Westin Hyderabad- A Wellness Staycation

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A warm welcome at Westin Hyderabad Mindspace

Planning to get away for a relaxing break that is good for your mind, body and soul- without the cost and efforts of jetting off abroad? Then a ‘Staycation’ at The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace is just the luxurious break you need.

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Heavenly bed at Westin Hyderabad Mindspace

Sleep Well – Their rooms bring together a composed refuel of the body and mind, the Sleep Well program helps you replenish overnight and leaves you well rested for the next day. Their heavenly bed under the sleep well program provides restorative sleep at its truest. The award winning Heavenly Bed is uniquely designed with plush, pillow-top construction for a relaxed sleep.

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Room at Westin Hyderabad Mindspace

With the exciting Hyderabad city skyline in the background, I enjoyed a complete relaxing 2 days.  The Taipei carpets, lotus headboards, and full menu of activities and services that helped me meet my travel goals at comfort of my city. Whether its productivity, fitness, relaxation, or simply wellness of being, everything is available right at the hotel premises. I however preferred soak in the monsoon showers and views of the bustling technology district from the privacy of my balcony accompanied with pakoda’s and masala chai (thanks to the Chef Rajiv, who made this special arrangement possible)

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A special masala chai at privacy of my balcony at Westin Hyderabad Mindspace

Eat Well- Westin offers a very unique Culinary experience, their Eat Well program is a mélange of a healthy lifestyle with nutritious foods, energizing juices and smoothies that keep the guests maintain their best. My breakfast options were super healthy and super tasty, from gluten free muffins to exotic mix of smoothies and juices they had it all. it was just a great way to give my body a break and perfect detox.

 

While i opted for a healthy breakfast, i planned to take a culinary trip around the world without leaving the hotel. The Westin Hyderabad Mind space offers unique dining experiences that will delight even the most discriminating palettes. From traditional Indian dishes of the Northwest frontier, to the vibrant flavours of Italy, their restaurants, cafes and lounges showcase the best of global cuisine in inspiring settings. I chose to relax and unwind at Casbah their Mediterranean offering.

Casbah is situated at the elevate lounge of the Westin Hyderabad Mindspace it offers mouthwatering Mediterranean finger food but what i love is the middle eastern ambiance with low seating and arched wall surroundings that gives a feeling of living the experience.  The dishes you must try are the Mezze Platter, Soya Chap, Chicken Souvlaki and Grilled Prawns all cooked to perfection with mouthwatering taste, that will leave you wanting more. The fact that it is open till 2 am in just a bonus.

Another option i tried was the ‘Seasonal Taste’ which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed an enlightening (because i had a really good conversation on food over wine with Chef Rajiv who educated us on so many things)  which included a lot of local fare along with international options. They offer nutritious super foods as well as endless selections of desserts.

Feel Well- Designed to awaken the senses, The Feel Well program offers rejuvenating spa experiences along with services catering to therapeutic massages, cleansing facials and invigorating body treatments. When staying at Westin, a visit to spa achieves complete harmony of body and mind with their signature Heavenly Spa treatment, restores balance and promotes a foundation of wellness that lasts beyond your stay. It’s a sanctuary of wellness, where every touch, sound and scent are carefully designed to revitalize your body and calm your mind. They have specially designed rooms for different treatments. The expert masseuse makes sure of an unforgettable experience right from welcoming you; soaking your feet for a cleanse, once you are settled on your massage bed, after declaring your area of concern, you are just transformed into the Zen mode throughout the treatment. Reliving each muscle of stress and pain, you can feel each cell in your body ease its way into relaxing. The Heavenly spa treatment is a complete experience of mind body and soul that includes massage and stretches. Post your therapy you will be lead to steam room, to let the oil absorb and of course detox. You can choose to go for a normal shower, or just lay back in the Jacuzzi. The treatments winds up with a warm cup of herbal tree and chocolate truffle in soothing ambiance at their post spa lounge area while you share your feedback and have some more me time post your treatment. Heavenly indeed!

