My constant travels sometimes leave me craving to curl in and enjoy the finer luxuries of travelling. So when an opportunity arose, I decided to grab it and stay at the Club Room of the Taj Palace hotel, in Delhi itself. I first came across the concept of a “Staycation” – indulging in a luxury stay within your own city – while living in Singapore, and to be honest, cringed at the thought of wasting a weekend staying in when the world outside was waiting.
I’m glad I got a chance to dispel that notion, for last weekend was more rejuvenating that I could have imagined, even right in the middle of a city as chaotic as Delhi. In this post dedicated to my weekend at the Taj Palace, I’m going to try and tempt you to experiment with a staycation too, so brace yourself:
The Open-Concept Club Rooms
at the Taj Palace are chic and elegant. The decor is very modern, while the colors are earthy and tastefully chosen. My room overlooked the pool below, and the wilderness of Delhi beyond. An open, glass-walled bathroom meant I could soak in the bath tub while watching TV.
When the clock strikes 3 pm, the whiff of freshly baked macarons and artisan sandwiches fills the Club Lounge. High tea comes complimentary with a stay at the Club room, which means you can easily skip lunch to indulge in the chef’s curations. I spent many an hour on the couches by the window of the Club Lounge, penning my thoughts and reading a book over a cup of hot mint tea and chocolate cookies.
Your Personal Movie Theatre
Not literally, but close enough. Taj club rooms offer a wide collection of Hollywood and Bollywood movies to choose from, with a flat screen TV and a DVD player in the room. When you request for a DVD, it comes with pepsi and fresh hot popcorn to complete the movie experience. Let’s face it, it’s the little touches that differentiate a good experience from an awesome one.
In just a few hours, the Club Lounge transforms from a cosy cafe with the warm afternoon sun pouring in, to a lounge bar with dim lights. On the house for club room guests is everything from Single Malts to Chilean wines, snacks served hot from the grill, and cold nibblets to accompany every round of beer. The conversations are louder, the ambiance more friendly, and the experience more satisfying. Who doesn’t like a round of free alcohol, after all?
The Morning After
If your taste buds have indulged so far with the compliments of the club room alone (think movies, high tea, cocktails), the real treat awaits the morning after – an elaborate
feast breakfast. There are live counters for eggs the way you like them, pancakes, and South Indian delicacies. An array of eclectic dairy creations line the tables, together with traditional North Indian fare and oriental delights. Almost anything that’s not on display but you would expect from a breakfast menu can be cooked to order. Your only task is indulgence.
Add in early check-in and late check-out to the club room equation, and you’ve literally got an entire weekend – alcohol included – in your club room bill. I rest my case!
Have you ever stayed in, in your own city, to indulge in a weekend of luxury?
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In 2011, I quit my full-time job, and gradually gave up my home, sold most of my possessions, stored some in the boot of a friend’s car and embraced a nomadic life.
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