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GET­TING THERE A five-minute walk from the Kem­pe­gowda In­ter­na­tional Air­port and 26 km from the city CON­TACT Ph 080660 03300 taj.tajho­tels.com PRICES Rooms from `8,500, suites from `25,000

It is mid-af­ter­noon and the floor to ceil­ing win­dow in my room over­looks a gleam­ing wa­ter body with flow­er­ing shrubs; the beau­ti­ful calm is a much-needed add on. Wel­come to the new­est lux­ury ad­dress in town, the Taj Ban­ga­lore. The 156-room prop­erty with a mod­ern glass façade com­bines a con­tem­po­rary de­sign with a sprin­kling of tra­di­tional el­e­ments. The sleek, cav­ernous lounge bears wit­ness to a tra­di­tional lamp light­ing cer­e­mony at dusk each evening. The de­sign and of­fer­ings keep in mind the weary trav­eller look­ing for a good night’s rest and a de­li­cious com­fort­ing meal.

The cosy con­tem­po­rary rooms come with lit­tle em­bel­lish­ments like silk throw pil­lows, ex­quis­ite lamps and pam­per­ing treats like a DIY sooth­ing foot soak with de­tailed in­struc­tions on a per­son­alised note. The large bath­rooms have sep­a­rate shower and toi­let cu­bi­cles, a bath­tub and space for van­i­ties.

The suites also have a se­lec­tion of lo­cal snacks from Kar­nataka for mid­night munch­ing in ad­di­tion to an all-day-break­fast menu at Café 77 East, the 24-hour cof­fee shop that draws its name from the lon­gi­tude it stands on. For an authen­tic In­dian meal head over to Ta­marind that brings you cuisines from Pun­jab, Ra­jasthan and Awadh. Soi and Sake, the Asian spe­cial­ity restau­rant has a Sushi bar, Tep­pan grill and an ex­clu­sive wine tast­ing room.

The ho­tel is also a great venue for wed­dings and events with a 9400 sq ft ban­quet hall and in­door lo­ca­tions for smaller soirees in­clud­ing one that over­looks the gleam­ing air­port lights. Jiva, a holis­tic spa of­fers Ayurvedic treat­ments and steam rooms and tra­di­tional In­dian mas­sages like Champi (head mas­sage) and Sam­mar­dana, a re­lax­ing and in­vig­o­rat­ing deep tis­sue mas­sage. Com­pact, com­fort­able and con­tem­po­rary, it’s the ideal city ho­tel.

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