A Taste of Love

This Valentine’s Day, indulge in these epicurean delights and take a short break away from it all with your loved one, whether it’s in the hills or in the Indian Ocean.

Lotus Pavilion - ITC Gardenia

Garden City Delights

Amaze your better half in elan with curated offerings made for the day of love at ITC Hotels Bengaluru. Relinquish elegant and extraordinary experiences with your loved one at Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels, Richmond Town. Choose from Chef’s Special Menus at the specialty Chinese restaurant, Mahjong Room (A la carte Menu Offerings with complimentary dessert, Unlimited Beverages Add-on: INR 999 + taxes per person). Or go for an intimate Meal under the Stars by the poolside (Swizzle by the Poolside - Special five course Western Fare Table d’hôte Menu INR 5,999 + taxes per couple, includes a bottle of Premium Beverage).The Valentine’s Day Special Buffet Dinner at WelcomCafe Jacaranda, is INR 1,199 + taxes per person. (Contact +91 9989643000 or email: cyril.nunes@itchotels.in )

Mahjong Room - Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels

At ITC Gardenia, make your loved one feel special with a delicious spread of food with the Valentine’s Day Special Buffet Dinner at Cubbon Pavilion (INR 2,200 + taxes per person). Indulge with your partner in a luscious dinner experience at Lotus Pavilion with an intimate Cabana, specially reserved for couples, serving set menus from their specialty restaurants. Chef's Special Menu, Personalized Butler Service, Unlimited Premium Beverages: INR 9,999 all-inclusive for two people. (Contact +91 80 2211 9898 or email: mytable.itcgardenia@itchotels.in )

A Weekend Brunch at the Much-Loved Elan

Weekend Brunch at Elan, The Lodhi

Begin your weekend early and spend your afternoons brunching under the sun and the cool Delhi breeze at The Lodhi, New Delhi. Indulge yourself in an extravagant spread of flavours from around the world, ranging from European, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai, to name a few, paired with meticulously crafted cocktails at Elan Courtyard. The menu has been carefully designed to ensure that guests have a perfect weekend spent with their loved ones over delicious food and heart-warming conversations! Elan, The Lodhi, Every Saturday-Sunday; 12.30pm to 3.30pm; INR 2,999 + taxes / INR 3,999 + taxes (with alcohol).

The Sky Lounge at Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra

Dinner by the Taj Mahal

Enjoy stunning views of the Taj Mahal, an epitome of love, while creating special memories with your valentine. Make this Valentine’s Day special by dining under the stars at Infini - The Sky Lounge at Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. Infini, offers sweeping views of the silvery Taj Mahal, like no other rooftop restaurant. Connect with your significant other over a lavish menu, that any epicurean would love, in one of the most romantic rooftop setting in the country. Enjoy exotic delights over a three-course menu which includes Hungarian Goulash, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup; Chargrilled Fish with raw mango salsa; Vodka Shrimps with cheese corn dip; Panko crusted cheese, honey chilli, and Smoked broccoli.

Relish steaks on stone, varieties include Duck Breast with pepper corn jus, Spring Chicken, Smoked BBQ, Lamb Rack with Red Wine jus, Trio of mushroom, Sriracha sauce and Cottage Cheese roll with saffron cheese sauce.

Rekindle your romance with the infinity pool with Taj Mahal as the backdrop, as live band belts out soulful music to add to the charm of the evening. Meal For Two: three-course set menu at INR 2,999++; 7pm – 11:30pm.

Kandima - Lounge Bar

A Beachy Affair

Indian travellers looking for a last minute escape can now celebrate this upcoming romantic week in style at the Maldives. The 4-night stay package and experiences programme curated by Kandima Maldives – 'Oh-so Valentine Desires' – that can make a perfect special gift for a loved one!

The activities and experiences programme for this week include – memorable culinary experiences, island castaway adventure, a romantic sunset cruise, restorative spa treatments, art classes for couples that include a ‘love reef’ and caricatures, a movie under the stars, Insta-worthy 'Sunset Love Lounge' and much more – in and around the resort.

So, book any villa or studio type this February for a minimum of four nights and enjoy a romantic Maldivian holiday with some ‘lovelicious’ inclusions for two adults! What makes it even better? Return domestic transfers for two! www.kandima.com

Kakapo - The Pink Lady

Ambrosial Flavours

The picture-perfect fine-dine restaurant at Ambawatta One, Mehrauli, New Delhi, is leaving no stone unturned to offer you the ultimate luxury where you can choose their special dining experience in the form of two curated offers. A package of two at Kakapo starting at INR 8,495 includes a bottle of sparkling wine, heavenly cocktails and ambrosial food from a fixed Valentine’s Day special menu. There is also an alternative package which includes the same appetising food and exquisite cocktails which is priced at INR 6,495. Both offers include magnificent table decorations of beautiful flowers and candles.

Cherry Blossom cocktail at Mamagoto

Sweet Cocktails

Celebrate the season of love at Mamagoto. You’ve been here for date nights, for celebrations, and when you’ve craved fun, Asian food. Now celebrate the love and for each other at the city’s favourite Asian eatery.

Mamagoto decided to add an extra zing to Valentine's week with a selection of artisanal cocktails created to add more love to the drinks. A menu that captures the essence of true love and a delicious dose of passion! Start with The Amour, berries infused vodka cocktail with tropical flavours of coconut and peach, topped off with little hearts. Prefer something with a bit of fizz then choose Love Potion, vodka, and white wine flavoured with peach syrup and topped up with ginger ale. For a sweet treat for a sweetheart, try the Cherry Blossom, maraschino cherry flavoured vodka with cranberry juice. The season of love is lit up with Red Lights, a cocktail made with vodka, the aroma of spices with the added freshness of watermelon and basil. Travel to celebrate this day of love, perhaps Lost in Hong Kong as a cocktail would transport there. Made with vodka, red wine, flavours of vanilla, and elderflower finished with citrusy orange juice. The last of our vodka cocktails include End Credits, with vodka, Kahlua, a shot of espresso, hints of coconut, and a crisp finish of fresh orange!

