10 Things To Do Over The Long Weekend

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The long weekend marking the 75th anniversary of India’s Republic Day, certainly calls for a celebration. Here is a roundup of events to escape the ordinary. From sophisticated rooftop gatherings to culinary delights and serene getaways, we’ve got you covered with a curated selection of activities that promise refreshing excitement and adventure.

Turkish Delights at Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru

For one last weekend, Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru invites you to enjoy the brilliance of Chefs Samet Yılmaz and Mustafa Halil Özyer from Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus. The celebrated maestros have a legacy of expertise in Turkish cuisine and have been delighting discerning diners at CUR8 with a culinary odyssey, with rich flavours, colours, and aromas, that transport ones senses to the bustling markets of Istanbul. Enjoy the aroma of exotic spices from their cooking that has been infusing the luxurious and warm ambiance of the restaurant, as you dive into a sea of mezzes, each bite a burst of authenticity – from the smoky notes of Adana Kebab to the savoury embrace of Chicken Topkapı. Savour delights such as İmam Bayıldı, Ezogelin Soup, Chicken Shish Kebab, and Lamb Shoulder Tandır served with Oriental Rice. The menu reads like a love letter to Turkish gastronomy, promising to add delightful favours to your celebration.
When: Now until 28th January, 2024 

Where: CUR8, Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru

Book: +91 (080) 4522-2222

Republic Day Special Buffet at Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa

Nestling cosily in a golden desert landscape, Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa is putting on a special  Republic Day buffet for lunch and dinner on the 26th of January, offering a lovely way to celebrate this historic occasion. Enjoy a menu of traditional favourites, featuring live stations and a wide selection of tempting desserts. Food plated to reflect the colours of the Indian flag adds a special touch. Expect patriotic songs and local folk singers in celebration of India’s cultural heritage. Indian nationals get a 20% discount and individuals serving the nation directly, get an additional 30% as discount. 

When: Lunch and Dinner; Now until January 26, 2024

Where: Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa

Book: +91 80062 31789 / 9027307405

Distinctive Evenings at AER: A yatch club in the Sky 

The long weekend offers ample opportunities for a spirited celebration. We pick Mumbai’s iconic rooftop bar AER, with its shimmering views of Mumbai’s that add to the romance of the Arabian Sea glimmering in the distance.  Beverage manager Alexandre Renoue has carefully curated the menu for AER after much experimentation, with the dedication of  a scientist. Each drink is inspired by the moods of the sky. For your celebratory tipple we recommend a refreshing Rain Dance or the bold Lure of the Siren. Adding pomp with flavoured flair is a delectable menu that includes succulent maki seafood platters and mouth-watering vegetarian delights like the imam bayildi wraps. The Art Deco interiors take after a yatch club, a harmonious blend of coastal chic bathed in soft, enchanting lights. But it’s the vibe that truly makes AER a standout. From the DJ’s take on trance to deep house beats, the tunes here are always on point. Step across the corridor and enjoy alfresco views of the maximum city. Whether you’re looking for a vibrant escape or a romantic night out, it doesn’t get better than AER for a memorable rooftop experience.

Where: AER, Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai

Book: +91 89768 03858

The Ritz-Carlton Bangalore’s Mexican Extravaganza

This weekend, The Ritz-Carlton Bangalore brings an exceptional dining experience to the city.  Mexican Masterchef, Regina Logar’s pop up ‘Taste of Mexico’ at their all-day dining restaurant, The Market promises to be a delectable experience. The six-course dining experience, presents signature dishes like citrus watermelon with goat cheese, shrimp agua chile verde or palmito agua chile verde, bringing the authentic flavours of Mexico to discerning diners. Chef Logar is a distinguished Mexican MasterChef, graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, Mexico, and gained widespread acclaim after her notable appearance on MasterChef Mexico in 2018. With a passion for culinary excellence, Chef Regina has also been nominated for the prestigious “World’s Best Chef from Latin America” award. Chef Regina Logar is a fervent advocate for sustainable fishing, known for using nationally certified sea products, contributing to the promotion of the blue economy. Reserve your seats for an unforgettable evening of gastronomic delights!

When: Dinner, January 27, 2024

Where: The Market, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

Price: INR 8,000 plus taxes per head

Book: +91 80-49148000

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Celebrates Modern Indian Cuisine with Chef Hari Nayak 

Discerning diners can make a note of renowned maestro of contemporary Indian cuisine, Chef Hari Nayak’s collaboration with the award-winning Baraabaru – one of CNN Travel’s top ten “Maldives’ Finest Tables” – complementing the restaurant’s 25-year reputation as the Maldives’ premier Indian restaurant. While the chef’s next residency is scheduled for April 2-7, 2024, the iconic Indian restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is serving Chef Hari’s menu all throughout the year, offering a compelling reason for a delectable weekend getaway.  Under the expert guidance of Baraabaru’s Head Chef Kishan Singh – renowned for his passion for “the natural flavours of the food” and emphasis on fresh, authentic dishes – the two complementary menus will exist as a harmonious culinary symphony. Sustainability is the cornerstone of this sincere alliance, and Chef Nayak’s values are perfectly aligned with Baraabaru’s unwavering dedication to sustainable practises. What’s more, guests can participate in interactive cookery classes and seminars to gain culinary and cultural knowledge. Chef Hari is the founding chef of the acclaimed restaurant Sona in New York and the chef-owner of JHOL, a coastal Indian restaurant with a Michelin star in Bangkok and is the author of six cookbooks.

