About a fortnight ago I travelled to Delhi to research a city guide I am writing for WGSN. I stayed at the Aman Hotel and can thoroughly recommend it as one of the most elegant and luxurious places to stay in the city! Even if your budget can only stretch to a night or two, it is a wonderful oasis from the bustling madness of Delhi and perfect for a romantic getaway.
The architecture and design (by Kerry Hill), are not dissimilar to that at RAAS- the hotel in Jodhpur I blogged about before. Indian luxury is typically thought to be defined by OTT extravagance and gilded opulence, but here the simplicity of the design and muted colour palette is almost austere. It makes for a refreshing contrast from the riot of colour that is India!
The service in the hotel is also impeccable. I was collected from the airport in perhaps the most beautiful car I’ve ever been in – a vintage Indian model with a smart, restored interior. (There was even a chilled can of Diet Coke waiting for me in the drinks holder- perfection!)
The rooms are the size of a small apartment, and ALL come with their very own private plunge pool! There is, of course, also a fantastic spa and several restaurants, including a tapas bar with live jazz.
And perhaps best of all the hotel is right next to the Lodhi Gardens, often referred to as the ‘lungs of the city’, where the hotel can organise a yoga class and breakfast for a serene start to the day.
By Lucy Archibald