Hospitality & Hotels

A view of the Trident Hotel, one of the targets in the 26/11 terror attacks, on the 11th anniversary of the gruesome incident, in Mumbai.

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Security outside J W Marriott where Congress MLAs have been shifted, in Andheri, Mumbai.

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Security outside Lalit Hotel where Shiv Sena and NCP MLAs have been recently shifted, in Andheri, Mumbai.

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The hotel where Shiv Sena MLAs have been shifted amid the ongoing uncertainty over government formation and fear of switching sides, in Mumbai. Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday passed a resolution, authorising party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take a "final decision" on government formation in Maharashtra.

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In this aerial photo released by Xinhua News Agency, shows the Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel in Songjiang district of Shanghai, east China. The 18-story hotel has been built into the side of a huge hole in the ground left by a former pit mine with sixteen of its floors below ground level.


The 105-story pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel is illuminated as the night falls in Pyongyang, North Korea. Construction of the capital city's most conspicuous landmark, began in 1987 but the work has not been completed and it has never hosted any guests.

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39 Nepali girls rescued from a hotel in Paharganj by a joint team of the Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) and the city police, in New Delhi.

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Flames rise from the building of Hotel Virat International after a major fire broke out, in Lucknow.

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Fire personnel near Hotel Virat International where a fire broke out, in Lucknow.

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Charred remains of Hotel Virat International which caught fire, in Lucknow.

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A child receives treatment at Lala Lajpat Rai, a state-run hospital where five elderly patients died due to alledged AC plant failure, in Kanpur.

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The fate of the hotel on Delhi’s Man Singh Road had been uncertain for seven years

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik shakes hands with Ratan Tata during MoU signing ceremony between Odhisa state government and TATA Trust to setup Tata memorial hospital at secretariat, in Bhubaneswar.

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Protesters project a sign on the Trump International Hotel in Washington to protest President Donald Trump.

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Protesters project a sign on the Trump International Hotel in Washington to protest President Donald Trump.

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The Loews Regency Hotel is seen in New York. Federal agents raided the office of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels. Besides Cohen's office, agents also searched a hotel room at the Loews Regency where he's been staying while his home is under renovation.

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Burn damage can be seen on the exterior of the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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A local rests in the hospital after being injured by shelling allegedly caused from the Pakistan side at the India-Pakistan international border at Pindi Camp in Arnia Sector about 40km from Jammu.

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Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge receives two teddy bears from patient Eva as she arrives to visit Great Ormond Street Hospital to officially open the Mittal Children's Medical Centre, home to the new Premier Inn Clinical Building in London.

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Family members of a fire in Marol area at the Cooper Hospital in Mumbai.

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Shabnam Guest House, one of Dawood Ibrahim's properties which were up for auction under Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (SAFEMA) Forfeiture of Properties Act at the IMC Chamber in Mumbai.

PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad

Vietnamese policemen stand guard at the Hyatt Regency Resort Da Nang in Danang, Vietnam, where U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to stay as he attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Danang.

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

A firefighter walks at a burnt building following a fire at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar. A fire has nearly destroyed the luxury teakwood hotel popular with foreigners in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon.

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A fire burns at a Hilton hotel in Santa Rosa, California. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned.

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An investigator works in the room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where a gunman opened fire from on a music festival in Las Vegas. The gunman killed dozens and injuring hundreds at the festival.

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The Mandalay Bay resort and casino, right, overlooks an outdoor festival grounds across the street, left, in Las Vegas. Authorities said Stephen Craig Paddock broke the windows on the casino and began firing with a cache of weapons, killing dozens and injuring hundreds at a music festival at the grounds.

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Drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino, on the Las Vegas Strip following a deadly shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas. A gunman was found dead inside a hotel room.

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Relatives of the stampede victims near the mortuary of a hospital in Mumbai.

PTI Photo by Shashank Parade

Seriously injured Mohammad Maqbool Parrey, father of slain BSF Jawan Rameez Parrey being treated at a hospital in Srinagar. Rameez was killed by militants in an attack at his home in which three of his family members including his father were seriously injured.

