An ode to Love
Special occasions deserve special dinners in an ultra-romantic setting. WeddingSutra scopes out five exclusive spaces across the country where you can create memories of togetherness.
You’ve finally met the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. It’s time for a proposal dinner and you’re planning an evening that she will cherish forever. Consider these five magnificent venues – rich in heritage, imbued with legendary love stories, and deserving of grand romantic gestures and unforgettable experiences.
GANGAUR BOAT – TAJ LAKE PALACE, UDAIPUR
Sail across Lake Pichola as you dine on the Gangaur Boat, an antique royal barge of the House of Mewar. This 150-year-old boat used by the Maharana to romance his queens now offers private dining in a fairytale setting, with personalized, handcrafted menus and impeccable service. The beautiful night sky and the stunning lake view, with mouthwatering delicacies and sparkling wine, and the company of the one you love. That’s as romantic a setting as it can get for your proposal dinner. Where else can you propose in the middle of a lake! The master chefs at Taj Lake Palace are known to have played Cupid and will gladly camouflage the diamond ring for you. So get down on your knee and ask the all-important question. There isn’t a woman who can resist being wooed like that!
GOL BUNGALOW – TAJ FALAKNUMA PALACE, HYDERABAD
The Nizams of Hyderabad were lovers of good food and luxurious living. The story goes that the Nizam was visiting his Prime Minister’s new home but was so taken in by its beauty when he was invited to stay over that he did not want to leave the premises. He bought it over instead. That’s how enchanting the beautiful Falaknuma is.
Literally translating to ‘mirror of the sky’ and embellished with celestial motifs, this magnificent slice of paradise offers a portal into Hyderbad’s royal heritage. A walk through the palace makes you believe that this has got to be the place where the universe graciously conspires to make dreams come true. The Nizams did have a keen eye!
Indulge in the seven course dinner under the stained glass dome of the Gol Bunglow, and celebrate your special occasion with a panoramic view of the bright city lights in the distance. A divine Sufi musical performance or a smooth live jazz act coupled with the delectable cuisine will bring you even closer to heaven, given that you’re dining 2000 feet above the 400-year-old city. The chefs and sommeliers at Falaknuma will pair the perfect wine to go with each course. Clink your wine glasses and dream away.
PRIVATE DINNING – VIVANTA BY TAJ, FORT AGUADA, GOA
A perfect choice for romantic garden dinning, in a unique setting under an ornate canopy or a starlit night, heralding a truly fairytale experience. This fabulous private retreat offers a choice between breathtaking scenic view of the bay and an uninterrupted panoramic view of the medieval Fort Aguada across the sea. A warm smile, personalized and attentive service of the associates will make it a never to be forgotten occasion.
PRIVATE DINING – VIVANTA BY TAJ, BEKAL, KERALA
If you’re looking for a quiet and languid nook in the coastal countryside to renew your vows, Bekal is the place to be. This venue is an absolute delight for sea food lovers, and you can even head out on a fishing trip. The next best option is to accompany a skilled chef at the hotel to the Uduma Fishing Village where he will pick the freshest catch and cook it to your liking. This super special meal can be enjoyed over a candle lit dinner in a cabana by the riverside or in the middle of the river, if you please, as you and your beloved float on a kettuvallam, which is a traditional Kerala houseboat. Foodie couples should definitely have this one to their list.
PRIVATE DINING – TAJ RAMBAGH PALACE, JAIPUR
This exquisite palace hotel was the recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award as one of the top Hotels for Romance last year. You can experience the finest traditions of Rajput hospitality at the Rambagh Palace. This magnificent luxury hotel allows you to dine privately wherever you choose, with the majestic palace as a backdrop. The fairytale setting, handcrafted menus and impeccable service create culinary memories that you both will cherish forever. You could choose the Rambagh Lawns for a private dinner in a Peacock Thali with folk performances for entertainment. Or enjoy a private lunch at the scenic royal hunting lodge.
And when the woman of your dreams agrees to walk beside you for life, you can share the wonderful news of your engagement at an intimate family dinner in the Rajput Room. Or treat them to a royal Indian feast at the Suvarna Mahal, the former palace ballroom, with its huge crystal chandeliers and 18th Century French décor. Beautiful spaces truly deserve beautiful moments.