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The Palace On Pichola – where you will find The Leela and Luxury in a royal embrace

As India celebrated it’s 69th Republic Day on the 26th of January 2018, Laveena and I boarded a flight to Udaipur in Rajasthan. Udaipur, was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II and was the former capital of the Mewar Kingdom. After a short hour-long flight from Mumbai, we landed at the Maharana Pratap airport, where we were greeted by Kamal Bhati, the regally dressed chauffeur from The Leela Palace, Udaipur. This was our first ever stay at a Leela property and we were beyond excited about what lay ahead.

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A unique ‘Runway’ stay-cation at the fabulous Taj Santacruz

As members of Taj InnerCircle, India’s largest hotel loyalty programme, valid at over 80 hotels locally, and at 16 hotels at iconic international destinations, we look forward to our yearly stay-cation in our city of residence. Over the years we have enjoyed our free weekends as ‘Taj InnerCircle’ members, at the Vivanta by Taj – President, Taj Lands End – Mumbai and our favourite, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai, a property we love dearly and have celebrated many a special occasion at. For us, the Taj brand embodies a perfect mix of sophistication and warmth, with high standards of services and etiquette from their staff.

This year, a friend recommended we spend our weekend at the Taj Santacruz, the brand new luxury hotel, located near the domestic airport in Mumbai.

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Chateau Mcely’s Piano Nobile once again in the prestigious top ten best restaurants in the country – Places Eighth in Maurer’s Grand Restaurant 2018.

Executive Chef Honza Štěrba and his team accepted yet another prize “plate” at the awards ceremony held at the Mercedes-Benz showroom in Prague 4. Czech restaurants are rated each year as part of a nationwide survey in the food, service, and interior categories. Piano Nobile is also part of the winter Grand Restaurant Festival, which takes place from January 15 to February 28. This year’s theme is superfoods – those which have been scientifically proven to have beneficial effects on health and longevity. The “superfood” phenomenon is gaining importance worldwide. Nowadays people want to live more healthily, take care of themselves both physically and emotionally, and even experiment a little. The requirement was that at least one course contain one or more superfoods that are local, seasonal, and grown or raised with love.

Piano Nobile’s awards ceremony menu featured:
Wild duck • Celery root • Apple • Chestnuts • Village sauce and Cedar chocolate • Buckthorn • Clementine marmalade

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Mandarin Oriental Prague – Luxury in a 14th Century Monastery

Steeped in history, this European city of a hundred spires, seems to have frozen in time. As one walks along the charming pebbled streets, one cannot help falling in love with the beautiful Gothic churches, the Baroque buildings and the red-roofed homes. With a special place in our hearts for this city, which has culture at its core, Laveena and I were lucky to have returned to Prague after a wonderful stay at Chateau Mcely (Pampered like Royals at Chateau Mcely).

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