New Delhi Delight

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The magnificent pool at Leela Palace in New Delhi. Photo by Rohit Chawla

It was only because I had to catch a flight to the amazing Ananda Spa that allowed me to tear myself away from one of the most beautiful pools I’d ever seen, featuring a vertical garden over an infinity pool with city views below.

But then again, everything I’d seen at the five-star Leela Palace in the Diplomatic Enclave of New Delhi had seemed fit for royalty.

The property has 194 Grande Deluxe rooms, 42 Royal Club rooms and 18 suites.

My luxurious, elegantly appointed room was huge, with a view of a tree-filled roundabout below, the greenery forming a colorful contrast with the pink stucco buildings lining the streets. During a walk around the hotel, I marveled at the multi-million dollar art collection and fresh flower accents everywhere.

More flowers were in abundant supply as we enjoyed a breakfast buffet in the sprawling gardens in The Qube, one of the award- winning restaurants that are destinations in themselves for locals and tourists. Others include Le Cirque, MEGU and Jamavar.

While our delayed flight ruined our chance to enjoy dining at one, we did enjoy martinis, lamb and vegetable samosas and meat kebabs in The Library, a lovely ending to a stressful day of travel and a perfect introduction to my first visit to India.

Of course, there’s a spa, which I sadly didn’t have time to enjoy. Spa Espa has two levels, with a cafe, fitness studio, separate relaxation areas for men and women, a sauna and heated benches.

Traveling alone? Check out the “Kamai Single Lady Traveller package,” which includes two-way air transfers, yoga mats and more.

There are several other Leela properties throughout India, including in Mumbai, Gurugram, Bengaluru and Goa.

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