Bed down at this modern, luxury hotel – the first Hyatt is southern India – and your central base is Anna Salai, near the neighbourhood of T. Nagar. Handy for the business epicentre of Chennai, it stands within easy reach of IT hubs, consulates, Chennai Trade Centre and the upscale residential areas of Boat Club Road and Poes Garden. The airport is just 9km, or 20 minutes’ drive, and the railway station 5km away.
A highlight of the hotel, the urban oasis of Siddh Spa features six serene suites, saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzis. Guests choose which ‘path’ to follow to enhance their wellbeing, all of which are grounded in the spa’s philosophy of healing and rejuvenation. Inner stillness, energy boosting and purification are all taken care of here. Soothing massages, restorative antioxidant facials and body scrubs are all delivered from Siddh’s expert therapists using a range of pampering products.
Its ten storeys rising up to give superb panoramic views of the cityscape, the Hyatt was always conceived with aesthetics in mind. The 327 rooms and suites will suit travellers here on business or leisure – well equipped with oversized workspaces, wi-fi, iPod docks and coffee machines, they also boast comfy beds, custom artworks and large windows for an inviting ambiance. Bathrooms are appointed with separate baths and rainforest showers, and rooms also boast sofas and 40-inch LCD TVs – all of which are perfect for kicking off your shoes and unwinding after a long day.
Chennai is not only renowned as a place to do business but is also a cultural capital and gateway to the south. Be sure to explore its ‘Kollywood’ reputation at the movies, take in galleries and dance shows, and visit its temples and historic landmarks, many much closer than you think. For indulging in a little R&R, however, you needn’t step further than the hotel itself – a haven of pergolas, plantings and outdoor artworks is the setting for the swimming pool and there’s a sumptuous spa too. Cooking lessons with hotel chefs, fun for children and art tours arranged for good causes are all ways the hotel keeps you entertained.
Award-winning Spice Haat brings you the finest buffets alongside à la carte dining, with international and Indian comforting classics created in the lively show kitchens. The interior of Stix restaurant exudes style and serves up tempting Sichuan dishes amid a design inspired by Asian hawker-style noodle stalls. Italy’s atmospheric south comes to India at Focaccia with an elegant trattoria offering an antipasti buffet, signature dishes and indulgent desserts, all washed down with some of the best wines in the city.
365, Anna Salai, TeynampetTamil Nadu 600018ChennaiIndia