Luxury amidst History; visit Taj Surajkund, Delhi
Posted on January 6, 2020 by Ghoomophiro
Staying at a Taj property is always a pleasure and Vivanta in Surajkund is a beautiful property surrounded by trees and greenery. Moreover, it is an eco-friendly property spread over 15,500 square feet, situated near Surajkund Lake. It is a 5-star hotel that is built near a historical site and the design and the aura of the place reflect it.
Surrounded by the Aravallis, it is a luxury resort that believes in the tranquillity of nature. There was an air of privacy when we stayed there and everyone seems to mind their own business. Taj Surajkund is a getaway because it is a short drive away from the hustle-bustle of the city and as soon as we entered the place, we were amazed by the concept it was built on- Baoli-like.
How to Reach?
Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund is located 11 km from Saket, 18 km from New Delhi City Centre and 23 km from Indira Gandhi International Airport. It is a luxurious hotel situated in Faridabad. One can easily reach the place by car and it is visible on Google Maps.
There are 9 types of rooms available and you can choose what is most suitable for you according to the price and facilities. We chose to stay in the Bliss suite which covers 2000 sq ft area. The Bliss suite is true to its name. With a spacious bathroom and a relaxing bathtub, huge living room and gorgeous bedroom, we felt like we had made the right choice choosing it. The terrace area had a private lawn overlooking the entrance gate of the resort. The suite also had a minibar, two televisions, a dining room and an additional bathroom. The room was comfortable for our stay and also clean and well-maintained.
The premium Indulgence room has a minimalistic look apart from the large verandah and a fantastic view of greenery. It had a walk-in shower and also a walk-in closet. We had our choices but we chose the Bliss suite because it fit our taste more and its décor was quite elegant. It had wooden flooring and soundproof walls. The rooms in Taj hotel are the embodiment of luxury and make you feel pampered.
The hotel has an exotic ambiance. Surrounded by greenery on the outside, the lobby looks stunning. The furnishing in the lobby is not modern but it suits the ambiance well. There’s a pottery studio as well where kids enjoy but anyone can stay for a pottery workshop. Taj Surajkund does have the getaway vibe because one starts relaxing as soon as one enters the place. The staff takes care of everything and every little amenity is put there for your luxury.
Along with free wi-fi and complimentary parking, Vivanta Surajkund has a marvelous infinity pool. There are Cabanas and sun-beds around the pool which is a perfect place to chill and enjoy a couple of drinks. The terrace has a sitting space where guests can enjoy the sunset and the rooms have all the amenities. Each room has high-quality air-conditioning, toiletries, bathrobes, hair-dryer, slippers, mini-bar and even a small kitchen. The staff makes check-in easier and it also has a luggage storage area. One can also book a tour of the nearby places from the tour desk.
We availed their spa services and got a “Pehelvaan Malish” which was meant to relive our sore and stiff muscles. It was a deep-tissue massage and the masseuse was well-trained. She applied mustard oil on our body and massaged it till we felt relaxed and our body gleamed. After we walked out from the massage parlour our bodies felt so much lighter. It was a 90-minute long massage but sure felt like it ended too quickly because we were enjoying it so much. The entrance to the spa has a unique theme inspired by a “baoli”. They also had a couples treatment therapy room but one must book an appointment beforehand. The fitness centre was also well-equipped and the hotel provides daily newspaper and laundry service as well.
Where to eat?
Eating at Vivanta Surajkund can poke a hole in your pocket. Though they have world-class cuisines with high-quality delicious food, it is all quite expensive. Yet, since the hotel is situated at a property where you won’t find a fast food joint nearby, you have no option but to choose from among the options. We had our breakfast at Paranda and went to dine for lunch in Tado. Finally, our dinner was at Oasis which serves Indian, Chinese and even Italian food. Since we were there for the weekend, we enjoyed free-flow beverages with Sunday brunch. The bar in the hotel has an extensive cocktail and mocktail menu. We tried a Grilled Pineapple and Cracked pepper Martini which was a unique drink for us. Oasis has a better ambiance than Paranda but Paranda has a Dhaba-type set-up with delicious local cuisines. The restaurant had quick service and served wonderful food. We regretted not having booked a weekend meal plan while booking the place since eve the buffet meals put a dent in our pocket.
What needs to be better:
While the location of the hotel is fantastic, the only thing they need to work on is their meal prices because the food was overpriced even according to 5-star standards. Having lived at many other Taj properties, we could tell. If you don’t opt for a meal-inclusive plan, it could be quite expensive and there is no place nearby where one can go for having food. Moreover, there needs to be more activities available for the entertainment of the guests.
Overall, our experience at Taj Surajkund was good. We didn’t wander out to see many places nearby even though the beautiful Surajkund Lake is not too far away. The rooms were comfortable and the room service was excellent. The hospitality of Taj employees was unmatched as always. The only trouble we had was that there was not much to do. Apart from walks in the garden, the pottery workshop and spa, there are not many activities one can participate in. We did spend a lot of time in our room, just resting and watching TV which is something we do not usually do. One weekend at the Taj Surajkund feels like enough time to enjoy the place without getting bored.
Places to see nearby:
Surajkund Lake is just 0.7 km from Vivanta Surajkund. It is a 10th-century sun pool that has been converted into a tourist destination.
Visit Baba Farid’s Tomb which is the tomb of an ancient Sufi saint.
Go see Raja Nahar Singh Fort and shop at the market nearby.