India is an exotic melange of destinations, Royal grandeur, scintillating cuisines and picture-perfect UNESCO sites. Incredible in so many ways, that it’s almost impossible to explore its magnificence in one visit. Even though India’s greatest wealth is its grand medieval architecture, it’s splendour, is hosted by some-of-the-finest hotel groups in the world. From handcrafted woodwork, dreamy chandeliers, whirlpool bathtubs, to pillow menus, luxury accommodation in India is now a click away. If you are sparing no expense to make your vacation special, here’s a rundown of India’s top 6 luxurious suites, which leave no stone unturned to please resident guests.
1. Noor-Us-Sabah Palace – Club Junior Suite – Bhopal
With its quintessential arched roofs and ornate architecture, Noor-Us-Sabah Palace unceasingly rules the monumental skylines of Bhopal. In fact, this striking hilltop property facing the upper lake, offers a remarkable experience, while, taking you back to the era of Sultan Shah Jahan Begum of Bhopal. When welcomed by the regal hallways, lined with red pillars and classic marble flooring, I realised these were only accessible to Royals, until WelcomHeritage took over the property. Now, the lavish courtyards and luxurious suites, are open to all who’d splurge generously on quality lifestyle. The Club Junior Suite of Noor-Us-Sabah Palace is the crown of the property’s throne.
Essentially designed to match the traditional royal stay, the suite flaunts a royal rich fainting couch and matching royal chairs to add a splash of ‘orange’ panache to the rich teak furnishings in black. This hilltop palace on VIP road is at a very quiet location. Which is why, no matter, how noisy the city gets, the views from the junior suite will always be serene. What more, in the night, the courtyards lit up, while, the fountains dance to the tunes of the natural breeze. Above all, at Noor-Us-Sabah Palace, I tasted some-of-the-most authentic Bhopali dishes with a royal touch. If you are visiting Bhopal, I highly recommend you spend at least a day at this property to get the real feel of the royal lifestyle.
Highly Recommend: Request for a suite with a balcony, savour authentic Bhopali dishes from the royal kitchens and immerse in Marble Arch’s poolside stargazing at night. Noor-Us-Sabah Palace offers royal hospitality throughout your stay.
2. Runway View – Taj Santacruz – Junior Suite – Mumbai
Taj Santacruz Mumbai has introduced an uber-luxe range of “first-ever” runway suites in the heart of Mumbai. From the luxury of watching planes take off from your room, Bottle of Premium Wine, 24 x 7 butler services, lavish twin basins for him and her, en-suite jacuzzi, to the in-house multi-cuisine diners, each utility at Taj Santacruz, represents the true spirit of Taj. Likewise, encapsulated in the essence of aesthetics, Taj Santacruz’s junior suites are an unmatchable epitome of luxury. In one line, sophistication at its finest, featuring a delicate balance of traditions in a contemporary setting. Above all, these suites are naturally serene and offer phenomenal airport, pool, and city views. Ideal for an airport stay, business travel, and for a luxuriously comfortable vacation in Mumbai, the commercial capital of India.
Highly Recommend: Request for a Runway View Suite and take advantage of the food festivals at Tiqri to experience India and Mumbai in their most authentic form.
Read here: First look inside Taj Santacruz, Mumbai
3. Express Inn – Express Suite – Nashik
Whether you are seeking a weekend getaway from Mumbai or attending a convention in Nashik; Express Inn, by Preferred Group should definitely be your next stopover. I chose an Express Suite, at Express Inn, for they face Pandavleni caves and Buddha Vihar, which I have to say is a phenomenal view. Although, what really made my weekend was the Sunday sundowner party, O2 Spa’s magical foot reflexology, in-room foot massager, and Plum wine by Rhythm Winery. For dining, you can either take advantage of the buffet meals at Aster, the all-day diner, or in the evening, head to Le Bar Salon for a continental change. In addition, Express Inn features a great outdoor pool, a spacious fitness centre, and an exclusive Freesia Lounge for Presidential suite guests.
Highly Recommend: Get a wrap or massage at O2 Spa, try the cocktails at Le Bar & Salon, and book nothing but a Suite facing Pandavleni Caves.
Read here: First look inside Express Inn, Nashik
4. Lavish Indulgence – Indore Marriott – Junior Suite
Indore Marriott is not only, one of the most luxurious properties in Indore, but also, the best I have experienced in MP so far. I love Marriott Indore’s refreshingly contemporary Junior Suite, with a chic walk-in closet, ensuite washroom with twin basins, and a plush King size bed, facing Garden and the pool. Also, the suites are closer to the gym and the club. During my treasured ‘Junior Suite’ stay, Marriott Indore gave me a zillion reasons to fall in love with the property. One, you will be spoilt for pampering choices and then, you will be overwhelmed by the incredible food, drinks, and hospitality of the hotel staff. By all means, Indore Marriott’s focus on delivering best customer service is commendable.
Highly Recommend: Request for a garden view junior suite, indulge in poolside star gazing, enjoy Chef Antara’s Calzone Pizzas at Indore Kitchen, savour Chef Hemal Sharki’s Oriental specialities at One Asia, and request a customised dining experience designed by Executive Chef Vivek Kalia.
Read here: First look inside Indore Marriott, Indore
5. Peacock Friendly – Jhira Bagh Palace – Victorian Suite – Dhar
Jhira Bagh Palace, is an offbeat heritage property, in the heart of Dhar, in MP. A perfect countryside abode situated at an hour’s distance from both Mandav and Maheshwar. Although, to experience luxury at it’s best, request for Jhira Bagh’s spacious Victorian Suite, which was once the Queen’s bedroom. Everything inside this suite, from the fireplace to the old-world switches, was once hand-picked by the Royals. To add to that, the hotel serves organic vegetarian meals, like they did, when the Royals resided in the property. From observing stunning antiques to taking a summer dip in the open outdoor pool, JBP will instantly refresh you with its perfect blend of old world charm and modern luxuries. Subsequently, unwind in the well-maintained 18th-century Suite, reminiscing Victorian age in utmost comfort. While you receive incredible hospitality, and the company of 300 resident peacocks.
Highly Recommend: Stay in one of the palatial suites and arrive at the entrance at 5 PM to enjoy a breathtaking show. Of all the 300 peacocks, one chooses to display his dancing talent at 5 PM every day. Oh! And do take a farm trip in the morning, which is organised by the property after 8 AM.
Read here: First look inside Jhira Bagh Palace, Dhar
6. Radisson Blu – Executive Suite – Indore
Overlooking city mountains from a distance, the executive suite of Radisson Blu certainly features the best cityscapes of Indore. In fact, my experience with Executive Suite began as soon as, I was picked at the airport, in a luxurious BMW GT series. From that to a lavishly appointed suite, which came with intricate woodwork, chandeliers, powder room, walk-in closet, whirlpool bathtubs jacuzzi, and fancy city views. Staying at Radisson Blu Indore’s executive suite also gives you access to their rooftop pool and the executive lounge on the ground floor. Unwind in the rooftop Sky Spa, take a dip in the rooftop pool, or indulge in a wide variety of cuisines at 3 of their in-house speciality restaurants namely TCK, Indiya Oye, and Ni Hao. In addition, as an Executive Suite guest, savour 2 complimentary snacks and drinks in the executive lounge.
Highly Recommend: Get a chocolate wrap at Sky Spa and taste lost Royal delicacies at Indiya Oye restaurant. If you prefer Asian cuisine over Indian, then Ni Hao’s Sushi platters and dumplings are the best in town.
Read here: First look at Radisson Blu, Indore