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Like a cavalryman surveying a field before battle, Amruda Nair, heir to the Leela Group of hotels founded by her grandfather, the late Captain C.P. Krishnan Nair, has found her opening. She recently launched Aiana, a hotel chain operating in both India and the Middle East.

Police officials and hotel staff stand at the entrance of a hotel where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to host a dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Ahmadabad.

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New Beauty houseboat

Photograph by Javed Ahmad

French urban climber, Alain Robert, also known as "French Spiderman", scales the 120 meters (393 ft) Melia Barcelona Sky Hotel in Barcelona, Spain.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the dedication ceremony of Kiran Multi-Super Speciality Hospital & Research Center, in Surat.

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M.S. Oberoi (1898-2002)

A Banksy wall painting showing Israeli border policeman and Palestinian in a pillow fight is seen in one of the rooms of the "The Walled Off Hotel" in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The owner of a guest house packed with the elusive artist Banksy's work has opened the doors of his West Bank establishments to media, showcasing its unique "worst view in the world." The nine-room hotel named "The Walled Off Hotel" will officially open on March 11.

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An ambulance and fire trucks are seen outside the Masquerade Tower at the Rio Hotel & Casino after reports of smoke coming from the 21st floor led to guests being evacuated, in Las Vegas. The Rio casino in Las Vegas scrambled to find alternate lodging for guests Thursday after a power outage led to the evacuation of 900 rooms just before the busy New Year’s Eve weekend, officials said.

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India’s first boutique hotel awards, an initiative by Outlook Trave­ller to pick out the best among the niche and stylish hospitality sector, was held at a Mah­abali­puram resort. An eminent jury pic­ked the win­­ners in 20 categories.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with members of the Indian community at his hotel, Hanoi in Vietnam.

PTI Photo by Vijay Verma

Afghan police block a road leading to the site of an explosion, in Kabul, Afghanistan. A strong explosion took place early Monday near a guesthouse for foreigners in Kabul, an Afghan police official said.

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Afghan police block a road leading to the site of an explosion, in Kabul, Afghanistan. A strong explosion took place early Monday near a guesthouse for foreigners in Kabul, an Afghan police official said.

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In this grab taken from video by Associate Press Television, the scene of an attack on a hotel, in Ouagadougou. Attackers struck an upscale hotel popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital late Friday, fueling the recent political turmoil in the West African country. Three hours later, gunfire could still be heard as soldiers in an armored vehicle finally approached the area.

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A view of Taj Mahal hotel which was targeted during the 26/11 terror attack in 2008 in Mumbai.

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Onlookers gather near the Radisson Blu hotel after gunmen stormed the building in Bamako, Mali.

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Security personnel, attend close to the scene of an attack on a hotel in Bamako, Mali.

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Security force personnel escort people fleeing from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali. The company that runs the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital says assailants have takenhostages in a brazen assault involving grenades.

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Security personnel, right, attend close to the scene of an attack on a hotel in Bamako, Mali. Men shouting "God is great" and armed with guns and throwing grenades stormed into the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital. Two people have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees in "a hostage-taking situation", the hotel's US owners said.

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Sir Richard Branson finds his favorite shoe color on Melissa Hill from the U.S. Department of Commerce, where they were attending the Virgin Hotels New York City groundbreaking at 1227 Broadway, in New York.

Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for Virgin Hotels/AP Images

Case solved The original Scotland Yard building in London which was bought by the Lulu gr oup. They plan to convert it to a luxury hotel.

Foreign guests at ‘Tree Top’, a B&B in Hauz Khas, Delhi

Jitender Gupta

Smoke billows out after a major fire at a hotel, in Pratapgarh. At least 10 people, including two women, were killed and several others injured in the fire.

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Kottarapattu Chattu Kuttan, 94, legendary usher at the iconic Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. Worked at the hotel for 72 years, served dignitaries like Gandhi, Nehru, Nixon etc.

