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The Taj West End is a rejuvenated old regal property set in a 20 acre garden in the heart of fast-paced Bangalore. Once an army base, it grew into a boarding house for passing army officers in the 1880s, and has remained a beacon of Indian warmth and hospitality ever since.
As far as accommodation goes, there's plenty of choice here with 117 guest rooms and suites, each a complementary blend of haunts of its past and mod cons that combine for understated luxury. Most rooms offer private verandas with sweeping views of the garden below. However for a step up in grandeur and comfort, check into one of the generously appointed suites that comes with complimentary use of the Taj Club lounge, in other words copious amounts of complimentary treats and beverages. The Tata Suite is a plush villa with everything you could possibly need and more: a ten-seater dining table, living area, kitchen pantry, master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and Jacuzzi-equipped bathroom, as well as its own plunge pool and massage facility in the private courtyard (of course). If it's good enough for the likes of Julia Roberts and Lewis Hamilton, well it's good enough for us.
There is a serious threat at Taj West End of the fine cuisine being overshadowed by the spectacular surroundings. Enjoy breakfast under the whopping 150 year old rain tree that glistens with droplets of morning dew (or something to that affect). We're pretty sure you'll agree that it's a rather good setting to enjoy your freshly squeezed juice, fresh fruits, pastries, cereals and even a slap up Full English made to order. Later in the day you have the choice of Masala Klub with its Indian specialities or open-air Blue Ginger - one of the few Vietnamese restaurants in India. For a more relaxed fare, there's also the option of a poolside barbeque. Given the stunning surrounds, it may be worth opting for private dining one evening, where you can dine under the Indian skies by candlelight with personal touches - individual tailor-made menus, white glove butler service and carefully created dishes and wine pairings.
Besides lazing in the sun alternating between the two swimming pools, there's plenty to keep you occupied. The Taj West End has the obligatory health club fully decked out with fitness centre, sauna, Jacuzzi and Jiva spa. The two flood-lit tennis courts are there simply to help you work up an appetite again after the last scrumptious meal. Activities off-site include the Bangalore Golf Club just across the road; fishing on the Kabini River; trekking in the Nandi Hills; and visiting Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.
Why we love it
The Taj West End is a lush green retreat in the centre of hectic Bangalore.
Miranda, Original Traveller