The British actor has her favourite hotel in London, where she comes back to work now and then
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OT: Favourite hotel in the world?
Suniel Shetty: I would have said that it was this totally lovely hotel we stayed in when we went to Ladakh. It was in Leh, not a very big place, and its simplicity matched that amazing landscape so... well but, unfortunately, I can’t remember its name. So, I guess, my absolute favourite hotel would have to be the Hard Rock Hotel in Bali (bali.hardrockhotels.net). We like going anywhere in Southeast Asia — it could be Bali or Bangkok, anywhere at all. It’s difficult for me to remember all the hotels in which we have stayed, but one place that really does come to my mind is this hotel in Bali.
OT: Last visited?
Suniel Shetty: I think we must have gone about a year or a year-and-a-half ago, and I think we stayed for a week, or perhaps it was for eight or nine days.
OT: The experience?
Suniel Shetty: I remember some things particularly — such as, right after you enter the reception, there is a bar. It is as if the reception itself is a bar, and a band plays on top of the bar! We were there over the Christmas and New Year break and the holiday atmosphere was terrific, and made the whole experience even better. Also, it was matched by some really great hospitality. The kids were really very thrilled with the whole thing. It was the ideal sort of place for us — there was a lot of music, a whole lot of fun, it was beautiful and the kids had a great time.
OT: The food?
Suniel Shetty: The food was very good.
OT: The hotel’s USP?
Suniel Shetty: What is really nice about the hotel is that it has one of the most beautiful swimming pools I have ever seen. It’s very Bali, the whole ambience. Not only did the Hard Rock Hotel have a very beachy kind of atmosphere, but even the swimming pool was like that. Of course, I can think of far more beautiful hotels that I have seen but I loved this concept because it was so happy.
OT: Repeat visit?
Suniel Shetty: Yeah, sure, I would like to go back but I can’t say when it will happen.
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