Revival of the Heritage City and Destination: Hyatt Place Hampi
An idyllic weekend at the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Hampi with a stay at the luxurious Hyatt Place is the perfect antidote to lockdown fatigued travellers.
The ancient and magnificent ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Hampi, dots an unearthly landscape captivating travellers across the country. A treasure trove of architectural magnificence and grandeur, Hampi transports its travellers into bygone eras, to the world of 15th century king and queens. Heaps of giant boulders with their rustic hues, perched precariously over undulating terrain offset by paddy fields and kilometres spread banana plantations, stand tall under the beaming sun. With such historical relevance and the rise of the drive-down destination travellers, it is no surprise then that Hampi has evolved as the wanderlust travellers paradise.
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way we travel. Terms like workcations, staycations, voluntourism, drive-aways etc. have become viral trends. The emergence of short travel destinations and drive-down holidays are rapidly gaining ground. Places adjoining big metro cities like Hampi from Bangalore and Hyderabad are on the rise for family, friends and pets holidays as it is a mere 340 km and approximately 7 hour’s drive from either locations.
A trip to Hampi makes even the most non-historical buff sit up and take notice of its sheer grandiosity and opulence. With its stunning and rugged terrain, barren boulder heaped lands of the 14th century Vijayanagar Empire and strategic location on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, it was once touted to be ‘the largest city in the world’. And just 35 kms from the main heritage city, nestled within the verdant boundaries of the JSW Township, is Hyatt Place Hampi. It is an epitome of a luxurious humble abode, par excellence. Spread over 10 acres of timeless and modern design in a casual comfort ambience, one can feel tucked away in their own private sanctuary.
Since opening its doors in December 2012, Hyatt Place Hampi – a marvel incorporated by Hyatt Hotels and Chartered Hampi Hotels Private Limited, it has symbolised a union of ‘approachable’, ‘purposeful and ‘uncomplicated’ experience seekers. Speaking on the destination and the Hyatt Place brand, Mr. Chris Franzen, Area Vice President – West India, Hyatt Hotels and General Manager – Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel and Residences says, “In these current unprecedented times, the Hyatt Place Hampi property is uniquely positioned with the growing surge of domestic destination travels. From bespoke experiences for the families to workcation stay offerings and corporate retreats, we ensure to cater to every segment of the discerning traveller. Our aim remains to leave our guests engaged and energised to seamlessly transition from work to play and surrender to complete rejuvenation with uncomplicated experiences in the most casual ambient settings”.
The arrival experience is made by a long alley drive way reminiscent of the city interiors. The hotel placed within close proximity to the business district of Bellary promises large landscape garden spaces for family, kids and even pets. With 115 guest rooms, including 7 rooms with outdoor plunge pools and 3 suites, its purposeful design approach includes plush Hyatt Luxury Eurotop Mattress and state-of-the-art media and work centres. Additionally, the 40’ LED TV, cozy corner sofa sleepers and bath vanities make for engaging spaces for guests to take control of their stay so they can work or relax as they please.
The kitchens of Hyatt Place Hampi are famed for the flavoursome and sumptuousness of their platters. Made from the freshest and finest produce, and served in some of the most bespoke settings, their all-day-dining ‘Gallery’ offers an extensive selection of the finest in Indian and Continental cuisines. They also believe in the farm-to-fork concept and hence their in-house grown produce is used to create vernacular flavours conjuring delicacies inspired by local culture. ‘The 24x7 Market’ is dedicated to the gourmet in you, offering a selection of freshly prepared salad/sandwiches and coffee on-the-go.
Sous Chef Tajuddin, raised in a traditional Muslim home emphasises on the Mughlai influence in all his culinary curations. The Zafrani Bharwan Murg coupled with Lacchha Paratha is his signature crafting that appeals to every guest’s palate and is a must try on visit.
The outdoor swimming pool overlooking the widespread lush greens gives every reason to spend a day soaking the tropical sun. The 24-hour fully equipped fitness center offers an energizing workout under the guidance of professional trainers.
SUSTAINABILITY AND RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
“The Hyatt Place brand values are well defined, to engage and to inspire. With these as guiding principles for environmental and sustainability initiatives, we align ourselves around the issues that are important to the communities we operate in. Felicitating responsible tourism, we strive to aide employment of the locals, skill development, reduce carbon footprint, promote local craftsmanship and deploy resources for waste management”, says Roshan Mendonsa – Assistant General Manager at Hyatt Place Hampi.
“We also conduct plantation drives that have helped bring biodiversity back, banned plastic bottles usage, incorporated solar panels and treat waste water for in-house agricultural purposes”, he adds.
The hotel has associations with the best in class, historically and archaeologically enriching tour operators and adventure sport agencies. They help offer all guests extraordinary insights into the mythical and legendary tales of Hampi. Since bouldering and hill climbing are also becoming popular adventure sports and attracting a different clientele, the hotel is well equipped to extend this experiential journey along with their affiliated partners. From Boulder climbing at the endless miles of boulder clad hillsides to bespoke poolside dining experiences with farm-to-fork concepts, Hyatt Place Hampi ensures a once in a lifetime experience.
At Hyatt Place Hampi one can truly discover a captivating blend of spectacular landscape gardens with effortless design aesthetics, built to enjoy a relaxing getaway from the hustle bustle of city life.
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