The festive season brings with it numerous school holidays. The best way to keep little one’s entertained is by travelling! We recently visited the Taj Gateway Resort, Damdama Lake, for a quick weekend getaway. Read on for information on the resort, things we liked and things that needed improvement. You can scroll down to the last section of this blpost if you’re only interested in reading the review.
THE TAJ GATEWAY RESORT, DAMDAMA LAKE GURGAON:
The resort is located roughly 58 kms and 2 hours by car from Delhi. Billed as an adventure resort, they offer multiple activities to suit the entire family. We were a group of two families including 4 adults, 3 children ranging from the age of 2.5 to 10 years and 2 nannies.
BOOKINGS & HOW TO GET THERE:
The resort is most easily accessible by road from Delhi NCR. If you’re flying into Delhi, it’s a 1.5 hour drive from the Delhi airport.
TYPES OF ROOMS:
There are 3 categories of rooms, starting from Superior Resort Room, Deluxe Resort Room and Suites.
We stayed in the Superior Room category, which was different from the Deluxe category only in that it didn’t have a bathtub.
The rooms and attached bathrooms are very spacious, replete with modern amenities, and a lovely sit-out balcony.
Rooms and meals are available for accompanying drivers and nannies, for a reasonable charge. However the room allotted to our nannies was in a filthy condition and we had to put pressure on the staff to have it cleaned properly.
THINGS TO DO:
We couldn’t use the lovely pool of the hotel in November, as it isn’t heated. There is a baby pool next to the main one.
The hotel has an activity area dedicated to paid adventure activities. These include archery, zipline, wall-climbing, target shooting, high rope course and hanging bridge. They also arrange for mud-biking, trekking and cricket on request.
Other specialized activities include camel rides, lawn tennis, zorbing ball, bull ride, bungee jumping, remote control car and paintball.
The best way to save money on these adventure activities is by opting for one of three available packages which allows you to pick and choose the adventure activities of your choice for a nominal fee.
The activity area also has a playground for children, but it was very dirty when we arrived.
Residents of the hotel can avail of the following services in the recreation center –carom, air hockey, table tennis, golf putting, cycling, badminton and basketball.
If you’re not looking for adventure but still want to have a good time, you can try the following paid activities- bonfire, paintball, treasure hunt, karaoke, day or night cricket, day or night bubble soccer, volleyball and football.
These activities are aimed at large groups such as office retreats and family/ wedding trips.
KIDS ACTIVITY AREA:
This indoor recreation center offers video games, soft toys, board games and swings; clearly catering to all age groups. Unfortunately, it was closed for renovation when we were there.
On the hotel’s brochure, this hill claims to be a romantic spot to sit and admire nature.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS:
They have a fully stocked gym.
The spa is beautiful and has many different services. I opted for a 60 minute rejuvenation treatment, which includes a deep-tissue massage to relax sore muscles. Opt for a different massage if you don’t like heavy pressure, or skip the massage completely.
This coffee shop provides a sumptuous buffet for all three meals and is open 24 hours. The buffet breakfast is good but main meals are better on their a la carte menu.
Their Oriental restaurant is authentic in décor but falls short on flavor. It was surprising that there was no sushi on the menu.
This kitschy bar is a nice place to relax with a drink.
THE PICNIC TABLE:
This cute café provides snacks and drinks right next to the adventure area.
On special request, the hotel can put together a romantic setting for two overlooking the gorgeous pool.
You can also order from a special pool-side menu all day long.
CAKES & BAKES:
The hotel will provide cakes upon due notice.
Due to its proximity to Delhi, beautiful setting and reasonable pricing, Taj Dumduma is popular for corporate retreats, pre-wedding shoots and many other group celebrations.
A large banquet hall and business center are other useful services.
For interested parties, there is a lovely amphitheatre space in the midst of greenery, that can be used for plays and other performances.
REVIEW OF THE HOTEL:
The property is stunningly beautiful. An optimum use of glass and wood ensures tasteful interiors, and the plush greenery and aesthetically designed grounds are a treat for city denizens. During our stay, the grounds were being used for a “pre-wedding shoot”, and I’m sure it’s a popular location for other video and photo projects too.