No swimming Taj Mahal hotel in Delhi

Sanjay Rawat

Tthe Bhogwe Eco Village

Anurag Mallick, Priya Ganapathy

Inside a guest room at Dwarka Homestay

Anurag Mallick, Priya Ganapathy

The Southern Ocean Lodge

Tourism Australia/Aadam Taylor

A rooftop table at 360

Corbis (From Outlook Traveller March Issue, 2014)

The bling interior of 11:11

The beautifully lit-up hotel by night

A deluxe guestroom at the Fairmont Banff Springs

A guestroom in Chowkidinghee Heritage Bungalow

Sandipan Chatterjee

The dining room of MV Mahabaahu

The skipper’s station on the Mahabaahu.

A local boat sails down the Brahmaputra

The ship’s reception area leads to the lounge bar on one side and the dining room on the other

A cabin on the MV Mahabaahu, which has a four-star rating and is built like a very well-appointed luxury hotel.

The MV Mahabaahu glows in the sunset

A canal-view room at Hotel Pulitzer

Take in the verdant surroundings as you dine

A plush room in one of the cottages

The young proprietors of the resort

Karuna Ezara Parikh

Serene waterside cottage at the resort

The Savoy’s ballroom

Puneet K. Paliwal

A grave at the Landour Cemetery

Puneet K. Paliwal

A cenotaph

Puneet K. Paliwal

The unrestored wing of the Savoy

Puneet K. Paliwal

The cafe at Doma’s

Puneet K. Paliwal

Signboards outside Doma’s Inn

Puneet K. Paliwal

The Writers’ Bar

Puneet K. Paliwal

A pretty cottage in Landour

Puneet K. Paliwal

The hotel’s main entrance

Puneet K. Paliwal

A view of a room

Puneet K. Paliwal

The High Tea area of The Savoy

Puneet K. Paliwal

Striking statues and the atmospheric turrets of the Savoy, on a misty day in Mussoorie

Puneet K. Paliwal

A bedroom at the mansion

Jyothy Karat

The homely interiors of Shenbaga Vilaasam

Jyothy Karat

Doorman Kishan Singh at Nidhivan

Puneet K. Paliwal

A deluxe room at the hotel

Puneet K. Paliwal

Cottages at Hatipul Complex

Paresh C. Porob

Bordeaux Prestige Tour French Wine Explorers’ best bouquet for the nosy features not just the best of the best French wine country, but accommodations well paired with the plonk. Private residences on world-renowned estates will be your bedroom for the six nights, while by day you savour VIP tastings of first growths and the prized dessert wines of Chateau d’Yquem. Meals are prepared by private chefs at ‘home’, served with Grand Cru or even library vintages, or ordered at Michelin-starred eateries. $6,200 per person, wine-tours-france.com/bordeaux.asp

Around the World with Four Seasons You have to stay at the Four Seasons sometime in your lifetime...if only to say you did. But to outdo the been-there-done-that tribe, stay at ten Four Seasons across the world and do some sightseeing on a private jet while you’re at it. For instance, stay in Mumbai—and see the Taj Mahal. Also visit Los Angeles, Hualalai (Hawaii), Bora Bora, Sydney, Bali, Chiang Mai, Istanbul and London. $87,950 per person, on double occupancy; fourseasons.com

Titilaka Sitting astride the world’s highest navigable lake in Peru, Titicaca, the country’s first and foremost luxury lodge is feted for its architecture, but its outdoors are even more impressive. There are the chullpas of Silustani and Molloco to wonder at, stout towers of a pre-Incan civilisation, thought to symbolise life and birth. The ruins of Inca Anatwai and the interdimensional portal (per local shamans) of Amaru Muro are complemented by the more modern churches of Juli and Pomata. You could visit the Uros Floating Islands, whose residents call themselves the kot-suña or ‘people of the lake’, and consider themselves stewards of the lake, immune to its cold by virtue of their ‘black’ blood. The lodge itself has lake views from every room, most enjoying either sunrise (Dawn rooms) or sunsets (Dusk rooms). $910 per night for the comprehensive package, including all meals and most excursions; titilaka.com

