From the editor’s desk
When we were putting together our first anniversary issue in 2008, a page on hampers from leading hotels featured cookies, cheese and chocolates. Only one hotel pulled out all the stops with Moet & Chandon Rose Champagne and Cuban cigars in the basket. As Indulge enters its fifth year, we note few changes. Besides a newly launched hotel offering 12-year-old balsamic vinegar and monofloral Mille Fiorii honey, it’s still a case of chocolates and cheese. And this when neighbouring Bangalore has Diwali goodie bags with Krug champagne and seven-course meals for two costing Rs 50,000 to Rs 75,000. That said, our roads see an impressive number of Bentleys and BMWs and in a country that is home to over 200,000 millionaires, our people form a sizeable chunk of this figure. Bespoke culinary outings are getting more popular (pg 10-11) and exclusive spa treatments have many takers (pg 50). Clearly, there is a market for luxury but the spending pattern is unique.
A chat with luxury retailers, including Ahalya S of the tasteful Rasvihar, and Ajay Agarwal, CEO of the upcoming high street luxury mall, Bergamo, confirms that luxury has to be an everyday aspect of your life, not a one-time purchase. Ahalya admits that there is a growing market that believes in being understated and understood. It’s not about one big stone on your hand. It is all about taste, and apparently, we have quite a bit of it.
Every issue of Indulge is special, and this 72-page anniversary issue is more so. Read on for a guide to luxury offerings in the city, from top food and wines to the most expensive watches and holidays, all put together by a hardworking and enthusiastic team. As we begin another fruitful year, we thank you for your support and look forward to your feedback. After all, Indulge is about you.
- by ROSELLA STEPHEN