These new, reimagined and restored properties have us packing our pyjamas this month
SHERATON GRAND CHENNAI RESORT & SPA
Inspired by the 4 Ss – sun, sea, sand and South India – Sheraton’s first resort property in India is set on the shores of picturesque Coromandel Beach off Tamil Nadu’s East Coast Road. Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, the 125-room property promises to be a welcoming “destination within a destination.” Expect a variety of dining facilities – international and local cuisine at The Reef, Mediterranean grills and barbecue at the open-air Pelican Deck, accompanied by live Indian and Western musical performances, as well as all-day dining. You’ll also find the signature Shine Spa for Sheraton, kids club, recreational club, and a fitness studio.
MERCURE MANDALAY HILL RESORT
In the former royal capital of Myanmar, the recently-rebranded Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort is set amid 12 acres of garden at the foot of Mandalay Hills. Traditional gold motifs adorn the rich local fabrics and hard-carved teak wood in the 208 rooms and suites, which offer views of iconic sites – Mandalay Hill, the Royal Palace, Irrawaddy or the city itself. Local cuisine can be enjoyed at the all-day Yadanabon Café, alongside international fare, while the contemporary Ming’s is where you will find authentic Thai, Burmese and Chinese flavours. The outdoor Kinsana Garden Theatre restaurant brings the essence of the destination to the guest experience, with a cultural performance that showcases a thousand years of history from the Pyu Dynasty to the present day.
Named after Lord Connemara, the then Governor of Madras, the Taj Connemara dates back to 1854. And now, after a year-long renovation, one of South India’s oldest hotels is back in the cultural heart of Chennai. The refreshed design showcases eclectic influences from the Classic Colonial and Art Deco styles of architecture as well as distinctive elements from celebrated architect Geoffrey Bawa’s ‘Tropical Modernism’, as well as the hotel’s original features – including wooden carvings sourced from the 16th- and 17th-century temples of Mamallapuram. Expect elegant four-poster beds and vintage prints in the 147 rooms and suites spread over the Tower and Heritage wings. You’ll find Anglo-Indian and regional Madras specialties at Verandah, and Chettinad fare at Raintree. The Lady Connemara Bar & Lounge was the city’s first licensed bar.