The first planned city of India, Jaipur is a beautiful amalgamation of culture, history and modernity, making it, rightfully so, the capital of the land of Maharajas: Rajasthan. The pink city of India actually got its colour after Maharaja Ram Singh, got it painted in pink colour, which is symbolic of hospitality when the Price of Whales was visiting India.
That’s the extent to which the king went to, to please his guest, marking hospitality at its supreme. And the new JW Marriott property in Jaipur, promises to extend the same warmth, only topped with the comforts and luxuries of a 5-star hotel.
Drawing inspiration from the local decor, the resort features grand arches, bubbling waterways, detailed inlays and delicate jaali work, all throughout the property, further accentuated with delicate hand paintings and opulent chandeliers. It’s the attention to detail that makes one want to sit back and soak in the grandeur. The entire resort is done up in hues of white and royal blue along with an eclectic play of gold and silver, that adds vibrancy and serenity, with a mirth of sparkle.
The resort features 200 guest rooms, villas and suites, including Royal Terrace Rooms, Royal Courtyard Rooms and Royal Pool Villas with private plunge pools, as well as 2-bedroom Palace and Presidential Suites. I got myself the Royal King room that had a beautiful view of the courtyard, with the backdrop of the magnificent Aravali mountain range. A plush and comfort-filled king size bed, well-equipped room and a bathroom with a bathing tub, that opens to the room, perfect to enjoy the television while taking a soothing bath.
For F&B enthusiasts(like myself), they have devised five venues that will offer a range of experiences: Sukh Mahal, for modern world cuisine, Jharokha, an all-day coffee bar and lounge serving cocktails, Preet Mahal, a pool-side lounge with a selection of malts and cognacs, the rooftop Hawa Mahal, will serve barbeque and light Mediterranean cuisine and Mohan Mahal, that’ll serve authentic Rajasthani delicacies.
When I had visited, it was Sukh Mahal, the all-day dining option, that was at my disposal. Offering an array of dishes from the world cuisine, the restaurant had buffet breakfast, an a-la-carte menu for lunch and an a-la-carte menu and buffet for dinner. While the lunch, I’d say faired in the report card, it was the breakfast that I’d happily bet my money on. From Rajasthani dishes to typical North Indian to South Indian dishes to European, from healthy to calorie-laden, from fruits to cold cuts, there was everything. Sukh Mahal lived up to its name, ensuring that no palate goes dissatisfied.
The hotel also houses a well-equipped gym, spa, jacuzzi and a pool, where one could retire to relax and unwind. The resort has indoor and outdoor banqueting venues of over 52,000 square feet, featuring multi-functional event spaces equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual systems, including an 11,000-square-feet pillar-less Ballroom, making it the perfect destination for a family function or a grand wedding. What’ll top up your celebrations, like a cherry on the cake, would be the Chappan Bhog dessert buffet, that’ll comprise of 56 varieties of desserts. Think jalebi, sondesh, rasggulla, gulab jamun, burfi, paris brest, opera, meringue, tarts, mousse and more, and it’ll be there to please. For those who like things king-size, their dessert buffet is something that can add another jewel to your celebrations!
Owing to the well developed sweet tooth that I have, the dessert buffet came in as a dream, leaving me spoiled for choices. Hence, I decided to take it slow, and relished approx 19 of the desserts on display, while I sipped on to some wine and G&Ts.
Overall, my one-day stay at the property turned out to be fairly good: replete with great food and amicable hospitality.