Move Well – With a motivation to provide guests a well-designed fitness program, move well offers specially designed workout routines with gear lending facilities and local running maps. Their world-class fitness studios offer active state-of -the-art equipment and all the essentials to power your performance.  The also have In Room workout facility provided to the guests on booking offers a treadmill or a stationary bike at the privacy of the guest

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Gym at Westin Hyderabad Mindspace

While i experienced these three wellness aspects, they also have ‘Work Well’ that connects, convenes and collaborates with thoughtfully designed work spaces at the hotel. The program streamlines work experience with rent-able by the hour designed to facilitate along with organised and efficient work stations keeping meeting spaces open and clear. Apart from this ‘Play Well’  initiative brings into focus extended breakfast hours, local activity guide, the guests can explore their surroundings and embark on adventures much like the Westin brand, Westin Hyderabad also promotes wellness in every element of a guest’s stay including the heavenly bed, heavenly spa, Westin workout designated gear which guests can borrow, and the specialty menu with powerful nutrients to energize and fuel the day.

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Seasonal Taste at Westin Hyderabad Mindspace

All in all Westin Hyderabad Mindspace  is the perfect place for a ‘Staycation in Hyderabad’, where you can not only focus on wellness, but be rest assured to be pampered to the fullest! The property is also ideal for events, intimate business meetings and extravagant gala functions.

Location: Building No: 15, Raheja IT Park, Hitec City, Madhapur, Hyderabad. Ph:67676767

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Lakmé 9 to 5’s first ever Naturale Range

 

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Every 9 to 5 woman is always on the go and on a lookout for fuss-free ways of keeping her skin beautiful and healthy. With constantly changing weather, the need to supplement your skin with nourishment is not a luxury, but a necessity. Offering the best of makeup and skincare, India’s most iconic beauty brand Lakmé introduced Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale, its first ever range of products infused with the goodness of aloe vera and other ingredients like honey and green tea. This range makes its way through three new exciting products in the first phase, Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel in the skincare portfolio and Finishing Powder and Matte Sticks in the makeup portfolio, with many more exciting products in the pipeline.

The miraculous properties of aloe vera, the hero ingredient of the Naturale range are known to most of us. This antioxidant is packed with minerals, vitamins and enzymes that give your skin a healthy glow. While the benefits of aloe vera in skincare are common, Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale range is a first of its kind in the world of makeup.

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Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel is enriched with 100% aloe vera extracts, the non- sticky gel keeps skin hydrated for up to 6 hours. The gel soothes and hydrates the skin while protecting it from daily city pollution. MRP – Rs.200/-

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Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Finishing Powder: For the first time ever, a finishing powder infused with aloe vera and green tea extracts. The lightweight powder is enriched with anti-oxidants and has a translucent matte finish that will leave you with an oil-free look that’s lasts all day. MRP – Rs.550/-

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Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Matte Lipstick are slim and stylish, and for the first time ever infused with aloe vera and honey. While aloe vera & honey give the desired nourishment to keep lips moisturized and supple, the intense matte color lasts all day, making this a perfect combination. With 15 intense shades these sticks are perfect for your everyday beauty regime. MRP – Rs.550/-

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Nail Ishq, Hyderabad

Everyone loves a good pamper session, and when it can give you a longer result it makes every penny spent worth it.

For ages women have loved to groom themselves, proper hair, skin and ofcourse nails. Nails are as important to us as much as the skin itself. Nothing speaks sophistication as much as well done nails.

Perfectly manicured nails and feet talk about an individual much better than half chipped nails or unmanicured (it may not be a word but it is definitely is an expression) hand and feet.

Comes to the rescue ‘ Nail Ishq’ Hyderabad. Tucked away in the corner of a dessert shop this Nail Parlour is my new favourite in town. They are the most pocket friendly Nail service in Hyderabad. They may not offer you a lavish manicure pedicure treatment but they offer skills to turn your nails into ones of diva.

From Gel Nail paint to Extensions, Metallic magic to Instagramable Nail Art they do it all.

