Royal Orchid Metropole, Mysore
Proving that the company can master the art of leisure as well are the Royal Orchid Getaways, which includes the Royal Orchid Resort on the outskirts of the city. Each of the 54 beautifully designed rooms has a private balcony overlooking a coconut grove. The lawns double up as a banquet facility that can host up to 2000 guests. A rendition of the typical Indian roadside restaurant or dhaba, the 9th Mile Dhaba is a key attraction with its rustic ambience and open-air kitchen that serves succulent North Indian, Punjabi and tandoori cuisine. The Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens, ensconced between the river Cauvery and Brindavan Gardens, is a premier heritage property. The Elephant Bar commands a stellar view of the gardens, especially beautiful at night, when the multi-coloured fountains spurt into the air in a carefully orchestrated dance. C.K.’s, the multi-cuisine restaurant, and the Garden Café, the 24 hour coffee shop, add variety to the food and beverage options on offer. Facilities like a gym, spa and swimming pool add a touch of the modern to the colonial structure, and guests can tee off at the hotel’s mini golf course and go boating.
Reflecting the old world charm of colonial Mysore, is the Royal Orchid Metropole. Built in the early 20th century by the Maharaja of Mysore for his British guests, the group has placed its own stamp on the property. Modern amenities including wi-fi connectivity, a swimming pool, spa and gym, paired with the timeless grace of hospitality make this getaway an ideal blend of the old and new age style. With the acquisition of a 30 acre property in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the company has also made a foray into international locations. This beach resort will have a contemporary African theme, with facilities for a full-fledged spa, swimming pool, lagoon and water sports.