The festive season is upon us, and it’s time to set aside your worries and immerse yourself in celebratory experiences. From savouring the finest Asian cuisine to getting fit to enjoy the festivities, buying a new watch or travelling to the exotic shores, here’s an eclectic selection of something for everyone this festive season. Let’s take a closer look:
Flavours of Awadh at Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru
Food is always a delectable cue to that great festive feeling and you can celebrate the start of the seasons with fabulous Awadhi cuisine at CUR8, every Friday at Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru’s lovely alfresco all day dining restaurant. Chef Nadeem Qureshi works his magic to bring alive the rich heritage of cuisine. A seventh generation khansama from Lucknow, Chef Nadeem is renowned for his exclusive service to the Nawabs, and this culinary extravaganza promises to transport you back to the royal courts of yore when legendary chefs specialised in a particular dish prepared for the royals. Expect melt-in-your-mouth Galouti Kebabs, Shahi Nehari, delicate Baqarkhani bread, fragrant spices to flavourful biryanis prepared with utmost precision, and exotic pulaos garnished with real gold. Flavours of Awadh is an unforgettable gastronomic experience that combines generations-old, traditional Awadhi recipes with Chef Nadeem’s own innovative touch.
When: Every Friday
Where: CUR8, Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru
Book: 91 (080) 4522-2222
Asian Delights at Novotel Visakhapatnam
Nestled along the pristine shores of the Bay of Bengal, Novotel Visakhapatnam invites you on a culinary journey through Asia. Foodies heading to Vizag can make note, the new Red Bowl – Pan Asian Kitchen at Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach is the newest addition to the city’s culinary landscape. From the spicy flavours of Szechuan cuisine to the delicate nuances of Japanese sushi, this luxury property promises an unforgettable dining experience that will transport your taste buds across the continent. Vibrant and welcoming, the outlet’s Asian inspired décor creates an inviting atmosphere. An innovative rooftop kitchen serves traditional dishes that have been skilfully reimagined with a contemporary twist while its beach front location adds to sensory journey through the rich and vibrant cuisines of Japan, China, Thailand, and more.
Book: +91 7799888068
Tropical Diwali with Four Seasons Resorts Thailand
Planning your festive getaway? Thailand’s blend of tropical charm and warm hospitality lends itself to a memorable holiday. Four Seasons Resorts Thailand offers special packages with family experiences to embrace the celebratory mood. Luxurious accommodations, stunning vistas, culinary excellence and warm hospitality are enhanced with the hotel’s special Diwali package so you can enjoy traditional Indian cuisine, cultural performances and more, while creating magical memories with loved ones. With stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui provides the perfect backdrop for a dreamy island getaway. Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai envelopes you in a landscape of lush rice paddies at the base of Thailand’s majestic northern mountains. Both resorts make sure everyone is entertained by also offering a range of activities for teenagers and young children inspired by Thailand’s vibrant culture and crafts.Further north, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle lies nestled in lush bamboo jungles – the perfect off-the-grid experience for families or couples looking for a little adventure.
Discover more at: Thailand by Four Seasons
Book: +66 2 207 8900
10 minutes with Yasmin Karachiwala
Those looking to get festive fit should take a look at Yasmin Karachiwala’s new book “Perfect 10: 10 minute Workouts You Can Do Anywhere”, The fitness instructor who Bollywood divas swear by is releases her latest book, “Perfect 10: 10 minute Workouts You Can Do Anywhere”. The Pilates pioneer breaks down workouts into 10-minute stacks that can be done at home while travelling or well, anywhere and each exercise in this book comes with a video instruction. All you have to do is scan the QR code, choose the relevant exercise stack and workout with Yasmin. The book comes highly recommended by celebrities like Katrina Kaif, who declares in a quote on the back cover of the book that, ‘Yasmin is the best fitness trainer we have.’ Published by Penguin eBury Press, the book is available on pre-order on amazon.in. To experience her magic in a more structured format through a class, Yasmin has recently opened new centres in Cuffe Parade, Matunga, Tardeo and Juhu. Now with her long-standing associate Urvi Patel, she opens a centre in Vincino Mall in Oshiwara, Andheri West. Dive into her world of fitness and wellness as she shares her secrets for a healthier, happier life.
