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There wasn’t much left of the road after the 40-minute drive from the airport and soon our vehicle started trundling along a rough, dusty path somewhere in the suburbs of Udaipur. The Lanes got narrower, the houses older and the terrain wilder. The drive to jüSTa Sajjangarh Resort & Spa wasn’t really an ideal romantic one.

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CRAFTED WITH CARE

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Kalaignar is no more. This is perhaps, no way to begin a hotel review. But things are bound to veer towards the unusual when, on your second night of stay, a five-time chief minister and a beloved figure for a big section of the population passes away, that too in the burning heartland of politics-Chennai. For starters, the Phoenix Market City Mall, within whose complex this four-star luxury hotel is located, cleared out and shut down in the span of a heartbeat at the news of M. Karunanidhi's passing. A gloom was settling in, a lockdown was impending.

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IT's SO, SO GOOD - Come for the view, stay for the food, says Bhavika Govil about jüSTa Sajjangarh Resort & Spa

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First comes the pappardelle, and then the fettuccine. After that, you have the linguine, the spaghetti, and the thinnest of them, the spaghettini,” the chef rattles off, in what is an Italian twist to the chicken-and-egg question. With exuberant hand gestures in view, hills in the background that could be mistaken for those in Tuscany, and a moon that hits my eye like a big pizza pie, I wonder, for a split second, if I am in Italy instead of Udaipur. A quick peek at my boarding pass-turned-bookmark confirms that I am not.

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To Madras, with love

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This new bar in the city is a design marvel. If you are stopping by for a quick beer, you are in for a surprise and might spend more time looking at the ceiling than savouring your cold brew. Its design context rests quite literally on a single element—a 20 km long stainless steel wire coated with copper woven in a Madras checks pattern suspended by counter weights. “I was influenced by the traditional weaving patterns in the area. To define different zones we used plumb bobs, a beautiful traditional material that works as counter weights,” says architect Pronit Nath about the design of the bar.

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This new hotel offers stunning views of Udaipur’s Monsoon Palace - Reviewed by Conde Nast

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It is a beautiful thing to wake up in your comfortable hotel bed and look over out the window and see it there, up among the heavy monsoon clouds, in all its glory. You can’t help but hum the Octopussy theme song.

And the view of the 19th-Century Monsoon Palace really defines your stay at the newly opened JüSTa Sajjangarh Resort & Spa. While the palace is visible from almost everywhere on the property, the hotel itself is the antithesis of what you would expect of a hotel in this erstwhile princely state known for its Rajputana glory. Instead of jharokhas and intricate wall carvings, you are greeted by clean lines and an aesthetic that is minimal with pops of colour.

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