This New Year’s Eve stay at Lalit Hotel in Mumbai for a gamut of celebrations under one roof. Arabian dancing near the swimming pool, Ethnic flair at Baluchi, New York city bash at 24/7 cafe and restaurant, Mardi Gras drinks and food at Beluga and all night partying in makeshift Las Vegas at The Ballroom. Hop skip and jump from one continent to another within LaLit Mumbai. A new years eve like no where else!
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Savor the rich and spicy food of the Nizams with the Hyderabadi Food Festival at Baluchi, The Lalit, Mumbai from 20th November till 4th December.
Choose from an array of delicacies across both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare with starters such as Veg Dum Bhutte Ke Kebab, Zafrani Nizami Paneer, Hyderabadi Tandoori Aloo, Hyderabadi gosht seekh and Murg Ke Teekhe Tikke. The world famous, mouth watering hyderabadi biryani is an indispensable part of the main course. Shahi desserts like Dabal Ka Meetha, Khajoor Ka Halwa, Makhane Ki Kheer etc lend a perfect closure to the meal at the food festival.
Location: Baluchi, The Lalit Mumbai, Sahar Airport Road, Mumbai
For reservations: (022) 6699 2222
Timings: For Lunch from 1200 hrs to 1445 hrs
For Dinner from 1900 hrs to 2330 hrs.
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1. What do you do at the Lalit?
I’m the Sommelier here.
2. How long have you worked here.
I joined the Lalit a year ago and otherwise I’ve been in the wine industry for over a year and a half.
3. What do you like most about your job?
The best part about work is that it allows me to interact with guests directly. I also like the whole process of uncorking a bottle of wine and serving it to guests and talking to them about the wine.
4. What is the basis on which you recommend a wine to a guest?
For a guest who is trying it for the first time I usually suggest a sweet and aromatic white wine since the Indian palette is used to sweet flavours. But many of our guests are well traveled and are very knowledgeable about wine in general so I recommend something similar incase what they ask for is not available.
5. What sort of activities do you conduct at The Lalit to create more awareness about wine?
We have 3 wine cellars in the hotel and we organize an event at least once a month for our guests. At the bread bar in Baluchi we organize wine dinners where we pair different wines with Indian breads. Our privilege card holders are invited to these.
6. If you had to choose a wine that goes well with Indian food what would it be?
Shiraz of Australia goes very well with Indian food. It has the aromas of raspberry and strawberry and has a peppery and spicy taste.
7. What are your favourite wines?
If it’s white wine I like the Reisling, native to Germany, since it very versatile and can be paired with different types of food. As far as red wine goes I like the Shiraz from Australia, since it goes well with Indian food.
8. Any recommendations for wine this season?
The new world wines are very good and coming up in a big way. They are also priced lower than the French classics and are good value for money.
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Jaipur has long been a tourist attraction and arts and craft hub of India. Make a weekend trip to Jaipur to soak in the sights of heritage palaces, shop the vibrant garments and jewelery, and eat the traditional Rajasthani meal of Dal Baati Churma, Missi Roti and sweets galore of Ghevar, Feeni, Gajak, Chauguni ke laddu, and Moong Thal.
The recently open LaLiT Jaipur caters to all these desires. Make a trip over this weekend (8th & 9th September 2012) to this stunning property and enjoy a special package. Located very close to the airport, The LaLiT Jaipur is hosting a weekend of classical music performance by Piyush Raj & crew. Arrive in style from the airport in the hotel transfer and spend the night of Gazals and lavish dinner. Next morning, enjoy the breakfast buffet and a Spa treatment at the hotel Spa. Special discount of 10% at the Spa and laundry services for this weekend only.
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One of the most effective and might I add, enjoyable de-stressing routines by far, is to indulge in a relaxing spa treatment. There’s nothing like spending a few serene hours in the luxurious comforts of a spa being pampered and losing yourself in a blissful reverie. When it comes to choosing the best spa for such an indulgence, its difficult to look beyond Rejuve, the chain of spas at the Lalit hotels. It has something to offer for everyone, starting from Aroma, Ayurvedic and Herbal therapies to the signature Rejuve packages and body treatments.
I spent an afternoon at the Rejuve in The Lalit Delhi to try out the Rejuve Experience Scented with Mandarin, one of their many signature Aromatherapy packages.
When I arrived at the spa, I was directed to the steam room for a 10-mintue cleansing ritual. The shower and locker area adjacent to the spa is impressively clean and spacious, with a steam room, sauna, row of showers and a wall stacked high with fresh towels. After a quick shower I slipped into a pristine white bathrobe and was lead to the treatment/massage room.
Each room is a sanctuary with adjustable ambient light, a choice of soothing music and a private shower cubicle. As I lay down on soft and plush towels laid out on the massage bed, the soft-spoken therapist checked to see that I was comfortable with the temperature in the room, the light and music. Dollops of the tamarind and cane sugar scrub were rubbed onto my skin to exfoliate it.
The scrub can feel a little abrasive so it’s good to inform the therapist should you want it rubbed in gently. After a session of thorough exfoliation I took another shower to prepare for the deep tissue massage. You can substitute the deep tissue massage for an aroma massage if you prefer something less vigorous. 15 minutes into the massage I was already feeling so relaxed that I started dozing off, to awaken intermittently as she worked on nerves and muscles I didn’t know existed. The aroma oils were subdued and not over-powering and small whiffs of it stimulates your olfactory senses. After another hour of pure bliss, a soothing facial ensued. The facial ended with a cold towel dab, which woke me up instantly feeling refreshed. The session ended with a pot of their signature Rejuve green tea, served with honey. Time seemed to have passed by so quickly that I wished the whole experience had lasted longer. But I took comfort in the fact that they were other treatments to try, at another time! I had found a new refuge in an oasis of calm in the middle of the city.