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Lebua Lucknow – A Heritage Hotel

A visit to the beautiful Lebua Hotel brought us to the city of Nawabs and Kebabs. What’s not to love about Lucknow? The rich heritage that goes back to pre-British era is one of its kind. The city has especially garnered attention for its exemplary adab and tehzeeb, along with its impeccable, scrumptious food! Many people visit Lucknow only to taste the kebabs of Tunday kebabi, the chicken masala of Dastarkhwan and the Awadhi biryani of Idris Biryani. Food aside, the Chikankari work of Lucknow is known to be the best in all of India.

But let’s leave all the food and shopping talk for a later time, and talk about the heritage hotel Shivani and I stayed in while in Lucknow. My first time in the city of Nawabs and kebabs, I felt as if I was in the beautiful Lucknow of the 20th century, such was the portrayal at Lebua.

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Lebua Lucknow is a Luxury Boutique property, located in central Lucknow and conceptualized as a sprawling traditional bungalow with a huge lush green lawn. It reflects and personifies the “Art Deco” architecture prevailing in the early 1900’s. Built in 1936, the haveli that is now the hotel was once home to a prosperous Lucknowi family. When time and tidings took the clan out of the city, the haveli fell into disuse. A few years ago, Lucknow-born expat Mohammed Abdullah and his interior decorator wife Nayab Bakshi bought the property and gave it a second life.

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The very minute we stepped foot in Lucknow, we were treated like royalty. A chauffeur driven pretty, yellow and white ambassador was sent to pick us up. We reached the resort to see a beautifully designed heritage property nestled between towering trees with bright flowers in full bloom. It was such a gorgeous first impression, and it only got better from there! Every nook and corner of the property exudes class. The long corridors lit with lamps, the wooden murals holding them mirrors and tinted glasses adorning the walls, the beautiful pink bougainvillea and orange flowers creeping up the walls make for the perfect rustic arrangement! With embroidered upholstery, vintage furniture and artwork on the walls, the rooms take you to a bygone Era where upon entrance you forget your 9 to 5 jobs and enter a world where you’re the queen, and Lebua staff leaves no stone unturned in treating you like one.

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Once we had had our tour of the property, we got in our rooms to find a rose petal bath awaiting us. Such Nawab like treatment I tell you! Shivani had a tough time getting out of it, this, I can tell you. She could’ve slept there in the rose petals all night if I let her! 😛

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Our suite was 201 – gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
It opened up to a huge white balcony with bougainvillea here, there and everywhereeeee and we absolutely loved every bit of it.
More than the beautiful property itself, we were enchanted by how well the Lebua staff takes care of its guests!
To make sure their guests have an experience of a lifetime, they pay attention to the littlest of details and personalization, and it’s highly impressive. Our rooms had photo frames with our pictures in it and with personal hand-written notes for each of us. It melted us!

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Coming to the food, we had the honor of trying the exquisite lakhnawi food by their extremely talented head chef. We had excellent kebabs and awadhi biryani.. The mewe and mawa ke kebabs deserve a special mention in the veg section!
Their Italian restaurant, 1936, is every bit as special as the other in-house restaurants. I am not a big fan of Italian food but their homemade pasta again deserves a special mention. We had it thrice in our three days stay there!! It was that good!

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The Resort houses 4 dining experiences – Multi-cuisine, Italian, and traditional Indian fare, each one better than the previous. The first night of our stay there, a special candlelit dinner was arranged for the two of us in their beautiful gardens. It was accompanied with candles, flowers and butler service. The chef personally served his best delicacies to us and we can easily call it the best dinner in a long, long time!

Our stay there was full of amazing food, exemplary service and gorgeous views. We sat in our balcony for the sunrises and the courtyard for sunsets! We even got to witness an amazing wedding which was being held at the resort. Such a beautiful experience that was, being able to be a part of someone’s happy moments, and in a place like Lebua!

