Wah TaJ! Blogchatter Writing Retreat at Taj Gateway Resorts, Damdama.


A decade of my youth was spent in the hospitality sector. Even after years of leaving hotels, a stay at any hotel brings back nostalgia.

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For the youth in hospitality during the decade of 90’s, Taj was the epitome of luxury and hospitality. I made it through interviews for Taj, Indore but was destined to return to Delhi and work at majestic The Imperial. A desire to work with a Taj property thus remained unfulfilled and a tease remained.

A serendipitous series of few events lead me to stay at Taj Resorts Damdama as a participant of Blog Chatter’s Writing Retreat recently and like every other Taj hotel stay, this time again, the nostalgia returned.

(Sometimes, I wonder if constant nostalgia is the sign of middle age.The reverse countdown begins the moment you hit 40!).

Well, while a detailed pictorial blog post would follow next on the riveting Blog Chatter Writing retreat (a special event deserves special expressions). This post is about Taj Gateway Resorts Damdama Lake.

DECOR & ART :

Scrap material sculptures were strategically displayed inside the reception and courtyard area. There was kalamkari work, hand-painted & embroidered textiles, ceramics work and etching work displayed throughout the resort. (I need to get more pictures during next trip to the place!)

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A luxury resort, nestled amidst 20 acres of lush greens laden with almost 1000 trees, Taj Gateway Resorts Damdama lake is a luxurious abode, a comfortable home away from home for the urban nomads.

A picture speaks a thousand word. A million words, hence, would flow in this photoblog post would be about my experience of staying at the Taj Gateway Resorts, Damdama :

BANQUET HALLS :

Blog Chatter’s Writing retreat was held at the grand “Ballroom” that can accommodate up-to 600 people at the expandable hall. Later, we also discovered small meeting rooms and lovely outdoor space, ideal for weddings and social events.

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ACCOMMODATION :

Our expansive Superior Resort room had a walk-in closet and a bath area, almost the same size of the room. The other side of the room opened to a walk-in balcony, with wicker furniture adorning the space to sit and relax, to breathe in the fresh air from the natural surroundings.

The other category of rooms at the resort are: Deluxe resort rooms & Gateway suites.

The resort is disabled friendly.

Witnessed some happy pet owners at the resort.

 

FOOD

Lunch and breakfast next morning was at “Buzz”, the restaurant with a lavish spread of International and Indian Regional cuisine. The caramel cake took my heart and alas, my efforts to monopolise the complete cake went kaput! There is only “this” much sweetness human appetite can contain!

Post the first day sessions, the languishing evening was spent amidst laughter and rounds of Cosmopolitans at the shell-shaped bar “Swirl”.

The dinner was at Oriental restaurant “Sian”. Everyone with their guards down shared stories of grit, determination, success, failure, heartbreaks, travel and hope. Each table had a whiff of a new story simmering slowly.

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Post dinner session resumed at the banquet hall, there was a spread of Midnight Martini in the pre-function area of Ballroom to substantiate discussions at Blog Chatter’s Writing retreat.


LOBBY AREA

Double height ceiling. Open casual seating arrangement and friendly front office team makes lobby a relaxing space. During the day, a palmist was stationed outside the lobby. In the evening, lobby space was filled with rustic folk music notes from a live performance.

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

An exclusive recreational area for children with indoor games and swings at the lawns. Larger-than-life green lawns. A grand swimming pool “Wavelength” (that I did not photograph as it was full of people)!. Active Studio. Fitness Centre.

Our youngest participants at the children play area 🙂

ADVENTURE ZONE :

Taj Gateway Damdama Resorts adventure zone is not for the one with a faint heart. It has the adrenaline rush, thrill-inducing adventure facilities to keep the athlete in you engaged. There are Cricket/football fields, tennis court, volleyball court, a jogging and cycling track, ATVs, a course designed for wall climbing, bridge crossing, zip lining,  and ropeway. There are facilities for air rifle, rappelling, archery etc.

The intense blogging sessions kept us engaged and missed using these facilities but there is another time for that!

PICNIC ZONE: A casual open-air restaurant space next to the adventure zone.An ideal space for idyllic chats over burgers, french fries and Jamun shakes.

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THINGS TO DO AROUND THE RESORT :

Damdama Lake, Hot Springs, Ancient Shiva Temple.

LOCATION :

PO Damdama, Off Sohna-Gurgaon Rd, Gurgaon, Haryana – 122102 INDIA

Approx. 25 min. drive from Gurgaon Sohna Road.

HOW TO BOOK A STAY :

The Official Taj website

PS: This is not a sponsored post and solely based on my personal experience at the hotel.

 

 

 

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