When you’ve chosen your partner, and locked down on the D-date, the next big step is to narrow down on a venue ideal for that picture-perfect wedding, and India has a lot to offer on that front. Pick from these top luxurious Indian hotels for an intimate ceremony, crafted to ensure a safe yet memorable day. By Bayar Jain
The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh
With landscaped gardens fragranced by the Siswan forest and meandering walkways dotted with fountains and gas torches, it comes as no surprise, then, that The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort brings ‘sukh’ (happiness) into every wedding ceremony. Picture exchanging garlands under Durbar Hall’s high ceilings and sparkling chandeliers, and a romantic dance under the moonlit skies at the courtyard.
The lush green Anant Mahal Courtyard here—featuring a domed gazebo—offers a gorgeous setting to exchange vows. Post the ceremonies, the 25-acred luxury spa resort helps one unwind and segue into a life of togetherness. In each space, be assured of utmost safety and hygiene, as outlined by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Tourism.
Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur
Standing tall with its towering demeanour against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s Aravalli hills, the 230-year-old fortress-turned-heritage hotel is apt for a fairy tale wedding. When here, expect a fusion of Jaipur gharana-style architecture interwoven with Mughal and British influences, and plenty of outdoor and indoor spaces. A harmonious blend of bespoke culinary offerings and warm hospitality amplifies its charm. Spread over 1,00,000 square feet area with an option to choose from 59 luxuriously furnished rooms and suites, the resort understands one’s temptation to opt for an intimate celebration in today’s times. Which is why, then, guests can book the entire space for the ultimate private sojourn without compromising on safety, social distancing and luxury.
Spread over 45 acres of lush green lands with shimmering lagoons glistening under the Goan sun and coconut palms dancing to the sea breeze, this beach-side resort has all the right ingredients for an intimate wedding. The couple can choose to take their oaths at the Arossim beach outlined by the Arabian Sea; host a haldi ceremony at Seaside Lawns; and share a kiss in the Magical Forest, a pine grove conducive for an outdoor party. Architecturally, an Indo- Portuguese design paints all the 252 rooms and suites, each of which includes outdoor spaces likes balconies, patios, secret gardens and more—doubling as an apt space to unwind post the ceremonies.
Positioned as an urbane residential wedding venue, the bespoke wedding packages here cater to all kinds of couples, more so in today’s socially distanced days. Before the D-day, the couple can take a virtual tour of the entire hotel via video chat consultations. The hotel also offers gifting selections comprising invitations, luxury hotel hampers, artisanal chocolate boxes and flavoured macaroons; the couple can even curate the menu for a floating buffet. Luxurious spaces aside, the option of photography corners, spa packages, car services, and sangeet practice venues add to the glamour. Accounting for new- age digital weddings, The St. Regis Mumbai also brings their culinary creations to their patron’s homes, courtesy Marriott on Wheels; and facilitates multi-city hybrid digital weddings.
Striking a balance between the old and the new comes naturally at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore. Being centrally located in the idyllic Garden City, however, gives it an extra edge. Head straight to the pillar-less ballroom here for a romantic first dance or rooftop dining area for a charming serenade, sangeet, or any other ceremonies. While the sprawling 20,000 square feet venue spaces set the foundation for a grand wedding, in-house catering and decor specialists transform it into something truly spectacular. Additionally, their wellness retreat offers Indian and Eastern healing rituals that will help any couple relax and unwind after a series of ceremonies. Lastly, their luxury salon is known for offering personalised grooming and styling services.
Fairmont Jaipur is known for portraying the region’s signature style, grandeur, tradition and magnificence. Naturally then, the celebrations here are tailor-made to treat couples like royalty. Their specialised events team bring with them expertise capable of organising weddings across a range of budgets, while the hotel staff assures celebrations come interlaced with traditions of various Indian ethnicities.
Known for their close-knit yet impressive celebrations, Conrad Bengaluru imbibed the philosophy of ‘intimate weddings’ long before it became the need of the hour. With a 17,000 square feet ballroom—the largest of its kind in the Garden City— the hotel also has pillar-less venue options coupled with a dedicated porch to usher in the couple in their well-deserved limelight. Whether it’s an indoor setting or an outdoor party, a Hilton CleanStay and a contactless experience is assured for heightened safety in these times. Tying it all together is the culinary expertise from a range of in-house speciality restaurants serving delectable Marwari and Rajasthani dishes.
The Park Hyderabad now has a certified hygiene programme paired with its signature wedding fanfare. For outdoor celebrations, the intimate Open Dining Court—adjacent to a poolside alfresco dining space, Aqua—serves as a cosy venue shadowed by serene views of the nearby Hussain Sagar lake. Alternatively, the Trillion Ballroom, a 7,000 square feet pillar-less banquet hall, is ideal for a more traditional affair. Partners looking to spend some quality time together can head to the Aura Spa for a couple’s treatment before the ceremonies kick in.
Spread over eight acres of land, encompassing three acres of water bodies, The Roseate comes paired with exotic backdrops and a team of in-house experts who will make your nuptials hassle-free. Each of the 65 rooms and suites redefines elegance, much like the banquet space. Picturesque indoor and outdoor venues, wrapped in a hotel package replete with customisable menus make the entire affair all the more alluring. The presence of a temple within the premises—the only such hotel in the city—brings in tinges of solemnity, while the Aheli Spa offers treatments and packages to help nourish and rejuvenate for the big day.
Aahana Resort, Jim Corbett
There’s something exceptionally romantic about getting married in the wilderness, and Aahana Resort embraces this emotion wholeheartedly. Spread over 13 acres of woodlands—serving as a naturally distanced space—taking the vow here is bound to be memorable. Picture a poolside venue with tree-lined canopies draped in bespoke lighting. The ecologically conscious luxury resort also brings with it an array of services to lift the burden off the couple’s shoulders. The groom can make a grand entry on a horseback, a buggy ride or even on an elephant back, while a traditionally-designed mandap at the other end add to the charm. Barbecue spreads can be arranged, while farm-to-table experiences help accentuate the wild vibe.
MAYFAIR Lake Resort, Raipur
Raipur’s MAYFAIR Lake Resort is outlined by a spellbinding lake and lush green environs. When here, indoor and outdoor banqueting spaces await. Understanding that a wedding can be a stressful affair, the property brings with it calming spa and beauty services that include a bridal make-up room among other things. To factor in guest safety, MAYFAIR Hotels & Resorts have introduced temperature monitoring, frequent sanitisation, and additional hygiene protocols, allowing every couple to say their vows without any worries.
When at Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport, expect a touch of luxury, beauty and comfort weaved together by elegant simplicity. Be it a separate trail for the baraat entrance or delectable menu options, this centrally located property is designed to craft dream weddings. The Crystal Ballroom is capable of housing 800 guests. From the couple’s welcome dinner to the mehndi ceremony, or the cocktail party to the wedding rituals—versatility wrapped in safety is a given. Moreover, their 22-year-strong legacy brings with it a penchant for excellence unlike any other.