Book a Class at YKBI, Andheri: +91 99651 82182
Watch for Festivities: Deccan Treasures from Nebula by Titan
There is something profoundly timeless about a beautifully crafted dress watch. Those looking for the perfect gift for this festive season, may consider Nebula by Titan’s collection of watches that seamlessly blend the art of precision watchmaking with the tradition of jewellery crafting. Nebula’s Deccan Treasures presents 18 carat gold watches adorned with jadai, moti piroi, and artisanal stone carving techniques which make them the perfect accessory for Indian festive wear. Each intricately designed timepiece is an expression of sophistication, showcasing styles that celebrate the region’s history etched in time. For those who appreciate the finer things in life, wearing a Nebula is not just about telling time; it’s about making a statement. This exquisite collection makes a wonderful festive gift for yourself or a loved one this festive season.
Buy: World of Titan stores and on Titan.co.in
Hot Pot at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai
Festivities are all about togetherness, so why not warm up your senses with a delightful hot pot experience at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai. Gather around a steaming pot filled with a variety of ingredients and broths like – succulent meats, fresh seafood, vibrant vegetables, and handmade noodles, creating your own personalised soup for the perfect communal dining experience. With his passion for authentic Asian cuisine and creative flair in the kitchen, Chef Lin Lin Yang’s latest offering is presented at the hotel’s award winning diner San:Qi, a culinary oasis that seamlessly marries flavours from across Asia, offering a gourmet journey that’s as diverse as it is delectable. Hot Pot is more than just a meal; it’s an experience. Each bite is a burst of flavours and textures, and Chef Lin Lin Yang’s meticulous attention to detail ensures the finest quality ingredients and the perfect balance of seasonings. As you dip, cook, and savour, you’ll discover new depths of flavour with each combination, perfect for a celebration.
When: 18th – 30th September 2023
Where: San:Qi at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai
Book: 022 6982 8000
Royal Opulence at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore
The Ritz Carlton has always stood for grandeur and opulence. The hotel radiated elegance as it welcomed India’s royal families and Bengaluru’s elite to the grand inauguration of the Royal Fables’ 13th edition, a showcase of regal treasures. A regal soirée hosted by GM George Kuruvilla began this immersive journey of luxury and refinement. A collaboration with The House of Angadi, brought together tradition with contemporary finesse. The Royal Fables 2023 India Tour features over 30 stalls displaying prêt-à-porter ensembles, exquisite jewellery, haute couture accessories, and delightful culinary offerings. The tour will journey through Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Ludhiana, celebrating the magnificence of India’s royal heritage. It’s a great way to add a touch of royalty to your festive shopping.
Ritz Carlton: 080 4914 8000
Maldives’ First Hologram Room at Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru
For a wonderful festive getaway, connect to the wonders of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru: a 44-acre (18-hectare) wilderness that links land with sea, conservation with culture and wellness with innovation. Snorkel with the world’s largest population of manta rays, engage in bespoke therapeutic programs at AyurMa, dine on sandbanks, learn to kitesurf, rehabilitate injured sea turtles and connect to a natural playground of possibility.
The luxury hotel introduces a delightful new activity for young explorers. A groundbreaking hologram room – the first ever of its kind in the Maldives – with unique opportunities to “swim” alongside majestic manta rays. This immersive experience combines technology and nature, allowing you to witness the beauty of the ocean’s gentle giants like never before. This dry-land adventure – easily navigated through the state-of-the-art Hologram Room using a dedicated wand – is bound to cast a spell, opening your eyes to an entirely new world. The Hologram Room can be enjoyed on its own, or as an additional experience after or before heading out to a bucket-list experience of seeing and swimming with a real-life manta mass aggregation, a sensational seasonal occurrence (on a regular basis between June and November) near to the Resort.Four Seasons’ legendary luxury hospitality will ensure a wonder-filled experience for the entire family.
Book: (960) 66 00 888
On the fairways with Marriott Bonvoy
For those who crave the exceptional amid the festivities, Marriott Bonvoy is the perfect choice. With 30 brands tailored to every type of journey, Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio offers hospitality in the most memorable destinations in the world. Amidst lush greens and fellow golf enthusiasts, the Marriott Bonvoy Golf Tournament 2023 was held at Prestige Golfshire Club earlier this month in Bengaluru, featuring golf ace Shiv Kapur, a two-time European Challenge Tour champion and Arjuna Award recipient. The tournament delivered a dollop of camaraderie, excitement, and skills for seasoned golfers and novices on the course. An awards ceremony and delectable cocktail dinner at JW Marriott Bengaluru Prestige Golfshire Resort & Spa, where attendees celebrated their shared passion for golf while relishing Marriott’s gourmet hospitality was a highlight. Members can enjoy many such opportunities through Marriott Bonvoy’s commitment to delight its members.