Jaypee Greens Resort, India

Just when I thought this hotel couldn’t get any better…it did!

On my second visit to Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort I rather fortuitously ended up in a Deluxe Suite – not that I needed a separate office / living room, two balconies and a bath tub big enough to fit four people!

The hotel is a stone’s throw from the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida and serves as a perfect base when my company visits (or exhibits) here. The business facilities are ideal for hosting and entertaining work guests whilst the golf & spa side of things allows you to unwind and relax following a long day at the exhibition – although walking around the golf course is hardly my idea of relaxing when you’ve tackled the exhaustive aisles at the expo.

If you’re going to mix business with pleasure (or you’re just there for the…errr…pleasure), don’t forget that the hotel has a day package to visit Agra & the world-famous Taj Mahal. It’s about two and a half hours in the car and although the roads are pretty bumpy, it’s just incredible.

Hotel bar fans, the contemporary Matrix lounge bar is home to some of the finest beers, wines and spirits – just don’t expect lightning quick reactions from the bar staff, they’re a little slow to serve…probably too busy deciding “red” or “blue”.

International restaurant Eggspectation offers an eclectic mix of global dishes, including (surprise surprise) a vast selection of egg-based foods! Breakfast is served here too and features a fine choice of world foods; you can literally have curry, noodles, pancakes, cereal, toast and fruit if you really wanted.
The restaurant itself overlooks the golf course and gardens, which features an incredible centerpiece; a hedge-sculpted Formula 1 car – a nod to the nearby Buddh International Raceway which was built for the 2011 Indian Grand Prix.

The split-level La Brezza claims to be “a fine dining experience derived from a traditional Italian restaurant”. It’s okay at best, mainly as the menu options are limited to a handful of simple pizza and pasta dishes.

If you’re going in search of local cuisine, Paatra is well worth a visit. As with the Matrix lounge bar, don’t expect quick service. You will, however, discover a mix of traditional dishes and those you’d expect to see back home; Biryani, Rogan Josh et al. If like me you “can’t do spice” the options are a bit limited – in other words, you’re stuck with butter chicken!

On the whole it gets a thumbs up from me. Yes, some of the staff can be a little slow to respond but they’re always polite and considerate and generally can’t do enough to help you out.

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