,635). This is a dry massage done over your clothes. Again it is extremely relaxing and just the perfect thing if you have a hectic travel schedule or just don’t have time to go in for a proper spa treatment. I assure you, this is just the thing you need and you will have a restful flight. Finally before leaving the store I stepped into the healing pool for 5 mins, which is an ankle deep pool with a copper base and energized water, to remove pranic energy blocks from the human system. This water is energized by a lingam created through a process of yogic alchemy and consecrated by Sadhguru – Spiritual Master and founder of Isha Foundation, Coimbatore. It is the only other such structure in existence other than the ones at the Isha Yoga Centre, Coimbatore. I don’t know much about the power of the pool or if it actually affects you as my spiritual beliefs are more inwards than outwards but when I got back from this experience I slept like a baby till my mother woke me up for dinner. So next time you are flying out from Delhi you know exactly what you need to do while you await your flight.

Beauty Ritual: The Imperial Spa, New Delhi

Spa Ritual: Sufi Massage,60 minutes, Rs.4,500
Location: The Imperial Spa, New Delhi

In todays day and age with the world getting smaller, luxury may or may not be exclusive, but exclusivity definitely spells luxury. That is the best way to define The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi. They have always maintained an air of exclusivity and understated luxury. Like they themselves state and truthfully so, “The Imperial is a destination in itself”and a visit to The Imperial Spa confirms this statement.

The Imperial Spa corridor, www.stylecity.in

Spread over 16,000 sq ft Imperial Spa immediately evokes a feeling of harmony. Intricate Moroccan architecture interweaves the influences of Moghul and Indian motifs,embedded beautifully in different spaces. It has nine treatment rooms and a luxury private spa for couples called Moghul suite, a perfect abode to indulge in the signature therapies. The signature line of skin care at The Imperial Spa called SUFI was launched in February 2012 and a more recent launch was that of moisturisers, body creams and cleansers. Off these I have tried and highly recommend their ‘Night Rose Moisturiser’. It is perfect for dehydrated skin, which is what most of us have thanks to the pollution. Like the name suggests, it is reminiscent of a Mughal era with hidden notes of rose, fig and Jojoba seed oil. You can buy this from the Imperial Salon and I promise you will not be disappointed.

With a strict media policy the Imperial is known to be very particular about their privacy and that of their guests, so much so that up until last month the Spa services were only restricted to hotel guests, but now from April 2013 the visitors can avail SUFI signature rituals at the all new SUFI massage room situated at The Imperial Salon. The Sufi Massage is what I went for during my visit to the newly opened Sufi room. SUFI signature oils are used to provide pure bliss through amazing treatments designed to deliver a deeply penetrating relaxation, restoring well-being and inner harmony. “Mahadeva” the oil that I selected, as the name suggests, transports one to an almost prayer like trance while the therapist weaves her magic with her fingers,the smell of the oil itself is enough to make you feel calm and relaxed, the treatment itself is a bonus! There are 6 oils you can choose from depending on what you are hoping to achieve from the massage, be it relaxation or pain relief. In essence, The Imperial Spa represents an insignia for absolute living and is a blissful sanctuary. Whether you are a dedicated spa seeker or you simply wish to enjoy maintaining a healthy body and mind, its extensive services, unique spa packages, spa cuisine, personalized well-being programs and treatments, promise to take you on an exquisite journey, rejuvenating the mind, body and soul.

In the words of Jacqualine Tara Herron, Director The Imperial Spa, Salon, Health and Racquet Club, “The Imperial spa is designed to purely de-stress and rejuvenate your senses, taking you on an exquisite journey, inspired by India’s rich spiritual wisdom and heritage. A visit to the spa is truly an experience of a world of regal luxury and ecstasy. Poetic verses engraved at select points peppered with significant phrases enlighten one’s soul and provides profound understanding of the philosophy. Our ambient and enchanting therapy suites and relaxation spaces are designed to give you a magical and unforgettable experience of belonging to a world full of peace, consciousness and benevolence”. So do take the time out to indulge in this fabulous journey the next time you are in the city. And if you already live in the city you have the option to go in for a massage in the Sufi Room now open to visitors.

