Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A treat for Honeymooners' & A delight for a Family at Marina Hotel-Shimla

A treat for Honeymooners' & A delight for a Family at Marina Hotel-Shimla

Explore the fascinating destination called Shimla and indulge in the blissful setting of 
Hotel Marina…I have been to Shimla innumerable times & this time, was really amused to stay at such a flawless & luxurious property.

Located in the beautiful Mall of Shimla, Hotel Marina is a boutique hotel wherein its guests are assured of a picturesque panoramic view of the snow bound mountain ranges.

Marina Hotel-Outside view
Marina Hotel-Outside view

As I entered the lobby for my check in, this beautifully & tastefully done up lobby in red with some outrageously handing chandlers & nicely lit up candles around the lobby awaits you. The amazing aroma in the lobby, may be coming from these candles lit or potpourri, gives your body & soul a very strong positive vibe. Oh! I loved this artwork hanging on the great wall of the lobby beneath which there is a fire-place which will automatically catch up your eyes. 


Candles around Lobby


After the check in, I entered my room, it was pure luxury, more than my exceptions. The room was nicely done up with all you need in your living area. How can I not mention about the bathroom,  which was done in a classy & niche manner which maintained the standard of the Hotel in a small hill station (Shimla). It had a full glass wall on one side connecting the room which was covered with a rolling curtain. If it’s a family affaire with children, the glass can be kept with the curtain on. An excellent excitement awaits for honeymooners' too, to come & enjoy with the curtain rolled up..Well, it is not a part of any big 5 star hotel chain yet I would grade them a 5 star, looking all that it had to offer. It is like a hidden gem close to the proximity of the Mall road of Shimla. One can easily walk for 5-7 mins & reach towards the lift. I guess, elderly people can also do the walk but it might take a little extra time. 

Living Room

Marina has a charm of it’s own, you can keep exploring new things here in the lap of nature.  It’s away from the hustle bustle of the crowds of the mall yet at the heart of the main market. Making your stay an outstanding one.

This boutique Hotel awaits you with fine hospitality, elegant ambience and delicious cuisine.

Marina takes care of your Foodies’ desires too with a multi-cuisine restaurant “Hills Edge”. Thriving you ask for more. The ambience of the restaurant is yet too elegant which will make you involve totally into their delicacies. Whilst, reading the menu card of the restaurant, I was trying to find what is not there listed on the Menu.. but to my surprise, it had a grand variety to offer to it’s guests. Not only this, what I felt, the top of the list was some exceptional signature healthy foods for diet conscious. This was indeed an exception which I have really not seen at, too many places while travelling. But, it was a surprise for me awaiting here. Awesome delicacies were offered to us as I enjoyed my handsome seafood platter!

Now, while walking and having a round of the hotel, I peeped into their all time favourite Lounge Bar-‘’sixteen 69”.  The interiors were spectacularly done in black. A huge range of alcohol displayed, ask for a peg as per your mood. Enjoy your drink with some nice music & light snacks.

Food Platter
Restaurant & Bar

To add on, more flavour to your trip & to engross in the already intoxicated environment of Hills around you & the freshness of air.. An open air restaurant is also here to welcome you, giving you an additional kick, to enjoy the charm of the season with cold breeze & greenery. This is a huge open air restaurant where a big party bash can also be thrown. This was one of my favourite part of the hotel; the environment around you with hundreds of green trees, the fog, the sun playing hide & seek with the clouds, the birds chirping is so pleasing & calm that it urge’s a writer to sit back with a cuppa hot chocolate & start brainstorming with her jigsaw thoughts of writing a story. I really enjoyed the view from here too.

Open Air Restaurant
 Since I had less time in hand so could not indulge myself in their amazing Hi-End luxury Spa
“M- Spa”. This will welcome you with the ‘aroma of magic’ as soon as you enter, leaving you forget all your tiredness & fatigue with a feeling of exotic relaxation & ready to look forward for yet another day.. It had a different aura to offer you, to unwind your body & soul completely.

Spa Room

Spa Room
Spa Room

For fitness freaks, if walking is not enough, you can also hit their massive gym.



Now, that summers are around.. pack up your baggage to this beautiful, luxurious property & unwind yourself!

Saturday, 19 March 2016


(Press Release of Macao Tourism)

Festive joy lighted up the city as the Year of Monkey arrived. Chinese New Year is an important traditional festival in Chinese culture. The Macao Government Tourist Office prepared a colorful range of festive celebrations for visitors and residents to enjoy in different local districts including fascinating events like the “Parade of Gigantic Golden Dragon”, "Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Monkey", “Valentine's Day Fantasia 2016 – The Fairytale of Lights”, promising a festive season filled with memorable moments. 

There are lots of festivals, events and activities to watch out for this year. The year begins with the Lanterns Festival ,The Chinese New Year, the Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Monkey followed by the Firework Festival, Macau Grand Prix, The Lights Festival, Food festival and much more during the end of the year. Macao will also see hosts of events this year starting with the “Madonna Rebel Heart Tour” as Madonna will delight music fans at the newly opened resort Studio City’s Studio City Event Center on February 20 and 21, 2016.

A 238-meter-long golden dragon led a parade across major tourist spots and demonstrated vigorous moves accompanied by vibrant young lions. Their lively performance bestowed wishes that Macao will encounter myriad opportunities and achieve remarkable developments in the Year of Monkey. The Chinese zodiac animal “Monkey” symbolizes wisdom and auspiciousness, inspiring Macao residents to embrace new challenges with wisdom and creativity, and work together for a brighter future of Macao. 
As another highlight, the eight performance groups for the "Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Monkey" from different countries and regions gave a performance in advance at various tourist spots on the first and second day of Lunar New Year which was in Feb 2016.

Last year Macao welcomed over 30 million visitors. During Spring Festival holidays, a great number of visitors visit Macao from the Mainland and neighboring regions. Visitors of different nationalities also choose to visit Macao during this time of the year to experience the ambience of Chinese Spring festival. MGTO takes the opportunity to express New Year wishes to local citizens and visitors and show warm hospitality of the destination.

Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) will continue to work hard in all aspects and will adopt new promotional theme this year to promote Macao to the world, striving to attract visitors and at the same time, enhance the city’s attractiveness as a tourist destination.