Taj adds yet another feather to its cap with the opening of Vivanta Yeshwantpur in Bangalore. A delight to any food connoisseur and lover of luxuriously elegant service, Vivanta Yeshwantpur is the accurate definition of a fashionable contemporary hotel. A 5-star hospitality brand positioned in the upscale segment, Vivanta by Taj has hotels in key metropolitan areas including popular holiday destinations like Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan, Sri Lanka and foreign destinations such as the Maldives.
Poised to reap the rewards of being in a fast-growing suburb of Bangalore that is witnessing extensive commercial acitivity, it is also strategically located being close to the airport and the Mysore Road. With its sleek and vivacious take on luxury hospitality, Vivanta has instantly succeeded in engaging the new cosmopolitan world. With exciting world cuisine, stylishly designed interiors and energising experiences. The Yeshwantpur property is larger than life in many ways, but this imposing concrete structure whispers a language of nature throughout its design.
Focused on a clientele that leans towards contemporary design, Vivanta Yeshwantpur has a visual framework that is captivating and representative of a modern lifestyle. Nature forms an integral part of the concept; weaving a connect to the Garden City that this was known to be. Various manifestations of nature are used as design elements from cut-out trees on walls to floral patterns on panels, ceilings and furnishings.
Colour is in abundance and nature is given preeminent status in the vocabulary of design. Traditional crafts have also been incorporated as is the case with most Taj properties that retain a link to heritage and history in some form. The lobby is imposing and grand, serving as a point of focus between the various areas of the property. Warm colours are used to keep the ambience inviting and relaxing.
Vivanta Yeshwantpur is home to an eclectic mix of culinary classics. Starting with the ‘Paranda’, a 76 seater restaurant, adorned by a magnificent geometric spice gate, it is inspired by the five rivers of the North- Ravi, Beas, Sutlej, Jhelum and Chin of pre-independence Punjab. Classy and aesthetically designed with rustic floors, bare brick walls, easily complemented by modern metal furniture, at Paranda; themes of soil, water, fire, charcoal and forest dominate the menu, giving you a sinful aromatic tour of the north-west. Smell the flavours, feel the textures and bask in the stylised natural landscape from where they were drawn. The flawless gastronomie, detailed interiors and outstanding service makes the Paranda stand out like no other restaurant in the city. Enjoy your meal at the huge display kitchen for those who want it fresh off the fire, or at the semi private spaces or private dining area. You can also dine alfresco outside, surrounded by the exotic greenery and water bodies. An ideal place for business luncheons, and general social afternoon tummy pampering, the array of dishes and mini surprises throughout meals makes for a memorable dining experience.
However if you’re looking for an energised, buzzing, all day dining place, look no further than Palette. This contemporary restaurant has captured chic and edgy in the best ways possible, with it’s suspended bubble lights, and customised floral ceiling lighting, topped off beautifully by the long stretch of theatre station. With a seating capacity of 180, this hip and happening gourmet destination offers some of the most sumptuous European and Oriental cuisine. Continental and Mexican is offered in coffee style service while those craving a taste of the east can try out the sushi. Those who want to play it safe can try out delectable south Indian dishes like the signature Chicken Khasargod, while others who feel up to challenging the chef can try out the dangerously yummy stir fried combos and tofu black bean. This contemporary elegant restaurant is a crown jewel in the gastronomic city of Bengaluru and a perfect melting pot of all things wonderful for the taste buds.
And just when you thought that it can’t get any better— an Azure Mediterranean medley makes its way straight to your heart. Azure, the contemporary design Mediterranean cuisine restaurant, strikes a most distinct chord with its Moroccan, Greek and Lebanese cuisine. Inspired by fresh and healthy foods, here’s a place you will find the herbs travel straight from plant to plate, adding real zest to Italian, Moroccan and Greek dishes. The restaurant has stunning mosaic walls and a magnificent wine rack with the finest collection of young and vintage wines. The stunning upholstery, truly Mediterranean pendant lights, and patterned rugs add to the wonderful ambience created to enhance the flavours on the menu. All of this makes for a stunning display as a Tapas service bar reaches out in front.
And after all this Vivanta Yeshwantpur has yet another pleasant surprise, a surprise so novel that it will completely blow your mind. After stoking every possible culinary fantasy, Vivanta goes bold and all out fashionable with its one of a kind high energy bar- Shimmer. A name taken with much respect among the sleepless pub-hoppers of Bangalore, Shimmer raises the bar when it comes to nightlife in the silicon valley of India. With predominant colours being pink and black, the bar is adorned with cosy red lounge seats and chandelier disco balls. It is renowned for its high octane entertainment and, above all, its pathway inspired by a ramp, where mannequins strike a pose to showcase some of the latest works of top designers who display their line strictly by invitation. Combine this out of the box fashion show with huge video screens, distinctive elixirs and a resident Dj working up the music and you’ll have yourselves a spirited experience like no other. And if the music seems to be getting to you, then there’s always the option of stepping out of the high-energy bar, to the more intimate carpeted area.
Even the rooms at Vivanta offer experiences like no other. One can choose from a variety of beautifully designed rooms. The city-facing Superior Charm rooms offer a complete harmony of comfort and aesthetics. A connect with the surroundings is brought in using colour and motifs by nature, while a focus on creating layers of textures keep the room from being bare minimalist. Modern with an affirmation of the past is perhaps one way to describe the design of the rooms.
The Deluxe Delight rooms score high on design—contemporary elegance with traditional elements— a perfect combination for a discerning business traveller. The Deluxe Allure Suite which reflects a perfect blend of indulgent utility and sleek simplicity. There is detailing everywhere. The intricacy of a bead curtain maintains the sense of modern openness but brings in an element of tradition as well. Sleek lines are complemented with subtle curves and a white canvas is given the occassional splash of colour that connects motifs inspired by nature to the warm colours of earth. Tufted carpets have swirling patterns in monochromatic palettes and browns and beiges are given a touch of bloom with vibrant oranges and luscious greens.
In a sense, the overall design attempts to connect the old with the new in an effortless organic way. Reassuring a guest that while no modern amenity is wanting, the true essence of the garden city is maintained throughout the property; in a multitude of form and expression, soft and subtle but connected. The property also has a Premium Temptation Suite and the Presidential Nirvana Suite which takes the experience up several notches and along with a bird’s eye view of the city captures every essence of luxury while remaining understated.
For those taking a chill pill, laze by the pool or go on a Vivanta planned excursion to Nityagram- the local performing arts school, or get back to basics with walks in paddy fields and traditional village meals. Spend a day soaking the history of the city with a guided tour of Bangalore Palace and local places of worship. Or simply put your feet up for a well-deserved pedicure.
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