Wherever You Go, Go With All Your Heart.
The only resolution I made for 2017 is to travel as much as I can and with the New Year setting in, I couldn’t wait to book our first holiday of the year. The choice came easy when we chanced upon The Taj Gateway Hotel Nashik – Ambad on the Taj Hotel’s website. It was a perfect destination as 1) Even though we lived in Mumbai forever, we had never visited Nashik, 2) The road travel from Mumbai to Nashik is just 3.5hrs which means we could drive on our own, 3) The cool January weather was perfect to be in “The Wine Capital of India” and 4) Our most deciding factor was the amazing pictures and reviews that we saw/read online. In no time we booked our stay at The Taj Gateway Nashik and eagerly looked forward for our little vacation.
On our arrival at Taj Nashik, the long drive from the main gate through the property kept us mesmerized. The Hotel structure and all the gorgeous flora and greenery around bought our city souls immediately at peace.
We were welcomed warmly by the staff, cool drinks were served and the check-in process was seamless. The Lobby is impressive and huge. The Hotel is split into old wing and new wing.
When the porter helped us to our room, we were in for a surprise. We were upgraded to an Executive Suite!! Our room had a separate living and bed-room and that’s not it… both rooms had TV and DVD player For us, who were vacationing with a 5 year old whose major fixation is cartoon channels, the upgrade came in a form of a blessing. It goes without saying that our room was of top notch setting with fluffiest of bedding, spacious bathroom, a huge bath tub, well stocked toiletries, well stocked mini-bar, a writing table and all necessary stationery.
And that’s not it…There was also a complimentary bottle of Red Wine awaiting us. Our stay at Taj was already turning out to be Perfect!
We stayed at Taj Nashik for 5 days and it was a complete bliss. From stylish rooms, green lawns, the in-house restaurants, beautiful swimming pool, jogging track, activities area and Gym… everything kept us wanting not to leave the Hotel at all.
Both the Restaurants at Taj Nashik have beautiful interiors and serve delicious food. Whilst Citrine is a multi-cuisine restaurant, Pancharatna specializes in Indian food. The Maharashtrian Thali that we ordered one evening was to die for (Thali pic as below). The Barbecue Chicken with veggies at Citrine was ok (pic as below).We noticed that most of foreigners ate at Pancharatna.
The true ambassadors of Taj Group is their staff and at Taj Nashik we met some of the best people in hospitality industry . From the helpdesk, to the reception, from the in-room service to the staff at the restaurants, everyone made us feel special and taken care of. They helped us chalk out our sightseeing plans. Sula is well known, but from Nima (one of the staff at Citrine) we came to know that York Vineyard is worth a visit too and I am glad for this suggestion. We are also given free passes for the Wine tour at both Sula and York. That’s not all… knowing that we were travelling with a kid, on two occasions when we left for sightseeing, a take-away box of fruits, sandwich and muffins was packed for us.
One evening , after returning back from our Vineyard trip, we were knackered and hence went to the Citrine Café and placed request for tea and a chocolate milk. Our drinks were served nice and hot which re-energized us. When we were done, we asked for the bill, but the restaurant manager said.. “That’s on house. I hope you enjoyed the tea?” We were surprised and insisted that we pay for our evening tea but it didn’t help. The manager said, “Please do not worry about it.” We left the café with big smiles and warm hearts. This is what I call Luxury!…the feeling of being treated like a guest rather than a customer.
Those 5 days went by too quickly and on our last day at Taj Nashik, we said Thank You to the wonderful staff and promised to return soon