Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The Scarf Print Edit

Hello Chicas,

If you have been following me on Instagram, you must know that I recently moved to Dubai. I had been so occupied the last couple of months, initially deciding whether to move to Dubai or not and later settling down here, that I couldn't bring myself up to write any blogs. Moving to Dubai was one of the toughest decision I have taken till now and I am still trying to figure things out here. I want to share every detail with you'll but I guess I'll need some more time to jot it down here. 

Today, I'll be talking about one of my recent obsession with the scarf print trend. I have always been a print shy person and stuck to the basic stripes and polka dots. But the retro appeal of this jewelry inspired print made me try out this trend. The key to embracing this trend if you're not a print lover like me is taking one baby step at a time. For instance, I started with a chain print scarf and now I own half a dozen of silk shirts and dresses in this print. Even flaunting an accessory in this  bold print will make all the difference. This versatile print can be seen everywhere in almost all the fast fashion stores from Zara to Forever 21 in every possible silhouette. If you're all set to go overboard with this trend, don a head to toe chain print look with statement accessories.

I received this Zara chain print dress from Fashsouq, a Dubai based online store delivering authentic, luxury and high street brands across GCC, Pakistan and India. With sharp geometric pattern combined with chain print, this gorgeous dress is a statement in itself. The warm shades of maroon and brown makes it a perfect fit for fall. I have accessorized the dress with a pair of vintage cross earrings and polygon sunglasses. The idea behind the styling was to create a retro maximalist look. I have completed the look with beige mini purse and a pair of block heels.



Monday, 21 May 2018

Make The Switch With Vivel Body Wash

Hello Chicas,

We take utmost care of our face by ensuring we get our hands on the best products available in the market. But are we making the right choice when it comes to body care?  Although bar soap is a common choice among people due to simplicity and low cost but it has its own set of disadvantages. Soaps are extremely drying on skin because of the presence of harsh chemicals. With new formulations in the skin care world, it’s about time to make the switch from bar soap to body wash. Here are a few reasons why I would recommend you to make the switch from soap to body wash:
  • Body washes are gentler and more moisturizing than most other soaps because they contain large amounts of petrolatum, an ingredient that moisturizes and lubricates the skin.
  • The gentle nature of liquid cleansers makes them ideal for dry or sensitive skin.
  • Body washes usually comes in sturdy packaging which makes it travel-friendly unlike bar soaps which become extremely fussy to carry around one you have started using it..
  • It’s easy to squirt out the required amount of body wash without any wastage as oppose to bar soaps which usually diminishes in size due to splashing of water.
  • Lastly, you can utilize even the last drop of body wash by flipping the bottle upside down. Bar soap, on the other hand, eventually becomes small and impossible to use effectively.

Vivel Body Wash


I always keep switching among different body washes available in the market and recently I tried my hands on the newly launched Vivel body washes in two different variants, Lavender Almond Oil and Mint Cucumber. They have come up with an introductory offer of 100 ml bottles at a price of only Rs.40 along with a free loofah.
Lavender Almond Oil has a pleasant lavender fragrance with nourishing almond oil while the Mint Cucumber with cooling mint and hydrating cucumber, gives more freshness, fragrance and hydration to the skin. The fragrance is mild and long lasting. The 100ml bottle comes in a tiny plastic tube packaging which is easy to use and carry. The texture of the body wash is creamy, and leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean, but does not dry it out like soap. When used with a loofah, it removes dead skin cells, making skin bright and smooth. Moreover the body wash is formulated with a quick wash formula that rinses off easily. So, no more water wastage. Since I have super dry skin, I usually follow it up with a moisturizer to keep my skin soft and hydrated throughout the day.

Vivel Body Wash

Pros of Vivel Body Wash

  • Sturdy packaging
  • Travel-friendly
  • Pleasant fragrance
  • Affordable
  • Perfect consistency for a body wash
  • Lathers pretty well
  • Makes your skin soft
  • Cleanses the skin without drying it out
  • Does not irritate the skin
Cons of Vivel Body Wash

Well, I couldn't really find any flaws in the product.

My verdict:

4.5/5

Vivel Body Wash Mint Cucumber

Vivel Body Wash Lavender Almond Oil

Contest Alert

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Vivel Body Wash

Much love.
Ritika x

Monday, 7 May 2018

Summer Getaway at The Roseate

Hello Chicas,

If you have been following me on Instagram you must be knowing about my trip to Delhi last month. While on my stay there, I got the opportunity to visit the Roseate hotel for a staycation. I visited both the Roseate House and The Roseate Hotel and had the most wonderful stay.

