Resorts & Hotels Review

This is where I write my hotel review blog posts. Please note some of the visits are sponsored by the hotels but the post will ALWAYS mention if I was invited by the Hotel / Resort / Homestay for the same.

Nov 282014
 
Birds, Bees, Flowers and Nature Watch at Pushkar Resorts Rajasthan

Nature watch at Pushkar Resorts Rajasthan: About Birds Bees and Flowers Most people associate Rajasthan with colors, palaces and forts, or with Tigers in Ranthambore, but let us not forget that Rajasthan is also the hotspot for some of the best birding activity in India, both Bharatpur and Tal Chapar is well known within birding circles. Now the purists may frown on me as some of the pictures you will see in this post are of domesticated fowl and some of common birds that we take for granted or totally ignore. But this ignorance was the cause of loss [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 202014
 
Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort

Hotel Review : Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort As I mentioned in my post on my Top 10 experiences in Amazing Thailand that we stayed in some of the finest hotels and resorts during my trip to Thailand on invitation of Tourism Authority of Thailand New Delhi. During the last leg of the trip in Bangkok we stayed at Anantara Riverside Resort and Spa, on the banks of Chao Phraya the river of Kings.  A major challenge that most hotels face is to be a business hotel or to be a resort to relax. This dilemma multiplies when you are in [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 202014
 
Pushkar Resorts: A Family Fun destination in Rajasthan

Pushkar Resort Perfect family Getaway from Delhi Nobody can resist the charms of Rang Rangeelo Rajasthan, famous for its royal palaces, golden dunes, endangered tigers and some of the most luxurious resorts in country. As the biggest tourist magnet in North India Rajasthan has perfected the art of luxury travel and every where you are welcomed with Padharo Mhare desh by mustached men welcoming you with folded hands. Once we left the cacophony of Ajmer the roads starts winding uphill and you can see the city of Ajmer from various bends overlooking the plane. True to tradition an old [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 102014
 
Lakshman Sagar : A Fairy Tale in Rajasthan

Lakshman Sagar: A Fairy Tale Luxury Heritage Resort in Rustic Rajasthan There are hotels and then there are luxury hotels, once you are done with luxury what is left to experience?  May I suggest living in a fairy tale from another era? The recipe is not easy to replicate but let me try. Take an old hunting lodge of King, add a beautiful lake surrounded by OLD Banyan trees where Peacocks perch for night, add a couple of havelis, now bring some creative interior decorators who add a dash of colors and a lot of local daily use things [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 032014
 
Guess Where Contest

  Guess Where  is this beautiful palace Your’s truly was busy last few weeks traveling both for fun as well as for work, now as for me Work is also fun sometimes the boundaries are a bit blurred.  So today I give you couple of pictures of my travels while I work on a detailed post about one of the places I visited. This is a very unique fairy tale type location and the bold colors should give away where it is.  But if you can pin point the exact place I will send you a large print of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Sep 242014
 
Ibis Delhi Airport Hotel in Aerocity - Hotel Review

Family Trip to Ibis Delhi Airport in Aerocity I have been a bit busy in last some weeks both on personal as well as work front.  So when I got an invitation to visit Ibis Delhi Airport to come and stay my instant reaction was to say no as my elder daughter had her school exams and I was entrusted by the missus to help her with science syllabus (finally something she thinks I can do better than her). But the lady on phone was very persistent and told me that she got my reference from Mridula Dwivedi, The Prima [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Sep 012014
 
Johnson Lodge Manali- Hotel Review

A review of Johnson Lodge in Manali, Himachal Pradesh I am not much of a hotel reviewer even though for many years I lived out of hotels and slowly became immune to them, only caring about Wi Fi, paid or free.  But once in a while you come across a hotel that is like they say “It’s different”. So recently I was in Manali and stayed at Johnson Lodge on Circuit House road, for two nights once while going to Spiti to get used to high altitude to avoid AMS, and next on the return trip while waiting for [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 152014
 
So Where is Denwa Backwater Escape Resort ?

Resort Review: Stay at Denwa Backwater Escape  Pugdundee Safaris The driver who picked us from Itarsi railway station was calling the resort to confirm that he has picked us up. I could overhear him, “OK, so I will call you once I reach the Big Banyan Tree” In the remote hamlet, the Big Banyan tree turned out as the largest landmark before you reach the last stretch of the dirt track on the way to Denwa Backwater Resort. Now if you are like our neighbors ( who are pretty nice people actually), you too may ask “ Denwa Backwaters? , where [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 102014
 
Kumarakom Lake Resort: A Retreat for the Royals at Lake Vembanad

Kumarakom Lake Resort: The Magical World of Lake Vembanad This is only my second hotel review and a tough one to write. I mean how do you review a resort where the Royals from the House of Windsor spend their time? The first thing I noticed when I was checking in at the exotic patio cum reception of Kumarakom Lake Resort was a picture of smiling Prince Charles. Some time back the longest in waiting for throne, Prince of Wales along with his wife Duchess of Cornwall – Camilla, stayed to celebrate the 65th birthday of the Prince. I think finally [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 212014
 
Vivanta by Taj- Kovalam : A Stay in lap of luxury

A Review of Vivanta by Taj- Kovalam, Trivandrum This post is a bit of Nostalgia (with a big N), so please bear with me. There was a time when I lived in hotels and airport lounges; I traveled for 15-20 days in a month.   But most of the time I was too tired to check any of the hotel amenities. My typical schedule would be to  take an early morning flight to my city of destination which could be any major city like Bombay, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Kathmandu etc. go straight for business meeting, either try to take the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]