- Media Coverage
- 25 Nov 2016, Condé Nast Traveller
A sneak peek at The LaLiT Mangar
I’m on my way to a wellness destination just outside Delhi at a time when the headlines are screaming dire pollution readings. The irony is obvious. But by the time I arrive in Mangar, Haryana, the only thing in the air is the crispness of winter.
The LaLiT’s newest property is set on a narrow plot of land, on the edge of a hill, in the 677-acre Mangar Bani sacred grove, 45km from Delhi. It’s only fair to say that the property is rooted in this space, given that the very earth and stone it’s made of came from the land it stands on, using a technique called rammed earth architecture. Soil and stone dug up while laying the foundation was mixed with other materials such as chalk and gravel to create stark, industrial-style structure. It’s an expensive process we’re told, but the logic is to strictly adhere to a back-to-basics aesthetic.
In keeping with that thought, while the 35 suites are spacious, each with sit-outs, the décor is minimal. The only flourish permitted are the headboards and bedcovers, each fashioned with a different kind of Indian textile. Also, each suite comes with a view of the rolling Aravalis, dated to be one of the planet’s oldest mountain chains.
At the core of the hotel is its four-room Time Reversal spa run by integrated health specialist Dr Mosaraf Ali, whose clientele is said to include the likes Shah Rukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Morgan Freeman, Sylvester Stallone, Samuel L Jackson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Claudia Schaffer, Kate Moss and the late founder of the The Lalit group, Lalit Suri. Trained in a range of traditional healing practices including ayurveda, marma and nadi, Dr Ali also employs a mix of massages, exercise (yoga + long walks) and food that suits your body type to help rejuvenate both flesh and soul. And the good doctor promises: follow his advice and the effect on your health will be equal to reversing time–hence, the spa’s name. While one didn’t quite get the opportunity to fully experience that promise, I can tell you the good food, clean air and chirpy birdsong certainly provide reasons to return.
About The LaLiT Hotels
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, an enterprise of Bharat Hotels Limited is India’s largest and the fastest growing privately owned Hotel Company. The company offers Seventeen luxury hotels, with 3600 rooms in the five-star deluxe segment with eleven operational hotels and six under development/restoration (including three overseas). The operational hotels include The Lalit New Delhi, The Lalit Mumbai, The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar, The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa, The Lalit Ashok Bangalore, The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal (Kerala), The Lalit Jaipur, The Lalit Chandigarh & The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata. The Group has also forayed into mid-segment hotels under the brand – ‘The Lalit Traveller’. The first two hotels under this brand opened in Jaipur and Khajuraho with 25 more hotels planned in the next five years.