Day 1 at The Roseate House

I was putting up in Gurgaon and the car arrived right on time for pick up. As we arrived at the hotel, there a small welcome ceremony where we were greeted with flowers and fresh juice. The Roseate House is conceived as a book, with each floor being a chapter and the rooms representing stories. The entire hotel has a very modern and chic appeal. The hotel has been done in warm tones of brown and beige. You'll find several coffee table books and fantastic artworks in every corner. Being a business hotel, the rooms weren't very spacious. In fact, the bathroom occupied a major portion of the room. One side of the room was covered in glass from ceiling to the floor which offered a splendid view. The staffs were extremely courteous and prompt in their service.

The best part about my stay at The Roseate House would be the food. We had our meals at Del, the multi-cuisine bistro and dropped by Chidiya Ghar for drinks. The beetroot and burrata salad, duck confit and the sushi platter were some of my favorite picks at Del. A meal for 2 at Del would cost you over INR 3000+ taxes. For evening snacks we stopped by the in-house patisserie Roasted, which offered delicious cupcakes and macaroons. They also serve a wide selection of TWG Tea, I personally loved their Vanilla Bourbon tea. The hotel also has a mini theater where the guests can enjoy movie screenings and not to forget the luxurious Aheli Spa where you can unwind with their signature massages.

Day 2 at The Roseate

The next afternoon we headed to The Roseate hotel after having our breakfast at Del. While The Roseate House is more of a formal business hotel, The Roseate hotel is more on the lines of a luxurious resort and is a perfect destination to unwind with your friends and family. I was completely in awe of the minimal yet elegant architecture at The Roseate. The property is spread across eight acres of land, surrounded by lush greenery and clear water bodies. The architecture is inspired from the 5 elements of Hindu philosophy- air, water, fire, earth and the sky which is reflected throughout the property in the form of dome ceilings, floral walls and extended water bodies.

The pool facing rooms were huge and spacious with state-of-the-art bathroom. The hotel has the longest pool, over 100m long however it was quite shallow. We had our breakfast and lunch at Kiyan. The breakfast spread was huge however the lunch menu was quite limited. The food served was decent but the dessert platter stole the show. I absolutely loved the raspberry sorbet, it's the best I have ever had. We had our dinner at Chi Ni which served delicious Chinese food. Although the service was a tad slow but the food was very impressive. The hotel staffs who were extremely warm and helpful, made my stay a pleasant one.

If given a choice to pick one between the two properties, I would choose The Roseate hotel any day. It's a perfect place to escape from the tedious city life for a rejuvenating weekend. The rates for an executive room at both the hotel ranges from INR 12,000-19,000 depending on the availability.

But first, Coffee!!

Sun Bathing

Not your average library uniform!!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Forever Kolkata Collection by Titan

Hello Chicas,

Your timepiece can say a lot about your style. Although now we live in the generation of cell phones which can tell the time easily, but there's something about owning a classic watch which can elevate your look to another level. Walking down the memory lane, I remember my first Titan watch which was gifted to me by my mother on my 14th birthday. So when I heard that Titan has come up with a limited-edition collection of watches as a tribute to Kolkata, I was elated with joy. The collection was presented in an artistic exhibition at the Birla Academy of Arts and Culture and they were king enough to invite me to have a look at the exclusive timepieces.

The limited-edition watches are launched under the name The Forever Kolkata Collection which is inspired by The City of Joy. These wrist pieces take inspiration from some of the most iconic elements that make Kolkata truly special – The Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Dakshineswar Temple and the beautiful Bengali script. The collection has 8 distinctive timepieces for both men and women and is priced between Rs. 4610 and Rs. 6920. The watches are adorned with artistic dials crafted with different techniques like photo-printing, etching and embossing. The watches feature in rose-gold and steel finishes strapped with genuine leathers in 4 different colors. The best part about the collection is that you can customize the watch to your own liking. However the customization is offered exclusively at the World of Titan, Park Street store only.

Coming to my favorite pick from the collection, it has to be the one with the exquisite blue mother-of-pearl dial with the Howrah Bridge embossed on it. This minimalist retro watch went well with my vintage outfit and is an ideal contemporary reflection of the city.