Wildlife of the World by Private Jet Our bad: You missed the 24-day 125th anniversary special from Nat Geo. But this enduring jewel among its private jet journeys is worth a wild whoop! The 23-day ‘expedition’ covers Rwanda, Madagascar, Borneo, even Nepal, to meet the ‘big five’, the giant panda, the mountain gorilla and more—all with National Geographic’s team of co nservationists to guide you. $69,950 per person, nationalgeographicexpeditions.com

Camping out at AKA Central Park The main reason to book into the AKA Central Park serviced residences in New York rather than a hotel is the view from its penthouses. The 1,500sq ft wraparound terraces of the two penthouses on the private 17th floor are important not only for the outdoor dining area, but because they can be turned into bedrooms under the stars complete with metal-clad wood-burning fireplaces. Yes, you’re camping in Central Park, but there is no slumming it. Instead, you have Sony LCD screens, an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, a spa shower for two, secret kitchen with Miele appliances a stone’s throw away in the 900sq ft apartment. Oh and a kingsized bed with Frette sheets inside in case it rains. $2,000 a night, stayaka.com

Kasbah du Toubkal Move over, Marrakech. The true Moroccan delight is a Berber-style castle high in the High Atlas mountains. The Kasbah du Toubkal in Imlil sits at the foot of the highest peak in northern Africa, Jbel Toubkal in the Toubkal National Park, yet is just 90 minutes from Marrakech—you can ride a mule over, or arrive on shank’s mare; vehicles can’t make it. A ruined kasbah was renovated by a pair of British brothers in an ecological, community-friendly way. There is no room service, nor a wine list. The ‘welcome drink’ is milk with dates. The menu is set. Rooms are basic, ranging from a three-bedroom house to shared dorms—with walnut furniture and big soaking baths, and often spectacular views. We give it A for authenticity, altruism and atmosphere. From € 498 for a 5N trip with stays in Marrakech and Imlil; kasbahdutoubkal.com

The Ultimate Dinner Party, NZ Exclusively New Zealand’s foodie flight makes the most of Nature’s own ‘outdoor pantry’. This nine-day epicurean tour de force has celebrity chefs and local experts making your meals a surprise and a discovery as you eat local, chasing down course after course by DC3 airplane, helicopter or boat. You visit iconic destinations, from Auckland to Hawkes Bay to Marlborough to Queensland. Some days you may even find yourself engaged in competitive foraging for your food! NZ$36,000 per person (double occupancy); exclusivelynz.com

World-Beating 3- Michelin Star Holiday You’ll have to enquire within for this bespoke experience. The ultimate foodie fantasy takes you to all the 107-odd Michelin 3-star restaurants in the world, across 12 different countries. You get to enjoy the locale as well as play locavore for a night, staying at one of the finest hotels in each area for your 2N pitstop before catching a business-class flight to your next meal. Ballpark cost £182,000 per person (including wine), 0845-365-65-65, holidaysplease.co.uk

Six Senses Zighy Bay A beach holiday…in Oman? A spa resort so hidden away you paraglide into it? (Don’t panic, there are alternatives, if you must.) Whale sharks to swim with while you wait for your massage? Check, check and check. Two hours from Dubai on the Musandam Peninsula, this Six Senses ‘village’ has mountains on one side, beach on the other. You can drive down from the mountains, speedboat it across the bay—or just drop in out of the sky. The whale sharks are in residence January to March. Go dare—the worst that can happen is you will have done it before you die! From $1,061 per night; sixsenses.com

Lebua India circuit Royal Rajasthan doesn’t get much more luxurious than these three properties managed by the iconic lebua of Bangkok. From Devi Garh by lebua, Udaipur, out to lebua Lodge, Amer, and back to lebua Resort, Jaipur, the triangle encompasses horseback safaris, campfire dinners and heritage walks, and L’Occitane spa treatments in outdoor cabanas. There’s authenticity here, the frisson of adventure, extravagance—and local colour. Tariffs from Rs 26,500 (Devi Garh), Rs 15,500 (Lodge) and Rs 30,000 (Resort); lebua.com