If you need a vacation but don’t exactly feel like travelling, then a staycation is the perfect vacation for you. Offering the best of both worlds, staycations provide an excellent change of space while ensuring comfort and privacy.
Whether you have to work from home, study for an exam or need to simply laze around in a comfortable new space, staycations will ensure you get all the luxury and excitement of a vacation for a reasonable deal, while of course taking adequate safety precautions.
Looking for a staycation in a metropolitan city may seem daunting, but we’ve got you covered. Check out these amazing staycations at the most luxurious hotels near you.
Located in Mumbai’s commercial Lower Parel area, St Regis is an elaborate 5-star property that overlooks the busy Mumbai city and the Mahalaxmi Racecourse. Decorated in sophistication and luxury, the hotel happens to be one of the tallest towers in the city.
Along with lavishly appointed rooms, the hotel also houses spacious residences for guests looking for a longer stay. With wide wall windows, guests can choose their perfect view of the curving Bay of Bengal, Mahalaxmi Racecourse or the vibrant city. Perks like butler service and 24-hour room service are included in all accommodations.
Presenting a variety of cuisines from around the world, St Regis provides guests with delicious options like Japanese at Yuuka, Southeast Asian at By The Mekong, traditional Indian at The Sahib Room & Kipling Bar or contemporary European at Luna Gusta or simply enjoy a traditional tea-ritual at the Drawing Room.
Taj Mahal Palace
Mumbai city’s heritage landmark, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was the city’s first-ever luxury hotel built in Bombay in 1903. An opulent ivory and grey stone building with red domes, the luxury hotel is located in the city’s commercial hub and is surrounded by picturesque views of the Arabian Sea and the renowned Gateway of India.
As simplistic on the outside, the more regal on the inside. Each room inside the Taj is reminiscent of those inside a royal Indian palace. While some maintain their originality with antique décor, others feature a more modern, contemporary design. Regardless of your choice of room, each is fitted with state-of-the-art amenities along with period furniture and original paintings to maintain the hotel’s old-world charm.
Offering world-class cuisines, the hotel features about 9 restaurants and bars serving everything from authentic local cuisine to International favourites like Middle Eastern, Oriental and Eastern Mediterranean cuisines.
A striking example of modern architecture, The Oberoi is another elegant luxury hotel located at the heart of Mumbai’s business district— Nariman Point. Overlooking the magnificent ‘Queen’s Necklace’ in Marine Drive, the view from the hotel is a sight to behold.
The spacious rooms are luxuriously designed with modern décor and amenities that exude a contemporary yet classic demeanour. Specially commissioned paintings and lithographs decorate the walls of each room, along with silk furnishings and wide wall to ceiling windows with city and ocean views.
Offering a choice of different restaurants, the hotel serves a multitude of cuisines including Indian, Italian, Japanese and pan Asian delicacies. Guests can also enjoy gourmet delights like hand-crafted desserts and bakes at the Oberoi Patisserie or quick bites with coffee and Champagne at the Champagne Lounge.
An urban oasis in the heart of Delhi, The Lodhi is a lavish representation of luxury in the capital city of India. The hotel started in 2009, was originally called Aman Hotel, but later was rebranded as The Lodhi in 2012.
Featuring some of the most spacious rooms in Delhi, most of the rooms are elegantly designed with a private plunge pool or a private balcony or terrace. The Belle Époque Suite is an exception completely wrapped in French décor. Right from authentic antique pieces and damask silks to French Regency-style furniture, every inch of this room seems like a royal French palace.
The dining options include an eclectic spread of flavours. The main restaurant Elan offers a seasonal menu with regional Indian and Southeast flavours while Perbacco serves contemporary Italian cuisine infused with traditional flavours. It also has a dedicated wine cellar featuring over 100 labels from all over Italy.
