The question has been popped and the date finalised. Now it’s time to plan. Choose from this carefully curated list of top Indian luxury hotels and glide towards your special day with elegant ease. By Bayar Jain

Looking for a luxe setting to your upcoming wedding? Here’s a list of 10 luxury hotels in India to check out:

Andaz Delhi

Bespoke celebrations underline every event at Andaz Delhi. Whether it’s a grand Indian reception or an intimate marriage ceremony, the hotel wows guests with delicate elegance. The ballroom here, often considered the largest, indoor-luxury wed- ding venue in the city, is massive at 1,003 square metres. When paired with the pre- function area and outdoor-event courtyard, it can host up to 2,000 guests with spacious ease. From the lighting and décor, to a curated culinary journey (including interactive pop-ups by in-house restaurants AnnaMaya, Juniper Bar, and Soul Pantry; as well as over 80 regional expert mixologists) and 401 Reasons to Fall in Love with Delhi, the concept hotel dabbles in a lot of things. In fact, the team also allows the couple to earn free nights on their honeymoon.

The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh

The Siswan forest is an undoubtedly gorgeous backdrop. The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort elevates the vista with meandering walkways dotted with reflection pools, fountains, and traditional gas torches, making wedding ceremonies here a surreal affair. Among the luxurious accommodation options, you can choose from the palatial Kohinoor Villa, royal forest tents and luxury villas (all with their own private pools), and spacious premier rooms. An all-day, multi-cuisine dining restaurant caters to food cravings of all kinds. The banqueting facilities, such as the Ballroom with its private garden, caters to gatherings small and large. And the Durbar Hall here boasts high ceilings, chandeliers, and ornate glass doors that open to an al fresco terrace; its courtyard transforms into a wonderland after sundown, courtesy starlit canopies and mashaal torches. The Anant Mahal Courtyard, too, crafts magical moments in its domed-gazebo environs. For the ultimate wedding experience, trust the in-house expert team to make your personalised event smooth and hassle-free.

Raffles Udaipur

Nothing spells intimate more than a private island. Raffles Udaipur, sitting daintily amidst the Udai Sagar Lake, is an architectural marvel in its own right. It is the brand’s maiden outpost, home to 101 luxurious rooms and suites. While the panoramic hill views and manicured gardens make for awe-inspiring backdrops, the hotel’s banquet options are unparalleled. The expansive Grand Ballroom includes a pre-function area, multiple, outdoor-gathering venues, and an on-site temple. The personalised experiences, with a blend of traditional and contemporary designs make this new property ideal for an intimate wedding.

The St. Regis, Mumbai

With extra focus on the details that matter, the team at The St. Regis Mumbai ensures a memorable wedding ceremony across size and scale. Be it a grand reception or an intimate wedding, this towering destination has space for it all. When here, blend traditional festivities with modern ideas for unique wedding celebrations. Begin the festivities by welcoming guests with cocktails at an elegant party, and end the day with a sunset garland exchange at Astor Terrace, an open- air venue. Trust the beauty services at The Salon to prep for the ceremonies and exquisite massages at the luxurious Iridium Spa to help relax. Add to your joy with customised cuisines curated by the talented in-house culinary team.

Alila Diwa, Goa

Located only 20 minutes from the Goa Dabolim International Airport, Alila Diwa Goa embodies the sunshine state’s merriment, and packages it to craft unforgettable weddings. Set against lush-green palms, an infinity pool, sprawling courtyards, and landscaped gardens, this tropical escapade is designed to pamper. A team of wedding planners takes stock of every aspect of the ceremonies, while the multiple outdoor and indoor venues spoil for choice. Udeta, spread over 1,672 square metres, is Goa’s largest indoor space, and houses a built-in live kitchen. It extends outdoors to Alfresco where a live bar and grill await. Their practice of using eco- friendly products and décor makes a wedding at Alila Diwa Goa even more alluring.

Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel & Residences

No one understands grand weddings better than Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel & Residences. A chic, sophisticated destination, this contemporary space serves as a quiet retreat in the Maximum City. Spanning 12 acres dotted with lush greenery, the property plays host to many indoor and outdoor venues. The 929-square-metre, pillarless Grand Ballroom, accompanied by an elegant courtyard, is one such magnificent site. Done up in customised themes and décor, the hotel’s signature Wedding Studio transforms each venue into picturesque havens. This artistic vibe permeates through the premises, making each spot ideal for pre-wedding shoots—from an intimate shot at the China House Restaurant Pagoda, to a group photograph of the beautiful bride and her maids of honour walking gracefully down the grand steps.

Conrad Pune

With an art-deco inspired design, Conrad Pune is the king of curated wedding experiences, services, and styles. In winter, its allure magnifies. The Grand Ballroom, one of the many versatile venues available here, is designed to host weddings of any scale—from 50 to 1,200 guests. It not only comes with intelligent lighting, but also comprises a dedicated entrance for a regal entry, an indoor automative lift for added style, and audio-visual technology to show-off pre-wedding shoots and movies. For a dose of nature, consider a ceremony at the Coriander Kitchen Al Fresco area. With a dramatic, 12-metre- high glazed wall overlooking a waterscape, this space assures a romantic backdrop. Alternatively, choose the quaint poolside Kabana to add a surreal tinge to the festivities; or MASU for an Asian-themed pre-wedding cocktail. Either way, shed the hassle of wedding coordination as a team of dedicated specialists ensures seamless planning and execution.

The Leela Palace New Delhi

When at Leela Palace New Delhi, witness a magical symphony of modernity and tradition at each of its elegant banquet venues. Designed to overlook artist Satish Gupta’s graceful ‘Devi’ sculpture in the courtyard, the banquet halls allow for customised décor with attention to detail. The Grand Ballroom features a gold-leaf dome, two crystal chandeliers, and neutral colour palettes. At the lobby level is the Royal Ballroom, where the elegance of a bygone era teams up with modern facilities. As night falls, the Royal Terrace makes for a gorgeous outdoor setting to kickstart a life of togetherness in the warmth of sigris and loved ones.

ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata

Located away from the din of the city, yet easily accessible, ITC Royal Bengal
is known for its quiet grandeur. The 5,630-square-metre banqueting space, for instance, boasts being the largest in the region. The pillarless Bengal Stateroom, the biggest of its kind in the country, has flexible spaces, multiple breakout rooms, and sprawling lawns with a dedicated- arrival lobby, reception, and pre-function area. Crystal chandeliers grace the high, decorative ceilings, while exclusive carpets lend themselves to a classy entrance. The culinary fare, in keeping with the region’s hospitality, fuses the best of local and international delicacies. A committed events team adds to its allure. Above all, the Green Banqueting initiative assures a responsible celebration with eco-conscious decisions.

Alila Fort, Bishangarh

Situated in the Aravalli hills, this fort-hotel ticks all the boxes for an opulent yet intimate celebration. Think majestic columns, arches, turrets, granite, and intricate detailing. The 59 rooms and suites here exude Mughal and Rajput aesthetics, while also paying ode to the surrounding greens. Consider walking down the aisle through a walkway in the courtyard that leads to Darbar, a classic ballroom that can accommodate up to 100 guests. Alternatively, dine under the starlit night at Nazaara, an open-sky venue with panoramic hill views, followed by an after-party at Madhuveni, the in-house bar. Kickstart the next day with an open-air reception at the expansive lawn, Aravali Bagh, or plan an intimate bonfire night at the Aravalli Sands. The true heroes, however, are the curated wedding experiences, such as a romantic helicopter or hot-air balloon ride high above the hills and fort; a grand entrance in a vintage car; a private spa session; a night of delicious cuisines and folklore performances; or stopping at a hunting camp with traditionally-prepared meals.

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