SPECTACULAR STAYCATIONS: AN OASIS IN A BUSY WORLD

Want a break from the mundane? Staycation is the way to go. A lot of Bengalureans are now taking an uplifting break from their spazzed out schedules and indulging in rejuvenating getaways in their own city, soaking in the luxuries to unwind and rejuvenate for the work week ahead and also taking day trips to local attractions nearby over long weekends. RITZ Magazine recommends these stylish staycation hotspots in Bengaluru’s mushrooming selection of business, leisure and boutique hotels making them a personal favourite with the upbeat locals.

BY NAMITA GUPTA

Sleep comfortably, work effectively, eat gloriously and play enjoyably at The Den, Bengaluru

Combining the right blend of service, luxury and quiet efficiency, this state of the art luxury hotel is not only perfect for millennials and globetrotters, but also urban, savvy Bengalureans who like to enjoy the finer things in life. Located in the IT hub of Bengaluru, The Den Bengaluru’s contemporary design reflects the innovative and progressive elements that make modern-day Bengaluru come alive. The spacious rooms offer a spectacular view of the bustling city and are perfect for working and relaxing. True to its name, The Den, part of the Israeli hotel chain, The Dan Hotels, makes for a great meeting point for industry stalwarts and staycationers.

A walk through the hotel: Vinesh Gupta, General, Manager, a thorough gentleman and an avid hotelier, takes us around the suave pad of comfort that combines rich local traditions with renowned contemporary touches and a fresh perspective on world-class service. With 226 rooms, suites, 25 floors, state-of-the-art facilities, a delectable array of delicious dining options, proximity to the IT parks and business and residential districts of Bengaluru makes The Den the smartest and ideal choice for a staycation and for both business and leisure travellers.

Signature Brand restaurants: The culinary draw is the dining restaurant The Creek that whips up authentic Indian and world cuisines with equal panache under the aegis of the Executive Chef, Kapil Dubey and his culinary team. The global rich culinary legacy is evident in each of the dishes that are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. A modern mix of traditional classic European design opening its arms to the lush green al-fresco seating with a water-stream around it (which gives its name) boasts of a spread that is not only lavish and expansive, but also extremely fresh, with an exhaustive range of lip-smacking starters, salads, main course and desserts. The Den Drunch — “drinks, brunch, lunch;” as the name implies, is the perfect place for a drinkable, liquid lunch— every Sunday, at The Creek. The Nest Bar and Lounge is a trendy bar serving exciting drinks and exclusive bar nibbles. Soon to be opened, Layla, the rooftop speciality signature restaurant brings the exotic Mediterranean Cuisine to your table under the night sky.

Brand’s Signature elements and facilities: Beyond the regular features, like free Wi-Fi, gymnasium, a terrace swimming pool, there were a handful of other add ons that caught my attention- a 15-seater Cinema Theatre called The Cave, that doubles up as a conference room, gaming section called The Play House with a gaming console for Pac-Man and 100 other games, two separate rooms with Wii and Playstation 4 and a pool and billiards table. The Cold Press is a quick, convenient place for healthy juices. There’s also Cold Press for some revitalising drinks and super foods and The Deli for a full-service bakery. What tops it all is The Sanctuary Spa with rooms inspired from names of butterflies like Orange Tip, Red Admiral and Purple Emperor and the Sanctuary Bespoke Balancing relaxing massage with aromatic oils will detoxify your muscles and leave you feeling light as a butterfly.

Where: The Den Bengaluru, ITPL Gate, 3 & 4, ITPB Main Rd, KIADB Export Promotion Industrial Area, Whitefield, Bengaluru. www.denhotels.com