I feel that the Forever Kolkata Collection is an artistic tribute to everything that this beautiful city has to offer. The limited edition collection is available exclusively at select World of Titan stores in Kolkata. Go, grab these amazing timepieces now and elevate your style game up a notch.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal





Monday, 2 April 2018

#NewKamaToLove by Kama Ayurveda

Hello Chicas,

I have been using Kama Ayurveda as a part of my skin care regime since last year and I'm totally hooked to it. So, when I got the news that Kama Ayurveda has come up with a new line of products, I was super excited to try them out. The Kama Ayurveda team was super generous and sent me all the 4 new products from their new launch. And after using them for 15 days I’m ready to share my review with all of you! Before going ahead with the review I would like to state the fact that my skin type is normal to dry.

About New Kama To Love

 A collection of many firsts, New Kama To Love adds up to the acne and sensitive skin care range of Kama Ayurveda. Harnessing the unique properties of ancient Ayurvedic ingredients such as Neem, Tulsi, Sandalwood & Aloe among others, these gentle yet efficacious formulations are dermatologically tested to make for the perfect daily skincare routine. The range includes:
  • All Natural Make-up Remover
  • Anti-Acne Cleansing Foam
  • Sensitive Skin Cleansing Foam
  • Sensitive Skin Day Cream


Friday, 9 March 2018

Escape To The Hills With Mayfair Gangtok (Part 2)

Hello Chicas,

In my last post I talked about my visit to Darjeeling, if you haven't checked it out yet, you can read it here. Our stay in Darjeeling was a pleasant one as we didn't really occupy ourselves doing touristy things but spend our time lazing around in the resort and revisiting some of our favorite cafes where we enjoyed the sunset over some croissant and coffee. After spending a couple of  days at the Mayfair Resort Darjeeling, we left the property with a heavy heart for Gangtok on the third day of our trip.


Last breakfast at the Mayfair Resort, Darjeeling

Reaching Gangtok


 We took a private cab to Gangtok which cost us INR 2400. The distance from Darjeeling to Gangtok is approximately 98 kilometers and it takes around 4 hours to reach Gangtok. On our way to Sikkim from Darjeeling, River Teesta added beauty to the journey. We stopped by the River Teesta View point also popularly known as Lover's pointIt's a famous tourist spot where travelers stop by to enjoy the lovely view of the river from the mountains. The emerald green water gushing downwards with mighty force kept me occupied halfway through the journey.


At the River Teesta viewpoint

Mud house with colorful windows


My experience at the Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino Gangtok


After a journey of 4 hours we finally reached our destination, Mayfair Spa Resort and Casino, Gangtok. The property is located approximately 10 kms away from the main Gangtok city and is spread across an area of 49 acres. A huge fountain in the form of a rotating globe was the first thing we saw on entering the resort. I was completely in awe of the magnificent villas and the colorful walls of the lobby which has rare and historical photos of Sikkim. We were welcomed to the hotel by the staff who served us tea after which we were allotted a room in the forest villa for Day 1 of our stay. 

An elevator and a brief golf cart ride later we reached the fern villa. As the name suggests, the villa was surrounded with trees and it almost felt like we were living in a forest. Our room was extremely spacious with a gorgeous balcony where we had our morning tea. We had our breakfast and lunch at a cute animal themed cafe next to our villa called "The Jungle Café" which served mouth-watering local Sikkimese delicacies. For dinner we opted for Orchid, a grand dining area with magnificent bell shaped chandeliers. We had a larger than life dining experience at the Orchid. The restaurant was huge and had an array of buffets ranging from Chinese to Indian and Continental.

On day 2 of our stay at Mayfair Gangtok, we were allotted the Grand Villa, one of the best suites available at the resort. These Villas were located in an extremely private and exclusive part of the resort and consists of a grand bedroom, a plush stately living room and a large sun deck. The entire living area was tastefully decorated, I could spend my entire day just staring at the beautiful vintage interiors. The deck had a stunning private rock garden and an artificial waterfall that flowed into the temperature controlled dip pool. One of the major attractions at the resort is the swanky Mahjong Casino attached to it. The Casino was huge and I was mesmerized by the beyond beautiful paintings which adorned the walls. Casino Mahjong is the first full-fledged live onshore casino to be opened in India. It is open 24/7 and serves delectable food and beverages. 

 Wonderful ambiance, attentive service and world class amenities are some of the factors which made our stay at the Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino a blissful one. The staffs at the resort were extremely friendly, polite and helped us out in every possible way with a smile.

