Imagine you’re in a country as exotic as India and you’re about to explore it in the most luxurious way that you can! Is it just me or do you also feel that great joy, the moment, you think about immersing in a luxurious oasis of relaxation? In India, amidst all the picture-perfect UNESCO sites, some of the top hotel brands and their properties keep upping the mark off by introducing you to one-off grandeur paired with scintillating cuisines. While some impress you with their architectural designs, the others leave you astonished with their views and remarkable service. It’s almost like walking into a fairy tale decorated with hand-crafted art, dreamy chandeliers, whirlpool bathtubs, pillow menus, and large cushy beds. If you are sparing no expense to make your Indian staycation stand out, then you must check out these eight luxurious suites, which guarantee a quality breakthrough.
1. Renaissance Mumbai Powai Lake Suite
The edifice of nature is the greatest luxury of all times if you ask me! More so, in Mumbai, the busiest cosmopolitan city of India. Which, is why Renaissance Mumbai not only tops my list of Indian suites but also, brings alive the quote, “Adopt the pace of nature, its secret is patience.” With ravishing Powai Lake views thriving all across, this is Mumbai’s only lake view property but what makes it stand out is its extraordinary quality of service. During my stay with Renaissance Mumbai, I had the pleasure to explore the delightful Powai Lake Suite which spans two lavish floors with a separate living area and bedroom. While the living room sports an enclosed washroom, the master bedroom on the first floor, is designed with an open bath concept. Most importantly no matter where you decide to take a chair, the ever stunning Powai Lake views will find a way to knead a progressive relaxation into you. That, along with, the sweeping water views restaurants that offer a sneak peek inside the world’s best culinary heritage. Whether Oriental, Italian or Indian! So next time you are planning a stay in Maharashtra’s capital city flourishing with coastal escapes, try Renaissance Mumbai, the most-beautiful lakeside retreat of the region.
Highly Recommend: Try the Crispy Lotus Stem and Scallops at Emperor’s court. Relish the traditional Indian buffet at Nawab Saheb and for a continental palate, enjoy the brunch at the lake view cafe. Suite guests get exclusive access to the executive lounge on the 36th floor from where you can spot the crocodiles in the lake with the binoculars.
Suite Review Here: Renaissance Powai Lake Suite, a Tranquil Retreat away from the Chaos
2. Club Junior Suite of Noor-Us-Sabah Palace
Noor-Us-Sabah Palace with its arched roofs, ornate architecture and perpetual royal hospitality made me feel like a Queen for two days. Add to that the monumental-skylines of Bhopal adding a touch of panache to this hilltop lake facing property. Noor-Us-Sabah Palace was built for Sultan Shah Jahan Begum by her father! Therefore, the emotional sentiment of the core construction of this hotel is what truly epitomises its importance. However, I first felt like royalty when I walked through those regal hallways lined with red pillars and marble flooring. Other than the architectural magnificence, this place is also surrounded by some ‘gorgeous’ courtyards worth exploring. The junior suite offers great city views as well. That’s not it, in the evenings the waterfalls come alive and so does the dining scene. Which, brings me to Noor-Us-Sabah’s culinary scene that flaunts some-of-the-most authentic Bhopali dishes on the menu. Each served with a royal touch!
Highly Recommend: Request for a suite with a balcony, relish 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.
The Suite Review: First, look inside the Club Junior Suite of Noor-Us-Sabah Palace
3. Runway View Taj Santacruz Junior Suite
Just when I thought, Mumbai city views were getting boring, no matter how spectacular, Taj Hotels launched a new property with something ‘interesting and absolutely’ surprising. The new Taj Santacruz is an airport hotel which features an uber-luxe range of “FIRST-EVER” runway suites in the heart of the commercial capital of India. They have successfully reinvented luxury by allowing you to watch planes take off and land from the comfort of your bed. Also, the spacious junior suite had a bottle of premium wine waiting for me, upon arrival. And ironically, I observed the first take off as soon as, I poured myself that first glass of wine. The ensuite washroom was my favourite part of staying here, though! From twin basins to an open jacuzzi, everything was perfectly fit to help me relax, refresh, and renew. The next best thing about this hotel is their food. All in all, both the suite as well as, the in-house multi-cuisine diners, are sophistication at its finest, delicately balancing traditions in a contemporary setting.
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
4. Indore Marriott Junior Suite
Madhya Pradesh is a beautiful state, whereas Indore its commercial capital is a ‘wonderful’ city worth exploring. From all my on and off travel to Indore, there’s one thing that has remained constant in the last one year. That is my visits to Indore Marriott! When I first stayed here in their refreshingly contemporary Junior Suite, I was overwhelmed by the quality of food and service. That kept bringing me back to the property again and again. Indore Marriott is undoubtedly the most luxurious hotel in Indore, the one that will turn your ordinary holiday into an extraordinary vacation by magic. Try and meet Executive Chef Vivek Kalia while you are here! He’s the man behind Indore Marriott’s successful culinary journey and a few minutes with him are sure to get you excited about whatever you are eating within the premises.
