With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we thought it’d be nice to share some of our favorite spots for romance. Whether you’re looking for a quiet retreat or a chic and sexy stay, we’ve picked out the perfect retreats for couples seeking a romantic rendezvous.
Hilton Shillim, Pune
The 99-villa Hilton Shillim is one of the most beautiful resorts in India - if not the entire world and offers a romantic, intimate stay amid gorgeous natural surroundings. Apart from the most stunning views, the eco-friendly rooms also come decked with a private pool. The acclaimed Dharana Spa here offers unique treatments such as the Couple Blessings which awakens your chakras, clears blockages in your energy flow and helps you experience your luminous spirit. The two and a half hour treatment begins with a relaxing foot massage followed by a body scrub and rain shower. The treatment continues with a back massage, soothing facial and pouring of warm oil on the forehead. Don’t miss the romantic Valentines Day four-course dinner paired with international wines.
The Deal: Rs 30,000 for spa pool villa for a night
Where: Pawana Nagar, Taluka Maval, Pune, Maharashtra
Tel: 02114 712 468
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Karjat
This Balinese inspired resort overlooking the gorgeous Sahyadri mountains and river Ulhas offers a romantic, intimate stay. Grab the lounger at the infinity pool opening to the valley or laze in the Jacuzzi pool. The luxurious spa offers a wide array of treatments. The Valentine’s Day offer includes a relaxing one hour massage. With stunning sunset views, there’s nothing more romantic than dinner for two at the resort’s fine dining restaurant. The food curated by executive chef, Chef Madhusudan Singh is based on the farm-to-table concept. What’s more? The resort is just three hours drive away from the heart of the city.
The deal: Rs 15,000 + taxes
Head to: Khandpe, District Raigad, Karjat. Maharashtra. Tel: 022 62365467
The Tamara, Coorg, Mysore
The unexplored hills of Coorg, dense forests and its unnamed waterfalls, are home to The Tamara’s beautiful wooden chalet-styled cottages. The rooms are built on stilts and the fabulous view of the hills and valleys of the Brahmagiri range is breathtaking. The sound of the cascading waterfalls running through the property is especially soothing. The coffee and cardamom plantations offer long and leafy trails for trekking and walking. Or you could custom create your own signature coffee blends; right from plucking the coffee berries (during season), pulping, blending and finally roasting the selected coffee beans using state-of- the-art technology. Or better still set out for a guided trekking tour to Pathi Pole Falls which takes approximately four hours. For a more inimitable experience head to the Dubare elephant camp where you can bathe, feed and ride on elephants across a river.
Cost: Rs 50,500 for 3 nights and 4 days
Address: Kabbinakad Estate, Napoklu Nad, Yavakapadi Village, Madikeri Taluk, Kodagu District. Tel: +91 8272 238000. The resort is at a distance of 270km from Bengaluru, 133km from Mysore, 164km from Mangalore and 187km from Kozhikode, which also happen to be the nearest airport and railway stations
The Serai, Mangalore
Your biggest worry at The Serai may be choosing just how to indulge yourselves. You could enjoy a sip of delicious homegrown coffee, take a dip in your own private pool, indulge in coffee therapies at the spa or just take a brisk walk around 80 acres of plantation. The mountain ranges of Chikmagalur offer breathtaking and enthralling trekking routes. Explore the Western Ghat terrain on your feet and feel the wind on your face as you hike the nature’s trail over the Baba Budangiri ranges. But the best thing to do is to swing serenely on a hammock under the banyan tree with a book, drifting back and forth between sleep and a story.
Imagine waking up to the sounds of birds, the nutty smell of coffee and a scattering of frangipani on your verandah. A mood of discreet, understated, old-fashioned luxury permeates the property which comprises villas with private pools, open to the sky bathrooms, and gorgeous views.
Cost: Rs. 41,850 for 2 nights 3 days
Address: The Serai Chikmagalur, Mugthihalli Post, K M Road, Chikmagalur. Karnataka. Tel: 080-40012200
V Resorts Farmstay, New Delhi
You'll never wonder what to do here. Its creatively landscaped gardens, fruit orchards, hidden pathways and water bodies transport you to a green getaway with no semblance of the city life. Pack a picnic to the landscaped gardens and share a relaxed meal by the fountain in the sprawling lawns. Or take a tour of the garden and its acclaimed collection of Bonsai plants. You can even opt for a camel or a tractor ride within the resort.
The bungalow is a serene, special place that emphasizes tuning out distractions and tuning into each other. Don’t miss the delectable North Indian fare - butter chicken, makki roti sarson saag with mango pickle in mustard oil.
Cost: Rs 6500 a night inclusive of all meals
Address: 2 Seesham Lane, Dera -Mandi Link Road, Mehrauli, New Delhi. Tel: 0120 400 4800. 12 Kms from Indira Gandhi International Airport. 18 Kms from New Delhi Railway Station
Dera Amer, Jaipur
A nippy winter night. A bottle of something sparkling. An open fire to keep any chills at bay. Just the two of you. What could be more romantic? Ditch some of the usual clichés associated with Valentine’s Day and instead head outside to hike, light a campfire and spend time under the stars. Located in the historic heart of Rajasthan’s most romantic cities - Jaipur, Dera Amer is a luxury glamping site where hospitality and charm are the mainstays. Picture low-lit pathways giving way to all white tents and a wood-burning fireplace. Rooms come equipped with old world furniture and luxurious bath amenities and views of the lovely courtyard. All you need to bring is yourselves.
Indulge in romantic walks up the mountain and the chance to get back to nature, before returning to the luxury and comfort of your cosy tent. Curl up around the fire and crack open a bottle of wine. What could be better? If you haven't popped the question yet, we can't imagine a better place to get down on one knee.
Cost: Rs 24,000 per night inclusive of all meals and activities
When: October – April
Where: Village Khurad, Kukas, Tehsil - Amer, Jaipur. +91- 90015 12512
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