The hotel provided a special sort of tranquility far from the hustle bustle of the city of Gangtok. The most cherished moment I would remember from my stay at the resort would be the early morning coffee time in the balcony of our room with the spectacular view of Rumtek Monastery in the hills. Such a charming retreat indeed.

Just a wee bit excited after entering the property
Soaking in the grandeur of the place 

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Theatrical Extravaganza at the 15th Vodafone Odeon Theater Festival

Hello Chicas,

If you have been following me on Instagram you must have gotten a peek into the theater festival I attended last week. Initiated in 2001, the Vodafone Odeon Theater Festival aims at highlighting the rich cultural heritage of Bengal. In a bid to support the promotion of art and culture across the country, Vodafone, one of India ’s leading cellular service providers, came up with the Odeon Theater Festival in Kolkata to offer a platform for dramatic excellence. The festival, a four day extravaganza, celebrates the rich heritage that Kolkata shares with art, culture and theater. The annual Odeon Theater Festival in Kolkata is a fifteen year old association of Vodafone with the city’s cultural tradition.

I attended the press meet on 22nd February where Arvinder Singh Sachdev, Business Head of Vodafone India, announced the 15th edition of Vodafone Odeon Theater Festival and talked about how Vodafone as a brand has always encouraged and appreciated the cultural heritage of Bengal. I was fascinated reading about the stories starting from the 1st to the 15th edition of Vodafone Odeon Theater Festival displayed right outside the conference hall.

The 4 day theater celebration began on the 22nd February where the festival saw 20 colleges and 20 renowned theatre groups across the city competing in different segments. The participating artists got the opportunity to be mentored by eminent Bengali theatre personalities like Bratya Basu, Soumitra Chatterjee, Debshankar Haldar, Goutam Haldar, Meghnad Bhattacharya, Anirban Bhattacharya amongst others.  The top 4 winners from both the segments got an opportunity to perform at Minarva Theatre and was felicitated by the celebrities on 24th and 25th February 2018. The winning colleges were Vidyasagar College, Moulana Azad College, Sarojini Naidu College and Vivekananda College. The selected theatre groups are Frankly Speaking, Naihati Spartan, Repertory, Bawandule and Rabindranagar Natya Youth.

 Some of the popular Bengali and Hindi plays that were staged in this year’s theatre festival were Gang, 21 Grams, Mumbai Nights, Mulya and Main aur Tum. Eminent personalities like Samrat Ghatak, Goutam Haldar, Sharman Joshi, Bratya Basu, Rajat Ganguly and others performed in the different Hindi and Bengali plays. Being a non-bengali I was eager to attend a Hindi play and therefore I opted for "Main aur Tum", a hilarious rom-com starring Sharman Joshi and Tejashri Pradhan. Both the actors were flawless and spontaneous. The use of lights and decoration was commendable. The onscreen chemistry shared between Sharman Joshi and Tejashri Pradhan was sizzling. It was a difficult story depicted with utter simplicity and that won the heart of the audience.

The festival demonstrates Vodafone’s commitment to strengthen the relationship with its customers in Kolkata by following an innovative format that combines staging of contemporary plays and supporting local talent.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal



Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Sugar Ace of Face Foundation Stick Breve Review

Hello Chicas,
Sugar Cosmetics has come up with a new foundation called the Ace of Face Foundation Stick. With this new launch, dreamy skin is now just a simple step away. I received 2 shades from their new range, Breve and Mocha. Breve turned out to be a perfect match to my skin tone, I'll be using Mocha for contouring. Continue reading to know more about the foundation and my experience with the shade Breve. 

Product Description

Lightweight, creamy and beyond easy to blend, its long-wearing formula offers coverage that not just looks but also feels like second skin. This handy stick blurs away enlarged pores, fine lines, dark circles, blemishes and more, so there’s really no excuse left for you to flaunt anything less than picture-perfect skin. The full-coverage, waterproof formula offers a totally matte finish that lasts for up to 12 hours. Weightless when applied, the handy built-in brush makes it uber-easy to blend the product in or touch-up spots. Enhanced with moisturizing ingredients, this multipurpose stick can be utilized as a medium-to-full coverage foundation or concealer as needed. This product is dermatologically tested & approved and 100% safe for your skin. Get ready to make a permanent place in your makeup bag for this magic wonder and score sheer-to-full coverage without looking cakey every single time!
How to Apply
Designed to be applied on the go, cut short your routine and pop this into your everyday handbag. Stripe it on your T-zone, underneath your eyes, your chin and follow up by blending it outward with the built-in brush. Apply directly from the stick onto your complexion and build coverage as needed. The luxurious brush-end is especially handy for buffing the product out and touching up uneven spots. Use it all over to even out your complexion or use it as a touch-up tool by applying a dab or two to problem areas.
Number of Shades
The SUGAR Ace Of Face Foundation Stick comes in 6 different shades viz. LatteGalãoChococcinoBreveMocha and Lungo.
  • Latte is a light shade with warm undertone.
  • Galão is a light-medium shade with golden undertone.
  • Chococcino is a medium shade with warm undertone.
  • Breve is a medium beige shade with warm undertone.
  • Mocha is a medium tan shade with golden undertone.
  • Lungo is a medium deep shade with golden undertone.

