Food delivery apps, entertainment apps on a telephone and of a route, the air-conditioners seem to have spoilt us and taken all fun out of going exterior. Going inside the solar, sweating it out, struggling with the mosquitoes and comprising on meals are what maximum outside hiking and camping vacations are approximate. But Shrikant Wakharkar, General Manager of Marriott Hyderabad, said he became all set to disprove that with the resort chain’s idea of “The Great Outdoors” final month. The destination becomes Vikarabad, a three-hour force from Hyderabad and the length changed into noon to noon of tomorrow. The resort had already given Hyderabadis a flavor of its #GreatOutdoors last February with an afternoon-long picnic to a farmhouse at the outskirts of the metropolis. This 12 months, they’re going a step beforehand to make it a full-day affair with “The Great Outdoors Marriott Hyderabad Vol. II”.
“The concept of this trip is to demonstrate how the crew can pull off regardless of the visitors have of their ‘I need it’ listing. The GM’s quick became easy. Carry game footwear, consolation apparel for the trek (tracks, jackets), nightwear and a sparkling pair for tomorrow. What Marriott promised become simple toiletry kit, washroom facility (no bathroom), bedding, meals, and fun. But when we ultimately arrived at our destination after a suitable buffet unfolds at the lodge after which a 3-hour bus force, we discovered forty terrific green tents for every one of the forty guests that day. Even before we should sip the sangrias, we checked out the shelters. The maximum flattering component changed into the visitor call written on a touch timber marker after the tent. It felt like we owned that piece of land for the day — a high in recent times of skyrocketing genuine estate costs.
The inside of the zip-up tent is nothing brief of a boutique motel. A comfortable mattress with smooth white sheets, a wood ledge that doubles up as a nightstand with some connoisseur chocolate and a hiking package comprising the entirety you can need when you trudge up a hill. The kit had a chargeable electric torch, sports activities water bottle, cap, a tube of mosquito repellent cream, hand sanitizer, moisturizer, tissues, granola bar and what not. However, the little tender toy in my tent, a black and white domestic dog who I promptly named Duo, stole my heart. The different being an image of mine from my social media feed, well revealed and framed and stored in my tent. “Going the greater mile usually assist us to construct the relationship that lasts,” says Shrikant. This is a part of the lodge brand’s #BonVoy campaign to show off what they can offer to guests, within the inn and outdoor of it too.
In line with this credo became Executive Chef Aungshuman Chakraborty and his crew put ting together a gourmand session for the visitors. The evening snacks had a line up of burgers, pizzas, mains, and desserts. As the barman refilled the glasses, the crew set out for a trek after a briefing. Volunteers from the neighborhood journey club guided the visitors while on the trek.
Although the trek to the hill became a smooth one, town couch potatoes like us needed something to alleviate our ft ache. Marriott thoughtfully ropes in two spa therapists who provide us a specific foot spa proper there. The exterior had been lit up with rope lighting fixtures, and as the live track started, the visitors began unwinding with food and drink. The music made the nighttime memorable, and the clean camaraderie made us all overlook wherein we had been. Dinner becomes on low tables and floor seating with soft cushions and bamboo decor with fresh vegetation and glowing cutlery. “The team needed to convey the entirety all of the manners up here as we desired to make sure we left no stone unturned for the comfort of the guests,” Shrikanth adds.