Above: This is the 30th Park Hyatt hotel.
Fashioned to be a quiet escape from Chennaiâ€™s groaning traffic, Indiaâ€™s latest five-star hotel opening (Park Hyatt Chennai, 39 Velachery Rd.; 91-44/7177-1234; chennai.park.hyatt.com; doubles from US$150) combines winsome styling with capacious interiors. Each of the 181 guest rooms features travertine marble and hand-made carpets, while the 20 suites offer stone plunge tubs and floor-to-ceiling glazing. Located next to the Guindy National Park (one of the few national parks within an Indian city), the hotel has been designed with its surroundings in mindâ€”a lily pond acts as the center point in the inner courtyard, while specially commissioned local art fills the hotelâ€™s public spaces. Chennai is one of the most visited cities in Indiaâ€”Â courtesyÂ of its beaches, temples, cricket ground, and the UNESCO-listed Mahabalipuram. The hotel will also be well suited to business travelers: the international airport is only a twenty minute drive, and key business districts are also located nearby.