Grand Openings: Screen Gems

  • Margie Goldsmith

Intricately carved jali screens once lined the terraces of Mogul palaces, enabling India’s queens and princesses to observe life outside while preventing outsiders from looking in. The latticed stonework now affords privacy to guests in the Lodhi Suites at the Aman New Delhi, a 67-room property that opened in December as the second city hotel from Singapore-based Amanresorts. Light filters through the partitions and illuminates the suites’ private gardens. The hotel’s main gardens border a sunken courtyard with a spa and recreational facilities, which include tennis and squash courts, and a lap pool and sundeck surrounded by jali screens.

Amanresorts’ first city hotel, the Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing, also opened in late 2008—and also incorporates screens for privacy. Many of the buildings at the hotel, which is next to the 250-year-old palace, formerly housed guests seeking an audience with the empress dowager. The 18 guest rooms and 33 suites now feature wooden screens and bamboo blinds and are linked by wood-lined passageways painted with Chinese designs. The Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing, 800.477.9180, www.amanresorts.com ($480–$3,800); The Aman New Delhi, 800.477.?9180, www.amanresorts.com ($750–$2,400)

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