Minor Hotels, a hotel operator with 530 hotels and resorts around the world, has announced that its luxury brand Anantara will soon debut in India.
India debut in Jaipur
The Anantara Jaipur Hotel, scheduled to open in the 4th quarter of 2023, will “combine Indian opulence with modern comforts”. The new-build hotel will feature 150 guest rooms and suites, including four terrace suites with private plunge pools and a 160 square meter Royal Suite with a large terrace and private pool.
Dining options will include a specialty Indian fine dining restaurant and terrace, a rooftop bar and restaurant with views over the surrounding landscapes, all-day dining with a show kitchen and a hotel bar lounge and terrace.
Facilities will include a full-service Anantara Spa with five treatment rooms and a beauty salon, a gym with a semi-outdoor pool and garden area, and a kids’ club.
We are really excited to expand our footprint in India with this important new project that will marry Anantara’s trademark take on authentic, indigenous luxury with outstanding wedding and event facilities. Jaipur is one of India’s most vibrant destinations, with a huge destination wedding potential, and I look forward to working with Mr. Ajay Gangwal and his team to launch our first Anantara in India, which is a significant strategic step for Minor Hotels.said Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO of Minor International and CEO of Minor Hotels.
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In the hotel’s impressive lobby, a double-height ceiling and a grand staircase with access to all floors will create a memorable arrival impression, while a dedicated Kasara executive lounge with terrace area will provide a secluded space for suite guests to meet, relax and enjoy refreshments in privacy.
Luxury hotels, particularly those in Rajasthan, have lately been focusing more on catering to weddings and big-scale events and Anantara Jaipur will be no different.
Anantara Jaipur will be able to cater to weddings of up to 2,500 guests. For both intimate and large-scale celebrations, the property will offer a collection of indoor and outdoor venues: an 860-square-metre ballroom will accommodate 410 guests for a dinner, with the adjoining 110-sqm mandap pavilion seating 50; a large pre-function space serving the main ballroom and a smaller heritage banquet dining room will seat 150; a spacious banquet lawn of 3,800 sqm with its own stage area and commercial kitchen facilities will be able to accommodate weddings for up to 1,900 guests.
The property will have a separate dedicated porte-cochere area for the ballroom and event space providing a seamless arrival experience, in addition to a secondary arrival entry and porte-cochere serving the pre-function area and outdoor event space.
For corporate meetings and events, Anantara Jaipur will provide a choice of three meeting rooms with an adjacent lounge and reception area.
Jaipur becoming an interesting market
Lately, Jaipur has becoming an interesting hotel market, with almost all international hotel chains having their Indian debut in the city. Some examples include IHG’s Six Senses (not exactly in Jaipur but a 2-3 hours drive from the city), Accor’s Fairmont and now this.
Jaipur is becoming the “epi-centre” of luxury hotels in India, particularly driven by the large demand for big-scale weddings and events. The Indian state of Rajasthan overall is a hot market for luxury hotels. Some of the upcoming properties in the state include:
- Fairmont, Udaipur
- JW Marriott Ranthambore Resort and Spa
- W Jaipur
- Hyatt Regency Udaipur
- JW Marriott Udaipur
- Crowne Plaza Pushkar, among others
It’s good to see luxury international hospitality brands entering India and let’s hope the trend continues in other Indian states going forward. The hospitality market is a booming one and I am sure these brands will continue to invest in what will be one of the largest hospitality markets in the world.
Featured image by Minor Hotels
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