The Leela Palace
Ranked as Asia’s second-best city hotel, The Leela is a lavish 5-star hotel that looks very much like a modern-day palace. Taking inspiration from the Mysore palace, every inch of this luxurious hotel exemplifies the grace and elegance of Lutyen’s Delhi.
The inside of the hotel has a colonial ambience with Regency-style décor and elaborate hand-woven rugs with intricate patterns that are laid out throughout the hotel. The rooms are all incredibly spacious and decorated with framed tapestries and Indian miniature paintings. A complimentary stocked minibar and butler service is also included to keep guests comfortable.
Guests can choose from a wide selection of cuisines right from French-Italian and Modern Indian in dining options to authentic Japanese and Asian wok-fried specialities. Guests can also hang in the Lobby Lounge enjoying freshly brewed coffee or tea with quick bites like scones and finger sandwiches, or grab a drink at the Library Bar, sipping on some of the most exquisite selection of wines, champagne and whiskeys.
The city’s most notable colonial-era hotel, The Imperial Hotel built in 1931 is an oasis of calm and comfort that is a representation of classic colonial décor. Situated in the heart of the capital, The Imperial is reminiscent of the halcyon days of the Raj. Interwoven in colonial elegance, the hotel dwells in old-world class and magnificence.
Maintaining the colonial theme on the inside as well, the rooms are luxuriously designed and with distinct interiors, adorned with dark wooden furniture and wall paintings, with a splendid view of the gardens and Atrium.
Housing award-winning restaurants with a varied culinary palette, the hotel serves delectable options like pan-Indian, Italian seafood dishes from Kerala and the Malabar Coast along with offerings from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.
Situated in the upscale area of Residency Road, the Ritz-Carlton is a posh but cosy hotel that is an ideal space for both business and leisure travellers alike, creating a unique balance between work and entertainment. Luxury, style, and elegance perfectly sum up the overall design of this exquisite hotel.
Featuring a spacious layout, the rooms and suites are elegantly designed with a distinctive, modern silhouette blended with traditional Indian designs. While none of the rooms come with a balcony, they do provide a beautiful, panoramic view of the city.
Offering a varied menu of delectable cuisines, guests can enjoy North Indian specialities at Riwaz or an extensive dim sum menu at Lantern. The hotel’s Lobby Lounge is also a great place to enjoy a special high tea while The Ritz-Carlton Bar features the finest selection of spirits, cognacs and wines with a selection of classic comfort foods.
Imbibed with timelessness, the ITC Windsor is a charming Palladian-style hotel in Golf Course Road that exudes the character of an old English manor. Divided into two wings— the Tower Wing and the Manor Wing, the Tower Wing is reserved for business travellers while the Manor wing is more traditional.
The rooms and suites are a perfect amalgamation of regal ambience and world-class luxury, mixed with Victorian décor. While the first floor of the Manor Wing is reserved for single women guests, the rooms on the second floor lead out onto a secret (Lancelot) garden, with sitting-out areas, lawns, and frangipani trees.
The hotel’s five elaborate restaurants specialise in various cuisines including North-West Frontier, international, Indian, Anglo – Awadhi and South Indian focusing on offerings from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Telangana. There is also a Fabelle Chocolate Boutique serving fine handcrafted curations with exotic flavours and ingredients.
A polished high-rise hotel in the business district of Bangalore, the Shangri-La provides a bird’s eye view of the city as well as of the magnificent Bangalore Palace. Decorated in hues of grey and beige, the hotel has a double-heighted lobby that provides a generous view of the entire city.
With abundant space and a graceful ambience, each room in the hotel is fitted with chic furnishings. Plush fabrics, elegant light fittings and eye-catching decorative artworks along with carpeted floors and modern amenities complete the ambience of the rooms.
An all-day dining option, the B Café, features open-theatre cooking stations serving Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and continental. Other than these guests can also enjoy Italian and pan-Asian dishes at the hotel’s different restaurants. The hotel also hosts an al fresco brunch with themed set menus and live grills every Sunday from 12 noon until 3 p.m.