This five-star hotel, part of the Taj Group, is enviably positioned on Chennai’s famous Clubhouse Road. It is close to masses of popular attractions and Chennai’s business district, and is a 45-minute drive to the airport.
The award-winning Jiva spa features all-natural treatments and products based on traditional Indian methods. Indulge yourself with a signature treatment, which might include a massage, a saffron bath, a soothing foot rub or exfoliation – and which may even be accompanied by live musicians playing ragas, a truly unique experience offered only at the Taj Club House. Ayurveda treatments are also available, conducted by expert practitioners, and you can ease yourself into a number of yoga and meditation sessions as well.
The hotel can help you arrange a round of golf in the vicinity
There are 220 rooms and suites to choose from, including superior and deluxe rooms, executive and deluxe suites – plus a stately presidential suite. The décor reflects traditional Tamil styling, with soft-coloured Anegre wood and Indian touches throughout, but with modern features such as plasma TVs, specially designed lighting, workdesks and wifi. Higher-grade rooms provide extras such as access to the executive lounge and glass-enclosed bathrooms, and the presidential suite has its own dining room, gymnasium and boardroom to boot.
At the hotel, you can relax at the hotel pool or sweat it out in the fitness centre, but you’ll want to explore the local area as there’s much to see and do. The famous Fort St George, built by the British East India Company, was the first of its kind to be built in India, while you can also visit Marina Beach – the second longest beach on the planet, also home to an aquarium – Santhome Cathedral Basilica and, a bit farther afield, Kanchipuram, famous for its saree weavers.
Open 24 hours a day, Club House restaurant is the place for European meals with an Asian twist, or for more standard Indian fare there’s Beyond Indus. You can also try out Mediterranean rooftop dining at Kefi, or take refreshments at Blend contemporary bar or Brew. The latter is the place to enjoy tea or coffee.
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