AN OPULENT GETAWAY
It was a quiet 7½-kilometer drive along
the winding roads from Mussoorie.
Occasionally, I saw villagers walking
with goats or schoolchildren heading
back home. And then I saw my destination: The JW MARRIOTT MUSSOORIE
WALNUT GROVE RESORT & SPA, a
sleek, sprawling, modern structure on
the hills facing the majestic Himalayan
The new Marriott property, with 115
JWM MAGAZINE 54
rooms, opened in October 2014. It takes
its name from the two giant walnut trees
that stand tall in the hotel’s main garden.
Walnuts from the trees are peppered
throughout the menus of the hotel’s
five dining establishments. On my first
night at the hotel, I ate a warm, moist
honey-walnut cake at the Trout House
Grill & Bar, which offers Western and
Indian cuisines, indoor and outdoor seat-
ing, and breathtakiing mountain views.
The menu includes local Himalayan trout.
The property's other culinary outlets
are Teppan, serving Asian dishes; Wisteria
Deck, an open-air Italian café where I
ate an impossibly light garlic bread and
delicious blueberry panna cotta, and
where the menu changes every day;
Perch, the ideal spot to curl up with a
calming tea and banana-walnut bread;
and JW Café, a lively all-day dining res-
taurant with a diverse buffet breakfast
that includes authentic Indian plates as
well as Western/Continental dishes. The
restaurant is also open for casual dinners.
For indulgence-seekers, the resort’s
crown jewel is the Cedar Spa by
L’Occitane, offering a comprehensive
menu of treatments with a focus on
families and couples. Just walking into
the tranquil, wood-paneled space is a
calming experience. The hotel also has
a small gym and an indoor heated
swimming pool. I particularly enjoyed
the morning yoga class held in the
garden overlooking the mountains.
Family visits to the hotel are decidedly
encouraged. Children—and thus their
parents—will delight in the property's
large entertainment center featuring
pool tables, a bowling alley and video
games for all ages.