An experience right from a fairy tale is what I would like to express about my stay with Fairmont. As I write about the Fairmont hotel I am transcended back to the majestic grandeur of hospitality and vibrancy in the heart of Rajasthan that echoes through the warmth of the staff.
Rose petals are showered on us amidst the royal welcome
with sounds of sarangi, nagada and santoor. A tikka is put on the temple to express their hospitality while a saffron chunri is adorned on our necks to represent the typical Rajasthan culture.
With champagne as welcome drinks in our hands, we walk towards the lobby. I watch with admiration the rustic wall paint, the magnificent architecture , the brilliant décor that truly reflect the Mughal dynasty and Royal Rajputs of yore.
The elevators are classic that have paintings of the mughal era and make you want to keep on looking at them. We reach on the 5th floor and moved on to our respective rooms.
As I opened my room, I was astounded to see a breathtaking view of the aravalis beckoned by a large window. I was awe struck with the classic touch that my room had, with all the luxury amenities. The soft bed with crisp white sheets and blanket, towels decorated in the shape of an elephant, rose petals spread on my bed. I was lost in the magnificence of the room and sat on the couch to devour an orange placed in the fruit basket.
As I moved towards the washroom, I saw a beautiful spread of marigold flowers and rose petals that had a heavenly smell.
The washroom was perfect for an experience fit for a queen. A large bathtub with faucets from the classical era, a bathing area with toiletries was just another refection of the hotel’s hospitality and service. The arched walls resembling domes made me feel present in the historical era that was simply mesmerizing.
Spa and Gym
The gym and spa are located near the pool that gives a perfect combination of beauty and fitness. The Willow Stream spa has facilities of sauna, steam, shower, Jacuzzi. The spa has an aura that immediately soothes your mind, body and soul. The lingering aroma, orchids, tea
lights and beautiful smiling therapists give a thereuptic touch to the ambiance of the spa that is simply unforgettable.
I choose a full body aroma oil massage to distress, relax and rejuvenate. The therapists are well versed with their job responsibilities and give the right pressure suiting the requirement.
A high tea was planned in the itenary in the lobby Anjum that offers specialty teas, homemade pastries, cookies and cakes and a spectacular
view of the majestic hills. We devour sandwiches, puffs, cakes while sipping hot Darjeeling tea.
Anjum is the casual hotspot of Fairmont Jaipur where you can relax with your cup of tea over easy conversation. The palatial space is an extension of the grand lobby with its high ceilings, ornate hand painted mural and cheerful sofas.
Serving an unrivalled selection of authentic, high quality teas from around the world, Fairmont Jaipur’s lobby lounge brings a new dimension of service to the fine art of tea drinking. Anjum excels at the art of infused teas with the live ‘Masala Chai’ station offering the quintessential ‘Adrak Wali Chai’ – the Indian adaptation of ginger infused tea.
The dining rooms of the restaurants are all efficient in their own ways.
Zarin, opened in 2014, encompasses the hotel’s signature Mughal cuisine, while The Cigar Diwan offers an indulgent, opulent experience with a classic smoking room that gives a rich, masculine feel.
Zoya offers a wide array of International cuisines and offer authentic Rajasthani cuisine to compliment the traditional values of the pink
city. The Aza bar Lounge looks elegant with a state of the art Library and serves signature cocktails.
Later, we are taken to the terrace that gives the most spectacular view I have ever come across. While I stand parallel to the bright blue clouds, my eyes move to the endearing sunset that spreads its rays on the hotel surroundings. I am elated to see from the top the Char Bagh, that has 14 trees in each area, making it 56 in total.
The Char Bagh divides the hotel with respect to dining for regular in-house guests and the walk-in diners. We move on to the rooms. All the
199 rooms and suites are elegantly appointed, to reflect a perfect blend of traditional Rajasthani décor and modern amenities. The rooms are divided into three broad categories – Fairmont, Deluxe, Signature and Fairmont Gold.
The classic heritage in each room is displayed by the four poster beds,
camel bone inlaid furniture, walk-in bathrooms Mughal styled low seating day beds and discreet arched windows that overlook the Aravalli hills.
Each room has intimate details like the traditional companion and confidante of a parrot, the royal mascot of Fairmont, that is seen right next to the bed.
