The Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India
The complete restoration of the Taj Falaknuma, by Taj Hotels, has roughly taken 10 years of excruciating work. The result is utterly magnificent, a true monument of luxury and opulence. Quite intriguingly, the palace was built to resemble a scorpion. It used to be the place from where the Nizam ruled over Hyderabad.
It currently provides a royal feel to its guests, setting them within the same environment kings and queens used to live in some time ago. It is ready to provide unforgettable experiences for those that seek to spice their life in terms of opulence.
A true plethora of exquisite detailing and finishes are quite obvious from the first glimpse – woof furnishing under cut-glass chandeliers, heavy curtains crafted from the most exquisite fabrics and lush leather. The entrance is fully decked with white marble, shaping the main lobby. Going further, the grand staircase is, as well, crafted from white marble, with intricate carvings.
In terms of accommodation, the hotel provides a total of 60 rooms, from the staggering Grand Suite with its own private pool, Jacuzzi and fountain, to a number of Luxury Rooms, all facing the superb courtyard.
There are a lot of features to admire here as well, like the longest working dining table in the world, fit for 101 diners. In terms of “what to do”, guests can get transposed into the atmosphere of the 19th century by a horsedrawn carriage, they can wander through the gorgeously trimmed gardens or discuss daily business in an elegant setting.
The cuisine is absolutely enticing as well, from the traditionally slow-cooked “Dum” at the famous Adá to fresh Mediterranean tastes at the Celeste. It isn’t all coming to finances though, as the nightly rates here start at a stunningly low INR 18,250 or €264. My God, I wish was there right now!