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VIVANTA BY TAJ SURAJKUND

Caught up in the pace of urban life, when I'm not in work mode, I'm updating social media. Or travelling to expand my horizon. So, occasionally, I take a day off to embrace slow, languid living. It's my way of carving time to pamper myself and 'reboot'… spend all afternoon in a spa and pool in flip-flops, sip wine and indulge in sumptuous food. If this is your idea of a getaway too, keep reading and let me introduce you to my stay-cation at Vivanta By Taj, Surajkund.

 

Designed on the concept of a Baoli i.e. stepwell, everything about this resort lends itself to the concept of luxury, beginning with the location; cradled in the lap of Aravallis, it is a tranquil modern property 30 minutes from South Delhi, Gurgaon and the airport—approached from two different routes! The resort has an air of privacy, space and calm while retaining a feel of International homogeneity from the luxury brand and the combination of 5, 500 sq ft. Jiva Grande Spa, salon, sun-kissed swimming pool and fitness centre has all ingredients to restore mind, body and soul. In fact, at check-in, the hotel team did mention they see guests arrive frazzled from city life and leave with a glow!! Hey, this is what I need!!

 

Check in was swift and entering the Premium indulgence Room, I was happy to see it was minimal in style and had a large verandah with a magnificent view — do you remember the last time you had that 'wow' feeling? When I opened the verandah doors to a breathtaking view of acres of greenery, when I witnessed a sunset to die for, I experienced that feeling. Back in the room, the bathroom was sleek and brightly lit with a walk-in shower and bathtub and adjacent to that was a walk-in closet. And while my room was fabulous, the real draw of the resort was outdoors so I unpacked and headed to all-day dining restaurant Oasis where I ordered 'Steam Fish With Spring Vegetables' from the wellness menu. It was sumptuous and off-the-hook fresh! Refreshed, I walked over to Jiva Spa where I was booked for 'Pehelwan Maalish' — a deep tissue massage recommended for sore or stiff muscles. The firm massage with mustard oil deeply relaxed post-workout sore muscles and made my skin gleam!! I loved the 90-minute therapy but… all good things come to an end. Wait, not really. As I walked towards the pool I was in awe of the picture-perfect landscaping! Cabanas and sun-beds surrounded the immaculate, mammoth pool. The perfect place to chill for the rest of the day!

 

After a quick shower, I headed down to the bar. The cocktail menu was enticing and I didn't regret ordering 'Grilled Pineapple And Cracked Pepper Martini' — grilled pineapple slices muddled with pepper and shaken with vodka. Accompanied by 'Kalamata Olives And Hummus' with pita bread. Yes, the evening was off to a great start! Time flew by as my friends joined me for dinner — platters of local Haryana cuisine! it was simple and sumptuous.. ensuring sound sleep. Normally, when checking out of a beautiful hotel, I am usually rushing to catch a flight and two airports to get through. But as I checked out of Vivanta By Taj Surajkund, I felt blissed to know that 'home' was a short drive away. Though I had been living on the outskirts of New Delhi the past 24 hours, the experience made it feel as though I had been miles away from regular life! My verdict? Whether you want to reconnect with friends, spend time with family, plan a romantic rendezvous or just need time out and to pamper mind, body and soul, I recommend a weekend here. If I could describe my experience in a line it would be — opulent, indulgent and deeply relaxing.

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
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Vivanta By Taj Surajkund

Shooting Range Road

Faridabad Haryana

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