I had two sessions with them, my experinace has been really good. The staff is well trained and know what they are doing. Show them a picture and they will excitedly paint your nails away. The quality of products are excellent and my nails stayed as new as it was when i got it done for almost 3 weeks.

However because the place is compact i would recommend you visit them only on appointment.

Location- Rd No 9, In Guilt Trip, Banjara Hills. Ph- 080081 62224

Kama Ayurveda, Hyderabad

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The New Kama Ayurveda Store in Hyderabad

One of India’s favourite ayurvedic beauty brands, Kama Ayurveda, celebrated the successful opening of its first store in Hyderabad at Next Galleria Mall. The flagbearer of Ayurvedic beauty is renowned for its passionate focus on the purity of ingredients and efficacy of formulae. Since inception, its traditional, holistic approach to daily beauty and wellness, and high quality, elegantly packaged products have won it many accolades.

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There is an endless range of skin products for all skin types at the new The New Kama Ayurveda Store in Hyderabad

 Spread over 800 sq. ft., the store’s high façade jalousie shutters, chequerboard marble flooring and teak and rattan cabinetry reflect the trademark aesthetic of Kama’s flagship store. Ornate brass finials, along with iron shelves, dot the ivory-hued brick walls, their minimalistic simplicity evoking a luxurious sanctuary of calm.  The unique design sensibility is the soul of the brand and the ‘Indian Apothecary’ feel has garnered a loyal cult following for Kama Ayurveda. top lifestyleblogger in hyderabad

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Kama Ayurveda as a brand provides traditional and holistic treatments for beauty and wellness; made with pure, natural and organic ingredients.  The Kama portfolio is 100% natural, vegetarian and sans any additives. The means no artificial colours, artificial fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens, urea, propylene glycol or other harmful additives. The product packaging is good as the products itself, I have been an avid user of Kama products and this is one brand that I have always bought refills for, especially their rose water toner.

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Perfect for all seasons and skintype, Kama products are part of my daily ritual

IMG_4887I got a chance to try their increasingly popular new launches, that include an All Natural Makeup Remover, an Anti-Acne Cleansing Foam, and a special Cleanser-Day Cream duo for sensitive skin. I love how Kama offers products that are gentle, efficient and rooted in the ancient science of Ayurveda. 

 

 

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My absolute favourite is this Anti Acne Cleansing Foam from the #newtokama range

Kama Ayurveda’s Pure and unadulterated, Ayurveda based offerings span across Skincare, Haircare, Bath & Body and Wellness. They even have special curations for Men and Mother & Baby, and its all available at the store in Hyderabad

Location: Next Galleria Mall, Upper Ground Floor (Level -2) Block -E, Govt. Quarters, Sri Nagar Colony Road, Punjagutta. #newtokama, Kama store in Hyderabad

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Playing Fancy with Strawberry Collective

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I hate cooking, I won’t lie, but let me also clear the fact that it doesn’t mean I can’t cook. I love food and everything related to it. I love having get togethers, being a host and most of all planning.

I came across Strawberry Collective on Instagram and fell in love with their heart spoons. The elegant products by Strawberry Collective adds charm even to the most minimalistic setup.

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I love the extravagant setups but how often can we do it? I love pampering myself with little luxuries more often than not. I love having macarons or brownies but in edgy porcelain plates, I love my wine in crystal wine glasses, I love indulging in my night time green tea in artistically done cups. These are the things that I carefully pick (well, me or my mom, as she is equally obsessed with cutlery and all things pretty… I guess I got it from my mom)

Having fancy spoons, knives, and even stirrers are a onetime investments that can make for great presentations from time to time. Be it having friends over drinks, family for brunches or just indulging you’re a good meal and pampering yourself with a good me time. After all everyone deserves to feel pampered, without being too heavy on the pockets and Strawberry collective offers great options for to add some to your daily life.