Luxe and Stylish- Imperial Hotel, New Delhi

I love nothing more that pure luxury and nothing defines luxury better than the essence and aura of The Imperial, New Delhi. Stroll through the art laden corridors and you will feel history come alive. On arrival, another world opens up filled with Victorian charm and luxury;Intricate details, space and greenery over seven acres of manicured gardens fashion this royal destination-while you revel in the days of the Raj or seek pleasure on your plate at the award-winning restaurants.

The Imperial Facade

Conceptualized in 1934 by Blomfield The Imperial was inaugurated by Lord Willingdon in 1936. Situated on the prestigious Queensway, now Janpath, The Imperial is a fine confluence of a rich historical past with an awe-inspiring heritage and international appeal. It offers an unique experience embracing history delicately cradled in the comfort of modern conveniences. Indeed, it was in Lutyens’ scheme of things to build the most luxurious Hotel in New Delhi with a unique blend of Victorian, old colonial and a playful dosage of informal art deco.

lobby-entrance-hallway, Imperial, New Delhi

The style is decidedly eclectic. The gates and the massive, avuncular bronze lions at the entrance are Victorian. In the high-domed Atrium inside, art deco wall panels and wrought iron balconies recall the early 20th century. Lutyens’ design of the Universe, a masterpiece made with 800 pieces of marble, can be noticed all over the Hotel, including in its rich 24-carat gold leaf form that appears on the rotunda in the heart of the lobby.

Verandah Lounge, The Imperial

The pillared verandahs, dining rooms, tea lounges, Royal Ballroom and cool and spacious gardens have played host to some celebrated encounters between the British and Indian aristocracy and gentry. It was here at The Imperial, where you could click your glasses on the same table as Lord Harding or Gandhi, to the war efforts or to the Quit India Movement. Replete with tableware from London, Italian marble floors, Burma teak and rosewood furniture, fountains from Florence, original Daniells and Frasers on the walls and the best of Indian furniture, The Imperial  – a unique low-rise structure – creates the aura of an early 19th century English manor.

Live kitchen at Daniell's Tavern, The Imperial

Daniell’s Tavern
Daniell’s Tavern at The Imperial comes alive with a brand new look showcasing a Live Kitchen and a menu that revisits India from the eyes of Thomas and William Daniells. This uncle and nephew team came to experience and paint the rich culture and culinary tradition of India’s picturesque locations in 1786, in the midst of colonial era to assist the expanding British Empire. The new menu seeks to define their gastronomic expedition with unique old world specialties from all the cities they visited. With art spread across the restaurant revealing the beautiful journey of Thomas and William Daniell, white hues, dark blue glasses, intricate wood work on the ceiling, together lend an elegant feel.

San Gimignano, The Imperial

San Gimignano
Cradled in the bosom of Tuscany lies a hilltop town, one of the best – preserved medieval towns, called San Gimignano or ‘the city of beautiful towers’. The Imperial’s Italian specialty restaurant of the same name takes inspiration from this lovely city where vineyards and olive grooves flourish. San Gimignano offers a delectable fare blending the delicate flavours of ingredients that are both procured locally and imported from Italy. In an endeavour to present only the best, San Gimignano sources the finest of balsamic vinegar, cheeses, pasta, risotto and olive oils.

1911 Bar, The Imperial

1911
1911 is a landmark year in the history of New   Delhi. It was in this year; on December 12, 1911 that King Emperor George V had declared New Delhi as the Capital of India. Given the historical significance 1911 is a celebration of aesthetics with its rich, choicely done up interiors and cuisine that showcases the ‘melting pot’ culture of Delhi and service that is truly a reflection of Imperial India.The Imperial, has for long, had a ‘relationship’ with period art. In fact, 1911 is an ode to this tradition. It is replete with antiquities dating back to the 1911 Durbar and photographs from the colonial era.

