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the last word in luxury

Earth, fire, water, wood and metal. Push through the gleaming glass doors and enter the Radisson Water Garden Hotel, and you'll see the five Chinese elements in action. An interesting fusion of contemporary European architecture, with elements of Oriental/Mediterranean design, the décor is timeless and unique. The color scheme is very earth, metal and wood, with beige, brown and gold tones, and is repeated in various combinations in the various sections throughout the hotel. Let's take a closer look, at this sweet retreat.

Standing on a whopping 7.2 acres of land, this hotel is located conveniently close to the airport, and far away from the hubbub of the city. Drive up the ramp that leads you straight to the vast atrium that houses the lobby. Here, you are greeted by the friendly concierge, and ushered to the seating area, with its open layout and plush seating working with the soft, mellow lighting and live orchestra to create a welcoming ambience. The Atrium includes Radisson Club Rooms, which feature extra-special amenities including separately staffed lounge, complimentary breakfast, tea and coffee throughout the day and evening cocktails and canapés.

For those planning a stay, there are 206 rooms to choose from, with five suites. Spacious and comfy, the rooms offer king and queen size beds or two double beds, large work areas with high-speed Internet, direct control air-conditioning, in-room safe, mini bar and ironing facilities, to name a few amenities. Whilst comfortable and casual, all the rooms and suites are set up for business travellers. Every room has a large and dedicated port for laptop connection. The earthy, metallic theme is echoed in each one, with a framed Benarasi or jamdani piece adding a splash of colour.

Guests at the hotel love lounging around the sparkling pool, which is surrounded by a well-manicured garden. Health-nuts also have the use of a picturesque jogging track that runs around a beautiful ornamental lake. This open area, which embraces the earth, and water elements, offers wireless Internet for those who wish to stay connected, and there are facilities for al fresco parties. If you're asking for a little more activity, they've got an answer to all your dreams. We're talking about the Sundaree Spa and Health Club.

The facilities of this therapeutic heaven are such that it fully negates the need to go to Bangkok or the likes to enjoy the benefits of a spa. The spa consists of eight rooms, including one double room intended for couples that would like to opt for treatment together. All the rooms being styled in a similar manner, the wooden floors and walls provide the exotic feel. Each room is equipped with extremely inviting massage tables draped in soft blue towels and freshly picked flowers on one end. Dimly lit lights and soothing music immediately give off a feeling of peace and tranquillity. The bright and intricately woven jamdani saris that grace the walls and ceilings won our vote. The spa boasts a staff of four physicians from Thailand who are well trained along these lines. A lip, chin or brow wax (each) costs around Tk 550, a Thai herbal massage Tk 3200, a half an hour foot relaxing massage 1600 taka and the different variety of body massages ranging between Tk 2900 and 17 000. Although the prices might seem a tad on the higher level for some, the benefits are worth it. The spa is open to all, and a membership is worth some Tk 94000 a year.

There's also the Blaze Entertainment Lounge and Bar, a swinging lounge where you can enjoy a game of billiard with friends or just enjoy the evening listening to the live entertainment or socializing in this casual atmosphere. Members can enjoy the finest refreshments and a range of the world's premium cigars, beverages and small snacks, at the Cigar Bar, an intimate, private retreat to relax and unwind.

So now that the knots in your, mind and body, have been cleared, let's talk about the important stuff: the food. Radisson has an impressive line-up of dining facilities including a small café or bakery called Chit Chat. Situated next to the tempting pool, this is the perfect place to meet up with friends and have a quick casual meal. Next up we have the Water Garden Brasserie, the all-day dining hall that offers, under the management of a German chef exquisite cuisine from all around the world. The two other restaurants are called Spice and Rice and Sublime, with the former celebrating an Asian cuisine. The latter, literally defines the word exclusive (unlike every other place that is falsely international or exclusive or both) and is open only for dinner. It is designed more for intimate parties, with a maximum guest capacity of 40 and a minimum expenditure per plate of Tk 3000.

The Radisson Water Garden Hotel also allows for corporate meetings, conferences and other events. Starting from bottom up, there are three small conference rooms called Mahua, Mallika, and Madhavi. For board meetings, you can choose from the Business Centre Meeting Rooms, Business Centre Executive Room, and Club Board Room. If your guest list exceeds 800 people, though, you want to go for the Banquet Hall. With 30,000 square feet of flexible function space, and fully equipped with modern light and sound systems, the Banquet Hall has all it takes to make your event a successful one. It doesn't come cheap, though. The price for booking the hall is Tk 2,75000, and that does not include catering and other charges.

Whether you want to just let your hair down and relax, or embark on an exotic culinary expedition, or impress your potential clients, if you're willing to splurge a little, the Radisson Water Garden Hotel has all it takes to make your wildest fantasies come true.

For more information, log on to their website at http://www.radisson. Com/dhakabd

By Sabrina F Ahmad and Subhi Shama Reehu
Photo Courtesy: Radisson



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