THE WESTIN PUSHKAR RE­SORT & SPA

Upscale Living Magazine - - Hotel - | By Jy­oti Balani

Re­cently I vis­ited the Westin Pushkar Re­sort & Spa on in­vi­ta­tion and was pleas­antly sur­prised to see a lux­u­ri­ous re­sort in an area which is known as the pil­grim des­ti­na­tion of Ra­jasthan. The Westin Pushkar Re­sort & Spa marks the brand’s sev­enth prop­erty in In­dia and Pushkar’s first in­ter­na­tion­ally-branded ho­tel. Owned by Par­adise Prop­er­ties, the newly-built re­sort aims to bring the Westin brand’s in­no­va­tive well­ness ini­tia­tives to the renowned spir­i­tual des­ti­na­tion of Pushkar, Ra­jasthan, the pop­u­lar desert state in In­dia. Pushkar is 158 kms from the Jaipur In­ter­na­tional Air­port, 53 kms from the Kis­hangarh Air­port and is also con­nected by rail to Ajmer Junc­tion. I had to travel from Pune to Jaipur and then a car was sent to drive me to the re­sort. Af­ter three and half hours, I fi­nally reached the beau­ti­ful re­sort late evening and was wel­comed by Gen­eral Man­ager Amit Rana on ar­rival. A has­sle free check in en­sured I reached my lux­ury villa in a buggy (cart) and re­laxed in my lux­u­ri­ous villa which had an in house plunge pool- a first in my var­i­ous travel ex­pe­ri­ences so far.

In­dia’s sev­enth Westin prop­erty, The Westin Pushkar Re­sort & Spa is sur­rounded by the pic­turesque Aravalli Hills and spread across a vast eleven acres. The prop­erty of­fers ninety eight con­tem­po­rary gue­strooms with more than half (forty four) fea­tur­ing pri­vate pools. These rooms are di­vided into four cat­e­gories namely lux­ury vil­las, royal vil­las, pre­mier vil­las and deluxe rooms. In ad­di­tion to the sig­na­ture ameni­ties, in­clud­ing the Westin Heav­enly® Bed and the Westin Heav­enly® Bath, the re­sort em­braces Westin’s in­no­va­tive pro­gram­ming de­signed to in­spire bal­ance and en­hance well-be­ing, leav­ing guests feel­ing bet­ter than when they ar­rived. The re­sort of­fers a choice of four unique din­ing venues: Sea­sonal Tastes, the sig­na­ture all-day din­ing restau-

rant, that serves in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal cuisines along­side Westin’s nu­tri­ent-rich Su­perFood­sRx™ and Fresh by the Juicery menus; Panorama, the re­sort’s rooftop lounge, of­fers snacks and bev­er­ages with a view; Splash fea­tures a re­fresh­ing menu of light bites and drinks, served by the pool­side; while Mix of­fers a range of cock­tails and bev­er­ages at the bar.

“With more trav­el­ers look­ing to main­tain their well­ness rou­tines while on the road, The Westin Pushkar Re­sort & Spa is thrilled to of­fer guests the brand’s sig­na­ture ameni­ties and pro­grams, de­signed to evoke re­newal and well-be­ing,” said Amit Rana, Gen­eral Man­ager, The Westin Pushkar Re­sort & Spa.

Apart from the nat­u­ral beauty of the re­sort and vast ex­panses of green­ery along with beau­ti­ful water bod­ies, The Westin Pushkar Re­sort & Spa also cu­rates ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for guests such as the float­ing break­fast. For guests who are put up in a plunge pool, the re­sort or­ga­nizes for the float­ing break­fast right in­side the villa whereas for oth­ers, the fas­ci­nat­ing float­ing break­fast is or­ga­nized in the out­door pool. Chef Maan­veer Singh Chauhan had a chat with me about my break­fast pref­er­ences the pre­vi­ous day and cre­ated an amaz­ing spread of cho­co­late dough­nuts that dan­gled off a stand on the wooden tray; bot­tles of freshly squeezed juice, an omelet with toast, the lo­cal spe­cialty math­ris, mouth wa­ter­ing ka­cho­ris and as­sorted fruit, enough to keep one go­ing the en­tire day. The tray is made of red cedar­wood, cre­ated to hold 3 ki­los of break­fast good­ies with­out tip­ping over. My break­fast that morn­ing was re­ally de­layed as I kept tak­ing pho­tos of the mag­i­cal tray such was my fas­ci­na­tion for the float­ing break­fast.