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The products are sturdy enough for everyday use. They come in good shades of colours and tones than can brighten up your mood as well as your food. From cake stands to trays, coasters to some goodlooking salad spoons there is so much more to shop from their collection, which i am going to be adding slowly to my kitchen. Strawberry collective is available on Jaypore and you can see more of their stuff on Instagram

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Skincare routine with Lotus Herbals

The hunt for good skin is fervent and one of the most sought-out side effects when looking for a good skincare product. As a teenager, Lotus was the first retail purchase for my skin care, my mom loved the products and I followed her footsteps in purchasing my first sunscreen. When Lotus came up with tinted sunscreen, nothing could get better. Sun protection with a formula that covers minute imperfections was just genius.

So when Lotus sent me over some products to try, I was more than excited. The products included a night time regime that had ‘Serum’ and ‘White Glow cream’ I decided to give it at least a month before I wrote down the review

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Sunscreen Matte Gel  Sunscreen & Safe Sun 3-In-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock
We can feel the heat and its just the beginning of march, firstly let say, summers or winter, indoors or outdoors a regular use of sunscreen is very important. With summers we are exposed to sunlight more than ever, ‘Lotus Sunscreen  Matte Gel’ is the perfect product to incorporate into your daily skincare routine. I get it- when it’s hot and humid, the last thing you want to do is add an extra layer of product on your skin. Common complaints about sunscreens are that they feel heavy and cloying. But if you want healthy, youthful, glowing skin then sun protection is non- negotiable. But this has an incredibly comfortable texture, perfect for all skin types (mine is combination and suits me perfectly). I recommend this formula because it’s thin and fluid, plus, it sits beautifully under makeup too. And when a sunblock comes with a tinted factor that promises to make your skin look smooth and helps to fix the imperfections, there is nothing more you need.

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Lotus Herbals Whiteglow, Skin Whitening and Brightening Nourishing Night Crème-  It diminishes dark pigmentation and boosts radiance and clarity.  Has benefits of mulberry, grape, saxifraga extracts, and milk enzymes.  Grape concentrate present in this night cream sheds the skin and permits it to infiltrate profound while Milk compounds square melanin pathways and Mulberry concentrate goes about as a decent tyrosinase inhibitor, counteracting hyper-pigmentation, lastly Saxifraga concentrate searches free radicals that can bring about skin harm.
All these combined, calm skin gives  a smooth surface, even tone, and whiteness, and puts a gleam all over when you get up in the morning.  It blends in well and instantly hydrates the skin, leaving it supple. It visibly reduces the sun spots, acne marks and give a very dewy finish to your skin.

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Lotus Herbals YouthRx Activating Serum + Creme – I have been using this twice a day. Just patting with my fingertips thorough out my face and neck. Lot of people forget the neck, but you need to understand it is very vital to take care of it, whatever you apply to your face just extended it to you neck. The serum by lotus protects the skin from radical damage while also helping to treat it. It contains great amount of revolutionary Ginplex Youth Compound, contains 10 times extra anti-ageing power, removes the extra oil on the skin and also controls acne, pimples and blemishes

Serums are great for your skin, they delivers the active ingredients we love deep down to the skin cells that need them in their most potent form. You can use these under makeup, night cream and even under sunscreen on a no makeup day. You only need one small pump, and unless you’re really dry, you can skip moisturizer.

Lotus Herbals Creame – The day care gel cream has cooling effect and refreshes skin on contact while the plant-based ingredients actually relax tense facial muscles (like Botox, but gentler and from nature) to diminish the appearance of lines all day long. The formula is enriched with moisturizers to smooth and plump skin. The cream, will not only make your skin feel super nourished but also produce a noticeable difference in complexion.

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Perfect skin comes with a good skin regime

Lotus Herbals has something to suit your every skin need. Their products will give you the radiant skin you’ve been missing. Lotus products are by far most hassle free and their range of products can easily be included in your daily routine within budget.

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J W Marriott Resort & Spa, Jaipur

J W Marriott is one of the most recognized hotel brands in the world, and at their all new property- J W Marriott Resort and Spa, Jaipur we experienced most energized hospitality and were treated to some incredible meals. The property has a welcoming atmosphere, right from the traditional welcome and breathtaking lobby, there is incredible attention to detail that made our stay full of utmost comfort.

