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Surround yourself with timeless elegance at Dusit Devarana New Delhi, the finest luxury accommodation in New Delhi.  Four-feature bathrooms feature deluxe bathroom linen, luxurious showers and separate overhead rain shower, an over-sized bathtub and branded amenities.

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Dusit D2 New Delhi is an ultra chic lifestyle hotel designed to cater to the next generation of savvy business and leisure travelers. The hotel offers stylish accommodations combined with modern comforts, using the highest quality and technology available. Dusit D2 has 216 spacious and plush rooms. Each of the standard rooms is 34 square meters and furnished with state of the art amenities. Out of these beautifully laid out rooms, 15 are dedicated suites. Dusit D2 is home to the renowned Devarana spa. The spa is known for rejuvenating treatments and its roof-top swimming pool. The state of art gymnasium at the hotel terrace offers a complete fitness experience including full time instructors.

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Dusit Devarana New Delhi offers guests a 102 meter temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pool.

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Set amidst the Aravalli Hills in Manesar is the ITC Grand Bharat. The ultimate expression of fine living, this destination resort is 45 kilometers from New Delhi. The resort pays tribute to India's rich history and culture through its architecture, interior design, and signature services. Its 300-acre estate seamlessly blends opulent grandeur and the highest principles of environmental stewardship. The resort's location facilitates access to the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.
The resort boasts 100 elegant 73-square-meter suites, as well as four palatial Presidential Villas, each of which has two bedrooms in its 502 square meters. On site is a stunning 27-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, complemented by a social club and a complex that offers a variety of other sports and recreational activities. A fully-equipped fitness center and an outdoor swimming pool are also available. With an emphasis on healthful options, the gourmet chefs have re-imagined local and international cuisines with low-calorie experiences and flavors. Spanning 1,951 square metres, Kaya Kalp - The Royal Spa is a haven for holistic well being and luxurious pampering of body, mind, and soul.

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Dusit Devarana New Delh

Dusit Devarana New Delhi offers a transcendental leisure experience blending modern technology, tranquil natural settings, and a touch of gracious Thai hospitality. Perfectly located between the historical attractions of New Delhi and corporate hub of Gurgaon, the hotel provides business and leisure travelers a luxurious urban retreat in the heart of India. The hotel also has a live temple within the premises for performing religious rituals for guests.

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The Oberoi Gurgaon offers rooms with landscape windows that bathe every room with abundant daylight, with a view of the serene reflection pools and landscaped gardens. A 24-hour personal butler service and select suites with private heated swimming pools are only some of the luxury hotel's features.

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Kempinski Ambience Delhi's two towers have 480 rooms and suites, two outdoor swimming pools, luxurious recreational facilities and specialty dining options. It boasts of a pillar-less ballroom of 25,000 sq.ft., the largest in a luxury hotel in India with a total meeting space of 70,000 sq.ft. that can comfortably accommodate 6000 guests.

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Every room at Delhi's Taj Mahal Hotel is a Room with a (spectacular) View.


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There's a very interesting split in the travel industry between business and leisure travelers. And if you're one of the business types, you know well that you're on the road constantly and the things that matter to you, travel convenience, efficiency, and connectivity, are almost the opposite of what a leisure traveler might want. If the word 'secluded' ever appeared in a hotel description, you'd cross it off the list immediately. So I'm here to use some adjectives you might appreciate hearing in describing some of the world's best business hotels. Today? New Delhi.

There's one hotel in New Delhi that has historic pedigree to play host to the most influential businessmen and foreign dignitaries, and that's the Taj Palace Hotel. On six acres of the Diplomatic Enclave, which is itself just a stone's throw from the business district, you're right in the center of the action, whether it's financial or political. Thirteen meeting rooms across the property can accommodate up to 1,000 people, so you'll never be lacking for space in the hotel itself, and a short 10 minute drive to the airport eliminates any hassle that comes with travel. Go right from your flight to your room with no fuss at all. Stay connected with state-of-the-art electronics and all the business facilities you need. Four restaurants on site provide Mediterranean, Indian, and Chinese cuisine, and there's a nearby private club for a golf or tennis break, as well as a nine hole putting course at the hotel.  The Taj Palace Hotel is just what our more entrepreneurial travelers are looking for in New Delhi.

The Oberoi Gurgaon Guest RoomsThis year, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts welcomed a new property to its already-impressive Indian roster: The Oberoi, Gurgaon in New Delhi's stylish business suburb. On a recent trip to the subcontinent, we checked into this modern new addition — and checked up on some of the brand's iconic city and resort favorites.

Open since April The Oberoi, Gurgaon is in a booming business and entertainment enclave 15 minutes from the international airport—making it an ideal first stop in India. The hotel, which is spread out over nine acres, takes a more contemporary approach to design than some of its sister properties. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the reflection pool or maze garden, and offer conveniences that are both pampering (freestanding tubs, rain showers and silk robes) and practical (media hubs and 46-inch LED TVs). The two Premier Suites have private pools and decks, while the outdoor heated pool of the Presidential Suite (#6120) is cantilevered over the side of the building. Every guest enjoys 24-hour butler service by an employee trained under Robert Watson of The Guild of Professional English Butlers. To organize a VIP experience, like a ride in one of the hotel's private Rolls-Royce or BMW 7 Series cars, contact Les Clefs d’Or-accredited Head Concierge Stephen Fernandez.

To accommodate international flight schedules, The Oberoi, Gurgaon opened the city's first 24-hour full-service spa, with a globally influenced menu of services like herbal pouch massages, lime-and-ginger body scrubs, and milk-and-rose-petal baths. The Oberoi Gurgaon LobbyThere's also an Olympic-size outdoor pool and trainer-staffed gym onsite, and yoga sessions are offered daily. The hotel has also become a go-to dining destination, thanks to its diverse options. The vast threesixtyone restaurant (open from 6:30 a.m.-1 a.m.) has five show kitchens as well as a "live" patisserie and a bar menu of signature martinis and 200 labels of wine. (Top Tip: Contact the concierge team to organize a special Chef's Table experience.) At the fine dining restaurant Amaranta, Manager Swati Bhatnagar oversees a unique menu that highlights contemporary Indian coastal cuisine, with fresh fish arriving daily from the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. Post-meal, ask to see the wide selection of Cuban and premium liquors in the Cigar Lounge.

Pictured: First, The Oberoi Gurgaon's lobby is spacious, post-modern and airy and second, an expansive guest room.

This article was originally written for our sister publication: Luxury Travel Advisor