Hotel Update: India Edition

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Suites at lebua New Delhi feature contemporary furnishings and sweeping views of Dwarka.

From its distinct culture, bursting with colorful customs and traditions, to its rich history dating back thousands of years, it’s no surprise that India is often at the top of many travelers’ vacation “wish-lists.” If you have clients headed to India, here a just a few brand-new hotels to consider.

Delhi lebua Hotels & Resorts, an international luxury hotel chain with properties in Bangkok and New Zealand, is expanding its portfolio with plans to open three to four properties in major cities across India. The first property, located in New Delhi, is set to open by the end of the year.

Located in Dwarka in West Delhi, the lebua New Delhi will feature 400 guestrooms and suites, each outfitted with modern amenities such as 300 thread count sheets, LCD TVs, complimentary WiFi and Bvlgari bath products. The property will also feature several dining options, including a high-end Indian restaurant, Pan Asian restaurant and rooftop dining venue. Other highlights include a lobby bar, a nightclub, an outdoor pool and a fitness center.

Nightly rates in December start at approximately $235. For more information, visit lebua.com.

Goa Earlier this month, the Grand Hyatt Goa opened along India’s west coast. The first Hyatt hotel to be located in vibrant North Goa, Grand Hyatt Goa is a contemporary resort and spa built in the architectural style of a 17th century Indo-Portuguese palace. Situated right on Bambolim Bay, this destination resort and spa is just over four miles from the capital city of Panaji and 20 minutes from the airport by car.

Spread across 28 acres of lush tropical gardens, the property features 314 guestrooms and suites, including a Royal Villa. Onsite amenities include seven restaurants and bars, an extensive outdoor pool complex and an indoor pool. At the 19-treatment room Shamana Spa at Grand Hyatt Goa, guests can indulge in a variety of Thai, Balinese and Indian treatments.

Rates start at $260 per night through November. Grand Hyatt Goa joins Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, located in South Goa. For more information, including nightly rates, visit hyatt.com.

Bangalore Taj Hotels is celebrating the opening of the newest member of its Vivanta by Taj collection—India’s Vivanta by Taj–Yeshwantpur in Bangalore. This third branded Vivanta by Taj hotel features 327 guestrooms and suites, signature restaurants and interior design elements that reflect the nature of India.

“Vivanta by Taj–Yeshwantpur was designed specifically for this exciting location,” says Deepa Misra Harris, Taj Hotels’ v.p. of marketing. “Yeshwantpur is emerging as a bustling business hub that links the new international airport to Bangalore’s newest corridor of development along Mysore Road, making it the ideal location for our newest Vivanta by Taj.” She adds, “From dramatic suites, to delightful dining options, to relaxing recreational opportunities, you will find everything in this hotel.”

Located just 22 miles from the new international airport, Vivanta by Taj–Yeshwantpur, features  three distinctive restaurants serving up everything from Lebanese dishes to wood fire pizzas, a bar, a 24-hour fitness center, a pool and the Jiva Spa.

For more information, including rates, visit vivantabytaj.com.