Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Street-Life Then the Spa; Going Back to India Requires Some Pampering

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Street-Life Then the Spa; Going Back to India Requires Some Pampering

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IT'S been decades since I visited India so my memories are, unlike India itself, faded and misty.

Today's India is a far cry from the place I visited so long ago as a young migrant on her way from the UK to a new life in Australia.

That visit was sinfully brief and it's high time I got back to India.

Fortunately, the country now boasts a surfeit of luxurious hotels, like the one pictured above.

If a person is going to do India properly - that is get out into the streets to absorb all the chaos, colour and confusion - then that person must have luxury to sink into at the end of each hectic day.

It is one thing to risk your life in a rickshaw by avoiding a wandering cow in frenzied traffic, but it is quite another if you have to come back to anything less than a hotel that will cosset and protect you from that world, once inside its hallowed lobbies and luxuriously calm rooms (or suites if I have my way.)

Stepping out of your hotel to be confronted by India's madness (not to mention limbless but nimble beggars who latch like crystallises on to you) will be exciting only if you know there is an icy gin and tonic and a cold towel waiting for you on your return. …

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