The Parlour at Mamagoto

For lovers of darker spirits, there’s Port City, bourbon infused with fresh ginger and spices to create a truly heartwarming cocktail. The Maple Sour takes on a classic whisky sour made with bourbon and maple syrup. Close the evening with a delicious Gin cocktail, plum-infused gin, paired with passion fruit and star anise, call it The Parlour. Enjoy the weather, the company of someone special, and a stellar cocktail menu to make the most of this week of love! From 7th to 28th February 2022 at Saket, Noida, Khan Market, Vasant Kunj, Cyberhub, Ambience Mall, and Pacific Mall outlets.

Cupid's Arrow

Raise a Sassy Toast!

The season of romance is here and cupid has spiked the cocktails at Mumbai’s favourite resto-bar, The Sassy Spoon, with its arrow of love! Discover the new limited-edition Valentine’s day themed cocktail menu – Lovetails.

La Dolce Vita

The special ‘Sassy Lovetails’ menu features Love Potion #9 – a strawberry and dark chocolate martini, Spicy Sweetheart – a tempting strawberry and black pepper martini, Cupid’s Arrow – a rosemary peach bellini, Ménage à Deux – an orange and peach flavoured gin cocktail, and last but not the least, and Nariman Point, Mumbai.

The Tasting Room by DIVA Good Earth Raghuvanshi Mills

Diva’s Abode

The Tasting Room by Diva, newly reopened with a fresh menu, is ready to serve you once again at the Good Earth Raghuvanshi Mills flagship in Mumbai. Indulge yourself at this glamorous, modern-day Persian café, with jewel-toned chenille details, baroque chandeliers, flavoursome meals and sparkling spirits to relish with your special someone. What’s not to love!

The sumptuous interiors of The Tasting Room by DIVA Good Earth, Raghuvanshi Mills

The maximal setting of the Cafe’s all-new avatar is a collaborative effort by Good Earth’s Creative Director Anita Lal and Interior Designer Adil Ahmad. Every corner is designed to exude romance, a flight of fantasy, whimsy, and a lot of joy. Take a cruise along the Silk Route and re-live the charm of traditional Persian cafés. With uplifting music wafting through this once-upon-a-time mill, accompanied by a fresh Mediterranean menu, sumptuous tapas and endless pours of wine, the space is a peaceful haven amidst the bustle of Mumbai.

The Tasting Room by DIVA Good Earth Raghuvanshi Mills has menus by Chef Ritu Dalmia

A beautifully curated menu by renowned master Chef – Ritu Dalmia – one can indulge in a completely new gastronomical experience that is complex yet comforting with various flavours, textures, spices, and tastes – that is all served in Good Earth’s fine table and barware. Journey around the world with a new menu inspired by flavours from Chef Ritu Dalmia’s favourite destinations – Columbia, Turkey, Italy, Beirut, and more. Championing farm-fresh ingredients, the menu features sumptuous tapas, mezze platters and charcuterie boards ideal for sharing, and a wide selection of world cuisine, from Lebanese khoubouz wraps to Sea bass Ceviche, Beetroot Gnocchi and the delectable Bastani ice cream inspired by Persia to finish things off on a sweet note.

The vibrant and intimate setting of The Tasting Room is an impeccable spot for meaningful conversations and lingering evenings for Valentine’s Day and beyond, be it brunch, lunch, high-tea or evening drinks. A compelling choice for couples and everyone around who is looking to celebrate.

Stunning views at The Roseate Ganges in Rishikesh

Unwind by the Ganges

Celebrate and unwind at the unparalleled, luxury retreat on the banks of the river Ganges in the tranquil valleys of Rishikesh.

Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day lunch at The Roseate Ganges, Rishikesh, by the infinity pool overlooking the surrounding valley. Package includes a welcome drink, two glasses of red or white sangria, four course set menu and a special red velvet cake at INR 8,999 AI per couple. This package (exclusive of wine) can also be availed at the Chidya Ghar restaurant, overlooking the serene hills and verdant greensat INR 4500 AI per couple.

TARA by the Pool at Roseate House, New Delhi

Or express your love in the lap of luxury at the most instagrammable Presidential suite in town, at Roseate House, New Delhi. While experiencing luxury at the coveted suite of Roseate House New Delhi, enjoy dinner with sparkling wine served by a private butler, a rejuvenating spa treatment, special bubble bath, bouquet and cake, breakfast in bed, pick and drop in a BMW car (optional). All at INR 1,50,000 ++ per couple per night.

This Valentine’s Day you could also treat your loved one to a romantic dinner under the twinkling stars of the night sky at Tara, an open rooftop lounge overlooking the infinity pool at the Roseate House. A Valentine special set menu has been curated by the executive chef accompanied by a bottle of sparkling wine, bouquet, choice of cake or chocolates and a souvenir. Priced at INR 20,000++ per couple. Arrive and leave in style in a BMW car, at additional charge.

Renest Shirdi

Blessed in Love

Renest Hotels and Resorts offers experiential stays amidst nature, in picturesque locations across India. The brand’s focus on natural aesthetics combined with sustainability is what makes it an immersive experience for whoever stays with them. For the ones in love, repledge your vows at Sainagar Shirdi and Tirupati Balaji with a peaceful candlelight dinner with Renest Hotels and Resorts – in Renest Shraddha Inn Shirdi and Renest Tirupati. After all, what is the day of love if not for the love of each other with the blessings of the almighty?


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