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JW Marriott Resort and Spa, Jaipur- Royal and Splendid

The Resort

It can be rightly said that J W Marriott Jaipur Resort & Spa is a modern day palace. I mean if i was a queen today, i would want my palace just this way, away from the hustle of the city, surrounded by the hills with all modern amenities and architecture that displays the best craftsmanship. A white tone follows throughout the property with breaks of blue and metallic at various places, well manicured paths, artistically done fountain spaces (indoor as well as outdoors), grand arches that are perfectly apt for a modern day royalty; and staying here we got treated exactly like that. When touring the property I was awestruck by the doors, the hand-painted patterns by local artisans, paintings and the architecture on the whole.

Food & Restaurants

Food at these restaurant are curated by executive chef Yogender Pal, i was delighted to meet him as i have known him for years, from when he was at The Marriott in Hyderabad. Sukh Mahal restaurant offers modern world cuisine but multi-cuisine delicacies are rustled up as adeptly as marwari meals in this all day restaurant.

On our last day we had a special surprise dinner at Mohan Mahal, just being there was a special experience, it was like dining in sheesh mehal. Mohan Mahal restaurant, is a gorgeous, tenderly-lit restaurant that serves up Rajasthani and Mughlai thali, open only for dinner. The design and beauty of the restaurant is architecturally reflective of Amer Fort’s Sheesh Mahal. Lit by candles, with Rajasthani music and gurgling fountains within the restaurant, provides a beautiful background score. Taking a notch above the meals are served in silver-plated tableware and local delicacies left us with a most found memory, one that will definitely add up to best dinner experiences i have had.

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Chai and Musical evenings by the pool at JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Jaipur

Evening tea, in khullads (they also have cup options but obviously we preferred the desi khullad and masala chai) are best enjoyed while witnessing the performance by the pool that included folk music and folk dance. They also have a lot of fun activities like henna application, puppet show, pottery, elephant rides for kids and relaxing SPA sessions (read here), J W Marriott Jaipur has something to keep everyone indulged.

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Our villa was bright, lively and equipped with amenities like cable tv, safe, coffee/tea maker, walk in closet and an attached bathroom with a tub and forest essentials toiletries, i love forest essentials; period. But our room and outdoor lounging area was not that got me excited, i mean it was beautiful but what i loved the most was our private outdoor plunge pool.

I spent an entire day and night right at the property to soak in all the beauty and luxury, i even spent a freezing few hours out in the lounging area watching the night sky and gazing the stars. If it wasn’t for January and winters, and the fact that it was more colder because it was at the outskirts, i would have spent the night out in the open.

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The landscape of this place has been done so amazingly that I absolutely enjoyed strolling around the property. The resort has a massive swimming pool by itself for all the guests.

We spent 3 days at this property, but it still felt like it wasn’t enough. The hotel is quite secluded from the city but the helpful staff had a car ready for us whenever we needed (on request), that made travelling totally hassle free for us. Finding cabs might get little tricky in the area so I suggest you book in advance. Being winters the nights were freezing, but I enjoyed my visit both to Jaipur and J W Marriott to the core.

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The Rajmahal Cafe , Jaipur

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Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

I was in Jaipur just a couple of months back, and in spite of spending good leisure time, I was longing for more.  All of a sudden, there were too many things happening, all leading the way to Jaipur. My cousin was getting engaged, the Jaipur Literature Festival (that has been on my list forever) was happening around the same weekend and my girlfriends needed a vacation. The end result was a weeklong trip to Pink City.

Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

I always like to start my holiday on a grand note and end it on more relaxing one.  So I had planned to spend my day at Sujan Rajmahal Palace Hotel, which involved an elaborate lunch at the all new ‘Rajmahal Café’, tour of the palace that offered a glimpse into royal grandeur of maharajas followed by High Tea (well coffee for me) at the mesmerising turquoise ‘Collonnade’.

