Looking to treat yourself while in New Delhi, then go no further than one of the capital’s most iconic hotel’s, The Imperial. Set just a short stroll from Connaught Place, the hotel was chosen as India’s best ‘Luxury Historical Hotel’ by World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2015, and with good reason.
Built in 1931 by an associate of Lutyens, the elegant white Art Deco lines of the hotel sit amid lush green gardens. Inside, discreetly lit corridors disappear into the distance, the air filled with the scent of jasmine, the walls covered in period prints and artworks.
Rooms range from the ‘basic’ Deco Room with queen-sized bed and marble bath to the opulent Royal Imperial Suite and its four-poster king size bed, French linen steam, sauna and jacuzzi facilities. One for the bucket list!
The spa, located below ground, has a range of treatments on offer in a number of various suites, including Ayurvedic therapies and massages. For couples there is the Moghul Suite private spa, where you can enjoy a steam, sauna and jacuzzi as well as spa treatments. Located in the same complex is the Health and Racquet Club, offering a gym and squash court. Outside is the fantastic pool, one of the best places in Delhi for a dip.
All that activity should help to build an appetite. As with anything else, The Imperial can oblige, from the multi-cuisine all-day offerings at 1911 to Italian at San Gimignano. For a real experience, book a table at the fantastically decorated Spice Route, serving south-east Asian cuisine. Be sure to ask for a tour of the restaurant as each section has a story behind it. The light-filled Atrium is a great spot for afternoon tea, while the 1911 Bar and Patiala Peg are perfect for a G&T or Pimm’s and lemonade.