Looking for an uber-luxurious way to bring in 2019? Well, these Indian hotels have some deals you don’t want to miss out on. By Gayatri Moodliar
1. Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa:
In the mood for mulled wine, eggnog, and other festive dishes? Then the Sheraton Grand is the place to be with its expert chefs waiting to spoil you at each one of the hotel’s dining options. Bid adieu to 2018 with a NYE party right by the bay with an extensive spread of delicacies and drinks and a live six-piece band performance by Rhapsody and DJ SUVI. It’s probably best to make your reservations now.
Cost (inclusive of taxes): Couple – INR 15,000; Individual: INR 10,000; VIP Cabana (6 people + sparkling bubbly) – INR 75,000
If you’re more into a tranquil brunch on New Year’s Day, The Sheraton’s offering that as well at The Reef, their 24-hour eatery that features an open kitchen.
Cost (exclusive of taxes): Without alcohol – INR 2,019; With alcohol – INR 3,019
Should you want to avail both, you could avail of their room packages that start from INR 49,000 and provide accommodation for a couple, along with an invite for the New Year Gala dinner (which you’ll attend and get unlimited drinks).
2. The Leela Palace, New Delhi:
From the moment you enter The Leela Palace in New Delhi, the atmosphere is charged and buzzing with festivities—partly because the moment you enter, there’s a gigantic gingerbread house, handcrafted by chefs through a process that took over 120 hours. Each outlet is offering its own spin on the New Year’s celebration with unique and equally enticing deals.
The Qube: If you’re into champagne buffets, bring in the New Year with one at The Qube; INR 9,500 ++
Le Cirque: For fans of Italian food, Le Cirque’s gourmet Italian cuisine is a pretty amazing final-meal-of-2018; Minimum spend per person – INR 8000 ++; Chef Table – INR 1,00,000++
Jamavar: Indian food takes the crown here. Make your reservation ASAP for a truly royal experience. Minimum spend per person – INR 6000 ++; Maharaja Table – INR 1,00,000 ++
Megu: Fancy some sake? Megu will be offering the finest of it, along with other delicacies. Minimum spend per person – INR 6500 ++
The Library Bar: If all you want are some good tunes to sway to and fantastic cocktails to sip whilst doing aforementioned swaying, then this is the place to start your countdown.
3. St. Regis, Mumbai:
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Ready to go to the penthouse floor? Dining at any one of St. Regis, Mumbai’s fine-dining outlets will give you exclusive access to the Penthouse Party, and they have a bevy of those for you to choose from: Yuuka, which offers an interactive sushi bar; one of Mumbai’s most celebrated Asian restaurants, By the Mekong; Luna, an European-themed outlet; The Sahib Room & Kipling Bar, the opulence of which will take your breath away; and Seven Kitchens, their all-day restaurant that’s perched on top of the property. Or, you could go all in and choose their immersive staycation package, which not only includes a gala dinner at Anais, but also offers entry to the New Year’s bash at Luna.
Cost: Rates begin at INR 27,500 for the staycation package.
4. The LaLiT, New Delhi:
With a tag line aimed at inclusivity, The LaLiT’s New Year celebration is clubbing gastronomic experiences with stay packages as well as a bash to bring in 2019. Each of the hotel’s restaurants is offering an unmissable dinner along with discounted spa deals, should you choose to stay the night. Pampering yourself right at the beginning of the New Year seems like the ideal way to start it.
Cost: Dinner packages start at INR 7,702.
5. JW Marriott, New Delhi Aerocity:
Raise a glass to 2018 at JW Marriott’s lounge bar Playground, where the carefully curated menu includes grills and barbecues and artisanal cheeses. It’s a place to unwind and bring in 2019 with a cheer you won’t forget.
Cost: INR 5,200 ++
6. The Park, Kolkata:
With a swinging live band and unlimited booze, Rosewood at The Park is going all out with its festivities—there’ll even be an emcee to make sure that everyone is having a good time. Should you want to indulge in a buffet, The Bridge is catering to all palates, and is even taking some Thanksgiving inspiration by laying out a roast turkey with cranberry sauce.
Cost: Rosewood – Couple passes – INR 8,000; The Bridge – INR 2,495 (with alcohol), INR 1,995 (without alcohol).
7. The Leela, Bengaluru:
From the moment you enter The Leela, Bengaluru, the atmosphere is charged and buzzing with festivities. Each outlet is offering its own spin on the New Year’s celebration with unique and enticing deals, while the Library Bar is the place to show your moves on the floor.
Cost: Le Cirque: INR 5,500 ++; Jamavar: INR 5,000 ++
For those wishing to turn the gourmet experience into a nightlong scene, packages clubbing the two are available at rates starting at INR 11,000.
8. Alila Diwa, Goa:
You can’t think about December travel plans without thinking about Goa, so why not end and start the year in luxury? The two packages they have on offer are for those who want to unwind and start making resolutions that probably involve more trips to Goa. You’d be staying in one of the property’s terrace rooms and partying at The Edge right after pre-gaming with a drink by the pool. Need we say any more?
Cost: Siesta Fiesta – INR 74,899 (plus taxes); Celebrate Goa – INR 84,999 (plus taxes)