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Five rea­sons to visit the Oberoi Sukhvi­las Re­sort & Spa

India Today - - CONTENTS - By PRACHI BHUCHAR

The Oberoi Sukhvi­las Re­sort and Spa, Chandi­garh, is a des­ti­na­tion ho­tel that com­pels you to stay. Since it is the lat­est ad­di­tion in the brand’s bouquet of Vi­las’ that bear the im­print of lux­ury, you know you are in for a real treat. Here are the top five rea­sons why you should pack your chicest bags and head here.

Mother of all spas This is the brand’s first all-out spa re­sort and they have gone out on a limb to cre­ate a spa treat­ment; one that’s high on space and low on whim­si­cal frills. What’s been a real coup for the brand has been the ap­point­ment of one of the finest ayurvedic doc­tors to lead the team. From a Turk­ish ham­mam to mul­ti­ple saunas, a ter­race for yoga, ther­apy rooms, ayurvedic mas­sages and con­sul­ta­tions and a fo­cused nu­tri­tion pro­gramme, a visit here is a must for those look­ing for a per­son­alised detox pro­gramme and does not com­pel them to stick to menu-driven treat­ments.

Pre­mium on pri­vacy The other thing we loved about the prop­erty was the sense of space. Trust The Oberoi

Group to be lav­ish in its room spac­ing. This spa­tial wind­fall is one of the big­gest lux­u­ries at the re­sort. At a time when per­sonal homes are shrink­ing, the abil­ity to make guests feel like kings of their cas­tle (or tent in this case) is highly ap­pre­ci­ated. Do the maths: each of the tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled royal for­est tents are built on 800 square feet of land, and there are only nine in num­ber spread over eight acres of land.

De­sign lover’s par­adise In keep­ing with the spirit of the Vi­las brand and its ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage, this prop­erty too harks back to the palaces and old Mughal and Ra­jput ar­chi­tec­ture us­ing styles and mo­tifs that are iden­ti­fi­able. The court­yards are aes­thet­i­cally cre­ated and there is a happy mix of the colo­nial and con­tem­po­rary through­out the prop­erty as you flit be­tween arches, fres­coes and gold leaf cov­ered ceil­ings. With teak floors, deep white tubs over­look­ing green, and pri­vate pools (at­tached to the tents) what’s not to love? The spa­cious ter­races and wa­ter bod­ies dot­ting the land­scape of the ho­tel add to the feel­ing of calm. Dine like a king You can write your own food story at Sukhvi­las. The menu is clearly tai­lored to bring a bit of the pind (vil­lage) back into your life. The jag­gery is sourced fresh off the fire from a vil­lage near the re­sort. De­li­cious hand churned white but­ter ac­com­pa­nies ev­ery In­dian meal. While the menu def­i­nitely leans on the North In­dian side, you can pretty much ask the kitchen to prepare what you want at Sukhvi­las. It is in­dul­gence of the high­est form as the chef not only whips up old In­dian sta­ples but is also happy to present them to you with a mod­ern twist.

Nat­u­ral lux­ury Given that The Oberoi Sukhvi­las is sur­rounded by over 8,000 acres of pro­tected for­est, you re­ally are in the thick of green. Be­ing at the foothills of the Hi­malayas means that you get to en­joy a milder cli­mate in sum­mer. The for­est also gives you am­ple op­por­tu­nity for hik­ing, moun­tain bik­ing or just walk­ing, as you slip away from re­al­ity for just a few lux­u­ri­ous mo­ments.

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