Valentine’s Day is round the corner, and it being on a Friday makes the coming weekend ideal for a romantic getaway. If you’re looking to whisk away your special person this V-Day, here are the best hotels and resorts to book to channel the charm.
Far away from the jostling streets, overlooking the Aravali Hills is this sprawling property with thirteen villas spread over seven acres of land. An hour’s drive from Jaipur, Tree of Life promises peace and relaxation in the most luxurious setting. Each villa comes with a living room, a bedroom, a walk-in wardrobe, a huge bathroom and few also feature a private pool, a spa pavilion, and outdoor hot tubs. Their restaurant takes care of all your dining needs, be it a romantic dinner or in-room indulgence. We highly recommend the signature Aravali Bath, at sunset with bubbles, rose petals, and fragrant essential oils. With a scenic setting, a heritage vibe, privacy, luxury and just a five-hour drive from Delhi, Tree of Life makes for an excellent choice if you’re looking for a getaway on the Valentine’s weekend.
Address: Village Kacherawala, Kukas, Jaipur – 302028
Contact: +91 98291 88974
Perched on the hills about an hour’s drive from Shimla, Naldehra is serene, green and still distant from commercialisation. The property, inspired from the Swiss chalet architecture offers luxury in the lap of nature. It has log chalets, duplex apartments , studio apartments, suites, deluxe rooms and bungalows to choose from. The pool area is designed to let the verdant outdoors in with glass walls and roof, giving a clear view of the sky and the spectacular cedar colonies around. Right next to the chalet is a grand 18-hole golf course. Their kitchen serves authentic local delicacies and Asian cuisines. Whether you prefer a private romantic dinner under the star studded sky or a stargazing trek with your partner, The Chalets will make your Valentine’s trip special.
Address : The Chalets Naldehra Durgapur, Naldehra, Shimla,Himachal Pradesh
Contact : +91 011 40747550
Set in the heart of the rural Rajasthan, an hour away from Udaipur, RAAS Devigarh is an exquisite property that fuses heritage and beauty, presenting an enthralling experience. The glorious palace has 39 unique suites with stunning views to vacation in. Each suite is a work of art in white offsets, gold, silver bringing out the old world charm, and splash of colours lending a clean & contemporary finish. The premise holds a large heated pool, a billiards room, the Ila spa, and a hot tub on a turret. Rooms are delightful, have large bathrooms with tubs, walk-in rain showers, and private terraces. You can enjoy a range of local and international cuisine by the poolside, in balconies, courtyards, the sheesh mahal or the lounge. Butlers are at your beck and call for all your needs. We can’t think of a better place to pamper your Valentine.
Address : NH8, Near Eklingji Temple, Delwara, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313202
Contact : +91 95870 22990
Tucked in the lush Matheran hills, Dune Barr House, is a 170-year-old British stately. Offering 11 rooms that present a refined mix of heritage furniture and modern necessities, the property takes you back in time.The mansion lays heavy emphasis on sustainability and uses no air conditioning, no TV, no minibar. Solar hot water systems have been installed to honour their commitment to the environment. The Verandah In The Forest is their stunning restaurant set against the backdrop of a flourishing forest and features Indo-European fusion cuisine, with some Parsi and Bohra specialities on it’s menu. Private dinners are available on request. A candlelit dinner under the canopy of trees is what we are proposing for your upcoming Valentine’s date.
Address : Charlotte Lake Road, Matheran, Maharashtra 410102
Contact : +91 91595 50341
If spending time with your loved one in the privacy of dense forest, dining under the moonlit sky and walking down the secluded white sand beach flanked by tall coastal trees is your idea of romance, then Cabo Serai awaits to host you. An eco-resort nestled on a hurst overlooking the Arabian sea in south Goa. The cottages at Cabo are decked with balconies sprawling over a lush green scenery. Tents too have decks big enough for yoga stretches. Imagine waking up to the sound of waves amidst the treetops facing an expansive sea; the rooms are airy, with an abundance of natural light and equipped with all modern necessities. Besides the picturesque setting, Cabo offers a spa, yoga, hikes, sundowners, gastronomical experiences, and al-fresco dinners, making it an ideal getaway for the people seeking an escape from the razzmatazz of Mumbai.
Address : Cabo Serai, Cabo de Rama, Goa, India – 403702
Contact : +91 78878 82414
For a quintessential Goan vacay, head to this award-winning boutique hotel in North Goa. Towering the coco beach and discreetly tucked away from the busy main road, Ahilya by the Sea is a seafront estate with just four villas. Expect to experience rich aesthetics, explosion of art, tranquil surroundings, a Balinese vibe, Goan hospitality, and panoramic views of the Dolphin Bay. Complete with an infinity pool, a plunge pool, spa under the banyan tree, open air dining at a different spot everyday, an impressive library, board games and musical instruments, the property makes for an excellent getaway for a relaxed time this Valentine’s.
Address : Ahilya by the Sea, Coco Maia, 787 Nerul-Reis Margos Road, Nerul, Goa 403109
Contact : +91 11 4155 1575
Living up to it’s name, Kahaani Paradise is a six-bedroom villa sitting on a hillock, opening up over a scenic estuary. The property lends a homely warmth with its antique doorways, reclaimed furniture in places, eclectic collection of artefacts, floor-to-ceiling polished concrete, customised textile tapestries, rugs and of course, the hospitality. The suites are tastefully designed, with high wooden ceilings, big windows for spectacular views, muted palettes and evolved design aesthetics. There is a pool enveloped by towering palms, a spa offering a variety of treatments, lush green gardens for nature walks, a tuk-tuk to get around, a jeep and two Royal Enfield motorbikes to explore the surroundings. The chef relies on fresh seafood and local organic produce to lay out the menu everyday. Kahaani paradise Gokarna gives you umpteen reasons to spend this Valentine’s with their hospitality.
Address : Belekan Road, Tadri, 581326 Gokarna, Karnataka, India.
Contact : + 91 93432 81815
The Serai is equipped with a jacuzzi, several pools and gardens. Each villa comes with its own private plunge pool set in a garden, and a sit-out where you can lounge through the lazy hours. Gigantic wooden doors, high-ceilings, wooden flooring, and large glass windows with the view of the pool, garden, or the plantation beyond. The emerald blue infinity pool overlooking the resort and the plantations beneath is a vision to behold. Run by the largest coffee producing company of India, Coffee Day Global Limited, The Serai offers coffee plantation visits and coffee tastings too. And don’t miss the coffee-inspired wellness regime of a relaxing massage and soothing facial at their Oma Spa. The chef at Odyssey will make sure you have the best culinary experience with their world cuisine.
Address : The Serai Chikmagalur Mugthihalli Post, K M Road, Chikmagalur – 577 133 Karnataka
Contact : +91 80 4889 3964
You’ll love the serenity that Windflower offers. The rooms are spacious and simple, with an earthy vibe. Large part of the greenery outside is visible through the windows of each room. Your stay here will afford you a pool shrouded by trees, several meditation points on the waterfront, a fitness centre, sauna, and a lotus pond. The Bistro, with a stunning view of the green thickets, offers low calorie wellness cuisine. The Windflower’s Emerge Spa features a wide range of relaxation and rejuvenation therapies. In addition to all this, you can request for a private dinner at the villa for your partner this Valentine’s day and make it memorable.
Address : The Windflower Resorts And Spa Coorg Survey No. 201/P1, Kedakal Village, Suntikoppa Hobli, Somwarpet Taluk, Madikeri, Karnataka 571237
Contact :+91 99014 46666
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