The Best Luxury Staycations in Delhi-NCR

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Despite being an avid traveler, my idea of luxurious relaxation is to enjoy a staycation in my own city. For most people, travel is about observing the sights and sounds of a place, but I believe it is one’s experiences that make truly memorable trips. During staycations, one can make memories through uniquely enriching experiences. Before telling you my favourite places for staycationing in Delhi, I am listing out the advantages of a staycation over outbound travel:

  • You are near your home and place of work, so important meetings don’t need to be put off.
  • You save money on the travel expenses for flights/trains/taxis etc.
  • By saving money on travel expenses, you can sample more expensive and luxurious hospitality in your own city.
  • You have the opportunity to enjoy the spa, swimming pool and dining facilities of a hotel extensively. In other cities, most of your time is tied up in exploring the city.
  • You have the ability to book a stay in the off-season period and avail massive discounts.
  • You can easily plan last-minute weekend stays.
  • The memberships of five-star hotel chains, often come with a complimentary night in any of their properties. This is best utilized in a local staycation.
  • You can enjoy a family vacation with young children and senior citizens, without the problems of long distance travel.
  • You have an opportunity to discover new gems in your own city.

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If you are convinced about the merits of a staycationing in your city, let me share with you my favourite staycation destinations in Delhi. Before I begin, however, I must put out a disclaimer- though I have stayed in many hotels of Delhi-NCR, I haven’t stayed in each one. The ones mentioned here are my picks, but there may be other hotels worthy of the tag as well. If you have stayed in a property in Delhi-NCR that is not mentioned in this list, please add it in the comments below for the benefit of other readers.

Here are my picks of the best luxury staycations in Delhi-NCR:

  1. THE OBEROI, NEW DELHI:

Having celebrated my birthday with a staycation at this hotel last week, it is freshest in my mind. The Oberoi is synonymous with luxury and old-world hospitality. The hotel in New Delhi was refurbished two years ago, and the rooms were given a complete makeover. We were upgraded to a Premier Room, which was spacious, well-laid out and offered a phenomenal view of Delhi’s green cover.

The coffee shop, ‘360’, has a wonderful buffet breakfast as well as a lovely English Afternoon Tea Service. Their sushi is good too! The Chinese restaurant, ‘Baoshuan’, has a lovely dimsum menu that I particularly enjoy.

The signature spa I experienced was thoroughly rejuvenating, and the swimming pool was very inviting.

Location: Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, Delhi Golf Club, Golf Links, New Delhi

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Picture courtesy: www.oberoihotels.com

  1. THE IMPERIAL, NEW DELHI:

This is the oldest 5-star property in Delhi, and has an entirely unique charm. Its heritage building, friendly service and plentiful food options made me select it as my birthday staycation destination for two years in a row. The hotel is also special, because I celebrated my engagement with my family and friends in the gorgeous San Gimignano Lawns here.

You must sample the delicious South-Asian offerings at ‘Spice Route’, breakfast buffet spread at the ‘1911 Coffee Shop’, authentic Italian food at ‘San Gimignano’ and the Indian food at ‘Daniell’s Tavern’.

The spa facilities are truly luxurious and their swimming pool is one of the most beautiful in Delhi.

Location: Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi

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Picture courtesy: www.theimperialindia.com

  1. ITC MAURYA, NEW DELHI:

I have many personal memories attached to this hotel- visiting ‘The Pavilion’ coffee shop for family celebrations as a child; having my sangeet night (pre-wedding party) at the verdant Nandiya Gardens; and celebrating my second anniversary here while being heavily pregnant. The hotel is one of my favourites because the staff goes out of their way to make guests comfortable.

ITC hotels are known for their fabulous dining options. You are spoilt for choice at this property with ‘The Pavilion’ coffee shop, ‘Bukhara’ and ‘Dum Pukht’ that serve variants of North Indian cuisine, ‘Tian’ for Chinese food and Ottimo for world cuisine. The Kaya Kalp Spa is also worth a visit.

