The Westin Pune

Upscale Living Magazine - - Content - | By Jy­oti Balani

One of the most pop­u­lar ho­tels in Pune, The Westin Pune is lo­cated in Kore­gaon Park, one of the most ex­pen­sive and promi­nent lo­cal­i­ties in the city. A plush ho­tel with vast open spa­ces, The Westin Pune Kore­gaon Park houses 277 rooms in all in­clud­ing 189 Deluxe Guest Rooms, 73 Ex­ec­u­tive Club rooms and Club Suites. It was a pleas­ant sur­prise to be wel­comed by lux­u­ri­ous ameni­ties such as gourmet choco­lates, fruits and a bot­tle of wine ac­com­pa­nied by a wel­come note by Gen­eral Man­ager Nis­hant Agar­wal when I checked into a plush and spa­cious pent­house suite lo­cated on the 9th floor of the ho­tel.

“Be­ing cen­trally lo­cated, The Westin Pune Kore­gaon Park is in close prox­im­ity to the air­port and cen­tral busi­ness dis­tricts mak­ing it one of the most pop­u­lar ho­tels in town” said Gen­eral Man­ager Nis­hant Agar­wal. He has been the Gen­eral Man­ager of The Westin Pune Kore­gaon Park since 2016. He brings a wealth of hos­pi­tal­ity ex­pe­ri­ence with more than 16 years of hos­pi­tal­ity ex­pe­ri­ence. Nis­hant’s jour­ney in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try has been far-reach­ing given his achieve­ments in the pre­ced­ing years. In his cur­rent role as the Gen­eral Man­ager of The Westin Pune Kore­gaon Park, he over­sees the com­plete ho­tel’s op­er­a­tions and is also ac­tively in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of mar­ket­ing and op­er­a­tions plans as well as bud­get and goal pro­grams to en­sure op­ti­mum guest sat­is­fac­tion, sales po­ten­tial and prof­itabil­ity. Apart from hav­ing a vi­brant per­son­al­ity, Nis­hant has a pro­fi­cient on-site man­age­ment style and ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ship-build­ing abil­i­ties. Dur­ing his free time, he loves to play squash with his two lit­tle tod­dlers.

Those who have a fond­ness for gourmet cui­sine will enjoy be­ing in the ho­tel as there is some­thing to cater to ev­ery­one’s palate. Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Sahil Sabhlok and his ef­fi­cient team cre­ate unique culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences for ev­ery guest who vis­its the ho­tel. I was treated to an in­ter­est­ing lunch by the friendly and ef­fi­cient Ex­ec­u­tive Chef him­self which com­prised of an as­para­gus and goat cheese soup, scal­lops with green pea and cauliflower rel­ish, sal­mon served dur­ing the main course and fol­lowed by a good look­ing sugar free cho­co­late dessert with a rasp­berry cen­tre. The chef ’s team has a tal­ented pas­try chef Marimuthu Sel­varaj and he cre­ated a fab­u­lous range of choco­lates, desserts and a gor­geous red vel­vet cake to show­case his tal­ent.

A meal at Kan­gan is a gourmet jour­ney that a food en­thu­si­ast in Pune can­not miss! Kan­gan as the name sug­gests serves In­dian cui­sine

specif­i­cally from Hy­der­abad and the North West Fron­tier. The ele­gant au­then­tic In­dian restau­rant is a place where you can sam­ple a va­ri­ety of North-In­dian dishes as I did re­cently. Kan­gan fea­tures del­i­cate chan­de­liers rem­i­nis­cent of dec­o­ra­tive In­dian ban­gles, or kan­gans, tra­di­tion­ally donned on women’s wrists for wed­dings and feasts— while kan­gan-adorned walls that evoke a dis­tinct era al come to­gether to cre­ate the ideal am­bi­ence for savour­ing au­then­tic and de­li­cious In­dian fare. While in Kan­gan, a meal be­comes even more in­ter­est­ing as one gets to ob­serve ex­pert chefs dish up del­i­ca­cies ow­ing to the pres­ence of a tan­door show kitchen. Those who enjoy royal cui­sine such as birya­nis, kof­tas and mouth wa­ter­ing cur­ries that orig­i­nate from the land of the Nawabs and Mughal dy­nasty are in for a treat here. A glass of wine or whiskey is a great idea to enjoy with a fab­u­lous meal as Kan­gan’s bev­er­age menu has an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of some of the finest wines and whiskeys. A plethora of grilled meats, seafood, and veg­eta­bles en­hanced by the use of spices make for a de­lec­ta­ble meal at Kan­gan. The cui­sine and am­biance is a great bal­ance of the con­tem­po­rary and his­tor­i­cal. An all day din­ing restau­rant, Sea­sonal Tastes is very pop­u­lar for its Sun­day brunches and break­fasts as I dis­cov­ered dur­ing my re­cent stay. Daily Treats is a one-stop des­ti­na­tion for gourmet del­i­catessen items such as fresh juices, de­li­cious muffins, puffs, crois­sants, gourmet choco­lates and an equally al­lur­ing se­lec­tion of cakes, breads, dec­o­ra­tive pas­tries and cook­ies which can be en­joyed with tea, cof­fee or smooth­ies. I no­ticed a cute white bi­cy­cle serv­ing fil­ter cof­fee with bis­cuits parked at Daily Treats.

