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19.09.2013

Wondering where all the light went in our smog-wrapped city? Lean in close and we'll tell you where they're storing it.

The Last Resort

The massive Dusit Devarana luxury spa resort in Delhi is the first of the famous Dusit Thailand chain hotels in India, an expanse designed around the five elements of nature, with an entrance wall made entirely of brass leaves. “Hand crafted and sand-casted, this ficus wall is made of 6,50,000 leaves,” explained an eager staff member.

Festooned with domes and curves, the rooms here flow into each other, a striking wall of stain glass greeting you in the lobby, the colours reflecting in a still pool below. Dusit Devarana has several water bodies, reflecting pools and the longest swimming pool in Delhi (102 meters), with the Devarana pool rooms opening straight into into the water. It’s the only way to swim, darling.

Speaking of sugar, the resort has a over-the-top spa complete with therapy rooms , yoga pavillion and a zen court. There’s also a temple you can pray at – only in Delhi! Non-believers like us, however, should take a sharp right and head to the bar or the boutique which promises to house luxury retail products.

The Deep End

With 50 rooms, Dusit Devarana is perfect for those who want a quick (and expensive) getaway, but are too lazy to get out of the city. Also good for lazy people: each room is equipped with an iPad that operates your door (among other things). If you do want to stretch your legs, we suggest you do so in the controlled wilderness of Devarana's courtyard, speckled with more than a thousand trees, fruit from which the hotel uses for fresh food and drink.

Speaking of sugar, the resort has a over-the-top spa complete with therapy rooms , yoga pavillion and a zen court. There’s also a temple you can pray at – only in Delhi! Non-believers like us, however, should take a sharp right and head to the bar (currently under construction) or the hotel boutique which promises to house luxury retail products.

They also have a decadent restaurant called Kiyan (more about that next week), which we visited. On our way out, we noticed an iron pendulum rotating from a skylight on the ceiling. This revolves seven times every twenty minutes, we were told, and through the skylight stream snowflake-like patterns of sunlight.

We told you, they're hiding it all up here.

Getting There: Dusit Devarana, NH-8, New Delhi, call 011-33552211, Rs 14,000 for a garden view room, book here.

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