Hola all ye beautiful people!
If you are wondering why am i so chirpy blame it on the supahh staycation i just got back from. I started staycationing two years ago when my brother and I discovered the great breakfast spread at Okra, right here in Secunderabad. It took multiple breakfasts to assure myself of the consistency in food and service. Only then did I sign up for a membership. The best investment I ever made. Read on to know why.
Staycation – Part 1
There are a whole lot of privileges, special rates and complimentary stuff that you get as a part of the premium membership package. So when the family can’t match schedules to take an entire week off to travel, we pack our bags and drive down to the Marriott. The stays have always gone so well that we now check in at least thrice a year to claim our two day complimentary stay, special discounts over the weekend and other vouchers.
Last week we checked in after an early lunch. I was really impressed with the warm Namaste greetings (not the synthetic kind you get when you board a plane!) across the hotel that starts at the main gate security check followed by the doorman with the beaming smile.
The check-in was really smooth and we were offered a welcome drink and then a front office executive escorted us to our rooms. On seeing my mom walking slowly, she offered a wheelchair; now that is what attention to detail is all about.
The rooms were pleasant and the beds really comfortable. Handmade chocolates made in-house were a nice touch as a part of the evening turn down service. Good housekeeping standards.
Things we did:
Day 1 – We napped, exercised, had a cocktail, swam and dined at Bidri.
The kiddo went off to the pool, hubby burnt a few calories at the gym while I shamelessly piled on some at Altitude, the bar opposite the gym!
Hubby finished his workout while I finished my ‘fresh fruit infused’ summer cocktails and then we headed to the pool to cool off. My only gripe here is that one has to access the pool through the restaurant and there is only one changing room. The wait can get tiresome if several people show up for a swim at the same time. We dined at Bidri to the backdrop of some great live music by a talented gazal singer and his partner on the tabla.
Day 2 – Pigged out, caught a movie, shopped, lunched at a restaurant which is otherwise toooo far from home to frequent, swam, chilled out in the members only lounge and dined at Okra.
We were spoiled for choice at breakfast. After stuffing ourselves we headed out to catch a movie and a spot of shopping in the city. Oh what a pleasure it was to reach GVK in less than half an hour; Prasads would have been even sooner. We had lunch at a place which we love but hardly visit due to the distance. We headed back and jumped straight into the pool followed by cocktails and snacks at the first floor lounge.
Day 3 – A birthday celebration with more family joining us for breakfast.
I had requested the executive chef to create a birthday cake using fresh fruit, no syrups and synthetic flavours or colours. What a fabulous summer cake Chef Rateesh from HBC crafted for us – A Mango cheesecake, Philadelphia cream cheese goodness topped with fresh mangoes, encased in white chocolate petals.
The Guest Relations Executive, on noticing the celebration, came over to wish the birthday girl with a beautiful pastry cake topped with a candle. What a lovely thing to do! Gestures like these make one feel so special.
Adios for now. More on the food and service in part two…
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