The Spice route, The Imperial

Spice Route
Heralded as one of the top ten restaurants in the world and proclaimed to be the only-one-of-its-kind, The Spice Route is poetry in design.The Spice Route has been designed to reflect the journey of spices from the Malabar Coast in Kerala through Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Indonesia to Thailand and Vietnam.The restaurant is an overwhelming visual depiction of the art and culture that also travelled with the spices through these regions, presented in a folk, religious and cultural fantasy of the Orient. Designed by Rajeev Sethi, the celebrated cultural czar of India, The Spice Route is an architectural marvel that offers a unique dining experience in a distinctively beautiful setting.  The Restaurant is completely hand painted with vegetable and flower dyes by mural painters brought in especially from a temple in Guruvayur in Kerala with a tradition dating back to 3000 years. Food is sacred in Asia. A manuscript of Ramayana in ancient Thai displayed with pride in the Restaurant echoes the sentiment.Besides the stunning décor, The Spice Route boasts a menu that ensnares the taste buds of a seasoned food connoisseur. Do try out their new summer menu you will be satiated with the unique and interesting use of mango blended into Asian cuisine.

Royal Imperial Suite

The Imperial has undergone a major renovation and restoration work in early 2000s under the aegis of Hong Kong based architect Chandu Chhada – an exercise that re-established the splendour of the Hotel as the grandest colonial hotel in Asia. With high ceilings, impeccable décor and equipped with all the facilities and modern conveniences, the 235 rooms and suites, overlooking lush, verdant gardens, bespeak discreet luxury and offer total privacy and serenity. Choicely designed and thoughtfully decorated for the discerning business and leisure guests alike, the distinctive character and charm of the rooms has been achieved by attention to the smallest detail heightened by a warm and personal service by an efficient staff geared to proffer an unparalleled Imperial experience.

Lutyen Suite, The Imperial

A veritable museum with a rare and original collection, The Imperial showcases different forms of art in its rooms, corridors and public areas. Finest 18th and 19th century paintings, lithographs, sculptures and intricately painted murals – all offer a memorable experience to an art aficionado.

Eliza Room- Grand Heritage, The Imperial

Eliza
The Imperial has a special program ELIZA”, for single lady travellers. The lady guest under the program gets enrolled for the uniquely designed privileges coupled with the unmatched Imperial experience, the moment she checks in.The Imperial has taken this value added initiative for our esteemed single lady travellers to provide a distinct “stay experience” associated with comfort, convenience and care, prioritizing their safety.The lady guests are allocated rooms in a “Single Lady Corridor” equipped with CCTV cameras and are provided with special In-room check-in facility. Single Lady Corridor consists of 12 Eliza rooms on the third floor and each room has a separate room door camera installed as an additional security feature.

The Royal Ballroom, The Imperial

Probably the only authentic ballroom remaining in India with a spring floor that reduces noise levels, the Royal Ballroom evokes the splendour of Lords and Ladies bowing and curtseying, before they swirled across the floor to the strains of the waltz. This is where the distinguished guests amused themselves when the Hotel was opened in 1936 and this is the room where the first grand Ball was held. The vast ballroom today, also, serves as a venue for conferences and events of repute, seating up to 400 guests, auditorium style. Conference facilities also include two mid-size conference halls, namely Emily Eden and Hodges, with a seating capacity, theatre style, for 60 and 30 guests respectively and a Boardroom which can accommodate up to six guests.

The Sufi Spa, Imperial

You can rejuvenate at their well-equipped Fitness Centre or use the facilities of the amazing The Imperial Spa An oasis of calmness in the hectic rush of modern living. The Imperial, with a fabled antecedent, is an institution of class: quiet, dignified, serene and elegant. It has played host to business barons, royalty, sports stars and eminent people in the limelight.

Swimming-Pool, The imperial

Called the ‘only’ Garden Hotel of Delhi, The Imperial rests resplendent in beautifully manicured gardens nestled amidst royal palms. The private swimming pool, deep in the shaded grounds of the Hotel, offers a tranquil, rejuvenating experience.The indelible Imperial Experience is geared towards making your visit simply perfect in every possible way. The Imperial is, in itself, a Destination!
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