Staycation at Courtyard by Marriott | How safe it is to stay at hotels during pandemic

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Celebrated my Birthday at Courtyard by Marriott Downtown located in Gurgaon. This fabulous hotel is located centrally. This hotel offers easy access to Kingdom of Dreams, DLF Cyber City, MG Road, IFFCO Chowk, Udyog Vihar and Epicentre Gurgaon. Hotel is connected to the International/Domestic airports and local Metro Station.Celebrated my Birthday at Courtyard by Marriott Downtown located in Gurgaon. This fabulous hotel is located centrally. This hotel offers easy access to Kingdom of Dreams, DLF Cyber City, MG Road, IFFCO Chowk, Udyog Vihar and Epicentre Gurgaon. Hotel is connected to the International/Domestic airports and local Metro Station.

I stayed in their Executive Guest Room / Club King room and enjoyed their 30 hours #Staycation offer which includes:

  • Breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children under 12
  • Dinner per night
  • Kids meals (12 and under)
  • Wireless Internet
  • Master Chef Classes tickets
  • 1 Complimentary Round of Mocktails tickets for 2
  • Upgrade upon availability at check in to Next Room Type

The room was spacious, classy and had a plush featherbed, work area and a sofa. It is well-equipped with amenities like LCD TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, marble bathroom and 24-hour room service. The hotel staff is polite and room service is flawless. I treated myself with delicious international cuisine at their cozy restaurant called Downtown Kitchen and Bar. Their Chilli Chicken and Lal Maas cannot be missed!! Their dinner buffet is no less and is sumptuous. Also not to forget the wide range of desserts and cakes. These are a must try. They have dining space outside in the garden as well called the Courtyard Grill.

The gymnasium, outdoor pool and wellness spa were closed adhering to Covid-19 precautionary measures. Continuous sanitization and safety measures were taken. The stay was extremely safe.

Even though it is a four-star hotel, room rates are very reasonable and light on the pocket. Also would recommend to make use of their Staycation package.

Thanks to the Hotel Staff for being so thoughtful 🙂

Also watch Hotel Tour and my #Staycation video here.

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Maca Villas & Spa, Bali

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One of the most luxurious private villas that I have stayed in Bali is Maca Villas and Spa in Seminyak. Villa is approximately 25 minutes away from Bali Internation Airport, also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport. It consisted of a spacious living and dining area with a restful master bedroom and luxurious en-suite bathroom, a private pool, outdoor sun bed. The living room opens onto a spacious timber sundeck and pool can also be accessed through the bedroom. The villa is equipped with latest gadgets including the Bose Sound Dock Digital Music System.

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They have their own restaurant called Mase Kitchen and bar which serves delectable food and spirits. The resort also features a communal swimming pool. Best thing for tourists is that they provide a free shuttle service based on their schedule in the Seminyak area.

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The stay was an experience in itself. They also have Soham Wellness Center which consists of spa, gym, yoga, healthy café, boutique and public swimming pool.

I stayed in both their properties in Seminyak i.e. Maca Villas and Spa & Maca Villas Umalas. Upon entering the villa there was flower and towel decoration done on the bed. I also took advantage of their awesome services like Floating Breakfast which is food presented in a large, sturdy tray which floats on water and you can enjoy the same in your private pool. Also I ordered water floats which come at an additional cost.

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The staff is very courteous and efficient. Room service was spot on! If you love luxury, I highly recommend you to stay at this resort.

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Must place to try Best Sushi in Delhi

I have been at Honk, Pullman Hotel, New Delhi few times now. They have recently launched their Yum Cha Daily Lunches wherein you can feast over 22 different kinds of steamed, pan-fried and baked dimsums along with soups, salads and a meal in a bowl. Chicken & Chive pan-fried dimsum and Eggplant Puff with sweet chili and garlic are highly recommended. Apart this delish feast, they also serve premium Asian teas and beverages like shochu, sake and umeshu. The best way to conclude the meal is with their special homemade gelatos.

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Also been to Honk for dinner and everything was absolutely delicious. Started with Larb Gai salad which was bursting with flavours. Also Tuna Pizza was tasty.

Tried their dimsums and sushi as well. Red Dragon Sushi, Fire ball Sushi and Kaibashira Sushi were yum. Also tried Lobster dumplings with black truffle caviar dumpling, Black pepper chicken dumpling and the best one was Laksa Crab and Prawn dumpling – MUST TRY!! Honk is, no doubt, the best place I have had the best sushi in New Delhi.

For mail course had ‘Honk’s own’ spicy Prawns, Lamb black pepper, Garlic and Chives Fried rice and Vegetable Hakka Noodles.

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All the desserts we tried were made to perfection:

Wasabi Cheesecake – This was so unusual yet awesome.

Fried cinnamon banana with white sesame jaggery fudge – Simply loved this one.