Price 

INR 999 for 12 grams.

My experience with Sugar Ace of Face Foundation Stick

Starting off with the packaging, the foundation comes in a black plastic outer body and looks super chic. The shade name and number is mentioned at the bottom of the stick while the body has the product name. The foundation stick comes with a built-in buffing brush which makes it readily usable no matter wherever you are. The brush is really dense and blends the foundation really well. However, the bristle could have been a little longer for a better application.  Although these stick foundations are easy to use and carry, but they are not hygienic if you apply directly, so wiping off the tip with a wet tissue would be a good thing to keep the product clean in the long run.

The texture of the foundation is light considering it is in stick format. I was expecting it to be thick and heavy; on the contrary, it feels lightweight on the skin and if blended well, I tend to forget I have something on my face. As I have super dry skin, I lightly moisturize my skin with a cream before applying the foundation which makes the application smoother and easier. I use Breve on the center part of my face and Mocha on the outer perimeters of face and jawline for contouring. The combination of both shades works pretty well for me and lasts for a good 6-7 hours without any touch up. The finish is semi-matte and it gives a soft, dewy look. I usually follow the application of the foundation with a setting powder. A little goes a long way with this foundation stick, thanks to its unusually high pigmentation. It even fills in the pores and makes my skin look super smooth. Concealer application is optional as the coverage is medium to buildable. Going over the blemishes twice gives a natural finish to the look; though for stubborn marks and absolutely flawless skin, concealer would be required. 

I really like the fact that there is no funny smell to it which is pretty common. The product is made in Korea and the quality is pretty nice. I didn't experience any breakout, or other skin issues after using the foundation. The shade range is good too, they do cover light and deep skin tones, however, they can add a few more shades so that it's easier to find a shade closer to the skin tone. The only thing missing in the foundation is SPF, which means a sun block application is a must before using the foundation if you're heading outdoors.

Overall, I really liked the product for being super handy and would recommend you'll to give it a try. The price is quite reasonable considering the quality and the amount of the product.

Pros of Sugar Ace of Face Foundation Stick

  • Handy packaging
  • Comes with an easy to use blending brush
  • Light-weight
  • Waterproof
  • Non drying
  • No break out
  • Medium to buildable coverage
  • Long lasting
  • Pleasant fragrance

Cons of Sugar Ace of Face Foundation Stick

  • No SPF
  • Limited color selection
My Rating 

4/5

Picture Courtesy Jyotika Baijal





Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Embracing Oriental Style with Max Fashion

Hello Chicas,

Spring has finally arrived after months of dedication to velvet dresses and teddy jackets and with the new fashion season comes a fresh batch of trends to get our heads around. The things that I get most excited about the changing of the seasons are fresh colors, new prints and updated clothes. To revamp my wardrobe, I recently browsed through the newly launched Spring collection from Max Fashion and was elated seeing so many wonderful styles. Their Spring collection 2018 revolves around four themes, Work, Play, Fun and Travel. I personally love their travel themed collection, which is mostly dominated with Oriental designs, a perfect infusion of Eastern and Western fashion sensibilitiesI have created two looks for you'll featuring the collection from the travel section from Max Fashion.

Oriental inspired clothing has been weaving stories of opulence and exoticism across the runways. Oriental clothing is just not about mandarin gowns; there's much more to the trend from exotic prints and embroidery to an air of androgynous cool. I'm glad that Max Fashion is bringing back Oriental fashion with its Spring 2018 collection. From satin dresses to structured tops, the take is ornate, colorful, floral and absolutely gorgeous. Vibrant colors like golden and red are the major protagonists in this style. 

