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The Heavenly Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces

written by | Posted on October 1st, 2010

At the more than 60 Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces sprinkled throughout India—with even more properties throughout the world—top-notch service, modern luxury and warm Indian hospitality come together to create something truly enchanting. These otherworldly five-star properties offer an eclectic bag of accommodation options, each one offering something genuine and soul-filled—there’s one made of white marble and seemingly dropped from the heavens in the middle of a lake, while another is comprised of bungalows and tucked away within magnificent gardens. Each and every one, though, is a magical gem that exudes luxury even in the most minute details.

Case in point is The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, which this past August reopened the doors to its historic 285-room heritage wing, and it’s proving to be even more extraordinary this time around. Guestrooms and luxury suites were redesigned and now include 161 newly restored Luxury Grand Rooms with residential-style interiors and adorned with Rajput bay-windows that frame views of the Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea, the courtyard pool or the bustling city. Plus, there are 82 newly restored Taj Club rooms with richly polished rosewood floors, soaring ceilings with beams and arches and a mahogany bed with an arched headboard. There are also 42 Luxury Suites, including 15 themed Grand Luxury Suites such as the 2-bedroom Maratha Suite, a new guest experience.

New services for Palace Wing guests include 24-hour butler service; at-airport butler assistance; daily access to a new ground floor Palace Lounge adjacent to the Grand Staircase with complimentary beverage and food services for all guests, and cocktails and wine for Taj Club and Suite guests, as well as Internet work stations and dedicated concierge service; complimentary breakfast and high tea in the Sea Lounge; and one-way airport transfers for Taj Club and Suite guests, among other offerings.

Of course, there are also the award-winning restaurants, bars and special event spaces that loyal guests have come to know and love and which have been reinvented by noted designers, as well as the extensive collection of art, which was acquired over 100 years and which, fortunately, was saved from critical damage during the terrorism attacks two years ago, although they did need painstaking restoration.

But not one to rest on its laurels, the Taj has yet another gem up its sleeve—the Taj Falaknuma Palace in the city of Hyderabad, which opens this month. This palace, whose name means “mirror of the sky”—the name says it all—is a 60-room private palace that offers guests a glimpse of the Imperial lifestyle of the Nizams who once governed the city of Hyderabad. Nestled amidst verdant gardens, all uniquely themed, this palace property is a blend of Italian and Tudor architecture made entirely of Italian marble and filled with priceless art and artifacts.

Accommodations run the gamut from Luxury rooms facing the central courtyard and the city, to the Grand Presidential Suite, with its own pool, exclusive access to the Jiva Grande Spa and personal butler. Dining experiences are also a delight with a selection of royal Hyderabadi specialties as well as Italian and Mediterranean-styled cuisines, not to mention high tea. Guests can also indulge at the property’s Palace Library, the Hookah Room, the Billiards Room, at the Jiva Grande Spa or by taking a palace historic walk led by a palace historian.

For more information on these and other Taj properties, visit tajhotels.com.