Trio ice-cream (Coconut & Kaffir Lime, Honey, Avocado) – Avocado ice-cream was the best!!

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Staycation at WelcomHotel, ITC

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Had an incredible luxury Staycation experience at WelcomHotel, Dwarka by ITC hotels in New Delhi. I stayed in their Studio Suite. The suite was huge and with a wider outside view. The suite I stayed was at 8th Floor and had a pool view. Suite is equipped with a spacious living area, workstation, bedroom and there is ample room to relax.

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They welcomed me in the suite with Mulled Wine, Roses and Dessert Platter which was created in a personalized way. The experience was best of luxury and service standards are highly commendable. The bed was super comfortable and washroom was very big with rain shower. Products in the washroom were of premium quality.

 

The hotel has the highest level of hospitality. Had an extravagant Christmas brunch at Pavilion 75 which serves the best of Indian and Oriental cuisines. They had everything on the counter from Roasted Duck to Spinach & Pomegranate shots to Red Snapper. Also highly recommend the desi Makke ki Roti & Sarso ka Saag.

After stuffing myself so much, it was time to relax in my luxurious suite. Watched some series on their Flat-screen TV and munched on seasonal fruits which they serve daily in the suite. Thereafter, headed to WelcomWelness for an amazing Spa session called WelcomSignature Spa and concluded with a steamy shower. The Spa experience was amazing and it is a must to de-stress yourself.

For evening snack, I ordered their Lamb Burger and Chicken Tikka Pizza. Both were super delicious. Pizza was loaded well with chicken chunks and cheese.

Dinner was at Kebabs & Kurries, it is ITC Hotel’s award winning signature fine cuisine North Frontier Indian Specialty Restaurant. The restaurant is lit with 1100 candles and has live ghazal which makes the dinner experience very memorable. Service was top notch by Aman and Chef Jitender prepared some special dishes one of them being Paneer stuffed with veggies. This dish was lip-smacking and I highly recommend it. Also had other signature dishes like the popular Dal Bukhara. Non-vegetarian platter and Gosht Biryani was also scrumptious. I tried the dessert sampler which had Kulfi, Shahi Tukda and Gulab Jamun. Shahi Tukda being the best ever I have tasted till date.

They also have another restaurant called the Shanghai Club. As the name suggests, it specializes in Chinese cuisine and serves delightful dimsums and spring rolls.

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Next morning, visited their huge gyming area which comprises of many equipments. After a sweaty session, ordered a variety of different dishes for breakfast in the suite, from lavish English Breakfast to Masala Dosa to Chocolate stuffed Croissants, they had everything on the menu. Highly recommend their Chicken and Cheese Sandwich which was grilled to perfection.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at WelcomHotel, Dwarka and their hospitality is praiseworthy. A must hotel in case you plan for a luxury stay.

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Staycation Teaser

My recent Staycation review at a luxury hotel in Delhi is coming soon…. Cannot wait to explain you in detail how thoroughly I enjoyed the stay at this 5 Star Hotel managed by ITC Hotels. Also dined in some popular fine dining restaurants and top notch food curated by Master Chefs….

Here’s a sneak peak:

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Aksari Resort, Bali

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Aksari Resort, Ubud

Recently stayed in Aksari Resort located in Ubud, Bali on my trip to Indonesia last month in September.

The Resort is located in Ubud’s Kenderan Village which is only 25 minutes from central Ubud and surrounded by green valley Tegalalang rice terrace/fields.

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I have heard that this resort is ideally for honeymooners but still thought to give it a try. The stay is an experience in itself and captures breathtaking views of the forest and rice field from resort. They have several villas on offer like Suite Pool View, One Bedroom Private Pool Villa, Suite Forest View, etc. Also they have other facilities including restaurant, bar lounge, wedding venue, spa, yoga, gym and public swimming pool.

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I chose to live in the Royal One Bedroom Villa with Private Infinity Pool which could easily accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. This Royal One Bedroom Villa and an amazing Private Infinity Pool, large bedroom, daybed, ensuite bathroom with bathtub, rain shower, reading sofa, private gazebo, sun lounge, water sun longer, minibar and a working desk.

Upon entering the villa there was flower and towel decoration done on the bed. I also took advantage of their awesome services like Floating Breakfast which is food presented in a large, sturdy tray which floats on water and you can enjoy the same in their infinity pool. Also I ordered water floats and received huge pink duck (at an additional cost).

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They have an all-day dining restaurant called Ankhusa. Their menu, which has an array of international food is designed to give optimal nutrition for the guest aimed to nurturing the body with an array of local cuisine signature like the roasted duck, chicken satay and fried rice. I tried chicken with cashew nuts and chicken & mushroom fettuccine creamy pasta. Their food is absolutely delicious and left me wanting for more.

If you love nature and luxury, I highly recommend you to stay at this resort.

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