In one of the 287 rooms, there was a bride getting ready for her wedding at the hotel that evening. The guests must have been recovering from the hangover of celebrations the evening before. Some were strolling around the spacious, vibrant lobby while some must have opted to go for recreational activities near the hotel. Even as ladies at the salon must be adorning the bride in loveliest of colours, wedding organizers were busy embellishing the lawns in pink and golden hues. We couldn’t help but sit and take a while to admire the venue being emblazoned like a new bride.
Reflecting the spirit of its idyllic neighborhood, Surajkund, the hotel’s design is based on the concept of a stepwell. The lobby, where we were sitting, seemed like the water bed – the coolest part of a stepwell.
By the time the sounds of band, baaja and baraat started, we had rested well in our gorgeous suite. Like curious teenagers, we went to our balcony to take a look at the procession. The view was magnificent. We weren’t the only distant spectators to the gorgeous wedding that evening. Aravalli hills, right in front of the hotel, too seemed to be viewers of the spectacle. We rushed to the other side of the suite to see the venue (lawn) decked up marvelously, waiting to witness the couple exchange vows for a lifetime.
Isn’t finding an awe-inspiring venue the most important step in making dreams of a fairytale wedding come true? Vivanta by Taj Surajkund has not just that but all the steps you are required to take!
ultimate bet. An enormous, pillar-less and a spacious room with an extensive three-sided pre-function area, is the largest available venue here and can accommodate up to 800 people.
Incorporated with multiple rooms and an exclusive package for weddings, the hotel ensures impeccable service to its people and if you are planning out on an elaborate sit-down wedding dinner and dance for your reception, there is a 10,000 sq feet lawn space that would be the ideal locale. There are also two rooms that can accommodate up to 90 guests each for smaller functions.
The hotel has varied choices for food. Paranda, the specialty restaurant, features an abundance of the robust fare of Punjab. Oasis, the all-day dining venue caters to your whims, and Easy, the lounge bar, offers heady cocktails and lounge music. Chef Ganesh Joshi, Executive Chef assures that the catering services at weddings excel in a wide variety of themed cuisines, ranging from continental, oriental, fusion and many more. Food and drinks counters offering a fare range of street food, Thai specialties, a kabab station and ice cream and kulfi area, encircling the pool is a guarantee for a gastronomic and lip- smacking experience.
In keeping with its philosophy of providing guests ‘imaginative experiences’, Vivanta has worked on several new initiatives at the property. The Jiva Grande Spa is one of them. Spread across 18,500 sq ft the spa with the design inspired by the ancient Indian Baoli, the spa is truly grand.
The signature therapies use the ancient Indian healing ethos and promise complete rejuvenation. There are distinct heat & water experiences to ease the body, mind and soul. The steam room, for instance, has a starlit ceiling to give the experience a meditative feel. Beside the sauna is an ice fountain to refresh your senses.
While the entire space has an exclusive feel, there are two suites – the Jiva Bliss suite and the Jiva Indulgence room. For romantics, we suggest taking Soma therapy with your groom-to-be in the suite. The therapy promises to be as romantic as possible with candles and champagne! (Cost: Rs 10500 plus taxes)
While you may or may not choose to indulge in a romantic session, what I highly recommend is the Shringaar treatment, designed to give you that much desired bridal glow. The steps followed in this treatment are exactly what your grandmother must have advised you to undertake at home. However, the experience of getting pampered here is extraordinary!
The experience begins with a relaxing foot bath infused with oils of rose, jasmine and mogra. What came next was something unusual. A small aarti – Aukshan “for removal of evil eye or any negativity”. The idea is to set the mood for a bridal ritual. The therapist then explained me about the next step – Ayurvedic ubtan or scrub. “A gentle full body skin exfoliation is symbolic of leaving behind the old life and preparing for the new,” my therapist explained. The chickpea flour (besan) mixed with sandalwood, saffron, turmeric, basil and fuller’s earth (multani mitti) works as an excellent potion to fight all skin issues. The paste was applied to my body in firm strokes to exfoliate dead skin. The cooling effect of the blend and its invigorating aroma also soothes your mind.
Then follows the ritual that makes you feel like a princess: bath with hot milk and rose petals. It’s impossible to not fall in love with your detoxified and silky skin after this!
The treatment doesn’t end here. What follows is a deeply relaxing aromatherapy massage using signature oil blends of your choice from Jiva’s product line. The hour long deep-tissue body massage and a fabulous head massage transported me into a world of no thoughts and care. Just what you will need as a bride!
After a shower, the therapist ended the treatment with a beautiful ritual: a second aarti while handing me a little gift of bangles and mogra strands. “This is a small blessing and wish for a happy married life,” she said.
Cost of the therapy: Rs 9550 + taxes. Must be taken 3-5 days before the wedding.
Our stay at Vivanta by Taj Surajkund made me feel like a bride all over again. The experience was truly delightful. Be it the required facilities or cordial hospitality, the hotel promises to leave no stone unturned to make your wedding truly special.
The article was first published in Wedding Vows magazine.