The final quarter for Nira Hotels and Resorts has been a busy one, with the ski season kicking off in Nira Alpina and December marking the start of high season for all of those festive sun dwellers in Shanti Maurice.Both Nira Caledonia and Moti Mahal have been welcoming in the Christmas crowds with a very different take on what the ideal Christmas dinner should include.

Shanti Maurice continues to expand its offering in the busy Mauritian market with the opening of ‘Rum Shed’ a laid-back, island-lifestyle bar based on the famous Barbados Rum Shops. Though the vibe is suitably chilled and the décor favouring un-fussy, rustic touches the service, food and drink are all of the highest standard. The menus reflect elements of the Island’s Hindu culture with Indian-influenced cooking and dishes such as fish with Vindaye spices and giant samosas with chutney. The drinks menu naturally favours rum-libations each with their own Shanti twist assuring that the crowd can enjoy a relaxed vibe from sun-up to sun-down.

Nira Alpina also welcomes in a new bar in the form of ‘The Rooftop Bar’ offering Nira Alpina guests and locals the opportunity to slink back in cool, comfortable surroundings with first class views, drinks and DJ’s to ensure a fun evening. The bars eclectic menu draws inspiration from around the world, shunning any traditional notion of what après-ski should look like. The bar, opened at the end of November, has already drawn a significant amount of attention from those living and working in the area which was an important factor in upgrading the Rooftop Bar from its previous incarnation as a lounge, used predominantly by hotel guests.


The Rooftop Bar, Nira Alpina

Journeying diners from central London straight to the heart of Northern India, Moti Mahal has taken the concept of ‘a culinary journey along the Grand Trunk Road’, literally. In collaboration with leading luxury tour operator, Abercrombie & Kent, one lucky diner and their friend will win a spectacular eight day tour of Northern India. Participating diners simply collect stamps in their own unique Moti Mahal passport when they dine at the restaurant; each guest with six or most stamps automatically goes into the prize draw in April, 2014. This collaboration is a first of its kind for the restaurant and the mutual relationship has allowed Moti to reach out to A&K’s clientele and vice versa. From early 2014 onwards, the restaurant will also host a series of regular Grand Trunk Road dinners that allow guest to explore both the culinary and cultural side of India, with guest speakers ranging from a world renowned photographer to leading Indian musicians.

Finally, Nira Caledonia welcomed in a new chef this year, who is squarely focused on using the best of Scotland’s exceptional larder and combining that with his training across the UK and Germany. The menu features Scottish favourites like venison Carpaccio or scallops served three-ways, alongside Blackwood’s signature Josper grilled steaks and much loved Josper smoked mussels. The restaurant also sees the introduction of its first Tasting Menu, a seven-course, seasonal spectacular. Alongside these menu innovations has been a structured focus on staff training and development with the introduction of a new staff training plan and service cycle to ensure that everyone can comfortably discuss the food and drinks menu, right down to provenance and how each dish is created.

In 2014, we look forward to welcoming you to any one of our venues.