I am not a fan of road trips, they usually leave me tired. Also at least twice during any journey, I get a feeling that we barely escaped colliding! But the driver of my car from Jaipur Marriott was a real pro, I never felt that we would collide at any point in this trip!
So, it is a great testimony to the skill of the driver that I was not feeling like a nervous wreck when we arrived at the Jaipur Marriott.
I still arrived tried so it helped a lot that a person escorted me to my room and then asked for my Id card. But there were refreshing welcome drinks before that! Then as soon as I I managed to get my luggage I took my camera and started clicking pictures.
I had this entire big room to myself. What floored me was the floral decoration on the bed and my name monogrammed on the pillow cover! I enjoyed the fruits and I wish they left fewer cookies in my room. I am quite sure I gained two kg just on this single trip!
It was soon time for a late lunch at their all buffet style day dining restaurant Okra. The buffet spread was huge and had dishes from various parts of the world. Executive Chef Sahil Arora also joined us for lunch. Now I am not a foodie so I had very silly questions to put to him. I asked him about Sashimi on the table he explained the process quite patiently to me. I like it when celebrity chefs make you feel secure enough to ask silly questions!
After lunch I thought I would crash for an hour but then the only available free spa slot was in 15 minutes. I had a blissful one hour of Balinese Massage at the O2 Spa. I came back looking much better and relaxed than when I went in!
The dinner (much later) was their new done Lounge 18. It is a trendy night club and quite popular with the young crowd of Jaipur. To begin with I went with a safe choice of a red wine sangria which was good. I enjoyed the mushroom starters along with the numerous others that came my way. I ordered a Cosmos as my second drink which is vodka and cranberry based and I absolutely loved it. I think I am a vodka person after all!
Sudeep Sharma, the director of food and beverages and Rohit Dhar, the general manager of the hotel justifiably feel very proud of the success of the lounge. It was a Saturday night and by the time the tired me decided to call it a day, the place was full of young people for whom the weekend probably had just begin!
And if I thought that I had seen it all for the day, I was wrong. Right by my pillow were liquor chocolates and I could not resist eating one! It was a sweet way to end the day! Jaipur Marriott has an excellent cafe and bakery called the Jaipur Baking Company. All the chocolates and cookies to our rooms were supplied by them! It is headed by Chef Anil Dutt. He again was very kind and shared numerous stories about his days as a chef. He even told me about the time, when at the beginning of his career he burnt 6 trays of cookies!
After a good night’s sleep it was tome for a sumptuous breakfast again. Once again the spread is huge. Jalebis and the South Indian counters were my hot favorites. I was told that the puri and sabzi was also divine but then if I ate all that I would have gained 4 kgs! And if you think the post is going on and on about food, well that is what it is going to be!
My absolute favorite at the breakfast was the Kullad Wali Chai! They also had masala chach in kullad too.
It was one of those heavy breakfasts that told me that I need to go and stretch my legs immediately. I ended up by the pool area. The weather had turned cold so I could not use the pool though. It is on the basement level, quite close to the gym and the spa. After this stroll we headed out to the city and turned back only after shopping to our heart’s content in the evening. The evening offered a foot reflexology session at the O2 spa again.
Our dinner for the night was held Saffron, the Indian specialty restaurant. The chef in-charge was Paramjeet Singh Oberoi. His signature dish was saffron paneer which was excellent, it would just melt away in the mouth! The restaurant opens at 7.00 pm and closes at mid night. It features live music too.
I can’t remember last when I talked about food so much! At some point during the trip, I remembered that I went to Jaipur in 2010 last. I wonder how I let so much time pass without going to a city I love so much.
I just got back after spending an extended weekend at Jaipur Marriott. Sometime during the trip I realized with a start that I went back to Jaipur after four long years! I wonder how I let that happen! But I am back now after having an awesome time at the hotel and in the city but spa comes first!
As always I was working till Friday. I am so averse to packing that it had to be done last minute as usual. However, this time I managed to pack and wind up by 11.00 pm which is early by my standards. I had a 6.00 am start the next day.
Our meeting point was the Delhi JW Marriott in Aerocity where we had a quick bite before we started for Jaipur by road. Early mornings never agree with me and I was quite tired when we arrived. In fact, when I looked at the mirror a tired and lined face stared back at me.
After a late lunch, it was time to book an appointment at the O2 Spa. I tried to get a booking for 5.30 pm but all the slots were gone! I asked then if I could an appointment for 4.30 pm immediately and they had slots.
Within 5 minutes I was walking to the O2 Spa which is at -1 level of the hotel. My wait at the spa reception was pleasant. I settled down to choose a treatment.
I usually go for Aromatherapy as it smells nice but I decided to try the Balinese Massage this time. I was fresh offered orange juice while I was waiting. They offer facials, body wraps and many other treatments. The spa menu is available online.
The therapy room was soothing, done in Rajasthani colors. The steam room is also within the main room which was very convenient.
The massage was a sheer bliss, I could have actually fallen asleep. It was one hour (actually more if I include the steam and preparation time) of not doing anything, listening to music and getting thoroughly pampered.
Biniya was the name of the lady who was with me. She was really good and often asked about the room temperature and the pressure and if I was comfortable. The only trouble with me is that I am ticklish but we managed to sort it out after a few minutes.
After that hour of bliss, when I went back to my room and looked at my face in the mirror again it was more like my usual self! I actually quite enjoy spa pampering but I never thought it really makes any difference unless you live a balanced life anyway. But after the O2 experience at Jaipur Marriott I have to think again. I think that I feel fresh only after adequate sleep but here I was looking better after spending an hour in the spa without getting any additional sleep! Now that is some food for thought.
I was invited by Jaipur Marriott to spend the weekend with them. And it was a great weekend.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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