Highly Recommend; Request for a garden view junior suite. Indulge in poolside star gazing, enjoy Chef Antara’s Calzone Pizzas, savour Chef Hemal Sharki’s Oriental specialities or request a customized dining experience designed by Executive Chef Vivek Kalia.
Read here: First look inside Indore Marriott, Indore
5. The Corinthians Suite in Pune
Egypt in India is a ‘REAL’ concept! And I had no idea until I first checked in with the Corinthians Resort in Pune. Thriving with Egyptian columns, well-manicured gardens and a distinct swim-up bar, the Corinthians in South Pune is bound to impress you with its ‘extensive’ splendour. During my first trip, I stayed in the Corinthians spacious Suite room featuring the largest-washroom I had used by then. (That along with, a sexy Jacuzzi!) The suite was comfortable as it facilitated the best-of-best modern amenities including an in-room foot massager. Trust me you will crave for foot reflexology once, you return from touring the 25-acre property! How else will you get a chance to take pictures with the Egyptian Pharaohs? Coming to the food, each one of Corinthians restaurants is lovely but no matter where you eat your lunch and dinner, you have to try the breakfast in the suite patio. All in all, a great place to enjoy an Egyptian style vacation without having to fly to Egypt.
Highly Recommend: While you are here, you ought to sample the draft beer at the 1st Brewhouse and get a cocktail from the Oasis bar inside the pool. From a swim-up bar to the pharaoh sculptures, there are plenty of activities to explore during your stay.
6. Victorian Suite of Jhira Bagh Palace in Dhar
It’s not every day that you walk into a property and get to stay in a Victorian Suite, crafted exquisitely at the time of the Victorian era. Which, is why checking into Jhira Bagh Palace was very special. In the heart of Dhar, a small district in Madhya Pradesh, acres and acres of farmed land surround this whitewashed palace. The whole idea to visit Jhira Bagh Palace and to stay in the Victorian Suite was to move away from the hustle bustle of the city life and yet, find a way to connect with the history of the Malwa region. I’m glad I made it because, for two days, this countryside abode helped me detox with their incredible hospitality and services. Whether it be, farm visit, high-quality organic meals, sleeping in the Queen’s room, taking a dip in the pool which is constantly visited by peacocks or dining at the royal table! Everything about this property evinces the 18th-century vibe of the colonial era. Do pay attention to the authentic antique collection, while you are here!
Highly Recommend: Request for a colonial suite and be at the entrance at 5 PM to enjoy a breathtaking dance show. Of all the 300 peacocks, one chooses to display his dancing talent at 5 PM every day. Also, do take a farm trip in the morning, organized by the property at 8 AM.
Read here: First look inside Jhira Bagh Palace, Dhar
7. Executive Suite of Radisson Blu Indore
The second best hotel in Indore after Marriott is Radisson Blu. Despite being built in a compact space, what works for Radisson Blu is its wide range of suites. When I first checked into the executive suite, I was wowed, by the generous space and views. Not only, does it feature mountains from the lap of the luxury, but also, impressive interiors containing intricate furnishings, decorative chandeliers, powder-room, walk-in closet, and even whirlpool jacuzzi. While you are here, do take advantage of their Sky Spa that offers the best treatments in town. With the Suite, I also got access to the rooftop pool and the executive lounge. All in all, an enjoyable experience!
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
8. Studio Suite of Marriott Suites Pune
Marriott International has come up with, yet another, ravishing property in Pune which goes by the name Marriott Suites. Located in Koregaon Park, Marriott Suites is an exclusive Suite-Only property featuring a wide array of suites or serviced apartments. Each one of the suites is fully-equipped with a kitchenette, separate seating area, balcony, ensuite washroom and the best of best amenities. They also have an outdoor swimming pool, which is semi-covered by the trees. But the most interesting part of staying here was that I got myself a rejuvenating ‘Thalgo’ facial at the in-house Sakura Spa. Sports enthusiasts and families with children can take advantage of the Squash court, and the indoor gym. The restaurants still need work! The in-house Italian restaurant, in particular, was a big disappointment, the lounge bar, however, is still worth giving a shot.
Highly Recommend: Get a Thalgo facial at the Sakura Spa and spend time at the Oak lounge that features some great music and finger food.
9. Express Suite of Express Inn in Nashik
Whether you are in Nashik to attend a business conference or to spend a leisure weekend, choosing the right hotel will change your perception of Maharashtra’s fourth largest city. For instance, Taj Gateway will make you feel like royalty, Sula Vineyards will introduce you to the wine capital of India and Express Inn will show you the 1st-century Pandavleni Caves. During my stay at Express Inn, I checked into the Express Suite facing both the Pandavleni Caves as well as the Buddha Vihar. The suite features all modern amenities, along with, a large comfy bed, however, the in-house restaurants ‘Aster’ and ‘Le Bar Salon’ failed to match the culinary standards as compared to others on this list. Nevertheless, there are other ways you can make your stay fun! Like, take a dip in the outdoor pool, work out in the fitness centre or take up a Spa treatment in the in-house Salon.
Highly Recommend: Get a wrap or massage at O2 Spa and book a Suite facing Pandavleni Caves.
Read here: First look inside Express Inn, Nashik