Just a few hours at the Oberoi Amarvilas and you completely lose yourself in a world of luxury, pampering and tranquility. It’s so easy to forget about the demands of daily life. Now if only this is what everyday life was all about!
As the sun set over the beautiful vicinity, the hotel grounds began to sparkle and became even more inviting than in the daytime, drenched in the Indian sun! At six o’clock every evening, there is a live traditional Indian dance performance on top of the large arched structure in front of the pool that all guests are invited to. We watched the performance from the comfort of the room as we prepared for the lovely evening ahead.
The mister surprised me by organising this ‘dinner under the stars’ experience provided by the Oberoi Amarvilas. Situated in a tower and overlooking the pool and hotel grounds, our dinner table was adorned with twinkling candlelight, red roses and delicate white pearls.
The attention to detail was second to none and we had a personal waiter attending to us the entire evening, presenting us dish after dish from a menu that was left completely to us to decide.
First arrived a plate of grilled, tandoori meat and fish. Chicken, lamb, mutton, prawns and fish, all cooked to smoky perfection.
And then a cooling course of Dahi Vada which is basically a deep fried lentil ball covered in yogurt, sweet and sour chutney and various spices. Soft, chewy and tangy!
Followed by a warming bowl of Onion Soup which to be honest, I really wasn’t a big fan of.
The palate cleanser, a cold and sweet Raspberry Sorbet to prepare us for the spicy and filling mains.
The main spread of the evening! A little bit of all our favourites really as the chef encouraged us to select anything and everything we wished to be served that evening!
Butter Chicken, Mutton Curry, Palak Paneer (Paneer with spinach), Daal, Yogurt, Roomali Roti, and I’m pretty sure I’ve missed something!
Not to forget my absolute favourite Indian dish, Lucknowi Mutton Biriyani! My favourite meat in the world is Indian mutton which unfortunately, you can’t get easily around the world. This Biriyani made the way they do in the city of Lucknow is the absolute bomb! It’s infused with rose water and saffron making the dish so deliciously fragrant.
Finally, the dessert. A tray of six little glasses, each with a different flavour of ice-cream, nestled in dry ice. The waiter did come around and pour water over the ice, releasing the cool, icy smoke but I obviously wasn’t quick enough to capture it!
I also wasn’t quick enough to notice that one of the little glasses of dessert right in the middle of the tray was empty. Not by accident but because it held the most beautiful, sparkling ring right at the bottom, waiting to be discovered. What happened next was a complete blur of shock, excitement, disbelief and a couple tears.
I couldn’t have asked for a more romantic proposal or a better location to get engaged in. Having left India at such a young age, I missed growing up and reaching certain milestones in my home country. As grateful as I am for the international upbringing that I did end up having, the fact that I was back home to take this next big step in my life means the absolute world to me!
I’m also incredibly thankful to all the people at the Oberoi Amarvilas that made our stay so magical and beyond any and all expectations. The staff made us feel so welcome and comfortable and made sure that no request was too much to ask for. Could I please only stay at an Oberoi establishment going forward?
We are now off to Kuala Lumpur this evening, to celebrate our engagement with our family and friends for the next week.
A whole year of wedding planning now awaits me!
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