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The Rajmahal Cafe at Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

 

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The Rajmahal Cafe at Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
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The Rajmahal Cafe at Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
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The Rajmahal Cafe at Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

 

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The Rajmahal Cafe at Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

Sujan Rajmahal Palace Hotel is every bit opulent as the name suggests. Once home of maharaja, the design post refurbishment will make any present day royalty drool, leave alone us common admirers. Colours and design rule all over the place, from wallpapers to geometric patterns, flowers that bloom under chandeliers, effervescent colour play in different rooms, all of it will leave you enticed.

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Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
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Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
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Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

The palace, from housing royal guests like Queen Elizabeth II and Jackie O,  has witnessed a history of its own, which can been seen in form of memories all around the place especially in its 14 flawlessly done luxurious suites

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Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
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Royal feels at Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

A walk around the stylish art deco garden and pool, while watching the staff dressed crisp in white with candy colour turban, makes guests feel no less than royalty. Have a drink at polo bar or spend some private time over a meal at ‘Orient Occident’, there is something for everyone

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Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
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Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
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High Tea  (coffee for me) at Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

I left my visit to 51 shades of pink for next time, because you can’t come to a ‘palace’ like this and never come back again. So next time you plan a visit to the pink city, don’t just take a holiday, experience the exclusive access into luxury and regality at Sujan Rajmahal Palace Hotel

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51 shades of at Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

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Turtle Neck Grey Dress With Knee High Boots

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I love a good sweater dress. Whether it is causal or formal, indoors or out, it is good season to rock a sweater dress, either to the office with leggings or over the knee boots on the weekend. If you want your boots to be the primary focus of your outfit keep everything else in your look; accessories and makeup, to a minimum. You don’t want too many things competing for attention.

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This oversized turtleneck dress is my winter favourite. It is effortless with style that has equal parts polish and comfort. Even though this outfit is made up of neutrals, I made sure the colours coordinated. Even when wearing all neutrals this is an important point not to overlook. I matched the dark grey turtleneck sweater dress with faux fur bag and boots.

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Knit/woollen dresses can sometimes be on two extremes, extremely oversized and very unflattering or form fitting and overly short. Always try on before purchasing it and make sure you have items in your closet that you can pair with it. Sweater dresses are a very tricky item to wear so keep it simple and rock you way thorough winters.

 

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Elle Spa at Lebua Resorts

 

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Lebua Resort is a luxury all in one destination, and nothing says luxury to me on a holiday than a good spa. Walking up and down the forts all day, visiting all beautiful places does take a lot of steps. So I was grateful when the staff informed us about our pampered evening at their in house spa followed by a dip in pool and snacking.

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The 20,000 sq. ft. Elle Spa is a quiet and meditative place with 10 treatment rooms, 2 rooms designed for couples, one relaxation room, yoga studio, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym. There are several options to get pampered with Indian and Mediterranean treatments and massages to restore the balance of forces within your body.

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I opted for their ‘Energising Massage’. Before my spa, I took a good 15 mins steam, followed by a lime and ginger blended oil massage that transports you to sublime oasis and gently awaken your senses. My skin sure emerged revived, refreshed & firmer from the treatment ready to take on to another few days of all touristy things lined up.

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After a tiring day, it’s just the perfect place to be at, and pamper yourself with soothing massages and other treatments.  Post my lovely one hour spa, I headed to the infinity pool which had a magnificent view of Aravalli hills. There multi-cuisine Vajra Restaurant serves a wide variety of Asian and Continental delicacies throughout the day and it all are starvation met its end right here.

 

 

 

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The Palace Restaurant- Baradari, Jaipur

Baradari is where the royal grandeur meets the urban present. Baradari is the latest in a series of initiatives by the Jaipur royal family for the visitors at City Palace.  An elegant bar, white and black interiors with hints or traditional red side walls this place was just what i needed after my royal tour at city palace.

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Tangy Brie Kachori at Baradari, Jaipur

After meeting the head chef, i left it on him to send us his best and i was treated well. sipping wine while i discussed all the royal encounters i just had at city palace, where every corner boasted rich heritage.  I soaked into the royalty around as they served scrumptious food that was perfect blend of Indian recipes and international combinations.