The mo­ment one steps into Mix@36, it is ob­vi­ous that this place is sev­eral notches higher than a reg­u­lar lounge in Pune. A sauvé, retro lounge meant to at­tract busy cor­po­rates, young achiev­ers as well as the reg­u­lars, Mix@36 is a lounge that spells lux­ury with a cap­i­tal ‘L’. A per­fect blend of retro mu­sic, in­no­va­tive cui­sine and mud­dled mixol­ogy, with a mag­netic at­mos­phere and evok­ing mu­sic, Mix@36 is the per­fect place to un­wind and let go of a hec­tic day. Over­look­ing the Mula Mutha River, Mix@36 has long stand­ing ta­bles, cushy so­fas to enjoy an in­for­mal chat and a snooker ta­ble too. All these fac­tors make for a per­fect evening for those look­ing to re­lax af­ter a hard day’s work. For those who like to enjoy their evening drink un­der the stars, this venue is the ideal hang­out as there is an Al­fresco area as well. This outer area also known as the Riverview deck of Mix@36 is a vis­ual de­light what with LED-lit high stand­ing ta­bles. Live coun­ters on the open air bar deck add to the al­ready en­thralling am­biance. DJs belts out an eclec­tic, cool, Latin and in­ter­na­tional global

mix of sounds. Gleam­ing blue lights lend a cool con­tem­po­rary look to the in­side sec­tion of Mix@36, pro­vid­ing a ma­jes­tic am­biance to the lounge. The week­end sun­down­ers at this pop­u­lar lounge are a big hit with the young crowd in Pune. This at­trac­tive lounge lives upto its name and whips up an in­no­va­tive range of cock­tails and this time I tried a litchi flavoured cock­tail which was de­li­cious. The lounge has an in­ter­est­ing food menu for those who wish to eat a lit­tle some­thing while en­joy­ing a drink.

I spent a re­lax­ing week­end in the ho­tel ow­ing to the ef­fi­cient spa ther­a­pists at the Heav­enly Spa lo­cated at the lobby level. Heav­enly Spa by Westin pro­vides state of the art treat­ments and fa­cil­i­ties that cater to all as­pects of well­ness needs. Equipped with sauna, steam rooms, jet tubs, The Heav­enly Spa is de­signed by the promi­nent Andy Fisher Work­shop and De­sign Cell and of­fers a reper­toire of treat­ments such as mas­sages, wraps, fa­cials, scrubs as well as soaks. This 900 sq. ft spa has 6 treat­ment rooms each with their own steam and shower ameni­ties. The Heav­enly Spa man­aged by Anu Mo­han has two cou­ple treat­ment rooms called Em­brace and Es­cape which of­fer more space for a per­sonal re­treat. The Sig­na­ture Heav­enly Mas­sage is a must try ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing which, a warm heat pack is ap­plied to the back re­leas­ing stress, fol­lowed by a pow­er­ful aro­mather­apy rem­edy to re­lease any ten­sion held in the body. Ideal for im­prov­ing blood cir­cu­la­tion and in­creas­ing one’s en­ergy lev­els, ther­a­pists at this spa claim that re­lax­ation comes from the har­mo­nious bal­ance of smell and touch. This time I also tried the anti ag­ing fa­cial which did won­ders for my skin. The Rollers Sage and Jet Lag Re­liever are pop­u­lar mas­sages in this spa.

The House of Medici re­flects the core con­cept of the pop­u­lar House of Medici – an Ital­ian bank­ing fam­ily, po­lit­i­cal dy­nasty and later a Royal house. This is Pune’s most pop­u­lar night­club and its in­te­ri­ors are breath­tak­ing and mes­mer­ized me as soon as I stepped into this ele­gant city hotspot in Pune. With an ex­u­ber­ant and ma­jes­tic am­bi­ence, res­onat­ing the aura of Re­nais­sance ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign, an ele­gant dé­cor, heart thump­ing live per­for­mances and a con­tem­po­rary menu makes this an ideal des­ti­na­tion to cel­e­brate life ev­ery day when in Pune. Exquisitely car­peted wooden floors, lush leather fur­nish­ings, artis­tic Ital­ian/Greek sculp­tures and royal chan­de­liers come to­gether to give a feel­ing of pure op­u­lence. The House of Medici also fea­tures the long­est bar in the coun­try with a 104 foot long horse­shoe shape fea­tur­ing a lav­ish bev­er­age menu with sig­na­ture cock­tails cre­ated by com­bin­ing unique flavors from fruits, spices and herbs. The bev­er­age menu boasts of an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of sin­gle malts and whiskies, vod­kas, beers and wines to suit all tastes. The House of Medici is the per­fect place to un­wind in the evening with Live Acts and Mixol­o­gists put­ting up their best show in a lux­u­ri­ous am­bi­ence with high end food and ser­vice. The fact that this high pro­file venue is lo­cated at one of the best lo­ca­tions in Pune-Kore­gaon Park add to it’s pop­u­lar­ity with lo­cals and tourists alike.

The Westin Pune Kore­gaon Park is a great choice for a re­lax­ing hol­i­day or even for a week­end stay­ca­tion or for busi­ness travel con­sid­er­ing it of­fers high end cuisines in its mul­ti­ple restau­rants, one of the best spas in the city, a vi­brant night­club and lounge, friendly and ef­fi­cient ser­vice along with beau­ti­fully de­signed rooms all of which add up to make for an uplift­ing ex­pe­ri­ence!

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