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The Oberoi Bengaluru

locationSivanchetti Gardens

    Do A Staycation Right Here On MG Road Amidst A Tropical Paradise At This Iconic Hotel

    Amrita posted on 28 February

    Ten-Second Takeaway

    The Oberoi will make you forget that you are right in the middle of the busy MG Road. With lush tropical gardens, classy rooms, and specialty restaurants, this is a city retreat perfect for a weekend staycation.

    Room With A View

    If you are like me, you wouldn’t want to escape every weekend to a nearby hill station. Staycations are my jam. Bring in some room service, a session at the spa and a swim with a big, fat breakfast and I am a happy monkey. So when I was invited for a weekend staycation at The Oberoi, literally 15 minutes from home, I gladly took up the offer. A chauffeur driven car came to pick me up sharp at 10am, and within 20 minutes I was at the hotel. After a quick check-in and a room tour, which included a double bedroom with a shiny bathtub, and balcony with a view to kill for, I quickly went down for a stroll through The Oberoi’s lush tropical gardens.

    The best thing about the classy rooms at The Oberoi is that none of them face outwards towards MG Road or traffic. Instead, they face inwards, where once you step into the balcony {all rooms come with a balcony}, you can not miss the lush green lawns, trees and a pool peeking out below. The entire property was actually planned around a couple of rain trees that still stand testimony to time. One of them is even 150 years old. An elegant writing desk, and all possible modern amenities {including WiFi and plug-in television}, and you can step out for a break and even take your tea at the balcony. The hotel has tied up with the Karnataka electricity board and uses electricity powered by windmill energy.

    Hot Tropics

    We were taken for a quick walk around the property and were told that hotel was designed by Singapore-based architect Richard Tan, who brought in his South East Asian sensibilities with sturdy tropical plants {100 species}, plenty of water bodies and koi fish. If you love, the garden, then you will like to eat your lunch at Rim Naam {the Thai restaurant}, which is located in it. Try the Som Tam here and the steamed fish, and don’t forget to order yourself a Molten Chocolate cake or bitter chocolate ice cream for dessert.

    Spa Times

    Post lunch, and a little snooze, I went down to the spa, where you can pick from a range of luxurious massages and treatments. Try their revitalising Body Therapies which include a Classic Hungarian body wrap or an alphonso mango and sugar scrub. Or you can go for Thai or Balinese style of head, shoulder and back massages. The spa also offers longer {two and a half hours} Ayurvedic rituals and luxurious facials.

    Spa done, now it was time for a quick shower and rushing to do cocktails at The Oberoi’s Presidential Suite {yes, we have access like that}. The suite comes with its own lawns on the first floor of the hotel and butler service. Between drinking guava chilli mojitos, nibbling on sea salt and honeyed almonds, and tucking into some fantastic starters, we admired the view with one of the property’s massive Rain Trees, now all lit up.

    New Menu

    As part of its 25th year celebration, The Oberoi has brought back its inaugural menu from 1992. Available on request, the menu is a modern reinterpretation of the older version. We started dinner with an amuse bouche of a pop rock candy-inspired shots with dehydrated berries, prunes, olives, and macerated grapes with feta cheese. This was followed by Avocado rocks served with prawn floss {a nice interpretation of the original fantail prawns and avocado mousse}. This was followed by a 25-hour slow cooked chicken with caramelised chantrelles and egg yolk caviar. The menu also includes dramatic and Insta-worthy desserts like the frozen white chocolate-berry ice cream, dehydrated dark chocolate mousse and a smouldering bitter chocolate cigar with edible ash.

    With all that food in the tummy and a hot bath tub session later with Forest Essential goodies {specially blended for the hotel}, it was sweet dreams all the way till Sunday breakfast the next day, post which we checked out of our wonderful staycation.

    The writer was invited to The Oberoi.

    The Oberoi is running a weekend offer for a two nights stay at INR 9,500 plus tax for a couple. The second night is at half the price inclusive of internet. This offer is valid until December 31, 2017. This package is available only via direct bookings either with the hotel at reservations.tobl@oberoihotels.com or through their website here www.oberoihotels.com

     

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    locationSivanchetti Gardens

    37-39, MG Road, Sivanchetti Gardens, Bengaluru

      Hotels

      The Oberoi Bengaluru

      locationSivanchetti Gardens