February 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Taj West End is a lush, 20-acre garden in the middle of Bangalore. West End VIPs have included the vivacious and beautiful Devika Rani, the First Lady of the Indian Screen who held the film world in thrall for two decades, and her venerated Russian husband Roerich. Many members of Indian Royalty practically settled into the West End Hotel - The Jagirdar of Arni stayed at the West End for 36 years and the Raja of Chettinad was a regular in Room No.50.
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March 15, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
As our friends at Luxury Travel Advisor report, something big is afoot at the upcoming Banyan Tree Kerala. Set to open on the 1st of December this year, the hotel is redefining what to expect of a secluded resort. In a scene that I imagine belonging more in the Lord of the Rings than anywhere in real life, arrival to the Banyan Tree Kerala will be heralded by your approach. An approach in a boat, sailed through the tranquil waters and right into the hotel lobby, thus giving them the best boat-to-lobby distance ration (BTL) of any hotel in the world. We all have to be great at something, right? Seriously, it's such a novel concept for a resort brand that prides itself on its exclusivity, and I'm a huge fan of non-traditional lobbies. And what could be more non-traditional than the potent lobby-harbor combination? As their PR Rep told me, "I heard you like boats, so I put a boat in your lobby, so you can check-in while you boat."*
This is certainly a hotel property to be on the lookout for. Banyan Tree always seems to deliver on their particular brand of luxury, and they're clearly looking to innovate on their already successful concept. While you're waiting for the Banyan Tree Kerala to open, check out our other Banyan Tree resorts.
*Not Intended To Be a Factual Statement