The Luxe List 2015: ITC Grand Bharat, A Luxury Collection Retreat, Gurgaon, India
Nestled amid sweeping yellow mustard fields at the edge of the Aravalli mountain range, the ITC Grand Bharat provides an opulent respite from New Delhi, a 45-kilometer drive away. Part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection, the multi-domed hotel is an homage to India’s rich architectural heritage, taking its cues from Mughal and Maratha palaces, the ghats of Varanasi, and the temples of Odisha, among other inspirations. The result is a stunning amalgam of styles that works just as well in the 100 suites (which come either with plunge pools or private terraces) and four presidential villas, all of which strike just the right note between old-world and contemporary. Food is a highlight, with four restaurants including the poolside Apas Promenade for local Mewati food and the more formal India Room with a menu of nouvelle European dishes such as eggplant-stuffed tortellini and Gouda soufflé.
And adding to the retreat’s credentials as a destination hotel are a 3,200-square-meter spa with beautifully carved neem-wood massage tables and an exotic treatment menu; a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course; and a gamut of activities ranging from Zorbing and yoga classes to day treks and rock climbing in the surrounding hills.
91-1267/285-500; ITC Hotels; doubles from US$760
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