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Something Old Something New
Published: Volume 22, Issue 2, February, 2014

Vivanta by Taj - Gurgaon is a well-appointed haven that blends the best of ancient and modern tastes

The modern chrome and glass architecture of Gurgaon meets the Mughal stylings of puraani Dilli, for Vivanta by Taj - Gurgaon’s dramatic property. Spacious rooms all feature the most inviting bathtubs, so soak away every night, for you’ve earned it after a hard day’s work. Follow up with room service, but if you’re actually able to tear yourself away from the lush white robes, there are enough dining options to confuse you.

Latitude, an outpost of the signature chain of restaurants by Vivanta, is encased in glass, making it a particularly magical dining experience during the monsoon. Grab a table by the courtyard wall and watch as lightning strikes the ground dramatically. Indulge in the Yellow Line menu, which showcases street snacks and drinks from key stations of the Yellow line of the Delhi Metro. The banta is probably the most sanitised version available in the country; succulent kebabs and Keventers milkshake are also part of this dining experience.

Jiva Spa, a tranquil space far removed from the urban buzz, is fully geared to rejuvenate you with the calming tea and soothing massages. The Pehlwan Malish is a highly recommended reinvigorating massage, but if you’re in the mood for total relaxation, you might want to take a dip in the gloriously azure pool. The loungers are surrounded by trellises, creating a whisper of a veil, to shield you from the rest of the world.

If you so desire, the concierge can arrange a behind-the-scenes experience at the Kingdom of Dreams – your own private guided tour, followed by one of the magical shows that are produced here. Be sure to take a day off with Tallis & Company, for an itinerary tailored to your interests. History buffs can take a walk through Humayun’s Tomb with a well-informed guide who doesn’t rattle off vague numbers in a monotone, and watercolour enthusiasts can take time out for a quick rendering, guided by a tutor.

Staying in or getting out and about, Vivanta by Taj - Gurgaon is geared to satisfy your every whim.


When the latest Thai Pavilion was launched in India at the Vivanta by Taj – Gurgaon, a visit there became mandatory on any sojourn in the capital. For, the brand introduced by Chef Ananda Solomon has fast become a popular destination for gourmets and gourmands from across the country and the world. As you walk into the well-appointed eatery on an upper level of the hotel, you discover that it reflects the ethos of Thailand. The walls are traditional wood joint from the façade of royal Thai residences that merge with an ornate Indian wood carving; similarly the ceiling blends Western and Thai influences. The Thai ethos extends seamlessly to the cutlery and crockery that are laid out for your use.

Having captured the ambience before you sit down, you are at leisure to enjoy the food that soon makes its way to the table in swift succession. The menu has been put together after a lot of culinary research – and the use of authentic hand-pounded spices such as Thai holy basil, mint, cilantro, lemongrass, and galangal ensures that the exotic fare is both traditional and simultaneously modern.

First on the table for this meal are the tempura prawns accompanied by tamarind sauce – a favourite that never fails to woo a seafood lover’s palate. Also, at the start are marinated chicken morsels wrapped in pandanus leaves and fried, and Thai dim sums with chicken filling. And even non-vegetarians will be pleasantly seduced by the young papaya salad that is served with a sweet and spicy sauce.

The starters set the tone for the rest of the courses that follow. The Thai red curry (chicken) – and its vegetarian counterpart in green curry – and the crispy fried fish topped with tangy sauce and Thai herbs are palate-pleasing as is the grilled lamb that is served with mint and cucumber sauce. The jasmine rice and flat rice noodles with vegetables complete the all-round experience.

The desserts when they are served, with a flourish, make you gasp at the size of the portions. The hot Thai chocolate soufflé is a delight for all those who love their sweet endings to meals. What is extremely interesting though is the diced water chestnut with coconut milk. Like Oliver Twist, you are tempted to ask for seconds of this tasty concoction. A sensational finale to a meal that has been immensely gratifying to all the senses!

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