I have been to Jaipur three times already and even though it’s been really long, I distinctly remember that I loved the place each time. So, there was no question about missing the opportunity when Fairmont, Jaipur invited me to spend time over the weekend with Kabir. As luck would have it, two other bloggers with their kids were also invited for the same.
The hotel is situated on the outskirts of Jaipur city and takes about 45 minutes by car to get there. And as usual, since I hadn’t done my research about the place, I was caught by total surprise. This place defines luxury. The kind of luxury which doesn’t intimidate you but fills you with warmth. We were welcomed by a grand reception and the instagrammer in me went a little crazy once I got the glimpse of the property. It’s a fairly new hotel and is inspired by a blend of Rajputana and Mughal architecture and the facade has been made to look like an old fort.
The idea of the getaway was to do nothing and spend time with Kabir without worrying about the laundry, work, kitchen or anything else. And that’s exactly what we did. After having a nice lunch at Zoya, the hotel’s coffee shop with a nice pastel decor, we headed to Anjum. Anjum is their beautiful Tea and day bar lounge which is very aesthetically done and offers a lovely view. It boasts of more than 32 varieties of teas but I settled for their orange coffee. We spent a lot of time at the lounge while the kids busied themselves looking around the property and playing in the kids’ room. We had our dinner at Zarin, the Persian restaurant. I like meats prepared in delicate flavours so I loved the melt-in-your mouth lamb and fish. But if you like your food spicy then you must request the chef to make it your way.
My bathtub was prepared with a tempting rose petal dip but I was too tired so we called it an early night. I also realised that as he’s growing bigger and has been sleeping in his own bed for a long time now, I miss seeing him sleep. It fills my heart to just watch him sleep like a baby and it’s for moments like these that such trips are totally worth it.
Anyways, coming back to the second day, we headed to Amber fort post a hearty breakfast. It was a bit too hot and somehow it didn’t catch the fancy of kids even though the mothers were quite fascinated. Basically, all the kids wanted to be in the pool instead. We wrapped up the fort visit quickly and headed back to the hotel. And post the dabba lunch in the room, we jumped in to the pool for hours. As the evening set in and the kids played, we sat at the lounge watching the sunset, sipping on some tea and sharing stories. Post our dinner, we gathered at the lounge again and I loved playing Atlas with the kids and generally getting to know them better. The cute conversations included what they think ‘gossip’ means to why school isn’t fun.
We checked out the next morning post breakfast and took a comfortable flight back home. I came back home brimming with ideas for my blog and Kabir with loads of stories for his friends.
When to go – Preferably between October-March, however, if the intention is to stay put at the hotel like us then anytime of the year is fine.
How to get there – Jaipur is well connected via road, flight and train.
PS – I was invited to visit Fairmont Jaipur along with my son, as a blogger.