LIFE

A lush green corner for a quiet getaway

IT IS a place for those who want to get away from it all and yet not be far away from the Capital's hub. Located next door to Qutab Minar, it can be called a resort with a difference as it has everything that takes to make a quiet week-end, a business meeting or a conference a memorable experience.

Indeed, the lush green environs and Spanish hacienda architecture at the newly-opened Tivoli Garden Resort spread across seven-and-a-half acres are enough to entice the visitor. And it has all the trappings of luxury including a king-size bed, luxurious bathtub in the room and a butler service. In-house dining includes a multi-cuisine restaurant named after the seaside resort town in Spain, Marbella, a very English pub called Trafalger's, a pastry shop and a tea lounge, Breadsmith.

A live band and an open display kitchen make the place come alive. The restaurant serves Italian, Continental, Oriental and Lebanese food. The pub, expected to be operational in a few days, would not offer loud music. Instead it would be a meeting place for the more serious clientele who like to discuss things over a drink or two.

A fitness centre and Ayurvedic spa will soon be coming up to make the place a complete rejuvenation centre. For children, the place has a recreational area and horse-riding facilities along with jogging and cycling tracks. The opulent interiors have been done up by the designer of ITC hotels, Sarabjit Singh, and landscaped by Belt Collins of Singapore.

A resort with an international feel, it is described a dream come true for its owners, Rohit Gupta and Puneet Gupta. The five banquet halls -- both indoors as well as outdoors -- do not intrude on the quietude of 35 suites in any way. The suites include a Tivoli suite, seven deluxe suites, 18 courtyard suites and 11 superior rooms. The deluxe rooms have latticed panels that can be unrolled to reveal a glass curtain that screens the bathroom area.

The courtyard suites are ideal if one wants a massage in privacy and yet be under the sky. As the name suggests, these rooms have a private courtyard that opens into a charming centre court that has a pool with a sunken bar and a colourful fountain to give the feel of a fairy-tale ambience after sunset. All in all, a place worth a try.....

By Our Staff Reporter