As the year draws to a close and the holiday spirit takes hold, the call to immerse oneself in a revitalising staycation grows more compelling than ever before! India, adorned with a variety of landscapes and cultural riches, offers a selection of high-end staycation retreats that diverge from conventional norms, ensuring a memorable festive escape. In this article, Ar. Khozema Chitalwala, the Founder & Principal Architect of Designers Group, shares his expertise in creating exceptional hospitality spaces through examples of India’s most stunning locations ideal for a festive retreat.
Mumbai: Maximum City, Maximum Life
Mumbai, often called the ‘City of Dreams,’ is a vibrant metropolis blending urban sophistication with coastal charm. For those in pursuit of a luxurious staycation within the heart of this dynamic city, there exist opulent choices that redefine the concept of luxury. Highlighting this aspect, Khozema mentions ‘Fairfield By Marriott’, recently executed by Designers Group, a project that is characterised by a minimalistic and contemporary design language, skillfully incorporating the cultural and local influences of the surrounding region. The rich heritage of Mumbai undoubtedly weaves a captivating design story and serves as a strong inspiration for the hotel.
Haridwar: A Spiritual Oasis of Tranquility
For those seeking a spiritual getaway, Haridwar, nestled on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, is an ideal choice. Known for its ancient temples, ghats, and the enchanting Ganga Aarti, Haridwar affords a serene respite from the demands of everyday life.
Khozema underscores the vital need to create spaces that blend with the spiritual atmosphere of Haridwar. He elucidates, “The integration of elements inspired by the city’s rich cultural and religious heritage is imperative. Staycation experience should be such that it effortlessly fuses modern luxury with traditional aesthetics.” Executed by Designers Group, The Pilibhit House, an enchanting hospitality project, provides a regal experience of contemporary charm within a boutique-inspired context. Furthermore, this stunning property authentically embodies the aura of the city and its spiritual vibes, alongside integrating sustainable practices and modern adaptations throughout the design.
Jaipur: A Royal Affair in the Pink City
The Pink City, celebrated for its architectural grandeur, undergoes a magical transformation into a captivating spectacle adorned with festive lights and immersed in the winter charm, creating an enchanting weekend retreat. “For the stay, one can explore Devi Ratn, one of the cherished projects of Designers Group positioned against the stunning backdrop of the Aravalli hills. With a design deeply rooted in the local context, featuring geometric elements, and providing surreal experiences, Devi Ratn stands out as a hidden treasure for travellers seeking the allure of Rajasthan,” Khozema suggests. Moreover, the well-appointed rooms and suites at Devi Ratn boast opulent furnishings, creating an ethnic setting that complements the cultural richness of Rajasthan.
In essence, these high-end staycation paradises redefine hospitality, offering gateways to holistic and culturally enriching sojourns. As we bid adieu to the year, let these retreats stand as invitations to a world where luxury meets tradition and each stay unfolds as a celebration of India’s diverse landscapes and cultural richness. Here’s to a festive season teeming with unforgettable experiences and the promise of new beginnings!