SPECTACULAR STAYCATIONS: SWEET ESCAPE FROM REALITY

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

Feel pampered with luxe surroundings and doting service at Clarks Exotica Convention Resort & Spa

Established by Ronald Colaco, an Indian Businessman based in Dubai, UAE, Clarks Exotica spells opulence and vast spaces (spread over 70 acres) from the word go. Nestled in the lap of nature, this premier, luxury resort located against the picturesque Nandi Hills makes for an ideal staycation. Some of the art forms showcased here are so stunning that you want to simply ogle at them all day. M Balaji is the Chief Executive Officer at Clarks Exotica Convention Resort and Spa, Bangalore has two decades of experience in operations, events, business development, sales, management and marketing leadership roles and he is instrumental in not only establishing Clarks Exotica Convention Resort & Spa in the city, but also helping the resort grow multi-fold.

A walk through the hotel: The resort has 141 rooms, including villas, over 2 lakh square feet of banquet space, sport, activities and presidential suites. The rooms divided into three blocks – Luxuria, Olympus, Club House and Villas are designed for families, corporate outings or just a quiet weekend getaway. With muted interiors and state-of-the-art facilities, the rooms exude an aura of sophistication. A noble feature that makes them stand apart from the others is the add-on facilities for the specially-abled and people of all ages.

Signature Brand restaurants: Clarks Exotica has fine-dining spaces, coffee shops and cafes, offering varied cuisines. Led by Executive Chefs, Clarks Exotica offer special menus and packages designed exclusively for each season. The buffet and fine dining space named Ambrosia offers varied global cuisines. To fuel your caffeine addiction head to Buvette, the pool-side coffee shop or spend the weekend drinking the night away at Illusion, the pool-side bar.

Brand’s Signature elements and facilities: There are sports facilities like lawn tennis, cycling, mini-golf, squash, table tennis, indoor badminton, basketball, cricket and a cards room. The swimming pool has sections for adults and kids, and is equipped with a ‘pool bar’. The children have a special ‘kids zone’ and slides leading to the swimming pool. Eleven banquet halls, spread over 2 lakh square feet, high-tech board rooms, can accommodate corporate events, board meetings, large and small format events and weddings. The Ocean Convention Center is impressive because of its size. Names of other event spaces are Galaxy, Cosmo, Chambers, Summit, Senate, Imperium, Chancellor and Embassy. Everything spells big at Clarks Exotica. Spa, Salon & Fitness center is aptly named the Seventh Heaven and has 14 treatment rooms, offering Ayurveda, Western, Thai and Hydrotherapies.

Where: Clarks Exotica Convention Resort & Spa, Devanahalli Road, Hollywood Junction, Sadahalli Post, Swiss Town, Bengaluru. www.clarksexotica.com