Posted by: Raul Dias on April 06, 2015
The capital of India, may as well add another moniker—Party City—to its long list of sobriquets. From its well-stocked bars to ease away those “my favourite team lost” blues to exotic pampering getaways that are just a short detour away, Delhi delivers, and how!
One of the most exclusive and decadent PDRs (Private Dining Rooms) in New Delhi, Kimono at MEGU, The Leela Palace New Delhi should be your go-to place to dine and celebrate your team’s victory ensconced in sytle. Seating up to eight diners, Kimono’s doors and the glass chandelier are embellished with rich wooden lacquering—symbols of luxury in Japan. Chef De Cuisine, Yutaka Saito creates wonders like Salmon Tartare, Crispy ‘Kanzuri’ Shrimp, Hamachi Carpaccio and the silken Emerald Dadacha Edamame Soup. Interestingly, each dish at MEGU is presented in a specially-designed handcrafted plate or bowl inspired by the dish itself.
Overlooking the manicured expanse of The Claridges Garden and the tree lined vistas of Lutyens’ Delhi, The Claridges Suite is a space meant for luxurious indulgence perfect for the hedonist in you! The ultra-luxe suite features an elegant bedroom, a stylish living room with an attached guest powder room. The bed room furnished with the best of mattresses, bed linen and a choice of pillows leads to a separate dressing area that is extremely spacious and to an Italian marble finished bathroom that is equipped with luxurious, modern amenities including a Jacuzzi. The living room with a separate sitting, dining and work area is ideally suited for entertaining post match. (www.claridges.com)
IPL on a plate!
Moonshine Cafe & Bar, New Delhi. ‘Moonshine’, a name which can be traced back to the 1920s American concept of distilling liquor at night “by the light of the moon” during the Prohibition era, is the city’s newest and hippest café and bar. Located in the capital’s popular Hauz Khas Village, this newbie comes with an excellent location and experience for its patrons, different from the usual, run of the mill entertainment that New Delhi usually offers. At Moonshine there is a choice of tipple for every occasion – whether you’re in the mood for a fanatical ‘Irish passion’, a charming ‘Charlie Chaplin’, or the very unscrupulously named ‘The Liar’s’, the ‘Moonshine Specials’ on the menu have all the ingredients for a great night out. And if you are inquisitive about the food by now, expect to be pleasantly surprised with quirky interpretations of cheese and jalapeno croquettes, moonshine sliders and beer batter fish are just some of the revelations on the menu to be enjoyed with your drinks. The main course offers solace for those looking for comfort with the signature Moonshine kheema pao, mushroom risotto and fish steak along with a range of delightful pizzas and pastas.
Fly down to idyllic Jaisalmer with your special someone for a cricket breather and indulge yourselves to the hilt with a spot of couple pampering at The Rait Spa at the majestic Suryagarh hotel. The ultra-luxe half day long ‘The Union’ couples’ spa treatment that is offered here is hedonism personified. Imagine the two of you being whisked off in the cool confines of a luxurious sedan to the neighbouring sand dunes after a light, leisurely lunch at the hotel. Once at the exclusive spot in the desert, you will be greeted by the strains of the Manganiyar folk singers belting out songs that speak of love and longing, as the colourfully-dressed Kalbeliya dancers sway to their tunes.
A special spa tent will be erected that will have all the mod cons for your convenience. The treatment itself will be customised to your preferences and unfolds with a seven step ritual. Starting with the rose petal strewn foot bath with therapeutic sea salt, each progressive step claims to usher in a new experience using disparate sensory tools from the desert sand and rounded pebbles to flower petals and warmed herbal poultices steeped in milk to ease the stress and strain way.
This will be followed by the two-hour long tandem massage using essential oils like neroli and vetiver (khus) with a combination of long strokes using the therapist’s arms and elbows and gentle pressure point stimulation. And after a romantic Jacuzzi bath following the massage, the two of you will partake in a private four-course twilight champagne dinner while the setting sun dissolves into the craggy horizon.
This outdoor sensory extravaganza will set you back by a cool Rs.61,000. (www.suryagarh.com)
Likely to exchange high-fives with: The Gandhis, the Nandas, the Gujrals all turn out en masse to cheer on their teams.
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