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
Indulge in spontaneous discoveries at Grand Mercure Bangalore
An oasis in the heart of Bengaluru’s plush Koramangala, Grand Mercure Bangalore is the perfect place to escape from the bustling commercial hub. The Hotel’s four brand pillars – the sense of greeting guests with a pleasant Namaste, the sense of food and beverage with Ragi Malt – a refreshing welcome drink, sense of wellness through Shirodhara beds and the sense of culture and discovery makes you never want to leave this oasis.
A walk through the hotel: The hotel has 126 suite-style rooms, each with designer kitchenettes and the option of a private balcony. The modern and spacious kitchenette in every room provides cookware that will inspire to whip up your favourite meal in case you want to try something on your own. Grand Mercure Bangalore is also an ideal place for solo lady travellers with a specially designated Princess Floor, for extra security and added amenities. A juxtaposition of contemporary and artistic touches add to the surreal feel. The spacious room is welcoming and stocked with a fruit platter. The hotel also has a late check-out of 3 pm so you can relax just a wee bit longer.
Signature Brand restaurants: Choose between the poolside restaurant – ‘By The Blue’ that serves delectable Indian delicacies or ‘12th Main’ – an all-day diner offering global cuisine. Sip on some refreshing drinks, innovative cocktails and revive your palate with the chef’s delectable appetisers and fabulous signature dishes; a perfect blend of freshest ingredients, veggies and meats under starlit sky overlooking the pool. Pamper yourself further with a candlelight dinner by the poolside. The Sunday Brunch is a gallimaufry of ambrosial delicacies dotted with fine salsa, samba music, chilled beverages and luscious desserts, besides live cooking stations barbeque grills, fish station, pasta station and a salad bar.
Brand’s Signature elements and facilities: All rooms are fully equipped with a well stocked mini-bar, flat satellite televisions, Wi-Fi router and DVD players to make your stay relaxing. Soothe your body, mind and soul with indulgent treatments at the spa, work out at the gym or unwind by the pool. The spa offers a wide gamut of soothing treatments to calm your mind, body and soul. If you feel like going on a work mode for a few hours during your staycation then the Hotel’s tranquil experience, with the 50-seater meeting room and web corner will help you finish your work faster.
Where: Grand Mercure Bangalore, 12th Main Rd, Koramangala 3rd Block, Bengaluru. www.grandmercurebangalore.com