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January 2019 | January - 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Chapslee's 'exclusive affair' is now a Rare Experience
A heritage hotel in its truest sense, Chapslee is committed to preserving not only the architecture in maintaining Chapslee's iconic structural dimensions and style, but also a sense of timeless traditions attributed to Shimla from the days of the Raj. To experience traditions like the  silver service, sit down dinners, Christmas celebrations, slow cuisine, high tea and quite conversations, Chapslee invites guests to a glimpse into the past.
 
From wall paper dulled with age, priceless crystal to wall high tapestries, photographs, furniture and rugs- Chapslee is a  living museum preserved with love and a sense for sharing with those who appreciate classic vintage. Mrs. Singh, wife of late Kunwar Ratanjit Singh your charming host has doggedly preserved a lifestyle much of it lost in time, elsewhere. An evening with her by the lively fireplace is to be regaled with stories of some of the last British gentry who were her friends and she their confidante. Her precise memory of places, timelines and anecdotes often told pointing to some object d'art around Chapslee are personal accounts told in an unconscious British accent with a great deal of wit and eloquence.
    
If you are looking at 'renovated' heritage you are likely to be disappointed. However for those who love leisurely multi-course lunches followed by high-tea set out in the garden, formal sit-down dinners by candle light and conversations, Chapslee offers a real 'exclusive affair'. Beginning or ending at Chapslee are several intriguing walks to choose from; and for history buffs several trails with experts await. Christmas is a great reason to be at Chapslee, guests can join the celebrations from collecting holly in the nearby forest to decorating the tree and partake in the traditional Christmas dinner. Chapslee is also open for travellers in small groups with exclusive silver-service dinners. Come summer, you can make it your home for longer stays to enjoy the pleasant climate of Shimla hills.

 

Glenburn Penthouse, Kolkata
A beautifully curated residence on the edge of the city's business district, Glenburn Penthouse is now open to welcome guests. It is not without a hint of surprise that you traverse the busy lanes of Chowranghi to enter the gates of the multi-storied 'Kanak Towers'. You are welcomed at the lounge of the Penthouse and whisked away by an elevator to the eighth floor to be checked into one of the nine suites of this elegant residence with an apartment-sized suite all to yourself. The Penthouse also has stunning visual access to the iconic sights of Kolkata ' the Victoria Memorial, the Maidan, Howrah Bridge and also Eden Gardens. Some of the suites offer views of these historic places and hence named after them.

The nine suites are spread between the eight and the seventh floors. The 8th floor is where the guests are received and here is The Penthouse dining room that leads out to the Terrace, perfect to have breakfast while watching the morning sun light up the domes of the Victoria Memorial. Sunset over the infinity pool that sits on the edge of the top terrace with a drink in hand, the rest of Kolkata behind you is a moment to savour. The d'cor and design of the Penthouse highlights the views as much as it brings in the light and equally manages to create quite spaces to retreat to after a day spent working or exploring the famously chaotic city. Antique furniture, mirrors, startling colour in small details, glorious textiles and stunning wall paper, art and artefacts is a part of The Penthouse design.

 
Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur  
Royal Heritage Haveli is now a part of the Niraamaya Group. A detailed review is on the RARE website. Outdoor venue dining and spa experiences are available on request.
Do write in for more information.
Windermere River House 
Over an hour from Ernakulam airport with its location on the Periyar, River House is perfect for bespoke retreats for Yoga as well as small groups interested in cycling and birding.
TUTC Jaagir Lodge 
Jaagir Lodge is ready to welcome wildlife lovers to the Terai. Look out for an exciting Terai itinerary within the RARE community where guests can travel to Dudhwa, Pilibhit and Corbett with extensions to Kumaon from Corbett and into Nepal from Dudhwa.
Snow Leopard Lodge, Ulley 
Snow Leopard season is on with more sites to view the elusive cat. Accommodation and services will be in Remote Wildlife Lodges, refurbished temporary homes where wildlife movement has been tracked.
RARE is very excited to welcome on board Dvara Siruvani near Coimbatore and Malabar Escapes, Kerala into the RARE Community. Detailed updates will follow in the next edition of the newsletter.
 
RARE has worked very hard to bring the essence of Shekhawati into popular circuits. While Malji Ka Kamra is moving out of the community, we have an interesting experience shaping up.
 
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