Look 1

For the first look, I opted for a red satin floral robe. Last season’s sleepwear-as-daywear phenomenon focused mostly on tops, pants and slip dresses. This season the trend has made a progression into kimono-style robes. The fluid and ethereal fabric makes for a perfect travel friendly look. I have layered the robe over a black shift dress to allow easy movement while travelling. The robe can also be worn with a slogan tee and pair of cropped silk pants or shorts. I have completed the look with a pair of sleek black heels and silver loops. I channeled my inner Eastern diva by pulling my hair back into a top bun.



Thursday, 25 January 2018

Escape To The Hills With Mayfair Resort Darjeeling (Part 1)

Hello Chicas,

If you follow me on Instagram you must be knowing about my recent escape to the hills along with my travel bud Jyotika. If I had to choose between mountains and beaches, it will always be mountains for me. Mountains just feel so much closer to heaven to me. A couple of months back I was invited by the Mayfair Resorts to review their property in Darjeeling and Gangtok. I was super excited about the trip although it was going to be my 5th visit. That's the thing about Darjeeling, every time you visit this place it feels new and its something which I always connect to, probably because of the good old memories of the trips I have had with my family here in childhood. This time I decide to avoid doing the touristy things and soak in the beauty of picturesque hills. In this post I'll be talking about my trip to Darjeeling and my experience at the Mayfair Darjeeling Hotel; the Gangtok travel post shall be up next week.

Reaching Darjeeling

Commonly known as the "Queen of Hills", Darjeeling is a small hill station situated in West Bengal, around 620 kms from Calcutta and is particularly famous throughout the world for its production of tea. You can either catch a flight to Bagdogra, the nearest airport to Darjeeling or take a train to New Jalapaiguri station and get a taxi or a shared jeep if you're travelling on a budget. You can also catch the toy train  which leaves NJP station in the morning (around 9 am) and takes about 7 hours to reach Darjeeling.  

Our flight was scheduled at 1 pm however it got delayed for a couple of hours due to some technical emergency. We made the most out of the spare hours in the airport by capturing my airport look. I wore a pair of snap button track pants with plaid bomber jacket which kept me cozy without having to compromise on my style quotient. After almost an hour we landed at the Bagdogra airport and booked a taxi for INR 1600 to Darjeeling. There are a plenty of taxis available outside the airport, you just have to haggle hard to strike a good deal. Our journey from Bagdogra to Darjeeling was a pleasant one. The road was wide and smooth, with beautiful tea gardens and forests on both sides as long as we were on the plains. However, once we started to climb up the hill, the road became narrow, meandering and treacherous. The journey from Bagdogra airport to Darjeeling is approximately 80 kilometers and took us around 3.5 hours to reach our final destination.









My experience at the Mayfair Resort Darjeeling

The Mayfair hotel Darjeeling is a wonderful heritage property which used to be the summerhouse of Maharaja of Nazargunj. Located right opposite to the Governor house this beautiful property has 44 rooms, cottages and family suites offering wonderful view of the mountains and the lovely garden. Being one of the premier properties of Darjeeling, Mayfair offers all the modern amenities that you can expect.  

We arrived at the hotel around 7 pm and were greeted by the staff with a sachet after which they served us Darjeeling tea. The property from the outside looked magnificent and was done in bright red and yellow colors. The resort landscape had a mix of a small temple and a vibrant garden with statues and gnomes. The Victorian clocks and antique mirrors exuded old world charm. The interiors of the resort has been done in beautiful yellow and red walls full of photo frames which took us back to the era when it was constructed. We were allotted a Deluxe room which had a wonderful view of the mountains. The room was quite spacious and had beautiful paintings and antique mirrors, the walls were done in red and yellow colors with a dash of floral furnishing which gave a vintage vibe. The furniture and decor was modern, well maintained and yet blended in perfectly with the heritage tag. The best part was the fireplace which kept us warm in the freezing weather. The staffs were very attentive and looked after all our requirements efficiently. I have to say that their room service was impeccable, a perfect blend of warm hospitality and prompt action.

We had our meals at Magnolia which served Indian, continental and Oriental food. I personally loved the breakfast and lunch buffet which has so many options to choose from. There’s a small gym across from the restaurant and a game room next to that. The hotel also has a huge library where we spent our evenings reading about the tea estates by the fire place. 


The serene environment, beautiful interior, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality are few of the things I loved about the Mayfair hotel and I would highly recommend you all to pay a visit to this marvelous property. The charges for the Deluxe room is INR 10,000 approximately.





Light & Shadow play outside our Deluxe Suite