With Valentine’s Day looming in the air, head to these hotels to make your holiday even more special. By Bayar Jain
1. The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi
Doubling as your cupid this February 14, The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi is offering charming experiences in every space. For those looking for an experiential romantic meal, then you cosy in with your loved one in a pagoda by the poolside, while gorging on scrumptious food, sipping on champagne and nibbling on chocolates. Alternatively, you can even book yourself an outdoor meal at Frangipani. Set meals will also be available at Mei Kun – their Chinese fine dine, and Dilli 32 – their Indian specialty restaurant. Adding to the romantic fervour will be live ghazals at Dilli 32, and even a live performance by DJ Ruhi at Club Cuba. What makes these offering truly special is the fact that a dinner at any of their restaurants will come paired with a complimentary access to the party at Club Cuba. If the love Gods are feeling especially grateful towards you, then you could even win a lucky draw that would entitle you to a year-long membership at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi, lifelong coffee dates with your partner, or even one-plus-one on every drink you order at Club Cuba for every visit.
2. Taj Mahal, New Delhi
The iconic Taj Mahal in New Delhi thrives on curating special experiences, and the festival of love will be no less. With them, the magnificent evening begins right from the word go, thanks to a chauffeur driven luxury car to take you to the venue. The celebrations will kick off with a personalised champagne bottle paired with a specially crafted modern Indian, Continental, or Chinese menu to choose from, and a special celebration cake to heighten the serenity and intimacy of the lush green environs surrounding you at their pool lawns. For a more tranquil and dreamy ambience, their terrace garden will do the trick. Here, the bespoke celebrations will include — apart from the aforementioned — a personalised menu with you and your partner’s photograph as a watermark, a special set up with flowers, an interaction with the Masterchef, and a signature couple’s spa.
3. Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
Morocco — already famous for its enchanting views — houses a magical space in its confines. The Kasbah Tamadot, one of Sir Richard Branson’s stunning retreats, is the ideal spot for rest and relaxation, particularly for this year’s Valentines’ Day. Once you’re done soaking in the fresh mountain air, or trekking the High Atlas Mountains, you and your partner can indulge in a three or four night’s Romantic Getaway package at the retreat. Inclusive of breakfast, the stay will also include a private return road transfer from Marrakech, a bottle of house champagne, an hour-long hammam spa treatment, and a private three-course meal for dinner. While here, don’t forget to toast to your love with a bottle of house wine, courtesy Kasbah Tamadot themselves!
4. Grand Hyatt Mumbai
Grand Hyatt Mumbai leaves no stone unturned to celebrate love, and their wide range of special Valentine’s Day offerings is a proof of it. Whether it’s making your loved one feel special at their signature restaurants — Celini, Soma, China House Retreat, and Fifty Five East — wherein exotic dining experience await, or extending your celebrations for the entire weekend with their staycation packages, you can be assured of a memorable time. Think candle light dinner, soothing music, exclusive table decorations paired with a choice of Italian, Indian, Sichuan, or even a multi-cuisine menu to feast upon. If you’re looking for elongated celebrations, then consider their staycation package which comes with a luxury suite to stay in, a breakfast buffet to gorge on, a 35 per cent off at Club Oasis Spa and Christiaan Georgio Salon to pamper the two of you, and a late checkout. Unlimited delicacies and alcohol, paired with a special gift by the hotel only makes the day even better! Speaking of alcohol, drop by at their chic bar-cum-lounge, The Bar, where delicious Spanish tapas await complimented by handcrafted cocktails by in-house mixologist Kevin.
5. Juliet’s House, Verona
When it comes to romance and love, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet are undoubtedly the stars of the genre. It is justified, then, to spend your day of love in the charming abode of Juliet’s home in Verona. In time for Valentine’s Day, AirBnb has announced that one love-struck couple will have the opportunity to spend their night in the historic 13th century house of the fabled Shakespearean lady. The works of Italian architect Casa di Giullietta and Michelin star chef Giancarlo Perbellini’s lavish meals will keep you company. On checking in, the couple will be greeted by a personal butler, only to pave way for a romantic candlelight dinner. After a feast amid a room glittering with crystals, candles, and flowers, the modern day Romeo and Juliet will get the opportunity to explore and read through Juliet’s love letters, before retiring to a medieval-themed bedroom. This room will feature Letto di Guilietta, the original bed used in Zeffirelli’s classic 1960s movie, Romeo and Juliet.
6. The Leela Palace New Delhi
You can always rely on The Leela Palace New Delhi for an indulgent time painted with tinges of skillful craftsmanship. It’s no surprise, then, that Valentine’s Day will be just as special. Their restaurants, The Qube, and Le Cirque, are all geared up to take you and your partner on a culinary adventure. While The Qube will be offering a lavish dinner buffet, Le Cirque will spoil you for choice with their à la carte dinner. Paired with the romantic ambience of the hotel, the evening is bound to get twice as better!
7. Grand Hyatt Goa
If you still haven’t figured out your Valentine’s Day plans yet, then make note of Grand Hyatt Goa’s stellar dining choices. Amp up your evening with an uber romantic and cosy meal at their restaurant, Verandah. Here, a lavish Italian affair awaits you, replete with authentic recipes featuring a variety of antipasti, zuppe, pizza, risotto, gnocchi, pasta and freshly baked bread. Delicacies such as Tonnato di pollo confit (thinly sliced braised chicken served with anchovy sauce), Crema di barbabietole e spuma di tartufo nero (beetroot and barley soup with black truffle foam), Ravioli di fragole con riduzione di champagne (ricotta and wild berry ravioli with champagne reduction), and a sinful dessert platter will tease your taste buds, giving you a slice of Italy in the most charming way possible.
8. Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road Hotel
This valentine’s day, dine under the starry skies at the hotel’s stunning KooX — Rooftop Asian Grill. Here, you can enjoy a lavish eight-course meal which would include amuse-bouche with prosecco, sushi, a small plate, soup, robata-yaki, sorbet, big plate, and finally a mouth-watering dessert. The delicious food will also be accompanied with a live jazz performance by saxophonist Matt, and a range of unlimited cocktails to toast to.
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