Location: Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

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Picture courtesy: www.itchotels.in

  1. ITC GRAND BHARAT, GURGAON:

The Grand Bharat is ITC’s answer to the royal palatial hotels of other premier chains. The grand heritage façade, luxurious interiors, fabulous spa and world-class golf course are the prime attractions. The impeccable service, private swimming pools attached to most rooms and varied culinary options are added benefits!

Location: Hasanpur, Tauru, Gurugram, Haryana

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  1. THE LEELA PALACE, NEW DELHI:

I spent the first two days of marital life in this plush hotel. The swimming pool on the roof, a memorable couple’s spa, fabulous authentic Japanese food at ‘Megu’, and European food at ‘Le Cirque’, were the highlights of our stay. I highly recommend a visit here!

Location: Africa Avenue, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

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Picture courtesy: www.theleela.com

  1. THE WESTIN SOHNA RESORTS & SPA:

For a fantastic holiday on a budget, The Westin Sohna Resort, should be your choice. Located an hour and a half away from Delhi, it is the perfect family getaway. There are multiple activities for children of all age groups, including a field where emu birds and other animals, roam free.

The large rooms, beautifully laid out bathrooms, and individual lawns attached to each room make a relaxing environment. The spa, dining facilities and attentive service further add to the charm.

Location: Vatika Complex, Dhaula, Karanki Road, Sohna, Haryana

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Picture courtesy: www.marriott.com

  1. THE GATEWAY RESORT DAMDAMA LAKE:

The Taj Gateway Resort in Damdama Lake, is a nice alternative to The Westin Sohna. It also has spacious rooms with attached lawn space, decent spa and dining facilities. Adventure sports available on the property are a major attraction, including ziplining, zorbing, rock-climbing and even camel rides for the little ones.

Location: Damdama, Sohna-Gurgaon Road, Gurugram, Haryana

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Picture courtesy: www.tajhotels.com

So here are my picks for the best staycation in Delhi-NCR. Have you stayed in any of these hotels? How was your experience? Also, let me know which hotel I should stay in next!

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83 Thoughts

  1. The Taj and ITC chain of hotels have always been my favorite. They offer all the comfort one wants on a vacation. I will share this list with my friends in Delhi.

  2. I have been to the imperial, I totally love their hospitality. Be it the prompt service or the yummy food, they have truly got best of everything. This is a very helpful post for folks looking for good stay cation in Delhi.

  3. I have not been to Damdama resort and so so much wish to spend my weekend there lavishly. These are all truly luxurious options for a lovely staycation.

  4. These are some cool options for staycation in Delhi. I have not stayed on any of them. But will plan of coming to Delhi sometime.

  5. Staycations are really enjoyable as they give you an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in your own city. These are some really lovely choices when it comes to a staycation in Delhi. Would love to spend time at the Gateway Resort Damdama Lake.

  6. I would love to stay at ITC Grand Bharat and Imperial Hotel. They are luxury as well legend properties. Great compilation indeed of great properties in Delhi NCR

  7. These staycations are amazing to rejuvenate body and soul. I was looking for some places to stay around NCR and I am going to bookmark this post. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love to go on staycation whenever there is some special occasion. On my last birthday only we stayed at the westin resorts sohna and it was a fabulous experience.

  9. oberoi is very near to my place in delhi, I have been there a lot many times but haven’t enjoyed the stay with oberoi delhi…but considering their other properties, services and hospitality of the group, they are one of my top rated….

  10. I had never tried the option of enjoying a staycation in my own city but your points are rather tempting. The list for Delhi is of course exhaustive and top of the charts!

  11. I would love to.visit Taj Damdama.Its quite a beautiful property I believe.Will remember the other different hotels you mentioned.

  12. My favorite staycation is the neemrana palace albeit a bit out of Delhi. I have loved staying at the Leela palace as well as jw Marriott too.

  13. Staycation works really well for weekend rejuvenation especially with such busy schedules we have for 5 working days.

  14. I loved the idea of stay-cation and I had never looked at the positives of having a vacation in your own city. The reasons and logic given by you are absolutely true and ensures that we get to have more relaxation and enjoyment rather than always rushing to travel outside of city.

  15. I have been to all these in Mumbai and I hv never been to Delhi but Westin look very different to me and the first image is so amazing that I really want to visit the Western Sohana

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