Every room has Mughal era paintings and motifs on the ceilings that make them look like Rajasthan havelis.
The Fairmont Gold experience is designed especially for the guests who want complete privacy. Located on the first floor, the Fairmont Gold reception area room has unlimited facilities amenities and services for the guest.
If you want a small world of your own, this lounge is perfect for you. With facilities like exclusive in-room service, you are sure to experience luxury at its best. Features include luxuries such as an intimate lounge area that serves afternoon tea, evening canapés and a wide choice of cokctails and fine wines. You can also have access to the private terrace and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Aravalis while soaking the tranquility of the surroundings.
Deep leather wing chairs, the smell of leather bound books and the joys of fine liquor make this regal library a cut above the rest. Vintage
cognacs, rare single malts, and a wine cellar makes this regency style library bar look sophisticated. The highlight at Aza is the exclusive whisky appreciation station featuring an exotic collection of aged and rare malt whiskies of the world.
You can enjoy your favorite malt while seeping in the rustic ambiance and absorbing yourself into the old world charm. The regal masculine
bar is vocal with charming interiors and intimate spaces
that makes time stand still. The servers, prompt in their hospitality served us delectable finger foods along with cocktails and mocktails to make our evening unforgettable.
We were filled to the brim but the hotel had plans to satiate us further with a gastronomical odyssey at the Zoya, located on the ground level of the hotel.
Zoya is an all-day dining restaurant that has luxe interiors that is distinct and warm. You cannot ignore the gleaming silverware, fine china and goblets in regal colours that are laid on the tables reflecting the royal Mughal era. The area is expansive with carved antique silver chairs all around.
The restaurant is perfected over a 2000 km journey undertaken by the talented chefs of the hotel to learn the fine art of authentic Rajasthani flavors from home-cooks and chefs to royal families across the state.
A gigantic dinner awaited us with scrumptious Rajashtani delicacies like Laal Maas, Dal Baati aur Choorma and Maas ke Sule. The traditional cuisines served in small bowls evoked a Rajasthani flavor and an essence I simply loved. While the daal baati churma was a huge hit amongst us, the laal maas tantalized our palettes even more.
Sight seeing in Jaipur –
Jaipur has some of the most incredible sightseeing options. We visited the famous Amber fort that had an interesting story of Maharaja Man Singh and his 12 wives. The architecture of the fort was vocal with the intelligent architecture that was reflected in the rooms, gardens, Jacuzzis, washrooms, bedrooms, and lobby.
Each detail was kept in mind while constructing the fort. The women at that time weren’t given too much liberty at that time but were given all the facilities to make them feel good at the palace itself. For instance the Jacuzzis inside the fortwere made with water that balanced the warm and cold temperatures, and the bedrooms with stained glass that reflected the sun’s rays falling inside the room.
The literal meaning of Sky in Hindi, Aasma offers an unmatched dining
experience under the star lit sky. The rooftop restrobar cater to an exclusive clientele with 24 covers.
Aasma reflects the essence of the British Empire and exudes the culture of Rajasthan hospitality. Aasma menu has a fare of scrumptious delicacies that are derived from traditional British cuisine, such as roast beef, modified by the addition of Indian-style spices, such as cumin and red chillies.
The dinner is prepared at the Zarin which has a mix of Awadhi cuisine
tempered with Mughlai flavors reflecting in their exhaustive menu.
Zarin is the Indo-Persian restaurant at Fairmont Jaipur, that celebrates the fusion of two of the most ancient cultures in Asia. The dominant Indian flavours pays tribute to the Persian influences of each dish, in order to familiarize the modern day gourmand with traditional Indo-Persian cuisine. The dining experience at Zarin is eclectic that complements the scrumptious food. Lavish big bowls with warm scented water were offered to wash our hands in them.
There are memories that are cherished forever and Fairmont manages to leave a special place in my heart as I close my story. You can get the best of the International as well as the cultural essence at Fairmont as you stay at the hotel taking back beautiful memories.
Fairmont Hotel, 2, Riico Kukas, Jaipur, Rajasthan 303101
How to reach:
Shatabdi Train – 4 hours
Car/ bus – 4/5 hours