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A delicious meal at Baradari, Jaipur

We started with ‘Tangy Brie Kachori’s’ filled with caramelized onions , served with aloo chat, headed to local delicacy  ‘Lal Maas’  served with Bajre ki khichdi and blanched spinach and bhati. I really enjoyed the ‘Agli Olie Pasta’ and ‘Risotto’ was out of the world. to wind up the meal, chef customized a traditional dessert platter that had everything form, ‘Apple Jalebi’, ‘Creme Brule’, ‘Ghevar’ and ‘Gulab Jamun’.

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Lal Maas at Baradari, Jaipur
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Dessert Platter at Baradari, Jaipur

The place is a treat in evenings where the palace is lit up and vibe here is as urban as it can get. The dishes here are approved and inspired from the royal household who wishes to offer public a culinary treat through Baradari. I would definitely recommend you to visit this place when in Jaipur and get a taste of local cuisine in most fusion way.

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Baradari at City Palace, Jaipur

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Glitzy affair at Once Upon a Time, Nahargarh

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The Nahargarh Fort is situated at the height of 700-ft and was primarily built to strengthen the defense mechanism of the city of Jaipur, now just imagine dining at that height, with a view so romantic and food so brilliant you will probably never want to leave. It’s a place that offers a perfect combination of wine and view from high above!

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Once Upon a Time Restaurant at Nahargagh is an experience everyone must have. For me its going to be on my list every time i visit this pink city.  With traditional music played by local artisans, who most happily take requests and greet you with utmost warmth, you can choose to sit alfresco or indoors in a royally inspired seating. The intricate work done on the ceiling and walls, the long glass window that shows of the glittering city of Jaipur by night is a site that will leave you breathless.

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Their ‘Kheema Bhati’ is outstanding, crispy outside and filled with flavorful kheema inside that is full of flavors and just too good to resist. Their ‘Murgh Malai Kebab’ is mouth melting with rich marination and grilled to perfection, so is their ‘Gosht Seekh Kebab’, succulent and juicy paired perfectly with white wine and amazing ambiance is a delight in every bite.

Between your meals don’t forget to step up and join your loved one for a dance or just sip away your wine overlooking the view you will never forget.  Visit Nahargragh’s, Once upon a time for more of an experience than just a quick meal and make sure you have ample of time to enjoy every bit of your glittering night.

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Nicobar store, Hyderabad

Nicobar has finally come up with a grand store in Hyderabad, with a tropical feel as soon as you step into the store, the store is filled with all things pretty. Metallic cutlery spread on tables, a wall full of subtle dinning sets, pretty mugs and a swing showing off their printed cushions. As you move in you will notice how much the store has to offer, clothes, candles, bags and of course drinks and cakes to indulge in the launch

Nicobar Store, Hyderabad

Nicobar as a brand creates a modern Indian way of living, dressing and looking at the world. With travel as inspiration you will find little bit of world in a lot of their products. They collaborate with real people sharing real journeys with a desire to shape culture in an original and inspiring way.

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Nicobar A/W collection, Hyderabad

Black Pyjamas paired with Front Tie Overlay that is made of soft airy chanderi and so versatile I could style with a sari, jeans on a dress etc. This garment is super comfortable, airy and has a knack to flow easy from any day to night event.

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I have a thing for Anti-Fit, it gives you option to style them and pair them in so many ways and this particular layered beauty is my festive favorite of the season.