The rooms are spacious and well-designed, as are the hotel’s facilities. The staff is courteous and willing, though slightly lacking in polish. I’d like to thank Mandeepa Shrestha for always being on call for our group.
The minor issues we faced included the unhygienic condition of the children’s play area; a severely diminished wine list; lack of pizzas due to a broken oven; and no tour of the property due to a broken golf cart (which was working a couple of hours later). However, the helpful staff made up for this by providing a bottle of wine and a plate of fruits, and addressing the concerns wherever possible. My massage in their in-house spa fell short of my expectations, as the therapist applied a rough hand despite my repeated requests to lower the pressure.
Everything we tried at the coffee shop was tasty and satisfying, I particularly enjoyed the Mustard Fish I had for lunch. However, our Chinese dinner at Sian was not up to par.
The activity center was a huge attraction with the children who enjoyed the slide set thoroughly, and insisted on multiple camel rides. The zipline will be fun to try with older children.
Overall, the Gateway Resort is nice for a weekend away from Delhi with your family. It’s not the most luxurious vacation but certainly a comfortable and wholesome one. If you’re looking for luxury read my review of ITC Grand Bharat Manesar here; and if you’re looking for a fun and uncomplicated staycation, read my review of ITC Mughal, Agra here. If you’d like a luxury vacation in Delhi itself, you won’t go wrong with the Imperial Hotel, Delhi (read review here).
It was a delight to click photos in the hotel! All images are my own and copyrighted by nooranandchawla.
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This property offers a bunch of activities and things to do for their visitors. I will bookmark for my next visit.
I have heard a lot about dumdama lake but never had a chance to visit it or properties nearby. Taj Dumdama sounds a great option for family outing. I’m amazed at the adventure sports they have.
This is such a Fab place i guess. I loved the adventurous activities and specially the camel ride. Loved reading it .
This looks so good, i loved the food and swimming pool pics, and also the details so good that it tempt me to go now
Even I have been to Taj resorts at Dumdama and it was great experience. My family enjoyed all the activities. One day outings can’t get better.
Looks like a great place for a vacation. I personally love the fact that they have some games and activities to keep everyone occupied and have a wonderful stay.
so many activities that keep kids busy. MOm and kids both are happy and I am so much impressed with it kid play area and swimming pool
I have heard a lot good about the place but havnt got a chance to visit. it looks so beautiful will visit soon
Taj Hotels and Resorts have some of the beautiful properties of the country. I believe this is one of such beautiful places to get away from hustle bustle of the city.
Amazing place to spend a vacation. I am glad that there so many adventurous activities for children. Will definitely visit Taj Gateway Resort with my family. Thank you for sharing your amazing vacation.
Whenever I read your post first I scroll down to look at all the pictures. how do u manage to get it right all the time. Having said that, I am sure u had a great time at Taj, a trusted name in hospitality industry.
Thank you so much! That’s so sweet of you 😊
It sounds like you really had an awesome getaway. That resort looks really nice to visit with kids.
You had a great experience. The property is soooo good! Loved the ambiance , food. Swimming pool is excellent and provides an experience indeed. Rooms are so lavish !! Ought to be . Its Taj afterall! Thanks for the virtual tour.
This looks like a fabulous place to stay and have a relaxing time. It has all the necessary recreation arrangements anyone would look out for.
I have been there once and it’s a wonderful place. The pictures look great and the place looks like a must visit especially with kids.
I would love to be there. I am from Gurgaon and yet to visit taj damdama. Will plan a weekend gateway for sure. Your review has given me a nice idea to give a surprise to my family during Xmas vacation.
The resort is looking like a great place to enjoy weekends. I am loving the ambiance . the greenery and ofcourse the swimming pool. would love to visit once.
I have heard a lot about this resort and though it is very close to Gurgaon but it looks to be a perfect relaxing holiday destination on a weekend. Best for families as well.
Perfect place for spending some quality time with friends and family.. specially the kids activities and places would help them engaging and give some time to parents.
Sounds like a perfect spot to hangout with friends and family, thank you for sharing such an amazing blog on the same, loved each and every point mentioned
Taj Dumdama is totally a place to visit with family. I’m planning my next winter family vacation in Delhi. This resort is definitely on my list to visit.
It is a great place to visit and the pool oh my God I just love it. Such a relaxing surrounding it is every thing is just perfect