A Palace Fit For A Princess Or A Party
There’s a big difference between north and south India and on a recent visit to Kerala in the South, I was charmed by the richness of the land (Kerala means ‘land of the coconut trees’), the genteel, warm and proud people and the uniqueness of what can be organised that is frankly ‘out of this world’. For more about Kerala, watch out for a separate article in the coming weeks.
But flying up to the middle of the country, to Hyderabad, known as a major global centre for the IT industry is Tollywood. A City of Pearls and Home of the Shiny Bangles, I was taken aback by what I consider to be the ULTIMATE incentive hotel. The best and the most exotic…
The TAJ Falaknuma Palace translated as ‘Mirror of the Sky’ is an opportunity to reside in history. Just walking through the Palace at sunset and listening to astonishing stories of polo playing princes, martini- soaked lunches and princesses in billowing chiffons and chandelier sized emeralds. Even at breakfast every single dish is crafted exclusively and the sheer tranquillity and the views sitting amongst the peacocks displaying their colourful plumage, is simply the most perfect start to a day. With a choice of dining experiences, I was taken by the Jade room in the most visually stunning setting where the 400 year old city is laid out in front of you. At night it looks like a heavily diamond encrusted, black velvet carpet.
This hotel has just 60 superbly appointed palace rooms, just imagine what an impact an exclusive ‘palace party’ would have to energise, motivate and thank. A programme for 3 or 4 nights – and not only would you not want to leave, you would insist on not leaving!
The natural, bespoke ingredients used at the Spa for a lasting de-stress, the pool and its waterfall, snooker, croquet, yoga, cookery, polo, it’s all there. Did I mention they have the largest dining room table in the world with 101 covers? Yes it is in the Guinness Book of Records. Did I also mention the absolute downpour of rose petals as we ascended the grand staircase to the Royal Library?
I could write chapters about the spectacular service dedicated to the art of perfecting pleasure. Put simply, I was blown away. The word ‘wow’ doesn’t even begin to describe this jewel.
Susan Sexton, Events Team