Monarch Hospitality Opens Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala in India

Belgium, Brussels. September 20, 2021

Radisson Hotel Group announced its first hotel in the scenic hills of Lonavala with the opening of Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala. A drivable getaway with convenient air, rail and road connectivity from Mumbai and Pune, the destination is a travelers' paradise offering many tourist attractions such as Rajmachi Point, Lonavala Lake, Duke's Nose, Karla Caves etc. The resort is spread over 14,100 sqm, offering sweeping views of the majestic Sahyadri range and one of the largest venues for hosting off-site meetings and large weddings. The resort's commitment to sustainable design practices and extraordinary local character makes it a perfect getaway for modern travelers seeking a purpose-driven travel experience.

Zubin Saxena, Managing Director and Vice President, Operations, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group, said, "Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala is a key opening for us in 2021. The resort's perfect location and MICE facilities make it an attractive venue for guests looking to host destination weddings, large corporate or social functions. The opening provides further momentum to our strategic expansion plans in West India where we are already present in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Alibaug, Karjat, Nagpur and will add Nashik to the list by the end of the year."

Located at just 15 minutes' drive from both Lonavala and Khandala railway stations, Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala is easily accessible for guests traveling from Mumbai, Pune and Khandala. The resort offers easy accessibility to tourist attractions such as Bushi Dam, Narayani Dham Temple, Lonavala Lake and the celebrity wax museum.

Designed by well-known Indian architect, Kamal S Malik, the resort has been envisioned as the perfect amalgamation of sustainable design and local art and culture. The resort has seamlessly adapted eco-friendly design practices and incorporated reused natural elements such as stones from the site for stone-cladding of the entire building. It features areas such an open atrium, that has been designed to reduce the need for air-conditioning. The resort's atypical entrance lobby has a grand cylindrical space which recreates the effect of the echoes of Shivaji's forts, giving the sense of a conservatory surrounded by hills. Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala is home to the country's largest Gabion wall which is approximately 21 m in length and is a visual spectacle for guests.

The resort features 103 uniquely designed modern rooms across four categories - Superior room with balcony view, Deluxe room featuring a lush green view, Suite which offers generous space, and Presidential Suite which comes with a five-seater open deck whirlpool.

"Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala is perfect for vacationers who want to enjoy hospitality in the lap of nature. The resort's modern yet earthy architecture, unrivalled views, and easy accessibility to key tourist destinations, makes it a preferred choice for guests. We are proud to partner with Radisson Hotel Group and are confident that this hotel will set a new benchmark for purpose-driven hospitality," said Mr Parth Bihani, Partner, Monarch Hospitality.

With over 4,500 sqmof indoor and outdoor event space, the resort offers seven venues: Raj Sabha Wedding Lawn, Raj Bhawan Grand Ballroom, Royal Bastion, Surya Bhawan Indoor Banquet, Torna Banquet Terrace, Pool Deck and Board Room, that can host up to 1,500 pax. All meeting and event spaces come equipped with modern audio-visual technology making them ideal for hosting destination weddings, social and corporate getaways. Raj Sabha Wedding Lawns and Torna Banquet Terrace, offer a spectacular view of the hills surrounding the resort, making every event memorable.

The resort houses three exquisite dining options; Hirkani, an eclectic cuisine restaurant with emphasis on Oriental, Coastal, Indian and local cuisine; Malhari, a niche and trendy lifestyle bar serving contemporary grills, signature cocktails with a special emphasis on local flavors and produce from chef's garden; Torna, a roof-top lounge with breathtaking views of the hills, offering a wide range of options such as classic Indian dishes, seafood, barbecue and Italian pastas. Guests who want to taste delectable biryanis and kebabs can opt for an authentic experience in the resort's Pop-up restaurant, with innovative menu that changes every season.

A key attraction of the resort, The Spa at Radisson, a full-service wellness center, is perfect for guests looking forward to an immersive and rejuvenating experience amidst the calmness of Lonavala. Personalizing each session, the spa has a distinctive approach towards wellness by optimally integrating the use of local products and vital aspects of local culture. Built on a unique philosophy, the spa is centered around mental and physical wellbeing where guests are encouraged to interact with one another and feel part of a community.

The resort is well equipped with modern amenities like a 24-hour fitness center and houses an interactive kids' play area. A distinctive feature of the resort is its outdoor swimming pool - Kund, designed in the shape and color of an actual Kund (traditional water reservoir), overlooking lush greenery surrounding the resort.

Alok Kaul, General Manager, Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala said, "The resort is uniquely positioned in terms of its location, sustainable design and modern comforts. We are confident that our unmatched offerings paired with Yes I Can! hospitality will prove to be a compelling option for guests looking for an enhanced experience."

With the health and safety of guests and team members as its top priority, Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala is implementing the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol program. The in-depth cleanliness and disinfection protocols were developed in partnership with SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and are designed to ensure guest safety and peace of mind from check-in to check-out.

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