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The Indian city of Gurgaon (a 15-minute drive from the Delhi airport) has become a financial hub in recent years, with a slew of multinational companies like Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM and American Express setting up operations there. As such, it attracts more than its fair share of weary business travelers who can now find a respite at The Oberoi, Gurgaon. Opened April 1, the 202-room property appears truly deserving of the term "urban oasis." Guests are collected from the airport in Rolls-Royce or BMW 7 Series limousines and arrive via a winding, forest-lined driveway. The architecture is centered around the "jewel box," as the mostly glass and mirrored lobby is called. But the hotel is all about size: the nine acres of landscaping, the 10,000-square-foot vertical garden, a 36,000-square-foot reflecting pool and the largest rooms offered by a city hotel in India, starting at 620 square feet. There's also an Indian art gallery, a 24-hour spa offering a variety of Ayurvedic treatments, two restaurants (including a seafood one that features fish caught less than six hours prior to serving) and the country's first exclusive cigar room, where guests can buy hand-rolled Cubans. Special introductory rates from $360 at 443 Udyog Vihar, Phase V, Gurgaon; 91-124/245-1234; oberoihotels.com.
Photo Courtesy Oberoi Hotels & Resorts