Welcome to Radisson Blu Agra, a looming hospitality property situated on Taj East Gate Road. The hotel stands within the approachable periphery of the magnificent Taj Mahal, home to exotic bird species, Keoladeo National Park and the historical cities of Sikandra and Fatehpur Sikri. This 4.5 acres property entaiiling everything the word ‘Luxury’ holds, includes 239 rooms, and numerous facilities as spa, Kids entertainment area and swimming pool.
So,my expectations of the hotel were shooting through the roof. I must confess, I wasn’t disappointed. As I approached closer to the hotel post the tiresome road journey from Delhi, it emerged like a stature in itself. The place had majestic written all over it. Welcomed warmly with a refreshing drink that put me at ease instantly, I was led to my room, the feeling of being in the lap of luxury, exalted. My Deluxe double occupancy room was breathtakingly plush, a home away from from, thanks to the hospitable staff that left no stones unturned to make it just that!
After I refreshed myself and savoured the welcome desserts, I went about exploring the gorgeous property.
The hotel executives informed me about Noor-e-Taj, a 30 minutes long enthralling performance on the legacy and history of Taj Mahal, told by the successor of artisans who built the magnificent monument! I was transferred back to the intriguing era. Spellbound and still reeling under the effects of the performance, I then headed to Dawat-e-Nawab, the Indian cuisine restaurant that oozed of indulgence to its brim.
Starting with the ambience, the live performance by superlative singers to the menu, it all reeked of the old era. The restaurant serves two Thali options- Badi Dawat and Chhoti Dawat,curated by sous chef Kamran Khan, who was more than enthusiastic about sharing anecdotes about the cuisine, even letting me in on the secret of Agra Biryani! My pick for dinner was Badi Dawat…and it fell true to it’s name too. The very generous Non-Vegetarian Thali had an array of dishes…truly Nawabi.
As if the extremely warm hospitality meted out to me by the hotel staff wasn’t enough, With multiple cuisine options, I was spoilt even more…..for choice. The Infini Sky Lounge, the inviting rooftop bar and lounge, provided a perfect end to my evening, my margarita in hand, exuding tranquility, with the most exquisite view of the city….and the Taj Mahal, by the infinity pool. How I wished this would never end!
i started the following morning with coffee and a full buffet breakfast at Palato, the inviting all-day-dining restaurant, spelling grandeur to it’s core, extending to an outdoor dining area surrounded by natural greenery and bodies of water under pergola structures. The island bar of the restaurant, is the highlight, romantic to the T.
Agra means Taj Mahal, so it was absolutely unlikely that I do not pay a visit to the monument of love. Literally, a stone’s throw away from the hotel, Taj Mahal, emerged like an emperor of sorts! Majestic, the monument sprays a kind of sad, yet magnetic aura around it. Always worth a while to be in it’s periphery. Tired after my day admiring and in awe of the Taj Mahal, I longed for some rejuvenation.
Now arrived the time for what I had been awaiting….a relaxing, refreshing spa session at the hotel’s luxurious Essel Spa. A two hours session by their professional masseuse, was invigorating, releasing every bit of stress that I carried from the huslte of life back home. Exotic massage, gel, scrubs et al, I came out in a renewed avtaar.
Since all good things always do come to an end, mine ended a little too soon….and it was time to bid adieu to the most flawless, luxurious, hospitable, spoilt-silly experience I have been subjected to. Hence, It is no surprise that Radisson Blu Agra is the only Asian hospitality property counted among the best hotels in the world! I guess it’s safe to say now….I’ve seen the best of all!