The next morn­ing, I vis­ited the ex­pan­sive Heav­enly Spa for a re­lax­ing mas­sage. The Westin Pushkar Re­sort & Spa boasts a 10,000 square­foot Heav­enly Spa with seven ther­apy rooms of­fer­ing a range of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional treat­ments. Even though the ho­tel also ar­ranges for a spa ex­pe­ri­ence in the rooms, it is a good idea to visit the serene Heav­enly Spa and gaze at the beau­ti­ful pho­to­graph of the Bud­dha or to spend time at the spa­cious ter­race which will func­tion as a venue for yoga ses­sions as I was in­formed by the re­sort. A sprawl­ing, out­door pool lo­cated at the cen­ter of the re­sort, and a state-of-the-art WestinWORKOUT® fit­ness stu­dio en­sure there is some­thing for fit­ness en­thu­si­asts. The Westin Fam­ily Kids’ Club fea­tures a 20-seat mini the­ater and a ded­i­cated play area for chil­dren mak­ing the re­sort a per­fect fam­ily get­away. “The open­ing of The Westin Pushkar Re­sort & Spa brings the first in­ter­na­tion­ally-branded re­sort to the city of Pushkar,” said Pankaj Prab­hashankar Sa­boo, Man­ag­ing Part­ner, Par­adise Prop­er­ties, a part of Par­adise Group. “The newly-built re­sort will com­bine the spir­i­tual essence of the Holy City along with the well-be­ing phi­los­o­phy and pro­grams of the Westin brand, of­fer­ing un­par­al­leled ex­pe­ri­ences and fa­cil­i­ties to our guests.”

Apart from ad­mir­ing my lux­u­ri­ous villa, I also spent time just sit­ting in the breezy and ele­gant lobby which is a great place to spend evenings while sip­ping on a glass of wine or a cock­tail made by the ef­fi­cient wait­ing staff at Mix. While at Mix it is a great idea to take up the bar­tender’s sug­ges­tion of mix­ing one of his cock­tail recipes just for the de­light of mak­ing your first cock­tail ever. The staff at Mix use a lot of lo­cally grown pro­duce to cre­ate mind blow­ing cock­tails served with some great fin­ger foods which you can feast on while en­joy­ing some great mu­sic at the lounge. Sea­sonal Tastes was al­ways buzzing at meal­times with guests help­ing them­selves to su­per­foods cre­ated spe­cially as part of the brand Westin and a huge ar­ray of Euro­pean, Asian and In­dian cui­sine. Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Neeraj Kataria dished up lo­cal Ra­jasthani del­i­ca­cies on the first day at lunch in­clud­ing laal maas, ker san­gri, gate ki sabzi daal baati churma. Panorama with its spec­tac­u­lar views is a great place to sip on de­li­cious cock­tails or a glass of wine with some great food to match es­pe­cially bar­be­cues and grills.

The Westin Pushkar Re­sort & Spa is a per­fect gate­way when you are plan­ning a re­laxed hol­i­day in Ra­jasthan. Sur­rounded by pic­ture per­fect Aravali moun­tains, this su­perbly de­signed re­sort with vast ex­panses of green­ery and water bod­ies of­fers ev­ery­thing from serene nat­u­ral el­e­ments and beau­ti­ful sun­sets to re­ju­ve­nat­ing ther­a­pies and food for the soul. Spa­cious gue­strooms fea­tur­ing pri­vate pools, in­no­va­tive din­ing op­tions and sta­teof-the-art well­ness fa­cil­i­ties suc­ceed in their motto of mak­ing guests leave feel­ing bet­ter than when they first ar­rived! Worth sev­eral vis­its!

In­dia westin.com/pushkar

Plot 1242,1243,1196/1726, Su­ra­jkund Vil­lage,

Mo­ti­sar Road Pushkar - 305022, Ajmer, Ra­jasthan.

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