Nocturnal section is my favorite part of their store in Hyderabad, it spells a travel wave and you would want to pick up everything from bags to scarfs, little travel pouches for your essentials or smart and comfy casuals for your leisure trip.  Hyderabad Blogger

Shop them online-  Nicobar 

Visit their Store in Hyderabad- Nicobar, above Good Earth, Road no 12, Banjara Hills.
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Plaza Premium Lounge, Hyderabad


I love airports, it’s a place so full of emotions and people, fresh beginnings, old endings, new adventures,  millstone moments, airports have seen it all. I for one love it because it always is a start of a new and exciting story to share with everyone, be it a travel story,  visiting family and friends, attend weddings or just go for a quick business meeting off shore. My goal this year was to travel as much as i could and i did- so far 10 months and 9 cities, i am on my way to 10th right now, as i am write this post and hopefully 2 more to finish my goal will be covered in coming months too. 
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Airport Lounges are a blessing, it begins your journey in most leisure way possible, you can relax in your own comfort zone, no rush, enjoy a lavish spread- be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. My Experience with ‘Plaza Premium Lounge’ has always been yummy, i mean amazing. They exist in over 150 locations of 36 international airports across the world. 

I have been a priority pass member for over a year now, and just last month it expired but the most amazing thing happened to me, i was invited to experience the lounge and blog about it, well true love doesn’t go unheard. Since i Had a morning flight I visited the lounge for a hearty breakfast. 

I love the Plaza Premium Lounge at Hyderabad Airport, just imagine sipping your coffee and enjoying  your breakfast with a mesmerizing airside view of continuous landings and take off. Upon entry to the lounge you are greeted by very helpful staff members who fill you in on any information you need to know regarding your flight. Be it a business traveler or family on vacation there amenities like free Wi-Fi to comfy seats, Spa to separate VIP lounge, Newspapers to TV, its well equipped to make your visit worthy and comfortable. Most of the seats have power outlets beside them which is pretty convenient to charge electronic devices or to get some work done. There is also a TV that continually displays the flight schedule for benefit of their visitors. 

Coming to breakfast, they Serve everything form choice of Eggs, South Indian Idly- Dosa, Choice of Cereals, Fresh Juices, Fruits, Salads, Sausages and time to time make special additions as well.  Since i was visiting for a blog review, the staff presented us with a little bit of everything, I was overwhelmed but failed to finish everything on my plate. I wished to anticipate in their fabulous lunch to be served as part of their ongoing  ‘Hyderabadi Food Festival‘ but I had a flight to catch. But you can definitely try it out since its on-till 25th October. 
Plaza-Premium-Lounge-873-Hyderabadi-Food-FestivalrLounge Access Starts from 1200/- Plus Taxes. top Hyderabad blogger

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Location: Domestic Departure at Hyderabad Airport

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Cannoli Cafe, Hyderabad

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This cafe has been on my list for months now, the board of this cafe at mighty 800 Jubilee has been up for so long but the place is now finally open. In collaboration with Driven Cafe the swanky cars keep you delighted as soon as you step on the premises. The place is spread on an entire ground floor, with a great display of desserts as soon as you step in and further in you will find a gigantic shelf that stocks fresh breads.

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We started of with ‘Tomato Orzo’  a creamy tomato soup with fagioli that adds delight to otherwise boring soup, we paired it with ‘Zucchini Bites’,  where slices of grilled Zucchini were topped with dollop of hummus and  lavash crackers and drizzle of beetroot mayo. Next came the ‘Triple Cheese Knots’ this dish is a must try when visiting Cannoli Cafe, it is freshly baked mini bread knots with warm cheesy filling, a delight in every bite. lets warn you its a heavy dish if you are not planning to share it.

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In main course we opted for ‘Almond Roasted Bell Paper Pasta’ made of angel hair that is tossed in smoky, sweet roasted bell pepper sauce tossed with almond. nice and creamy i loved the crispiness that came from the almond flakes , tad bit on sweeter side. For drinks we picked the delicious ‘Match Bubble Tea’ and ‘Almond frappe’ the flavors of bubble tea available here are really unique flavors like Blueberry, Taro root, Jasmine

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On healthier side i tried the ‘Chicken Avocado Wrap‘ from the Mexican side of the menu. it was a tortilla wrap filled with grilled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and of course Avocados.

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I however wished there was a separate entry to this place, as it seemed too over crowded because, one-it was weekend and two-it had a common entrance for Hylife Brewery.

Address: 800 Jubilee, Road 36, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad

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