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Visionary CEO Deepak Ohri of lebua Hotels and Resorts was recently asked at The Columbian Business School conference about his vision for lebua as a brand.

According to Deepak, a strong emotional connect with their guests is the key metrics that drives and leads his vision. He percieves and develops concepts based on Fashion.
Faisal Nafees – General Manager India Operations, lebua group along with his team ensures that every guest experience at lebua meets Brand’s vision.

Shivani and I, as Fashion and Lifestyle bloggers instantly connected with the warmth and style. We experienced it throughout our stay right from our entry into the property until the last day of our stay!

It is a true kudos to lebua hotel standards for an exemplary experience led by a fashionista’s vision that shall stay with us forever.

If I ever get to visit Lucknow again, I would definitely go back to Lebua without any second thoughts!

Also, for all you people who do not have Lucknow on your radar, Lebua properties are there in Jaipur, Amer and even Bangkok and Newzealand! Also, there’s a brand new one opening in the lush forests of Corbett!

If there’s anything else, you’d like to know, please feel free to drop your questions in the comments section and we’ll make sure to answer them! 😊

Some more pictures of us at the property cos we couldn’t help ourselves 🙂

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Love and cheers,

TwofoldChic

Posted in bestfriends, birthdayletter, friends, friendship, openletter

An open letter to my best friend on her birthday!

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Hey Diksha,

I know you won’t be expecting this. Me writing something on the blog and posting before getting it proof-read by you. (Well, of course, it won’t go public before you actually read it as you will be the first one to read) 
So, task done!
*Correct the grammatical mistakes, if any, miss grammar-naziii*
But I am sure I have improved a lot tho, don’t you think so ? 😀 

Jokes apart.

I hope your birthday eve went super amazing with loads of cakes to cut, Wonder Woman I think probably a lot of us love your birthday more than you because it’s a day solely dedicated to you, and you can’t appreciate it more than we do. You are the apple of our eye. Please stop blushing.
I have been super corny ahead , so ya , control your emotions.
here I go-

I have been the luckiest to have such a lovely person like you in my life whom I can call my best friend without any second thought. I don’t know how I got so lucky that we ever crossed paths. I guess it was just destiny that decided the perfect moment or probably my cuteness to walk up to you and ask “will you be my best friend” in Grade IV. Duh! YES, It was me. Setting my own destiny there. You were like the perfect piece to my puzzle.
Ok, Stop laughing & keep reading –

We have had each other’s backs for years now and I wouldn’t have survived without you there. You know me better than probably I do and no distance can ruin the bond that we share. I love the way how we go right back to how we are no matter how long we’ve been apart and how easy it is to feel at home & safe with you by my side. 

You are my go-to for nearly any situation. I know you will always have a wise thing to say. If I happen to have a bad day, you listen to my problems and you reassure me that it will pass. You give me so much strength and you’ve taught me to make this my lifestyle. You’ve made me a stronger woman, a better me. You’ve taught me to be nice to everyone and to always be a better person. You have taught me “ignorance is bliss”.

Everywhere you go, you light up everyone’s day. You are thoughtful, compassionate, and your vibes are nothing but happiness. You’re pretty darn awesome miss Banjara and you make the job of ‘proud friend’ easy for me. You just know it pretty well how to set the mood right and enjoy every moment with full energy.

I love you for all that you are, for all of our memories, all of the fun times, all of the times we’ve supported each other, all of the times we’ve grown. We’ve really become a part of each other’s journey, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Here’s to another year of adventures. Here’s to travelling together and exploring pretty places. Here’s to me being messy and stubborn and you being slightly less messy and just as stubborn. Here’s to me being your best photographer and you being not even close to that. Here’s to making twofold a success and hitting our dream space. Here’s to from being tomboys to turning into women with substance. Here’s to another year of having you as my best friend. 

I love you. 

Stay Awesome. 

With Love,
– Shivani