Travel Talk by David Hopcroft

Travel Talk

Hotelier David Hopcroft tells us about his fondest food moment in Sydney, service memory in New York and lists Bhutan as his fondest destination experience...



Food Fillip

My last vacation was to Sydney, Australia. I flew by Singapore Airlines to Sydney with a halt at Singapore. After flying for 12 hours I reached Sydney. The memorable part of my visit was dining at Tetsuya's Restaurant in Sydney. This centrally located diner is among the best places to enjoy French Asian tasting menu and has one of the most renowned chefs Tetsuya Wakuda at the helm. Meal here was a gastronomic delight and the service experience has remained unmatched till date.


Hotel High

My last visit to New York, the US inspired the hotelier in me. The front office staff at the hotel I was staying at was extremely efficient and engaged with the guests on a regular basis. As a result there was a certain buzz created. I liked the concept a lot and was inspired to do the same back here. We are emulating the same here at Le Meridien Gurgaon. 


My Destination

My most memorable personal vacation though remains Bhutan. It is an amazing country with a charming culture. People there are friendly with a great sense of humour. It is a country with negative carbon foot prints, they have no mining, no logging, strict building codes, medical facilities and education is free for citizens and country provides land to each citizen! No wonder, despite They have leading simple lifestyles, Bhutanese are among the happiest people on our planet. Bhutan also boasts of amazing scenery and trekking options. I trekked till Taktsang Palphug Monastery popularly known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery, one of the most prominent Buddhist sites in Himalayas. It was an amazing experience and I would recommend it to everyone. The beautiful monastery sits pretty on a cliff and offers unmatched scenic views. The food was very different and not to my liking but I did come across quaint cafes in Paro serving good coffee and bakery items.

David Hopcroft is General Manager at Le Meridien Gurgaon, India. He discussed his travel tales with Tuba Mirza

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