If you haven’t already read my post on the St Regis Polo in Jaipur, you can read it here.
So here’s how the weekend panned out for me. It was a perfect mix of luxury, glamour, sport, food, wine and, of course, a whole bunch of beautiful people. Now really, who could ask for anything more? I have said this before and I will say it again – I couldn’t see anything more appropriate and befitting for the St Regis group of hotels to host this elegant affair, at the heart of what is easily India’s luxury hub – Rajasthan.
In Jaipur, we stayed at the charming ITC Rajputana property, located a short-drive away from the old city of Jaipur. Now don’t let the hotel’s sombre exterior deceive you – as soon as you step in, you will find yourself bathed in a sense of old-world Indian luxury. The magnificent marble lobby, in white, gold and orange, and its imposing staircase is quite impressive.
Here are a few pictures.
As I stepped into my room, I was greeted by the sight of an official invitation from the folks at St Regis for their string of glitzy events over the weekend.
Keeping the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival in mind, the first evening was a relaxed and sophisticated evening with author Farrukh Dhondy, at Le Meridien Jaipur. This modern hotel impresses with its Mughal-style gardens and fountains as you enter. Over cocktails and canapés, Farrukh regaled us with excerpts from his books, anecdotes from his life and cheerful banter with those in attendance. This was followed by a dinner on Le Meridien’s terrace, out in the crisp north Indian winter air. A lovely evening indeed!
The next morning, was the big day. It was time to get get dressed up and set out to the Rajasthan Polo Club to attend the Maharaja Bhawani Singh St Regis Polo Cup 2015. So as to not stick out like a sore thumb, I made it a point to read up on appropriate polo attire. Turns out – bright colours, easy silhouettes and relaxed sophistication is the order of the day, when it comes to polo. I couldn’t be happier.
That night, a glitzy soirée was thrown in honour of the polo match. Now, when you’re in Jaipur, things are done in real style. So you can kiss the idea of a banquet hall or a hotel ballroom goodbye. This party, was held atop a mountain, in the historic portals of the Jaigarh Fort, overlooking the city of Jaipur. The party was held in the central courtyard of the ancient fort and one had to walk through magnificent arched hallways, courtyards, terraces and labyrinthine tunnels before one actually reached the party. It was MAGICAL. Here are some images.
All in all, it was a wonderful and supremely glamorous evening. A weekend of polo with a bunch of connoisseurs. Who could ask for anything more? And when it takes place in Jaipur…even better!