Courtesy of Park Hotels
Sherri Eisenberg
February 02, 2010

Park HotelsApsara is a much-anticipated addition to Kerala’s Vembanad Lake, in southern India. A far cry from typical thatched-roof houseboats, the bi-level vessel has eight sleek cabins outfitted in teak with plasma TV’s and marble bathrooms. On board, guests watch theyyam dance performances and dine on ayurvedic meals. When not sailing, the boat anchors at the company’s new resort, the Park on Vembanad Lake, where guests can get treatments in a tented spa.

Park Hotel New Delhi

If the Imperial encapsulates Delhi’s past, the Park offers a vivid glance into Delhi’s future—and the future looks uncannily like Miami Beach crossed with Islington. Part of a national chainlet of similarly forward-looking, uber-fabulous hotels, this pulsing, 220-room hive of hypermod design (by Terence Conran & Partners, among others) has the expectedly flashy restaurant, noisy bar, and dance floor—none of which deserve special attention from non-guests, but all of which are a magnet for Delhi’s chic young things and other people who favor hot-pink settees and Jamiroquai remixes. The outdoor pool, though seemingly just a prop for another bar, is actually quite lovely. Rooms are a bit small but stylish in a cool, Ian Schrager-y sort of way; from the look of them you’d have no idea you were in Delhi. Welcome to what’s next.

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