When: Special menu is available all year; Chef Hari visits April 2-7, 2024

Where: Baraabaru, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

Book: Email Reservations.mal@fourseasons.com / Call (960) 66 00 888.

Tri-colour feasts at Novotel Vijayawada Varun

Commemorate this momentous national occasion by embracing an extraordinary experience at Novotel Vijayawada Varun. Situated in the heart of the city, the hotel invites you to unwind and pamper yourself for an unparalleled celebration. Embark on a culinary adventure at Food Exchange, where Global Exchange and Local Exchange stations showcase a diverse array of flavours to tantalize every palate. Don’t miss the Republic Day Special Brunch, featuring tri-color desserts and regional specialties, designed to ignite your taste buds with patriotic enthusiasm. Take a break from the routine and indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment or a refreshing dip in the pool, allowing yourself a day of well-deserved self-care. The beautiful ambience and impeccable service at Novotel Vijayawada Varun create a tranquil atmosphere, providing an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

When: January 26,2024

Where: Food Exchange, Novotel Vijayawada Varun

Book: +91 7799741022.

Escape to Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach

What better way to break free from the daily routine and treat ourselves to a well-deserved respite as we eagerly look forward to the upcoming long weekend. Those heading to Vishakhapatnam may note that Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach is strategically located in the heart of the city, and guarantees an unforgettable stay. Picture waking up to awe-inspiring sea views right from your room, followed by a delightful meal at their diverse multi-cuisine restaurants such as The Square, Zaffran, and The Red Bowl. Indulge in relaxation at the Harbour Vue lounge bar, which offers breath-taking views of the city and harbour, or spoil yourself with a revitalizing spa session at Calm Spa and Salon. Be sure not to miss out on their excellent infinity swimming pool – a true highlight of the experience!

Where: Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach

Book: +91 80004 02670

Long Weekend Indulgence with OZEN LIFE MAADHOO

OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, is a tranquil palm-painted oasis of elegance set in the exotic turquoise hues of South Malé Atoll. Dotted with 94 gracefully designed villas and one exclusive Residence, the resort offers inspiring experiences and a vibrant island lifestyle, ideal for a long weekend getaway. All the elements of an uber-luxe holiday, from underwater dining at M6m to exhilarating ocean excursions, combine to form an idyllic Maldives stay. Immerse In A Boundless Sanctuary. The resort’s exclusive INDULGENCE™ Plan pampers you with all elements of a sophisticated holiday experience for a truly hassle-free escape. Enjoy the delights of island living to your heart’s content with our Maldives all-inclusive package. With everything you desire built into the comprehensive holiday plan, you can truly let go of all worries and simply experience Maldives. From premium liquor to champagne, from sunset cruise and sunset fishing excursions to exotic dine around – you can experience everything you desire with the INDULGENCE™ Plan. Enjoy a carefree Maldives getaway steeped in elegance, comfort, and blissful relaxation.

Where: OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, Maldives

Book: Reservations

Palau Adventures with the Four Seasons Explorer 

For those looking to extend the long weekend a little further for an experience like no other, the untouched marine wonders of Palau can now be explored aboard the Four Seasons Explorer. This stunning archipelago is a protected marine territory, with 340 islands covering half a million square kilometres, of which only nine are inhabited. The 39-meter luxury catamaran, equipped with three decks, 10 staterooms, a lavish suite, and a range of amenities, including a PADI 5-Star Dive Centre and allows you to tailor your experiences, whether diving in renowned sites or indulging in cultural encounters on lush islands. Palau’s underwater world, with visibility up to 100 meters, offers unparalleled diving experiences with marine life and shipwrecks. Guests can also enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, and free diving, with excursions to unique sites for yoga sessions and mineral-rich mud bathing. Lush green islands offer hiking trails to hidden waterfalls, bird-watching opportunities, and glimpses into the region’s history, including remnants of World War II battles. Explore traditional meeting houses, ancient stone monoliths, and rock paintings dating back thousands of years. 

Book: www.fourseasons.com/explorerpalau

Flavours of freedom at JW Marriott Bengaluru Prestige Golfshire Resort & Spa 

Surrender to the gastronomic temptations of the rich Awadhi cuisine over this long weekend. True to its name, Aaleeshan, the signature Indian restaurant at the JW Marriott Bengaluru Prestige Golfshire Resort & Spa is an epitome of grandeur and luxury. Located in the heart of the resort at the lobby level, Aaleeshan presents a magnificent Awadhi dining experience on the poolside terrace which overlooks of a 60-year-old tree on one side and the sweeping views of Nandi Hills and the lake on the other. The passionate service team at Aaleeshan welcomes you and  leaves no stone unturned in making your visit, worth remembering. Aaleeshan has also won note-worthy laurels like the “Best Indian Cusine” restaurant from the Travel + Leisure within its first 6 months of operation making it a restaurant where authenticity is an integral part of quality.

Where: Aaleeshan, JW Marriott Bengaluru Prestige Golfshire Resort & Spa

Book: +91 8867900885

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