Inside the new ITC Grand Hotel Bharat, Gurgaon

Less than 50 km from Delhi, ITC Grand Bharat (Luxury Collection) is not India’s first all suite hotel, but also marks ITC’s first foray into the resort space.

Conceived as a kind of Camp David, an exclusive retreat when the powers need to confabulate away from the hubris, Grand Bharat is one of a kind – a new retreat that overwhelms the senses at first encounter.

The resort draws inspiration from myriad sources for its aesthetics. The main building has most of the public spaces, and the sense of awe starts right from the lobby, named Sangam after the meeting of the three rivers – two real, one mythical. The central dome is inspired from Odishan Nagara style temple of Mukteshwara in Bhubaneswar. The capitals and the detailing on columns pay homage to Gujarat’s Adalaj step well.

The yet to open Presidential villas, of which there will be four, are inspired from different dynasties which have ruled in India – Mughals, Cholas, Mauryas and Marathas.

There is a dizzying array of details to be noted for those interested and this makes the story of the hotel even more singular. Note the fountains or the Tree of Life high above in the Sangam ceiling, or the myriad artwork as you go for your signature Kaya Kalp spa treatment.

As an all suite hotel, it is no surprise that the living quarters are spacious. The 100 Deluxe Suites measure 70 sq m or 750 sq feet.

Dining options at ITC Grand Bharat include India Room, with its striking interiors, offers an “array of cuisines of the colonisers of India – from the Greeks, the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French, to the British”. There is no all day dining restaurant, instead the nearest option is the 3-meal bistro, Aravali Pavilion. Pastel hued and soft in contrast to the glitzy India Room, it too offers its menu in prefixed sets. The Peacock Bar is just as multi hued as its inspiration and so are its unique cocktails. The semi outdoors Apas Promenade offers local Mewati food by the poolside and is a great evening venue.