It was time to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary and babymoon and I was searching for a good hotel package to have a great memorable time. I had just a week left and hadn’t still decided and that was when like a light at the end of the tunnel, Vivanta by Taj came up with the “Weekend Getaway Package” at Whitefield, Bangalore. The offer was too good to be true and we immediately grabbed it.
The reservations team was kind enough to allow an early check in. The hotel is located at the entrance of the International Tech Park (ITPL) and the architecture merges with the IT companies behind. The lobby has a classy touch and you mostly notice business travellers around. But from there, you start feeling at home with the warm welcome by the reception staff Rajesh and Sreekumar who quickly take care of the check in formalities and give an overview of the hotel before leading you to the room.
The room we chose was Superior Charm room which had a view of the lawn, IT companies and shopping mall nearby. It has all the facilities like wifi, home theatre system, mini bar, safe locker, iron board etc. Perfect for both business and leisure travel…
A couple spa was arranged for us which I had to opt out as I was pregnant. My husband took up the relaxation massage that involved a 60 minutes aroma oil full body massage followed by steam and sauna. He looked rejuvenated. What could be a better gift than this for his 5 long years of patience to deal with his wife’s tantrums?
When my husband was enjoying the spa, I walked around and came across the baker’s shop called Caramel. There were a few IT employees taking respite from their work and hanging out at this quiet and peaceful setting. There was wide range of pastries displayed but I restricted myself to chicken puff which was quite filling and yummy too.
We had still time left to get to the next agenda which was to go to the pub ‘Tease’. So we headed towards our room. On the way we met one of the housekeeping team members Nitu, who was quite excited to see my baby bump and started chatting with us. From the conversations she picked up the other reason of holidaying and started suggesting ways to celebrate anniversary. But I shied away as we were not used to such romantic ideas. But after an hour, there was a knock on the door and the hotel staff brought in a cake and a bouquet for us. I was too overwhelmed. Now when I do a flash back, it was more like a pose given when winning Miss Universe pageant, with flowers in one hand and the other hand fanning for air and eyes widened and a big smile trying to hold back tears of joy. I cut the cake and distributed it to the staff too. I couldn’t thank her enough for such a wonderful gesture that will be remembered forever.
So once I was able to recover from this surprise, my husband and I went to ‘Tease’ lounge. There was live music and the bartenders immediately attended to us. They had a good menu of cocktails and mocktails named very uniquely like “My wife is out of town”, “I lost my job” and so on. The ambience was really good to spend a silent evening. While we were sipping our drinks, we were told that our private dinner arrangement was done and we could go to the venue whenever we were ready.
I thought it would be a corner table in their Indian restaurant Terracotta but lo! it was actually a private dinner surrounded with flowers and candles with a chef for us with our very own choice of menu. The manager greeted us and apologized for the not so high profile arrangement since there was evening showers and the weather spoilt it. “Are you kidding me?” This entire set up was so romantic and perfect that I was dumbstruck and anymore decorations or attractions would have blacked me out completely. We had a nice barbeque prepared by Chef Thoufeek. When we had a little chat with him, I came to know that he wrote blogs on Calligraphy and Jewish History (visit his blog). Our server for the day Surojit was so nice and sweet and was there to attend to our requests and at the same time not invading our privacy. After having the main course which was a combination of Indian breads and non-veg curry, Surojit offered dessert. At first I hesitated in ordering dessert as my tummy had no space but when he brought in Chef’s choice of dessert which included carrot halwa, chocolate pastry and rose petal ice-cream, I got the motivation to tuck in more food inside. The dinner ambience really gave a good finishing touch to our anniversary celebration. We never had a candle light exclusive dinner before and this was something really different and a moment we may not get in years to come with the new member coming into our lives.
The next day morning I woke up smiling and I knew I still had the hangover of previous day’s royal experience. Our breakfast was at the restaurant called Latitude which had an array of Indian and International cuisine. It was good to find the staff again and was surprised to see them with the same zest and zeal in service.
We walked around to see the other amenities at the hotel which included an outdoor pool, gym, business centre, retail outlet and an exclusive VIP Lounge. Then went back to room again to relax. Meanwhile the housekeeping team arranged some fruits for me in the room so that I still eat healthy.
When it was time to check out, there came another surprise… A beautiful gift hamper from the hotel as souvenir. The entire package was worth every penny spent and more than that, it was the experience that lingered on which was priceless.
- The hotel is amidst the IT centre of Whitefield and has easy access to shopping malls, movie theatres, offices, restaurants, etc in that area.
- The dress code is mostly smart casuals.
- The lift access from basement car park to lobby is not good so it is better to give your vehicle for valet parking.
- The Superior Charm room may not be a good choice for a family with small kids as it is not so spacious and the bathrooms only have showers with no tub or water taps.
- You can opt for in-room movie experience and collect the DVDs from the reception.